Geothermal Today, 3 PDH
(Geothermal Today )


The geothermal energy potential beneath our feet is vast. This tremendous resource amounts to 50,000 times the energy of all oil and gas resources in the world. Also, geothermal energy is clean. It represents a promising solution for the nation and the world as they become ever more concerned about global warming, pollutions and rising fossil fuel energy prices. This course covers the basics of today's geothermal energy capabilities and technologies, as well as policies and potential barriers to geothermal resource development.

This course is intended primarily for energy, civil, mechanical, chemical, environmental, and industrial engineers. An attendee of this course will gain knowledge about the basics of geothermal energy capabilities and technologies.

In this course, you need to review the material in the U.S. DOE Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy publication #GO-10200502189, "Geothermal Today."

Upon completing your review of the course material, you need to take a multiple choice quiz consisting of fifteen (15) questions to earn 3 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on the entire document. 80% correct is required for a quiz passing grade.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, the student will

  • Be familiar with the different types of geothermal resources
  • Be familiar with the limitation of different types of geothermal resources
  • Be familiar with enhanced geothermal systems and how they work
  • Be familiar with the Raft River geothermal project
  • Be familiar with the GeoPowering the West initiative
Preview Course Materials: Geothermal Today, 3 PDH 

Course Author Profile: Harlan Bengson, Ph, PE

Cost: $59.00