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Sustainability and Renewability of Geothermal Power Capacity

  • Subir K. Sanyal
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Part of the Encyclopedia of Sustainability Science and Technology Series book series (ESSTS)

Glossary

Discharge

A measure of the flow rate of steam, water, or heat discharged at or near the ground surface from a subsurface geothermal reservoir.

Geothermal

The naturally occurring heat found beneath the surface of the Earth, ultimately originating from the internal magmatic processes of the Earth’s core. A geothermal energy project utilizes the hot water or steam found within certain large bodies of rock, referred to as a geothermal reservoir.

Power capacity

The amount of energy produced per unit time, or the amount of the electric power capacity that a power generation facility is designed to produce.

Recharge

Natural influx of hot fluids into a geothermal system.

Renewable

A natural energy resource that is inexhaustible or can replenish itself over time.

Specific heat

The amount of heat required, in calories, to raise the temperature of 1 g of a substance by 1 °C.

Sustainable

A natural energy resource which, if managed carefully, will provide the needs of a community or...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.International Geothermal Energy consultantWalnut CreekUSA

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