MOEA to be­gin re­search on vol­canic energy plant

The China Post - - TAIWAN BUSINESS -

The Min­istry of Eco­nomic Af­fairs (MOEA) said that it will be­gin a re­source de­vel­op­ment plan to har­ness geo­ther­mal energy from the Tatun Vol­cano Group by build­ing a sta­tion in New Taipei’s Jin­shan Dis­trict that could gen­er­ate up to 68.5 mil­lion kWh (kilo­watt-hours) of elec­tric­ity per year.

As part of the pro­ject’s start­ing cer­e­mony on Tues­day, test wells were drilled as a demon­stra­tion of the en­deavor’s ef­forts. Lin Chuan­neng, di­rec­tor gen­eral of the MOEA’s Bureau of Energy (BOE), said.

Geo­ther­mal heat pumps are an in­her­ently non-pol­lut­ing, ef­fi­cient power source that is im­mune to weather and other sea­sonal ef­fects, and can be used to pro­vide a con­stant stream of energy as a base load power plant. Geo­ther­mal power would also al­low Tai­wan to have a fully in­dige­nous source of energy, Lin pointed to the ben­e­fits of pur­su­ing geo­ther­mal energy.

Af­ter two years of ge­o­graphic sur­veil­lance and anal­y­sis of geo­ther­mal data, ex­perts de­cided that a lo­ca­tion in the moun­tain­ous Jin­shan Dis­trict, a part of the Tatun Vol­cano Group, would pro­vide the great­est amount of ther­mal power gen­er­a­tion. Us­ing con­ven­tional drilling mea­sures, the wells dug in the vol­canic zone would be able to emit up of 293 de­grees Cel­sius of us­able heat.

Based on pre­lim­i­nary assess­ments by the BOE, the 68.5 mil­lion kWh of an­nu­ally gen­er­ated elec­tric­ity would be able to cover an en­tire year’s worth of energy con­sump­tion in New Taipei City’s Jin­shan and Wanli dis­tricts. The pro­ject would also be able to re­duce 42,677 met­ric tons of CO2 emis­sions ev­ery year.

The MOEA es­ti­mates the pro­ject will be com­pleted by the end of this year.

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