Future Geothermal from emptied, fracked gas wells.

I had a short but interesting conversation with a friend of mine who works with a think tank for developing new sources of energy. They are experimenting with pumping water into deep fracked wells (8000 Feet he says.) The water is heated by the naturaly high temperatures at that depth. The water could be recovered at the other end of the fracked area and used to generate energy through steam turbines. I don't know how far along they are, but it might be something to consider when signing a lease. Hopefully, the gas present will last decades to come, but it is interesting to think that even the empty holes might be a useful source of energy in the distant future. If contained properly, geothermal is one of the cleanest forms of energy available and fairly simple techknowledgy. Let the enviromentalists mull that one over for a while.

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Comment by m. mossop on January 11, 2010 at 12:21pm
I like this. All of us have to think into the future, and make sure we have a lot of up to date info available and make sure the gas companies know these things, too, and can work with the environmentalists.
Comment by Brian Day on January 10, 2010 at 5:30pm
Good point, Ruby. Something to be concerned about in a quake prone area. I don't remember any quakes or history of quakes in that area though. I am sure some ANCient faults exist as they do practically everywhere if you go deep enough. Perhaps an asteroid will stike next week and none of us will have to worry about it, or next month's bills either. Thanks for the well documented food forthought though. I mean that sincerely.

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