Pros and Cons of Geothermal Energy — Honest Pros and Cons

Earth center is loaded with high-temperature magma which keeps developing constantly by radioactive substances or by the vivacious movement of tectonic plates, so when this incredibly hot magma pushes the rock above it, the rocks take the heat from the magma and gets hot.

So when underground water changed over the steam and as this steam arrives at the outside of the earth, water fountains or water springs are formed. So we can utilize the steam that comes out of these fountains directly to form electricity and what do we need for it? Sharp blades of the turbines to rotate, then we have our geothermal energy.

The United States of America leads the world in the amount of electricity generated with geothermal energy. Geothermal energy is expected to have a significant role in the future.

Considering the fact that it is an alternative and renewable source, nations are trying to research and implement how can it be benefited and what could be the possible drawbacks of geothermal energy.

Pros of Geothermal Energy

Environmental Friendly

Renewable Source of Energy

No Fuel Required

Plentiful Supply

Huge Potential

Since it is not impacted by a global deficit of resources or by soaring fossil fuel prices as per the information by IRENA, it certainly can be said it’s a way to future.

Incredible for Heating and Cooling

According to Fanjoy, geothermal energy homeowners can save 70 percent on a home heating bull and 50 percent on cooling bills.

Source of Employment

Energy Security

Geothermal energy takes up relatively fewer spaces than dam based hydropower or solar schemes. Comparing it to the amount of energy you might possibly be benefited with, it’s just wells and access roads that are to be built up.

Lower Capital and Higher Capacity

Cons of Geothermal Energy

Convenient to Only a Particular Area

Countries like Iceland and the Philippines are blessed with geothermal energy that can meet up the demand of approximately one-third of their electricity but it is not the same everywhere. Also, normally geothermal reservoirs zones are far away from cities and towns.

Environmental Issues

Surface Instability

High Investment

It can be a major turnoff if individual homeowners decide to use geothermal energy as installation of a geothermal heat pump can range from $10,000 to $20,000

May Run out of Steam

Sustainability Issue

The above mentioned were a few advantages as well as disadvantages of geothermal energy.

According to www.syniteng.com , a lot of countries have exploited this form of energy with countries like Iceland generating over 30% of its energy from geothermal sources.

Hence, geothermal energy can decrease our reliance on fossil fuels and evade the outcomes of the condition that are regular to the burning of fossil fuels. At the end of the day, it is an incredible alternative source we can depend on!

(Last Updated On: February 24, 2020)

Originally published at https://honestproscons.com on December 22, 2019.

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