• @Dempf@lemmy.zip
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    611 days ago

    The problem with geothermal right now is long delays from NEPA reviews. I’m not trying to bash all of NEPA, but oil and gas has a categorical exclusion, while geothermal has to endure a long review process (we have heard up to 7 years from a local geothermal startup) just for drilling the exact same hole in the ground.

    It’s been a big reason that Citizens’ Climate Lobby has been focusing on permitting reform. We’re at the point where if all permitting laws were removed, emissions would go down. Now that probably wouldn’t be the best idea in practice, but we’re in an era where we need to build build build clean energy.

  • @tunetardis@lemmy.ca
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    612 days ago

    I’ve always wondered to what extent the horizontal drilling revolution could help with geothermal? It certainly did wonders for fossil fuel extraction, but perhaps this is the silver lining?

    • @silence7OPM
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      512 days ago

      They solve different problems.

      Advanced geothermal like this provides electricity on-demand, whenever you want it, reducing the need for storage.

      Heat pumps move heat inside or into an industrial process, and use electricity in the process.

    • Buelldozer
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      212 days ago

      Heat Pumps with a thermal battery make a ton of sense and they’re available right now. The issue with them is that they need a LOT of space in order to work well and they’re expensive AF.

      The YouTuber “Undecided with Matt Ferrell” recently did a video on them.

  • Pennomi
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    312 days ago

    Geothermal is awesome because it’s virtually infinite and super clean. I’d love to see more of this.