Researchers find vast amounts of geothermal gas throughout the United StatesNovember 21, 2011
The U.S. is home to one of the richest sources of geothermal energy in the world, according to new research from The Southern Methodist University’s Geothermal Laboratory.
The research was funded by Google, a company that has begun investing heavily into alternative energy. Researchers made use of Google’s high-tech mapping software, which allowed them to find abundant deposits of geothermal gas throughout the nation. In fact, the U.S. has so much geothermal potential, that it may no longer need coal or nuclear power plants.
According to researchers, U.S. is able to generate more than 3 million megawatts of electricity each year using these newly discovered geothermal sources. That is 10 times more energy output than the nation’s myriad coal power plants.