January 17, 2018
Geothermal energy is quite simply heat from the Earth. What's great about it is that it's a) renewable b) clean and sustainable and c) a great alternative to any other environmentally taxing energy source.
Geothermal power stations are essentially where the heat from below the Earth's surface, or it's core, is used to heat water. This water is used to turn a turbine of a generator and produces electricity. This "heat from below" is constantly being replenished as it's contained in the rock and fluids beneath the Earth's crust. SO basically, so long as there's Earth, there's energy. Pretty neat huh? Why wouldn't everyone take advantage of this?! That's a story for another day... Today we just wanted to highlight how the Azores islands are currently taking advantage of this energy and are doing a phenomenal job at it.
Because of it's remote location, and volcanic nature, the Azores is a prime candidate for Geothermal energy. There is untapped potential in growing their fleet of power plants, and increasing their percentage of renewable energy source.
In the main island of the Azores - Sao Miguel, there are five geothermal power plants. Currently about 50% of the electricity production on the island is from geothermal sources. This is fantastic considering islands usually have a high cost associated with energy supply due to their geographic location. The European Commission has launched "the Clean Energy for All Europeans Islands Initiative, which aims to accelerate the clean energy transition on islands, ensuring secure and cheap energy to their citizens, and create local jobs"
A smaller island, Graciosa, with a population of over 5000 inhabitants is now 70% reliant on this renewable power! Talk about going green. It's newest power plant, Pico Alto provides up to 10% of the islands energy needs.
As of now there are 25 countries producing Geothermal power in the world. This number will eventually double in the coming years and the sky is the limit on it's potential. The Azores Archipelago has set a successful example in showing that Geothermal energy is a reliable, future focused energy source for all islands around the world.
This is very exciting news for us because we take pride in knowing our tea is being grown in the most clean environment possible and using sustainable renewable energy sources.
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