Geothermal research strengthens ties with India
24 August 2012
Australian and Indian researchers continue to strengthen their cooperative research ties through the Australia-India Geothermal Energy Capacity-Building Project.
Scientists from Geoscience Australia recently travelled to India to participate in a workshop on the development of India's geothermal resources at Leh in the northern province of Ladakh. While in India the Australian scientists also took the opportunity to progress collaborative work on the Tattapani geothermal resource being undertaken in partnership with India’s National Geophysical Research Institute. The scientists also shared their experiences in geothermal modelling and the development of continental scale datasets of temperature at depth.
As part of the workshop in Leh the scientists visited the Puga and Chumathang geothermal fields, which allowed the Australian researchers to gain first hand experience of active geothermal systems, as well as learning more about this significant part of Himalayan geology. The Puga hot springs area has attracted recent interest as a possible site for commercial electricity generation after around 30 years of intermittent study and development.
The Australia-India Geothermal Energy Capacity-Building Project is operated by Geoscience Australia and India’s National Geophysical Research Institute, on behalf of the Australian Government’s Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism, and India’s Ministry for New and Renewable Energy. The collaboration was established in 2009 under the AusAid-funded Public Sector Linkages Program and operates in conjunction with the Australia-India Joint Working Group on Mines and Energy.
The visit by the Geoscience Australia researchers was the seventh exchange under the capacity building project, and preparations are currently underway for a return visit to Australia by the Indian scientists later this year.
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