Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Iceland Taps Volcanic Potential A Massive Energy Source

Icelandians are leading the way in tapping new energy sources by boring holes into active volcano's. The potential is there to possibly unharness as much as 10 times the geothermal power.

Did you know that over 90% of homes in Iceland are heated by geothermal energy?

Additionally, the Icelandians use the steam from these active fissures to produce electricity (from steam at around 240C, extracted from boreholes between 600 and 1,000m deep).

It is hoped the endeavour will also reveal more about the nature of mid-ocean ridges where new ocean floor is created.

You can read this fascinating article


At Tue. Mar. 28, 11:20:00 a.m. MST, Blogger Gayle said...

Love this picture. This is a very cool idea... uh, "warm" idea! :)

At Tue. Mar. 28, 02:54:00 p.m. MST, Blogger Canadian Sentinel said...


Too bad we Canucks don't have any volcanoes...

At Tue. Mar. 28, 04:29:00 p.m. MST, Blogger Lex Luthor said...

Volcanos, no. Geothermal sources other than volcanos, yes.

From one test well drilled on the U of R campus, there is enough geothermal energy to power several buildings. Yet they don't because the adminstration doesn't want to refit the grid for this "free" energy.

What we are lacking is the drive to actually impliment sources of energy like this.

At Wed. Mar. 29, 01:37:00 p.m. MST, Blogger Canadian Sentinel said...

Lack of drive... that's the problem. It takes war and cold war to get many folks driven, unfortunately. The Cold War was actually a very progressive, productive time for the Western World, as everyone understood what was important: the security of freedom, democracy and the rule of law.

Yet too many folks don't get it. Not till the enemy starts killing our own by the thousands at a time.

We need to move faster towards energy independence rather than wait till we're forced to take serious action.

At Wed. Mar. 29, 05:35:00 p.m. MST, Blogger ABFreedom said...

I agree CS. You won't see nothing happen with this until people truly believe it's a threat. Until then, it's mostly lip service.

At Wed. Mar. 29, 06:15:00 p.m. MST, Blogger Richard said...

E-mail me she sez... but the idiot can't find the e-mail addy... then the idiot figures that he'll call... can't find the phone number... The idiot will see you folks tomorrow evening...

At Wed. Mar. 29, 09:50:00 p.m. MST, Blogger Lex Luthor said...

You guys are correct in identifying one of the enemies... when OPEC countries control around 60% of the world's oil production, then our dependance on oil is in the hands of unstable governments.

But the other enemy is ourselves. Terrorists aren't responsible for that ugly grey haze that hangs over Calgary every morning. They aren't responsible for our children's asthma's rates being about 1 in 4 (and its about 9 in 10 in Drumheller, AB). You want to wrestle control from foreign powers, reduce the amount of oil we import in the first place. Biodiesel/ethanol, wind power, geothermal, energy efficient appliances, not idling your car, compact fluorescent bulbs. Pick one, pick them all but they will all have an impact on our consumption levels.

We use less, they have less power over us. Resist the urge to call me a moonbat and consider it.

At Thu. Mar. 30, 06:52:00 p.m. MST, Blogger Canadian Sentinel said...

Not to worry, Lex. That doesn't make you a moonbat. I'm sure everyone wants to breathe clean air. Ethanol, however, takes so much energy to derive from the corn that ultimately it's not all that a good idea as it probably would depend on dirty-burn electricity production. If, however, the energy needed for its production came from, say, solar or wind, then it's a good idea, I'd say.

Plenty of corn floating out into the Atlantic from coastal areas, btw!

And, what about methane? I understand cows produce a lot of it. Perhaps we could rig methane-collection devices to their hindquarters and refine it or something... and what of the hot air floating around the House of Commons and coming from the MSM? That could heat a lot of West Edmonton Malls in January!

At Thu. Mar. 30, 10:07:00 p.m. MST, Blogger Brian C said...

Sure we could heat West Ed Mall but man it would stink!!

Sentinel, if any place on this planet can make tidal power work, it's New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

Lex, we can preach but if we expect industry to use environmentally friendly solutions, the government needs to create the appropriate investment climate for enviro solutions.

At Fri. Mar. 31, 05:01:00 a.m. MST, Blogger Canadian Sentinel said...

Right you are on the tidal power thing. We actually got somtething we could use. What's stopping us, other than comfortable checks-from-Ottawa-for-doing-nothing?

Like you said, it's all about the investment climate. If ACOA could've done it itself, it would've. So it's up to the private sector. Gotta get the taxes down & ease regulations, etc.

Well, we'll see. Unfortunately, ACOA is regarded in the Maritimes as a sacred cow... folks believe it's doing good while I don't see that happening.


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