Is there a way to use soil to create energy?Can we  generate electricity from soil ??????? If yes, then how?

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wannam | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

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A more developed technology might be geothermal energy. We use the heat (or the lack of) found deep in the ground to help heat and cool buildings. While this isn't soil in and of itself, the soil of an area plays a key role in geothermal energy. For one thing, the soil has to be soft enough to drill deeply into yet firm enough to support long pipes in the ground. Geothermal engery is limited in it's uses. We aren't likely to be able to use this type of energy to power our cars or replace all electricity to a building. It is a start in the right direction though.
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Karen P.L. Hardison | College Teacher | eNotes Employee

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The Soil Lamp, first introduced during Milan Design Week, converts soil to energy and light in an enclosed chamber. It is actually the micro-organisms within the soils that generate energy through their metabolic processes that are converted to energy within the chamber system, designed by Dutch originator Marieke Staps. Canada is also experimenting with energy production from oil shale: "sedimentary rock that contains solid bituminous materials."

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literaturenerd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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While I do not possess a scientific background, I would like to see more alternative methods of generation of energy. My only concern is that as we continue to find new methods we will continue the behavior of overusing as well.

That being said, I have a yard full of dirt I would love to use to help with my 120 miles a day to drive to work!!!!!!

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brettd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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There are a myriad of things that can generate electricity, but cost effectively is another matter.  There are many farms today that are using the manure from their cattle to generate electricity from the methane gas that is produced.  This is especially true of the larger dairies.

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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The closest thing I found to using soil to generate electricity is the Peltier module. There are some other ways apparently. There are also ways to create electricity from plants.

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shrispy | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) eNoter

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The Soil Lamp, first introduced during Milan Design Week, converts soil to energy and light in an enclosed chamber. It is actually the micro-organisms within the soils that generate energy through their metabolic processes that are converted to energy within the chamber system, designed by Dutch originator Marieke Staps. Canada is also experimenting with energy production from oil shale: "sedimentary rock that contains solid bituminous materials."

well it can light up only a LED

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