Gallery: Scientists Pour Water Into Oregon Volcano to Generate Energy


A team of scientists from Seattle-based AltaRock Energy, Inc. and Davenport Newberry Holdings LLC has announced plans to harness one of Mother Nature’s most powerful energy sources by pumping 24 million gallons of water into the side of a dormant volcano in Central Oregon. The team hopes that the water will return to the surface boiling hot, at which point it can be used to generate clean and cheap energy – without the explosive side effects and liquid magma associated with active volcanoes.

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  1. roughdesigns November 17, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    Probably about as bad an idea as fracking. Pumping millions of gallons of anything that can be potentially dangerous deep in the earth where you have no real idea what it’s doing, where it’s going, is just a recipe for disaster.

    Wait a min, they want to know how big an earth quake the public can tolerate??????? NONE! With a starting point like that someone close these idiots down.
    Why not drill loops of 6 inch well pipe through the hot zone, back to the surface, closed system, like every commercial fossil fuel boiler. Drillers can precisely drill down and loop up elsewhere, do it all the time for tel-com etc under waterways. Sounds like cheap, lazy, and greedy end running safety.
    Might be worth doing on deserted islands for cracking hydrogen from water though.
    Russell Higgins AIA

  2. sheckyvegas January 20, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    This 4th Grade science project sounds like a bad idea…

  3. sheckyvegas January 20, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    This 4th Grade science project sounds like a bad idea.

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