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What is the potential of geothermal heating in Canada?


February 3, 2014
By Dave Harrison

Feb. 3, 2014, Calgary – What role will geothermal technologies have in
Canada’s energy future? One upcoming conference is hoping to answer that
question.

Feb. 3, 2014, Calgary – What role will geothermal technologies have in Canada’s energy future? One upcoming conference is hoping to answer that question.

The Canadian Geothermal Energy Association (CanGEA) is hosting its Geothermal Direct Use Applications and Opportunities Workshop in Calgary on March 28.

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“Geothermal direct use” utilizes the heat generated in the Earth’s core as a substitute or supplement to conventional heating, such as natural gas or electric heating. Essentially, hot water is brought to the surface via a pipe drilled into a geothermal reservoir.

Japan, Iceland, the U.S., Italy, New Zealand, France, Germany, Mexico, Switzerland, Spain are just a few of the countries that have embraced geothermal direct use of heat as a viable, clean alternative.

The workshop will be led by world-renowned geothermal direct use expert, Dr. John Lund, the former president of the International Geothermal Association, and Geothermal Resource Council of the United States, co-founder and Director of the Geo-heat Centre at the Oregon Institute of Technology, and country update chair of the World Geothermal Congress 2015.

Dr. Lund has published over 300 papers related to geothermal energy and has consulted for numerous countries on direct use geothermal developments.

Seats are limited at this first ever Canadian workshop, which is being held during the CanGEA annual conference.


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