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Energy 101: Geothermal Energy

See how we can generate clean, renewable energy from hot water sources deep beneath the Earth's surface. The video highlights the basic principles at work in geothermal energy production, and illustrates three different ways the Earth's heat can be converted into electricity.

Multimedia resources at the United States Department of Energy help to message geothermal development visually through video, photographs, renderings of the subsurface, and resource maps.

Video / Animations

Learn About EGS -- Enhanced Geothermal Systems
Teaches more about the Enhanced Geothermal Systems process. (Note that this video was developed for a museum exhibit and does not have sound.)

Learn About Hydrothermal Systems
This geothermal drilling video shows you more about generating electricity from the earth's heat. (Note that this video was developed for a museum exhibit and does not have sound.)

How an Enhanced Geothermal System Works
Provides an overview of EGS and illustrates how an EGS works.

How a Geothermal Power Plant Works
Conveys in simple terms what happens in the operation of a geothermal power plant.

Geothermal Power Plant Diagrams

Energy 101: Geothermal Energy

Photos

To see project site photos for the DOE geothermal portfolio, click here.