In an effort to use more sustainable power sources and protect the environment, the government of Iceland is exploring volcanic energy. The country is conducting a 2 year experiment with capturing volcanic heat using wells drilled nearly 3 miles into the Earth. This kind of geothermal power would only require three to five wells compared to the same amount of power generated from 30 to 35 conventional high temperature wells.
Nicknamed Thor, the new well could provide an alternative form of energy other than fossil fuels. Iceland already generates all its electricity from non-fossil-fuel sources, including three quarters from hydroelectric dams. Volcanic energy comes with concerns regarding carbon dioxide emissions, but geothermal emissions are still significantly lower than natural gas and oil wells.