Workshop on geothermal energy to be held in Taipei

06/24/2013 11:12 AM

Taipei, June 24 (CNA) An international workshop on geothermal energy development to be held in Taipei Tuesday is expected to explore the latest advances in the field and the alternative energy's commercial viability, the event's organizer said Monday.

The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Workshop on Geothermal Energy Development has invited experts and industry heavyweights from the United States, Japan and New Zealand to discuss the green energy's future trends and development, said Digitimes Research, which is organizing the event.

Douglas Hollett, director of the Geothermal Technologies Office at the U.S. Department of Energy, Noriyoshi Tsuchiya, a professor at Japan's Tohoku University, and Brian Carey, department head of Geothermal Sciences at the New Zealand-based GNS Science, are expected to share their insight at the forum.

Representatives of AltaRock Energy, Inc., POWER Engineers, Inc. and Schlumberger will also speak at the event, the workshop's official website said.

Topics will include the current status of geothermal energy, development policies and strategies, and an overview of the most advanced geothermal technologies, the website said.

Though Taiwan is rich in geothermal resources, it has experienced technical bottlenecks in further developing and utilizing it, Digitimes Research said.

The country does not have any operating geothermal power plants at present, with the first one scheduled to come on line at the end of the year.

The workshop could "serve as a pivotal step in gathering international capacities and in providing surging momentum in geothermal development," Digitimes Research said.

The two-day event will take place at the National Taiwan University Hospital International Conventional Center, the organizers said.

Taiwan and Idaho of the United States formed an alliance in late April devoted to cooperating in developing the green energy industry.

(By James Lee) ENDITEM/ls

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