Solar, Geothermal, Hydrogen, and Hydraulic Power

by Frederick F. Hall, Manager; Plant Engrg. Dept., Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, Stanford Univ., Stanford, Calif.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Power Division, 1978, Vol. 104, Issue 1, Pg. 71-82

Document Type: Journal Paper


Mankind faces a world-wide power dilemma. A comprehensive energy policy must be adopted here and abroad to solve this dilemma. Certain features of such a policy are considered including solar, geothermal, hydro-electric, and wind power plant applications. The possible use of weightless balloon collectors to reduce cost of solar-electric power plants is described. Present status of geothermal power plants is reviewed. The use of hydrogen as a fuel and for energy conversion, transmission, and storage is described. Possible uses of untapped or remote sources of hydro-electric power are listed. The possible use of wind power is referred to.

Subject Headings: Power plants | Solar power | Thermal power | Wind power | Hydrogen | Hydraulics | Hydro power | Energy consumption

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