Drilling the world’s hottest geothermal well
There is an inexhaustible amount of energy lying right beneath our feet. It is a renewable and stable energy source — free of carbon dioxide emissions. Researchers are now planning to drill deep into the Earth to extract it. If they succeed it will be a major technological breakthrough. Ninety-nine per cent of planet Earth has a temperature in excess of 1,000 degrees Celsius as a result of residual heat inherited from the Earth’s primordial origins and the breakdown of radioactive materials. This heat can be transformed into energy — and there is more than enough to go round.