Tuesday, 26 August 2008

Google Invests in Geothermal Technology

Google.org, the philanthropic arm of Google, has announced that it is investing $10m in a technology called Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS). Whilst the traditional geothermal approach relies on finding naturally occurring pockets of steam and hot water, the EGS process takes it one step further by fracturing hot rock to replicate the natural conditions. By circulating water through the system the resulting steam can be used to produce electricity in a conventional turbine.

"EGS could be the 'killer app' of the energy world. It has the potential to deliver vast quantities of power 24/7 and be captured nearly anywhere on the planet. And it would be a perfect complement to intermittent sources like solar and wind," said Dan Reicher, Director of Climate and Energy Initiatives for Google.org.

Interestingly, whilst the Google corporation is investing in Green technology, a survey by the AB32 Implementation Group found that individual Californians were less supportive of action against global warming, particularly when it brought with it the possibility of higher energy costs.

A total of 78% said they had not heard of AB32 (California's plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020) and 56% said that emissions reductions need to be 'without reducing jobs, increasing my family's energy costs or hurting the state's economy'.

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