David Kirkpatrick

November 16, 2009

CO2 capture and geothermal energy

More green tech backed with Department of Energy money. Sounds interesting if nothing else.

From the link:

Backers of this as-yet-unproven concept secured a big endorsement and much-needed cash with the U.S. Department of Energy’s recent award of $338 million in federal stimulus funds for geothermal energy research. Some $16 million of the funds will be shared by nine carbon dioxide-related projects led by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and other national labs, Sunnyvale, CA-based combinatorial chemistry firm Symyx Technologies, and several U.S. universities.

The idea: Carbon dioxide that’s cycled through hot regions kilometers underground can efficiently bring heat to the surface, where it can be used to generate electricity. The likelihood is that the process would leave lots of carbon dioxide underground, and thus out of the atmosphere, according to Symyx project leader and materials scientist Miroslav Petro. “You’re sequestering CO₂ and at the same time generating power from it.”

1 Comment »

  1. The geothermal energy is an emissions-free and low-cost, realiable and secure energy.

    Comment by Geothermal Energy — November 26, 2009 @ 2:02 pm


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