Tuesday, 26 August 2008

Australia's Hot Rocks

Continuing the theme of geothermal energy (and in the light of the dearth of Green IT news during the holiday season) Reuters recently put out an interesting item about the amount of energy stored under Australia.

Apparently Australia is the world's largest exporter of coal, which is also currently the means to generate over three quarters of the countries electricity. As a consequence it has a higher per-person pollution level than any other country (five times that of China).

However, Geoscience Australia has now mapped the country's geothermal energy through a large number of boreholes and concluded that just 1% of the available reserves could produce enough energy for 26,000 years. The government is testing out different technologies to find the best way to generate electricity from the resource.

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