In Iceland drilled "hot well" for energy from magma

Geothermal, thermal power plants use the Earth's heat as a source of energy, but in Iceland decided to develop the technology a few steps forward and produce energy from liquid magma. This involves drilling deep into the planet to reach temperatures of 400 to 1000 degrees Celsius, which would allow to produce ten times more energy than conventional geothermal sources of energy.


Iceland has refused to fossil fuels, but that's not stopping their commitment to innovation. Project the Iceland Deep Drilling Project (IDDP) carries out drilling on the 5-km depth in the crust using his rig called "tor"( "Thor"). The site is located on the Reykjanes Peninsula near the Mid-Atlantic ridge, where the heat energy comes out between the tectonic plates of the Earth.


"People had already been drilled at this depth, but never before in the liquid system, as here," said albert Albertsson, Deputy Director of the Icelandic geothermal energy company HS Orka. Moving down, the researchers at IDDP hope to find a "supercritical steam", which contains more thermal energy than a liquid or gas. Potential 50 megawatts of power that can be obtained from this pair, make 5 MW power from typical geothermal wells is negligible. This means that 50,000 homes can get the energy from this super-hot hole.


This technology is very promising, as the supercritical geothermal energy can be received wherever found young volcanoes. The current project IDDP was launched after the company stumbled upon the magma in 2009, but work was preostanovlena because of problems with corrosion. published




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