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Title: Mining earth's heat: hot dry rock geothermal energy

Abstract

Power generation from hot dry rock (HDR) resources appears to be commercially competitive in numerous areas of the U.S. based on analysis of economic and reservoir parameter values. More experimental and economic research is indicated before a definitive assessment can be made, but feasibility is promising in areas with temperature gradients in the 40-plus/sup 0/C per kilometer range and where competitive busbar costs are approximately three cents per kilowatt-hour. Competitiveness could vary with reservoir design, operating parameter values, as well as financial and regulatory criteria. High busbar costs could provide considerable incentive for HDR development. (Author, edited) 33 references.

Authors:
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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Los Alamos Scientific Lab., NM
OSTI Identifier:
6365676
Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 6365676
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
Technol. Rev.; (United States)
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 81:4
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY AND ECONOMY; 15 GEOTHERMAL ENERGY; HOT-DRY-ROCK SYSTEMS; FEASIBILITY STUDIES; COMMERCIALIZATION; ECONOMIC ANALYSIS; GEOTHERMAL POWER PLANTS; GEOTHERMAL RESOURCES; ECONOMICS; GEOTHERMAL SYSTEMS; POWER PLANTS; RESOURCES; THERMAL POWER PLANTS 299001* -- Energy Planning & Policy-- Solar-- (1989-); 150904 -- Geothermal Engineering-- Geothermal Reservoir & Well Performance; 150901 -- Geothermal Engineering-- Drilling Technology & Well Hardware

Citation Formats

Cummings, R.G., Morris, G.E., Tester, J.W., and Bivins, R.L. Mining earth's heat: hot dry rock geothermal energy. United States: N. p., 1979. Web.
Cummings, R.G., Morris, G.E., Tester, J.W., & Bivins, R.L. Mining earth's heat: hot dry rock geothermal energy. United States.
Cummings, R.G., Morris, G.E., Tester, J.W., and Bivins, R.L. Thu . "Mining earth's heat: hot dry rock geothermal energy". United States.
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abstractNote = {Power generation from hot dry rock (HDR) resources appears to be commercially competitive in numerous areas of the U.S. based on analysis of economic and reservoir parameter values. More experimental and economic research is indicated before a definitive assessment can be made, but feasibility is promising in areas with temperature gradients in the 40-plus/sup 0/C per kilometer range and where competitive busbar costs are approximately three cents per kilowatt-hour. Competitiveness could vary with reservoir design, operating parameter values, as well as financial and regulatory criteria. High busbar costs could provide considerable incentive for HDR development. (Author, edited) 33 references.},
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journal = {Technol. Rev.; (United States)},
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year = {1979},
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