Geoscience BC Releases Comprehensive Guide for BC Communities on Development of Direct-Use Geothermal
Geoscience BC today launched its Direct-Use Geothermal Roadmap, a detailed guide for communities and companies to assist them assess and develop local geothermal energy jobs to promote financial advancement and lower greenhouse gas emissions. Latest green house ideas can be found here.
” Direct-use geothermal energy resources are considerably underutilized in BC,” stated Carlos Salas, Vice President, Energy, at Geoscience BC. “From this study we found there was a substantial lack of understanding at the community level about the variety of direct-use geothermal applications and the required steps required to develop local geothermal resources. The Direct-Use Geothermal Roadmap supplies beneficial info needed by neighborhoods to assist them in examining, planning and pursuing geothermal tasks.”
The Direct-Use Geothermal Roadmap contains useful standards for neighborhoods on geothermal surface exploration, land acquisition and allowing, drilling and testing wells needed for the design and advancement of direct-use geothermal resources in BC. The summary report and digital information are available here: Geoscience BC Report 2016-07: Direct-Use Geothermal Resources in British Columbia.
To support the release of the Roadmap, Geoscience BC is preparing a series of neighborhood workshops helped with by lead scientist Dr. Catherine Hickson, Principal of Tuya Terra Geo Corp. The very first of these workshops will be a discussion to the BC Union of Municipalities in September. This discussion will be followed by local workshops which will provide information and tools on how neighborhoods move forward with direct-use geothermal jobs, resolving technical and non-technical elements of advancement.
Direct-use geothermal energy utilizes thermal waters with temperatures normally less than 80 degrees C. Traditional usages of these warm waters have actually been for space heating and medical spa applications. Direct-use water temperatures and flow rates are considered too low to financially create electricity. Possible direct-use geothermal energy applications include commercial, industrial and residential space heating, aquaculture, greenhouses, crop drying, snow-melting and recreational applications. Although BC has substantial potential, direct-use geothermal is presently just utilized for leisure and therapeutic functions such as warm springs.
A total of 63 neighborhoods were identified as being located close to the 18 areas deemed beneficial for direct-use geothermal. This list of localities was subsequently narrowed down to 11 regions and neighborhoods which researchers deemed to have the finest capacity for direct-use geothermal development in BC., 80 km north of Vancouver near Squamish.
In many cases, direct-use geothermal had not even been considered in the neighborhood preparation procedure. This Direct-Use Geothermal Roadmap will assist fill those understanding gaps and play an essential function in assisting BC communities examine and pursue practical geothermal jobs with the most promising economic capacity.”
To find out more on Geoscience BC’s geothermal tasks, please visit our Direct-Use Geothermal Resources Project page.
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