Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Southern Africa: Opportunities for Geothermal Energy for SADC Countries

SADC countries must consider Kenya’s geo-thermal energy concept (The Southern Times)

There is a need for the region to accelerate the development of its renewable energy options. An alternative and reliable form of energy which can be recommend for consideration could be geothermal generated power.

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) has been making efforts in developing wind and solar power plants, but wind and solar energy are also extremely dependent on weather conditions, whereas geothermal power can be accessed through hot springs and is readily available 365 days per year. Little to no exploration studies regarding this renewable form of power have been conducted in most countries that makes the SADC region. Although estimates have been made as to its generating capacity, not much is known about its true potential. Zimbabwe for instance has several thermal hot springs situated in Binga and Manicaland.

There are over 30 known sites in Zimbabwe where hot water gushes from the ground. The heat generated from the hot springs can be used to generate electricity through geothermal power plants.

It is time to consider advanced research and data acquisition of geothermal power and development, so that we may decipher its capabilities and possible negative impacts.

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