Development of a Model for the Transient Thermal Behavior for Fractured Dry Granite Beds During Geothermal Energy Extraction.
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The initial literature survey for this program resulted in an astonishingly large number of citations. Examination of the citations revealed that the Department of Energy (DOE), particularly Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory, had been heavily involved with geothermal energy related topics for nearly two decades. If Mississippi is to pursue geothermal energy, the resources of the DOE must be courted and obtained. Any further involvement concerning geothermal energy extraction possibilities in Mississippi should be a multitask effort. Task 1 would be to quantify the geology of the state in terms of subsurface temperature gradients at various locations and depths. Task 2 would be to complete the numerical simulation started with this project and then to use the simulation to quantify the energy extraction rate possible for the data from task 1. Task 3 would be to take the results of the simulation and present to the DOE a proposal for an exploratory borehole to confirm any potential.
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