Pros And Cons Of Geothermal Energy

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Anna,Caroline,Rebekah

Geothermal power is a form of renewable energy that taps into the heat from earth’s core. Geothermal energy uses earth’s natural heat to generate electricity and can be generated twenty-four hours a day,unlike other renewable engines. Geothermal power is limited to most areas near tectonic plate boundaries.

Alternative energy geothermal is a product from earth’s original formation. It comes from radioactive decay of minerals due to volcanic eruptions and solar energy digested from the earth’s surface. Energy producers have been able to convert alternative energy energy geothermal into electricity. Two ways to generate alternative geothermal energy is to use flash streams and dry streams.

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One benefit of using geothermal energy is that geothermal energy provides heating and cooling all in one system. Geothermal energy is also sustainable,cost effective,and great for the environment. One non-beneficial factor of geothermal energy is that the power rate of the plants are more than double humanity’s current energy consumption. Also geothermal energy can also release harmful gases that can escape deep within the earth.

Geothermal energy is one of the leading technologies in the renewable energy field but it still comes with danger.One of the dangers of geothermal energy are earthquakes. Earthquakes can be caused by techniques involving enhanced geothermal systems. Water pollution is also a danger of geothermal energy. As water circulates through hot rock,it can pick up many poisonous substances.

In 1852, Kelvin invented the first geothermal energy heat pump.America’s first district heating system in Boise, Idaho was powered by geothermal energy in 1892. By 1892, the system was serving over 200 houses and 40 businesses. In 1904 electric geothermal energy was created by Prince Piero Ginori Conti. It was created at Larderello dry steam field in Tuscany,Italy. The first geothermal plant in the USA was in 1922 with a capacity of 250 kilowatts. However,it produced little output and due to a technical glitch it had to be shut down. In 1946,the first ground source of geothermal energy was installed in at the commonwealth building in

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