The history and significance of the Hawaii Geothermal Project

Thomas, Donald M.
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Hawaii Institute of Geophysics, University of Hawaii at Manoa
The Hawaii Geothermal Project, since its initiation in 1972, has not only demonstrated that there is a viable geothermal resource present on the Kilauea East Rift Zone, it has also produced a wealth of information about the characteristics of the resource and the operational requirements that must be met to generate electrical power on a long term reliable basis. The HGP-A well demonstrated that a high-temperature hydrothermal system was present on the East Rift Zone; the HGP-A Wellhead Generator Facility showed that electrical power could be generated on a long-term basis from the geothermal reservoir with an availability factor of more than 90'; and research at the facility tested several types of systems for control of hydrogen sulfide and scale deposition. The results of the Hawaii Geothermal Project have helped resolve many uncertainties about the reservoir and will provide guidance to private and regulatory interests as a commercial geothermal development comes on line in Hawaii.
Hawaii Geothermal Project, history, reservoirs
Hawaii Institute of Geophysics. August 1990. The History and Significance of the Hawaii Geothermal Project. Honolulu, Hawaii: Hawaii Institute of Geophysics.
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