Geothermal Energy Facts
Geothermal energy is renewable energy source and will continue to produce energy for over several years since it’s available in abundant at few selected areas where volcanic activity takes place.
Below are few facts that many of you don’t know. So, just have a look at them and see how wind energy can become as the major source of power generation if it is harnessed up to it’s potential.
1. Geothermal energy is the renewable source of energy because energy is produced continuously inside the earth.
2. Geothermal energy is clean and safe and today supplies less than 10% of world energy.
3. U.S, Iceland, France, Russia, Lithuania, New Zealand, Mexico, Costa Rica, Indonesia, Philippines, Japan and Portugal are the top nations where geothermal power is generated.
4. Geothermal energy has been in existence of over 100 years (since ancient times) when people used to harness it for taking bath, heating homes, cooking food etc.
5. The positioning of geothermal power stations is greatly affected by geological activity. Areas with active volcanoes and earthquakes are most suitable to extract geothermal energy.
6. Geothermal energy can be found in the form of volcanoes, hot springs and geysers.
7. Basically three types of geothermal plants to extract energy from beneath the earth: Dry steam, Flash steam, and Binary power plant.
8. In 1904, Italy was the first place to produce geothermal energy and today less than 10,000 MW is produced across the globe in 21 countries through geothermal energy.
9. Geothermal energy is used for heating homes and offices, generate power, grow plants in greenhouses, under roads and sidewalks to prevent ice formation.
10. Geothermal energy is one of the greatest sources of energy available on the planet but due the geological reasons, we are not able to harness the energy everywhere.
11. Today there are more then 40 geothermal plants across USA and by 2050 geothermal energy could produce 10% of the electricity.
12. Geothermal energy has very low emissions of greenhouse gases and the other gases that are produced during the process of extraction are not harmful to the environment.
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