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GIS to Support Cost-effective Decisions on Renewable Sources

Applications for low temperature geothermal energy

Gemelli, A., Mancini, A., Diamantini, C., Longhi, S.

2013, IX, 84 p. 34 illus., 14 illus. in color.

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  • Presents a Geographic Information System (GIS) dedicated to the cost effectiveness analysis of a renewable energy source, the low temperature geothermal energy, which is used for heating domestic and public environments
  • Focuses on the design of system components that transform geographic data into knowledge useful for analysis and decision-making on the economic exploitation of geothermal energy
  • Provides a multidisciplinary approach to GIS design, which mixes the contribution from engineering, science and economics

Through the results of a developed case study of information system for low temperature geothermal energy, GIS to Support Cost-effective Decisions on Renewable Sources addresses the issue of the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in evaluating cost-effectiveness of renewable resource exploitation regional scale. Focusing on the design of a Decision Support System, a process is presented aimed to transform geographic data into knowledge useful for analysis and decision-making on the economic exploitation of geothermal energy. This detailed description includes a literature review and technical issues related to data collection, data mining, decision analysis for the informative system developed for the case study. A multi-disciplinary approach to GIS design is presented which is also an innovative example of fusion of georeferenced data acquired from multiple sources including remote sensing, networks of sensors and socio-economic censuses. GIS to Support Cost-effective Decisions on Renewable Sources is a pratical reference for engineers, managers and researchers involved in the design of GIS, decision support systems, investment planning/strategy in renewable energy and ICT innovation in this field.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Building with Renewable Energy - Geographic Information System - Geospatial Data Fusion - Geospatial Decision Support System - Low Temperature Geothermal Energy - Remote Sensing

Related subjects » Civil Engineering - Energy Efficiency - Energy Technology - Policy, Economics, Management & Transport

Table of contents 

PART I.- Preliminary Study.- 1.Decision environment of renewable energy: the case of geothermal energy.- 2.GIS supported decision making..- PART II. Case Study.- 3.GIS supported decision making for low temperature geothermal energy in Central Italy.- 4.Data collection.- 5.Feature analysis: selecting decision criteria.- 6.Decision analysis: choosing the right plant.- 7.Regional atlas supporting the decision-making process.- 8.Conclusive remarks

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