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Research proposal submitted to the National Science Foundation, Research Applied to National Needs (RANN)

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Title:Research proposal submitted to the National Science Foundation, Research Applied to National Needs (RANN)
LC Subject Headings:Geothermal resources--Hawaii
Power resources--Research--Hawaii
Date Issued:1973
Publisher:University of Hawaii at Manoa
Citation:University of Hawaii at Manoa. 1973. Research proposal submitted to the National Science Foundation, Research Applied to National Needs (RANN). Honolulu (HI): University of Hawaii at Manoa.
Abstract:Hawaii is generously endowed with many forms of natural energy--wind, wave, solar, and geothermal--all potentially low-pollution power sources. This proposal requests RANN funding to assist in developing that resource which appears to have the greatest potential for meeting the State's expanding power requirements--geothermal energy. In honor of Pele, the Hawaiian Goddess of Fire and resident of island volcanoes, the program is entitled Pele Energy Laboratory Experiments.
The PELE Project involves an interdisciplinary team of fifty-four researchers from throughout the University of Hawaii System who, in collaboration with a distinguished group of advisors and consultants, will engage in thirty-eight separate research tasks related to geothermal power. These scientific investigations are grouped into three programs: a) Geophysical, b) Engineering, and c) Environmental and Socioeconomic; and include both short- and long-range research studies on the identification, generation, and utilization of geothermal energy.
A secondary objective of the PELE Project is to provide the geophysical data and engineering technology to assist in the early development of geothermal power on the Big Island of Hawaii. Consequently, the drilling of deep test holes and planning for construction of a prototype geothermal power plant are included in this proposal. The prototype plant, in addition to providing essential data on the reservoir characteristics of the geothermal field, will serve as an observation and working laboratory for engineers and scientists from throughout the world.
This project has the interest and support of both State and County governments, as well as the private utilities on the three major islands. The potential is excellent for involving education, private interests, and government at the local, state and federal levels in this significant research project for expanding the technology base on geothermal energy and for developing a low-pollution power source for Hawaii and the Nation.
Pages/Duration:208 pages
Appears in Collections: College of Engineering Project Reports
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