Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Canada: Geoscience BC Reports Assess Viability for Geothermal Development

New Research Heats Up Geothermal in Northeastern BC (Geoscience BC)

Two new geothermal research reports released by Geoscience BC today will help to heat up the long-term potential for geothermal energy generation in northeast British Columbia. 

The reports provide relevant and valuable new information by evaluating locations and assessing the viability for geothermal energy development in northeastern British Columbia. 

In Techno-Economic assessment of Geothermal Energy Resources in the Sedimentary Basin in Northeastern British Columbia, Canada, researchers from The University of Victoria evaluated four areas favourable for geothermal development. The sites are at Horn River, Clarke Lake, Prophet River and Jedney.

"No geothermal power plant exists in Canada," said Kevin Palmer-Wilson, PhD Candidate in Mechanical Engineering and lead researcher on the project. "This study has identified four potential sites and provides cost estimates for getting power plants up and running."

In the Clarke Lake Gas Field Reservoir Characterization report, researchers from the University of Alberta analysed the potential of the depleted Clarke Lake natural gas field in northeast BC for its potential as a geothermal reservoir.