Physics Today Article—Bridget Ayling Discusses EGS Potential

Bridget Ayling, Director of the Great Basin Center for Geothermal Energy and Associate Professor, Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology, was interviewed for this article in Physics Today.

Engineered Geothermal Systems Have Wide Potential as a Renewable Energy Source

Physics Today 71, 9, 22 (2018);
“What will it take to put geothermal energy to use on a large scale? Iceland uses it nearly exclusively for heat and hot water and for about a fifth of its electricity (see related story on page 26). Many countries have geothermal projects. But the vast stores of heat deep beneath Earth’s surface remain largely untapped. “If we can unlock the technologies to make extracting heat in the subsurface technically and commercially viable on a large scale, the promise is huge,” says Bridget Ayling, director of the Great Basin Center for Geothermal Energy at the University of Nevada, Reno. That’s why, she adds, “despite only incremental gains over the last 40 years, the geothermal community continues to pursue engineered geothermal systems,” or EGS, also known as enhanced geothermal systems.” –from Physics Today 71, 9, 22 (2018)

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