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Alternative Energy / Geothermal Energy

Iceland Taps Magma for 24/7 Geothermal Energy Source

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

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

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

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’

France In Tight Spot over Geothermal ‘Fracking’

Apr 10, 2013 at 17:13 | Jen Alic

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

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?

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

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

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

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…

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