Costa Rica will advise us, on geothermal energy

AFP/ San Jose reports for Pagina Siete:


Costa Rica will advise on geothermal energy

Costa Rica Energy authorities will sign in Bolivia an agreement to support the South American country in developing its geothermal resources.

Laguna Colorada PotosiEnergy authorities from Costa Rica in Bolivia will sign an agreement to support the South American country in developing its geothermal resources, it was announced yesterday [02/20/2015].

The president of the Costa Rican State Electricity Institute (ICE), Carlos Obregon, will head the mission that will travel to La Paz on Monday [02/23/2015] to finalize the agreement that emerged after the request of Bolivian President Evo Morales, during the recent summit of the Community of the Latin America and the Caribbean States (ECLAC). The agreement “is a great recognition and an excellent opportunity to convey to the Bolivians, the technical experience we have gained over more than 40 years of geothermal studies” said Obregon.

According to a statement from ICE, the mission will visit two geothermal camps of the Empresa Nacional de Electricidad (ENDE), while in La Paz will present the experience developed by Costa Rica in its power generation projects of volcanoes. 93% of the Costa Rica energy matrix comes mainly from hydro renewable sources.

This news is great and far more important, eco-friendly and sustainable than the stupid-egocentric idea of current president with nuclear energy!

Published by Bolivian Thoughts

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5 thoughts on “Costa Rica will advise us, on geothermal energy

  1. My community led the first Swiss project on the use of geothermal energy and we are among the first users of the heating energy. The project was a complete success. This reduces the consumption of fuel oil and consecuently the emissions of CO2.
    The oldest geothermal heat power plant in Switzerland is located in the municipality of Riehen (Basel-Stadt). Since 1989 – so for over 20 years – supports this power plant 64 ° C warm deep water with a flow rate of approximately 1,200 l / min from a depth of 1’547 m. The relatively highly mineralized water emits heat through direct heat exchanger to a second cycle continues. In this process, the thermal water is cooled to 22 ° C. and then pumped directly into the return well.
    Larger projects, even for electricity production are planned. But the next geothermal project in Basel had to be suspended because the depth of drilling provoqued small earthquakes wha tinsecurised the population. Basel is located in a risk area for earthquakes.

    1. Thank you SO much Elsbeth for sharing! Bolivia certainly needs to use this energy source in a sustainable way. I was initially opposed as Laguna Colorada and Verde are really very fragile ecosystems… challenge relies on implementing this energy source without damaging the environment and making it almost invisible to the eye, as it would really distort the panorama.

  2. A power plant should not be proyected in a region like Laguna Colorada. In Europe we use different systems of deep drilling near the town (as in Basel, where induced seismicity led to suspension of its hot dry rock enhanced geothermal systems project. In other places the system is working without problems).
    “An enhanced geothermal system (EGS) generates geothermal electricity without the need for natural convective hydrothermal resources. Until recently, geothermal power systems have exploited only resources where naturally occurring heat, water, and rock permeability are sufficient to allow energy extraction.[1] However, by far most of geothermal energy within reach of conventional techniques is in dry and impermeable rock.[2] EGS technologies enhance and/or create geothermal resources in this hot dry rock (HDR) through ‘hydraulic stimulation’.” (wikipedia on Hot dry rock geothermal energy)

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