Saturday, November 05, 2011

The Philippines: Number 1 in Geothermal Energy

     The Philippines is the second-largest producer of geothermal energy in the world (behind the United States) with 2027 MW installed capacity but is poised to overtake the United States as world leader in geothermal energy.  Under an earlier plan, the Philippines’ goal is to raise its capacity to 3131 MW by 2013, allowing it to overtake the US.  The plan needs to solve the problem of pipe corrosion due to high acidity associated with active volcanoes prior to realizing the goal.

     The United States Department of Energy National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has shown that the Philippines geothermal resources have a potential to generate 200,000 MW of power.
Source:  Philippine Department of Energy, US Dept of Energy National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

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