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Magma Power: How Superheated Molten Rock Could Provide Renewable Energy

Tuesday, November 1, 2016 17:42
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– this post authored by Pete Rowley, University of Portsmouth

Iceland is about to tap into water as hot as lava. Several kilometres below ground, a drilling rig named Thor will soon penetrate the area around a magma chamber, where molten rock from the inner Earth heats up water that has seeped through the seafloor. This water – up to 1,000 degC and saturated with corrosive chemicals – will eventually be piped up to the surface and its heat turned into usable energy.

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