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Hot rocks hope
for the planet
Petratherm's Rig at Paralana.
We are not going to get to our emissions
reduction targets and still supply Australia with
the amount of electricity it is going to need,
using the current technologies.''
Air pollution used to be merely
poisonous. Now it looks like cooking
the planet. Most air pollution, now
popularly dubbed greenhouse emissions,
comes from burning stuff to get the energy
out of it. We need energy, so we must devise
non-polluting ways of obtaining it.
So far, most attention has been paid to
wind and solar, neither of which can provide
assured, continuous, base-load power.
'Clean coal' may eventually be
approachable but not with the current
generation of power stations, and the
technologies are still experimental.
''We are not going to get to our emissions
reduction targets and still supply Australia
with the amount of electricity it is going to
need, using the current technologies,'' says
Susan Jeanes, chief executive officer of the
Australian Geothermal Energy Association.
''We are the only renewable technology on
the market that is base-load, apart from
hydro and we are unlikely to see any new
hydro schemes in Australia.''
Although Australia has the world's best
geothermal resources, many other countries
are committed to hot rock energy.
''It is a very collaborative international
community,'' Ms Jeanes observes. ''There isn't
a company in Australia that isn't working
with somebody overseas. In the US they are
putting a lot of money into geothermal
energy, and there are several pilot plants
operating in Europe.''
The hottest known rocks are in South
Australia, where Geodynamics is advancing
towards a pilot plant. But there are resources
closer to home, Ms Jeanes tells us. ''Coal is a
good insulator and there are expectations
that there will be some good granite below
the coal beds in the Hunter and La Trobe
valleys. We see a transfer from coal
generation jobs to geothermal jobs.''
Developing geothermal power at the heart
of the existing electricity distribution network
would save both time and money. ''The La
Trobe Valley is a really good example,'' Ms
Jeanes says. ''In the first instance, we can just
tap into some heat underground, and use it
to dry the coal and improve the emissions
performance. Over time, there is a very real
chance that we will be able to develop large-
scale geothermal plants in that region.''
There will be an enormous amount of
work to be done over many decades,
developing the resources and building the
''There is the full range of career prospects
from the very specialised research and
development through to the people who
work on the drilling rigs and in power plant
''At the moment the industry is geared up
to need geologists and business development
managers, and increasingly we will be
needing people in construction.
''We did some back-of-the-envelope work
with the World Wildlife Fund and The SA
Department of Primary Industries recently,
and there will be thousands of jobs in the
industry over time. Continued next page
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