Hot Opportunities? Geoscience BC Supports Kootenay Lake Geothermal Research

Vancouver, BC – December 8, 2022 – Geoscience BC is supporting a geothermal potential assessment at Kootenay Lake, British Columbia, by funding new geochemical water analyses.

The work is part of an ongoing study at Kootenay Lake looking at the potential for ‘direct-use’ geothermal – using geothermal heat in residential, commercial or industrial applications – in an area with the hottest recorded surface temperatures of hot springs in southeast BC (82°C at Dewar Creek hot spring). Following field work conducted in the summer of 2022, researchers from Selkirk College and the University of Victoria will collaborate on the development of a hydrogeological model to focus future work to develop a geothermal resource. If direct-use geothermal proves viable for the area, its zero-emission heat could provide new economic development.

The latest study is funded by Geoscience BC, the Regional District of Central Kootenay, Colleges and Institutes Canada and Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada – NSERC. It follows a separate initial study that compiled existing public domain data on the area.

Geoscience BC Manager, Energy and Water, Randy Hughes said: "Advancing geothermal energy in BC has the potential to contribute to Canada’s transition to a low carbon economy. To achieve this requires the research of known geothermally active regions to develop models that can assess their development potential.”

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