Monday, January 17, 2011

Applications invited for National Geothermal Academy

The National Geothermal Academy (NGA) presents an 8-week intensive summer course in all aspects of geothermal energy development and utilization. The course will be offered for either undergraduate or graduate credit. Funding from DOE will defray room and board costs, and possibly tuition costs, for up to 20 students to attend from across the nation. Space is limited and this is a competitive program. The NGA is intended for juniors or seniors and post-baccalaureate students in scientific and engineering programs. Priority will be given to those applicants who intend to take all modules of the NGA. Strong undergraduate preparation in quantitative
fields, such as mathematics, physics, geoscience, engineering or chemistry, is expected. Topics to be covered include the following modules:

1) Introduction to Geothermal Energy Utilization
2) Public Policy/Permitting/Environmental Issues
3) Resource Assessment and Exploration
4) Drilling Engineering
5) Reservoir Engineering and Management
6) Power Plant Design and Construction
7) Direct Use / Heat Pumps
8) Geothermal Business Principles and Development
9) Team and Independent Project Synthesis

[taken from the NGA announcement]

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