The CSIRO article states that, “The Centre brings together researchers, industry, investors and government agencies to investigate how geothermal energy can be used to provide modern cities with air conditioning, power and desalinated water.”
And, its mission statement is: “Despite international efforts to curb greenhouse gases emissions, the world’s output of CO2 continues to increase. Some developed countries are still dependent on polluting energy sources such as coal, and developing countries increase their use of conventional CO2 emitting technologies to power their industrialization."
"By developing local solutions for the energy sector in Western Australia, the Centre acts as a seed for a global strategy to address the challenge of climate change."
The location at Perth, the capital of Western Australia, is a very good spot to begin the development of geothermal cities.
The groundwater of the Perth Basin provides a good source of heat for homes and businesses around Perth. The city of Perth, the fourth largest city in Australia and the largest city in Western Australia, is located in the southwestern part of Western Australia.
Llaus Regenauer-Lieb is the new Centre’s director. Also a professor at the University of Western Australia, Dr. Regenauer-Lieb stated, “Our aim is to make Perth the first geothermally cooled city in the coming decade and we are working closely with geothermal lease holders, city planners and other stakeholders to advance the geothermal industry and make this vision a reality.”
Learn more about the Western Australian Geothermal Centre of Excellence at The University of Western Australia’s website “The Centre.”