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Geothermal

The adjective ‘geothermal’ derives from the Greek words ‘geo’ (meaning earth) and ‘therme’ (meaning heat.) Geothermal energy has been around since the earth’s formation billions of years ago and can be used as a renewable energy source to provide heating or electricity.

This section takes a look at the many different topics relating to geothermal energy and how this can be used to heat our homes or generate electricity.

Articles

Geothermal piping system showing how this system works.

How Does Geothermal Energy Work?

A look at how geothermal energy works, including how geothermal energy can be extracted from the earth and turned into either an electricity or heating source.

A pile of money representing the cost of geothermal energy.

The Cost of Geothermal Energy

There are numerous costs associated with the use of geothermal energy including both financial and ecological costs. This article takes a look at some of these aspects.

Geothermal activity in New Zealand.

Geothermal Energy Facts

Take a look at some of the facts surrounding geothermal energy including how we use it and the history of this energy source.

Large metal tubes commonly found on geothermal power plants.

Geothermal Power Plants

Geothermal power plants have the capability to transform geothermal energy into useable electricity in a variety of ways.

A geothermal heating system been installed.

Geothermal Heating Pros & Cons

Read about the pros and cons of geothermal heating systems, focusing on the use of ground source heat pumps. Are these systems able to perform as we think?

A geothermal power station.

Geothermal Power Station Diagram

Ever wondered how a geothermal power station converts geothermal energy into electricity? This article provides details of this process including a diagram of a geothermal power station.