Project Update – July 2019
Geoscience BC and the Geological Survey of Canada hosted an open house meeting to discuss this project on July 11th, 2019 in Pemberton.
Thanks to everyone who attended the event. View presentations from the event below.
Open House Presentation by Carlos Salas, Geoscience BC
Open House Presentation by Stephen Grasby, Geological Survey of Canada
If geothermal energy resources are to play a significant role in the future Canadian economy, reliable, baseline geoscience information about the depth, temperature and permeability of potential aquifers – and their suitability to generate geothermal heat and power – is necessary. This project will take knowledge from previous research carried out at Mount Meager (see compilation here), a single volcano in the centre of the Garibaldi Volcanic Belt, and apply it to the larger Garibaldi Volcanic Belt, one of the highest potential geothermal regions of Canada. The results of this project will aid development of new resource models, creating greater certainty for generating national geothermal resource assessments, and reducing geothermal exploration risk in BC.
The overriding objective of this project is to reduce exploration risk by increasing our knowledge of what controls the occurrence of permeable zones at depth in the Garibaldi Belt. With additional funding from NRCan after the first year, Geoscience BC will support academic partners to apply a range of geoscience tools, including remote sensing, geophysics, tectonics, volcanology, and geochemistry, to better understand the controls on rock permeability.
Geothermal energy has numerous advantages compared to other renewable energy sources, namely in its low environmental footprint and ability to provide a stable baseload-power supply without the need of energy storage solutions. The reliable, baseline geoscience information generated by this project will help First Nations, communities, governments, and geothermal energy producers make informed decisions about the suitability of geothermal aquifers in the Garibaldi area.
The Garibaldi Volcanic Belt is a chain of young (less than 11,000 years old) volcanoes in southwestern BC. It extends north and northwest from Squamish, BC, for approximately 200 kilometers. The region is also known to have abundant thermal springs.