Energy Company Is Drilling 12 Miles into Earth to Unlock the Most Abundant Clean Energy Source

By: | March 2nd, 2022

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Do you know what is a limitless source of energy available anywhere on the planet?

If your answer is solar or wind, then it’s not correct since both these energy sources have their limitations. Sun does not always shine, and the wind does not always blow, making both energy sources impractical, unreliable, and unpredictable.

The answer to this question is beneath our feet…the Geothermal energy!

Geothermal is a reliable limitless source of clean energy. Geothermal energy comes from deep inside the earth, the earth’s core…which is always burning. It is hotter than the surface of the sun, all that is required is to drill deep enough to liberate some of its heat.

But the problem is accessing that core by drilling deep enough!

Quaise Energy, a start-up spun out of the MIT in 2018 is planning to drill 20 kilometers or 12 miles deep to access geothermal energy any time anywhere.

To tap the infinite source of energy, Quaise Energy plans to use its new drilling technology ‘millimeter-wave drilling systems’.  The firm will drill with microwaves to go deeper than ever before. These contactless drills could bore holes as deep as 12 miles where the rock reaches temperatures up to 400 degrees Celsius (752 Fahrenheit).

It could revolutionize how we produce renewable energy!

Quaise Energy has already raised $63 million to make ubiquitous access to geothermal a viable option.

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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