Hot Dry Rock Geothermal Reservoir Testing- 1978 To 1980

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Journal Article: Hot Dry Rock Geothermal Reservoir Testing- 1978 To 1980

The Phase I Hot Dry Rock Geothermal Energy reservoirs at the Fenton Hill field site grew continuously during Run Segments 2 through 5 (January 1978 to December 1980). Reservoir growth was caused not only by pressurization and hydraulic fracturing, but also by heat-extraction and thermal-contraction effects. Reservoir heat-transfer area grew from 8000 to 50,000 m2 and reservoir fracture volume grew from 11 to 266 m3. Despite this reservoir growth, the water loss rate increased only 30%, under similar pressure environments. For comparable temperature and pressure conditions, the flow impedance ( a measure of the resistance to circulation of water through the reservoir) remained essentially unchanged, and if reproduced in the Phase II reservoir under development, could result in "self pumping". Geochemical and seismic hazards have been nonexistent in the Phase I reservoirs. The produced water is relatively low in total dissolved solids and shows little tendency for corrosion or scaling. The largest microearthquake associated with heat extraction measures less than minus one on the extrapolated Richter scale.

Z. V. Dash, H. D. Murphy, R. L. Aamodt, R. G. Aguilar, D. W. Brown, D. A. Counce, H. N. Fisher, C. O. Grigsby, H. Keppler, A. W. Laughlin, R. M. Potter, J. W. Tester, P. E. Trujillo Jr and G. Zyvoloski

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Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 1983

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Z. V. Dash,H. D. Murphy,R. L. Aamodt,R. G. Aguilar,D. W. Brown,D. A. Counce,H. N. Fisher,C. O. Grigsby,H. Keppler,A. W. Laughlin,R. M. Potter,J. W. Tester,P. E. Trujillo Jr,G. Zyvoloski. 1983. Hot Dry Rock Geothermal Reservoir Testing- 1978 To 1980. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research. (!) .

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