Powered by Rock – Week 5

GEOTHERMAL

The oldest geothermal pool, in China (from Wikimedia)

Lecture notes (as a pdf) – 2014_PoweredbyRock_lect5_geotherm

Lecture notes (as a PowerPoint file) – 2014_PoweredbyRock_lect5_geotherm_SML

(With sincere thanks to Dr Charlotte Adams of BritGeothermal, Durham University, for providing much of the information)

US Geothermal energy (from US Energy Information Administration)

Geothermal Technologies Office, US Dept of Energy.

Geothermal energy (British Geological Survey)

The BritGeothermal project (BGS, Glasgow, Durham, Newcastle)

Heat energy beneath Glasgow (BGS)

IDDP – Icelandic Deep Drilling Project, which drilled into a magma chamber!

 

Powered by Rock – Week 4

NUCLEAR

Church Rock uranium mill, USA (from Wikimedia Commons)

Lecture notes (PowerPoint) – 2014_PoweredbyRock_lect4_nuclear_SML

What is uranium and how does it provide energy? (World Nuclear Association)

The geology of uranium (World Nuclear Association)

Uranium in a nutshell (About.com)

Did the Fukushima accident cause increased thyroid cancer in children? (article in the Guardian, Mar. 2014)

Radioactive waste management in the UK (Nuclear Decommissioning Authority)

Sellafield geological storage site selection process ‘fixed’ (Guardian, Jan. 2014)

The Onkalo geological storage site, Finland (Posiva company website)

Could Jurassic shales be the answer? How France is disposing of its nuclear waste (BBC News story)

Yucca Mountain factsheet (US Nuclear Regulatory Commission)

Nuclear fusion technology hits milestone (CBC, Canada) – article based on the Nature paper by Hurricane et al. (2014).

What is nuclear fusion? (Culham Centre for Fusion Energy)

 

 

Powered by Rock – Week 2

COAL

Coal consumption 1980-2011 (from Wikimedia Commons)

Lecture notes (pdf): 2014_PoweredbyRock_lect2_coal_mini

Lecture notes (PowerPoint): 2014_PoweredbyRock_lect2_coal

Energy from fossil fuels – a short explanation of the chemical reactions that allow us to extract energy from hydrocarbons, by Western Oregon University.

Coal – guide from the Minerals UK section of the British Geological Survey.

Coal statistics from the UK Government.

World coal statistics from UK Coal.

Coal mining statistics from the National Coal Mining Museum.