Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Canada:

Webinar: Geothermal Power - British Columbia's Enormous Potential (British Columbia Sustainable Energy Association)

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM PDT


Our Earth stores an enormous source of renewable energy right beneath our feet: geothermal power.

Geothermal energy is delivering clean, base-load and low cost electricity in 25 countries as well as commercial heating in 70 countries.

  • Geothermal is price competitive with other renewables
  • Geothermal is the only renewable base-load option with higher capacity factors than other sources
  • Geothermal provides a source of useful byproduct heat
  • Geothermal is especially attractive for northern and remote communities
  • Geothermal is found right across Canada, especially in the West and North
  • Geothermal runs indefinitely with proper heat resource management 

In Canada, the geothermal industry has yet to gain traction despite having world class resources. It has great promise... but what will it take to turn the promise into reality?

Guest presenter Alison Thompson has dedicated a substantial part of her career to investigating and demonstrating the technical and commercial viability of high enthalpy geothermal energy. Since 2007, she has been the Managing Director and Executive Director of the Canadian Geothermal Energy Association (CanGEA).

USA:

Senate Finance Leaders Voice Support for Extending Energy Incentives (Washington Examiner)

Ron Wyden, D-Oregon
The top Democrat and Republican on the U.S. Senate Finance Committee voiced confidence Wednesday that an array of expiring and already lapsed energy tax credits would be extended this year.

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, praised his Republican counterpart, Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, for supporting at least a one-year extension for the incentives, which are given to wind, biomass, geothermal and other energy sources. Both hope for an eventual overhaul of the entire federal tax code that would potentially eliminate the dozens of specific energy provisions currently on the books.

Senator Ron Wyden will be presenting at the Opening Session of the GRC Annual Meeting on Monday, September 28 at the Oregon Convention Center, Portland, Oregon.

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Croatia:

Croatian President Visits Site of Future Geothermal Power Plant (dalje.com)

Croatian President Ivo Josipovic visited the site of a future geothermal power plant and a spa at Draskovec in the northern County of Medjimurje on Wednesday.

Its construction will be financially supported by the European Commission with a grant of 14.7 million euros. It is one of the 19 projects for which the Commission has earmarked a billion euros as part of its program aimed at combating climate change.

The power plant is expected to produce 7 MW of electricity initially and 17 MW later on. Production of 40 megawatts of heating energy is also planned and a surplus of heating energy would be used for the future medical and tourist complex "Hortos Croatia" (Garden of Croatia).

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Kenya:

Menengai Geothermal Half-Marathon (GDC)

This year, the Menengai Geothermal Half-Marathon, organized by the Geothermal Development Company (GDC), will take place on Sunday, 21st September 2014 in Nakuru County. Registration process is already ongoing. The race will be an ample opportunity to support the “Run for Health” initiative in Nakuru County and its environs.

The GDC Area Manager Mr. Benjamin Kubo, speaking on behalf of the MD and CEO Dr. Silas Simiyu thanked the sponsors for supporting this year’s marathon and encouraged Kenyans to run to better their health.

“We run because everybody should be healthy since running is the doorway to excellent health. We must run until there are no more diseases or loss of lives because of inadequate health services,” he added.

Click to download the 2014 marathon brochure

Mexico:

“The Energy Reform is Also a Green Reform” (United World)

The Energy Reform puts Mexico on a path towards energy sustainability, thanks to a focus on developing renewable sources and environmental protection


When the Mexican Congress approved the Energy Reform, one of its main goals was to promote a sustainable, environmentally friendly and productive sector.

This Reform created the National Agency for Industrial Security and Environmental Protection of the Hydrocarbons Sector, which will regulate safety and oversee environmental protection, using global standards and best international practices. In addition to this new agency, the government will take environmental protection a step further by promoting the production and use of clean energy sources.

“The Energy Reform is also a green reform because it promotes the use of cleaner fuels such as gas, which pollutes 70% less than oil. It will also allow the production of energy based on renewable sources like solar, wind power, and geothermal energy,” said President Enrique Peña Nieto at the enactment ceremony of the secondary laws of the Energy Reform on August 11th.

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USA, Oregon:

Oregon's Geothermal Power in 2014


The global geothermal industry will be meeting in Oregon is less than 2 weeks. To be part of the largest geothermal event of the year, please register here.

The GRC Annual Meeting, co-held with the GEA Geothermal Energy Expo, is the premier gathering to learn about the latest developments in geothermal energy. The event will run Sept. 28 to Oct. 1 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, and host technical, policy and market conference sessions, educational seminars, tours of local geothermal and renewable energy projects and numerous networking opportunities.

 Ten Important Facts to Know about Oregon's Geothermal Power in 2014

  1. There is about 33 MW of geothermal power on-line in Oregon producing 165 GWh in 2013. 
  2. The latest industry survey identified 19 projects under development in Oregon with estimated subsurface resources of 340 MW that developers expect could provide 60 MW of additional power within the next few years if appropriate contracts are secured. 
  3. The U.S. Geological Survey estimates that there are an additional 500 MW of discovered geothermal power resources in Oregon and 1,800 MW of undiscovered resources.
  4. Geothermal power provides affordable power according to studies produced in 2014 by the Energy Information Agency, Bloomberg New Energy Finance, California Public Utilities Commission and others.
  5. Geothermal power provides significant numbers of permanent jobs. For every 100 MW of geothermal power there are 170 permanent jobs supported and development of 100 MW of new projects produces over 600 annual construction and manufacturing jobs.
  6. According to studies geothermal has the lowest life-cycle emission of any renewable technology besides hydropower.
  7. Geothermal power projects have the lowest land density compared to any other renewable power technology.
  8. Geothermal power plants can be engineered to be firm and flexible power sources in addition to being source of a renewable baseload power. 
  9. Geothermal fields can operate for 30 years or longer, the largest geothermal field in North America, The Geysers in California celebrated its 50th birthday this year. Geothermal fields in Italy have been generating electricity since 1912. 
  10. Every additional megawatt of geothermal power can enable the installation of 3 to 5 megawatt of additional intermittent power like solar and wind power.

Global:

Geothermal Power Generation Market is Expected to Reach USD 130 Billion in 2018 (mynewsdesk.com)

Transparency Market Research, in its latest research report states the global geothermal power generation market will grow significantly, as it was valued at US$2.5 billion in 2013, and is expected to reach a figure of US$8.9 billion by 2019.

The report, “Geothermal Power Generation Market for Dry Steam, Flash Steam, Binary Cycle Technology - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast 2013 – 2019” states, that market for geothermal power generation will grow at a CAGR of 23.58%.

Geothermal power generation market is leading the energy sector in the present economy. The market positioning of geothermal power generation is impeccable as it is the only form of renewable electricity production process which can achieve high capacity utilization and supply base load. Owning to these factors the geothermal power generation market can thus compete with convention and non-conventional sources of energy.

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France:

France Bets on Geothermal Energy (New York Times)

France is making a new push to develop geothermal energy. The goal is to reduce the carbon emissions that contribute to global warming while ensuring the nation’s energy independence. Hydraulic fracturing for oil and natural gas was banned in France in 2011, and the government of President François Hollande has pledged to reduce the country’s dependence on nuclear power from 75 percent of electricity produced to 50 percent by 2025. It thus makes sense to develop geothermal energy.

Metropolitan Paris already has the world’s second-largest concentration of geothermal wells after Iceland, heating 170,000 homes, but geothermal development has lagged after an initial push in the 1980s. The minister of ecology, sustainable development and energy, Ségolène Royal, intends to change that. A bill aimed at unleashing private investment in renewable energy is expected to be submitted to the National Assembly next month.

GEODEEP, the new French Geothermal Cluster for heat and power, will be at booth #'s 551,655,653 at the GEA Expo, the trade show being held in conjunction with the GRC Annual Meeting, September 28- October 1 at the Oregon Convention Center, Portland, Oregon, USA.

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USA, California:

Renewable Energy in California Deserts: New Plan to Guide Smart and Sustainable Development (Union of Concerned Scientists)

DRECP project boundary.
(Courtesy California Energy Commission)
A draft of the long-awaited Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP) will be released any day now.

The DRECP is intended to provide a landscape-level assessment of the most appropriate and inappropriate places to build large-scale renewable energy projects in the California portions of the Mojave and Colorado deserts - including Known Geothermal Resource Areas around the Salton Sea - to minimize impacts on wildlife habitats and desert ecosystems.

By identifying the most suitable locations for renewable energy projects, the DRECP will bring more efficiency and certainty to the project permitting process and help us meet our clean energy goals.

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USA:

Scientific Drilling Introduces a New Drilling Motor (News Release)

Scientific Drilling International (SDI) to showcase the TiTAN22, a new performance drilling motor at GRC Annual Meeting & GEA Expo




The TiTAN22 is engineered to support the most demanding drilling environments and deliver reliability and durability across a wide range of applications. The innovative design features SDI’s Ti-Flex™ titanium flex shaft, and supports the highest torque power sections and most robust bearing assemblies in the industry - providing optimal drilling performance in all sections of the well.

The TiTAN22 delivers confidence and reliability through, enhanced weight-on-bit capacity for increased rate of penetration, a rugged driveline for the ultra-high torque applications, full rotational capacity in any section of the well, a short bit-to-bend for directional versatility, and a robust design system-matched for optimal PDC bit performance.

The TiTAN22 is ideal for drilling extended reach laterals, laminated formations, and factory drilling in shale reservoirs.

To learn more about this unique performance motor solution visit www.scientificdrilling.com/TiTAN22 or go to the the Scientific Drilling International booth #751 at the GEA Expo, the trade show being held in conjunction with the GRC Annual Meeting, September 29- October 1 at the Oregon Convention Center, Portland, Oregon, USA.

USA:

Green is Our Favorite Color: Students Fill in the Lines with Energy-themed Coloring Book (DOE/EERE)

Now that school is back in full swing, the U.S. Department of Energy has plenty of engaging activities to help students learn about renewable energy and efficiency.

Our Get Current coloring and activity books are a dynamic, fun set of publications to get children engaged with energy. The coloring book introduces renewable energy sources while the activity book features more challenging games and puzzles designed to teach kids about clean energy.

Perfect for pre-K and kindergarten students, the coloring book takes the student through solar, wind, water, hydropower, bioenergy and geothermal before demonstrating ways to improve energy efficiency—like plug in electric vehicles.

The activity book includes crosswords, word games, math puzzles and more challenging fun ways to help students, learn, understand, and internalize the principles of energy literacy, energy efficiency, and renewable energy.

GRC Annual Meeting:

Geothermal Awards To Be Presented at GRC Annual Meeting

Best and brightest of the global geothermal community will be honored at the 38th GRC Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon


The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) has announced that the GRC Awards, honoring the best and brightest of the global geothermal energy community, will be presented at the GRC Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon in two weeks time.

The GRC will present its prestigious Aidlin, Pioneer, Henry J Ramey Jr., Ben Holt, and Special Achievement awards at its Annual Membership Meeting & Awards Luncheon, the climax to the GRC Annual Meeting, at the Oregon Convention Center on Wednesday, October 1.

"The recipients of these awards have a lifetime of achievement in the geothermal academic, scientific and commercial communities", said GRC Executive Director Steve Ponder. "The GRC Awards recognizes the contributions of these individuals to educational institutions and geothermal developments around the world".

The award winners are:
  • Joseph W. Aidlin Award - Marilyn Nemzer
For her long-term commitment to the Geothermal Resources Council and extraordinary devotion to the promotion of geothermal energy through education.
  • Geothermal Pioneer Award - Joseph LaFleur
For lifetime achievement in the exploration and development of geothermal resources worldwide.
  • Henry J. Ramey Jr. Award - Anthony (Tony) J. Menzies
For innovation in geothermal reservoir engineering and leadership and dedication in supporting the geothermal industry worldwide.
  • Ben Holt Award - John R. Brugman
For lifetime achievement and innovation in geothermal power plant and process design.
  • Geothermal Special Achievement Award - Colin Goranson
For outstanding geological interpretation, well testing, and reservoir and drilling engineering contributions to the characterization and development of geothermal prospects.
  • Geothermal Special Achievement Award - Jill Robinson Haizlip
For her contribution to geochemistry, her efforts to expand the use of geothermal worldwide, and for mentoring young geoscientists.
  • Geothermal Special Achievement Award - Ann Robertson-Tait
For her great contribution to the study of geothermal systems around the world and for her leadership in the geothermal community.
Sign up for the GRC Awards Luncheon and cheer on your colleague and friends by choosing the option when you register for the GRC Annual Meeting & GEA Geothermal Energy Expo.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Iceland:

Geothermal Feature Comes to Life (Reykjavík Grapevine)



A geothermal location in southwest Iceland has been going through some sudden and dramatic changes.

Víkufréttir reports that the geothermal area of Gunnuhver has seen quite a transformation recently. The site, which was once a relatively placid patch of gently bubbling clay and wafting sulfuric steam, is now under police lockdown.

All steam has disappeared from the area, save for the source of the geothermal spring itself, which alternately bellows hot steam and clay meters into the air. The pedestrian walkway through Gunnuhver has partially collapsed due to the heat and water damage.

Above, you can see a video of reportage from the scene. While the reporting is done in Icelandic, non-Icelandic-speakers will still get to see the activity currently going on at Gunnuhver.

It has not been proposed at this time that the current activity is in any way connected to the volcanic activity occurring at Holuhraun, hundreds of kilometers away.

New Zealand:

Kiwi Scientist Boosts Geothermal Energy (North Taranaki Midweek)

Rocking on: GNS Science senior geothermal scientist
Chris Bromley with a piece of hydrothermally altered rock showing
veins of silica and epidote (Courtesy Yvette Batten /Fairfax NZ)
Chris Bromley believes New Zealand has the potential to get 90 per cent of its power generated from renewable sources by 2020.

The GNS Science senior geothermal scientist said geothermal energy could be a major contributor to do this earlier than the Government's target of 2025. But it would also need the input of power companies.

Bromley, a geophysicist based at the Wairakei office, talked about the future of geothermal energy generation in New Zealand.

He said geothermal energy contributed about 18 per cent of the country's generated power, but he believed it had so much more potential.

Most of the plants are in the Taupo volcanic area, but about 40 per cent of the nation's geothermal resources are locked away in reserves.

"Maybe in 50 years' time our research will be so advanced that we can confidently develop these resources without having any environmental effects at all."

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Global:

Countdown to the GRC Annual Meeting & GEA Geothermal Energy Expo (Renewable Energy World.com)

Portland, Oregon, USA: September 28 through October 1


With the international geothermal power market booming, with a sustained growth rate of 4% to 5% and almost 700 projects currently under development in 76 countries, the GRC Annual Meeting & GEA Geothermal Energy Expo is expected to be an exciting international gathering of geothermal companies, academics, financiers, policy leaders, students, and other individuals. The international geothermal community is marking their calendars to attend or exhibit at the event, to be held from Sept. 28 to Oct. 1 at the Oregon Convention Center, Portland, Oregon, USA.

This is the premier gathering to learn about the latest developments in geothermal energy. Last year, the GRC Annual Meeting & GEA Expo hosted representatives from more than 37 countries. Participants from six continents were present. In 2014, an even broader attendance is anticipated.

The GRC Annual Meeting will offer technical, policy, and market conference sessions, educational seminars, tours of local geothermal and renewable energy projects, and numerous networking opportunities.

The GEA Expo floor features a unique opportunity for leaders in the business to showcase their projects, equipment, services and state of the art technology to the geothermal community. Exhibit space still remains but is selling quickly.

Monday, September 15, 2014

GRC Annual Meeting & GEA Geothermal Energy Expo:

GRC Annual Meeting & GEA Geothermal Energy Expo - Final Program

Up-to-date Information for the Geothermal Energy Event of the Year





Philippines:

EDC to Inaugurate Nasulo 49MW Geothermal Plant This Month (Negros Chronicle)

The second biggest geothermal plant in Negros Oriental mountains will be inaugurated this month in Nasulo, Valencia. Energy Development Corporation is set to start commercial operation of its Nasulo geothermal power plant with an installed capacity of 49 MW before the end of this month.

First Balfour Inc., also a Lopez-owned outfit, will turn over the new power plant to EDC to commence operation after more than 2 years of construction and testing. It is expected to serve several power contracts sealed between EDC and some power distributors.

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Ethiopia:

70 MW Aluto-Langano Geothermal Plant to Be Operational in April (AllAfrica.com)

(Courtesy CIA.gov)
Ethiopia is striving for the operation of the Aluto-Langano geothermal power plant with installed capacity of 70 MW power in this fiscal year, the Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy said.

Energy Study and Development Follow-up Director, Gosaye Mengistie said over 78 percent of construction of the geothermal plant has so far been finalized.

It is expected that the plant will commence operation in April.

Launched in 2013, the expansion of the Aluto-Langano geothermal power plant will increase the country's generation capacity from geothermal to 70 MW power from the current 7 MW.

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Vietnam:


The geothermal energy in Champa (a name used for an old kingdom located in what is today central and southern Vietnam from approximately the 7th century through 1832) has great potential, up to date; researches have shown that Champa has more than 200 sources of hot water at temperatures of 40-100 degrees centigrade that provides this Muslim Southeast Asian country the necessary basis for developing prospective geothermal energy projects.

However, the geothermal energy industry of Vietnam is still under-developed, and mostly remains at the researching stage.

The US geothermal group Ormat Technologies has applied for a license to build five geothermal energy plants in Le Thuy in Quang Binh province, Mo Duc and Nghia Thang in Quang Ngai province, in addition to Hoi Van in Binh Dinh province, as well as Tu Bong in Khanh Hoa province. The proposed capacity of these plants is between 150-200MW.

Global:

Geothermal Energy is Underrated (Hydrogen Fuel News)

Geothermal energy has been seeing strong growth in recent years, but much of this growth is going uncelebrated. This form of renewable energy is not often considered to be as attractive as solar and wind power. In some cases, even hydrogen fuel cell receive more attention than geothermal power. The inherent energy of the planet holds a great deal of promise, however, especially as fossil-fuels become less favorable.

Last year, global geothermal energy capacity reached 12,000 megawatts, growing 3% from what it had been in 2012. This represented the greatest growth that the geothermal sector had seen since 2007. The relatively slow growth of geothermal power has little to do with its potential. Notably, the upper six miles of the earth’s crust have 50,000 times more energy potential than the entire world’s oil reserves. This energy is not easily obtainable, however, when compared to solar and wind power. The effort required to tap into geothermal power, as well as the cost of such an endeavor, is one of the less attractive aspects of this form of clean energy.

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Mexico:

Helping Mexico Go Green (Lab Manager)

Research includes how CO2 promises to harvest geothermal energy more efficiently than water, the conventional geothermal heat extraction medium.


A graphic generated by numerical simulation shows pressure distribution inside a deep saline aquifer geothermal reservoir in Mexico that has been injected for 20 years with CO2. (Courtesy Lehigh University)
Lehigh University’s Energy Research Center in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA, is leading an effort to recycle the carbon dioxide produced by fossil fuel power plants while simultaneously helping Mexico increase its use of renewable energy sources and reduce national CO2 emissions.

The ERC has signed a contract with the University of Michoacan San Nicolas de Hidalgo to study and test methods of using CO2 to enhance the extraction of geothermal energy from underground aquifers and rock formations. The three-year project is receiving $1.67 million in total funding from Mexico’s National Council for Science and Technology (CONACYT).

Because CO2 is a greenhouse gas, scientists are trying to develop ways of sequestering it, or storing it permanently, in underground mines and rock formations and at the bottom of the ocean. Combining sequestration and the reuse of CO2 would be a less expensive way of preventing it from entering the atmosphere after it is emitted from coal- or oil-fired power plants.

In addition, says Romero, the physical properties of CO2 promise to enable it to harvest geothermal energy more efficiently than water, the conventional geothermal heat extraction medium.

USA, California:

At Salton Sea, Geothermal Hopes Persist (The Desert Sun)

With the fate of the Salton Sea hanging in the balance, all eyes are turned toward the lake's southern shore. That's where 11 geothermal power plants churn out electricity 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with the potential for massively expanded energy development.

Local leaders see new geothermal development as critical to funding the restoration of the Salton Sea, which has been receding as agricultural runoff declines. Restoration is likely to cost between $3 billion and $9 billion, and the Imperial Irrigation District has estimated that geothermal development could generate $2 billion in royalty payments over the next 30 years.

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Australia:

Hot Rock Director Blasts Australian Government Support of Renewable Energy (News Release)

Dr Mark Elliott, Director of Hot Rock Limited has criticized the state and national governments in Australia for failure to support renewable energy development. In an announcement of a company acquisition that will take Hot Rock Ltd. away from its geothermal roots, Dr. Elliot made his point:

"HRL will continue maintaining its interests in its geothermal exploration permits, GEP6 and GEP8, in the Otway Basin in Victoria, currently on a care and maintenance basis while the company continues to investigate the best way to try and develop the projects. However, the Commonwealth government has removed the Carbon Tax and is investigating reducing or removing the Renewable Energy Target (RET) in Australia which is about renewable energy reaching approximately 20% of electricity generation by 2020."

"The lack of action by the Commonwealth and State governments to support renewable energy prices in Australia (except PV Solar feed-in tariffs) will continue to reduce investor interest in funding these environmentally attractive renewable energy projects. In light of these events it became necessary for HRL to take action to survive, necessitating the need to consider acquisitions which are not subject to the same commercial risk as ongoing investment in geothermal
projects."

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Global:

The Latest News from the Leading Geothermal Energy Magazine (GRC)

A free article from the GRC Bulletin - Volume 43, No. 5 - September/October 2014


The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) has made available the latest GRC Bulletin, the definitive voice of the global geothermal energy industry, published continuously since 1972. 

The Bulletin is free with GRC Membership or subscribe (PDF) to six issues a year for $90 in the USA or $140 worldwide.

The GRC has generously published 4 pages from the latest issue for free. However, the full issue is 44 pages!

In this issue, the article "Finding the Hot Stuff in Oregon" by Al Waibel, Columbia Geoscience and GRC Annual Meeting Technical Program Chairman, tells the story of the Geothermal Discovery Well Drilled by Davenport Resources on the Flank of Newberry Volcano in Oregon.

A GRC Fieldtrip will visit the project site as part of the GRC Annual Meeting & GEA Expo, September 28 - October 1.


Join the GRC or subscribe to get the complete issue.

Friday, September 12, 2014

GRC Annual Meeting & GEA Geothermal Energy Expo:

Register Now for the Geothermal Energy Event of the Year!


The GRC Annual Meeting & GEA Geothermal Energy Expo will bring together geothermal companies, academics, financiers, policy leaders, students, and other individuals to attend or exhibit at the event, to be held from September 28 to October 1 at the Oregon Convention Center, Portland, Oregon, USA.

The non-member registration includes GRC membership through 2015. Students with a current identification card from an accredited institution pay just $5 which also includes GRC membership through 2015. Registration to the GRC Annual Meeting also includes entry to the GEA Energy Expo.

Technology:

Geothermal Energy Facilities Could be a Source of Lithium (Hydrogen Fuel News)

The brine in the wastewater from geothermal plants could be used for creating the alkali metal.


(Courtesy Simbol Materials)
Mining lithium from geothermal energy plants is a clever idea that comes from Simbol Materials, a southern Californian based company that takes the brine that ends up as part of the wastewater from the geothermal process and extracts it to create lithium, which is an alkali metal used for making batteries.

The new process has some advantages over current lithium mining methods.

The vast majority of global lithium production occurs in Chile and Argentina. Brine is removed from underground and is gradually concentrated in the sun’s heat. This is a very slow process and the cost of constructing the pipes that are needed underground to extract brine and manage leftover waste are very high. However, Simbol does not need to concern itself with these setbacks because it can utilize the existing infrastructure that has been set up for geothermal power plants.

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Technology:

Champion Sailing Boat is Made from Geothermal Product (Reinforced Plastics)

The boat that won the America's Cup sailing competition in San Francisco Bay last year was made from carbon fiber produced as a by-product of geothermal energy generation.


America's Cup winner Oracle Team USA has received a ReXC award from applied research organisation SCRA in recognition of its reuse of recycled carbon fiber composite materials.

The carbon fiber was recovered using a closed loop process in a geothermal plant and then shipped to Team Oracle USA’s supplier, Core Composites, for repurposing.

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Philippines:

Aboitiz Group Expresses Interest in Mt. Apo Geothermal Plant (InterAksyon)

The Aboitiz Group has expressed interest in acquiring government-owned power supply contracts in Mindanao.

Erramon I. Aboitiz, Aboitiz Equity Ventures Inc president, told reporters late Thursday that the company is keen on bidding for power plants and supply contracts.

Among the assets the company wants to pursue is the government's contracted capacity with the 92-MW Mt. Apo geothermal plants in North Cotabato.

The bidding for the contracted supply, which state-run Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corp (Psalm) will conduct, is scheduled on September 24.

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Australia:

Australia Packed With Underground Geothermal Energy (Australasian Mining Review)


Several parts of Australia show great potential for developing geothermal energy, according to a newly released map in the Global Atlas for Renewable Energy, provided by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS) is an emerging source of geothermal energy based on a heat source (hot rock) containing only small amounts of natural water in small cracks, as opposed to mainstream geothermal sources with naturally occurring heat, water and extensive fractures.

Layers in the map indicate the average predicted temperature of basement rocks at one kilometer intervals, at depths of 3-10 kilometers (km). Vast areas of Queensland, New South Wales and South Australia boast temperatures exceeding 2400C at 4.5 km depth. Higher temperatures – between 2800C and 3500C – appear obtainable at depths below 7 km.

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Japan:

Geothermal Power: Japan Has World's Third Largest Geothermal Reserves, 60 Percent of Which Can Be Developed (Japan for Sustainability)

Progress of Major Geothermal Power Generation Projects (as of January 10, 2014)
 Source: Japanese Agency for Natural Resources and Energy
The U.S., Indonesia, and Japan stand out among the world's largest holders of geothermal reserves. The installed geothermal capacity in Japan remains less than half that of the other two countries, so the room for development is significantly large. The cost of geothermal power generation is around 10 yen (about 10 cents U.S.) per kilowatt-hour, as low as that of gas-fired power. The relaxation of regulations on Japan's national parks, where geothermal resources are concentrated, has been accelerating.

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Azerbaijan:

New Lab to Study Geothermal Reserves in Caucasus (abc.az)

The Institute of Geology and Geophysics, operating under the Azerbaijan’s National Academy of Sciences (AMEA), has signed a Memorandum of Cooperation with the Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences (EAPS) department of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MTI).

The Memorandum provides for establishment of the joint international geodesy and geodynamics laboratory. The project aims to continue studies of dangerous geological processes in Great Caucasus and other active tectonic areas.

According to AMEA, Akif Alizadeh, AMEA President,“The establishment of the laboratory will enable us to explore geothermal and hydrocarbon reserves, study hazard risks in oil and gas regions, landslide processes, dynamics of mud volcanoes and atmospheric phenomena using the advanced technologies”.

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Australia:

Australia Sets Out Mining Tax Repeal Schedule 

Geothermal exploration and prospecting expenditure no longer immediately deductible


(Courtesy CIA.gov)
The Australian Government has confirmed that the mining tax will be abolished from October 1, 2014. The Coalition's repeal package received Royal Assent on September 5, 2014. It has now been announced that taxpayers' final Minerals Resource Rent Tax (MRRT) year of assessment will end on September 30.

Geothermal energy exploration and prospecting expenditure will no longer be immediately deductible. If a geothermal exploration right is exchanged for a geothermal extraction right relating to the same or a similar area then a capital gains tax (CGT) rollover will apply to defer the liability until the sale of the extraction right. These amendments apply retrospectively, from July 1, 2014.

The Government said the complete mining tax repeal package will save the nation AUD50bn over the next decade.

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USA, California:

Geothermal to Help California Halve CO2 Emissions by 2030 (CEERT)

Report calls for additional 1,500 MW of geothermal energy by 2030


The California 2030 Low Carbon Grid Study (LCGS), funded by the Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies (CEERT) explores how the California electric sector can cost-effectively support deep reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. According to Phase I modeling results, the California electric grid can reduce emissions by more than 50% below 2012 levels by the year 2030 with minimal rate impact, minimal curtailment to renewables, and without compromising reliability. These findings are significant because they illustrate an affordable, reliable, and practical trajectory toward meeting California’s ambitious 2050 GHG emissions goals.

The LCGS modeling work and analysis is funded by 30 companies, foundations, and trade associations including the Geothermal Resources Council. The GRC is also a member of the Steering Committee. 

About the LCGS
  • LCGS Info Sheet: High-level handout about the inception of the project, its participants, tools, methodology and outcomes.
Phase I Results Summary

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands:

Possible Geothermal Source Found On Saipan (Marianas Variety)

The Commonwealth Utilities Corp., which has been updating members of the Legislature on the progress of its geothermal explorations disclosed yesterday that the drilling in Gualo Rai had shown some positive results.

CUC Board Chairman David J. Sablan told Variety and some House members that federally funded digging intended to find additional water wells, turned into a geothermal resource assessment when the contractor discovered increasing water temperatures.

When the digging reached about 400 feet, the research team noticed increasing water temperatures.

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GRC Annual Meeting & GEA Geothermal Energy Expo:

Workshops and Field Trips for Geothermal Resources Council Annual Meeting

Popular Events Before and After the GRC Annual Meeting & GEA Expo in Portland, Oregon.



The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) has announced more details of events at the world’s largest annual geothermal conference at the Oregon Convention Center, Portland, Oregon, USA.

In addition to the main event of the GRC Annual Meeting & GEA Geothermal Energy Expo taking place September 28-October 1, 2014, there will be two workshops and three field trips before the conference and one field trip just after.

GRC Workshops:
GRC Field Trips:
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USA, New York:

Seminar: A Fresh Look at the Feasibility of Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS)

Wednesday, September 24, 2014
from 3:30pm to 4:30pm

2146 Snee Hall, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Cornell University 

Cornell University Department of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences (EAS) Fall 2014 Seminar by Dr. Tom Doe from Golder Associates.

Refreshments will be served at 3:00pm in the Snee Hall Atrium.

Hungary:

PannErgy Inaugurates 30 MW Geothermal Power Plant (Budapest Business Journal)

The second phase of the Geothermal District Heating Project of Miskolc has opened


PannErgy Plc's subsidiary, KUALA Ltd has completed the second phase of the Geothermal Project of Miskolc in the north-east of Hungary.

The mayor of Miskolc City, Dr. Ákos Kriza joined the managing director of Miskolc Heat Distribution Ltd, László Nyíri and PannErgy Plc's chief executive officer, Péter Tóth on 9 September to open the district heating center in Tatár Street, a constituent of the second phase of the Geothermal Project of Miskolc. With the implementation of the Project, trial operation can be commenced, and as a result heat will be supplied by the Company to the district heating areas of Miskolc City Center and the University District.

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GRC Annual Meeting & GEA Geothermal Energy Expo:

Power Africa Pavilion at GEA Expo To Feature Key People from 6 Countries (GEA)

The East African geothermal boom continues, and government and industry officials are interested in working with US companies. To help make these connections, the trade show of the GRC Annual Meeting, the  GEA Geothermal Energy Expo will feature an expanded Power Africa Geothermal Pavilion (Booth #1150-1168) with representatives present from the leading countries in the region: Djibouti, Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Rwanda and Uganda. In addition, key personnel working with the East African Geothermal Partnership - a collaborative partnership between US AID and GEA -- will be on hand to help your company engage in this exciting growth area.

Senior executives from the following East African institutions will be available to discuss business opportunities open to the private sector in the Pavilion and in one-on-one meetings:
  • Ministry of Finance - Kenya 
  • KenGen - Kenya 
  • Geothermal Development Company (GDC) - Kenya 
  • Accurate Power Systems - Kenya 
  • Transcentury - Kenya 
  • Development Office of Geothermal Energy (ODEGG) - Djibouti 
  • National Investment Promotion Agency- Djibouti 
  • National Center for Research and Studies (CERD) - Djibouti 
  • Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources - Djibouti 
  • Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP) - Ethiopia 
  • Ministry of Finance and Economic Development - Ethiopia 
  • Energy Development Corporation Limited - Rwanda 
  • Ministry of Infrastructure - Rwanda 
  • Ministry of Finance - Tanzania 
  • Infratech Limited - Tanzania 
  • Department of Geological Survey and Mines - Uganda 
  • Pawakom - Uganda 
  • African Union Commission 
  • African Development Bank 
Interested in new business in the East African geothermal market? Come to the GEA Geothermal Energy Expo, being held in conjunction with the GRC Annual Meeting, September 28-Oct 1, at the Convention Center in Portland, Oregon.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Climate Change:

Rising Carbon Doxide Emissions Push Greenhouse Gases to Record High (BBC News)

CO2 concentrations in Earth’s atmosphere increasing at their fastest rate for 30 years, meteorologists warn


Surging carbon dioxide levels have pushed greenhouse gases to record highs in the atmosphere, the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) has said.

Concentrations of carbon dioxide, the major cause of global warming, increased at their fastest rate for 30 years in 2013, despite warnings from the world’s scientists of the need to cut emissions to halt temperature rises.

Experts warned that the world was “running out of time” to reverse rising levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) to tackle climate change.

Geothermal plants emit about 5% of the carbon dioxide emitted by a coal-fired plant of equal size.



  • Coal-fired power plants - 2200 lbs CO2/MWh
  • Natural gas power plants - 861 lbs CO2/MWh
  • Geothermal systems ≈197 lbs CO2/MWh

Indonesia:

Indonesian Geothermal Power Set to Draw Worldwide Interest (Nikkei Asian Review )

A recent revision to geothermal law passed in Indonesia is likely to kick-start interest in geothermal power generation in the volcano-dotted country. The new legislation, passed on Aug. 26, has eased regulatory restrictions for the development of geothermal resources.

The law removes the ban on the development of geothermal fields located in forest conservation areas and raises the prices at which power generated with geothermal energy is purchased.

The policy shift will create many new business opportunities for trading companies and equipment makers active in the geothermal industry.

Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Jero Wacik is expected to issue an ordinance related to the first revision in the area of geothermal law in 11 years, possibly by the end of the year, to lay down detailed regulations that will govern the development of geothermal power.

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Iceland:

Geothermal Energy in Iceland (decarboni.se)

"Raw Power" by Joseph F. Batir. Picture of the IDDP-1 shortly after being drilled. This is the beautiful raw power of geothermal energy! Krafla, Iceland. Taken June 6 2010. GRC Photo Contest 2014.
Iceland’s position atop the separating European and American tectonic plates has created a unique and savage landscape. The combination of fire and ice created global travel chaos in 2010 when the eruption of Eyjafjallajokull led to thousands of cancelled flights across the world. As the world watches the quivering Bardarbunga volcano amongst fears of a similar event, it is worth remembering that Iceland’s volcanism brings clean energy benefits as well as risks.

Due to the high volume of electricity consumption by the aluminium industry, and the country’s population of just 320,000, Iceland has the world’s highest electricity consumption per capita, using more than four times the electricity per capita per year than an average inhabitant of the United States, and more than forty times that of the average Mexican.

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Kenya:

Kengen Identifies Potential Investors for Planned Olkaria Industrial Park (The Star)

Olkaria geothermal power station in
Naivasha. (Courtesy The Star)
Kenya Electricity Generating Company (Kengen) has said it has identified prospective investors for the industrial park planned for the geothermal rich Olkaria area and negotiations are underway.

The power producer said the proposed park has elicited a lot of interest among local and foreign companies including a paper manufacturing firm keen on building a plant in the park.

“We are in talks with several potential investors including one who is interested in utilizing the available steam resource to set up a paper processing factory,” the managing director Albert Mugo said.

He said there are several investors adding that a strategic one from Hong Kong has approached Kengen with a proposal to establish a cotton processing mill.

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Monday, September 8, 2014

USA, California:

Bus Tour of The Geysers Offered by East Bay Utility (Alameda Municipal Power)


In honor of Public Power Week Alameda Municipal Power (AMP) is sponsoring a private, behind-the-scenes tour of geothermal power plants in The Geysers on Friday, October 10, 2014.

It’s been nearly eight years since AMP last offered this tour and it’s a great way to see first-hand how clean and renewable geyser steam is transformed into electric power. The plant workers will step us through the whole process from how the steam fields are naturally created to how the steam is converted into mechanical energy and, finally, electrical energy and delivered to the power grid.
  • Buses will leave the AMP Service Center at 2000 Grand Street, Alameda, CA at 8 a.m. and we’ll return at approximately 6 p.m.
  • There is no cost for the tour and lunch is included.
  • Please be aware that once we arrive at The Geysers, the tour will be on foot only and we’ll encounter some challenging terrain.
  • For safety reasons, children under 12 are not permitted on the tour.
  • Seats are limited and reservations will be taken on a first-come basis.
For more information, please call 510-814-6419 or email Irwin@alamedamp.com.

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USA, Nevada, Oregon:

Seven Geothermal Parcels for Sale in Nevada and Oregon (BLM)

Wednesday, September 10, BLM Nevada State Office, 1340 Financial Blvd., Reno


The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is holding a competitive geothermal lease sale on Wednesday, September 10 at the BLM Nevada State Office, 1340 Financial Blvd., Reno.

Registration and assignment of bidding numbers begins at 8 a.m. and the sale begins at 9 a.m.

The sale includes 2 parcels in Nevada totaling 3,438 acres. One parcel is located on the Winnemucca District, the second is located in the Carson City District. There will also be five parcels located in the Snoqualmie National Forest in Oregon totaling 12,330 acres.

A complete summary of the parcels to be offered, GIS shapefiles and other documents related to the geothermal lease sale are available online at http://on.doi.gov/1qCHSsY. Documents related to all lease sales are also available at the Information Access Center at the BLM Nevada State Office.

The Oregon Geothermal Competitive Lease Sale is joining Nevada's Geothermal Competitive Lease Sale. All parcels for both states will be available for lease at the competitive lease sale auction being held at the Reno State Office on September 10, 2014.

September 10, 2014 Oregon Sale of Parcels (PDF)

Turkey:

U.S. – Turkey Geothermal Workshop

October 21 - 22, Ankara, Turkey



The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA)  is sponsoring the U.S. – Turkey Geothermal Workshop to connect U.S. and Turkish stakeholders to support the implementation of geothermal projects in Turkey.  Currently planned for October 21-22, 2014 in Ankara, Turkey, the workshop, which will be attended by public and private sector representatives from the U.S. and Turkish geothermal sectors, will feature both plenary and breakout sessions on a variety of topics, as well as  business-to-business meetings and networking opportunities.

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Global:

REthinking Energy: Towards a New Power System (IRENA)

The first edition of REthinking Energy, the flagship series from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), analyses the transformation of the global power sector while reviewing progress in the transition to a sustainable energy future.

An alignment of economic forces, global population growth, the threat of climate change and rapid technological advances has set in motion a transformation of the global energy system. A new system based on renewables would enhance energy access and security, create jobs and safeguard health and the environment, IRENA’s report argues.
  • Renewable energy has moved from the margins to the majority in both investment and new capacity additions.
  • It now represents a major portion of the global power supply – and is growing at unprecedented scale.
  • Financing renewables is becoming cheaper and easier.
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Philippines:

Energy Development Corporation Unit Inks Long-Term Power Supply Deal (4-traders.com - Press Release)

Green Core Geothermal Inc. (GCGI), a subsidiary of geothermal leader Energy Development Corporation (EDC), and the Capiz Electric Cooperative, Inc. (CAPELCO) on the island of Panay, signed an amendment to their Power Supply Agreement (PSA) extending the existing contract until December 2040. GCGI and CAPELCO agreed on a new price pursuant to the re-pricing provisions and market- based price structure in their original ten-year PSA, which was signed in August 2010.

GCGI in the amended contract also agreed to increase supply from 12 MW up to 15 MW of power for one year starting September 2014 to September 2015, and up to 18 MW starting September 2015 until December 2040.

GCGI operates the 112.5-MW Tongonan geothermal plant in Leyte and the 192.5-MW Palinpinon geothermal plants in Negros Oriental.

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Republic of Ireland:

Drilling Down into Geothermal on the Emerald Isle (The Irish Times)

Ireland’s geothermal potential is good but the pace of progress has been slow


We may not be Iceland or Sicily. We have no active volcanoes or regular seismic activity. But that does not mean we cannot exploit the geothermal possibilities that lie beneath us to generate power and heat.

Geothermal relates to taking heat naturally in the ground and using it either for direct thermal heating locally or going through a heat exchange to generate electricity.

“When people think of geothermal they tend to think of high-enthalpy [high thermodynamic potential] sources,” explains Prof Alan Jones from the School of Cosmic Physics Geophysics section at the Dublin Institute of Advanced Studies. “You think of places like Italy, Iceland and Indonesia, where there are a lot of volcanoes.

“But in fact only 5 per cent of the world’s population live anywhere near high-enthalpy sources. So a lot of the thrust of current geothermal energy exploration has been in low- enthalpy sources.”

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USA, California:

Lithium, the Salton Sea and a Startup that’s Trying to Change the Game (Gigaom)

The EnergySource, Hudson Ranch Power I, or John L. Featherstone plant,
is the location of Simbol’s demo plant. Image by Katie Fehrenbacher.
Just south of the Salton Sea — the salty, shrinking 350-square-mile lake that was formed as the result of an engineering accident in the early 1900s — a six-year-old tech startup has been extracting the “white gold” that lies thousands of feet below the surface. That valuable material, lithium, can be used in batteries for electric cars and cell phones, and the project has piqued enough interest that execs from a handful of battery makers, as well as electric car company Tesla, have visited the site.

What the Salton Sea area does still have — no matter what happens to the water — is abundant geothermal power assets underground, as well as lithium deposits. The two actually go hand in hand, and the sea sits directly on the San Andreas fault. A dozen geothermal plants are already built in the region, including the most recent one that went online in 2012: EnergySource’s project, where the Simbol lithium extraction is happening.

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USA, Texas:

Scientific Drilling International Names Phil Longorio as New President (Press Release)

Phil Longorio, President of Scientific Drilling International
Scientific Drilling International announces the appointment of Mr. Phil Longorio as President of the Company and its’ affiliates around the globe. Based at the Corporate Headquarters in Houston, TX, Longorio will oversee all of Scientific Drilling’s disciplines focused on technology and service in the directional drilling, wellbore surveying, and production logging markets worldwide.

Phil is a 35+ year veteran of the oil and gas service industry, and has held various executive management positions with both major and independent oil service companies. Longorio joins Scientific Drilling after a six year tenure as the Senior Vice President for TETRA Technologies, Inc. where he was responsible for their Energy Services and Chemicals divisions.   Prior to joining TETRA, Mr. Longorio served as President and Chief Executive Officer of WellDynamics B.V., a joint venture between Halliburton Energy Services and Shell Technology Ventures providing intelligent well technology.   From December 1999 through February 2004, Phil served as Vice President of Halliburton Energy Services responsible for Sperry Sun Drilling Services, following a variety of executive management roles within the Halliburton enterprise.   Mr. Longorio started his career as a Wireline Logging Engineer for Gearhart Industries, which was acquired by Halliburton in 1988.

Founded in 1969, Scientific Drilling International (SDI) is the largest independent directional drilling and wellbore placement service provider with operations strategically located around the world.  SDI is headquartered in Houston, Texas, with operations and facilities in over 40 locations and six continents around the globe.

Scientific Drilling International entered the geothermal industry more than 30 years ago as a drilling service provider for UNOCAL in Indonesia; SDI has gradually seen their geothermal service portfolio expand from North and South East Asia, to Australasia, Europe, Latin America and throughout the Western United States.

Scientific Drilling International will be exhibiting at the GEA Expo being held in conjunction with the GRC Annual Meeting, September 28 - October 1 at the Oregon Convention Center, Portland, oregon, USA.

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