PubTalk-09/2023 - Geothermal Energy Research Within the USGS: Goldilocks to Electricity With Earthquakes in Between
Geothermal Energy Research Within the USGS: Goldilocks to Electricity With Earthquakes in Between
- Geologic settings required for a viable geothermal resource depend on a variety of specific conditions to be present and active, hence goldilocks.
- Geothermal energy has a big role to play in the move to renewable energy, possibly supplying as much as 8% of U.S. electrical needs by 2050.
- New technology that expands the settings in which geothermal energy can be extracted have made huge advances and might add significantly to renewable energy resources in the future.
- Earthquakes have been both a benefit in identifying the fluid and heat pathways in geothermal settings and a deterrent by inducing harmful earthquakes that impact public safety nearby.