Mexico

Mexico

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 utilised in Mexico. Although there is a tradition of some direct geothermal energy use, related mainly to balneology, the most important use currently 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 2021, the installed geothermal electricity generation capacity was ~1000 MWe, distributed across the Cerro Prieto, Los Azufres, Los Humeros, Las Tres Vírgenes and Domo San Pedro Geothermal Resources.  In 2021 geothermal generation amounted to some 4511.5 GWh.

Since February 2019  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 was drawing to conclusion.  The tasks were all completed by the end of 20211.  Outputs from this initiative were presented at the WGC 2020+1 and some are available through this link.

The work by  CeMIE-Geo has been extended to the end of 2020 for five new projects to be completed. CeMIEGeo’s Digital Collection which includes papers, thesis, and posters is accessible through this link.

2022 Mexico Country Report

2021 Mexico Country Report

2020 Mexico Country Report

2019 Mexico Country Report

2018 Mexico Country Report

2017 Mexico Country Report

2016 Mexico Country Report

2015 Mexico Country Report

2014 Mexico Country Report

2013 Mexico Country Report

2012 Mexico Country Report