Volcanic heat is next frontier for geothermal projects

01/31/2014 | Conversation (Australia), The

A geothermal drilling project in Iceland accidentally drilled directly into magma, but instead of plugging the hole, researchers harnessed the heat using a perforated-steel casing to extract superheated, high-pressure steam. "This could lead to a revolution in the energy efficiency of high-temperature geothermal projects in the future," says Wilfred Elders, a co-author of the research.

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