Geothermal energy, a pillar for coal regions in transition

Geothermal energy is in many ways similar to conventional extractive industries such as mining for minerals.

> It requires extensive understanding of geological formations to identify possible production sites.
> The equipment and know-how for developing a geothermal production closely resembles – in some cases, it is the same – those for conventional drilling.
> Geothermal power and cogeneration is produced using steam turbines, which are usually manufactured by companies also involved in turbines for conventional power.

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