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Geothermal energy in Australia

Harries, D., McHenry, M.P., Jennings, P. and Thomas, C. (2006) Geothermal energy in Australia. International Journal of Environmental Studies, 63 (6). pp. 815-821.

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Abstract

Although Australia is not usually associated with geothermal energy, it possesses significant amounts of both conventional (wet) geothermal and hot dry rock (HDR) geothermal resources. The country's conventional geothermal resources are extensive, but are low temperature and are located in areas of low population density with the result that they are not used extensively for either electricity generation or for direct heating. Australia's HDR resources, on the other hand, represent a world-class resource but have not been used to date because the technology for converting HDR resources into electricity is not yet fully commercial. The effort being directed towards exploring economically useful HDR resources and in the development of technology to convert this energy resource into electricity could make HDR resources an important part of Australia's energy mix in the near future, but there are major barriers.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: Research Institute for Sustainable Energy
School of Engineering and Energy
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Copyright: © 2006 Taylor & Francis.
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/3677
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