Iceland to develop one of the world’s largest geothermal energy systems

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New geothermal energy project is being developed in Iceland Iceland has begun development on what may become the world’s deepest geothermal borehole. The country is drilling the borehole into the heart of a volcano. The borehole will be at a depth of 3.10 miles, significantly deeper than other geothermal boreholes in the country. Iceland is currently one of the leading producers of geothermal energy and the country is eager to embrace this form of power more aggressively in an effort to reduce reliance on fossil-fuels. New project could generate up…

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Geothermal energy could one day power colonies on Mars

Colonizing Mars may no longer be a dream of science fiction With all the major technological advancements coming from prominent organizations throughout the world and companies like SpaceX, humans getting to Mars may not be a dream of space-lovers for much longer. Mars has been in the news many times in recent years, largely due to projects focused on its colonization. At some point in the future, Mars may serve as a new home for humanity, but before that can happen, several challenges must first be overcome. SpaceX aims to…

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Munich geothermal energy planning is underway

The German city has been conducting seismic studies to use the heat under the earth’s surface. The large scale Munich geothermal energy plans have now been released for the city located in Bavaria, Germany. The city’s plans for the renewable energy as a heating source are quite ambitious. The Munich geothermal energy strategy goals involve a 2040 deadline. By then, it wants to become the first large city in the world to be heated by 100 percent renewable energy. Geothermal energy will be playing a considerable role in this sizeable…

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Canadian geothermal village could generate all the power it needs

Hot springs in a town located along British Columbia’s Rocky Mountains offer renewable energy. The town of Valemount, British Columbia is a natural geothermal village. It is located along the Canadian Rocky Mountains and features the Canoe Reach hot springs. The hot springs are among the warmest surface hot springs in the country. As a result, the town has decided to make some renewable energy plans for this natural resource. At the moment, the hot springs offer tourists a gorgeous destination to visit. However, they may also turn the location…

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New geothermal energy plant could come to the Salton Sea

Hopes could be raised for Salton Sea green energy advocates and those who support the lake’s restoration. Controlled Thermal Resources (CTR), a multi-faceted Electricity Generation and Mineral Extraction Corporation, is interested in developing a huge geothermal energy plant by the Salton Sea; the shallow, saline, endorheic rift lake that sits on the San Andreas Fault and is mostly located in California’s Coachella and Imperial Valleys. The lake is home to one of world’s strongest geothermal reservoirs and the development of more renewable resources in the area is welcome by many…

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Kenya set to expand its geothermal energy capacity in coming years

Kenya is establishing a lead in the geothermal power sector Kenya has become one of the world’s leaders in geothermal energy production. The Kenya Electricity Generating Company has located 14 sites that have geothermal potential. The company believes that geothermal power could become a valuable source of energy for the country and it may help Kenya become more environmentally friendly. Geothermal systems tap into the inherent power of the earth, making use of a mixture of heated water and steam under pressure to generate electricity. Many Kenyans lack reliable access…

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Greenhouse powered by geothermal energy produces fresh fruit year-round in Nebraska

A Nebraskan entrepreneur has designed a greenhouse that runs all year long using geothermal power. Russ Finch, an entrepreneur, engineer and retired mailman who lives in Nebraska, has designed and developed a greenhouse that is powered by geothermal energy and can operate 12 months out of the year on Nebraska’s Northern High Plains. Finch’s greenhouse is unique, not only because it runs on renewable power and can grow citrus fruit (and other produce) year-round but, because the U.S. state is known for its bad weather, which has resulted in a…

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First geothermal energy plant in Canada under construction

According to reports, construction of the pilot plant is underway in Saskatchewan. Deep Earth Energy Corporation, the company behind the geothermal energy plant, has had plans to develop the facility, which will be the first of its kind in Canada, since the end of 2014. According to recent reports, the pilot plant is finally under construction in the province of Saskatchewan, at the project’s site, which is located about two hours southeast of the city of Regina, reported Clean Technica. The project could provide hundreds of megawatts of energy production…

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Satellites may help locate geothermal energy sources beneath cities

European scientists have developed a way to estimate temperature of hidden groundwater under urban centers. A study, recently published in the journal “Environmental Science & Technology,” revealed that scientists in Germany and Switzerland have created a way to estimate groundwater temperature below the surface of cities by basing their calculations on satellite measurements of surface temperatures and the density of buildings. This method, which allows the scientists to estimate groundwater temperature beneath cities, could help them discover untapped sources of geothermal energy, which could be harnessed as renewable power. Urban…

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Countries come together to promote geothermal energy

Global Geothermal Alliance has been launched by a partnership of 36 countries Several countries have joined together to promote the use of geothermal energy throughout the world. The Global Geothermal Alliance has been formed by a coalition of 36 countries, which believe that geothermal energy can be an adequate alternative to conventional forms of power. The coalition aims to see a six fold increase in geothermal energy production by 2030, focusing on developing economies that may be able to benefit most from this form of clean power. Coalition aims to…

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Swedish shopping center to convert to geothermal energy

The planned renewable energy system will reduce Jakobsbergs Centrum’s energy consumption by more than half. Citycon, a leading developer, owner and manager of urban, grocery-anchored shopping centers in the Baltic and Nordic regions, has recently announced that it plans to switch its Swedish shopping center, Jakobsbergs Centrum, to a geothermal energy system to heat and cool the shopping center, which should cut down the center’s energy consumption by as much as 65 percent. The shopping center will become the largest in Sweden to use a comprehensive geothermal plant. What the…

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Huge Geothermal Energy Initiative launched at COP21

New Global Geothermal Alliance aims to dramatically boost global installed geothermal power generation by 2030. Thirty-eight (38) countries and 20 development and industry partners have come together at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris (COP21) to launch the Global Geothermal Alliance. This initiative, which is made possible by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), aims to reach a goal of 500% increase in worldwide installed capacity for geothermal energy generation and a 200% increase in geothermal heating by 2030, reported Renewable Energy Magazine. While geothermal could be an ideal…

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Geneva has green-lighted ambitions geothermal power exploration program

The Swiss canton’s utility company is seeking potential geothermal sources in 33 municipalities. This new exploration program to look for possible geothermal power sources is part of the GEothermie 2020 project, a CHF 20 million ($20.2 million) project that the canton of Geneva’s utility company, Services Industriels de Geneva (SIG), launched last year to find sources of hot water naturally occurring under the ground, which could be extracted and used to provide heating or power electrical power generators. Initial tests in 2014 found hot water in the Lake Geneva basin…

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Geothermal system will save Nashville airport over $400K a year

Geothermal plates will be used to provide cool lake water for the airport’s cooling and irrigation system. By next summer, the Nashville International Airport will receive water for its cooling and irrigation systems via a geothermal system installed in the former Hoover Quarry, a 43-acre lake that holds stormwater runoff and is located next to the airport. The project is expected to save the airport nearly $430,000 annually in cooling costs for the next 50 years. Water from the lake will not require energy to be chilled, saving money and…

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Research project explores cleaner and cheaper enhanced geothermal energy systems

Enhanced geothermal power production could become more viable with new fluid. A geothermal energy research project by New Mexico State University Assistant Professor Kenneth C. Carroll and a group of other researchers is exploring non-polluting and cost-effective enhanced geothermal systems (EGS). Their research has led the group to develop a new fracturing fluid that utilizes an eco-friendly polymer to create miniscule cracks in bedrock deep below the earth’s surface. EGS have greater potential to tap the energy of geothermal hot spots in areas where bedrock is otherwise impermeable. Enhanced geothermal…

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Second phase of geothermal energy plant goes online in Nevada

Ormat Technologies Inc. announced that the second phase of its geothermal power facility is now up and running. The large American geothermal energy corporation based in Reno, Nevada said last Thursday that commercial operations began for the second phase of its Don A Campbell geothermal power plant. The plant is located in Mineral County, Nevada, and the second phase has doubled the capacity of the geothermal complex. The renewable energy plant is anticipated to generate 19 MW annually. On average, the Don A Campbell plant is expected to produce 19…

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