In Iceland, scientists have just completed a successful experiment in harnessing energy directly from a volcano.
After two years, the scientists were able to draw water from their well at 450°C (842°F), a world record. This contains an enormous amount of usable energy.
As a result, engineers estimated they could use the well to create a power plant capable of generating 36 megawatts of electricity. That’s 20 times less than what a typical coal-fired power plant can generate, but it’s often the case that a geothermal power plant will have more than one well.
Plus, geothermal power doesn’t come with any fuel costs or appreciable carbon emissions.
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