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Volcanoes, Tectonics, Earthquakes and Geothermal Energy in Taiwan

December 7, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The top 5 countries developing geothermal energy (e.g. USA, the Philippines, Indonesia, Mexico and New Zealand) are all located along the Pacific Ring of Fire. Taiwan is also part of the Ring of Fire. However, Taiwan still has no commercial geothermal power plant, but it has 4,000 hot spring operators. The tectonics of Taiwan is very dynamic: the area produces more than 30,000 earthquakes/year and the mountains uplift 4-5 cm/year. In addition, the rainfall accumulates 3,000 mm/year; and the nearby ocean creates 5-10 typhoons/year. Based on previous drilling, geological mapping, Lidar surveys, airborne magnetic studies and other geophysical investigations, the geothermal potential can be up to 33,600 MW, more than the energy needs for the country. In recent years, the drilling and MT surveys have been attempted in several areas, but have been unsuccessful in identifying adequate reservoirs. Therefore, we are trying to carry out other methods to detect reservoirs, such as the LBNL’s micro-earthquake dense array, more effective drilling (such as the directional mud drilling), produce at lower water temperatures, use the power grid more effectively, and to be environmental friendly. Currently, we are working with 2 private investment companies and hope to produce 2-10 MW in a North and South area as a start. We will work with LBNL at these locations and other geothermal potential areas in Taiwan.


About the Speaker: Chao-Shing Lee

Chairman, Taiwan Geothermal Association
Professor Emeritus, National Taiwan Ocean University

Research Interests:

– Plate Tectonics and Petroleum Exploration
– Seismic Stratigraphy and Basin Analyses
– Geothermal and Green Energy
– Volcano and Hydrothermal Vent
– Law of the Sea
– Deep Sea Mining
– Underwater Archeology


Host: Larry Hutchings


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