Geothermal Energy

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Geothermal Energy

Abstract
The purpose of this report is to introduce the background of geothermal energy, different types of this energy, several applications and some disadvantages of geothermal energy. The scope and limitation of this report include the international development of geothermal energy and it benefits for human beings, thereby, providing incentive for the implementation of development of geothermal energy in Australia. However, due to the geological factor, the cost of the application and the development of technology may not be applicable in Australia. This report mainly focused on considering the possibilities and problems of using geothermal energy in Australia. Case study is the main method to analyze the development of geothermal energy in different countries. Though secondary research which including scholarly journals, accredited websites show that Australian geothermal resource is potentially huge but little use of geothermal power presently. Geothermal energy has been produced for hundreds years and developed many applications those can catalogue into electricity generation and direct use. Australia is rich in geothermal resources. However, most of Australia’s geothermal resources are characterized by their medium-to-low enthalpy and are more suitable for direct uses. According to the research some recommendations are suggested. Recommendation1: Incorporate internationally that can develop geothermal technology faster. Recommendation2: Support research in geothermal resource exploration techniques and equipment. Recommendation3: Support development of new direct use applications. Recommendation4: Increased resource information

Table of Contents
Abstract1
List of Figures2
1.0 Introduction2
1.1 Purpose and audience2
1.2 Scope2
1.3 Brief history2
2.0 Background of geothermal energy2
2.1 Sources of geothermal energy2
2.2 Types of geothermal energy2
2.3 Applications of geothermal energy2
3.0 Geothermal energy in different countries2
3.1 Geothermal energy in Turkey2
3.2 Geothermal energy in Japan2
3.3 Geothermal energy in Australia2
4.0 Advantages and disadvantages of geothermal energy2
4.1 Advantages of geothermal energy2
4.2 Disadvantages of geothermal energy2
5.0 Conclusion2
6.0 Recommendations2
7.0 Reference list2

List of Figures

Figure 1: The Earth's crust, mantle, and core.
Top right: a section through the crust
and the uppermost mantle. (Dickson and Fanelli 2004). 6
Figure 2: Location of Geothermal Power Plants in Japan
(Kawazoe and Combs 2004, 59). 9

Figure 3: Japanese Geothermal Power – Net Output (MW)
(Kawazoe and Combs 2004, 61). 10
Figure 4: The Eromanga (Great Artesian) Basin
(Harries et al. 2006, 816). 11

Figure 5: Hot Dry Rock technology (Harries et al. 2006, 819). 12

1.0 Introduction
1.1 Purpose and audience
Geothermal energy has principally been developed where large heat flows occur in association with volcanic activity. Australia’s conventional geothermal resources are extensive. The purpose of this report is to introduce the background of geothermal energy, different types of this energy, several ways to use it and some disadvantages of geothermal energy. This report mainly focused on considering the possibilities and problems of using geothermal energy in Australia and it will be addressed to the Director of Western Australian School of Mine, the Paul Dunn.

1.2 Scope
This report will firstly go into an overview of world’s geothermal power development and also the growing in Australia. Case study is the main method to analyze the development of geothermal energy in the worldwide. The scope and limitation of this report include the international development of geothermal energy and it...
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