Geothermal Energy in Central America
While costly to build, Geothermal Energy plants could represent a reliable source of clean energy in the long term.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
With its many active volcanoes, the region has a unique opportunity to exploit the heat accumulated under the earth in order to generate energy.
GTherm, the owner of the patent, is negotiating with Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE) to develop a 12 MW pilot project.
The volcanic mountain range of los Maribios could potentially generate more than 1,500 megawatts for the country.
Nicaragua alone has geothermal potential of 2000 MW , and the region as a whole has total exploitable potential of 5000 MW.
The World Bank is calling for a Global Geothermal Energy Development Plan in order to take advantage of subsurface heat available in many countries, including those in Central America.
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