Wednesday, July 20, 2016

South Africa: Opportunities for Geothermal Energy Development

Geothermal exploration for S Africa a possibility, funding a major challenge (Creamer Media's Engineering News)

While geothermal energy is renewable and can be used for baseload supply, the major challenge surrounding this type of energy in South Africa is that geothermal exploration is expensive, which is why it has yet to be undertaken in the country, says Royal Haskoning energy consultant David Johnson.

Speaking at the PowerGen Africa conference in Sandton, Gauteng, on Wednesday, Johnson added that most of South Africa had very low geothermal potential, owing to the country’s temperate climate.

Johnson added, however, that there were potentially suitable resources in South Africa, owing to the presence of hot springs in the country.

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