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GNS Science to co-host geothermal workshop in Taiwan 10/04/2017

Crown Research Institute GNS Science is taking its geothermal expertise to Taiwan in May where it will jointly host a three-day workshop on the challenges of developing geothermal energy.

The workshop will focus on the many different aspects of developing geothermal energy in acid volcanic environments. Initially developed by GNS Science, the modular event has been running since 2012 with a number both domestic and international workshops.

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Wairakei Power Station. Photo - Margaret Low, GNS Science.

Called ‘Taiwan Start to Steam – acid volcanic geothermal systems and the challenges for power development’, it starts on 15 May with two days of workshop presentations, and a third day field trip to Tatun Volcano, about 20 km north of the workshop venue in Taipei.

Invited speakers are geoscience and engineering professionals from New Zealand, Taiwan, Indonesia, Philippines and Japan.

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The aim is to see a growth in geothermal development in Taiwan, and to facilitate this the workshop draws together technical experts from across the Asian-Pacific region to share their knowledge and learn from their experiences

Dr Rae

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They will address the challenges faced during exploration and development of geothermal systems hosted by active volcanoes, such as that at Tatun.

These systems are characterised by high temperatures (greater than 250°C) and acidic fluids and bring with them challenges for geothermal well targeting, well drilling, and design and maintenance of subsurface and surface engineering.

Specific presentations will be on Tatun Volcano and the conceptual model for the Tatun geothermal system, strategies for well drilling, materials selection technologies, and case studies from similar geothermal systems in Japan, Indonesia and the Philippines.

“People tend to focus on their area of expertise and this workshop will provide a much broader understanding of the complex and multicomponent processes involved in developing geothermal energy from these challenging systems,” said workshop co-organiser Andrew Rae of GNS Science.

“The aim is to see a growth in geothermal development in Taiwan, and to facilitate this the workshop draws together technical experts from across the Asian-Pacific region to share their knowledge and learn from their experiences,” Dr Rae said.

“However, it is not only for the Taiwanese, as I see considerable interest from groups involved with these systems from Indonesia, Philippines, Japan and Iceland.”

The workshop is jointly hosted and organised by the Taiwanese Bureau of Energy, Industrial Technology Research Institute of Taiwan, and GNS Science.

More information is available at the workshop website: http://www.taiwan-start2steam.tw/