Tapping geothermal energy

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ABU DHABI – The United Arab Emirates never stops in its search for alternative source of energy.

Considered as the world’s seventh largest producer of oil, the UAE has been focusing on a research on potential uses of geothermal energy — the heat produced inside the earth — as a new source of clean and renewable energy.
The project is being undertaken by the UAE University (UAEU) whose researchers are studying the geological sites in Al Ain and Ras Al Khaimah.

They are also examining the hot water spring reservoirs and analyzing their temperatures and sizes.

Researchers found out that the water temperature reaches to as hot as 120 degrees beneath the surface of about 3 kilometers deep.
The project started in January last year with the goal of understanding the possibility of using geothermal energy in the UAE, said Dr Hakim Saibi, associate professor of geophysics at UAEU, and one of the researchers.

According to Dr Saibi, the findings did point to the possibility of tapping geothermal energy in the UAE.

“The potential for using geothermal energy is good. Based on our findings and the data gathered at the sites, we can produce around 1,000 megawatts of electricity using the geothermal energies from these areas,” he said.

“We can use this energy to power hundreds of homes, and it is done without producing any CO2 emissions, so it is a very clean and reliable source of energy,” he added.

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