Geothermal direct use, Kapoho / Pohoiki area : feasibility study

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"This feasibility study investigated the following objectives in determining whether direct use of geothermal heat is feasible in the Kapoho / Pohoiki area of Puna on the Island of Hawaii. 1. Identify geothermal direct use enterprises that are likely to be commercially viable, and acceptable to the Puna communities. 2. Identify possible sites that could be used for geothermal direct use businesses. 3. Identify possible geothermal resources in Kapoho outside of PGV's lease that could be utilized for geothermal direct use. 4. Estimate capital and operational costs. 5. Estimate viable unit costs for heat. 6. Identify positive and negative impacts on the community of a geothermal direct use enterprise park. 7. Research the legal basis for accessing the County of Hawaii's Geothermal Asset and Geothermal Royalty funds. 8. Develop a plan to promote the economic benefits of geothermal direct use in the County of Hawaii. This study is Part 2 of a larger effort by the County of Hawaii Department of Research and Development (County) in cooperation with the Hawaii State Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to develop direct uses of geothermal heat. It is hoped that geothermal direct use can be found technically and economically feasible in the Kapoho / Pohoiki area and will lead to the development of a geothermal enterprise park for the benefit of the Puna communities."
direct use, geothermal uses, Hawaii Island, geothermal resource assessments, engineering, Kilauea East Rift Zone, Kapoho, Pohoiki, Puna, Kilauea, Big Island, Hawaii
Okahara & Associates, Inc. 2007. Geothermal direct use, Kapoho / Pohoiki area : feasibility study. Honolulu (HI): Okahara & Associates, Inc.
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