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How an Enhanced Geothermal System Works

U.S. Department of Energy

This animation illustrates how heat energy from deep in Earth can be utilized to generate electricity at a large scale.

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Teaching Tips | Science | Pedagogy | Technical Details

Teaching Tips

  • The animation includes geothermal maps, publications, glossary, and a printable text version of animation.
  • Animation is useful as an introduction.
  • Animation could be used as an assessment - ask students what info is missing in this resource.

About the Science

  • Fundamental science and engineering concepts are alluded to broadly in the animation without details. Seismic imaging, for example, is mentioned but not explained. The vast heat energy available deep in Earth is a key point, but there is no explanation given about how that heat is generated. Some additional guidance from educator is necessary.
  • Passed initial science review - expert science review pending.

About the Pedagogy

  • There is a lot of jargon used related to geothermal energy. Supporting materials are offered from the glossary and text version of how enhanced geothermal systems work.
  • Maps and other multimedia also provided.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • An embedded animation explaining how geothermal energy resources are created starts immediately upon opening the page. The animation repeats continually, which can become distracting.

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