Status of the Magma Energy Project

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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 ... continued below

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Dunn, J.C. January 1, 1987.

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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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NTIS, PC A02; 3.

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  • Symposium on geothermal energy, New Orleans, LA, USA, 10 Jan 1988

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  • Other: DE88002413
  • Report No.: SAND-87-2560C
  • Report No.: CONF-880103-3
  • Grant Number: AC04-76DP00789
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 5453369
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc1072368

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Dunn, J.C. Status of the Magma Energy Project, article, January 1, 1987; Albuquerque, New Mexico. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1072368/: accessed July 16, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.