Fire Drill. No, Not the Pokemon Move, the Real Thing

16 Jun

You always hear about alternatives to fossil fuels, i.e. hydrogen, electricity, solar power, more stuff that probably won’t ever be mass produced, but this drill could find the answer we’ve been looking for. Now instead of drilling for oil, we can just dig for geothermal power. And instead of drilling, with you know, a normal fucking drill, we’ll just use hydrogen flames capable of reaching 3200ºF.

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“this is a great idea because it can be the key to obtain cheap geothermal power. These drills—created by Jared Potter—will go deep into Mother Earth to reach the magma to make geothermal energy wells. The magma will be used then to superheat water and produce electricity using steam and turbines—forever and ever—something that is impossible now even with today’s state-of-the-art drilling technology.

Unlike current drilling methods, the flame-jets make holes without touching the rock itself. Potter has two prototypes so far, both with the same results. The first fires a 3200ºF hydrogen flame to heat the rock, making cracks that expand into a full hole in a matter of minutes. The other one superheats a jet of water at 7200ºF and can work at super-deep levels, with extreme pressures.”

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