Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Geothermal power

A large number of renewable energy sources and conventional energy sources are used that can generate power to meet the energy requirements of the world. The traditional sources of energy like coal and fossil fuels have been used to generate power for a long time. But the use of these sources has increased pollution and created a lot of health hazards for the living beings. Because these sources are non renewable energy sources, they cannot continue generating power for a very long time as their reserves are depleting everyday. So the need of an alternative power source arises to meet the energy requirements.

Geothermal power can be considered as a possible alternative energy source that can generate enough power to meet the energy needs of the entire world for a very long time. Earth power is the useful form of energy obtained from geothermal energy. The energy is generally in the form of electricity. Geothermal power can be harnessed from the earth’s core that is very hot and heats water and turns that is converted it into steam. This steam as a geothermal power product can then be used to run turbines which are connected to generators that convert the steam into geothermal power or electricity.

To harness geothermal power products, a well needs to be drilled into the earth’s surface to reach the geothermal reservoir. Once the geothermal reservoir is trapped, the geothermal power products like hot water or steam can rise to the surface and can be used to produce electricity.

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