|The energy from the heat beneath the earth's surface is essentially an unlimited resource. What if it could be developed to help solve our energy challenges and fight global warming? Enhanced Geothermal Systems, or EGS, attempts to do just that. EGS produces heat and electricity by harnessing the energy from hot rock deep below the earth's surface, expanding the potential of traditional geothermal energy by orders of magnitude. EGS is a big challenge, but with the potential to power the world many times over, it demands our immediate attention.
At Google we've launched an effort to advance EGS through R&D, investment, policy and information. Working with Geodynamics Limited, we've modeled a high horsepower deep drilling rig, a 50 MW binary cycle power plant, the potential well-field orientation, and the fracture system of the subsurface heat exchanger in SketchUp.