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Alternative Energy / Geothermal Energy

What Is Really Keeping Geothermal Power Back?

Jul 28, 2015 at 12:01 | Benjamin Matek

Earlier this month an article published on Oilprice argued that the future for geothermal power was limited, at best. In short, the article argued; •…

Why Geothermal Energy Will Remain A Small Player

Jul 01, 2015 at 14:53 | Euan Mearns

Geothermal is presently a minor player in the field of renewable energy and for the reasons discussed here is likely to remain one, but Energy Matters…

Geothermal Power Gathering Steam in U.S.

Sep 01, 2014 at 14:17 | Andrew Topf

The bubbling sulfur springs and powerful, majestic geysers of Yellowstone National Park are visible manifestations of the potential for geothermal energy in the United States. Yet for various…

Drilling Down To The Economic Realities Of Geothermal Power

Jul 07, 2014 at 17:02 | MINING.com

When someone who has just completed a series of mining asset sales totalling $1.6 billion chooses to share some frank thoughts on geothermal power, you have to respect the…

Geothermal Gains Traction in Post-Fukushima Japan

Mar 19, 2014 at 18:08 | James Burgess

Japan’s Chuo Electric Power Co. is preparing to launch the country’s first new geothermal power project in 15 years at a time when Tokyo is grappling with energy alternatives…

Japan Looks at Dozens of New Geothermal Power Plants

Feb 05, 2014 at 16:28 | John Daly

In the aftermath of the 11 March 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear crisis, the then ruling Democratic Party of Japan took all of the country's 54 nuclear reactors offline before subsequently…

Iceland Taps Magma for 24/7 Geothermal Energy Source

Jan 31, 2014 at 17:18 | John Daly

Renewable energy has always faced a significant bottleneck for broader acceptance – the wind doesn’t blow 24 hours a day, the sun doesn’t always shine, and 24/7 renewable power sources…

Hawaii Embraces Geothermal – Cautiously

Nov 12, 2013 at 17:18 | John Daly

In the ongoing energy debate about fossil fuels versus renewables, solar and wind renewable sources have a shortcoming – the sun doesn’t always shine, the wind doesn’t always blow.

Ethiopia to Build Africa’s Largest Geothermal Plant

Oct 10, 2013 at 17:14 | John Daly

On 27 September Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn and Deputy Prime Minister Dr. Michael Debretsion announced the first independent power project in Ethiopia's history. The $4 billion 1,000 megawatt…

Geothermal Energy: More Exciting than Media Thinks

May 17, 2013 at 14:44 | Editorial Dept

Geothermal energy is hands down THE best renewable energy avenue out there: The Earth is always generating heat, and there won’t be any “peak heat”, nor could we ever extract…

France In Tight Spot over Geothermal ‘Fracking’

Apr 10, 2013 at 17:13 | Charles Kennedy

France finds itself in an interesting conundrum that the oil industry is hoping to take advantage of: The country has banned fracking but is now planning to tap into geothermal…

U.S. Game Changing Renewable - Geothermal Power

Mar 16, 2013 at 16:05 | John Daly

The biggest weakness of renewable power advocates is the fact that the sun doesn’t always shine, nor the wind blow.Geothermal power, which does not suffer from down time,…

Will Japan Embrace Geothermal Power to Move Away from Nuclear?

Dec 31, 2012 at 12:52 | John Daly

Despite the recent victory of Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party, which is pro-nuclear and won a nationwide parliamentary vote on 16 December, issues surrounding the country’s nuclear energy policies will not…

Geothermal Energy Could Provide 20% of the UK's Electricity Needs

May 31, 2012 at 17:33 | Charles Kennedy

A recent study by the engineering industry consultants Sinclair Knight Merz (SKM) has concluded that by spending just £11 million a year to raise geothermal energy subsidies the UK could…

New Drill Bits to Make Geothermal Cheaper

Mar 21, 2012 at 17:38 | Brian Westenhaus

About 30 years ago Sandia Labs developed polycrystalline diamond compact (PDC) bits for geothermal drilling.  Today nearly two-thirds of the oil we use comes from wells drilled using the…

Rwanda Seeks $1 Billion Geothermal Energy Investment

Feb 20, 2012 at 17:37 | John Daly

Among African nations, foreign observers can only cheer on Rwanda’s progress as it recovers from Africa’s most brutal civil conflict after the Democratic Republic of Congo (DROC). A vicious civil…

Geothermal's Potential as a Serious Energy Source

Jan 16, 2012 at 07:36 | Tom Murphy

The Earth started its existence as a red-hot rock, and has been cooling ever since. It’s still quite toasty in the core, and will remain so for billions of years,…

Kenya to Investigate Potential of Geothermal Power

Nov 14, 2011 at 07:46 | John Daly

Kenya, plagued by electricity shortages like many of its East African neighbors, has awarded Japan’s Toyota Tsusho Corp. and South Korea’s Hyundai Engineering Co. contracts to build $420 million in…

Indonesia’s Geothermal Potential Being Hamstrung by Regional Politics

Nov 08, 2011 at 07:26 | Energy Digital

Indonesia has the potential to become the world's biggest geothermal energy leader, so long as investment is pursued. Indonesia's geothermal energy is literally bursting from the ground, with the world's…

Chile Investigates Geothermal Power

Oct 28, 2011 at 07:37 | John Daly

Aside from cost constraints, perhaps the biggest hurdle facing nations seeking to embrace renewable energy is its unpredictability. Re solar, the sun goes down. Plant your biofuels patch and drought…

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