Encyclopedia of Sustainability Science and Technology

2012 Edition
| Editors: Robert A. Meyers

Geothermal Power Stations, Introduction to

  • Lucien Y. Bronicki
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-0851-3_922

Geothermal energy , contrary to solar and wind, does not depend on weather and is the only one which can supply base-load power. Although not evenly distributed geographically, geothermal energy potential is very important, particularly if the R&D of such advanced systems will be actively pursued.

This section covers the nature of geothermal energy resources, their utilization, conversion technologies as well as its future development ( Geothermal Energy, Nature, Use, and Expectations). The section also highlights the greatest challenge in geothermal development, namely, the geothermal resource . Power conversion is the least uncertain part of a geothermal project, as it consists of a straightforward engineering design with work executed by experienced manufacturers, engineering firms, and contractors.

The risks and challenges are related to exploration, drilling, and managing the resource. Optimization depends on the choice of adaptation of the power station configuration to the...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Ormat Technologies, Inc.RenoUSA