When we think alternate sources of power, we think of solar and wind power. And if pushed, we tend to think of tidal power and hope that clean energy generating ideas like a hydrogen fuel cell will take over in the coming decade or so. But not many of us give a thought to geothermal energy. The huge amount of heat that is contained within the earth’s crust and comes from the core that drives this planet on. But how about tapping into another source of energy that is much like geothermal power, but is actually available far more widely and is a lot more easily accessible?
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In today’s era, it is very significant to find out an alternative for the non-renewable energy sources. Solar energy is one of the renewable energy, which seems to be a never-ending source. The sun can provide us with energy, which would be sufficient to illuminate the entire world for many centuries ahead. Let us learn to install solar electric panels on the roof of your house.
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When we think of alternate sources of power, geothermal energy is not something that comes to mind instantly. The image of clean energy has always been linked with solar, wind and even tidal power. But somehow the energy that lays dormant beneath our very own feet has always been ignored. Maybe it is just our nature to look towards the skies and the oceans, rather than explore the planet’s inner depths. Maybe it is because space is empty and easy to deal with compared to the unraveling the earth’s crust and mantle.
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In order to cut the cost of geothermal drilling, 30 years ago polycrystalline diamond compact (PDC) bits were developed that are still used for drilling the wells, those provides us nearly two third of the present oil supply. Recently, the technology was brought full circle by the US Navy and Sandia showing how original PDC Technology may be used by geothermal drillers integrating decades of continuous improvements by the gas and oil industry. As a part of geothermal resources evaluation, phase one demonstration tests were conducted by the US Navy’s Geothermal Program Office (USN GPO) and Sandia at the Chocolate Mountains Aerial Gunnery Range in Imperial Valley, California.
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Rising population numbers, finite resources and increasing demand for energy has led many countries to seek out alternative fuel sources. The search hasn’t been easy as almost every path is pegged with one problem or the other. Areas that rely on hydroelectricity have to hope for regular rain patterns while those relying on solar energy pray that the sun shines bright enough. As for East Africa, it is looking forward to geothermal energy to meet its power requirements. The proposal has caught the attention of the Kenyan government as well as international investors and it is hoped that the potential solution will see the end of the region’s power woes.
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Google and the Department of Energy (DOE) have funded a massive project to generate geothermal power from a dormant volcano in Central Oregon. AltaRock Energy of Seattle and Davenport Newberry Holding of Stamford Connecticut are overseeing the geothermal project for clean energy. Google and DOE have already invested $43 million in the volcano power project.
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Why we are asking this now?
The difference between world’s energy demand and supply is growing everyday. Along with this, the existing sources of electricity are depleting faster than ever as the global economy get more dependent on fossil fuels than ever. There is not only an economic side of this story. Rather, on a bad note, the use of fossil fuels has endangered the world with twin threats of climate change and global warming. This situation has also prompted many to search and switch over to green sources of electricity. But the rate at which this is happening is far from satisfactory. There are many technological, policy-level and budgetary challenges that have so far prevented the full growth of renewable energy sector.
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