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Geothermal Energy

Semester 2

This course provides an overview of geothermal energy systems. An integral part of the course is the Field Trip where students gain first-hand information about different methods of measuring resistivity using equipment such as the MiniSting or the SuperSting. Field trips to specific geothermal sites would help reinforce student understanding of the dynamic interaction of hydrothermal systems.

Many of the Caribbean islands have significant geothermal energy potential but limited technical resources in terms of trained personnel. It is therefore necessary to train persons in this area to satisfy the demands of the region in developing the science and technology of geothermal energy. This course will provide initially the necessary knowledge and skills to engage in the development of geothermal energy.


1. Geophysics
2. Geothermal Geoscience
3. Geothermal Geochemistry
4. Mathematical Systems
5. Geothermal Reservoir Modelling
6. Geothermal Systems Modelling
7. Geothermal Reservoir Engineering
8. Geothermal Reservoir Engineering (Cont’d)
9. Geothermal Energy and the Environment

  • Coursework: 50%
    • Laboratory Assignment 20%
    • Term Paper 10%
    • Mid-semester Exam 20%
  • Final Exam: 50%
    • Three-hour final exam
Learning Objectives: 

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Describe the underlying geological setting, hydrology, and Geochemistry of Geothermal systems.
2. Analyse the chemical compositions of samples from surface manifestations and wells.
3. Apply the theories of thermodynamics to the analysis of hydrothermal systems
4. Perform geophysical surveys.
5. Use modelling tools for geothermal reservoir investigations
6. Critically assess the environmental impacts of geothermal systems.

Course Code: 
3 Credits
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