New Zealand to join elite geothermal partnership
New Zealand is to seek membership of the International Partnership for Geothermal Technology (IPGT).
“This is an exciting opportunity," said Science and Innovation Minister Wayne Mapp who is currently in the United States.
"Geothermal energy is one of New Zealand’s most important renewable energy resources. Geothermal electricity generation has grown to 13 percent of total generation in 2010. There are many benefits to membership of this elite grouping," he said.
Established in August 2008, the IPGT seeks to develop advanced, cost-effective geothermal energy technologies through international research co-operation. New Zealand scientists and geothermal industry members will join their colleagues from the United States, Australia, Switzerland and Iceland to progress advanced geothermal technologies.
"New Zealand has much to gain from the extra opportunities for geothermal research collaboration and involvement in major international research programmes," said Dr Mapp. "In turn, the IPGT has much to gain from the expertise and capability of New Zealand scientists and industry."
The Ministry of Science and Innovation will lead New Zealand’s involvement in the initiative, the Minister said.