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India, Norway to jointly develop expertise in geothermal energy

Aug 11, 2012

India and Norway are collaborating on a research and development project to develop expertise to harvest geothermal energy and contribute to human resource development. The final report of this project is expected to be submitted in 2015.

Inaugurating a one-day workshop on the joint project, the Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology director AK Gupta said that geothermal energy is a clean sustainable energy source providing heat throughout the year. “As per estimates of Geological Survey of India, the country has the potential of generating 10,000 MW electricity from geothermal sources but it is estimated that the installed capacity for direct utilisation of this energy in India is only 265 MW though presently no electricity is generated from this resource.

The geothermal springs in the Himalayas have been utilised for domestic and medicinal purposes since time immemorial and many of the hot springs are centres of pilgrimage. Many hot springs and high heat flow provinces are present in the States of Uttarakhand, Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh,” said Gupta. He further informed that WIHG and Geological Survey of India had already identified geothermal sites to be researched in the Indo-Norway project which will be undertaken in States across the country.

 

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Source : The Pioneer
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