Pada tanggal 1 dan two Desember 2014, SM-IAGI UNG mengadakan kegiatan Course & Excursion dengan tema Surface Exploration for Geothermal Resources”. Topik Geothermal sendiri menjadi topik wajib tahunan untuk setiap SM-IAGI seluruh Indonesia. Tujuan dari kegiatan ini yaitu untuk memperdalam pengetahuan mahasiswa tentang energi alternatif dan ramah lingkungan ini, dari mana energy ini berasal?, seberapa besar pontensi geothermal di Indonesia? dan untuk mengetahui gambaran singkat tentang explorasi geothermal.
Dry steam energy plants draw from underground resources of steam. The steam is piped directly from underground wells to the energy plant, where it is directed into a turbine/generator unit. There are only two known underground resources of steam in the United States: The Geysers in northern California and Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, exactly where there’s a nicely-known geyser referred to as Old Faithful. Given that Yellowstone is protected from development, the only dry steam plants in the country are at The Geysers.
It is easy to see how such a push toward cleaner energy benefits China: her infamous air pollution is not only a national disgrace—what other nation has created a demand for ‘clean air tourism?’—it is a considerable drag on the economy. (A current MIT study place the expense at a staggering $112 billion in 2005.) Improving air and water top quality would spend dividends in terms of public well being and financial productivity.
There are nonetheless particular drawbacks that protect against geothermal power from becoming broadly used source of power. For instance, geothermal springs are identified only in limited number of areas and the technology to harness geothermal energy is yet to develop into commercial although EGS (enhanced geothermal systems) provide a particular level of optimism that the feasibility of building new geothermal energy plants could be spread to a lot of new places all over the world.
Geothermal power is put to function in many locations around the planet. The ideal recognized geothermal power sources in the United States are situated in western states and Hawaii. Some moderately hot geothermal resources also exist in the Dakotas, along the Atlantic coast, and in Arkansas and Texas. Someday we might be in a position to use these resource as well.