There are no commercial geothermal plants currently operating in Alberta, but new research is exploring that possibility. (Canadian Press)
An Alberta town is planning to pull a different kind of energy from the abandoned oil and gas wells that ring its outskirts.
Larry Kostiuk knows the future of energy is complicated.
He grew up in the Canadian Arctic and trained as a combustion engineer in Alberta, at Cambridge in the U.K. and at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab in California. He then worked for NASA in Ohio and on other projects in the Himalayas, rural China and France. Living around the world taught him that, depending on a society’s geography, culture and history, energy expectations and solutions can vary dramatically.
David Miller spent eighteen months trying to get the engine he built to run. Then he found a graph that told him not to bother.
A UAlberta research partnership to retrofit wells near Hinton has the potential to provide megawatts of power to the local community.
It’s the latest project to investigate the use of geothermal energy.