CanGEA Releases New Report
"Direct Utilization of Geothermal Energy: Suitable Applications and Opportunities in Canada"
We are pleased to announce the release of its report â€œDirect Utilization of Geothermal Energy: Suitable Applications and Opportunities for Canada.â€ This report is based on the direct use, or non-electric, applications of geothermal heat.
The opportunities with Direct Use are limited only by your imagination! Any process that requires a steady supply of heat can be supplied by geothermal. The most common application is swimming and bathing in hot springs. Other applications include: greenhouses, fish farms, crop and pulp & paper drying, district heating systems, and many more!
Employing the direct use applications would create unique business opportunities that contribute to sustainable communities and produce jobs in Canada. It also has the potential to help diversify the economies of Canadian cities and towns.
Direct-use geothermal has achieved consistent growth globally in the last decade, primarily through the increase in geothermal heat pump installations and geothermal direct-use for bathing and swimming. However, for many countries with direct-use potential â€“ Canada included â€“ there is a general absence of technical and economic data surrounding subsurface geothermal conditions and suitable utilization of direct-use applications, especially for regions further away from surface manifestations such as hot springs.
The purpose of this project was to assist a diverse target audience navigate the knowledge gap that currently exists regarding the non-electric utilization of geothermal energy, and identify opportunities for project development in Canada.
The report is sectioned off into four parts:
- Part I: Overview of possible direct use applications
- Part II: Project development and design guidelines
- Part III: Geothermal resources in Canada
- Part IV: Direct use applications and opportunities in a Canadian context
The release of this report coincides with CanGEAâ€™s Direct Use Trade Mission to Klamath Falls, Oregon. A city with world class direct use projects. It is hoped that these initiatives will motivate Canadians to implement direct use projects and provide them with the information they need to get them off the ground. Ultimately it is our goal to establish a strong and diverse geothermal industry in Canada.
Click here for access to the full report!
So, what would you do with an unlimited supply of heat?