Geothermal Energy – the old new frontier in harnessing earth’s green energy.
Not all geographical locations have sufficient solar radiation or wind energy to support the large scale development of these intermittent renewable energies. Another type of renewable energy is possible however in many locations. Geothermal Energy uses the Earth’s heat to produce persistent electrical energy. It is renewable in the sense that the Earth produces it with internal thermal processes not associated with Man and it is naturally replenished – but it is up to us to access it efficiently and as cleanly as possible.
Environmentally sustainable and resilient energy is essential as part of the Energy Transition. Residential, commercial, and industrial users, whether grid connected or not, need a Energy Mix with increased Renewables. Other populations suffer from Energy Poverty which hinders international Sustainable Development Goals.
As the world works to reduce Global Warming, the capture and storage of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions has been identified as an important step. CO2 is a by-product of power generation combustion and some industrial processes. CO2 can also be produced from conventional oil and gas reservoirs. Fortunately there are effective technologies to capture this CO2 which can be deployed at source with compression and pipelines to transport the gas to subsurface storage locations.
Hydrogen can be an attractive source of Clean Energy but it can also be an effective Energy Storage medium. There are good applications for Hydrogen in residential, commercial, and industrial settings.