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Geothermal Energy: Trend Theme Included in IFAT ENTSORGA 2012

Geothermal energy is a very topical theme. For this reason it is also being included in the programme of the world’s leading environmental technology trade fair IFAT ENSORGA,

which takes place from 7 to 11 May 2012 in Munich/DE. It is also being spotlighted in a congress on biomass and geothermal energy which is to be held during IFAT ENTSORGA, on 9 and 10 May 2012. The congress, hosted in the International Congress Centre Munich (ICM), adjacent to the exhibition centre, is being organised by Enerchange, an agency for renewable energies. Europe leads the way in the direct use of geothermal heat. According to the latest figures from the European Geothermal Energy Council (EGEC) the 27 EU member states have a combined installed plant capacity of a good 23000 MW, generating around 65000 GWh of heat per year. Germany ranks third for installed capacity, after Sweden and Norway. Last year 526 power stations around the world delivered over 67000 GWh of electricity from geothermal sources. The USA has the largest number of such power stations, at 209. In areas where there is a high level of volcanic activity, geothermal energy plays a particularly large part in the generation of electricity. This is the case, for example, in the Philippines, Indonesia, New Zealand and Mexico. Very hot temperatures are readily available in those countries. In parallel with technological advances, governments in many countries are launching subsidised programmes and policies to support the growth of geothermal energy. Indonesia, for example, according to Germany Trade and Invest (Foreign Trade and Inward Investment Agency), aims to become the world’s largest generator of geothermal power: it’s ambitious target is an overall capacity of 9500 MW by 2025. According to plans by the Indonesian government, new geothermal capacities amounting to almost 4000 MW will come on stream by 2014. A reported investment of around USD 12 billion is needed for this. The countries in Europe that have the best potential for tapping into a geothermal ‘boom’, according to a survey among experts by trend:research, are Germany, Iceland, Italy, Switzerland, Turkey and Hungary. The opinion researchers also predict that competition will increase, for example among drilling companies, in the light of the expected expansion of this market. Further information is available at: www.ifat.de (8/2011).

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