Geothermal energy is a renewable energy source that is based on heat from the earth's crust. In this course students will get an introduction to what it takes to build a geothermal energy system and how one can make calculations to assess the efficiency of the system.
This course will provide students with a broad and basic understanding of geothermal energy resources and energy conversion technologies. Students should be able to apply knowledge in drilling and thermodynamics to assess real geothermal systems. They will gain insight into both shallow and deep geothermal wells and technologies for energy conversion and distribution.
The course provides general knowledge of geothermal energy and techniques for energy conversion and distribution. The effect of parameters such as temperature gradient, well diameter and flow for geothermal energy production will be studied, both for shallow and deep systems:
- Heating and cooling using heat pumps
- Steam cycles for the production of electricity with superheated steam, wet steam with steam separation and dual systems (Organic Rankine Cycles)
- The possibility of using existing oil and gas wells for geothermal energy production
- Cost analyzes for various geothermal installations