Geothermal Resources For Electric Power Production: Their Present Status And Future Prospects

This Paper Attempts To Evaluate The Institutional And Economic Factors Which Will Play A Part In Determining The Future Scale Of Geothermal Development In The Short Term. A Complete Evaluation Of The Future Of Geothermal Resources Development Would Require Evaluation Of Technical Factors Also, Such As Probable Developments In Exploration Techniques, The Prevention Of Scale Formation In Hot Water Fields, The Disposal Of Mineralized Water, The Use Of Geothermal Energy In Non-Power Applications Such As Space Heating And Cooling And Water Desalination And, For The Long Term, An Evaluation Of The Technology For The Extraction Of Thermal Energy From Hot Rock At Depths Of Several Kilometers. Since This Paper, However, Is Concerned Only With The Future Scale Of Geothermal Development And Since Technology Is Developed And Technical Problems Are Solved When Institutions Which Can Command The Finance Required Choose To Solve Them, A Passing Reference Only To Some Of The Technical Problems Mentioned Above Will Be Made In This Paper. Egi Reference Number Gl03598

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Organization G. R. Robson
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