UNAM (National Autonomous University of Mexico) researchers will launch a project to assess geothermal resources in the Peninsula of Baja California, the first of its kind that will reveal the richness of this source of sustainable energy.
The objective of this project of experts from the Department of Natural Resources, Institute of Geophysics, led by Rosa María Prol Ledesma, is to provide authorities information that could exploit this wealth, not only for electricity production, but for the water desalination.
Four decades ago, Mexico was the second largest producer of geothermal electricity, but since abandoned this source of clean energy to give priority to oil, far exceeding the country not only U.S. but also the Philippines and Indonesia.
This despite the Mexican territory is rich in that resource, especially in areas like the Peninsula of Baja California, where the geothermal system in the country’s largest operation, explained in a statement.
In this sense, the researcher said to be the first time you have an entire wealth study geothermal specific perimeter, an area of huge economic importance also needs to increase its agricultural production and livestock to reduce their dependence on these aspects .
Prol Ledesma stressed that receives funding from the Ministry of Energy (Sener), which provide resources to scientists in the next five years to conduct research on the development of sustainable energy sources.
He explained that when attending a call Sener made the proposal to make an assessment, so that they could deliver reports to the municipal and state governments and the Secretariat itself.
The expert from UNAM said that since 2004 has worked around the geothermal resources in Baja California, as part of a driven projects of this university, called Seawater Desalination with energy renewable.
At that time the budget was completed, convinced that the study was worthwhile, was achieved two years funding of the Fund for International Cooperation in Science and Technology (FONCICYT) to make an assessment of submarine resources of the northern Gulf of California, he added.
This fund is financed by the European Union and Mexico, through the National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT), said Rosa María Prol.
“We found that the area studied for this project is important in energy resources, as well as having significant biodiversity, with many endemic species,” he said.