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Status of the Magma Energy Project

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dc.contributor.author Dunn, J.C.
dc.date.accessioned 2012-01-27T20:18:35Z
dc.date.accessioned 2012-01-27T22:19:21Z
dc.date.available 2012-01-27T20:18:35Z
dc.date.available 2012-01-27T22:19:21Z
dc.date.issued 1987-01
dc.identifier.citation Dunn JC. 1987. Status of the Magma Energy Project. Albuquerque (NM): Sandia National Laboratories.
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10524/19362
dc.description Report Numbers: SAND-87-2560C; CONF-880103-3; OSTI ID: 5453369; Legacy ID: DE88002413, ON: DE88002413
dc.description.abstract 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.
dc.description.sponsorship U.S. Department of Energy
dc.description.sponsorship DOE Contract Number AC04-76DP00789
dc.format.extent 10 pages
dc.language.iso en-US
dc.publisher Sandia National Laboratories
dc.subject magma
dc.subject lava
dc.subject engineering
dc.subject Kilauea
dc.subject Hawaii
dc.title Status of the Magma Energy Project
dc.type Report
dc.type.dcmi Text
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