Updates on Geothermal Technologies

Association of Construction and Development
September 21, 2012 — 1,481 views  

Geothermal technology has been one of those terms associated with the "going green" movement that doesn't seem to be fully understood by the public. Geothermal technology is lumped in with wind energy technology and solar technology in the renewable energy category, but many people don't realize that it utilizes water, heat and steam from under the Earth's surface to produce energy.

While geothermal technology allows for energy to be stored and transmitted to distant locations, geothermal technology is primarily being used by cities on a local level to take care of local energy needs. Here are some updates on how the latest geothermal technologies are being developed and applied.

Citizens of Reno, Nevada, have witnessed some of the most sweeping changes in geothermal technology. Various geothermal plants within the city limits not only provide enough electrical energy to power all of the city's residences, but geothermal plants are also used for heating purposes as well. Additionally, Ormat Technologies, the primary provider of geothermal energy in Reno, has recently completed a geothermic cooling system based around the evaporation of water. 

In Iceland, scientists have been able to harness the power of the local volcanoes to ensure that residents have access to clean electrical energy and comfortable heat among other perks. Residents of Iceland have been utilizing geothermal energy for about seven decades now, and the energy is used in many daily aspects of life. The geothermal power that is harnessed has been used to heat swimming pools, power industry, heat greenhouses, and melt snow that accumulates in parking lots and other places of business.

Another unique way in which countries are using geothermal technology can be found in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Formerly, geothermic engineers located cracks and fissures in the Earth's surface that would allow them to access and harness geothermic energy and warm spring water. In the UAE, engineers have created new fissures that they then pumped water into. These man-made fissures and geothermic systems have shown the world that it isn't necessary for there to be nearby natural hot springs in order to use geothermal energy.

As oil supplies become scarcer and prices continue to rise, countries and individuals are trying to find new ways to cut down on energy costs and become more self-sufficient. Although the use of geothermal energy is a relatively new idea, the world has already seen several interesting upgrades and advances in the technology.

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