Geothermal Technology

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    Not to derail Chris' thread on Solar Panel technology and turning it into which "green" energy source is better I decided to make a thread on the technology I see paving the way towards more efficient and less enviromentally damaging energy.
    IMO by today's tech standards both Solar Panel and Wind Turbine energy are not up to par for breaking us away from the Fossil Fuel Tit, the way to go is Geothermal. Raser Technologies Inc. is a cut above the rest with their introduction of the closed loop, lower temp modular that they have already built in Utah;

    With alternative energy, sometimes it's as simple as getting energy from the earth.

    http://www.altenerg.com/back_issues/index.php?content_id=168

    The bold section is where it becomes really interesting. Imagine being able to draw energy from the waste heat from an industrial site!
     
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    It will take all the differant technologies to create a clean energy grid, including nuclear. And the more types of energy you have on one grid, the more robust that grid is.
     
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    Nuclear facility might see use as geothermal plant...
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    Nuclear facility might see use as geothermal plant
    Tue, Nov 07, 2017 - NUCLEAR ISSUE: The minister said Taipower has proposed to transport nuclear waste stored on Orchid Island back to the nuclear plants or to choose a site for centralized storage
     
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    Talk about an old thread, this Geothermal project failed and Raser technologies went bankrupt!
     
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    EDGERTON, Wis. - Edgerton Hospital’s groundbreaking idea to use geothermal energy to heat and cool the facility is now paying off.

    The hospital celebrated being open for five yearsin October and the amount of money it has saved in natural gas costs during that time has already paid for the roughly $850,000 geothermal system.

    “Originally, it was projected that it would take us 11 years to recoup that cost,” CEO Jim Schultzsaid. “As of October, we were 5 years old, and we have now paid for the system and are saving about $15,000 a month in energy.”

    Edgerton Hospital's geothermal energy pays off

    Significant savings.
     
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    Yet, it does not work and the cost just began!

    18 beds and they save $15,000? There is no way possible an 18 bed hospital uses enough electricity to save $15k a month!

    Looking further, we find out that the system was given to the hospital!
    Oh, it is free money to doctors as well, it includes an office building, community areas, all kinds of freebies.
     
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    Silly ass, Elektra, that type of geothermal works very well, and is used all over the world. You simply don't have the slightest idea of what you are talking about.
     
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    Geothermal has been in use in Iceland for some time and is quite successful. I guess it only works in certain locations.
     
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    Geothermal is great. Imagine what a tactical advantage it would be if your army can just punch through the earths crust anywhere it is advancing and refuel that way, instead of having to import gasoline and transport it through vulnerable supply lines. Geothermal certainly deserves more investment. Especially the drilling part.
     
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    How exactly do you think that would work? Any idea how deep the earths crust is?

    And how the hell dies heat, deep within the earth replace gasoline and jet fuel?
     

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