Canada’s Geothermal Village – “Sustainaville” GeoPark

Lead Proponent:   Borealis GeoPower Inc.
Location:  Valemount, BC
EIP Contribution: $ 1.54 M
Project Total: $ 4.9 M
Strategic Area:  Renewable Energy, Smart Grids, and Storage

Project Objectives:

The Sustainaville GeoPark project objective is to provide a demonstration of a geothermal powered and heated industrial park, bringing a new renewable energy technology to Canada. The key outcomes include proving the viability of a geothermal reservoir through drilling and well testing and conducting a grid connection and power plant certification.

The end result will be confirmation that the geothermal reservoir can support the activities of a geothermal industrial park, as well as operational data on how the geothermal turbine operates.

Expected Results:

While the main focus of the geothermal powered and heated industrial park is on bringing forth a new, renewable energy technology for Canada, this project represents a material opportunity for our country to begin to decouple our food chain, home heating and manufactured goods from fossil fuels.

Specifically, this project is expected to:

  • provide a concrete example of how geothermal power can be developed in Canada,
  • lead to future demonstrations of geothermal projects, providing clean renewable energy,
  • enhance geothermal protocols aimed at reducing the costs associated with geothermal development.

If successful, there are over 200 communities in Canada that have been identified as project replication sites that can be more efficiently explored, leading to a less costly and a quicker development path for geothermal energy.

Project Partners:

University of Alberta
University of Calgary
NRC-IRAP
NSERC
MITACS Accelerate

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