How enhanced geothermal power works, courtesy Taiwanese animators
America has enough heat under the ground to provide all the power we need many times over. Google even put out a map showing potential developers of this resource exactly where to drill!
Conventional geothermal power is easy to understand: Deep under the earth, there is hot water, and when it comes to the surface it can be used to generate electricity. (Think of Old Faithful. Not that we should turn it into a power plant.)
But what’s this “enhanced geothermal” we keep hearing about? It’s one thing to say that it involves artificially creating a geothermal reservoir where previously all you had was hot rocks, and it’s another to see it in action, courtesy of the Taiwanese animation studio NMA News.