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Title: Reexploring the Geothermal Potential of West Malaysia
Authors: Karl Wagner
Keywords: Geothermal Energy
Reconnaissance Study
Electricity Generation
Enthalpy
Geothermal Gradient
Viability Study
Issue Date: 5-Dec-2013
Abstract: Unlike adjacent countries as Indonesia or as the Philippines that cover 27% of its electricity supply, the assessment and later utilisation of renewable geothermal resources in Malaysia remains still a hidden treasure. In order to assist the Malaysian government on striving to reduce 40% of CO2 until 2020 by considering geothermal energy, our first surface-near reconnaissance study sets the initial milestone outlining its potential for Peninsula Malaysia. A geothermal map indicating the existence of two potential fault lineaments (NNW-SSE and E-W) is devised. This map is shaped by 57 mostly lined-up hot spring areas which are explored in detail. The temperature of the aquifers (sub-surface temperature) in at least 13 hot springs areas is measured to be at least 100 ºC which is a prerequisite for viable clean electricity production based on novel ORC- or Kalina Cycles. In at least 7 most promising cases, resistivity profile research can tell in 2012 if the depth of the necessary rigs to be drilled might be less than 100 m which translates into cost-effectiveness. Even if it turns out that the geothermal potential of Peninsula Malaysia can nowhere be used for renewable energy, it can be reconsidered for tourism, green district cooling and aquaculture.
URI: http://ir.unikl.edu.my/jspui/handle/123456789/5136
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