Guatemala - Direct Uses

 

MWt

TJ/year

Drying facility

1.6

40.4

Fruit drying facility

0.5

12.1

Thermal bath houses and spas

0.21

3.96

 

 

Total thermal installed capacity in MWt

2.31

Direct use in TJ/year

56.46

Direct use in GWh/year

15.68

Capacity factor

0.78

 

Country Update: Geothermal energy in the past has been used for medicinal purposes, agriculture, and domestic use. The areas of Totonicapan, Quetzaltenango, and Amatitlan are popular tourist attractions known for their thermal bath houses and spas. These are estimated for a total of 0.21 MWt and 3.96 TJ/yr. The construction company, Bioteca, was the first to successfully apply a direct-use application of geothermal steam in the curing process of concrete products (Merida, 1999). In 1999, a fruit dehydration plant, Agroindustrias La Laguna was built to use hot water from a well in the Amatitlan geothermal field in the drying process. The company produces dehydrated pineapple, mango, banana, apple and chili peppers. Since, no paper was received for WGC2015 and no data for

WGC2010, the data from WGC2005 will be use (Lund, et al., 2005).


Taken from: John W. Lund and Tonya L. Boyd
Published in Direct Utilization of Geothermal Energy 2015 Worldwide Review


Total thermal installed capacity in MWt:2.31
Direct use in TJ/year56.46
Direct use in GWh/year15.7
Capacity factor0.78

 
The direct-use of geothermal energy in the country in the past has been used for medicinal purposes, agriculture, and domestic use. The areas of Totonicapan, Quetzaltenango, and Amatitlan are popular tourist attraction known for their thermal bath houses and spas. These are estimated at a total of 0.21 MWt and 3.96 TJ/yr. The construction company, Bloteca, was the first to successfully apply a direct use application of geothermal steam in the curing process of concrete products (Merida, 1999).

In 1999, a fruit dehydration plant, Agroindustrias La Laguan, was built to use hot water from a well in the Amatitlan geothermal field in the drying process. A downhole heat exchanger was installed in the well, along with an enhancer tube in order to increase the performance of the heat exchanger (a diagram is shown in the paper). The company produces dehydrated pineapple, mango, banana, apple, and chili peppers. No values for the energy used are provided in the paper, thus, the data from WGC2005 will be used (Lund et al., 2005).

The concrete drying facility is reported at 1.6 MWt and 40.4 TJ/yr
and the fruit drying facility is reported at 0.5 MWt and 12.1 TJ/yr (Merida, 1999, Manzo, 2005).

The total for the country is then 2.31 MWt and 56.46 TJ/yr.

The operations at Amatitlan are serving as direct-use examples than can be applied to other Central American countries. 

Taken from the paper by John W. Lund, Derek H. Freeston, and Tonya L. Boyd: "Direct Utilization of Geothermal Energy 2010 Worldwide Review"; published in Proceedings of the World Geothermal Congress 2010, Bali, Indonesia, 25-29 April 2010