Workshop on Geothermal Direct Heat for Commercial Applications

A workshop was held on 18-19 February 2014 to provide a how-to guide on geothermal energy use for direct heat for landowners who have geothermal resources and business owners who are interested in using geothermal direct heat for business opportunities.

Workshop topics included:

  • International developments
  • Resource availability
  • Exploration
  • Regulatory issues
  • Cost comparison of geothermal energy
  • Market opportunities
  • International developments
  • Resource availability
  • Exploration
  • Regulatory issues
  • Cost comparison of geothermal energy

If you need help to pursue using geothermal energy on your land or for your business in the Rotorua district and surrounding areas please contact:

Mark Smith
Grow Rotorua
MarkSmith@growrotorua.com
027 430 2889

SpeakerOrganisationTopic
Key Note Speaker – Dr John LundOregon Institute of Technology, Geo-Heat CenterInternational experience and practices of using direct geothermal heat for commercial uses
Brian CareyGNSGeothermal direct heat for commercial applications
Greg MooreDobbie EngineersDirect use of geothermal energy
Bridget RobsonBay of Plenty Regional CouncilThe environmental regulations
Stephen DayshEnvironmental Management ServicesA guide to the consenting process
Gina RangiKoi ConsultingAccess to geothermal resources on Maori Land
Dr Charlotte SeverneSeverne and AssociatesDeveloping Geothermal Resources for Maori Trusts and Incorporations
Harald and Connie EsendamPlentyFlora at HorohoroThe Magic of Geothermal
Russell BerryArataki HoneyGeothermal Steam Arataki Honey
Brian WhiteEast Harbour EnergyInsights into Waikite
Key Note Speaker – Dr John LundOregon Institute of Technology, Geo-Heat CenterDevelopment of Direct-Use Geothermal Projects
Francis PauwelsGrow RotoruaUpdate on Spa projects
Mike SuggateEast Harbour EnergyThe economics of geothermal heat
Brian WhiteEast Harbour EnergyDeveloping a how to guide
Mark SmithGrow RotoruaActions underway and opportunities
Francis PauwelsGrow RotoruaDiscussion group notes - Developing a collective approach to progressing the opportunities

Workshop brochure

Geothermal Direct Heat Opportunities

Geothermal heat is available throughout the central North Island area. Uses for geothermal include hot houses, aquaculture, motel and accommodation providers, timber drying and spas. Direct heat applications allows landowners and businesses to access geothermal energy without the high cost and risk associated with deep bore exploration typical of major geothermal power generation plants.

For more information please see: