Geothermal Energy

Course Information
TitleΓΕΩΘΕΡΜΙΑ / Geothermal Energy
CodeNGGG 824E
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
CoordinatorMaria Papachristou
Course ID600019091

Programme of Study: PPS-Tmīma Geōlogías (2020-sīmera)

Registered students: 0
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSElective Courses843
EFARMOSMENĪ GEŌLOGIAElective Course belonging to the selected specialization (Elective Specialization Course)843
ORYKTOLOGIA - PETROLOGIAElective Course belonging to the selected specialization (Elective Specialization Course)843
GEŌFYSIKĪElective Course belonging to the selected specialization (Elective Specialization Course)843

Class Information
Academic Year2020 – 2021
Class PeriodSpring
Weekly Hours2
Class ID
Course Type 2011-2015
Knowledge Deepening / Consolidation
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
1)Have acquired the basic knowledge concerning the geothermal energy principles and concepts 2)Comprehend the main physical processes that take place inside the geothermal systems 3)Know and understand the basic tools/methods for the exploration of geothermal resources 4)Are able to use and evaluate simple geothermal drilling results and basic thermometric data (e.g. calculation of geothermal gradients or heat loads etc.) 5)Have a good idea of how geothermal energy can be exploited (basic geothermal uses-available technologies-geothermal monitoring-pros and cons, etc.), and what is the role and contribution of a geologist in a geothermal exploitation project 6)Are familiar with the geothermal status in Greece (geothermal exploration and results/area + major applications), as well as with the most important and innovating applications around the world Field Trip Learning outcomes 7.Put theory into context (when and why geothermal systems are developed in this area?) 8.Understand better the geologic formations and structures that favor the development of geothermal anomalies in the specific areas 9.Get familiar with some of the methods and techniques of geothermal exploitation 10.Explore in detail and understand, through conversation with the geothermal operators, specific problems or benefits of geothermal use.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Respect natural environment
Course Content (Syllabus)
•Introduction to geothermal energy (historic review, basic concept and principles) •The heat of the earth and heat flow •Favorable geothermal conditions (globally and locally) •Geothermal systems and fields – Natural processes •Classification of geothermal systems •Geothermal exploration methods and techniques •Chemical characteristics, quality and classification of geothermal fluids •Exploitation of geothermal resources – Renewability and sustainability •Environmental impacts and technical problems regarding the use of geothermal energy •Benefits and advantages of geothermal energy •The geothermal status of Greece (exploration, legislation, identified geothermal fields) •Geothermal energy applications around the world •Geothermal energy use in Greece Field Trip In the frame of the course, a one-day field trip takes place in the geothermal fields of Nea Apollonia (Mygdonia Basin) and Therma-Nigrita (Serres Basin). The field trip includes geologic observations, wellhead temperature measurements and visits to some geothermal applications (spa centers, greenhouses, etc).
renewable energy sources, geothermal systems, geothermal fields, fluids, environment, research, geothermal uses
Educational Material Types
  • Slide presentations
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Laboratory Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
  • Use of ICT in Student Assessment
1)The teachers uses computer and relative presentation or other software during the lectures 2)Part of the lectures’ presentations as well as additional educational material are available to the students through the auth e-learning platform 3)The teachers communicate with the students via e-mail or other social media (e.g. skype, viber, etc 4)The course evaluation is performed using the Quality Assurance Unit (MO.DI.P.) website
Course Organization
Reading Assigment10
Field trips and participation in conferences / seminars / activities7
Written assigments8
Student Assessment
Quality management system of the Quality Assurance Unit (MO.DI.P.)
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Multiple Choice Questions (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Problem Solving (Formative, Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Γεωθερμία, Μ. Φυτίκας, Ν. Ανδρίτσος, 1η Έκδοση 2004, ISBN: 978-960-418-019-6, Εκδόσεις Α. ΤΖΙΟΛΛΑ & ΥΙΟΙ ΑΕ.
Additional bibliography for study
ΓΕΩΘΕΡΜΙΚΑ ΣΥΣΤΗΜΑΤΑ, Γ. Καρυδάκης, 1η Έκδοση 2016, ISBN 978-618-82854-1-5.
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