In this episode of Renewable we talked with Jacob Komar, a geothermal engineer and a huge punk music fan. Although we got to learn about geothermal systems and his vision for a future that’s right below our feet, there are some fascinating things that didn’t make it to the final cut. For example, we weren’t able to hit on the relationship between geoexchange as an art form built on rebellion and the desire to make the world a better place. Nor about how geothermal is a natural evolution of one of our oldest energy sources – hot springs.
But one of our favorite moments from the interview came when we started asking Jacob how he narrowed his focus from engineering to geothermal systems specifically. Today, Jacob is passionate about sustainability and transitioning away from fossil fuels, so it seemed reasonable that this passion for sustainability fuelled his focus. Slowly though, we came to the conclusion that it all came down to Jacob’s engineer brain.
Jacob became interested in geoexchange because he is interested in efficiency, and once he wrapped his brain around the numbers, the technology made everything else look antiquated.