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Geothermal energy 24 lime October - December 2008 LIMELITE did you know? LiMEnews A brief look at what's going on in and around the Islands... The volcanic island of Nevis has long been known for its hot springs and their therapeutic qualities, but the locals have now found another benefit – geothermal energy. The completion of a new power plant next year will allow Nevis not only to be 100% self- sufficient with renewable power from underground energy sources, but also to export power to neighbouring islands. West Indies Power ( Nevis) Ltd ( www. westindiespower. com) began drilling last January. The exploration found five viable sites clustered around several faults, with Spring Hills being the site farthest along in production. It is expected that this site alone will produce 50- 100 POWER for THE PEOPLE Geothermal energy is derived from the natural heat of the earth. For commercial use, a geothermal reservoir capable of providing hydrothermal ( hot water and steam) resources of a temperature higher than 150° C ( 302 º F) is necessary. These are found in " geothermal systems" which are geological settings where the earth's naturally occurring heat flow is near enough to the earth's surface to bring steam or hot water to the surface. This super-heated hot water is extracted by specially designed wells and allowed to convert to steam, which is then collected and piped to a geothermal turbine, which uses the steam to generate electricity. Geothermal energy is renewable and combustion-free. Unlike fossil-fuel power plants, geothermal units emit no smoke because no burning takes place. Now popular in many parts of the world, the grapefruit is thought to have originated in Barbados as a natural cross between the sweet orange and the shaddock, both of which were introduced from Asia. Sangaree was once a popular drink in the Caribbean, particularly amongst the planter and merchant classes. Main ingredients were wine, lime juice, water, and spices such as nutmeg or cinnamon. Top UK property agent for Barbados Cluttons, the real estate agency founded in the United Kingdom in 1765, now has an office in Barbados, located on the west coast in Holetown, St James. Cluttons operates a network of offices in the UK, Europe, the Middle East, South Africa and now Barbados, offering a wide range of professional property management, maintenance and consultancy services including sales and rentals. megawatts of electricity. Nevis itself uses only 8.5 MW. The potential of geothermal energy for small, developing nations like Nevis is encouraging, especially as geothermal power is less expensive than other renewable and fossil fuel sources. Nevis plans to sell its excess electricity to neighbours such as St Kitts, Anguilla, St Maarten and the US Virgin Islands. The implementation of this development should allow for a rise in the standard of living, an increase in job opportunities and a cleaner local environment. The company is also conducting operations in Dominica and Saba. Steam flowing at the Nevis plant west indies power geothermal education office