Geothermal energy potential of eastern desert region, Egypt

Chandrasekharam, D. and Lashin, A. and Al Arifi, N. and Al Bassam, A. and Varun, C. and Singh, H. K. (2016) Geothermal energy potential of eastern desert region, Egypt. Environmental Earth Sciences, 75 (8). ISSN 1866-6280

Abstract

Future energy security and CO2 emissions investigation models indicate that the best option for Egypt is to adopt a mitigation strategy by using geothermal energy as an energy source mix and implement energy efficiency policy. The hydrothermal potential is estimated to be of the order of 158 × 106 kWh while El Faliq high heat-generating granite has the potential to generate billion kWh of electricity. Through these two geothermal energy sources, the country can mitigate CO2 reduction to the order of 20 million tones and provide sustained freshwater to domestic, agricultural and industrial sectors. Egypt in future may have to address two important issues such as guaranteed future electricity supply and freshwater supply to meet the growing population and agriculture demand. The current situation indicates that the Nile River may not be able to sustain the demand due to uncertainties in the monsoon pattern and reduction in storage capacity. A renewable energy (geothermal) source mix and implementing a sound energy efficient policy in agricultural, transport and domestic sectors will help the country to meet the future food and water demand of the country.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Agricultural, Computational and Environmental Sciences (1 July 2013 - 5 Sept 2019)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Agricultural, Computational and Environmental Sciences (1 July 2013 - 5 Sept 2019)
Date Deposited: 02 Sep 2019 03:36
Last Modified: 10 Sep 2019 03:19
Uncontrolled Keywords: Egypt, EGS, geothermal, desalination, Red Sea
Fields of Research : 05 Environmental Sciences > 0599 Other Environmental Sciences > 059999 Environmental Sciences not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1007/s12665-016-5534-4
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/35959

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