What Is Seismic Energy?
Every earthquake, volcanic eruption and other geological processes emit large quantities of energy in the form of waves travelling through earth’s layers. These processes also release energy in the form of potential elastic energy that changes the form and shape of the mass they interact with underneath the earth’s crust. With the right technology, we can control the release of this potential energy and harvest it to create a new source of low-carbon energy.
Methane gas is also released from the seabed, as there are vast amounts of methane accumulated in what is called the subduction zone. Our focus is to first quantify the suitability of developing solutions for either a) elastic energy b) gas. Not a lot of research has been done regarding methane release from earthquakes.
Size Of The Prize
As the geological processes causing seismic waves are continuous the potential for developing seismic energy offers vast opportunities given the right technological and geographical conditions. Research in this area should focus on controlled extraction and transportation of the final energy vector.
mmercialisation should not be underestimated. We have an ambition that needs to be met with a systematic project plan for tackling this challenge head on and we'll seek support from some of the most knowledgeable research scientists within applied science and seismology. Our approach is entrepreneurial in nature, but also takes into account following rigorous quality control and assurance processes with set milestones to be met before proceeding with any market and commercialisation strategies.
The benefits of seismic energy compared to traditional energy sources include:
• Uniterruptable and controllable energy supply – leading to increased energy security and improved operational performance compared to intermittent renewables.
• Potentially no waste – reducing harmful effects on people and the planet.