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Geothermal

Geothermal energy is clean, reliable and renewable. It is derived from naturally occurring heat within hot rocks and water reservoirs below the earth’s surface.

Heat in the ground can be used to directly heat and cool house via heat exchangers. Hotter water can be directly used for spa tourism, industrial, agricultural and aquaculture production and a few examples of these uses have occurred in recent years. Very hot water can be converted into electricity but this generally requires an active volcanic system to create enough super hot water for electricity generation to be economic.

The GeoVic online tool contains a number of geothermal data themes which show the natural flow of heat and resulting temperature distribution across much of Victoria.

So far Victoria’s geothermal energy resources are virtually untouched, but with further exploration and improved technology this industry has potential for growth and investment.

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