Do you need to be in a volcanic/tectonic region to harness geothermal energy?
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Do you need to be in a volcanic/tectonic region to harness geothermal energy?

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St Rhenium

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Being a volcano nut, geothermal has always been a renewable energy source that's interested me. Would it be possible to harness this at all in the UK, or does an area have to be volcanic/tectonic for to even be possible? Surely if we go deep enough there is still magma below us, so perhaps it would just be more expensive?

JamesH

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It doesn't have to be, it just makes it a lot easier and cheaper.

I believe even households have made use of this before, so it's definately possible, you just have to dig a little deeper (literally).

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No, because everywhere the deep ground is warmer than the surafe. Although in some areas it will be less efficient that it is in places like Iceland.

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It is possible, yes. The question is, is it economically viable? The answer is largely no unfortunately, there are just more efficient systems than this in the UK's case.

 

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