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Hydrogen Sulfide Emissions of Geothermal Development in Hawaii

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Title:Hydrogen Sulfide Emissions of Geothermal Development in Hawaii
Authors:Meder, Emile
Contributors:Thomas, Donald (advisor)
Oceanography (department)
Global Environmental Science (department)
Date Issued:2013
Publisher:University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Place of Publication:Honolulu
Abstract:Geothermal energy is a renewable source of energy that has been developed
worldwide and on the Island of Hawai’i. Future geothermal developments are proposed
for the State of Hawai’i, but first environmental impacts of such development must be
fully evaluated. Hydrogen sulfide gas is the main emission of concern to the environment
and human health, and has had a history of being a severe health concern during previous
geothermal developments. Data from the State of Hawaii Department of Health air
quality monitors adjacent to Puna Geothermal Ventures plant were acquired and
analyzed. The observed concentrations of hydrogen sulfide are below the EPA and
Department of Health limits, but the effectiveness of the monitoring system currently in
place has been questioned and reviewed. For future developments, a more comprehensive
and effective system must be developed to monitor and, if necessary, reduce hydrogen
sulfide emissions.
Pages/Duration:54 pages
Rights:All UHM dissertations and theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission from the copyright owner.
Rights Holder:Meder, Emile
Appears in Collections: Global Environmental Science Theses

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