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Mining the Earth's Heat: Hot Dry Rock Geothermal Energy

Authors: Brown, D.W., Duchane, D.V., Heiken, G., Hriscu, V.Th.

  • Preserves the data of the Hot Dry Rock project of the last 25 years Material is presented in a format easily grasped by any engineer, scientist, or educated layman

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Mining the Earth's Heat: Hot Dry Rock Geothermal Energy describes the work carried out by the Los Alamos National Laboratory to turn an idealistic concept - that of drawing useful amounts of energy from the vast underground store of hot rock at reachable depths - into a practical reality. This book provides comprehensive documentation of the over two decades of experiments carried out at the test site at Fenton Hill, New Mexico, where the feasibility of accessing and extracting this vast natural resource was finally demonstrated. It also discusses the numerous technical, administrative, and financial hurdles that had to be overcome along the way. This publication will no doubt prove invaluable to researchers around the world as they strive to move this now-proven technology toward commercial viability. In addition, it is a valuable source of relevant information for anyone interested in the world energy outlook for the 21st century and beyond.

About the authors

Donald W. Brown was instrumental in the establishment, in 1971, of the very successful 

Hot Dry Rock (HDR) Geothermal Energy Program at the Los Alamos National Laboratory 

in New Mexico. He directed the early geological and geophysical reconnaissance work 

in the Jemez Mountains, directed the drilling and testing program in the first deep exploratory 

well, and in late 1973 selected Fenton Hill (36 km west of Los Alamos) as the Laboratory's 

HDR Test Site. Don was the HDR Project Manager through the difficult period from 1983 to 

1985, when the deeper (4000-m) reservoir at Fenton Hill was first created by hydraulic 

stimulation and then tested as a closed-loop circulating system. He subsequently served 

as the lead reservoir engineer for the HDR Project from 1992 through 1995, a time that covers 

the successful flow testing of the deeper HDR reservoir at Fenton Hill.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Serendipity—A Brief History of Events Leading to the Hot Dry Rock Geothermal Energy Program at Los Alamos

    Brown, Donald W. (et al.)

    Pages 3-16

  • The Enormous Potential for Hot Dry Rock Geothermal Energy

    Brown, Donald W. (et al.)

    Pages 17-40

  • Phase I Drilling and Initial Attempts to Establish Hydraulic Communication

    Brown, Donald W. (et al.)

    Pages 43-150

  • Phase I Reservoir Development—Redrilling and Flow Testing

    Brown, Donald W. (et al.)

    Pages 151-234

  • Planning and Drilling of the Phase II Boreholes

    Brown, Donald W. (et al.)

    Pages 237-312

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eBook $219.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-642-43945-2
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Mining the Earth's Heat: Hot Dry Rock Geothermal Energy
Authors
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-540-68910-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-540-68910-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-540-67316-3
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-43945-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 658
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