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How a former oil guy is using fracking tech to boost geothermal energy

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🗞️ Driving the news: Fervo, a Houston-based startup, has recently tested a first-of-its-kind commercial-scale power plant, leveraging innovations from the shale oil drilling industry to produce zero-emission geothermal energy

🔭 The context: The U.S. shifted from being a net fuel importer to an exporter due to innovations like horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracking
• These same technologies, when applied to geothermal energy, could significantly impact the renewable energy landscape

🌎 Why does it matter for the planet: Unlike solar and wind energy, geothermal plants can provide a continuous stream of power, which is essential for grid stability
• With Fervo's approach, the geothermal sector might play a more significant role in decarbonizing the U.S. grid, potentially minimizing carbon footprints

⏭️ What's next: Fervo's current project in northern Nevada will soon power Google data centers and other Alphabet operations. Moreover, Fervo plans to expand its operations, aiming for a massive 400-megawatt project in Utah in the coming years.

💬 One quote: "There's virtually an unlimited amount of geothermal energy. The world is really big, and the world is really hot. It's all a question about how much you can access economically." (Tim Latimer, co-founder of Fervo)

📈 One stat: Fervo's project in northern Nevada can produce approximately 3.5 megawatts of energy, sufficient to power around 2,600 home

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