Geothermal energy has come to be considered one of the up and coming sustainable energy sources. But what is geothermal energy? Geothermal energy is heat from within the earth, this heat can be used to generate electricity and even used as hot water to warm buildings. The steam produced can be harnessed through extraction wells that drill into the hot rocks holding the hot water. With the earth’s core producing an unlimited amount of heat, this works great as a sustainable energy source.
Geothermal energy can also be harnessed more effectively with what’s called Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS). Enhanced Geothermal Systems are estimated to produce enough energy to power about 10 million homes. EGS work by drilling into the deep rocks and injecting high pressured water into the rocks to open naturally formed fractures so steam and hot water can flow into the built-in extraction wells. One perk of geothermal energy is that it can be extracted without burning any fossil fuels like oil, coal, or gas. It’s estimated to result in about 80% in savings over fossil fuels from direct use.
Geothermal energy is a complicated process and there’s a lot that goes into it. We decided to give you a simple rundown to let you know about the positive green energy produced by this process. Geothermal energy can effectively be used to warm homes during the winter and cool home during the warmer days. It’s a sustainable source of energy and it’s great for electricity generation as well as our environment.