Geothermal Energy | Society & Geothermal Energy?
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Geothermal Energy | Society & Geothermal Energy?

What is it?Does it affect-business/the industry? How?-people(Social/Ethical issues)? How?Finally, what is the main reason that has prevented this type of energy from being accepted?(if any)

Geothermal energy is the heat from the Earth. It’s clean and sustainable. Resources of geothermal energy range from the shallow ground to hot water and hot rock found a few miles beneath the Earth’s surface, and down even deeper to the extremely high temperatures of molten rock called magma. http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/tech/geothermalPlant construction can adversely affect land stability. Subsidence has occurred in the Wairakei field in New Zealand[1] and in Staufen im Breisgau, Germany.[12] Enhanced geothermal systems can trigger earthquakes as part of hydraulic fracturing. The project in Basel, Switzerland was suspended because more than 10,000 seismic events measuring up to 3.4 on the Richter Scale occurred over the first 6 days of water injection.[13]Geothermal has minimal land and freshwater requirements. Geothermal plants use 3.5 square kilometres per gigawatt of electrical production (not capacity) versus 32 and 12 square kilometres for coal facilities and wind farms respectively.[1] They use 20 litres of freshwater per MWh versus over 1000 litres per MWh for nuclear, coal, or oil.[1]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geothermal_energy#Environmental_impactEach website has additional information.


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