Geothermal Energy | Geothermal Energy And Water Use
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Geothermal Energy | Geothermal Energy And Water Use

01 March 2012 This report explores the policy implications of the large-scale development of geothermal energy resources and their impact on water quality and availability.

Australia could potentially produce energy from a variety of geothermal systems including:

non-conventional engineered geothermal systems (EGS)

hot sedimentary aquifer (HSA) developments

shallow systems such as low enthalpy aquifers

ground source heat pump applications.

Geothermal projects require access to water during several stages of their development and operation. Currently, some exploration and development activity is occurring in areas of low water supply and/or high water demand.


However, water resources, and in particular groundwater resources, are still to be quantified in many parts of Australia. Access rights to water for geothermal applications will therefore require careful management and discussion by both water planners and the geothermal industry.

The report is not a detailed technical report. It is predominantly intended for water planners and others with an interest in the water and energy industries, to provide a baseline of information for consideration in water management and planning decisions.

Australia lacks conventional hydrogeothermal resources yet has excellent potential for significant energy production from deep non-conventional HSA and EGS developments.

Geothermal legislation is subject to the provisions of water legislation in most jurisdictions. If implemented appropriately, the existing arrangements can manage geothermal


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