Thursday, September 17, 2015

Canada: Project to Establish More Direct Use of Geothermal Energy in British Columbia

Geoscience BC to explore geothermal energy opportunities for BC communities (News Release)

Direct-use geothermal energy is a clean and renewable source of power, particularly for remote communities, but its potential applications in Canada are still poorly understood by scientists and the communities who stand to benefit most.

Geoscience BC are launching a project to identify and evaluate direct-use geothermal energy opportunities for BC communities, providing them with data to potentially lower greenhouse gas emissions and drive economic development forward.

"This project is the first step toward giving BC communities and businesses an understanding of what geothermal resources are available and how they may use them," says Dr. Catherine Hickson, Principal of Tuya Terra Geo Corp and leader of the six-month project.

Geothermal energy uses heat produced in the earth's crust to generate electricity (indirect-use) or to heat commercial or residential spaces (direct-use). Although BC has significant potential for geothermal resources, direct-use geothermal energy is currently only used for therapeutic purposes at hot springs.

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