Monday, June 26, 2017

Science & Technology: Magma Deep Drilling Project Not Geothermal Energy - Scientist

Volcano Power Could Be ‘Most Exciting Thing Since the Moon Landing,’ Says Researcher (Greentech Media)

Just don’t call it geothermal energy.

"Raw Power" by Joseph F. Batir. Picture of the IDDP-1 shortly after being drilled. Krafla, Iceland. Taken June 6 2010. GRC Photo Contest 2014.
Recent reports about tapping Icelandic volcanoes for power exports to the U.K. may have missed the point, say experts connected to the project.

Stories in mainstream media outlets such as The Guardian refer to a "geothermal project" -- but the work being carried out in Iceland is much, much different than traditional geothermal.

“What we’re trying to do is not geothermal energy,” said Professor Yan Lavallee, chair of volcanology and magmatic processes at the University of Liverpool’s Department of Earth, Ocean and Ecological Sciences. “It’s the most exciting thing since the moon [landing].”

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