The geothermal technology is independent of climate, sunlight, tides etc, unlike most renewable technologies allowing it to provide baseload power, however most of Australia’s geothermal resources are located away from the HV trasmission networks making them unviable in the present energy market.
Geothermal energy is produced by using the internal heat of the earth to extract usable heat to create electricity, generate hot water or heat buildings. Heat is naturally generated in special granite rocks located deep below the Earth’s surface and is trapped there by layers of insulating sedimentary rocks.
Geothermal Power Projects in Australia
For Operating and Proposed Geothermal Projects, Name of project, State, Owners/proponents, Generator type, Number of units , Total capacity, Commissioned year, Status, Capital Costs and Energy Output are taken from publically available information internet sources such as the Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts website, Google searches and supplied information from industruy participants.