2018: Lava Eruption Disrupts the Puna Geothermal Venture

Our Director Dr. Nicole Lautze provided her expert insight in the 2018 eruption of Kilauea and Puna Geothermal Venture:

Dr. Nicole Lautze … hopes that people will appreciate the success of Ormat’s mitigation measures: “This eruption has shown that infrastructure on topographically high locations along Kilauea’s East Rift Zone can survive eruptions along the rift, and [that] the mitigation measures initiated by PGV/Ormat worked. More broadly, the eruption demonstrates that there will be value in finding geothermal across the state, including in locations less prone to natural hazards.”

… In order to meet [Hawaii’s 100% renewable standard goal] by the 2045 deadline, Dr. Lautze believes that more test wells are needed on other Hawaiian islands to determine viable locations for development: “Geothermal is the only viable baseload renewable energy source. There is a lot of talk about solar and storage here, but the fact is that issues with long-term storage remain. To me, geothermal is key.”

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“Lava Eruption Disrupts the Puna Geothermal Venture”
July/August 2018 issue, Geothermal Resources Council Bulletin, Vol. 47, No. 4
By the GRC Student Committee (Michael Mathioudakis, Molly Johnson, Katie Huang, Jon Golla, and Theo Renaud)