Alinta Energy’s plans to pioneer the commercial rollout of geothermal heating and cooling – and potentially even hot water – in Australia have been made official this week, with the launch of Alinta Energy Geothermal.
The Hong Kong-owned gen-tailer launched the new company division on Thursday in New South Wales, where it has successfully installed geothermal heating and cooling throughout a major housing development in the suburb of Blacktown.
The GeoAir technology comes from QPS Geothermal, a Queensland-based outfit which Alinta says it first came across a couple of years ago, and now owns after taking progressively bigger stakes in the company.
“We’re particularly excited about this investment,” said Alinta’s executive director of retail markets, Jim Galvin, in an interview with One Step Off The Grid on Thursday.
“We think that this is … the largest commercial backing of geothermal heating and cooling technology here in Australia.”
That might well be true for the Australian market, where residential applications of geothermal remain relatively rare.