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

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  • The book preserves the data of the Hot Dry Rock project of the last 25 years

  • The material is presented in a format easily grasped by any engineer, scientist, or educated layman

  • Proven technology's first move towards commercial viability

  • Includes supplementary material: sn.pub/extras

  • Includes supplementary material: sn.pub/extras

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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.

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Table of contents (10 chapters)

  1. Hot Dry Rock Geothermal Energy: History and Potential of the Newest and Largest Renewable Energy Resource

  2. First Demonstration of the Hot Dry Rock Geothermal Energy Concept: Development of the Phase I Reservoir at Fenton Hill

  3. Engineering the HDR System: Development and Testing of the Phase II Reservoir at Fenton Hill

  4. Engineering the HDR System: Development and Testing of the Phase II Reservoir at Fenton Hill

  5. Future Outlook for Hot Dry Rock

Authors and Affiliations

  • MS D462, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos NM, USA

    Donald W. Brown, David V. Duchane, Grant Heiken, Vivi Thomas Hriscu

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.

Bibliographic Information

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

  • Authors: Donald W. Brown, David V. Duchane, Grant Heiken, Vivi Thomas Hriscu

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-540-68910-2

  • Publisher: Springer Berlin, Heidelberg

  • eBook Packages: Earth and Environmental Science, Earth and Environmental Science (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2012

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-540-67316-3Published: 21 April 2012

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-642-43945-2Published: 09 May 2014

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-540-68910-2Published: 23 April 2012

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XVIII, 658

  • Topics: Geology

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