RFP – Geothermal direct use of heat in Nova Scotia, Canada
Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia, Canada (Source: Flickr / Michael Stokes, Creative Commons)
A call for proposals has been published for a study of direct usage opportunities in Nova Scotia, economic and technical constraints and opportunities.
The Offshore Energy Research Association (OERA) in Nova Scotia, Canada commissioned a Phase 1 geothermal report on behalf of the Nova Scotia Department of Energy and Mines and the Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture.
The report demonstrated the geothermal resource potential of the province of Nova Scotia and ranked the feasibility for power generation and heat generation across the province.
Little known, but there are already examples of direct geothermal use such as heating an industrial park in Springfield, Nova Scotia from an abandoned coal mine.
As a next step in the Phase 1 report, the province is interested in the costs and economic outcomes of using direct medium-depth heat for industrial activities in Nova Scotia. Such activities could include agricultural uses (e.g. greenhouses), aquaculture uses (e.g. fish farms on land), industrial parks, universities, hospitals, or others.
Map of the geothermal potential of Nova Scotia (Source: OREA)
The aim of this study is to help Nova Scotians understand the cost of typical direct use thermal geothermal projects that might be built in the province. The work will examine the economic and technical constraints and opportunities, and help identify where more information is needed in order to realize Nova Scotia’s geothermal potential.
For more information and details on how to submit a proposal, see the PDF below.