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World’s First Magma-enhanced Geothermal System Created in Iceland

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Reminds me of the hot rocks project that was tried down here a few years ago.

 

 

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — In 2009, a borehole drilled at Krafla, northeast Iceland, as part of the Icelandic Deep Drilling Project (IDDP), unexpectedly penetrated into magma (molten rock) at only 2100 meters depth, with a temperature of 900-1000 C.  The borehole, IDDP-1, was the first in a series of wells being drilled by the IDDP in Iceland in the search for high-temperature geothermal resources.

 

http://ucrtoday.ucr.edu/20005

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If this could be developed it would be an excellent way to generate more sustainable power - there are no doubt a number of suitable sites around the globe where this could be practicable.

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If this could be developed it would be an excellent way to generate more sustainable power - there are no doubt a number of suitable sites around the globe where this could be practicable.

 

Agreed. Current technology has already advanced quite well for geothermal energy so there could perhaps be a global agreement for volcanic islands to power from geothermal.

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Regarding hot rocks. They did the initial project around here in the 80s and 90s. They had some success but I believe had problems with the fracturing. It closed down through lack of funds and moved to Srasbourg.

 

http://www.bine.info/fileadmin/content/Publikationen/Englische_Infos/projekt_0409_engl_Internetx.pdf

 

http://www.geothermal-energy.org/pdf/IGAstandard/SGW/2004/Hettkamp.pdf

 

http://ec.europa.eu/research/energy/pdf/hdr_pres_en.pdf

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