Geothermal Energy

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Geothermal Energy

Geothermal Energy

Nick Sharma

Once this heated water is forced to the surface, it is easy to capture that steam and use it to drive electric generators. Geothermal plants, whether dry, flash, or binary cycle, capture this steam, which then turns a turbine. The turbine, which is connected to a generator, makes it produce electricity.

Geothermal energy is heat from the Earth. Energy production based on this heat relies on hydrothermal convection systems, where cooler water seeps into Earth's crust, is heated up, and then rises to the surface.

In geothermal areas dependent on a reservoir of hot water, the volume taken out can be reinjected, making it a renewable energy source.

Doesn't emit much, emits one-sixth the carbon of a natural gas fueled power plant, Hydroge sulfide, which can be harmful in large amounts, are released, but scrubbers can be used to clean the air of itCompatible with many environments- deserts, farm land, and mountainous regions

The most active geothermal resources are usually found along major plate boundaries where earthquakes and volcanoes are concentrated. Most of the geothermal activity in the world occurs in an area known as the "Ring of Fire." The Ring of Fire rims the Pacific Ocean and is bounded by Japan, the Philippines, the Aleutian Islands, North America, Central America, and South America.

How it Works

Energy

1950

Renewable?

Pros and Cons

Places in US, Where Geothermal Power is Used

Therefore predominantly in California-West coast Area because it's close to the "Ring of Fire"


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