Hawaii Geothermal Project : summary report for Phase I

Date
1975-05
Authors
Hawaii Geothermal Project, University of Hawaii at Manoa
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Hawaii Geothermal Project, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Abstract
Results of Phase I of the Hawaii Geothermal Project (HGP) are reported. It was a multidisciplinary research effort in the following program areas: (1) geophysical--exploratory surveys to define the most favorable areas for geothermal investigations; (2) engineering-- analytical models to assist in interpretation of geophysical results, and studies on energy recovery from hot brine; and (3) socioeconomic--legal and regulatory aspects of ownership and administration of geothermal resources, and economic planning studies on the impact of geothermal resources, and economic planning studies on the impact of geothermal power. The major emphasis of Phase I was on the Geophysical Program, since the issue of if and where geothermal resources exist is crucial to the project. However, parallel studies were initiated in all supporting programs, so that progress was made in identifying and clarifying the technological, environmental, legal, regulatory, social and economic problems that could impede the development of geothermal power in Hawaii. Although the analysis and interpretation of field data are still incomplete, the consensus developed early--both on the basis of preliminary geophysical results and from complementary studies conducted on the Big Island over the past several decades--that an exploratory drilling program would be essential to check out the subsurface conditions predicted by the surveys.
Description
Includes bibliographical references. Report Number: TID-28725; OSTI ID: 6563909.
Keywords
engineering, socioeconomics, geophysics, Puna, Kilauea, Kilauea East Rift Zone
Citation
1975. Hawaii Geothermal Project: Summary Report for Phase I. Honolulu (HI): University of Hawaii.
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