Geothermal exploration for green energy in Mongolia
Photographers: Friedemann Samrock (pictures 1-18),Johannes Käufl(pictures 19-24)
The Arkhangai province in central Mongolia is rich in geothermal resources that manifest themselves in numerous natural hot springs. Particularly the province’s district centre, Tsetserleg, could largely benefit from the installation of a combined, geothermal heat and power plant. However, previous attempts to drill wells for geothermal energy generation did not succeed.
With this project we introduce a scientific framework for geothermal exploration in Mongolia. It will help to locate geothermal resources in the subsurface and ensure that future wells are drilled successfully. It contributes to seeking solutions for alternatives to burning coal for heating and energy and indirectly addresses major causes of harmful air pollution and of massive greenhouse gas emissions in Mongolia’s cities.
The project is a collaboration between the Geothermal Energy and Geofluids group and the Earth and Planetary Magnetism Group of ETH Zurich, the Mongolian Academy of Sciences and the National Renewable Energy Centre in Ulaanbaatar.
The photo gallery emerged from a geophysical survey conducted in May and June 2019 at the natural hot spring area near Tsetserleg, Arkhangai province, Mongolia.
Friedemann Samrock, firstname.lastname@example.org, Geothermal Energy and Geofluids, Institute of Geophysics, Sonneggstrasse 5, CH-8092 Zurich Switzerland
This Photo Gallery was submitted in the r4d call for photo galleries in December 2019 and selected for publication by an international jury. This contribution emerges from the r4d project Geothermal Exploration in Mongolia, financed by the r4d programme.