Operating Agent:   Centro de Investigación Científica y de Educación Superior de Ensenada (CICESE), Mexico

Executive Committee Member:   Jose Manuel Romo Jones, CICESE, Mexico

Alternate Member:   Thomas Kretzschmar, CICESE, Mexico

Geothermal energy is the most important non-conventional renewable energy source utilized in Mexico. Although there is a tradition of some direct geothermal energy use, related mainly to balneology, the most important use is for electricity generation.

Geothermal development for electricity generation commenced in Mexico in 1959, with the commissioning of the first commercial plant in the Pathé Field (central Mexico). In 2018, the installed geothermal electricity generation capacity was ~980 MWe, distributed across the Cerro Prieto, Los Azufres, Los Humeros, Las Tres Vírgenes and Domo San Pedro Geothermal Resources.  In 2018 geothermal generation amounted to some 5370 GWh.

Since February 2017  the bilateral  GEMex  initiative  between Mexico (SENER-CONACyT Energetic Sustainability Fund) and the European Community under Horizon 2020 investigating two unconventional geothermal concepts; an EGS system in Acoculco, Pue., and a superheated system at Los Humeros has been operating. Information on this initiative is available through this link.

At the end of 2018 CeMIE-Geo was drawing to completion 32 projects in four strategic sectors; Regional resource assessment, Exploration techniques, Technological development, and Direct use of geothermal heat.  CeMIEGeo’s Digital Collection which includes papers, thesis, and posters is accessible through this link.

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