Status of the Magma Energy Project

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1987-01
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Dunn, J.C.
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Sandia National Laboratories
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The current magma energy project is assessing the engineering feasibility of extracting thermal energy directly from crustal magma bodies. The estimated size of the US resource (50,000 to 500,000 quads) suggests a considerable potential impact on future power generation. In a previous seven-year study, we concluded that there are no insurmountable barriers that would invalidate the magma energy concept. Several concepts for drilling, energy extraction, and materials survivability were successfully demonstrated in Kilauea Iki lava lake, Hawaii. The present program is addressing the engineering design problems associated with accessing magma bodies and extracting thermal energy for power generation. The normal stages for development of a geothermal resource are being investigated: exploration, drilling and completions, production, and surface power plant design. Current status of the engineering program and future plans are described. 20 refs., 12 figs.
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Report Numbers: SAND-87-2560C; CONF-880103-3; OSTI ID: 5453369; Legacy ID: DE88002413, ON: DE88002413
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magma, lava, engineering, Kilauea, Hawaii
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Dunn JC. 1987. Status of the Magma Energy Project. Albuquerque (NM): Sandia National Laboratories.
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