A VSHA Presentation:
Wednesday, November 1st, 2023 – 7:00-8:30 pm
Cook Street Village Activity Center
380 Cook St. Victoria, B.C.
Dr. Thomas Homer Dixon
the urgent need for development
zero carbon, reliable base load, low environmental impact
Dr. Thomas Homer-Dixon
Executive Director of the Cascade Institute at Royal Roads University
Dr. Thomas Homer-Dixon will provide a plain-language urgent appeal for the development of geothermal energy as a clean technology for electricity generation. He will in particular describe new deep enhanced geothermal systems (or “deep EGS”) that create heat-exchange reservoirs in hot, dry rock at depths of 5,000 metres or more below Earth’s surface.
Homer-Dixon proposes that Canada become the global leader in deep EGS, but to do so, it must create strong incentives to solve the technology’s core R&D challenge: cost-effective, deep drilling through hot, hard (igneous and metamorphic) rock. Recently developed high energy drilling technology makes this feasible.
The resulting reliable-base-load geothermal electrical energy complements intermittent energy from solar and wind technology and promises a long term solution to the dwindling of our hydroelectric supply threatened by the melting of our glaciers through climate change.