Deep Geothermal Superpower

Jun 29, 2022

Digging into the challenges of harnessing the Earth’s power.

Presenters Dr. Thomas Homer-Dixon and Dr. Ian Graham provide a plain-language introduction to geothermal electricity and heat production, focusing on deep enhanced geothermal systems (or “deep EGS”) that create heat-exchange reservoirs in hot, dry rock more than 5 kilometres below Earth’s surface.

Part of the Transition Accelerator’s Pathways to Net Zero webinar series, this conversation presents the deep EGS opportunity, highlights important R&D gaps, and identifies key technical, financing, and regulatory challenges. The speakers propose that Canada can and should become the global leader in deep EGS — but to do so, it must create strong incentives to solve the technology’s core R&D challenge: cost-effective, deep drilling through hard (igneous and metamorphic) rock. A Q&A session follows.

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