Harnessing the Heat Beneath Our Feet

Source: Property and Environment Research Center
by Eli Dourado

“Our planet holds a tremendous amount of heat. The center of the earth has a temperature that is about the same as the sun’s surface. Scientists have estimated that the band from the surface to a depth of 10 kilometers contains about 50,000 times more thermal energy than the chemical energy in all of the planet’s oil and gas reserves. Furthermore, this heat is continually replenished. … Thanks to recent technological advances, accessing geothermal energy is becoming feasible even in places where the planet’s heat does not appear at the surface. But to harness our planet’s innate energy to the fullest extent—in the process, cutting greenhouse gas emissions and making our economy boom—we need much more experience with new concepts for geothermal energy production.” (07/19/21)