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Geothermal Energy Could Make Hyland Hall More Sustainable

We hope everyone is enjoying the beautiful weather and looking forward to March Madness! Here is a little piece written by Terance Z., a student here at UW-Whitewater, who is interested in sustainability. Check out what he has to say below!

Heat from the earth can be used as an energy source from complex power stations to simple pumping systems.  Geothermal energy is a source from this heat and it can be found almost anywhere, from deep wells in China to our very own backyards.  Geothermal energy is an affordable and sustainable way to reduce the use of fossil fuels, which then saves from global warming and reducing the carbon footprint.  Thousands of homes and buildings are currently using geothermal energy to heat and cool buildings all over the United States; it is currently the most inexpensive form of such a resource.

Magma is a layer of hot and molten rock which is below the Earth’s crust.  Magma continually produces heat from the decay of naturally radioactive materials, such as potassium and uranium.  From such resources’ which is 33,000 feet below the Earth’s surface, this heat contains 50,000 times more energy than every oil and natural gas resources combined in the world today.  The current and most common to capture such a resource of energy from geothermal is to tap into naturally occurring hydrothermal convection systems whereas cooler water seeps into the Earth’s crust and then is heated up in order to rise to the surface.  Once the heated water is forced to the surface of Earth, the simple matter is to capture its steam and then use it to drive electric generators.

The potential of geothermal energy plays a significant role in moving not only Hyland Hall, the United States, but the World towards a more efficient more sustainable energy source system.  Geothermal energy can continuously supply power and decrease the need of a consent supply of only relying on electricity.  A portion of geothermal resources will be able to produce electricity for as little as an estimation of 9 cents per kilowatt-hour, with even a tax credit perhaps depending on location.  From this reading I hope you all see a bright future for the use of geothermal resources as a heating and cooling source for not only Hyland Hall, but for our homes and businesses to come.

Terance Z. – Urban Economics – University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

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