National Institute of Fundamental Studies
 
 

Project Description

Geothermal power is one of the cleanest renewable energy sources. No serious study on geothermal resources has been conducted in Sri Lanka. One of the major obstacles to such a survey is the lack of equipment and expertise. With collaborations of geophysicists from Canada and the UK as well as from Sri Lanka, this new project was started in late 2009.
All the possible hydropower potential within Sri Lanka has been utilised and accounts only for a fraction of its growing energy demand. Sri Lanka now depends largely on imported fossil fuel for power generation. Thus the development of geothermal energy will benefit Sri Lanka in many ways such as electric power, hot water for industrial use, drying a vast spectrum of agricultural products, air-conditioning, development of tourism around hot springs, etc. Though Sri Lanka has no active high enthalpy geothermal regimes either volcanic or tectonic, the use of low enthalpy sources are evident in the form of thermal springs. Aided by new drilling technology there is new hope for the development of hot dry rock (HDR) or enhanced geothermal systems (EGS) in Sri Lanka. State-of-the-art non-invasive techniques such as magneto-telluric (MT) deep sounding methods are used in this research.

Research Group

Group Leader

Dr. Deepal Subasinghe

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Chief Technical Officer

Mr. S.Opatha

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Chief Technical Officer

Mr. A. Pathirana

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Research Colloboration

Local Collaborators :
  • Geological Survey and Mines Bureau (GSMB)
  • Priyantha Jinadasa (PhD Student - National Aquatic Resources Agency)
Foreign Collaborators:
  • Prof. Bruce Hobbs (Edinburgh University, UK)
  • Dr. Morrel Fonseka (Canada)
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