Geothermal Energy | Iceland, Japan Can Cooperate To Boost Geothermal, Minister Says
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Geothermal Energy | Iceland, Japan Can Cooperate To Boost Geothermal, Minister Says

Iceland and Japan, two nations richwith underground sources of renewable energy, can tackle climatechange together by promoting the use of geothermal power,Iceland’s environment minister said.

“We can cooperate both in Japan and Iceland,” Sigurdur Ingi Johannsson said in an interview in Tokyo. “It is the know-how we have for how to utilize geothermal in many ways” such aspower generation, heating, and fish farming, he said.

By combining expertise, the two countries would be able toprovide help to other nations such as Djibouti and Kenya in EastAfrica and other developing countries , he said.

Japan can contribute with its technology, the ministersaid, adding that more than 90 percent of the turbines used inIceland are supplied by Japanese companies such as MitsubishiHeavy Industries Ltd. (7011) , Toshiba Corp. (6502) , and Fuji Electric Co.

Mitsubishi Heavy signed a memorandum of understanding in2010 with Reykjavik Energy, an Icelandic geothermal powerutility, to cooperate on the global development of geothermalenergy, according to Mitsubishi Heavy’s website.

Iceland and Japan are ranked seventh and eighth in terms ofinstalled geothermal capacity, according to an October report bythe International Energy Agency .

Iceland’s geothermal capacity grew to 951 megawatts lastyear from 65 megawatts in 2000, according to data compiled by Bloomberg News . In the same period, Japan’s capacity hasremained almost unchanged at 537 megawatts.

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