Former Oil Wells Could Be Made to Serve Geothermal Power
Such an endeavor stands to ease the costs of harvesting this green energy source
According to several specialists, one major drawback when it comes to pushing for the large-scale use of geothermal power is the fact that, in order to access this resource, it is necessary that deep wells are drilled into the earth.Such activities usually cost a lot of money, which is why most people consider that perhaps it would be best to turn towards solar or wind power instead.
However, these two environmentally friendly energy sources are more often than not unreliable, seeing how the efficiency of the systems harvesting them is directly linked to changes in environmental conditions.
Although efforts are being made to solve this issue and get both photovoltaic installations, and wind turbines to make the most of the natural resources at their disposal, the fact remains that due consideration needs to be given to geothermal power.
Eco Geek informs us that several companies are now looking into the possibility of by-passing the need to drill holes in the earth in order to gain access to this green energy source.
To cut a long story short, they wish to take advantage of the fact that, thanks to the oil and gas industries, countless wells have already been bored into the ground throughout the years.
Thus, Texas alone is presently home to almost 500,000 such oil and gas wells, which could supposedly be made to serve renewables instead.
Rumor has it that some of these well reach areas whose temperatures revolve around 300 degrees Fahrenheit (roughly 150 degrees Celsius), and that this should suffice to generate a rather noteworthy amount of energy.
As one specialist explained, “While each well only produces enough energy for a few hundred homes at best, connect several well on a single acre and it can add up.”
Truth be told, this seems like a highly innovative idea that would allow human society to make use of a rather obsolete industrial infrastructure in a new, green way.