Summary : Geothermal energy in Hawaii

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1978-01
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Hawaii Geothermal Project, University of Hawaii at Manoa
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Hawaii Natural Energy Institute, University of Hawaii at Manoa
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Drilling for geothermal energy in Hawaii started in the early 1960's on the Big Island. Four wells were drilled in the Puna region to depths of several hundred to a thousand feet; all were unsuccessful in locating geothermal steam. In 1973 a fifth hole was drilled near Halemaumau Crater to a depth of 4140 feet. The maximum temperature reached was only 279°F (137°C), but at bottomhole a high rate of temperature increase with depth suggested much higher temperatures at greater depths. The sixth hole was completed in April of 1976. This well, HGP-A, which has the highest recorded temperature of any geothermal well, has raised hopes that in Hawaii geothermal energy might be a viable alternative to fossil fuel energy.
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Hawaii Geothermal Project, University of Hawaii. 1978. Summary: Geothermal energy in Hawaii. Honolulu (HI): Hawaii Natural Energy Institute, University of Hawaii.
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13 pages
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