Google Maps locking in on new geothermal sources

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Google Maps can help you navigate from one place to another. But can they also help provide America with a bountiful new supply of energy? Apparently so, as Google has teamed up with Southern Methodist University to produce a new series of maps designed to reveal geothermal energy potential in the U.S. Geothermal energy taps reservoirs of hot water found naturally in the earth, and according to Energy and Environment Daily, the project can provide useful information on locating new sources. There are still major challenges for tapping those geothermal sites, but with the project claiming the U.S. can produce more than 3 million megawatts of geothermal energy, or more than 10 times the amount we currently get from coal, this is an idea researchers are pretty warm about.

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About the Author: David Rothbard

David Rothbard

David Rothbard is co-founder and President of CFACT.

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  1. jameshrust

    I was traveling in New Zealand in January 1986 and visited a geothermal power plant near Rotorua. This plant was built in the early 1950s and was the world’s largest at the time. Several hundred megawatts as I recall. By 1986 the power level was less than half the original amount. The workers at the plant said it would have exhausted all it geothermal energy by early 21 century.
    James Rust

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