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Masami Nakagawa Seminar

October 17 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm MDT

Title: Community Driven Geothermal Resource Development

Abstract: It is becoming more obvious that geothermal energy can be utilized in so many ways and focusing its role mainly as alternative electricity generation may not be the best strategy to mitigate problems with energy independence and sustainable economy.  There is a need for committed education and outreach to the general public that the best usage of geothermal resources is in the form of free “heat” from the Earth, not necessarily electricity generation. Geothermal heat is harnessed by moving lots of hot water. In today’s climate crisis, “water”, no matter where it comes from, must be cleanly recycled.  Addressing issues associated with the high cost of drilling being the biggest hurdle and requesting funding for improved and more economical drilling technology is no longer enough.  There are community people living in the vicinity where geothermal resources are developed. Geothermal resource development should be initiated following sound guidance of the community with the help of the government and/or private industry. In this presentation, I will share my experience on how to develop a geothermal project that is driven by the local community.