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Geothermal energy was introduced in Chile

September 3, 2010

Victor Hinojosa, business development and Anthony J. Amicucci, Achernar business development both of Energy.

Santiago, Chile. September 3, 2010. At a time when Chile is in frank discussion about what should be the guidelines for clean energy for our country, Anthony Amicucci, business development GTHERM Achernar Company, commented on the geothermal energy attributes and differentiators GTHERM Technology. Geothermal energy was introduced in Chile – INFOWEEK Page 1 of 13 9/23/2010 After holding more than twenty meetings with key officials of public and private companies related to geothermal power generation in our country, Anthony Amicucci, business GTHERM Development Company Achernar expressed surprised by the potential Chile geothermal and said the company has a prosperous future in our country.

GTHERM: SWEGS (Single Well Engineered Geothermal System) is a geothermal system renewable, that captures heat directly from dry rocks eliminating many constraining factors present in current geothermal technologies. His innovations in these technologies significantly refine the systems currently used, including removal the requirement of massive amounts of water and rocks with high permeability. Additionally, reduces the possibility of earthquakes. The Electric Power Research Institute gave GTherm in June 2009, the prestigious research and development known as Polaris Grant Award.

GTherm technology creates a “nest of heat” at the bottom of a well. Transmitting a binary fluid through the exchanger and is brought to the surface to generate electricity. Design GTherm, a product that does not need the water of natural reservoirs and higher temperatures Conventional geothermal power, allows the Power Plant location very close to electrical distribution networks, and as such, significantly reduces costs due to loss transmission.

With respect to the invention of technology GTherm, by the scientist and mechanical engineer Michael Parrella, “Amicucci said that” in 2006, the Department of Energy States United awarded a grant to explore all renewable energy in the world. This Grant won by MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), which is one of the universities more prominent in world power and its report found that of all energies Renewable Geothermal energy is best for the future of the world, and is the genesis of our technology and is already in Chile. “

He added that “the difference between prominent GTherm and other technologies such
as SWEGS (Single- Well Engineered Geothermal System) and EGS (Engineered Geothermal Systems) is that we do not require thousands of gallons of water to produce energy and our technology does not cause Shatter shaking the rocks in the process. Our system does not require that we use the energy of incandescent rock and we have special materials designed and patented by the Department of Energy U.S. with other technologies is lost around 70% of the water. “

With regard to Chile presents potential for geothermal energy development, said “Is a country with too many areas of extreme heat, one is the Ring of Fire. We can deliver renewable energy at a lower price, and other plants dig extremely deep geothermal wells for energy and that is the reason high cost and steady increases in its price. We can guarantee to the Government of Chile and our energy companies is the most economical and not increase prices in 25 years, we have no unforced costs associated with the plant. ” Considering the national contingency, specifically in the case of power plants in the Punta de Choros, the American expert said how was the reception of the plants of GTherm in the United States with the community and indigenous native people of their country. “We worked with indigenous peoples and communities in the U.S. building power plants their lands and green electricity supply. When I say that we are working together, I mean they are our partners and as such, they also receive proceeds from the energy obtained from their land. We intend to do the same for indigenous people here in Chile, we want them to know that we will not spoil the land and would like to take U.S. to see for yourself the experience and outcomes of indigenous people with GTherm American. “

During your visit to our country, the executive met with the National Company Geothermal, former President of the Republic, Ricardo Lagos, Ministry of Energy, Energy Andean ACHEGEO, CODELCO, mining ministry, ENDESA, ENAP, CER (Centre for Energy Renovables), University Federico Santa Maria, Anglo American, Minera El Abra, CORFO, Colbun Enami, SERNAGEOMIN, Jaime Orpis, chairman of the Senate Energy Committee and Sara Larraín, executive director of Sustainable Chile, among other public and private associated with this focus of energy development.