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World's deepest hole could be the key to limitless energy

By T.K. Randall
March 13, 2022 · Comment icon 44 comments

Beneath our feet is enough heat to power the whole world. Image Credit: USGS
One energy company is hoping to change the world by producing electricity from the heat found deep beneath our feet.
Drilling deep down into the planet's surface is a particularly challenging feat - to date the furthest anyone has gone is around 7.6 miles, which is hardly 'Journey to the Center of the Earth'.

The problem lies in the fact that operating a drill at extreme depths and pressures is very difficult, as is transporting the drilled material from the bottom of a miles-deep hole back to the surface.

While probing what lies deep beneath our feet can provide large amounts of data for scientists hoping to learn more about the interior of the Earth, such endeavours also have another potential benefit in the form of geothermal energy.
While the crust of our planet is relatively cool, the interior is very warm indeed. Tapping this heat to produce electricity has the potential to provide a practically limitless amount of clean energy to the masses, that is, at least, if we can actually reach it.

Now though, energy company Quaise is hoping to achieve such a feat by combining a megawatt-power gyrotron (which forces atoms to melt together) with the latest state-of-the-art drilling tools to dig deep down into the Earth's surface and tap this underused source of energy.

The firm hopes to reach depths of over 12 miles and is aiming to produce power within four years.

If it succeeds, it could give wind and solar energy solutions a run for their money.

Source: Science Alert | Comments (44)

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Comment icon #35 Posted by Desertrat56 2 years ago
No, because it is microwaves it could be a health hazard.   
Comment icon #36 Posted by Desertrat56 2 years ago
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Comment icon #37 Posted by Abramelin 2 years ago
Many things could? Adding a pinch of salt to your food makes it tasty. Eating 100 grams of salt in one go will rupture your stomach, and you'll bleed to death. It's about amount, concentration.
Comment icon #38 Posted by Abramelin 2 years ago
I understand microwaves, really. Do you? And I started about Radon because if you are worried about microwaves the way you appear you are, you should also be worried about radon. Btw., why are you p***ed of? I question things, that's all. I'm not suggesting you are stupid or something.
Comment icon #39 Posted by Desertrat56 2 years ago
Right and how much has changed in the last 10 years in relation to how much we are using microwaves for communications?  
Comment icon #40 Posted by Abramelin 2 years ago
Ok. What do you think microwaves can do to our health?
Comment icon #41 Posted by Desertrat56 2 years ago
Probably depends on the frequency of the waves and the amount of exposure.   I have seen what happens to a bird that flew too close to army microwave tower in the 70's.   Maybe it affects the brain, the cells, organs, maybe it also depends on the person and their health.    I don't think it is benign, and there is a reason people are buying faraday cloth and other emf blocking materials.  It is not a conspiracy, it is just stupid humans not taking all the variables into account, because of profit and convenience.   (just like over using chlorine bleach or dumping waste into the same rive... [More]
Comment icon #42 Posted by Abramelin 2 years ago
And that's what I tried to explain. If you literally sit on some energy source, you'll get burned, irradiated, intoxicated, whatever. If you stick a fork in a power socket, you'll get an electric shock, and maybe die. If you sit too close to a camp fire, you'll burn your a$$, or your hair/face, depending on which part of your anatomy faces the fire.
Comment icon #43 Posted by Desertrat56 2 years ago
You don't think sitting next to your modem that emits a wifi signal to your television and any other device that is wifi enabled, or even being in a neighborhood where everyone has those modems and lots of wifi devices as well as cell towers and other equipment is not sitting on some energy source?    The wifi at the library is strong enough that you can log on to their network from the parking lot.   And there are overlaps of wifi, just pull up a device and go to the wifi settings, it will tell you how many of your neighbors wifi signals are overlapping your property.
Comment icon #44 Posted by Abramelin 2 years ago
Let's wait for Buzz_Light_Year's video, ok?

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