Monday, February 26, 2018

United Arab Emirates: Potential for 1,000 MW of Geothermal Energy - UAE Professor

Tapping geothermal energy (Concept Central)


Considered as the world’s seventh largest producer of oil, the UAE has been focusing on a research on potential uses of geothermal energy — the heat produced inside the earth — as a new source of clean and renewable energy.

The project is being undertaken by the UAE University (UAEU) whose researchers are studying the geological sites in Al Ain and Ras Al Khaimah.

Researchers found out that the water temperature reaches to as hot as 120 degrees (celsius) beneath the surface of about 3 kilometers deep.

According to Dr Hakim Saibi, associate professor of geophysics at UAEU, and one of the researchers, the findings did point to the possibility of tapping geothermal energy in the UAE.

“The potential for using geothermal energy is good. Based on our findings and the data gathered at the sites, we can produce around 1,000 megawatts of electricity using the geothermal energies from these areas,” he said.

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