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Indonesia Harnessing Volcano Power

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Indonesia's 17,000 islands are home to visitkansascityks.com hundreds of volcanoes and order propica approximately 40 percent of the earth's geothermal energy potential and the nation's government is ready to harness that hot, clean energy.

The country has set a goal of bringing online 4GW of geothermal capacity by 2014, which will almost quadruple the current capacity of 1,189 MW.  If you think that sounds ambitious, you're right.  It generally takes three to five years just to complete field exploration and then another three years to actually build a geothermal plant.

And then there's the cost of the project -- $12 billion to be exact. The country is looking to the we use it selling cialis online World Bank, private investors and developed countries like Japan and the U.S. for help raising the money.  But once the plants are up and running, they're basically tapping into endless, clean energy with little overhead required.

Plus, this plan will go a long way towards reaching the Indonesian president's goals of discount cialis online cutting emissions to www.deboerderijhuizen.nl 26 percent below 2005 levels by 2020 and adding 10GW of clean energy capacity by 2014.

via AFP

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Cheap @ $3/W continuous power 24x7
written by Carl Hage, April 26, 2010
While $12B might seem to be a lot, consider that the 4GW is equivalent to 4 nuclear plants, and is suitable for baseline generation 24 hours per day. This is www.adime.es about 1/3 the cost of recently proposed new nuclear plants.

Also construction time is probably similar to building a nuclear plant. But once the plant is running, then there is no need to worry about the future expense of radioactive waste or refueling cost.
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written by Elliott Lemenager, April 26, 2010
How are they measuring risk ? volcanoes even docile can be unpredictable.
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written by Sally, April 27, 2010
Of the $12B needed for the project, it will be amazing if even half of that amount eventually reaches the on line viagra canada project coal face. In the meantime there will a lot of people in Jakarta who are very happy with their new cars and wide screen TVs.
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Re: Carl Cage
written by EV, April 27, 2010
While $12B might seem to be a lot, consider that the 4GW is equivalent to 4 nuclear plants, and is suitable for baseline generation 24 hours per day. This is about 1/3 the cost of recently proposed new nuclear plants.

4GW is less than one nuclear plant. Calver Cliffs nuclear plant is a 5.4 GW plant. If your cost numbers are right, this would make nuclear about half as expensive as this.
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calvert cliff
written by ds, April 28, 2010
Key Facts
Location: Lusby, MD
Fuel Type: Nuclear
Reactor: Pressurized light water reactors

Capacity: 1,750 MWe
Unit 1: 878 MWe
Unit 2: 872 MWe

5.4 is thermal

built in 1975 so cost can't be compared directly.
nuclear energy is more expensive and www.boehler.org more dangerous.
Today there are enough alternatives.
It's only a question of political will.
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written by ..., April 28, 2010
While the projected price for a 1GW output nuclear plant is around 1 billions, plants usually end up costing 5 billion. Go figure.

Still, from what I gather from the article, it would seem Indonesia is by far the best place in the planet to build geothermal plants, and judging by time frame one must suppose R&D and RD&D is either minimal or nonexistent, I would assume thermal springs, therefore technology already on the market. The 12 billion price tag seems a bit excessive.
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More wide sight
written by Gregory Nudelman, May 24, 2010
Geothermal is only a part of potential energy accumulated in volcanoes. Are there estimations of full amounts?
Secondly, have anybody idea about harnessing, accumulating and using of all this energy resource? Or, at least, damping it for preventing catastrophic consequences?

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