We should be doing everything possible to develop geothermal energy technologies. This is a for the most part untapped area of tremendous alternative energy potential, as it simply utilizes the energy being naturally made by the earth herself. Substantial amounts of power are present under the surface crust on which we move and have our being. All we need do is tap into it and utilize it.
At the Earths’ heart, the temperature is 60 times greater than that of water being boiled. The great heat creates pressures that exert themselves merely a couple of miles below us, and these pressures contain huge amounts of energy. Superheated liquids in the form of magma, which we see the power and energy of every time there is a volcanic eruption, await our tapping. These liquids also trickle to the surface as steam and appear from vents. We can create our own vents, and we can make our own containment chambers for the magma and convert all of this energy into electricity to light and heat our homes. In the creation of a geothermal power plant, a well would be dug where there is a good source of magma or heated fluid. Piping would be fitted down into the source, and the fluids forced to the surface to produce the needed steam. The steam would turn a turbine engine, which would make the electricity.
You’ll find criticisms of geothermal energy tapping which prevent its being used on the large scale which it should be. The critics say that study and research to find a resourceful area is too costly and takes up too much time. Then there is more great expense needed to build a geothermal power plant, and there is no certainty of the plant turning a profit. Some geothermal areas, once tapped, might be found to not produce a large enough amount of steam for the power plant to be worthwhile or reliable. And we hear from the naturalists who worry that bringing up magma can bring up potentially harmful materials along with it.
However, the great many advantages of geothermal energy would subsume these criticisms if only we would explore it more. The fact that geothermal energy is merely the energy of the earth herself means it does not produce any pollutants. Geothermal energy is highly efficient – the efforts needed to route it are minimal after a site is found and a plant is set up. Geothermal plants, furthermore, do not need to be as large as electrical plants, giant dams, or atomic energy facilities – the surroundings would thus be less disrupted. And, needless to point out, it is an alternative form of energy – making use of it would mean we become that much less based on oil and coal. Perhaps most importantly of all – we are never, ever going to run out of geothermal energy, and it is not a product that would continuously become more high-priced in terms of real dollars as time passes, since it is ubiquitous. Geothermal energy would be, in the end, very cheap, after investigation and power plant building costs are recouped.
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