Geothermal Energy

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Geothermal Energy

Geothermal Energy

This video shows the proccess of how geothermal energy is converted to a useable energy source and the steps it takes to become useful to the earth.

This diagram shows how the heat from beneath the surface of the earth is transferred into geothermal energy.

is energy derived from the heat of the interior of the earth.

Geothermal power plants use steam produced from resevoirs of hot water from several miles beneath the earth's surface. The steam activates a turbine in which then creates the electricity.

How is it produced?

In this map the red marks indicate where geothermal energy is located around the world.

Geothermal energy was first used over 10,000 years ago in North America by Paleo-Indians. They used the water from hot springs to cook, clean, and bath.


In september of 2005, a panel evaluated that in 2050 geothermal systems will become a major supplier of primary energy and has the potential for 100,000 megawatts of base load generation.


This map clearly shows that in the west is where geothermal power is mostly used in the United States.



~By using this produc there is no waste generated throughout the proccess. Therefore, causing little pollution.

~Most of the sites where it is produced are far from cities and larger buisnesses.

~Unlike solar energy, it does not depend on weather condition, it doesn't take up much space, and it isn't very costly.

~Total generation potential is very small.

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