Reservoir Engineering in Geothermal Fields

  • Enrique Lima
  • Hiroyuki Tokita
  • Hideki Hatanaka
Reference work entry
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A geological formation (or formations) which contains water or geothermal fluid and will allow fluid movement.


Data set acquired before exploitation begins, against which any future measurements are compared.

Deep liquid zone

Region of single-phase liquid conditions below a two-phase (liquid and vapor) zone.

Deep liquid level

Boundary between the two-phase and deep liquid zones.

Energy Conversion technology

Term that refers to the thermodynamic cycle used to convert the heat energy from geothermal fluids into electricity, there are several of these technologies. Binary in which the heat of the geothermal fluids is transferred to a low-vaporization-temperature fluid (usually isopentane, ammonia, or a combination of water-ammonia) that is the working fluid driving the turbine generator. The heat source for the binary technology could be the separated geothermal brine or the steam or both exchanging energy in separated exchangers. When the steam is used directly,...


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Books and Reviews

  1. Grant MA, Bixley PF (2011) Geothermal reservoir engineering, 2nd edn. Academic, Burlington. 349 pp. ISBN 978-0-12-383880-3Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Enrique Lima
    • 1
  • Hiroyuki Tokita
    • 1
  • Hideki Hatanaka
    • 1
  1. 1.West Japan Engineering Consultants, IncFukuokaJapan

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