Projects & Research
Find out what geothermal projects and research activities are underway or being progressed in Australia.
This page is under development. Members are invited to submit to a brief description and a few pictures or diagrams of any current project or research program which you would like to be posted on this page.
The Geothermal Opportunity for Winton Shire Council
This presentation discusses the feasibility of utilising geothermal energy from the Great Artesian Basin water (86 degrees C, 79 litres/s flow) at Winton, Queensland to offset the escalating electrical power costs by generating electricity with organic Rankine cycle. The aim is to augment Winton's existing water reticulation assets with the addition of a 250kW geothermal power plant.
Opening of geothermal swimming pool at Scarborough Beach, Perth, Western Australia.
On 22 January 2018 a swimming pool complex heated by geothermal energy was opened to the public at one of the city of Perth's most popular beaches which is nearing completion of a $57 million redevelopment of the beach front. The fresh water swimming facility includes a 50-metre outdoor pool overlooking Scarborough beach, a children's splash pool and outdoor health and fitness programs. This pool complex is the latest addition to the many geothermal heated public pools in the metropolitan area of Perth a city of 2 million people on the south west coast of Australia. An article by Pujol, Ricard & Bolton accessible via our Publications page of this website describes the 20 year history of utilizing geothermal heat from the Yarragadee aquifer.
Census of Australian Geothermal Projects
The Australian Geothermal Association (AGA) has conducted a Census of Australian geothermal projects to more accurately and effectively highlight the positive aspects of this renewable energy industry. Relevant projects include direct-use applications (eg. pool heating in Perth, Barramundi farms in Victoria etc.), hot springs and spa, ground source heat pump projects at the residential and commercial scale and electricity generation (e.g. Birsdville & most recently in Winton Qld).
We trust that all contributing professionals will benefit from the Census.
The Census has provided a much needed update to the work undertaken by Geoscience Australia in 2016. Eventually AGA aims to use the database to calculate the Life Cycle Cost of Energy of geothermal applications for easy comparison against other alternative sources of energy in Australia.
A summary of the Census results can be obtained by clicking the button below. Fuller details will be made available soon.