Exploiting the magma

Extracting energy from accessible magma plumes which have formed within the earth's outer crust is the most difficult way of obtaining geo-thermal energy but it is also the most attractive because of the enormous quantities of heat available. A single plume can contain between 100,000 and 300,000 MW centuries of energy.

Drilling into, or close to such hot regions is difficult because the equipment can easily fail. As an additional hazard, if a drill causes a sudden release of pressure, the result can be explosive. And ways have yet to be found to tap the heat. Research continues but it is a long-term project with no immediate prospect of exploitation.

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