Thursday, January 25, 2007

Underground Energy: The Next Big Thing?

According to a new study commissioned by the U.S. Energy Department, a process called enhanced geothermal systems could affordably harvest heat locked in deep layers of granite that exist almost everywhere on earth. The technique involves drilling several holes — some two to three miles deep — into granite that has been held at temperatures around 400 degrees or more, by insulating layers of rock above.

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