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There's an enormous geothermal pool under the Latrobe Valley that can give us cheap, clean energy

By Graeme Beardsmore, Senior Fellow in Crustal Heat Flow, The University of Melbourne
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About 650 metres beneath the Latrobe Valley, the heart of Victoria’s coal country, lies a little-known, naturally hot 65℃ pool of water in an enormous aquifer.

This aquifer is a source of geothermal energy – a renewable source of heat or electricity that is, so far, being used to heat an aquatic centre in the town of Traralgon. They chose it – over natural gas, coal-fired power or even emissions-free solar and wind – because geothermal energy is now the cheapest option for heating.

The hot aquifer was


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