Pune: Need to create awareness of geothermal energy, says SPPU V-C

Savitribai Phule Pune University

Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) Vice-Chancellor Nitin Karmalkar has said that the government needs to support the use of power generated using geothermal energy.

Speaking at the BJ Walimbe Memorial lecture jointly organised by The Institute of Engineers and Marathi Vigyan Parishad on Thursday, he said, “Power generation using geothermal energy is no rocket science and has been traditionally used in India. However, there needs to be more awareness created about it. Besides, the government too needs to support the cause.”

Comparing geothermal energy to solar energy, the SPPU V-C said, “Detailed study needs to be undertaken to trace hot springs underneath earth that can then be used to produce geothermal energy. The hot water emerging from such springs has been proven to possess medicinal values and can also be used in fisheries, aqua agriculture and more areas. Sadly, due to numerous religious beliefs attached to these hot springs, their full potential is yet to be understood.”

Citing the presence of several hot water springs in the Union Territory of Ladakh, Karmalkar, a geologist by specialisation, said the region gets limited power supply throughout the year.

“In Ladakh, power supply lasts for not more than three hours a day. Studies have shown that power can be generated from these hot springs,” he said.