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Scientists Identify Massive Geothermal Hotspot In Utah
Consumer Energy Report ^ | 10-3-2012 | CER

Posted on 10/06/2012 10:26:12 AM PDT by blam

Scientists Identify Massive Geothermal Hotspot In Utah

Consumer Energy Report
October 3,2012

Following two full years of study, scientists have confirmed that they have identified a huge geothermal hotspot in Utah, presenting the possibilities of exploitation of the find for cheap energy production purposes.

The area in question, covering an area of about 100 square miles, lies in Utah’s Black Rock Desert basin, south of Delta. During the two-year study, researchers drilled nine deep wells in the basin in an effort to confirm that water at very high temperatures was close enough to the surface to be manipulated, potentially allowing it to be converted relatively easily into steam to be used to generate electricity.

Rick Allis, director of the Utah Geological Survey, will report his team’s findings on the site to the energy industry at next week’s annual meeting of the Geothermal Resources Council in the hopes that it will generate interest among developers. The site itself offers particular benefits given its state of industrial development, including a large wind farm and a major transmission line currently serving a nearby coal-fired power plant.

“Our next step is to get (geothermal energy investors) interested in moving forward to develop this resource,” said Allis. (See more: Renewable Energy — Facts and Figures)

Karl Gawell, president of the Geothermal Energy Association, is expecting positive results from the release of the “exciting” news, citing potential breakthroughs in the way that humanity powers its societies if the site can be properly exploited. The local benefits are not lost on Gawell, either.

“It’s exciting for Utah, too, because it could eventually generate a lot of jobs and economic growth,” he said.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: energy; geothermal; thermal; utah

1 posted on 10/06/2012 10:26:19 AM PDT by blam
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To: blam

The 12th Imam is a Mormon?


2 posted on 10/06/2012 10:31:12 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: blam

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you our next roadless wilderness area.


3 posted on 10/06/2012 10:32:33 AM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: blam

Quick! How long before the Environmentalists/Nimby’s introduce a lawsuit to prevent exploitation of this potential energy source?

...3, 2, 1


4 posted on 10/06/2012 10:34:07 AM PDT by The Working Man
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To: blam
Everyone knows this will emit dangerous greenhouse gasses, in particular...

...water vapor.

5 posted on 10/06/2012 10:36:48 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: blam

Yes, but utilizing this precious resource will serve to deplete the earth’s inner balance, thus contributing to interior cooling... 5, 4, 3, 2, 1...

Incidents of breast cancer will rise. Prostates will solidify. Dogs and cats will attack each other. Divorce rates will increase. Children will go hungry. Republicans and wealthy people will prosper. Lions, tigers, and bears... Oh my!!!!


6 posted on 10/06/2012 10:40:18 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Obama got Mitch-Slapped in that first debate.)
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To: blam

I hope they work out the turbine corrosion problem
from dissolved mineral buildup


7 posted on 10/06/2012 10:40:18 AM PDT by HangnJudge
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To: blam
Years ago I visited a small town in New Zealand that sits on some sort of geothermal hotspot.The buildings in the town,houses and businesses,get free heat from the pipe system that's been set up.OTOH,the town absolutely *reeks* of rotten eggs!
8 posted on 10/06/2012 10:41:36 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Ambassador Stevens Is Dead And The Chevy Volt Is Alive)
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To: Vince Ferrer

But the president will have to make the announcement/dedication from Nevada or some other state to try to avoid some of the uproar (a la Grand Escalante Staircase, or whatever it was with Clinton).


9 posted on 10/06/2012 10:42:31 AM PDT by Past Your Eyes (You knew the job was dangerous when you took it.)
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To: blam

While this could be an economic boon to the area and add to our nation’s energy supply, I expect the environmentalists will find some lame excuse to block the development of this resource for years.


10 posted on 10/06/2012 10:42:42 AM PDT by The Great RJ
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To: blam

Unh-oh. This is where the next supervolcano caldera may erupt, rather like the one the blew up in Yellowstone 640,000 years ago, with many lesser ones since then.

Won’t matter if it could be exploited or not. But how do you think that black rock got there in the first place?


11 posted on 10/06/2012 10:44:01 AM PDT by alloysteel ("You have attributed conditions to villainy that simply result from stupidity".)
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To: Vince Ferrer

If I know my south of Delta UT, it is already a good example of roadless desert. As others are postulating, it would surely make a great “wilderness”.

Oh, anyone agree that “wilderness” is idiot speak for locking up useful land, minerals, access, rights, and general use, for the misguided goal of utopian living in prisons called cities?


12 posted on 10/06/2012 10:45:18 AM PDT by wita
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To: HangnJudge

Seems to me they could devise a system where they introduce the water to depth, that could be heated by the steam, thus expanding and driving a turbine above ground. As the steam passed the turbine, it could be channeled into a pool to be used again.

From your comments, it seems you were referencing them utilizing direct steam from the geothermal supply. That would contain far more minerals for corrosion.

I’m certainly no expert here, but this does seem like a way to cut down on mineral deposit problems.


13 posted on 10/06/2012 10:49:47 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Obama got Mitch-Slapped in that first debate.)
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To: Gay State Conservative
SO2 is not a pleasant fragrance.
14 posted on 10/06/2012 11:01:21 AM PDT by carriage_hill (Libs, dems, unions, leftist scum & murderous muzzies - are like bacteria: attack, attack, attack!)
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To: Vince Ferrer
Ladies and gentlemen, I give you our next roadless wilderness area.

^^^This. Given the levels of endemism in the intermountain west, there's probably some endangered gnat that the Greens can use to obstruct progress. As always.
15 posted on 10/06/2012 11:04:45 AM PDT by verum ago (Some people must truly be in love, for only love can be so blind.)
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To: blam
They had a geo steam facility near Milford 30 years ago.
16 posted on 10/06/2012 11:05:19 AM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: DoughtyOne

” “Our next step is to get (geothermal energy investors) interested in moving forward to develop this resource,” “

Govt funding.


17 posted on 10/06/2012 11:08:08 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: blam

Didn’t they try this in Indonesia and ended up w/ a mud geyser that buried a town?


18 posted on 10/06/2012 11:44:54 AM PDT by Vinnie (A)
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To: HangnJudge
I hope they work out the turbine corrosion problem from dissolved mineral buildup

Heat exchangers. You don't circulate the groundwater to and from the turbines. You use the high-temperature groundwater to flash pure water into steam.

19 posted on 10/06/2012 12:05:31 PM PDT by backwoods-engineer (My game is disruption. I will use lethal force --my vote-- in self-defense against Obama.)
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To: alloysteel
But how do you think that black rock got there in the first place?

Magma incursions from the mantle below the crust. That whole area is volcanic. Mt Ranier? Mt St Helens?

20 posted on 10/06/2012 12:09:23 PM PDT by backwoods-engineer (My game is disruption. I will use lethal force --my vote-- in self-defense against Obama.)
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To: blam

The area in question, covering an area of about 100 square miles, lies in Utah’s Black Rock Desert basin,<<

soon to be named.....Black Rock Desert National Park


21 posted on 10/06/2012 1:02:43 PM PDT by M-cubed
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To: blam
The peoples E xtremist P ropagandist A rmy has likely readied it's armed thugs to go and protect the new find. It's thuggery of environazi's have likely began the process to get a federal court stop research and development order declaring it an endangered area due to the underground blue tailed snail worm none yet known to exist living in the area. All hail to junk science and the way it has given government to control U.S. /sarcasm
22 posted on 10/06/2012 1:30:13 PM PDT by cva66snipe (Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgment? Which one say ye?)
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To: M-cubed

Welcome to Black Rock Desert National Park. Have a bad day.


23 posted on 10/06/2012 2:52:54 PM PDT by TigersEye (dishonorabledisclosure.com - OPSEC (give them support))
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To: blam

I would assume that the distilled water could be used for irrigation.


24 posted on 10/06/2012 3:13:27 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Take two Aspirin and call me in November - Obama for Hindmost.)
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To: blam

Not surprising that there is steam down there since it is a million degrees down there according to Al Gore.


25 posted on 10/06/2012 3:17:07 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Take two Aspirin and call me in November - Obama for Hindmost.)
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To: TigersEye
Have a bad day.


26 posted on 10/06/2012 3:24:43 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Take two Aspirin and call me in November - Obama for Hindmost.)
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To: Gay State Conservative
"OTOH,the town absolutely *reeks* of rotten eggs!"

Most likely, it already "reeked" of H2S before the hydrothermal exploitation...

27 posted on 10/06/2012 3:41:35 PM PDT by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias...)
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To: Mike Darancette

I recommend the chili.


28 posted on 10/06/2012 3:51:03 PM PDT by TigersEye (dishonorabledisclosure.com - OPSEC (give them support))
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