The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) and Geothermal Energy Association (GEA) held a briefing highlighting the state of the geothermal energy sector and its close to-term prospects in the United States and in more than 80 other countries operating to expand its use. With demand for clean energy accelerating about the globe, geothermal power has major prospective as a renewable resource that can supply power around-the-clock, complementing intermittent renewable energy technologies. The International Renewable Power Agency (IRENA) launched the International Geothermal Alliance at COP-21 in Paris this past December to accomplish a 500 percent increase in international installed capacity for geothermal energy generation and a 200 percent enhance in geothermal heating by 2030.
Cheshire East Council has currently identified the exciting possible for geothermal technologies in Crewe, which is one particular of only six areas in the United Kingdom that have been identified by the British Geological Survey as obtaining the potential to tap into geothermal power. Accessing this low carbon heat supply could offer renewable energy on a significant scale and develop a increase to the regional economy in terms of jobs and investment.
There are quite a few benefits of geothermal power. It can be extracted devoid of burning a fossil fuel such as coal, gas, or oil. Geothermal fields generate only about 1-sixth of the carbon dioxide that a somewhat clean all-natural-gas-fueled energy plant produces. Binary plants release primarily no emissions. Unlike solar and wind power, geothermal energy is constantly available, 365 days a year. It’s also somewhat low-cost savings from direct use can be as much as 80 % over fossil fuels.
According to DOE, an average of 25 billion barrels of hot water is developed in United States oil and gas wells every year. This water, which has historically been viewed as an inconvenience to effectively operators, could be harnessed to produce up to three gigawatts of clean, trusted baseload energy 16 This energy could not only reduce greenhouse gas emissions, it could also increase profitability and extend the financial life of existing oil and gas field infrastructure. The DOE’s Geothermal Technologies Workplace is functioning toward a objective of attaining widespread production of low-temperature geothermal power by 2020.
The course will run October 7th – November 19th, 2011 and involves 6 classroom days (48 contact hours), plus readings and discussion among classes. Classes will be held Fridays and Saturdays: October 7 & eight, October 21 & 22, and November 18 & 19, 8AM – 5PM, at the University of Denver campus. Parking and meals will be offered on class days.