One of the major benefits of geothermal is its reliability. Unlike solar and wind, geothermal energy does not rely on variable sources of energy as the energy comes from the formation of the earth, radioactive decay of minerals and solar energy absorbed from the surface. Geothermal has an average capacity factor (how often the power plant runs) of about 73% [Source: IEA Geothermal Energy] though some have been recorded as high as 98%. Compare that to 20-40% for wind farms, around 19% for solar [Source: Treehugger] and coal running at 65-75% [Source: REPP], and it becomes clear to see why more countries are investing in geothermal.Answer Question
Asked by Anonymous at 2:36 PM on May. 4, 2010 in Politics & Current Events
I think more R and D needs to be done. Location and reliability are issues that need further exploration. Costs may outpace reliability.
Answer by Sisteract at 2:53 PM on May. 4, 2010
Answer by mancosmomma at 3:11 PM on May. 4, 2010
Answer by Anonymous at 3:36 PM on May. 4, 2010
Answer by 29again at 3:48 PM on May. 4, 2010
Answer by Liansmommie at 4:14 PM on May. 4, 2010
There have been concerns linking GT development to increased seismic activity.
Answer by Sisteract at 4:16 PM on May. 4, 2010
My Uncle believes in this 100% him and his son both studied this...They think once the kink are worked out it would be the best solution.
I need more info
Answer by sweet-a-kins at 4:28 PM on May. 4, 2010
Answer by waldorfmom at 4:36 PM on May. 4, 2010
WM- geographically you are in the right location for successful usage. I know that is one of the major concerns and limiting factors, location.
Answer by Anonymous at 5:06 PM on May. 4, 2010
Answer by JulieJacobKyle at 6:19 PM on May. 4, 2010