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Gran Canaria explores geothermal potential for clean energy 

PAGE 14 Gran Canaria explores  geothermal potential for clean energy

Gran Canaria is urging both the Canary and Spanish governments to back the island’s quest for clean energy from geothermal sources.

The Cabildo has given the go-ahead for further inves-tigations, already started by the island, but says it de-serves greater support.

It expects to present the first results of its study in the coming months.

“The objective is to detect the points of the island that can offer geothermal of high enthalpy or temperature to develop systems that allow to produce energy from the heat of the earth,” a spokes-man explained.

“Another outstanding aspect is the need to define the model of the next phases of research, which can be public, private or mixed, in which case it will be necessary to determine aspects such as the contri-butions of each agency and the price of the kilowatt obtained from the gases and subterranean telluric for-ces, which will allow private companies, where appro-priate, to carry out feasi-bility studies.”

The motion approved in the plenary session includes the creation of a training programme for technicians wishing to specialise in this field.

The project proposed by the Cabildo highlights the example of the island of San Miguel, in Azores, whose land emanates half of the energy consumed by its 120,000 inhabitants, which has reduced its depen-dence on fossil fuels and has led to the creation of sources clean of energy.