Geothermal Diagrams

Written by Courtney Salinas
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Geothermal energy may seem more like an environmental nut's dream than a practical home heating and cooling system, but viewing a few geothermal diagrams might help persuade any doubters. There are many diagrams available on the Internet that can be very helpful. A quick search can reveal lots of resources.

Diagrams of Geothermal Systems

Viewing a diagram of a geothermal system can be quite enlightening. You can see how fluid is conducted through pipes inserted into the ground, how the water "collects" the heat from the Earth and returns to the building to heat the air. A diagram of the cooling system shows how the geothermal system collects heat from inside the building and carries it to the ground, where it is released.

Diagrams of Geothermal Power Plants

Geothermal power plants are very fascinating. Upon viewing a diagram, you can see how collected rainwater is heated by magma beneath the Earth's surface. Wells are dug by the power plant that forces the hot air to rise. More diagrams reveal how the hot water is "flashed" into steam and how that steam powers turbines to generate electricity.

Comparison Diagrams

When viewing diagrams comparing geothermal energy to combustion energy, which is the kind of energy most commonly used, geothermal energy is clearly cleaner and friendlier to the environment. Geothermal energy uses less non-renewable resources and can possibly help sustain our energy needs for years to come. You can also find diagrams on such varied and interesting topics as geothermal heat pump efficiency, U.S. geothermal potential, geothermal use lists, geothermal spa bathing, benefits of heat pumps and geothermal well testing.

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