Iceland has been a long standing geothermal superpower since the 1970’s. In that time, Iceland has evolved and expanded their geothermal applications and now set the world example for how to efficiently and dynamically use geothermal resources. From large scale power production to greenhouses surrounding Reykjavik, the range of applications leaves nothing to waste.
Upon returning from the International Geothermal Conference in Iceland, Canadians who took part in the trip left asking why Canada has not made the same strides in shifting our energy policies towards geothermal energy. With a large amount of readily available resources and a well equipped workforce, it seems like it may be time that Canada takes an example from Iceland and the 24 other countries around the world already using using geothermal energy production. At the very least Canada should be exploring geothermal options to co-produce or utilize the heat from the 400,000+ orphan oil/gas wells that are already suitable for secondary geothermal application.
To read Hamish Stewart's full article from the National Observer click here