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Energy of the earth

Geothermal energy is energy derived from the heat of the earth. This energy is derived by drilling special wells in the earth to reach the geothermal hot reservoirs of boiling water and steam, miles below the earth’s surface. The boiling water is then pumped up and the steam is used to heating homes or drive turbines to generate electricity.

Around 30 countries are using this renewable energy resource to generate electricity. In Iceland, 87 percent of all buildings are being heated utilising this energy. Pakistan has great potential for geo-thermal energy. If properly exploited, it can be used to overcome the energy shortage in the country. Generally, geothermal energy can be found where volcanoes exist. In Balochistan alone, there are dozens of volcanoes. We need to make all-out efforts to generate electricity from geothermal sources. We should invite well-established foreign companies to do this job for us and deploy our own engineers and technicians with them to learn from their expertise and become self-sufficient in this field in future.

Air-Cdre (r) Azfar A Khan

Rawalpindi

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