Friday, January 17, 2020

Science & Technology: Innovative Fluid Could Help Expand Fractures in Enhanced Geothermal Systems

PNNL Fracturing Fluid: Cost-effective Option for Geothermal Energy (PNNL)

Researchers identified two processes that generate larger rock fractures at lower pressures using StimuFrac™

With funding and technical support from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO), Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) came up with an alternative. Researchers developed an eco-friendly fracturing fluid called StimuFrac™ that leverages lower pressures to fracture highly impermeable rocks in EGSs. StimuFrac addresses this significant EGS challenge by creating potentially safer, cost-effective fractures that penetrate high-temperature reservoirs. The PNNL team recently identified two processes that generate larger rock fractures at lower pressures when StimuFrac is used.

"After six years since the conception of this technology, we now know how it works,” PNNL chemist Carlos A. Fernandez said. "We knew the benefits of StimuFrac but didn't understand the mechanism for fracturing at lower pressures compared to the conventional fluids until now.”

The PNNL team published findings about two processes that confirmed StimuFrac’s potential in the American Chemical Society journal Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering. Researchers conducted a computational and experimental study of StimuFrac, determining that it consistently fractures rock material at lower pressures compared to conventional hydraulic and waterless fluids.

Researchers are now evaluating different injection strategies in foot-scale rock samples to identify injection strategies that show promise for potential field deployment. PNNL is seeking industrial partners to transition this technology to the field within the next two years, Fernandez said.

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Science & Technology: Innovative Drilling Company Provides an Update - Video

HyperSciences - Shell Demo Winter 2019 (HyperSciences)

(Video 2:26 Minutes)

From the HyperSciences website: HyperDrill™ is our oil & gas and geothermal drilling solution. With financial commitment by one of the world’s largest upstream oil & gas companies we have developed a drilling solution that increases rate of penetration by up to 10x that of existing drilling technology. Funded and Sponsored by Shell Game Changers for 2+ years.

Our Geothermal solution leverages the performance benefits of HyperDrill, the ability to reach deep geothermal energy deposits, and our patent-pending thermoelectric power generation technology to provide cost-effective and scalable clean energy in the measure of MegaWatts.

From the Global Geothermal News archives:

Geothermal Energy News from Around the World

Global Geothermal News - Weekly Update (Geothermal Resources Council)

A round-up of this week's international geothermal energy news.......

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to view the whole story and other news on Global Geothermal News.

USA: Webinar Update from Geothermal Technologies Office

GTO Quarterly Webinar - Geothermal Technologies Office

23 January, 11:00 AM PST

The Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO) is pleased to host its first webinar of the new decade!

Hosted by GTO Director Dr. Susan Hamm, we'll provide updates on active research and new initiatives.

In addition to a discussion of GTO's strategic priorities, highlights will include:
  • An overview of the DOE Energy Storage Grand Challenge with guest speaker Alejandro Moreno, Director, Water Power Technologies Office; and
  • A look back at the Play Fairway Analysis (PFA) initiative with guest speaker Greg Rhodes, Geothermal Research Analyst, National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
Click here to register. Registration password: 2020

Geothermal Event! Call For Papers - Special Topic Sessions Announced

GRC Call For Papers - Draft Paper Submissions Due: May 27, 2020 (News Release)

The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) invites you to present your latest technical work in geothermal research, exploration, policy, development and utilization at GRC’s 44th Annual Meeting & Expo.

Continuing with the success of special topic sessions from the last couple of years, listed below are the special topic sessions for the 2020Reno conference:
  • 2018 Kilauea Volcano Eruption and Geothermal Reservoir
  • Advanced Materials for Drilling, Completion and Monitoring
  • District Heating and Direct Use: Feasibility to Implementation
  • EGS Collab : Experimentation, Modeling and Interpretation
  • FORGE Activities, Progress and Plans
  • Geochemistry for Early Geothermal Exploration
  • Geomechanics in Geothermal
  • Geothermal Energy in Canada: Moving Forward
  • Geothermal Heat pumps: Latest Tech & Market Development
  • High Temperature Reservoir Monitoring Systems
  • Machine Learning in Geothermal Development
  • Mineral Extraction
  • Power Plant Improvement Strategies
  • Reservoir Closed Loop and Energy Transfer Systems
  • Super Hot/Supercritical Geothermal Systems
Other general topics sessions are also available for authors to submit draft papers to.

International participation is an important part of the success of the GRC Annual Meeting technical programs and we encourage geothermal researchers and experts from the USA and around the world to submit their work for consideration to be presented at the GRC Reno2020.

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Germany: High Hopes for New Geothermal Energy Project in Baden-Württemberg

Deutsche Erdwärme hält Bedingungen für Geothermie bei Graben-Neudorf für einzigartig - Deutschen Erdwärme considers conditions for geothermal energy at Graben-Neudorf unique (Badische Neueste Nachrichten)

„Die Bedingungen vor Ort sind einmalig für ganz Europa“, sagt Herbert Pohl, Geschäftsführer der Deutschen Erdwärme. Das Karlsruher Unternehmen, das zurzeit vor allem im Südwesten Deutschlands agiert, ist überzeugt von der erfolgreichen Energiegewinnung durch heißes Thermalwasser aus der Tiefe.

(From Google translate) "The local conditions are unique for all of Europe," says Herbert Pohl, Managing Director of Deutsche Erdwärme. The Karlsruhe company, which currently operates primarily in southwestern Germany, is convinced of the successful energy generation from hot thermal water from below.

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Netherlands: Port of Rotterdam Geothermal Heat Project Advances

Research into the geothermal port of Rotterdam is entering the next phase (Port of Rotterdam Authority)

Shell Geothermal BV and the Port of Rotterdam Authority are jointly investigating the options for geothermal energy in the western part of the port of Rotterdam. The two companies have received an exploration permit from the Ministry of Economic Affairs for this.

In recent years, the subsurface has been well mapped out, partly as part of the UDG green deal. Obtaining the exploration permit means that Shell and the Port Authority will have time in the coming years to further develop their plan with the aim of developing geothermal heat projects in the western part of the port. Over the next two years, the emphasis will be on making agreements with potential geothermal energy buyers, working out the costs, determining a possible location for a test drilling and figuring out what the infrastructure can look like. It is also essential that geothermal heat can compete with energy from other sources. For the time being, doing a (test) drilling is not yet an issue.

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USA, California: Microsoft Commits to 100% Renewable Energy by 2025

Microsoft will be carbon negative by 2030 (Blog)

By 2030 Microsoft will be carbon negative, and by 2050 Microsoft will remove from the environment all the carbon the company has emitted either directly or by electrical consumption since it was founded in 1975.

By 2025, we will shift to 100 percent supply of renewable energy, meaning that we will have power purchase agreements for green energy contracted for 100 percent of carbon emitting electricity consumed by all our data centers, buildings, and campuses.

Reducing carbon is where the world needs to go, and we recognize that it’s what our customers and employees are asking us to pursue. This is a bold bet — a moonshot — for Microsoft. And it will need to become a moonshot for the world.

It won’t be easy for Microsoft to become carbon negative by 2030. But we believe it’s the right goal. And with the right commitment, it’s an achievable goal. We will need to continue to learn and adapt, both separately and even more importantly in close collaboration with others around the world. We believe we launch this new initiative today with a well-developed plan and a clear line of sight, but we have problems to solve and technologies that need to be invented. It’s time to get to work.

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Thursday, January 16, 2020

USA, California: Controlled Thermal Resources to Supply Imperial Irrigation District with 40 MW Geothermal Energy

IID & Controlled Thermal Resources lead the charge for renewable energy in the U.S. (News Release)

The PPA consists of a 25-year term to supply IID with 40 megawatts of geothermal energy from the Hell’s Kitchen facility

Controlled Thermal Resources (CTR) and Imperial Irrigation District (IID) are pleased to announce the successful completion of a power purchase agreement (PPA) that indicates a promising new decade for baseload renewable energy in California and the United States.

IID and CTR, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Hell’s Kitchen PowerCo 1, LLC, entered into the PPA on January 7, 2020, regarding the sale of energy from the Hell’s Kitchen geothermal facility.

The agreement consists of a 25-year term to supply IID with 40 megawatts of geothermal energy from the Hell’s Kitchen facility, located at the foot of the Salton Sea in the region’s internationally recognized “Salton Sea Known Geothermal Resource Area.”

The geothermal power facility is expected to be operational in 2023 and will coincide with the development of CTR’s integrated direct lithium extraction and conversion facility (Hell’s Kitchen LithiumCo).

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Science & Technology: New Model to Calculate Hydraulic Fracture Propagation

Predicting hydraulic fracture propagation more accurately (EPFL)

Brice Lecampion is tenure track assistant professor at EPFL. © Alain Herzog/EPFL

Researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne EPFL (École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne) have developed a new model to calculate hydraulic fracture propagation. 

Acclaimed for its accuracy by experts, the model better predicts fracture geometry and the energy cost of hydraulic fracturing – a widely used technique in areas such as CO2 storage, hydrocarbon extraction, dams and volcano hazard monitoring.

Engineers need to be able to calculate how these fractures propagate so they can determine precisely how much liquid to inject, and estimate the geometry – or length – of the resulting fractures. Improved estimation of the propagation is also vital to ensure the safety of the process, and helps engineers estimate its energy cost.

USA: FERC Records 3,850 MW Installed Geothermal Capacity in 2019

Renewables take the lead for new US power capacity in 2019 (Renewables Now)

According to a review by the SUN DAY Campaign of data released by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for the first eleven months of 2019, the mix of renewable energy sources (i.e., biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar, wind) is now in first place in the race for new US generating capacity added in 2019.

FERC's latest monthly "Energy Infrastructure Update" report (with data through November 30, 2019) reveals renewable sources accounted for 8,784 MW of new generating capacity through the end of November. That is 8% more than that of natural gas (7,819 MW), nuclear (155 MW), oil (77 MW), and coal (62 MW) combined. Combined, renewables provided 52% of new generating capacity through the first eleven months of 2019 and seem poised to increase their share once the final December numbers are released.

Renewables have now also surpassed 22% (i.e., 22.03%) of the nation's total available installed generating capacity - further expanding their lead over coal capacity (20.92%). Among renewables, wind can boast the largest installed electrical generating capacity - 8.52% of the US total, followed by hydropower (8.43%), solar (3.43%) [2], biomass (1.33%), and geothermal (0.32%).

Moreover, FERC foresees renewables dramatically expanding their lead over fossil fuels and nuclear power in terms of new capacity additions during the coming three years (i.e., December 2019 - November 2022). Net generating capacity additions (i.e., "proposed additions under construction" minus "proposed retirements") for renewable sources total 49,926 MW including 213 MW for geothermal - another 247 MW of future geothermal capacity is proposed.

USA, Texas: Funding Provided for Fort Bliss Geothermal District Heating Network

Today the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced more than $5 million in funding for 11 federal agency projects to catalyze the adoption of energy and water efficiency and renewable energy technologies at facilities across the Federal Government. 

Projects funded under the 2019 AFFECT Federal Agency Call include a geothermal district heating system:

Fort Bliss, U.S. Army: (El Paso, Texas) Develop a geothermal resource by collecting geothermal site data and leveraging an earlier collaboration with DOE’s Geothermal Technologies Office that would implement a renewable, geothermal district heating system, increasing the resilience posture of the base and reducing reliance on exterior energy sources.

USA, Colorado: Geothermal Powered Brewery in Pagosa Springs

Earth-Powered Brewery Taps Deepest Hot Spring in the World (9 News)


Riff Raff Brewing co-founder Randy Schnose helps run one of only two “earth-powered” breweries in the nation. Riff Raff uses advanced technology to tap into an ancient energy source, and does it all in a 120-year-old building.

“We’ve got such an old building with so much character housing so much technology,” Schnose said.

It’s also providing an example for other businesses. “We have this fantastic resource literally in our backyard,” said Madeline Bergon, who runs marketing and events for Riff Raff. “We as a business and community are showing people alternative resource possibilities.”

The brewery happens to be one of 31 sites that can tap into a downtown geothermal heating district, which uses 144°F water to heat sidewalks, schools and buildings from October to April. The district was originally funded by a federal grant, and is operated by the city of Pagosa Springs.

The geothermal pipes tap into the deepest hot spring in the world. It’s even listed in the Guinness Book of World Records. The geothermal system heats the brewery, kitchen and restaurant, as well as a couple of upstairs vacation rentals. And it melts the snow on the brewery’s back lot.

The system preheats the brewery water, but Schnose points out that the brewery only uses pure river water that is heated through geothermal pipes. No worries that your beer will have the aroma or the heavy minerals of hot springs water.

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Climate Change: Need to Deploy Additional Zero-Carbon Technologies - Bloomberg Report

Clean Energy Investment Trends, 2019 (Bloomberg NEF)

Investment in geothermal was USD
billion in 2019, a decrease of
56% on the year
Solar, Wind, Batteries To Attract $10 Trillion to 2050, But Curbing Emissions Long-Term Will Require Other Technologies Too

Investment in geothermal was USD billion in 2019, a decrease of 56% on the year

  1. Wind and solar make up almost 50% of world electricity in 2050 – “50 by 50” – and help put the power sector on track for 2 degrees to at least 2030. 
  2. A 12TW expansion of generating capacity requires about $13.3 trillion of new investment between now and 2050 – 77% of which goes to renewables. 
  3. Europe decarbonizes furthest, fastest. Coal-heavy China and gas-heavy U.S. play catch-up.
  4. Wind and solar are now cheapest across more than two-thirds of the world. By 2030 they undercut commissioned coal and gas almost everywhere.
  5. Consumer energy decisions such as rooftop solar and behind-the-meter batteries help shape an increasingly decentralized grid the world over.
  6. Batteries, gas peakers and dynamic demand help wind and solar reach more than 80% penetration in some markets.
  7. Coal continues to grow in Asia, but collapses everywhere else and peaks globally in 2026.
  8. Gas-fired power grows just 0.6% per year to 2050, supplying system back-up and flexibility rather than bulk electricity in most markets.
  9. Making heat and transport electric lowers emissions. The challenge is scale.
  10. To keep an electrified energy sector on a 2-degree trajectory, we will need to deploy additional zero-carbon technologies that are dispatchable and economic running at low capacity factors, or technology that can capture and sequester emissions at scale.
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USA, California: Conference for Community Choice Aggregator Offers Opportunity for Geothermal Energy Providers

Community Choice Energy Summit (Infocast)

22-24 January 22-24, Sacramento, California

Community Choice Aggregator (CCA)s will be procuring a quarter of the 3.3 GW load call for California. Major cities in Southern California are forming their own CCAs, including Los Angeles joining with dozens of cities, San Diego and South Coast beach cities, while the City of Long Beach has completed its Feasibility Plan.

Join 13 leading and emerging CCAs to learn about their plans, programs, and initiatives for transforming the California energy market.


Russia: Four Day Geothermal Conference on Kamchatka Peninsula

GEOHeat 2020 (Research Geotechnological Center of Far Eastern Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences)

1-4 September, Research Geotechnological Center of Far Eastern Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Russia

Kamchatka is a very unique region of Russia. It is a part of Pacific Ring of Fire (circum-Pacific orogenic belt) and it is washed by cold Okhotsk Sea, Bering Sea and the Pacific Ocean. Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky is the capital of Kamchatka peninsula. It is a sea-port and one of the most spectacular towns in the whole world. It is a land of Hot Springs and geysers, volcanoes and valleys with lush vegetation.

The goals of the conference are to distribute scientific and industrial information concerning current state of geothermal science, technology and industry; to share knowledge and results in theory, methodology, technology and applications of geothermal science; to bring together scientists, researchers, engineers, students and managers interested in geothermal science; to promote geothermal innovations; provide a forum to exchange ideas on the exploration, development and use of geothermal resources; to encourage international communication and collaboration.

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Iceland: Early Bird Registration for World Geothermal Congress 2020 Expires Today

World Geothermal Congress 2020 - Early bird registration expires today! (WGC 2020)

The early bird registration for WGC 2020 will expire after January 15th. Save by registering now!

Members of the Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) are automatically members of the International Geothermal Association (IGA) and are therefore eligible for the IGA Member discount of ISK 120,000, if you register before January 15th. Non-members can register for ISK 140,000 and students pay just ISK 60,000.

The World Geothermal Congress is a unique platform which attracts a global audience of decision makers in the geothermal world. The event brings together industry leaders, and key stakeholders both from established and emerging geothermal countries as well as government officials and international financial institutions.

WGC will bring together more than 3,000 delegates attending from Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas, sharing their experience and vision for our industry and shaping the direction of geothermal for decades to come. The delegates will have a unique opportunity to see first-hand how Iceland became a global leader in geothermal utilization during short field trips in the evenings or longer excursions to the islands many geothermal areas. Hopefully they will go home to their respective countries ready to take the next step towards implementing sustainable energy solutions based on their own geothermal resources.

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Indonesia: Video Highlights the Potential for Geothermal - In Indonesian Only!

Potensi Panas Bumi Untuk Indonesia Maju Energi - Geothermal Potential for Indonesia to Develop Energy (DW Indonesia)

Featuring Pri Utami, Ph.D., Head of Geothermal Research Centre, Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

(Video 6:34 minutes)

USA, California: Community Choice Aggregator Chooses Geothermal Over Other Renewables

San Luis Obispo “flipped the switch” to Monterey Community Power, a renewable and carbon-free energy provider (Mustang News)

San Luis Obispo and Morro Bay switched to using only renewable and carbon free energy on January 1.

Their new primary energy provider — Monterey Bay Community Power (MBCP) — is a not-for-profit organization that provides only renewable and carbon free energy to their customers, including Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties.

MBCP provides two enrollment options. The first is MB Choice, which San Luis Obispo and Morro Bay residents were automatically enrolled in. For this plan, 66 percent of the energy is generated by hydroelectric sources and 34 percent by renewable energy sources, which includes 12 percent geothermal sources, 11 percent solar sources, 11 percent wind sources and 0.3 percent biomass and biowaste sources, according to the MBCP website.

USA: American Council on Renewable Energy Recommends Climate Policy Approaches to Impact Renewable Energy Growth and Investment

ACORE Examines Policy Options That Most Effectively Put Renewable Energy to Work (News Release)

With growing emphasis on climate policy heading into the 2020 election season, American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) - the GRC is a member - has released a white paper assessing notable climate policy approaches for their impact on renewable energy growth and investment, including a federal high-penetration renewable energy standard or clean energy standard, a technology-neutral tax credit, and carbon pricing regimes.

The new report, Advancing America’s Climate Leadership: Policy Options That Most Effectively Put Renewable Energy to Work, helps lay the groundwork for implementation as ACORE offers policy design recommendations and identifies complementary measures to ready the electric grid for the higher levels of renewable energy penetration necessary to achieve ambitious greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions.

Here are some of the report’s key takeaways:
  • A federal high-penetration renewable energy standard (RES) or clean energy standard (CES). 
  • A technology-neutral tax credit for zero or low-carbon electricity generation.  
  • Carbon pricing.
  • We must modernize our antiquated electrical grid.

Global: Calendar of Geothermal Energy Events

Geothermal Energy Calendar from the Geothermal Resources Council

Webinar: Can coatings help mitigating material challenges in geothermal energy production? (TWI)
22 January, 3.00pm GMT
23 January, 10am to 6pm, National Press Club, Washington, DC
Will Pettitt, Executive Director of the Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) will be representing the geothermal community.

GTO Quarterly Webinar - Geothermal Technologies Office
23 January, 11:00am PST

Geothermal Technology in Canada: Future Pathways Workshop
23-24 January, Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy, Ontario, Canada

Webinar - Climate change solutions: Geothermal energy opportunities in Scotland (Scottish Enterprise)
29 January, 2pm - 4pm (GMT), 6:00am - 7:30 am (PST)

Geoenergy and Society: In Theory and Practice - A Sustainable Earth Institute virtual conference (University of Plymouth)
30 January

Tackling environmental concerns for deploying geothermal energy in Europe (GEOENVI)
4-5 February, Brussels, Belgium

GT'2020 Türkiye Jeotermal Kongresi
5-6 February, Ankara, Turkey

Geothermics for Petroleum Engineers (IGA Academy)
5-6 February, Aberdeen, Scotland, UK

Stanford Geothermal Workshop - 45th Annual
10-12 February, Stanford, California, USA

GEMex Final Conference (GEMex Project)
18-19 February, Potsdam, Germany

European Geothermal PhD Days (EGPD 2020)
24-26 February, Pamukkale University, Denizli, Turkey

Geothermal Production Technology (IGA Academy)
4-5 March, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

GeoTHERM - Expo & Congress
5-6 March, Messe, Offenburg, Germany

Geothermal Project Development, Economics and Risks (IGA Academy)
11-12 March, Basel, Switzerland

3rd IGC Invest Geothermal Finance & Investment Forum
26 March, Frankfurt, Germany

DGG/SEG Joint Geothermal Workshop: Geophysical Exploration from Fossil to Geothermal Reservoirs
27 March, Munich, Germany

Joint GRC-SPE Workshop - High Temperature Well Cementing
“Exploring Geothermal and Oil and Gas Synergies”
30 March - 1 April, San Diego, California, USA

9th ITB International Geothermal Workshop 2020
1-2 April, Bandung, Indonesia.

World Geothermal Congress 2020
27 April - 1 May, Reykjavik, Iceland

EGU General Assembly 2020
Including session: Exploration, utilization and monitoring of conventional and unconventional geothermal resources
3-8 May, Vienna, Austria

Geothermal Regulations, Legislations and Incentives (IGA Academy)
6-7 May, Basel, Switzerland

The 7th International Meeting on Heat Flow and the Geothermal Field
(GFZ German Research Centre for Geoscience)
12-14 May, Potsdam, Germany

Geothermal Volcanology Workshop 2020 (Institute of Volcanology and Seismology)
5-9 September, Petropavlovsk, Kamchatsky, Russia.

1st Inaugural Canadian Geothermal Summit 2020 (UAlberta Geothermal Research Group)
Commercialization and research of Canada's vast geothermal resources
9-10 September, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Geothermics for Petroleum Geoscientists (IGA Academy)
16-17 September, London, UK

44th GRC Annual Meeting & Expo
18-21 October, Reno, Nevada, USA

Eighth Africa Rift Geothermal Conference (ARGeo-C8)
2-8 November, UNEP headquarters, Nairobi, Kenya

COP 26 - Climate Change Conference
9-20 November, Glasgow, Scotland, UK

Geothermal for Heating and Cooling (IGA Academy)
18-19 November, Warsaw, Poland

45th GRC Annual Meeting & Expo
3-6 October, 2021, San Diego, California, USA

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Education: Five Day Course on Prospecting and Producing of Geothermal Energy

Course - Prospecting and Producing of Geothermal Energy (NExT - a Schlumberger Company)

February 10 - 14, 2020, Bali, Indonesia
February 24 - 28, 2020, Bali, Indonesia
March 16 - 20, 2020, La Defense, France
Cost: USD 4,200-4,800

This five-day course focuses on geothermal methods for analyzing conventional and unconventional geothermal systems, and developing geothermal reservoirs. The course is designed for exploration, production, and development geoscientists.

Lectures show how geothermal analysis can reduce the risk associated with geothermal prospects, how to predict quality from inexpensive wellbore measurements, and ow to identify reservoir heat transfer in conductively and advectively dominated reservoirs.  It provides interpretive guidelines for reservoir thermal signatures of various transient and steady-state heat transfer processes and teaches how to distinguish the overprint of steady-state conductive geotherms by various steady-state and transient processes. Participants learn how to derive thermophysical rock properties from geophysical conventional logs, and how field and lab techniques can be combined to estimate geothermal prospects.

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USA, Massachusetts: Geothermal Well-Field to Heat and Cool 19-Story Building from 1,500 Feet Deep Well

Boston's Largest Carbon-Neutral Building Breaks Ground (ArchDaily)

KPMB Architects and Suffolk recently broke ground on Boston University’s new Center for Computing and Data Sciences. The Center aims to be a striking new addition to Boston University’s central campus and its first new major teaching center in a half-century. As the tallest building at Boston University, the 19-story, 350,000-square-foot structure will bring the institution’s mathematics, statistics and computer science departments under one roof.

The Boston University Center for Computing and Data Sciences will be the largest carbon-neutral building constructed in Boston since the city’s Climate Action Plan Update in 2019. In addition to being 100 percent fossil fuel-free, the facility will feature state-of-the-art shading, triple-glazed windows and more sustainable elements. The building will tap into a geothermal well-field, a sustainable natural energy source 1,500 feet below the surface of the earth. The moderate temperatures of the deep geothermal well, coupled with state-of-the art insulation and natural light, will keep the 345,000 square foot building warm in the winter and cool in the summer, all without the use of fossil fuels. Also, the building is designed to be resilient to coastal flooding which is projected in long-term worst-case scenarios.

USA, Nevada: More Electric Vehicles Will Boost Geothermal Energy Development in Silver State - Report

Electrifying Nevada’s 21st Century Transportation System: Actions, Opportunities, Aspirations (Governor’s Office of Energy)

Converting the transportation sector increases load on Nevada’s electric system, accelerating new energy resource development — both solar and geothermal —  to serve the State’s growing needs and also demand beyond its borders.

Nevada’s future is electric, powered by its abundant sunshine and geothermal resources. Since the late 1990s, the State’s energy policy has been to maximize the use of these resources for energy independence and also develop the markets for it. As recently as 2016, Nevada’s Governor Brian Sandoval emphasized the strategic importance of the energy industry, directing a path to “become the nation’s leading producer and consumer of clean and renewable energy.”

The disruption of the transportation sector is no longer speculative. It is happening all around us. With the appropriate strategic leadership and execution, as opposed to waiting and seeing, Nevada is poised to benefit significantly from the convergence of the transportation and energy sectors. An electric, 21st-century transportation system will support Nevada’s goal to be a leading producer of renewable energy, and also the pioneer that is defining and pushing the limits of advanced mobility in the United States. To be that vanguard, it is imperative that Nevada mobilizes a regime to accelerate the electrification of all modes of transportation.

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France: Champs-sur-Marne Geothermal District Heating Project to Provide 82% of Heat Requirements

La géothermie pour 10 000 logements de Champs-sur-Marne et Noisiel - Geothermal energy for 10,000 homes in Champs-sur-Marne and Noisiel (Le journal du Grand Paris)

Inauguré en décembre 2019 à la Cité Descartes (Champs-sur-Marne), un réseau de chaleur opéré par GéoMarne, filiale d’Engie, doit permettre d’alimenter, avec une énergie renouvelable à 82 %, une dizaine de quartiers de Champs-sur-Marne et de Noisiel (Seine-et-Marne), soit environ 10 000 équivalent logements, et de faire fonctionner le futur centre aquatique de Champs-sur-Marne.

(From Google Translate) Inaugurated in December 2019 at the Cité Descartes (Champs-sur-Marne), a heating network operated by GéoMarne, a subsidiary of Engie, should make it possible to supply, with 82% renewable energy, ten neighborhoods in Champs- sur-Marne and Noisiel (Seine-et-Marne), or around 10,000 equivalent accommodation, and to operate the future aquatic center in Champs-sur-Marne.

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From the Global Geothermal News archives:

Uganda: Government Promotes Geothermal Energy Development

New national policy targets geothermal energy usage (The Observer)

Uganda has released a revised draft of the National Energy Policy, which seeks to replace the older one of 2002, by, among other things, embarking on strategies that can promote new forms of energy such as solar and geothermal power.

By promoting the supply of new energies, government says the new policy will also focus on growing domestic demand and tapping into regional markets. The idea of growing demand is partly to influence a drop in power tariffs.

To attract more investments into the sector, the energy policy intends to gradually shift from primarily private sector led growth to public-private partnerships, and increased public financing of sector developments aimed at increasing affordability.

UK firm Bantu RG Energy, through its local subsidiary – Bantu Energy Uganda Limited – is looking to become the first company to put up a geothermal power plant in Uganda connected to the national grid.

The company has written to the Electricity Regulatory Authority over its plans of building a 10 MW geothermal power plant in the Panyigoro area of Nebbi district. The company plans to first undertake feasibility studies before applying for a generation license.

Kenya: Employment Opportunity as Managing Director at Geothermal Development Company

Vacancy - Recruitment of Managing Director (GDC)

Applications must be received by close of business on 7th February 2020.

The Geothermal Development Company (GDC) is a fully - state owned company whose key mandate is to spearhead the development of Geothermal Resources for energy generation in line with the Government of Kenya’s (GoK) goal to become self-sufficient in environment-friendly electric power generation.

GDC is seeking to recruit for the position of Managing Director who will also serve as Chief Executive Officer. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Managing Director will be responsible for implementing GDC’s Strategic Plans and policies as approved by the Board. He/She will also serve as the Leader of the Management Team and their representative on the GDC Board.

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Europe: Geothermal Must be Part of European Green Deal - EGEC

Just Transition Mechanism must prioritise renewable heat to deliver the EU’s zero-carbon target (News Release)

EGEC Geothermal reaction to the launch of the Just Transition Mechanism proposal

EGEC Geothermal welcomes the launch of the Just Transition Mechanism. It is the glue that binds social and political acceptability for delivering a successful European Green Deal. The mechanism provides financial assistance and technical capacity building to aid regions, communities and workers to fit into a zero-carbon EU. To do so, it must prioritise geothermal and other renewable heating solutions as heat constitutes more than half of all the energy consumed in the EU. New generation of geothermal electricity will also help decarbonise the power sector.

Italy: Chinese Company Completes Acquisition of Italian Geothermal ORC Turbine Manufacturer

Exergy Restarts With Tica to Boost Integrated Systems and Advanced Green Power Generation (News Release)

Following successful auction bid, China’s Nanjing TICA Thermal Technology Co. Ltd., has officially formalized the acquisition of Exergy from the Maccaferri Industrial Group.

Exergy, Italian leader in Organic Rankine Cycle systems for clean power generation, and China’s TICA Group, an established leader in high-efficiency HVAC solutions and provider of thermal energy systems, announce that as part of an auction conducted on 25th September 2019 have formalized the acquisition of the operational branch of Exergy from the Maccaferri Industrial Group.

This strategic alliance will create significant synergies between the two groups and offer the global market a vast and competitive range of clean-technologies and green power generation solutions. The acquired branch includes all the assets and personnel of Exergy and its Turkish subsidiary, including its project references, know-how, and IP that have propelled the company to a leading position in its market. The new company will operate under the trade name of Exergy International S.R.L.

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From the Global Geothermal News archives:

The Geothermal Energy Magazine - 48 Pages Now Available Online

GRC Bulletin - November/December 2019 - Download Now!

Monday, January 13, 2020

Science & Technology: Using Machine Learning to Enhance Geothermal Exploration Process

Harnessing heat: Applying machine learning to geothermal exploration (Colorado School of Mines)

Professor Sebnem Duzgun
Professor Sebnem Duzgun's work could help researchers identify the presence of geothermal resources based on surface and subsurface characteristics

What are the benefits of using machine learning to analyze remote-sensing hyperspectral images?

Sebnem Duzgun, professor and Fred Banfield Distinguished Endowed Chair of Mining Engineering: Hyperspectral images contain fine details of information about the materials. However, identifying a specific material — like geothermal indicator minerals — from a hyperspectral image cube is a complex process. Machine learning algorithms will allow us to map the abundance of the specific indicator minerals for geothermal sites with high accuracy. Later, these maps will allow us to correlate surface and subsurface characteristics of geothermal sites.

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The Geothermal Energy Magazine - 48 Pages Now Available Online

Now Available - GRC Bulletin - November/December 2019

Volume 48, No. 6 of the internationally-renowned geothermal energy magazine is now available to download. Produced by the Geothermal Resources Council since 1972, the Bulletin is the voice of the international geothermal energy community.

48 pages of geothermal news and information now available.

In this issue:
  • President’s Message, by Andy Sabin
  • Executive Director's Message, by William Pettitt
  • Communication from the GRC, by Ian Crawford
  • Inside Geothermal: North America, Central & South America, Australasia, Asia, Africa, Europe, Education, Science & Technology, Climate Change, by Ian Crawford
  • The Repowering of The Lightning Dock Geothermal Plant in New Mexico, by Joseph Bonafin and Halley K. Dickey
  • In Memoriam - George Albert Frye & Gerald “Jerry” Niimi
  • Publications, Websites, Videos & Maps, by Ian Crawford
  • Calendar of Events
This issue has been made available for everyone for a few short weeks only. The GRC Bulletin is always available to GRC members. Don't miss out! Become a GRC Member and be informed.

Germany: Daldrup & Söhne AG Sells Taufkirchen and Landau Geothermal Power Plants

Daldrup & Söhne AG sells remaining shares in Geysir Europe including the geothermal power plants to IKAV Group (News Release)

Drilling technology and geothermal energy specialist Daldrup & Söhne AG  today signed a contract with IKAV Invest S.à.r.l., Luxembourg, for the sale of the remaining shares (48.944 %) in Geysir Europe GmbH. The agreement includes the sale of the Taufkirchen and Landau power plants.

On 12 July 2019, IKAV had already acquired 48.9% of the shares in Geysir Europe GmbH and 1.0% of the shares in geox GmbH (see Global Geothermal News of 19 July 2019). The project company Geothermie Neuried GmbH & Co. KG remains within the Daldrup Group for the purpose of further development.

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From the Global Geothermal News archives:

Canada: Workshop on how Oilfield Services Companies can Participate in Geothermal Energy Development

Geothermal Energy – Opportunities for Oilfield Services (PSAC-U)

Wednesday February 5th, 2020, Downtown Calgary

Thumbs Up! The Geysers, California, USA. By Robert Hopkins, Mound House, Nevada. GRC Photo Contest 2009.

There is an enormous geothermal opportunity available here in Western Canada. Join Petroleum Services Association of Canada (PSAC) for this members only event covering:

Iceland: Geothermal-Powered Biodome Planned for Reykjavik Suburb

How a ground-breaking biodome being planned in Iceland could change cities around the world (Arctic Today)

An artist’s rendering of the planned ALDIN Biodome Resort at dusk, shown in the Elliðaárdalur Valley and Park in Reykjavik, Iceland. (WilkinsonEyre)
By combining geothermal and vertical farming technologies in a resort-style biodome, a new Reykjavik project could become a model for 21st century sustainable tourism.

The Aldin Biodome Resort secured planning permission late last year to build the world’s first geo-climate biodome, a new type of heated greenhouse resort that grows its own exotic food, hosting dining facilities, yoga classes and other events, and providing comfort, health and nourishment all-year-round, while being entirely naturally carbon-emissions free in operations.

The whole complex will be heated by tapping into the region’s abundant geothermal energy in the form of excess hot spring water from a direct source on site, which is part of Reykjavik’s supply system.

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Turkey: Opportunity to Explore for Geothermal Resources in Balıkesir

Balıkesir Valiliği Yatırım İzleme Ve Koordinasyon Başkanlığı Jeotermal Kaynak Arama İhalesi - Balıkesir Governorship Investment Monitoring and Coordination Directorate Geothermal Resource Exploration Tender

11.01.2020 tarihli 31005 sayılı Resmi Gazete'de Balıkesir Valiliği Yatırım İzleme ve Koordinasyon Başkanlığı tarafından jeotermal kaynak arama ihalesi duyuruldu.

Duyurulan ilan ile ilgili ayrıntılı bilgi için tıklayınız.

(From Google Translate) In the Official Gazette dated November 1, 2020 and numbered 31005, the tender for exploration of geothermal resources was announced by Balıkesir Governorship Investment Monitoring and Coordination Department.

Click here for detailed information about the announcement.

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USA, California: High-Temperature Well Cementing Workshop - Exploring Geothermal and Oil & Gas Synergies

Joint GRC-SPE Workshop: High-Temperature Well Cementing

“Exploring Geothermal and Oil & Gas Synergies”

March 30 - April 1, 2020,
San Diego, California, USA

Geothermal wells experience high temperatures at very shallow depths and are required to cement casing across the entire length of each casing string set in the well. Our joint workshop will enable both industries to share their experiences, technologies, technical procedures and best practices on this important aspect of well completion.

The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) together with the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) invite you to a special joint High-Temperature Well Cementing workshop.

The draft agenda, hotel reservations, registration and more, can be found on our new website.........

For more information contact Estela Smith at or call 530.758.2360 ext 102.

Russia: Geothermal Volcanology Workshop in Kamchatka

Geothermal Volcanology Workshop 2020 (Institute of Volcanology and Seismology)

 5-9 September, Petropavlovsk, Kamchatsky, Russia.

Kamchatka is an active volcanic, seismic and hydrothermal region. Active volcanism is accompanied by magma injections into host structures, magmatic fracturing, and the formation of hydrothermal systems adjacent to volcanoes.

Geo-scientific and engineering studies of productive geothermal reservoirs are a necessary condition for their effective use for heat and power supply, and for balneological use. Geomechanical analysis of the magmatic fracturing regime with seismic data is extremely important for predicting volcanic, magma-hydrothermal activity, and strong earthquakes forecasts, and for understanding producing geothermal reservoirs and hard-to-recover hydrocarbon formation conditions.

The interdisciplinary focus and unique place of this workshop and field trips are stimulating breakthrough ideas, international scientific-technical cooperation, and multiple applications in Earth Science.

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Turkey: Video of Kızıldere 3 Geothermal Power Plant

Kızıldere 3 Geothermal Power Plant (Zorlu Enerji)

(Video 3:36 minutes)

From the Global Geothermal News archives:

Climate Change: Renewable Energy Investment Needs to Double - IRENA

Double the Share of Renewables in the ‘Decade of Action’ to Achieve Energy Transition Objectives (News Release)

The share of renewables in global power should more than double by 2030 to advance the global energy transformation, achieve sustainable development goals and a pathway to climate safety, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Renewable electricity should supply 57 per cent of global power by the end of the decade, up from 26 per cent today.

A new booklet 10 Years: Progress to Action, published for the 10th annual Assembly of IRENA, charts recent global advances and outlines the measures still needed to scale up renewables. The Agency’s data shows that annual renewable energy investment needs to double from around USD 330 billion today, to close to USD 750 billion to deploy renewable energy at the speed required. Much of the needed investment can be met by redirecting planned fossil fuel investment. Close to USD 10 trillion of non-renewables related energy investments are planned to 2030, risking stranded assets and increasing the likelihood of exceeding the world’s 1.5 degree carbon budget this decade.

USA, California: Ormat Signs 14 MW Geothermal Power PPAs With Community Choice Aggregators

Ormat Signs 10-Year PPAs With Silicon Valley Clean Energy and Monterey Bay Community Power for Its CD4 Geothermal Power Plant in California (News Release)

Ormat Technologies, Inc. today announced the signing of two similar Power Purchase Agreements (PPA) with Silicon Valley Clean Energy (SVCE) and Monterey Bay Community Power (MBCP). Under the PPAs, SVCE and MBCP will each purchase 7 MW (for a total of 14 MW) of power generated by the expected 30 MW Casa Diablo-IV (CD4) geothermal project located in Mammoth Lakes, California. The PPAs are for a term of 10 years and have a fixed MWh price, which includes energy, capacity, environmental attributes, and all other ancillary benefits. The remaining 16 MW of generating capacity will be sold under an additional PPA with Southern California Public Power Authority, which was signed in early 2019.

The CD4 power plant is expected to be on-line by the end of 2021, will be the first geothermal power plant built within the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) balancing authority in the last 30 years and will be the first in Ormat’s portfolio that will sell its output to a Community Choice Aggregator.

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