. Space Travel News .

10 Advantages to Supporting Geothermal Energy
by Staff Writers
Long Beach CA (SPX) Feb 24, 2012

In 2010, geothermal provided 42 percent of California's commercial, in-state renewable electricity generation, and if the Golden State were its own country, it would lead the world in geothermal power production with over 2,500 MW of installed capacity.

The renewable energy industry convenes this week in California, the birthplace of U.S. geothermal energy production, for the Renewable Energy World Conference and Expo. In conjunction with the event, the Geothermal Energy Association (GEA) has released Why Support Geothermal, a report highlighting the benefits of supporting geothermal energy.

Why Support Geothermal reviews the advantages of geothermal power and reasons why it is important to invest in this valuable energy resource including:

+ Geothermal power can be produced as a baseload renewable energy resource, meaning it operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week regardless of changing weather, providing a uniquely reliable and continuous source of clean energy. As a baseload power source, geothermal is well suited as a substitute for coal in our utility system.

+ Geothermal supports local economic development.

+ Geothermal energy is widely available.

+ Geothermal energy promotes national security.

The Renewable Energy World Conference and Expo converging in Long Beach bears significance. California was the first U.S. state to build a commercial geothermal site, and the state continues to lead the way for the U.S. geothermal industry.

In 2010, geothermal provided 42 percent of California's commercial, in-state renewable electricity generation, and if the Golden State were its own country, it would lead the world in geothermal power production with over 2,500 MW of installed capacity.

The Renewable Energy World Conference and Expo runs through February 16 at the Long Beach Convention Center. On the Expo floor, GEA's booth will provide information on the basics of geothermal energy, current projects, industry challenges and GEA membership and upcoming events. Visitors can take a GEA "passport" to other geothermal booths for a chance to win an Amazon Kindle Fire.

The Expo will also include a Geothermal Track on February 15 and 16. The first day will feature papers and presentations on innovative geothermal power plant systems and technology that increase resource efficiency and offer more dynamic load support to utilities.

Presenters include Halley Dickey, TAS Energy; Josh Nordquist, Ormat Technologies; Harvey Wen, Bechtel Power Corp.; Gary Zyhowski, Honeywell; and Mike Ronzello, Pratt and Whitney Power Systems.

A second session will highlight geothermal policy and economics, exploring the role of federal and state governments and what industry needs in order to accelerate growth. Speakers include Karl Gawell, Geothermal Energy Association; John McIlveen, Jacob Securities Inc.; and Halley Dickey, TAS Energy.

On Thursday, February 16, a paper-and-presentation session will feature how geothermal energy developers increasingly use waste heat recovery and the Organic Rankine Cycle for increased efficiency. Speakers featured include A. Scott Weber, University of Buffalo; Bruno Vanslambrouck, HOWEST, University College of West Flanders; Joe Lillard, Atlas Copco Mafi-Trench; and Kelsey Walker, TAS Energy.

The report can be accessed here.

Related Links
Geothermal Energy Association

Get Our Free Newsletters Via Email
Buy Advertising Editorial Enquiries

And it's 3... 2... 1... blastoff! Discover the thrill of a real-life rocket launch.


. Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle

Anonymous says power grid not a target
Washington (AFP) Feb 21, 2012
Hacker group Anonymous strongly rejected suggestions on Tuesday that followers could cause a power outage by staging a cyberattack on an electricity grid. The Anonymous statement came after The Wall Street Journal quoted the head of the US National Security Agency (NSA) as warning that hackers could have the ability within the next year or two to cause a limited power outage. The newspap ... read more

Aiming For An Open Window To Launch Into Space

Sea Launch on Track to Loft Intelsat 19

NuSTAR Mated to its Rocket

Rocket to be launched from Poker Flat Research Range

Opportunity For More Doppler Tracking And Imaging At Cape York

Mars rocks indicate relatively recent quakes, volcanism, on Red Planet

Dusty Mars Rover's Self-Portrait

Rock Studies Continue for Opportunity

SD-built camera spots tiny shifts on moon

Back to the Moon A Modern Redux

X-rays illuminate the interior of the Moon

NASA Spacecraft Reveals Recent Geological Activity on the Moon

New Horizons on Approach: 22 AU Down, Just 10 to Go

Extending the Habitable Zone for Red Dwarf Stars

Earth siblings can be different!

Hubble Reveals a New Class of Extrasolar Planet

US scientists discover new 'waterworld' planet

Future of Space Transportation

Pratt and Whitney Rocketdyne Successfully Completes J-2X Powerpack Test

NASA Seeks Space Launch System Advanced Booster Risk Reduction Solutions

NASA Performs First J-2X Powerpack Test of the Year

Launch of China's manned spacecraft Shenzhou-9 scheduled

Shenzhou 9 To Carry 3 Astronauts To Tiangong-1 Space Station

China to launch spacecraft in June: report

Is Shenzhou Unsafe?


Memory Foam Mattress Review

Newsletters :: SpaceDaily Express :: SpaceWar Express :: TerraDaily Express :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News


The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2012 - Space Media Network. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement