Untapped potential of geothermal energy

In a presentation for the CleanTech Alliance, Susan Petty, co-founder of AltaRock Energy, provides her view on how geothermal energy is a viable renewable energy option.

In a presentation at a Breakfast meeting of the CleanTech Alliance, Susan Petty, Co-Founder of AltaRock Energy makes a passionate case for geothermal energy.

Petty founded AltaRock in 2007 to develop technology that would expand the use of geothermal energy outside traditional areas, and to reduce costs and risks associated with the technique. She brought 40 years of experience in geothermal research, policy and technology development to start the company that is changing possibilities in the field.

Petty sees more potential for geothermal, including use as a baseload energy source, a consistent renewable source that could replace aging coal mines, and energy storage for intermittent renewables such as wind and solar.

“As more wind and solar plants come online we need more options for energy storage and balancing,” Petty said. “Geothermal reservoirs can store energy from solar and wind underground as hot water which can then be converted into steam at peak demand times.”

She then talks about AltaRock Energy and its technology that aims to help geothermal energy a more viable renewable energy option.

Have a look at the presentation.

27 Oct 2017

Alexander Richter

Originally published on Thinkgeoenergy.

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    By: Alexander Richter

    Alexander Richter founded ThinkGeoEnergy in 2008. He is a Director on the Board of International Geothermal Association (IGA) and Director-at-Large on the Board of the Canadian Geothermal Energy Association (CanGEA), and has been a spokesperson for geothermal energy at many of the major geothermal and renewable energy events internationally.

    Before establishing ThinkGeoEnergy, he was a founding member of the first and only geothermal energy focused investment-banking team at Icelandic bank Glitnir (now Íslandsbanki). There he was leading the team’s research efforts and worked on business development with clients globally from 2005 to 2011.

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