Australia’s Victoria conducts geo review; India’s geothermal; Indonesia looks at Forestry Law; Japan’s aerial search for geo

In the Asia-Pacific region this week, Australian state Victoria is conducting a geothermal review. Potential for geothermal exists in India. Legal measures affecting geothermal are considered in Indonesia. In Japan, a geothermal search is using aerial technology for analysis.


Australia: Victoria State Conducts Geothermal Review
India: Indian States Hold Clean Geothermal Resources
Indonesia: Legal Breakthrough Needed for Geothermal Push
Japan: Geothermal Search Uses Aerial Technology for Analysis

Australia: Victoria State Conducts Geothermal Review
The state government of Victoria, Australia is conducting a state-wide review as it determines licensing for a $30 million geothermal energy project by company Hot Rocks Ltd., located in Koroit. HRL executive chairman Dr Mark Elliott said the company would know within weeks whether the project would proceed. “What we would like them to do is grant us another five-year permit so hopefully in that time we can see the investment market improve,” quoted Standard.net.au

India: Indian States Hold Clean Geothermal Resources
A blog post on India’s Newsbullet.in says India needs to move toward cleaner, sustainable energy sources as it deals with its electrical demand and its reliance on OPEC countries for fossil fuel. The article states: “It is estimated that India has about 10,000 MW of geothermal power potential that can be harnessed for various purposes. Rocks covered on the surface of India ranging in age from more than 4500 million years to the present day are distributed in different geographical units. Maharashtra, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Uttarakhand, J & K and West Bengal contain huge reserves of geothermal resources.”

Indonesia: Legal Breakthrough Needed for Geothermal Push
Rida Mulyana, director general of new and renewable energy at the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry, said this week that the Forestry Law, which prohibits open-pit mining in protected forests, should be revised to allow for development of geothermal power plants which do not harm the environment. “Without a legal breakthrough, much of the geothermal reserves cannot be developed because they contravene the Forestry Law,” Mulyana was quoted at Eco-business.com. Indonesian Renewable Energy Society (IRES) chairman Rachmat Gobel said the government plans to revise the law: “If we can endorse that, our industry will improve and we could also potentially become one of the biggest providers of renewable energy sources in the world,” he said. Despite Indonesia’s rich resources, the country only draws about 5% of its energy from renewable resources.

Japan: Geothermal Search Uses Aerial Technology for Analysis
The Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation is using helicopters in its search for geothermal energy. JOGMEC is analyzing the density of rocks and magnetic fields in order to assess geothermal power generation potential in Kyushu, southern Japan. Nhk.or.jp quotes Toshihiro Matsumura, a renewable energy expert and professor at the University of Tokyo Institute of Social Science, that geothermal power has high operating rate and stability, should be rated highly, and should be developed even if it takes “more effort than other energy sources.”

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