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Central America to Tap Volcanoes for Renewable Energy

Posted By Cameron Scott On September 21, 2010 @ 6:52 pm In Renewable Energy | No Comments

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The troubled and impoverished region of Central America is rich in one thing: volcanoes. Spurred by increasing demand for electricity, several countries are thundering mountains’ energy into watts [2]. Geothermal [3] plants can use the water heated by the molten earth beneath volcanoes to drive turbines. The plants are expensive to build, but, once built, they are long-lasting, reliable, and do less environmental damage than hydroelectric dams [4] or fossil fuel sources.

central america, volcanoes, electricity from volcanoes, geothermal power, renewable energy, sustainable design [5]Photo © Eduardo Robles [6]

Guatemala, which already has two geothermal plants, is offering tax breaks on the equipment needed to build more in hopes of getting 60 percent of its power from a combination of geothermal and hydroelectric sources by 2022. Costa Rica already operates four plants and will bring a fifth online early next year; it’s considering an additional two. El Salvador and Nicaragua are also expanding geothermal power from volcanoes.

How about some international loans to support these encouraging developments [7]?

Via Reuters [8]

Lead photo © Alphabet City [9]


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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/09/21/central-america-to-tap-volcanoes-for-renewable-energy/guatemalacityvolcanoes/

[2] thundering mountains’ energy into watts: http://inhabitat.com/2010/04/26/indonesia-plans-to-harness-4000-megawatts-of-power-from-volcanoes/

[3] Geothermal: http://inhabitat.com/2010/08/26/americas-first-geothermal-powered-ikea-coming-to-denver/

[4] hydroelectric dams: http://inhabitat.com/2010/07/28/flooding-threatens-to-overwhelm-chinas-three-gorges-dam/

[5] Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/09/21/central-america-to-tap-volcanoes-for-renewable-energy/tacana/

[6] Eduardo Robles: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Volcan_Tacana_01.jpg

[7] encouraging developments: http://inhabitat.com/2010/09/02/peace-corps-to-start-clean-energy-program-in-the-americas/

[8] Reuters: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE68K2OD20100921

[9] Alphabet City: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Guatemalacityvolcanoes01.jpg

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