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Directory:Geothermal in the News

Commenced Fall, 2009


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Latest: Directory:Geothermal > Nikola Lakic Fulfills Tesla's Vision of Dropping Geothermal Systems Down Where the Heat Is - Geothermal Worldwide, Inc.'s patented technology presents a radical approach to harnessing geothermal power by boring a fairly large hole and lowering the boiler, turbine, and generator down where the heat is, rather than using water or other fluids to bring the heat to the surface. They also have technology for boring the large diameter hole, enabling geothermal to be installed just about anywhere. (PESN and ''Examiner March 26, 2012)
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Directory:Trends > Directory:U.S. Government and Energy > President Obama’s State of the Union Calls the Clean Tech Future Our Sputnik Moment - In Obama's State of the Union speech, he called the current quest for green technology this generation's "Sputnik moment", urging the nation to see other countries' advances as fuel to reach past them as in 1969 when they put the first man on the moon. He wants 1 million electric vehicles on the road by 2015, and to be on 80% clean energy by 2035, and to eliminate tax cuts for oil companies... (Inhabitat January 26, 2011)


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Latest: Directory:Geothermal > Directory:Raser Technologies - Geothermal and Waste Heat Harvesting > Steam Dream: Utah's Geothermal Energy Potential - Geothermal compared to other renewables as well as coal and natural gas. Raser is deploying cost-effective geothermal resources, able to harness lower-heat input (200 - 300 degrees F) compared to usual flash-to-steam geothermal processes. Unlike wind or solar, geothermal is capable of base-load power production, providing constant output. (PESN September 1, 2010)

Does Geothermal Drilling Cause Earthquakes? - Although geothermal drilling does not cause earthquakes, there has recently been heightened concern about induced seismicity because of the development of Engineered Geothermal Systems (EGS) technology, which can (but does not always) involve the deliberate fracturing of deep reservoir rock... (Renewable Energy World January 20, 2010)

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Directory:Geothermal > Directory:Home Generation:Ground Source Heat Pump > Citrus in the Snow -- Geo-Air energy systems - Russ Finch has been testing various geothermal heating/cooling systems in his home for 35 years. He has documented that air is 50% cheaper than liquid is highly efficient, and has virtually no maintenance costs. His report "will allow anyone to easily build a "geo air" system, either professionally or as a DIY consumer." (CitrusintheSnow)


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Directory:Geothermal > Directory:Geothermal > Geopower driller faces jail for causing earthquakes - The head of Geopower Basel, a thermal energy company, was testing pioneering technology to blast cold water deep underground and create steam to drive electric turbines had to stop when it recorded an earthquake measuring 3.4 on the Richter scale and a series of smaller tremors that led to 3,500 claims for damages from homeowners and a compensation bill of SwFr9 million (£5.4 million). (Times Online UK Dec. 17, 2009)

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Directory:U.S. Government and Energy > DOE Awards $338M For Geothermal Energy - Up to US $338 million in Recovery Act funding will go to the exploration and development of new geothermal fields and research into advanced geothermal technologies, supporting 123 projects in 39 states, with recipients including private industry, academic institutions, tribal entities, local governments, and DOE's national laboratories. (Renewable Energy World Nov. 2, 2009)

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Latest: Directory:Geothermal > Directory:Marshall Hydrothermal Recovery System (Interview) - Bruce Marshall has filed a patent for a hydrothermal system that would harness the vast energy available from deep sea hydrothermal vents in which water seeps into near-surface magma, where it is continuously heated and ejected through vents at around 750 degrees Fahrenheit. The hot water and minerals would be brought to the surface to turn turbines. (PESWiki Oct. 22, 2009) (Comment)
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Directory:Geothermal > Directory:Home Generation:Ground Source Heat Pump > Geothermal Heat Pump Systems - U.S. company offers residential and commercial solutions to enable you to cut your heating and cooling costs by as much as 80%. You can safe an additional 30% with federal tax credits with Climate Master's Tranquility Series geothermal heat pumps.

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Directory:Geothermal / Directory:Nanotechnology > Cheaper Geothermal - Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, WA, say they've developed a superior type of heat-extracting fluid using nanomaterials that could dramatically improve the economics ( of producing renewable power from low-temperature geothermal resources. The proprietary liquid can potentially boost the rate of heat capture by 20 to 30 percent. (MIT Technology Review July 24, 2009)

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Directory:Trends > US energy use drops in 2008 - Americans used more solar, nuclear, biomass and wind energy in 2008 than they did in 2007 and the nation used less coal and petroleum during the same time frame and only slightly increased its natural gas consumption. Geothermal energy use remained the same. (LLNL July 20, 2009)

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Directory:Geothermal > Directory:Home Generation:Ground Source Heat Pump > Geothermal Heating & Cooling Information - Website is dedicated to providing information about geothermal heating and cooling systems that use the natural constant ambient temperature of the earth to heat in the winter and cool in the summer. This is accomplished with a compressor or heat pump unit, the liquid heat exchanger medium, and the air delivery system.

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Directory:Conventional Renewable Energy > Directory:Geothermal > New Study Finds Geothermal Energy the Most Efficient Renewable Energy Alternative and Improving the Fastest - According to a new study from NYU Stern, geothermal and wind energy are more efficient, and are yielding greater returns on the R&D invested in them, than most other renewable energy alternatives. (BusinessWire July 15, 2009)

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Directory:Geothermal > Directory:Solar:Installation and Consultation > ElectraTherm Green Machine harnesses geothermal and other low heat - ElectraTherm’s Texas partner, Gulf Coast Green Energy, will make power from heat captured in geothermal brine, a common byproduct of drilling for oil. The machine can produce power from a wide array of heat sources including industrial waste heat, stationary engines, biomass, and solar thermal installations. (BusinessWire June 4, 2009)

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Directory:Geothermal > Geothermal explosion rocks green energy hopes - The bid to produce green power on a commercial scale using heat mined from subterranean rocks – or "hot rocks" – has suffered a major setback, with the breach of a four-kilometre-deep well on Friday in the Cooper Basin in South Australia. (New Scientist April 28, 2009)

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Directory:Conservation >Greenest Nation - What big country is greener than Japan and Germany and produces more geothermal energy than all of Europe combined? This nation is also a pioneer in environmental stewardship, having passed many of the world's toughest regulations on vehicle emissions, energy efficiency and nature conservation. (Newsweek Feb. 21, 2009)

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Template: 43 / Latest / PESNetwork Videos: Directory:Geothermal > Directory:Raser Technologies - Geothermal and Waste Heat Harvesting > Directory:Raser Technologies - Geothermal and Waste Heat Harvesting - Sterling Allan and Robert Pritchett report on the Nov 6, 2008 ribbon-cutting event for the first of 8+ geothermal plants being built by Raser Technologies, which is now commissioned and producing competitive base-load power for a town in California. (YouTube) (PESN Videos Feb. 26, 2009)
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Directory:Geothermal >New Guide to Geothermal Energy Available - A new report by the Geothermal Energy Association titled [Geothermal 101: Basics of Geothermal Energy Production and Use covers the essentials of geothermal energy from electric power to residential heat pumps, with the objective of spurring further implementation of this yet largely untapped natural energy source." (News Blaze Feb. 15, 2009)

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Directory:Geothermal > Directory:Home Generation:Ground Source Heat PumpTapping The Earth For Energy - Ground-source heat pumps have been around for decades but every year seem to attract more homeowners and organizations who are looking for alternatives to traditional space heating and cooling. (CBS News Jan. 14, 2009)


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Directory:Geothermal >New USGS Study Pumps Geothermal - A study from the U.S. Geological Survey suggests geothermal has the potential to generate 529.9 gigawatts of electricity in the United States -- over 10% of the total electricity demand. (Cleantech Sept. 30, 2008)

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5 Ways Geothermal Power is Heating Up Around the World - Geothermal power is the poor cousin of higher profile renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power. It doesn’t seem to be a question of geothermal’s potential, but its amount of publicity. Here’s a roundup of what’s heating up in geothermal power around the world. (TreeHugger Sept. 3, 2008)

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Google is Now America's Largest Investor In Geothermal Research - Google, which has an interest in affordable power to run its growing numbers of server farms, is heavily investing (through in research into the development of geothermal power. In the US, Google is the largest funding source for geothermal research. (EcoGeek Aug. 30, 2008)

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New Geothermal Technology Could Tap 120,000MW of Energy - Raser Technologies and New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson broke ground on New Mexico’s first geothermal power plant at Lightning Dock near Animas, NM. The new plant will incorporate an innovative binary liquid technology that allows it to make use of the site’s low levels of geothermal energy. (Inhabitat Aug. 28, 2008)

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Blue Mountain Geothermal Project' - NGP is on track to complete the 49.5 MW Blue Mountain Faulkner I project, including resource drilling, transmission line installation, and pipeline and power plant construction by December 31, 2009. (Video) (Nevada Geothermal Aug. 27, 2008)

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4000 Megawatts of US Geothermal Power in Development, Sector Has Grown by 20% This Year - According to the US Geothermal Power Production and Development Update from the Geothermal Energy Association, geothermal power has grown by 20% since January of this year, with 103 project currently underway in 13 states for a combined capacity of nearly 4,000 megawatts. The GEA says when completed these projects will be able to meet the electric needs of about 4 million homes.(TreeHugger Aug. 22, 2008)

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In the Push for Alternative Energy, What Happened to Geothermal? - Today, geothermal provides about 5 percent of the country's energy, compared with about 3 percent for wind and 1 percent for solar. And there is some reason to be optimistic. Private investment is up, domestic use is steadily growing, and soaring energy prices have made previously prohibitive start-up costs economical. (US News'' July 21, 2008)

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Alaska Turns to Volcanic Energy as Alternative Energy Source - Volcanoes and hot springs are estimated to be able to provide at least 25 percent of Alaska's energy needs, according to experts. (DailyTech June 30, 2008)

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A Groundswell for Geothermal - “If you’re going to spend the money on solar, you're probably better off to spend some of what you would have spent for solar, on geothermal and, therefore, lower the total energy cost. There is virtually no area of the country where geothermal cannot be used." (Distributed Energy May/June 2008)

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Paris’ Orly First European Airport to Use Geothermal Heating - Orly Airport has recently announced that it plans to provide more than a third of its heating needs via geothermal energy. Slated for completion in 2011, the $17 million dollar project will cut annual CO2 emissions by 7,000 tons from the current level of 20,000 tons. (Inhabitat April 9, 2008)

Enhanced Geothermal Systems Technologies - The US Department of Energy will test EGS technologies at a commercial geothermal power facility with partners Ormat Technologies and GeothermEx. EGS enhances the permeability of underground strata, typically by injecting water into the strata at high pressure. (Green Car Congress Feb. 21, 2008)


Model for improving geothermal power - Research shows that a combination of experimental field work and geochemical modeling programs can provide accurate indicators of the impact of silica scaling in geothermal wells, one of the biggest problems plaguing the industry. The findings may help to control silica scaling at geothermal power plants to reduce the cost of maintenance. (PhysOrg Mar. 13, 2007)

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GeoPower In The Oil Sands - Major oil companies have formed a consortium called GeoPower In The Oil Sands (GeoPOS) that is exploring using heat in the Earth's crust as a clean alternative to natural gas for oil sands production. Heat in the granite rock that lies 500 metres below could supply enough hot water and steam to extract oil from the tarry sands. (Clean Break Feb. 10, 2007)

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Hot Rocks - Geothermal power, a renewable energy source that has been largely ignored in the United States, can supply a significant share of the country’s future energy needs, according to a new Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) study. The study notes that by investing some $1 billion over 15 years—less than the cost of building a single clean-coal power plant—geothermal energy could power about 25 million U.S. homes by 2050. (WorldChanging Jan. 31, 2007)


Nevada to quadruple geothermal power - A new report from the Geothermal Energy Association (GEA) says Nevada is on track to be producing over 1000 MW of geothermal power - quadrupling its current output - over the next 3 to 5 years. This level of geothermal production could meet roughly 25% of the state's total power needs, according to the authors. (Inside Greentech December 22, 2006)

US Geothermal Power Expanding Dramatically - Some 58 new geothermal energy projects are now under development in the US, the most since the 1980s. They would almost double US geothermal capacity, adding 2,250 megawatts of electricity which would serve the needs of 1.8 million households. (Geothermal Energy Association November 9, 2006)

Geothermal Power: Fort Knox's Buried Treasure - Trane has installed the world’s biggest geothermal heating and cooling system at Fort Knox that has cut base energy expenditures by 20%, reduced natural gas consumption to zero and cut emissions by a third. Trane bored 685 geothermal holes up to 500 feet into the earth that is a constant 57 degrees year around, keeping Fort Knox cool on hot summer days and warm in the winter. ( October 09, 2006)

Tesla-Turbines for Geothermal Energy - Former Rockwell Engineer Jeff Hayes discusses how [[Directory:Tesla Turbines|Tesla Turbines] can be used to tap geothermal energy from underground salt-brine. The Salton Sea in California contains enough geothermal energy to meet the entire electrical needs of the United States 20 times over. Recent refinements in the Tesla Turbine have given this approach new hope. Video link (American Antigravity August 17, 2006)

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Directory:Home Generation:Ground Source Heat Pump | OS:Ground Source Heat Pump

Directory:Geothermal Oil Wells

Directory:Marshall Hydrothermal Recovery System


Directory:Thermal Electric

Directory:Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion

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