Pumping water into active volcanoes could generate ample geothermal energy

Geothermal energy is gaining grip as a leading option for alternative power. Many more plants are coming up to produce power from the pressure and heat in volcano sites in many parts of the world. Geothermal energy developers are to pump millions of gallons of water to the sides of a volcano in Central Oregon this summer to produce large amount of power. It is yet another terrible idea to generate power without annoying the nature and people living around.

Geothermal drilling rig

Pumped water in the areas of an exploded volcano emerges out extremely faster and hotter. The heat and the pressure from its movement can be harnessed to produce power using high-tech geothermal plants. Seattle’s AltaRock Energy and Davenport Newberry Holding of Stamford Connecticut are overseeing the volcano power project in Central Oregon.

Many tech companies and agencies have invested hugely in the volcano power project. Google and the U.S. Department of Energy have invested $43 million into the Oregon project. Google, the web search engine giant, is in look for more alternative energy to power up its growing datacenters in the U.S.

Researchers reveal that the process of generating geothermal energy is highly cost effective. For power production, three things are necessary; a source of heat like a volcano, a source of water, which transfers heat to the surface to be turned to the electricity and lastly a method that will take the water down to the heat and bring it back.

The combination of these three things will help humankind produce power from yet another natural source. It will cause no harmful impact on the earth or the creatures inhabiting the area of the geothermal power plant and volcano.

Via: Dvice