Friday, January 13, 2017

Europe: Potential for 690 MW Geothermal in Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia and Slovenia - IRENA

Cost-competitive renewable power generation: Potential across South East Europe (IRENA)

This report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), prepared in collaboration with regional researchers, aims to support South East European governments in preparing long-term renewable energy strategies.

The geothermal energy potential of the region is primarily characterised by a relatively low-enthalpy resource base, which is more appropriate for non-power
applications. Binary plants that allow cooler geothermal reservoirs to be used for electricity generation are the only feasible option, which offer a potential of
up to 690 megawatts (MW) at an average LCOE of EUR 86/MWh in the medium cost of capital scenario.

This renewable could be deployed mainly in Romania and, to a lesser extent, in Bulgaria, Croatia and Slovenia. In the rest of SEE, the geothermal electricity potential is often marginal and uncertain.

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