Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Bulgaria: IGA President Juliet Newson on Geothermal in the Balkan State

There is a window of opportunities for geothermal energy in Bulgaria (Via Expo)

Dr. Juliet Newson speaking at
the GRC Annual Meeting
Interview with GRC Member Dr. Juliet Newson, President of the International Geothermal Association and Speaker at the Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EE & RE) Conference April 5 in Sofia, Bulgaria.

We are aware of a number of geothermal resource uses in Bulgaria. The town of Velingrad for example is known for its hot and cold mineral springs which are used for heating and balneology.

As the temperature of geothermal wells in the country ranges between 20°C - 100°C direct use applications are most appropriate. North-East Bulgaria (Moesian plate) and South Bulgaria (Rila-Rhodopes massif) host most of the geothermal resources.  Direct thermal water use in Bulgaria concentrates on balneology (largest share with 60%), space heating, air-conditioning, greenhouses, ground source heat pumps, direct thermal water supply, bottling of potable water and soft drinks and for some technological processes.

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