Wednesday, October 19, 2016

USA, New York: Geothermal Energy Experts Speak at Cornell University

Experts Examine Geothermal Energy as Potential Means to Carbon Neutrality (Cornell University)

Krafla power station under the stars, Iceland by Bastien Poux
With many considering geothermal energy as Cornell seeks to reach its ambitious goal of carbon neutrality by 2035, several experts weighed in on the feasibility of relying on the energy source at a panel Monday, using Iceland as an example.

Geothermal energy utilizes heat stored within the Earth, such as hot water, gases or rocks located beneath the Earth’s surface. This energy is renewable and environmentally friendly, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Thorleikur Johannesson, an engineer with over 20 years of experience working with geothermal energy in Iceland, said the energy source is an important resource for the country and is utilized by many of its citizens.