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RE14M2 - Geothermic Energy

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Module name:

Geothermic Energy

Scope and form:

To train specialists in renewable energies with focus on geothermic energy Elective; face to face.

Duration (weeks; Hours/week):

15 weeks lecturing (3 hours of lectures and 3 hours of laboratory classes/ 2 hours project), 1 week midterm exam, about 50 hours of self-study time.

Type of assessment:

Case study (40%), Project (%30), Final exam (%30)

Qualified Prerequisites:

Foundations on renewable energy; Renewable energies.

General module objectives:

The aim of the module is to provide the students with the basic knowledge about potential and utilization opportunities of geothermal energy.

Topics and short description:

An overview of geothermic energy status around the world, Place of geothermal energy among general energy portrait, Defining geothermal energy: basic issues, Formation and characterization of geothermal resources; Resource assessment and sustainability, Utilization of geothermal resources, Environmental impacts of geothermal energy; Environmental and legal regulations, Advanced geothermal technologies for the future, Economics of resource utilization, Training of specialists.

Learning outcomes:




Became aware on the potential and utilization opportunities of geothermal energy

Distinguish different types o f
geothermal technologies and
appropriate uses of them

Explain the principles that underlie the ability of geothermal energy to deliver useable energy

Identify the fundamental physical characteristics and processes in geothermal systems

Fluency with terminology and concepts

Synthesize disparate facts and processes into comparisons and conclusions that are not explicit

Differentiate between types of geothermal resources and their location

To perform research on different technologies and present papers

Ability to formulate a research issue; Capacity for analysis and grasp of sophisticated
IT tools

Identify economic costs and benefits of geothermal energy use

Research and analytical skills

Assess environmental costs and
benefits of geothermal energy

Recommended literature:

Glassley W.E., “Geothermal Energy: Renewable Energy and the Environment”, ISBN-13: 978-1420075700, ISBN-10: 1420075705, (2010).
Ochsner K., “Geothermal Heat Pumps: A Guide for Planning and Installing”, ISBN-13:978-1-84407-406-8, 2008.
Egg J., Cunniff G., Orio C., “Modern Geothermal HVAC Engineering and Control Applications”, ISBN-13: 978-0071792684, ISBN-10: 0071792686, 2013.
Barbier, E., “Geothermal Energy Technology and Current Status: An Overview”, Renewable and Sustainable Review 6(1-2):3-65(2002).
Sheldon, P. (2005) Earth’s Physical Resources: An Introduction (Book 1 of S278 Earth’s Physical Resources: Origin, Use and Environmental Impact), The Open University, Milton Keynes.
Smith, S. (2005) Water: The Vital Resource (Book 3 of S278 Earth’s Physical Resources: Origin, Use and Environmental Impact), The Open University, Milton Keynes.
Dickson, Mary H. and FaneMi, Mario (2006) " Geothermal Energy: Utilization and Technology" Editors, Earthscan, ISBN - 13: 978-1-844047-184-5.
Gupta, Harsh and Roy, Sukanta (2008) Geothermal Energy: An Alternative Resource for the 21st Century", ISBN: 978-0-444-52875-9, ISBN-10: 044452875X.
Dincer I, Hepbasli A, Ozgener L. 2007. Geothermal article “Geothermal Energy Resources” for Encyclopedia of Energy Engineering, DOI:10.1081/E-EEE-120042343, 1;1; 744-752, London,Taylor&Francis.
Ozgener L, Hepbasli A, and Dincer I. 2004.Thermo-mechanical exergy analysis of Balcova Geothermal District Heating system in Izmir, Turkey. ASME-Journal of Energy Resources Technology, 126, 293-301.
Hepbasli A., Ozgener L. 2004. Development of geothermal energy utilization in Turkey: a review. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 8(5), 433-460. Ozgener O, Ozgener L. 2010. Exergoeconomic analysis of an underground air tunnel system for greenhouse cooling system.International Journal of Refrigeration 33,995-1005.
Ozgener O, Ozgener L. 2010. Exergetic assessment of EAHEs for building heating in Turkey: A greenhouse case study. Energy Policy 38, 5141-5150.