Thursday, August 3, 2017

Science & Technology: Influential Magazine Suggests Geothermal Could Grow Rapidly Using Existing Technology

A Solution to Our Clean Energy Problem May Lie Right Beneath Our Feet (Time Magazine)

The Reykjanes geothermal power station at the southwestern tip of Iceland on March 23, 2017. Halldor Kolbeins—AFP/Getty Images
In some regions, including parts of the South Pacific, Latin America and even the western U.S., a tenfold increase would transform geothermal power from a bit player in the world's energy supply to a fundamental source. 

Even if IDDP does not succeed, geothermal could still grow rapidly using existing technology. But a failure in Iceland — home to some of the world's leading researchers in the field — could give pause to investors considering a gamble on a new way of powering the world.