New Advances in Geothermal Technology
Jeffrey Havelin, P.E.
This course will
review the geothermal principles, present and future applications, and various
design criteria. The geothermal energy potential beneath our feet is vast. This
tremendous resource amounts to 50,000 times the energy of all oil and gas resources
in the world, and geothermal energy is clean; it represents a promising solution
for the nation and the world as they become ever more concerned about global
warming, pollution, and rising fossil energy prices.
Increased development of geothermal energy gives people the potential to gain better control of their own local energy resources and use a secure, safe, domestic source of energy. Today's U.S. geothermal industry is a $1.5-billion-per-year enterprise involving over 2800 megawatts (MW) of electricity generation, about 2000 MW of thermal energy in direct-use applications such as indoor heating, greenhouses, food drying, and aquaculture, and over 3,700 MW of thermal energy from geothermal heat pumps. The potential for growth is substantial.
This course is based entirely on Geothermal Energy Today- Publication DOE/GO-102005-2189 September 2005 published by the U.S. Department of Energy. This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of course materials. You will be quizzed on the attached document in its entirety.
This course will review the geothermal principles, present and future applications, and various design criteria.
This course is an introductory that would be very informative for engineers or architects who are interested in learning about geothermal energy concepts.
This course will review the geothermal principles, enhanced geothermal systems (EGS), Binary- cycle geothermal power plant design concepts, present and future applications, and various advances in this technology.
The course will
also review the various types of telemetry systems, which are available today
to assist in drilling operations.
This course is based entirely on the Geothermal Energy Today-
Publication DOE/GO-102005-2189, September 2005 published by the U.S. Department
The link to the course materials is as follows:
Please click on the above underlined hypertext to view, download or print the document for your study. Because of the large file size, we recommend that you first save the file to your computer by right clicking the mouse and choosing "Save Target As ...", and then open the file in Adobe Acrobat Reader.
At the completion of this class the design professional should understand the principles, construction, and operation of enhanced geothermal systems, and the basic theory and methods used to capture energy from geothermal sources.
Once you finish studying the above course content, you need to take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.