U.S. Geothermal Resources Could Replace Coal 10 Times Over

November 30, 2011 · Print This Article

A new map of geothermal energy potential released by Southern Methodist University is the aftermath of years of research funded by Google.org.  The map (click here to download and view in Google Earth) shows that there are ample viable geothermal resources in the U.S. to replace the current coal potential capacity ten times by.

Last year, SMU gave us a sneak peak of the research they’ve been doing by releasing a geothermal energy

potential map for West Virginia.  Surprisingly, the state is a hot spot for geothermal energy recovery, a wonderful development in an area

where coal potential has dominated for a expanded day.

The study limited its analysis to the top 6.5 km of the earth’s crust to accurately portray what was actually drillable, recoverable energy.  When the researchers applied limits to depth and excluded areas that were inaccessible due to […]

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