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Press Release

NEDO Launches Feasibility Study of Supercritical Geothermal Power Generation

– Aiming to disseminate around 2050 –
July  4,2017
New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO)

NEDO is launching a feasibility study for "a supercritical geothermal power generation" that is expected to be one of new renewable energy sources, with great potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Here a supercritical geothermal power generation is defined as a power generation system using supercritical geothermal resources.

This study will:

  1. Understand the state of geothermal reservoir with supercritical water, and evaluate electric power potential for exploiting supercritical geothermal resources through simulation studies.
  2. Evaluate the materials and equipment necessary for realizing supercritical geothermal power generation.
  3. Conduct economic evaluations of supercritical geothermal power generation systems.
  4. Evaluate methods for minimizing environmental impact and ensuring safety.

The "National Energy and Environment Strategy for Technology Innovation towards 2050 (NESTI2050)," which names supercritical geothermal power generation as a target innovative technology, sets a goal for dissemination of the technology by around 2050.

For more information, please contact:

NEDO New Energy Technology Department, Thermal Utilization Group
Contact Persons: Kato, Maruuchi Tel: +81-44-520-5183­