Survey of Energy Resources 2007
Geothermal Country Notes
To date, very little comprehensive research has been undertaken on Mongolia's geothermal potential. However, with a view to diversifying electricity generation (presently mostly fossil-fuel based), especially for isolated rural communities, the Government may develop a greater use of renewable energy.
Regional studies have identified five areas with resource potential, while the country's hot springs have been used directly for heating, bathing and balneology for many years. There is scope for the resource to be utilised further in district heating schemes, industrial processing and agricultural applications (greenhouse heating, cashmere and wool washing/drying).
A study of the Shargaljuut hot springs (west-central Mongolia) suggests that the area would be suitable for small-scale power generation.