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Physical factors determining the fraction of stored energy recoverable from hydrothermal convection systems and conduction-dominated areas

Open-File Report 75-525

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This report contains background analyses for the estimates of Nathenson and Muffler (1975) of geothermal resources in hydrothermal convection systems and conduction-dominated areas. The first section discusses heat and fluid recharge potential of geothermal reservoirs. The second section analyzes the physical factors that determine the fraction of stored energy obtainable at the surface from a geothermal reservoir. Conversion of heat to electricity and the use of geothermal energy for direct-heating applications are discussed in the last two sections. Nathenson, Manuel, and Muffler, L.J.P., 1975, Geothermal resources in hydrothermal convection systems and conduction dominated areas, in White, D.E., and Williams, D.L., eds., Assessment of the Geothermal Resources of the United States--1975: U.S. Geological Survey Circular 726, p. 104-121, available at http://pubs.er.usgs.gov/usgspubs/cir/cir726

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Physical factors determining the fraction of stored energy recoverable from hydrothermal convection systems and conduction-dominated areas
Series title:
Open-File Report
Series number:
75-525
Edition:
-
Year Published:
1975
Language:
ENGLISH
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey,
Contributing office(s):
Western Energy Resources
Description:
50 p.; Tables; Figures
Online Only (Y/N):
Y