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Geothermal Power Plants, 4th Edition by Ronald DiPippo

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Foreword to the Fourth Edition

Lucien Y. Bronicki, Founder and past CTO of Ormat Technologies, Inc., Reno, Nevada

Design of a successful geothermal power plant is the result of a sound theoretical analysis combined with a series of practical compromises based as much as possible on past experience. The fourth and expanded edition of Ron DiPippo’s Geothermal Power Plants combines effectively these two elements. As already recognized by Sadi Carnot, the analysis cannot be limited to the thermal efficiency (called by Carnot “The economy of the combustible”) of the power plant. The concluding paragraph of his famous treatise makes this so clear and so relevant today, in particular for geothermal projects, that it deserves quotation in full: ...

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