Martin Saar, an Earth sciences faculty member, and graduate student Jimmy Randolph have devised a "two-for-one" strategy to simultaneously produce renewable energy and reduce the presence of harmful carbon dioxide in the atmosphere (Image courtesy of University of Minnesota)
A promising new innovation in geothermal technology, that offers a novel solution to climate change, has been created by two researchers from the University of Minnesota's Department of Earth Sciences. The technology focuses on tapping heat from beneath the Earth's surface. By using high-pressure carbon dioxide (CO2) instead of water to extract the heat, the system has the potential to produce significantly more efficient renewable energy. At the same time, by sequestering CO2 deep underground, it actively reduces atmospheric CO2. It's being hailed as a two in one solution for climate change.