Full Title: Climate Tech Book: Geothermal Energy
Author(s): Center for Climate and Energy Solutions
Publisher(s): Center for Climate and Energy Solutions
Publication Date: 4/2011
Length: 10 pages, PDF
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Geothermal energy can be used for electricity generation, heat pumps, or direct uses. This document focuses only on the traditional, commercially available technologies that produce electricity by exploiting the naturally occurring heat of the earth. Enhanced geothermal systems, which utilize advanced (often experimental) drilling and fluid injection techniques to augment and expand the availability of geothermal resources, are the subject of a separate factsheet. Unlike other renewable energies, such as wind and solar, geothermal power generation can operate steadily nearly twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Continual production makes geothermal an ideal candidate for providing nearly zero-emission renewable baseload power.