Growth of the “Forgotten” Renewable Energy

The article i read was about the forgotten renewable energy source of geothermal energy, written by Robert Dechant. This article explains how geothermal energy has been put to the back burner and left there, while other energy sources are growing increasingly in technology and in usage around the globe. It has been known to be the far least popular and well known kind of renewable energy source when compared to solar and wind power.

Geothermal energy is an alternative energy source that used the power of water that is heated at high temperatures until it turns into steam which spins a set of turbines that produce electricity. In today’s world geothermal energy only produces around 1% of the electrical power worldwide. In recent studies the geothermal industry has started to slowly increase in the amount of projects that are taking place. Such as certain countries taking interest in this kind of renewable energy, for example china. China is trying to increase its amount of geothermal energy to help reduce the amount of smog and help reduce the dependency on other kinds of fuel to help its fast growing population. Another country looking into the usage of geothermal is Munich, Germany who plans on running completely off of renewable energy by the year of 2025 with the plan of running mostly off of geothermal energy.

Every renewable energy source has its advantages and disadvantages, that come along with it because if one did not we would not be consistently looking for the best way to produce energy that will be the least harmful for our environment and be able to produce enough energy for the increase of usage and growth in population. Some advantages of geothermal energy is that it can heat and cool homes at lower temperatures when compared to other sources. As well as can consistently produce energy 24 hours a day. Which has the potential to fill the gap that other renewable energy sources have in regard to produce energy production. Disadvantages of geothermal energy is that a typical drill has a chance of 10-30% that the drill be unsuccessful, because

“You can put out a meter and measure easily how much wind and solar is at a site.  You can get real data.”  But it is “much harder to understand” how much geothermal hot water is available in a certain area (Dechant, Geothermal).

The link of this blog is, http://teckdeck2008.wordpress.com/2014/08/04/growth-of-the-forgotten-renewable-energy/

Kaity Wolford

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