ARKANSAS, Dec 04 (Future Headlines)- In a groundbreaking initiative, Project InnerSpace has unveiled the Beta version of its Geothermal Exploration Opportunities Map, GeoMap™, a revolutionary tool developed in collaboration with Google. The launch occurred at the 28th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP28) Climate Innovation Forum in Dubai, marking a significant step toward harnessing geothermal energy worldwide.
GeoMap™ Beta’s inaugural focus is on the African continent, serving as a comprehensive geothermal exploration tool. The map showcases geothermal potential with increasing resolution as users zoom in, emphasizing Nigeria and the bustling metropolis of Lagos.
Helen Doran, Lead Geologist at Project InnerSpace, underscores the tool’s purpose: “A fundamental driver behind GeoMap™ is to showcase underestimated and untapped geothermal potential, especially in regions where new and cleaner energy sources are desperately needed.” The tool aims to spotlight geothermal prospects, with Africa as an initial case study.
As GeoMap™ delves into Africa, it reveals a geospatial narrative of geothermal potential. The innovative tool incorporates and cross-references diverse surface and subsurface datasets, providing a comprehensive analysis. The focus on Nigeria, a region previously overlooked in terms of geothermal development, illustrates the power of collective data and analysis.
Doran highlights the significance of sedimentary basins on the thin lithosphere, making Nigeria an attractive geothermal development prospect. GeoMap™ serves as a catalyst for identifying geothermal opportunities in challenging regions, fostering sustainable energy solutions.
GeoMap™ sets the stage for future expansions, with additional continents and high-resolution case studies slated for release in the next 12-24 months. The overarching goal is to include all continents and the world’s top 100 population centers within 36 months, offering a comprehensive view of global geothermal potential.
The collaborative effort between Project InnerSpace and Google amalgamates InnerSpace’s subsurface expertise and commitment to global geothermal growth with Google’s data and software capabilities. The collaboration involves a research portfolio of over 80 researchers from Project InnerSpace and Google engineers, collectively contributing to the development of GeoMap™.
Jamie Beard, Executive Director at Project InnerSpace, commends the collaboration, stating, “It has been awesome to watch the InnerSpace and Google teams build together over the past months a tool that will throw the doors wide open in our collective understanding of the opportunity geothermal energy offers the world.” The GeoMap™ Beta launch marks a pivotal moment in advancing the understanding of global geothermal potential.
Savannah Goodman, Data and Software Climate Solutions Lead at Google, underscores the significance of geothermal technology in the transition to a clean energy future. She expresses excitement about the role GeoMap™ can play in enabling the development of new geothermal resources worldwide.
GeoMap™ emerges as a transformative tool with the potential to reshape the landscape of geothermal energy. By providing valuable insights and identifying untapped resources, it contributes to the collective efforts to decarbonize the global energy system. As the Beta version unfolds, GeoMap™ paves the way for a sustainable future, emphasizing the critical role of geothermal energy in the broader clean energy spectrum.
Reporting by Kevin Wood; Editing by Sarah White