Monday, December 18, 2017

Taiwan: Survey of Geothermal Energy Resources in Far North Will Begin Next Year - Reports

Mt. Datun near Taipei may be a source of geothermal green energy (Taiwan News)

State-run oil refiner CPC Co., Taiwan (CPC, 中油) is currently developing new techniques to directly extract geothermal heat from underground and plans to study the feasibility of these techniques on Mt. Datun ("Tatun" in some translations), in suburban Taipei, next year, the company's new head has said.

"Technology can leap," said CPC Chairman Tai Chein (戴謙), who assumed the office last month, in an interview with CNA when asked about the company's response to the government's nuclear-free homeland policy, which aims to close all Taiwan's nuclear power plants by 2025.

Taiwan's research into geothermal heat was relatively superficial in the past, Tai said, but following the development of relevant technologies by other individuals or institutes, Taiwan may be able to extract heat energy from underground more efficiently.

Tai said that as part of the CPC's renewed research, the company plans to conduct a study of the Datun volcano group in northern Taiwan next year.

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