Thursday, March 10, 2011

Big Island Puts On a Show for Geothermal Energy

Hawaii's visitor industry is chugging along just fine compared to one and two years ago, and the new eruption phase of Kilauea Volcano on the island of Hawaii can only add to the numbers. According to local and national media, visitors are flocking to view the latest phase of the world’s longest volcanic eruption.

Beautiful, awe-inspiring, amazing – call it what you will, and those who are determined to expand Hawaii’s renewable energy resources call it a great teaching moment, too.

You wouldn’t want to build a geothermal energy plant anywhere near the rift zone where the lava fountains recently appeared, but supporters say there’s plenty of heat beneath the surface in the Puna district where the existing power plant has been producing power for nearly two decades.

Enjoy the eruption photos and videos at the above links, and when you do, imagine what capturing just a tiny fraction of that sub-surface heat and turning it into other forms of energy would mean to the most oil-dependent state in the country. Geothermal energy will help end that distinction.

1 comment:

plumbing said...

Geothermal energy is the heat from the Earth. It's clean and sustainable. Resources of geothermal energy range from the shallow ground to hot water and hot rock found a few miles beneath the Earth's surface, and down even deeper to the extremely high temperatures of molten rock called magma.