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Introduction to Geothermal Energy

COURSE NO: R03-014
Introduction to Geothermal Energy
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course discusses the various types of geothermal energy systems and their potential for providing for the energy needs of the country.


Geothermal energy is energy in the form of heat radiating from the Earth’s mantle. It is a sustainable, renewable, and practically inexhaustible energy source for the United States, potentially being used for electricity generation, heating, and cooling, while emitting only small amounts of greenhouse gases. Geothermal resources can be found nationwide, are “always on,” and represent a potentially vast domestic energy supply. Only a fraction of these resources have been used thus far, because of technical and non-technical barriers that constrain industry growth. In this course various types of geothermal energy systems are described, and the problems that must be solved before these systems can be widely implemented are outlined.


This 3 PDH online course is intended for civil, electrical, and mechanical engineers concerned with the future of the power industry.
Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Understanding hydrothermal resources
  • Knowing how to characterize enhanced geothermal systems
  • Familiarizing with geothermal heat pumps
  • Understanding electric power generation
  • Familiarizing with geothermal direct use
  • Understanding the geothermal energy benefits
  • Learning the technical and non-technical barriers to geothermal development
Course Document
In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the course document, “Introduction to Geothermal Energy”, which is based on Chapter 2 of the U.S. Department of Energy report, “GeoVision: Harnessing the Heat Beneath our Feet”, reference DOE/EE-1306, dated 2019.
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Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of twenty (20) questions to earn 3 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on the entire document.
The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of the quiz, print your Certificate of Completion instantly. (Note: if you are paying by check or money order, you will be able to print it after we receive your payment.) For your convenience, we will also email it to you. Please note that you can log in to your account at any time to access and print your Certificate of Completion.

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