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2020 Overview of Geothermal Energy
One promising element in a strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

From: Just Have a Think on YouTube

Science tells us there’s enough energy in the first 10 kilometres below our planet’s surface to provide all our energy needs for millions of years. The Romans tapped into it for their hot water spas. Today, we all know it as Geothermal Energy. There’s no carbon dioxide emissions and no air pollution with geothermal, and it’s literally right there beneath our feet. So why isn’t our entire planet powered by it? Help support this YouTube channel’s leading edge reporting at  and please visit

Geothermal energy is poised for a big breakout

New solar power technologies emerging:

Imagine a city that’s actually a vast solar energy harvesting system. A team of Michigan State University researchers has developed a technology that can turn transparent surfaces, from building windows to cell phones, into solar collecting surfaces – without obstructing the view.

2016 Overview of the ongoing revolution in energy economics:
Cost of solar power per kilowatt falls below
cost of energy from fossil fuels!

2015-06-08:  Stanford engineers develop state-by-state plan to convert U.S. to 100% clean, renewable energy by 2050
2015:  The Solutions Project: A 100% Renewable Energy Vision calif-energy-demand-700pxw        
2013-06-13:  Desert Project Could Produce 20% Of Europe’s Power

Europe could import up to a fifth of its electricity from solar and wind parks in North Africa and the Middle East by 2050, and the CEO of a Germany-based consortium studying the expensive project says stakeholders must act, or face a jump in power prices.

The Desertec Industrial Initiative, set up in Germany in 2009, says Europe could import up to a fifth of its electricity from desert regions, saving $46 billion per year, according to a report in Climate Spectator.

Deserts get more power from the sun than can be used by mankind in a year, Desertec claims.

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2013-04-30:  Nanotechnology open the way to more efficient solar collectors

Notable Quote from the above article: “The power output of the Sun that reaches the Earth could provide as much  as 10,000 times more energy  than the combined output of all the commercial power plants on the planet, according to the National Academy of Engineering. The problem is how to harvest that energy.”

2012-09-16:   Power East Coast via wind? Doable with 144,000 offshore turbines, study says 2012-09-14:   Wind Power Potential of Planet Earth is 25 to 40 Times Larger Than the World’s Current Total Energy Use. 2012-09-09:   Geophysical Limits to Global Wind Power   –  Analysis from Lawrence Livermore Laboratory

Geothermal Power to The People: Forget Iceland, Hot Rocks Are Everywhere Geothermal power as an alternative to wind and solar 2012 article by Mark Halper on

Full Steam Ahead For California Geothermal Plans? NPR story from August 2010

Geothermal Success Story (Oct. 2008): The Philippines generate 28% of their electricity from geothermal field

Utilities putting new energy into geothermal sources (L.A. Times)

Geothermal Energy – Clean Power From the Earth’s Heat A 43-page report from the U.S. Geological Survey (2003)

MIT issues new report on Geothermal power (Jan 2007)

Australia Pioneers Energy from Hot Rocks more on Hot Rock Energy

The Plus Side of Volcanoes – Geothermal Power (from the US Geodetic Survey)

Geothermal Energy Facts (from the Geothermal Education Office)

Volcano World – for Kids

Sea Floor Energy Around the World: What is a “hydrothermal vent?