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Geothermal Industry in the US Remains Up-beat for Future Expansion


Geothermal heat is a significant provider of energy in a small number of countries, all located in regions subject to earthquakes and volcanoes. This report provides an excellent introduction and understanding of the three technologies for exploiting geothermal energy; power generation, GSHPs (ground source heat pumps), direct use (excluding GSHPs). It the industry's development and use of technology, power generation, efficiency and location of resources. It provides an overview of geothermal energy, capacity and utilisation. The geothermal power industry is reviewed looking at the power operators and equipment manufacturers. Geothermal revenue and costs are analysed, including generation, construction and equipment costs.

The report looks at country use and development of geothermal energy with an analysis of the major market places - North America, Central America & Caribbean, Europe, Asia, Africa. A significant new geothermal technology is also reviewed for the first time, GSHPs (ground source heat pumps). This technology made its debut in the last five years and is already the largest single exploiter of geothermal energy. The principles on which it operates are completely different from power generation or all other forms of direct use of geothermal heat. A listing of major geothermal manufacturers with address and telephone and fax numbers where available is provided at the end of the report.

Key Findings:

- A significant new geothermal technology is reviewed for the first time, GSHPs (ground source heat pumps). This technology made its debut in the last five years and is already the largest single exploiter of geothermal energy. The principles on which it operates are completely different from power generation or all other forms of direct use of geothermal heat

- In 2005 and 2006 the United States showed strong signs of renewed growth for geothermal power generation

- Five states now have geothermal power generating facilities; California, Nevada, Utah, Alaska and Hawaii

- Future developments are planned, with projects being considered in some 55 stages. Not all of these will happen since some are in the pre-planning phase and others are awaiting approval

- The opinion in the geothermal industry in the US is up-beat for future expansion

- Japan, Philippines and Nicaragua have all announced ambitious plans for further development of geothermal power, followed by Mexico, Indonesia, Italy, New Zealand, Iceland, Costa Rica, El Salvador and Kenya

- Newcomers in the electric power sector are Ethiopia (1998), Guatemala (1998), Austria (2001) and Nicaragua

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