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Environment/Energy (Low carbon society/energy)

Principal Investigator (Affiliation)
  • SDGs7
TSUCHIYA Noriyoshi
(Graduate School of Environmental Studies, Tohoku University)
Research Institutions in Japan Tohoku University
Research Institutions in El Salvador El Salvador University
Adoption fiscal year FY 2017
Research Period 5 Years
ODA Recipient Country Republic of El Salvador
General Description of the Research Project The purpose of this study is to promote geothermal energy development by providing a comprehensive system that supports exploration of geothermal resources. While geothermal energy is stable and renewable energy, exploring geothermal sources entails risks. The method to be developed in this study is geothermal exploration using the technique of thermoluminescence, a new geothermal exploration method capable of capturing weak geothermal signs over a wide range of areas. With this technology, it becomes possible to narrow down promising geothermal areas at a low cost and within a short period of time. In parallel with applying the thermoluminescence geothermal exploration method to the target country, existing exploration data are accumulated on the geographical information system (GIS) to integrate, through the use of big data analysis technologies, this new exploration technology with the simulation technology for geothermal reservoir hydrothermal flow evaluations. At the same time, efforts are made to develop human resources who can utilize the new exploration method and have them learn the entire geothermal exploration technology system from reconnaissance survey to detailed survey. Through these activities, the study promotes geothermal energy development and helps developing countries become energy-independent by producing renewable energy.
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