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Key Takeaways from Jamie C Beard’s TED Talk on the Potential of Geothermal Energy

Key Takeaways from Jamie C Beard’s TED Talk on the Potential of Geothermal Energy

Deep beneath your feet is a molten ball of energy the same temperature as the surface of the sun — an immense clean energy source that could power the world thousands of times over, says technologist and climate activist Jamie C. Beard. But how do we tap it? Jamie lays out a surprising solution, and an unlikely alliance, to harvest geothermal energy from the Earth’s core anywhere in the world.

We’ve shared the full video below, from October 28, 2021, but for those with limited time, keep reading for our key takeaways below….

Key Takeaways

  1. The earth’s core is a massive renewable heat source that has the potential to power the world’s energy needs a thousands of times over, for all of civilization.
  2. In the last few decades, there have been several technological innovations that have enabled us to engineer optimal subsurface conditions anywhere on earth.
  3. There are teams of innovators right now in the field that are testing these technologies to find how to most efficiently and effectively tap this enormous heat source beneath us.
  4. We are in the midst of a geothermal renaissance – more geothermal startups have launched in the past 18 months than in the past ten years combined.
  5. If even one of these startups is successful at proving a scalable geothermal concept, we are off to the races in developing this massive, reliable 24/7/365 clean energy source anywhere in the world.
  6. Plus, it turns out that there’s an industry that is perfectly positioned to take us from the few geothermal power plants we have today to the hundreds of thousands that we need to meet demand. The industry that everyone loves to hate, Oil & Gas. That is because Geothermal and Oil & Gas require the same thing; the ability to efficiently, effectively and safely drill below the surface over and over and over and over again.
  7. The oil and gas industry is a global specialized workforce of millions, backed by almost 200 years of breakthrough technological innovation, all aimed at exploring for, drilling for, and producing energy from deep underground. This is a group of highly skilled and trained workers that don’t need to be retrained. They can keep doing what they already know how to do, but this time, for clean energy.

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