"When the sun sets on a remote desert outpost and solar panels shut down, what energy source will provide power through the night?" Let me answer......
Geothermal Energy is a clean, green, truly renewable source of energy that runs 24/7 365 days a year.
Studies show Japan, a land of volcanoes, ranks as the world's third-richest nation in geothermal power. A government study last year showed it has the potential for business to derive 14,000 MW of energy, but it currently has only 540 MW worth of commercial plants. Geothermal energy is a dependable renewable energy available rain or shine, 24/7 365 days a year. The power plants have a small foot-print and have little to no greenhouse gas emissions. Japan is ideally sited to make tremendous use of its geothermal resources.
Well done Jon. I totally agree with your observations, especially "that education and public perception is the alpha and the omega when it comes to where you get your electricity generation from". The Geothermal Resources Council has been advocating for a consensus approach to promote the industry around the world. We have a great story to tell! The geothermal energy industry should be working on this together.
An opportunity to continue this discussion will be at the Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) Annual Meeting & Geothermal Energy Association (GEA) Energy Expo at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, September 29 - October 2. http://www.geothermal.org/meet-new.html
There will be over six hours of technical sessions dedicated to EGS at the GRC Annual Meeting, being held Sept. 29-Oct. 2 at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas, USA.
In addition, many of the companies involved in developing the exciting new technology will be exhibiting at the concurrent GEA Expo.
The California Geothermal Energy Collaborative (CGEC) will be hosting the first annual Women in Geothermal (WinG) Meeting Tuesday, October 1, 2013 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the 37th Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) Annual Meeting & GEA Expo, MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada.
The global geothermal community sends its greetings to our new colleagues on Mars! See you in Las Vegas for the GRC Annual Meeting and GEA Geothermal Energy Expo. You'll fit right in there!
Dear 6.12 STS kw system (2006), the ISO manages electricity supply to the grid in California and does not account for all the energy supplied in the state. As of March 2012, geothermal energy in California had a capacity of 2615 MWe with another 31 projects being developed by 11 different companies. These projects account for up to 1766 MWe of geothermal resource development over the next few years.
There are geothermal resources that have been declining, like The Geysers in northern California, but efforts are ongoing to re-invigorate the resources. Waste water from a local town is being pumped into the underground reservoir to re-supply water resources. New Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS) technology promises to harvest geothermal energy from new areas.
California can get more of its electricity from renewable resources - Geothermal is strategically placed to answer the call.
Congratulations to Hudson Ranch I and PMU Dominica from the global geothermal community.
Thanks to the Peppermill and their awesome geothermal system. Thanks to Renewable Energy World for excellent coverage of the 36th GRC Annual Meeting and GEA trade show! See you next year at the 37th GRC Annual Meeting at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.