CoolIP index Most recent edit: Monday March 25, 2013
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Geothermal AWE Concept
Perhaps the ultimate renewable energy source is geothermal. Iceland's electricity is 100% geothermal; a superb baseload energy resource, not intermittent, like sun or wind.
In most of the world, geothermal energy is found too deep to be economic yet, even though drilling tech is now marginally able to go the distance (~10km). A major barrier is the fuel cost of mobile energy to drill the extensive heat channel networks that gather the steam to drive steam-generators.
AWE looks potentially well suited to drive geothermal drilling operations by direct kinetic transfer. The drillhead could even be a capstan driven by a kite-cable, somewhat like an ancient bow-drill. AWE as intermittent but cheap windpower could be a key to unlocking abundant geothermal baseload power.
This idea springs from an earlier KiteLab Group "kite-to-turbines" concept, whereby a needy community might get started at minimal capital-cost with AWE, and thereby finance permanent wind turbines.
CC BY NC SA ~Dave Santos 25March2013 AirborneWindEnergy/message/8904
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