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Title: Hot Dry Rock geothermal energy--- A new energy agenda for the twenty-first century

Abstract

Hot Dry Rock (HDR) geothermal energy, which utilizes the natural heat contained in the earth's crust, can provide a widely available source of nonpolluting energy. It can help mitigate the continued warming of the earth through the ''greenhouse effect,'' and the accelerating destruction of forests and crops by acid rain, two of the major environmental consequences of our ever-increasing use of fossil fuels for heating and power generation. In addition, HDR, as a readily available source of indigenous energy, can reduce our nation's dependence on imported oil, enhancing national security and reducing our trade deficit. The earth's heat represents an almost unlimited source of energy that can begin to be exploited within the next decade through the HDR heat-mining concept being actively developed in the United States and in several other countries. On a national scale, we can begin to develop this new energy source, using it directly for geothermal power or indirectly in hybrid geothermal/fossil-fueled systems, in diverse applications such as: baseload power generation, direct heat use, feedwater heating in conventional power plants, and pumped storage/load leveling power generation. This report describes the nature of the HDR resource and the technology required to implement the heat-mining concept in severalmore » applications. An assessment of the requirements for establishing HDR feasibility is presented in the context of providing a commercially competitive energy source. 37 refs., 6 figs.« less

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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Los Alamos National Lab., NM (USA)
OSTI Identifier:
5620783
Report Number(s):
LA-11514-MS
ON: DE89016687
DOE Contract Number:  
W-7405-ENG-36
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Resource Relation:
Other Information: Portions of this document are illegible in microfiche products
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
15 GEOTHERMAL ENERGY; HOT-DRY-ROCK SYSTEMS; ECONOMICS; ENGINEERING; ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS; GEOTHERMAL ENERGY; GEOTHERMAL POWER PLANTS; RESERVOIR ENGINEERING; WELL DRILLING; DRILLING; ENERGY; ENERGY SOURCES; ENERGY SYSTEMS; GEOTHERMAL SYSTEMS; POWER PLANTS; RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES; THERMAL POWER PLANTS; Geothermal Legacy

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Tester, J.W., Brown, D.W., and Potter, R.M. Hot Dry Rock geothermal energy--- A new energy agenda for the twenty-first century. United States: N. p., 1989. Web. doi:10.2172/5620783.
Tester, J.W., Brown, D.W., & Potter, R.M. Hot Dry Rock geothermal energy--- A new energy agenda for the twenty-first century. United States. doi:10.2172/5620783.
Tester, J.W., Brown, D.W., and Potter, R.M. Sat . "Hot Dry Rock geothermal energy--- A new energy agenda for the twenty-first century". United States. doi:10.2172/5620783. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/5620783.
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title = {Hot Dry Rock geothermal energy--- A new energy agenda for the twenty-first century},
author = {Tester, J.W. and Brown, D.W. and Potter, R.M.},
abstractNote = {Hot Dry Rock (HDR) geothermal energy, which utilizes the natural heat contained in the earth's crust, can provide a widely available source of nonpolluting energy. It can help mitigate the continued warming of the earth through the ''greenhouse effect,'' and the accelerating destruction of forests and crops by acid rain, two of the major environmental consequences of our ever-increasing use of fossil fuels for heating and power generation. In addition, HDR, as a readily available source of indigenous energy, can reduce our nation's dependence on imported oil, enhancing national security and reducing our trade deficit. The earth's heat represents an almost unlimited source of energy that can begin to be exploited within the next decade through the HDR heat-mining concept being actively developed in the United States and in several other countries. On a national scale, we can begin to develop this new energy source, using it directly for geothermal power or indirectly in hybrid geothermal/fossil-fueled systems, in diverse applications such as: baseload power generation, direct heat use, feedwater heating in conventional power plants, and pumped storage/load leveling power generation. This report describes the nature of the HDR resource and the technology required to implement the heat-mining concept in several applications. An assessment of the requirements for establishing HDR feasibility is presented in the context of providing a commercially competitive energy source. 37 refs., 6 figs.},
doi = {10.2172/5620783},
journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {Sat Jul 01 00:00:00 EDT 1989},
month = {Sat Jul 01 00:00:00 EDT 1989}
}

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