Iceland, the powerhouse of the world?

Discussion in 'Earth Science' started by ULTRA, Dec 6, 2011.

  1. ULTRA Realistically Surreal Registered Senior Member

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    Ive been thinking that with all our energy problems, why dont we just form a company to go to iceland and produce geothermal energy for everybody? The energy is clean and safe and uses the earths' own energy instead of using fossil fuels? This then could be distributed throughout the world at minimal cost.
    As its my idea, I think I ought to be in charge of course!
    I hope everybody is happy and being kind to each other out there.
    Love, lou.
     
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  3. Robittybob1 Banned Banned

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    Ok Geothermal Energy is heat, so what are you going to do with the Heat Energy Boss?

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  5. ULTRA Realistically Surreal Registered Senior Member

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    Turn it into steam to drive turbines, simple. Condensing the steam back into water should be easy.
     
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  7. Robittybob1 Banned Banned

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    OK you got the turbines spinning, and giant cooling towers retuning the water back to be reused.
    What are the turbines attached to, Boss? So now we have taken thermal Energy and converted it to mechanical Energy, what now Boss?

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  8. ULTRA Realistically Surreal Registered Senior Member

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    we power the world, simple. Edit: The turbines power generators.
     
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  9. spidergoat Valued Senior Member

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    This then could not be distributed throughout the world at minimal cost.
     
  10. ULTRA Realistically Surreal Registered Senior Member

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    why?
     
  11. Robittybob1 Banned Banned

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    What electrical power cables running under the Atlantic heading in four directions?
    How much heat do you think there is in a bit of rock? The rock cools as you take the energy out of it. It is dependent on the rate of conduction through the Lithosphere to reheat it. Conduction is rather slow process. It is not as if you can drop a coil directly into the molten core of the Earth!

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  12. spidergoat Valued Senior Member

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    There are significant losses when transmitting electricity, and the cost of such an infrastructure would likely exceed current energy costs.
     
  13. ULTRA Realistically Surreal Registered Senior Member

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    There is plenty of energy for our needs, and a network of cables would be easy to install with todays technology.
     
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  15. ULTRA Realistically Surreal Registered Senior Member

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    Imagine thousands of generator houses supplying all our energy needs. cleanly and safely. The heat generated could be radiated out into space.
     
  16. Rhaedas Valued Senior Member

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    Aside from the technical problems even using "today's technology", there's also the issue of redundancy and security. Plus, the Not In My Back Yard. Are we invading Iceland to do this?
     
  17. Robittybob1 Banned Banned

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    You are the Boss remember. You wanted the job so you have to price it up.
    Are there the materials to take power half way across the Atlantic and be reliable.
    In NZ we send power across the Cook Strait a mere 30 kms but the Atlantic might be 2000 kms.
    Power is generated in the South Island and sent north. One third of the power is lost in the process.
    You might have no power left after sending it across the Atlantic.

    There is an enormous difference in difficulty.
    Are you running a viable company or not Boss?

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  18. ULTRA Realistically Surreal Registered Senior Member

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    Iceland might like me to bring them some wealth, sure. Once the infrastructure is built the rest is cheap renewable energy
     
  19. AlexG Like nailing Jello to a tree Valued Senior Member

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    Do you do that with a heat ray? Or do we just put garbage bags full of heat on rocket and shoot them out to the interplanetary dump?
     
  20. Robittybob1 Banned Banned

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    What have they got currently?

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  21. spidergoat Valued Senior Member

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    It would be naturally radiated back into space, to a variable degree, based on the amount of greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere and other factors.
     
  22. adoucette Caca Occurs Valued Senior Member

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    Nearly 70% of their power comes from GeoThermal.

    Of course the country only has 1/100th the population of the US, so it helps to keep the amount of energy you are talking about in perspective.
     
  23. Robittybob1 Banned Banned

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    I would think England and Europe would be happy to have a body of warmth to the west of them. Might improve their climate over all.

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