Geothermal energy may fully power a Philippine island

The Philippines is one of the leading producers of the renewable resource. For decades, the Philippines has used geothermal energy, produced from volcanic heat below the islands, to generate electricity, and it is now undertaking a new project that would lead to this renewable energy source powering the entire island of Mindoro. The Philippines is located atop the Ring of Fire. The Southeast Asian island country is situated in the Pacific Ocean above what is called the Ring of Fire, a region of the pacific that is home to more…

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Geothermal energy could replace nuclear in Japan

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Geothermal energy has vast potential in Japan Despite sidetracking its plans to be rid of nuclear energy within the coming years, Japan is still keen to replace its nuclear power plants with safer forms of energy. In 2011, the Fukushima disaster triggered a serious nuclear crisis in Northern Japan when a powerful tsunami tore apart several nuclear power facilities. Since then, the country has been working to move away from nuclear power, and geothermal may be becoming one of the best paths for this endeavor. Iceland ambassador highlights the capabilities…

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Japan again turns to geothermal energy to replace nuclear power

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Geothermal energy could solve some of the country’s energy problems Geothermal energy has long been a promising prospect in Japan. The country’s proximity to the geological region known as the Ring of Fire makes it home to vast potential in regards to geothermal energy systems. In the wake of the Fukushima disaster of 2011, the country has been working to phase out its use of nuclear energy. Nuclear power once accounted for the majority of the country’s energy, which the Japanese government is now keen to replace with other forms…

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Geothermal energy gaining popularity in South America

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South American countries turn to geothermal energy A new report from the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program, a  global, multi-donor trust fund administered by the World Bank, shows that South America has a high potential for geothermal energy. As climate change begins to become more of a concern, several South American countries are looking to adopt alternative energy in an effort to reduce their impact on the environment. Geothermal energy has been growing in prominence in the region recently due to its availability. Clean energy may help countries cope with…

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Japan begins to focus more on geothermal energy

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Nuclear is out and geothermal is in As Japan finalizes its move away from nuclear power, the country has a need to fill the void left behind. The country is home to a powerful hydrogen fuel cell system, called ENE-FARM, which has proven capable of handling some of the country’s demand for electricity. Japanese officials believe that other forms of alternative energy are needed and that the country cannot rely solely on hydrogen fuel. To this end, the country has set its sights on geothermal energy. Ring of Fire is…

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Hawaii poised for 100% sustainability once geothermal energy is tapped

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Hawaii lies nestled in one of the most seismically active regions of the world. It lies in the heart of the so called “Ring of Fire,” a literal, massive ring surrounding the Pacific Ocean region where tectonic plates separate. The Ring of Fire is notorious for producing a multitude of major geologic events, such as volcanic eruptions and earthquakes, but it is also the world’s largest source of geothermal energy. Much of the energy remains untapped, often due to the difficulties in harvesting the power underwater. In Hawaii, however, geothermal…

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Researchers find vast amounts of geothermal gas throughout the United States

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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…

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Geothermal energy may be the future of Japan and other nations in the Ring of Fire

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Japan has been facing some daunting challenges when it comes to energy. Earlier this year, a powerful earthquake all but crippled the nation’s energy infrastructure. In the wake of the quake, Japan’s energy needs were satisfied – convincingly so – by hydrogen fuel. The nation has a long history with hydrogen that has proven fruitful, but Japan is also home to another form of energy that rarely catches headlines. Geothermal energy, as it is known, may be the future of Japan’s, and many other nations occupying the infamous “Ring of…

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