- HyperSciences has been awarded a $1 million grant from Shell
- It has a patent on a new type of ram accelerator for geothermal energy
- ‘Gun’ will repeatedly fire projectiles at 4,500mph (2 km/s) to blast holes
- Company claims the technique is ten times faster than traditional drilling
By ELLIE ZOLFAGHARIFARD FOR DAILYMAIL.COM: 25 July 2015
Pictured is a head-on view of the projectile HyperSciences will use to bore into the Earth’s crust
The answer to Earth’s energy crisis could lie a few thousand feet beneath the planet’s surface.
Here, scientists are hoping a nearly limitless amount of geothermal power will provide enough energy to replace Earth’s rapidly depleting fossil fuel resources.
But harnessing this renewable energy source is currently a slow and expensive process, with costs ranging from $5 million to $20 million.
Now one company believes it has a solution; repeatedly firing projectiles at 4,500mph (2 km/s) to blast deep holes in the ground.