Thursday, December 13, 2018

Show Your Support for The Geothermal Industry

Support The Geothermal Industry By Joining The Geothermal Resources Council Policy Committee

The Geothermal Resources Council Policy Committee (GRC PC) encompasses the policy-related activities of the former Geothermal Energy Association (GEA), which merged with GRC earlier in 2018 to enable the geothermal industry to speak with one voice.
  • Are you a former GEA member who wants to continue to benefit from up-to-date information and analyses about policies and issues that impact the geothermal industry? 
  • Are you a GRC member who wants to understand and help influence State and Federal geothermal-related policy issues? 
If your answer to either question above is YES, now is the time to take the opportunity to position yourself among the most proactive geothermal companies, developers, scientists and engineers in the industry.

Joining the GRC PC is a cost-effective way for you and your company to stay on top of policies and other issues that are critically important to the geothermal industry.

With conference calls, in-person meetings and the implementation of activities to promote geothermal development, the GRC PC provides a unique opportunity to keep your finger on the pulse of policy issues that affect geothermal development and growth and ensure that your priorities are considered. By joining the GRC PC, you will benefit from work by lobbying firms that are already engaged by several major US geothermal developers, who have generously agreed to share the results and analyses with GRC PC members.

Specific priorities and initiatives for 2019 include:
  • A Policy Priorities Roadmap will be assembled; 
  • An Annual Geothermal Power Production Report will be commissioned; 
  • An Annual Policy Forum will be held in Washington DC in May 2019;
  • Professional Advocate/Lobbyist Networks will be set up at Federal and State levels, and; 
  • A Roster of PC Members and Advocates will be distributed. 
Are you ready to help promote geothermal energy while saving time and money by supporting the GRC Policy Committee? Here are the three options for GRC members to participate in this important geothermal industry group:

Not already a GRC Member? Join the Geothermal Resources Council today online at:

Make A Difference – Join The GRC PC Today!

USA: Opportunity for Geothermal Energy to Help in Desalination Research

Department of Energy Announces $100 Million Energy-Water Desalination Hub to Provide Secure and Affordable Water (News Release)

Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $100 million to establish an Energy-Water Desalination Hub to address water security issues in the United States.

The Hub will focus on early-stage research and development (R&D) for energy-efficient and cost-competitive desalination technologies including manufacturing challenges, and for treating non-traditional water sources for multiple end-use applications.

View the funding application and submission requirements for the Energy-Water Desalination Hub here. Concept papers are due on February 7, 2019.

Read more on ways to advance energy-water desalination in DOE's Clean Water Processing Technologies Workshop Series Summary Report.

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Canada: Geothermal Presentations from Yukon Conference

Presentations from the Yukon Geoscience Forum 2018

The Annual Yukon Geoscience Forum is the largest geoscience and minerals industry conference north of 60! There were some geothermal energy presentations:

Thanks to Geothermal Canada.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Preview of the Next Geothermal Energy Magazine from the GRC

Coming Soon - GRC Bulletin - Vol. 47, No. 6, November/December 2018

The November/December issue of the GRC Bulletin will be published next week. Produced by the Geothermal Resources Council since 1972, the Bulletin is the voice of the international geothermal energy community.

In the next issue:
  • President’s Message, by Maria Richards
  • Executive Director's Message, by William Pettitt
  • Inside Geothermal: 20 pages of geothermal energy news from around the world
  • A Review of the 42nd GRC Annual Meeting & Expo; 
  • Gabbs Valley Fieldtrip, 
  • by Susan Hodgson; 
  • Best Student Poster by Yu Shi, et al.
  • Corporate Focus - Capuano Engineering Company
  • Geothermal History in the Making - Gators in the Sage (2001)
  • In Memoriam - Robert E. Tucker 
The GRC Bulletin is only available online to GRC members. To make sure of your copy join the GRC today!

Support Your Geothermal Energy Association - Support the Geothermal Energy Community

'Tis The Season For Giving

The Geothermal resources Council (GRC) has created a new Donate Page on the website.

The GRC is a non-profit professional association that relies on support from generous people like you. By donating to the GRC, you are helping support our geothermal community through education, outreach, and dissemination of research across local, national and global society.

Any amount is welcome and any support is appreciated. There are six different funds that you can donate to. All donations are tax deductible.

On behalf of our community, we would like to thank you for helping advance the geothermal industry!

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Kenya: KenGen Seeks Consultant in Researching Mineral Extraction from Geothermal Brine

KenGen Seeks a Consultant to Determine Suitability of Minerals in its Geothermal Brine (Kenyan Wall Street)

Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) has issued an expression of interest for research services for mineral extraction from Geothermal Brine.

Through a tender notice, KenGen invited eligible firms and entities to provide application research on mineral extractions from the hot brine— the waste stream that the firm pumps out of the ground. Deadline for submissions is 22nd January.

All the geothermal plants owned by KenGen are single flash condensing type – the flashing process yields brine that contains mineral elements that could yield more value to the electricity company.

Europe: 100% Renewable Energy - Including Geothermal - Leads to Zero Emissions Before 2050 - Report

New Study: 100% Renewable Energy across Europe is More Cost Effective than the Current Energy System and Leads to Zero Emissions Before 2050 (Energy Watch Group)

New scientific study models full energy transition across power, heat, and transport sectors

As climate discussions are underway among global leaders at COP24, the annual United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) conference, a new report released Tuesday showcases the feasibility of a European energy transition to 100% renewable sources. The new scientific study shows that the transition to 100% renewable energy will be economically competitive with today’s conventional fossil fuel and nuclear energy system, and lead greenhouse gas emissions to zero before 2050. The study’s financial case for an energy transition becomes even stronger when taking into account significant projected job growth and the indirect economic benefits for health, security, and the environment, that were not factored into the study.

Electricity generation in the 100% renewable energy system will consist of a mix of power sources, with solar PV generating 62% of electricity followed by wind energy (32%), hydropower (4%), bioenergy (2%) and geothermal energy (<1%).

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Croatia: 17.5 MWe Velika Ciglena Geothermal Plant is Commissioned

Turboden completed the commissioning of the 17.5 MWe Velika Ciglena Geothermal Plant (News Release)

After only four days of commissioning, the plant carried out the nominal load test.

In December 2018 Turboden started-up the largest ORC system in Europe of 17.5 MWe in the Velika Ciglena geothermal power plant, Croatia, for the Turkish customer Geoen – MB Holding.

The Velika Ciglena project exploits steam and hot water at 170°C to produce electricity to feed the local power grid. Turboden designed and manufactured a unique single turbine of 16 MW electrical power. The ORC turbogenerator with a 5-stage axial turbine, optimizes the performance with a rotation speed of 1500 rpm.

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USA, Hawaii: Puna Geothermal Venture Given Go-Ahead to Restore Road Access

PGV gets green light to clear road (West Hawaii Today)

Puna Geothermal Venture (PGV) has been given the go-ahead to restore road access to its lava-locked property.

Clearing of the “pioneer road” at the site off Highway 132 began this weekend after PGV received a grubbing and grading permit from Hawaii County, said Mike Kaleikini, senior director of Hawaiian affairs for Ormat Technologies, which owns the 38-megawatt geothermal power plant.

The permit was authorized after Mayor Harry Kim issued a supplemental disaster declaration that allows the county to permit clearing of the fresh lava rock.

The main lava channel from the four-month-long eruption crosses the property but spared the plant, which is sandwiched between the channel and a string of fissures.

As for when PGV could restart operations, Kaleikini said that will depend on assessments that have been mostly on hold without road access. He previously said that could take about 18 months from when a road could be built.

France: President Macron Calls for More Geothermal Energy Development

La géothermie, pilier de la transition énergétique en Alsace - Geothermal energy, pillar of the energy transition in Alsace (Le Monde)

President Macron
(Wikipedia Commons)
Critiqué par les ONG écologistes et par l’opposition, le discours d’Emmanuel Macron, mardi 27 novembre, sur la transition énergétique, a au moins fait des heureux en Alsace. En affirmant que « pour sortir du gaz, notre stratégie prévoit une montée en puissance de la géothermie, qui a beaucoup de potentiel », le chef de l’Etat a validé dans les mots ce qui est déjà en cours dans l’Eurométropole de Strasbourg, qui regroupe trente-trois communes du Bas-Rhin.

(From Google Translate) Criticized by environmental NGOs and the opposition , the speech of Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday, November 27, on the energy transition, has at least made some happy in Alsace. Asserting that "to get out of gas, our strategy provides for a rise in geothermal power, which has a lot of potential," the head of state validated in words what is already underway in the Strasbourg Eurométropole, which includes thirty-three communes of Bas-Rhin.

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Ecuador: Exploration Continues at Chachimbiro Geothermal Power Project

Ecuador estudia su potencial en geotermia - Ecuador studies its geothermal potential (El Comercio)

Corporación Eléctrica del Ecuador (CELEC) has announced that it has started feasibility studies at the Chachimbiro geothermal power project in Imbabura province in the north of Ecuador.

Six additional wells will be drilled to establish the size of the geothermal reservoir and the capacity of the planned power plant. The work will be financed by the government of Japan through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) program.

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Philippines: BacMan Geothermal Power Plant to Supply 2.5 MW to Local Company

EDC bags 2.50-MW power supply deal (Philstar Global)

Lopez-led Energy Development Corp. (EDC) has signed a two-year contract to power the manufacturing operations of Citizen Machinery Philippines Inc.(CMP) in Tanuan, Batangas.

In a statement, the company said the contract for 2.5 megawatts (MW) of geothermal power will commence on Dec. 26, to be sourced from EDC’s BacMan Geothermal Project.

 “As a manufacturing company, Citizen Machinery Philippines desires to be supplied by stable and low-cost electricity, especially since our foundry consumes much power,”CMP president Akihide Kanaya said. “EDC’s BacMan Geothermal Project meets these criteria,” he said.

Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis: Power Engineers to Help on Nevis Geothermal Power Project

Power Engineers Joins the NRE International, Inc. team for EPC Review and Owner’s Representative Services

NRE International, Inc. (NREI), the developer of the Nevis Geothermal Project, in cooperation with the Nevis Island Administration, announced today that Power Engineers has joined the Nevis project team to provide design review, inspection and Owner’s representative services for the construction of the Nevis Geothermal Project.

Power Engineers is a USA-based firm with offices in 39 locations in the United States and in 4 international locations. Power Engineers has been the engineer for more than 600 MW of new geothermal generating capacity, in locations ranging from the U.S., Indonesia, the Philippines, Mexico, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Kenya, and Turkey.

According to Bruce Cutright, CEO of NREI, “The addition of Power Engineers is the latest example of our push to ensure that we have the best and most capable team in place to develop the Nevis geothermal plant.”

Power Engineers offers complete multidiscipline engineering and program management services. Founded in 1976, PE is an employee-owned company with more than 1,300 employees. NREI is pleased to welcome them to the Nevis Geothermal Project Team and looks forward to a rapid review and completion of the EPC contract before year end.

The Nevis Geothermal Project is a 10 MegaWatt geothermal generating plant located on the former Hamilton Estates Property on the Island of Nevis, Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis, Eastern Caribbean. The Nevis Island Administration is a partner and co-developer of the project with NREI. Once developed, the geothermal plant will enable the island to transition away from the use of fossil fuels and be 100 percent reliant on zero emission renewable energy power generation. NREI and NIA have completed extensive investigations to define the geothermal reservoir beneath the island, completed the well testing necessary and are now in the final design stages prior to construction start.

NREI is a subsidiary of Thermal Energy Partners, LLC, a geothermal energy development firm based in Austin, Texas.

For further information contact Regan Frebourg,

USA, California: Geothermal Energy Helps the Golden State through Another Bad Weather Day

Geothermal Energy Again Tops Wind and Solar in California

Yesterday much of the Central Valley was socked in by the Tule fog and cloudiness prevailed in both Northern and Southern California. There was a little rain in the north. This all affected electricity production from wind and solar as measured by the California Independent System Operator (CAISO).

However, geothermal energy power plants were not affected, providing electricity from a constant 1,000 MW capacity.

Yesterday in California, geothermal energy was the biggest provider of electricity from renewable resources to the CAISO grid, with almost 24,000 MWh. Wind-turbines produced just 9,152 MWh, solar energy (PV and thermal) peaked around 1 pm and supplied 21,624 MWh.

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Science & Technology: Developing a Technology Combining Geothermal Resource Development, Metals Extraction and Electro-Metallurgy

Combining energy production and mineral extraction – The CHPM2030 project (European Federation of Geologists)

By É. Hartai , B. Bodó & the CHPM2030 Team

The H2020 project “CHPM2030 – Combined Heat, Power and Metal extraction from ultra-deep ore bodies” aims to develop a novel technology which combines geothermal resource development, metals extraction and electro-metallurgy in a single interlinked process.

In order to improve the economics of geothermal energy production, the project will investigate possible technologies of manipulating metal-bearing geological formations with geothermal potential at a depth of 3-4 km and even deeper. In this way, the co-production of energy and metals will be possible and may be optimised according to market demands in the future.

The project will provide a proof of the technological concept on a laboratory scale. It will be implemented through the cooperation of 12 partners from 10 European countries.

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Finland: Artificial Intelligence Survey Shows Big Potential for Geothermal Energy in South and Southwest

Suomessa on valtava puhtaan energian varasto - Finland has a huge stock of clean energy (GTK)

GTK:n tutkijat käyttivät ensimmäisinä maailmassa tekoälyä maalämpöpotentiaalin arvioimiseen - GTK scientists used artificial intelligence to make the calculations - a world first

Suomen maankamaraan on varastoitunut energiaa noin tuhat kertaa koko maan energiantuotannon verran. Suomen maankamaran ylimmän 300 metrin yhteenlaskettu teoreettinen energiapotentiaali on noin 300 miljoonaa GWh. Eniten maalämpöä eli geoenergiaa on Etelä- ja Lounais-Suomessa, joissa parhaimmilla alueilla yhden maalämpökaivon energiavarasto on suuruudeltaan noin 4,5 GWh.  Maalämpö on peräisin maapallon sisältä tulevasta lämmöstä ja auringon säteilystä. Maalämpö on uusiutuvaa ja päästötöntä energiaa.  Tiedot ilmenevät Geologian tutkimuskeskuksen (GTK) uudesta geoenergiatutkimuksesta.

(From Google Translate) The geothermal potential in Finland's underground has stored energy that is about a thousand times the country's total energy production. The total theoretical energy potential from the top 300 meters of the Finnish sub-strata is about 300 million GWh. Most geothermal energy, ie geoenergy, is in Southern and Southwest Finland, where in the best areas the energy storage of one geothermal well is about 4.5 GWh. Ground heat comes from the heat coming from the planet and from the sun's radiation. Ground heat is a renewable and emission-free energy. The information is from the new geoenergy research of the Geological Survey of Finland (GTK).

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USA: Roadmap for Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy to be Released This Week

FORGE Roadmap to be Unveiled at AGU Fall Meeting (EERE/GTO)

Thursday, December 13, 2018, 6:15 – 7:15 p.m.,
Marriott Marquis - Liberty N-P, Washington, D.C. , USA

The Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO) is excited to present findings of the Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE) Roadmap at the 2018 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting later this week in Washington, D.C. Please join us to learn more about this community-driven effort, its methodologies, and results.

Background: With GTO funding and in conjunction with the geothermal community, the Science and Technology Policy Institute (STPI) has developed a roadmap of recommendations for the critical research that could occur at FORGE – GTO’s first-of-its-kind field laboratory located in Utah that is dedicated to research focused on enhanced geothermal systems (EGS).

STPI focused on research recommendations intended to make progress toward a rigorous and reproducible EGS methodology. The development of the roadmap included detailed literature and program reviews, months of interviews, and a capstone roundtable with EGS research experts from across academia, industry, national laboratories, and government.

The FORGE Roadmap outlines discrete research and development activities that could be carried out during FORGE’s five-year operation to strengthen understanding of the key mechanisms controlling EGS success. EGS success could mean the unlocking of ~500 GWe in the United States alone.

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Monday, December 10, 2018

Science & Technology: Using Geothermal Heat to Drastically Reduce Cost of Thermal Desalination

NREL Expands Research in Geothermal and Solar Desalination (News Release)

The "Desalination of Impaired Water Using Geothermal Energy" project is paramount in the geothermal approach to desalination. And taking the lead in this project is Turchi, assisted by researchers at the Colorado School of Mines, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), and Ormat Technologies.

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) scientists have a long history of successfully analyzing geothermal and solar energy data. But they are now actively researching desalination capabilities by partnering with technology leaders on several groundbreaking projects. The purpose is to explore geothermal and solar-thermal technologies for creating fresh water from otherwise unusable water.

The ability to desalinate otherwise non-potable water is a vitally important process, but its cost can be high. Fortunately, there is potential to tap otherwise unused renewable heat to drastically reduce the cost of thermal desalination. Applied in the right locations, thermal desalination could mean economic viability for water treatment.

"Water scarcity is a growing problem throughout the world. The ability to apply renewable energy solutions is key to a sustainable water future," said Craig Turchi, principal engineer within the Thermal Sciences Group at NREL.

United Kingdom: Government Announces Additional £100 Million of Funding for Renewable Energy Projects in Africa - Including Geothermal

£100 million for renewable energy projects in Africa to provide electricity to 2.4 million people a year (News Release)

Developers of small-scale solar, wind, hydro and geothermal projects will be supported to harness each country’s natural resources.

Hundreds of thousands of people in sub-Saharan Africa will get access to electricity for the first time thanks to an extra £100 million of funding from the UK government.

The new investment triples funds for the Renewable Energy Performance Platform (REPP), to support up to 40 more renewable energy projects over the next 5 years. The new funding could unlock an extra £156 million of private finance into renewable energy markets in Africa by 2023.

Developers of small-scale solar, wind, hydro and geothermal projects will be supported to harness each country’s natural resources, and the electricity generated is expected to provide 2.4 million people a year with new or improved access to clean energy. Power produced from new projects funded is expected to save around 3 million tonnes of carbon over their lifetime, compared with fossil fuel generation – the equivalent to the emissions from burning 21,000 railway cars of coal or from 800,000 cars in a year.

USA, California: Employment Opportunity With Calpine at The Geysers

Plant Engineer III - Steam - Calpine

The Geysers, California

Coordinates all engineering functions to assure the steamfield operates at maximum performance, reliability and profitability. Provides engineering support for steam gathering and water injection facilities; responsible for providing technical support for daily operations, field infrastructure improvements, process improvements, design, equipment acquisition, asset breakdown analysis, corrosion mitigation, and subsequent corrective actions.

Develops and maintains field operating records and provides day-to-day technical support to steamfield operations and maintenance. Responsible for Management of Change program within the steamfield. Coordinates with counterparts on steamfield equipment standardization and modernization.

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Support Your Geothermal Energy Association - Support the Geothermal Energy Community

'Tis The Season For Giving

The Geothermal resources Council (GRC) has created a new Donate Page on the website.

The GRC is a non-profit professional association that relies on support from generous people like you. By donating to the GRC, you are helping support our geothermal community through education, outreach, and dissemination of research across local, national and global society.

Any amount is welcome and any support is appreciated. There are six different funds that you can donate to. All donations are tax deductible.

On behalf of our community, we would like to thank you for helping advance the geothermal industry!

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Netherlands: One Day Conference on Geothermal District Heating

DAP Symposium 2019 (TU Delft)

Urban Heating: Risks & Rewards - Integrating cities with geothermal energy

12 March, 2019, Delft, Netherlands

This year’s symposium will focus on the challenges and opportunities of supplying urban areas with geothermal energy. Currently, in The Netherlands, there exist several successful geothermal projects that are producing heat for greenhouses located in rural areas. With the allocation of a significant subsidy towards TU Delft in 2017, and the recent greenlight from the university board, the TU campus can and will be a pioneering project in the area of ‘urban geothermal heating’.

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United Kingdom: "East End of Glasgow Could become the World Centre for Research into Geothermal Energy"

Green energy revolution unfolds yards from Celtic Park (The Herald)

It is a small hole in the East End of Glasgow, but it has the potential to make the area the world centre for research into geothermal energy. 

The first hole, which was drilled yesterday just across the road from Celtic Park, is part of a project with so much research potential that scientists, academics and businesses from all over the world will be looking to Glasgow to inform the energy projects of tomorrow.

The 12 boreholes across  the city will record data as part of the UK Geoenergy Observatories (UKGEOS) project and if successful could see parts of the city being heated from old mine workings and the technology to be exported to other cities across the globe.

Malaysia: Former Energy Minister Thinks Tawau Geothermal Energy Project Should be Revived

Worthwhile to rescue geothermal project: Max (Daily Express)

Former Energy, Green Technology and Water (KeTTHA) Minister Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili said the new Pakatan Harapan Government should look at how the country's first geothermal power plant project in Tawau – that was found abandoned recently – can be rescued.

He said it would not only put Malaysia on the world renewal energy map but also the benefit the people.

"It was a private project approved during Datuk Peter Chin Fah Kui's time as KeTTHA Minister and received a facilitation fund from the government to help get the feeding tariff.

"Even personally, I am also disappointed. I think the developer ran out of capital investment," he said. Ongkili said the developer had said that they finished up to drilling and had to stop work.

"I think the Ministry concerned should know what should be done on this matter. It is sad. I supported the project because it was going to be the first in Malaysia. And had it gone into operation in 2017, it would be number 16 in the world for geothermal power plant, which is good clean energy.

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India: The Potential for Geothermal energy in Maharashtra State

IIT Bombay discovers geothermal energy source among geysers (sic) of Maharashtra’s Western Ghats (Inventiva)

This discovery by Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay could lead to the use of geothermal energy for generating cheap, clean and base power generation systems.

A recent study by IIT Bombay’s Professor Trupti Chandrashekhar of the Earth Science Department concluded that the potential of geothermal systems could be utilised for commercial purposes.

The study was conducted along the 350 km stretch on Maharashtra’s 720 km coastline. Professor Chandrashekhar was assisted by IIT Hyderabad, Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology of Amethi and the University of Florence of Italy.

This stretch falls under the west coast geothermal province, which is one of the seven geothermal areas of India. With more than 60 hot water springs across 18 locations, water bursts at temperatures between 40 and 72 degree Celsius.

If tapped efficiently, this energy could be used in terms of geothermal electricity. Professor Chandrashekar said, “The mid- and long-term development plan [for the region] could be centred on the use of geothermal energy for generating cheap, clean and base power generation systems, beginning with the drilling of 10-to-15-metre-deep exploration pits along the identified locations.”

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Japan: Geothermal Power Plant Start-Up Slated for 2024

Ipex, partners pursuing 2024 start-up of Japanese geothermal plant (Renewables Now)

A tie-up between Japan’s Inpex Corp, Idemitsu Kosan Co Ltd and Mitsui Oil Exploration are seeking to launch commercial operations at a planned geothermal power facility in Akita prefecture in 2024.

The partners have conducted an environmental impact assessment for the project and submitted it to the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and local authorities, Inpex said on Monday. The aim of the assessment is to proceed with full-scale implementation of the project, located in the Oyasu district of Yuzawa City.

Inpex, Idemitsu and Mitsui have carried out commercialisation studies on the geothermal potential at the site through conducting resource evaluations, including flow tests and economic assessments.

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India, Iceland: Discussions Held on Geothermal Energy Cooperation

India, Iceland discuss geothermal energy cooperation (SME Times)

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj
and Icelandic Foreign Minister Gudlaugur Thor Thordarson
(Photo courtesy IAMS/MEA)
India and Iceland discussed cooperation in geothermal energy among other areas during a bilateral meeting between External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Icelandic Foreign Minister Gudlaugur Thor Thordarson here on Saturday.

"The two Ministers noted that in the areas such as geothermal energy, fisheries, IT, pharmaceuticals and tourism, both countries could establish strong partnership," the External Affairs Ministry said in a statement following the meeting.

Ahead of the meeting, Thordarson told IANS that his country was keen to share its experience in generating geothermal energy.

"Geothermal energy is a renewable source of energy and we want to share our experience with India," he said.

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Kenya: Video on How Geothermal Energy Helps Reduce Pollution

Kenya's green geothermal power an example to the world (Al Jazeera)

Africa's largest geothermal energy producer, Kenya, sets an example for the world's biggest polluters.

(Video 2:32 Minutes)

Geothermal power comprises about 43 percent of Kenya's electricity supply, even as millions of Kenyans still depend on trees to make charcoal.

As climate talks proceed in Poland at the ongoing COP24 summit, the East African nation's efforts are an example to the world's big emitters.

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East Africa: Geothermal Risk Mitigation Facility Successfully Supporting Early Stage Development of 30 Geothermal Energy Projects in East Africa

AUC Continues to Chart the Way Forward for Geothermal Energy Development in Africa (Africa Union)

Geothermal energy stakeholders and experts met at an event during the 24th Conference of Parties (COP24) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Katowice, Poland to review the successes and challenges as well as recommend the way forward for the African Union Commission (AUC) Geothermal Risk Mitigation Facility (GRMF).

The Event was organized by the Department of Infrastructure and Energy of the AUC and was attended by high-level experts and representatives from African Member States as well as experts from International organizations and partner countries.

In his opening remarks, the Acting Head of Energy Division, Mr. Atef Marzouk noted the continuing importance of geothermal energy in East Africa in the short and long-term, and the need to mobilize more financial and technical resources to boost geothermal energy development in Africa to expand energy access for meeting our basic needs as well as productive activities.

Mr. Marzouk also said “the Geothermal Risk Mitigation Facility (GRMF) is successfully supporting early stage development of 30 geothermal energy projects in east Africa”. He also noted that the available GRMF grants of USD 140 million will leverage investments estimated at USD 9.2 billion.

Turkey: More Investment in Direct Use of Geothermal to Heat Greenhouses

Turkish, Kuwaiti businesspeople invest $100M in greenhouses in southeast city (Daily Sabah)

Turkish and Kuwaiti business people have invested $100 million in greenhouses in Turkey's southeastern province of Şanlıurfa, which has made progress in many areas after the introduction of the Southeastern Anatolia Project (GAP) - launched in 1977 as one of the world's largest and most comprehensive sustainable development projects, including efficient irrigation methods and a water infrastructure development scheme.

The aim is to increase the geothermal greenhouse area, which has reached 500 decares over time and where indoor ornamental plants are also grown, up to 5,000 decares by 2023.

Greenhouse Investors and Producers Association (SERA-BİR) and GAP Greenhouse Gardeners Association Chairman Müslüm Yanmaz told Anadolu Agency (AA) that geothermal energy is very important in greenhouse cultivation, helping develop the sector.

USA, California: MGX Minerals Targets Geothermal Lithium Exploration in Golden State

MGX Minerals Advances Western US Geothermal Lithium Brine Extraction Strategy; Renews Contract With Senator Polanco (Ret.) (News Release)

MGX Minerals Inc. has announced receipt of the independent, 3rd party scale up and technology engineering review of the company’s rapid lithium extraction technology for geothermal implementation in the Western United States. The report provides recommendations to implement large-scale application of the technology, including:
  • Comprehensive review of rapid lithium extraction technology including flow systematics, processes in the scaling of technology and extraction process review; and
  • High level project engineering scope and timeline schedule for buildout.
The company has targeted geothermal lithium exploration in California and other Western States for potential partnerships and acquisition targets to secure lithium brine feedstock and operating sites for its lithium extraction and water treatment systems. Engineering partner PurLucid Treatment Solutions Inc. has developed high temperature filtration for the purification of geothermal brines.

MGX has renewed its contract with former California Senate Majority Leader Richard Polanco as an advisor and consultant to the Company. Senator Polanco continues to lead negotiations with the State of California and local municipalities regarding targeted exploration locations and sites identified by MGX as potential partnerships and acquisition targets to secure geothermal feedstock and operating sites. Senator Polanco will also continue to advise MGX on local environmental solutions and support ongoing community and stakeholder relations.

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From the Global Geothermal News archives:

Philippines: EDC Believes that Geothermal is the Key to Establishing a Stable Energy Baseload Suited to the Constant yet Dynamic Power Needs of the Country’s Developing Economy

Geothermal energy: The sustainable energy solution (

Energy Development Corporation (EDC) believes that geothermal is the key to establishing a stable energy baseload suited to the constant yet dynamic power needs of the country’s developing economy. 

Fed by the earth’s natural, abundant, and readily available heat, geothermal is able to provide clean, reliable, renewable energy 24/7, rain or shine, all year round, which is vital for consumers, businesses and industries in all sectors.

Harnessing geothermal energy is also an act of harmony with the environment. The sites where EDC operates in are proof of the symbiosis between man and nature that is genuinely possible—communities of practice where health, safety, and local livelihood thrive in tune with the flourishing natural environment of forests and watershed.

Geothermal is perhaps the only clear solution to meeting today’s energy needs without mortgaging natural resources at the expense of future generations—effectively breaking the perilous downward spiral of destruction the world faces and paving the way for a sustainable energy future.

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Friday, December 7, 2018

USA, Oklahoma: GRC Member Conducts Rock Fracturing Experiment to Demonstrate Potential of Enhanced Geothermal Systems

EERE Success Story—University of Oklahoma Scientists Crack the Case Wide Open for Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EERE/GTO)

Researchers at the University of Oklahoma (OU) recently conducted an unprecedented rock fracturing experiment that showcased the potential for enhanced geothermal systems (EGS) as a viable power source for the United States.

Supported by funding from the Energy Department’s Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO), Dr. Ahmad Ghassemi - a GRC member - and his research team of graduate students successfully fractured and stimulated a series of 13-cubic-inch blocks of granite and other igneous rocks found in EGS reservoirs.

The OU team was able to extract more than 50 watts of power production from the small rocks, which is equivalent to a household light-bulb, showing promise that field-scale fractures and a properly engineered EGS can produce considerable amounts of power.

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USA, California: Geothermal Energy Helps the Golden State through a Bad Weather Day

Geothermal Energy Tops Wind and Solar in California

Southern California was battered by a big storm yesterday which affected the supply of electricity from solar and wind resources. Heavy rain resulted in mud-slides in areas that were burned in recent wildfires and snow fell on the "Grapevine" a section of Interstate 5 just north of Los Angeles.

However, geothermal energy power plants were not affected, providing electricity from a constant 1,000 MW capacity.

Yesterday in California, geothermal energy was the biggest provider of electricity from renewable resources to the CAISO grid, with over 24,000 MWh. Winds produced 23,043 MWh, solar energy (PV and thermal) peaked around 10 am and only supplied 11,062 MWh.

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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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USA: Government Plans to Strip Away Protections for Sage Grouse

Trump Drilling Plan Threatens 9 Million Acres of Sage Grouse Habitat (New York Times)

Bird habitat in western US coincides with many geothermal energy areas

Dan Cepeda/The Casper Star-Tribune,
via Associated Press
The Trump administration on Thursday detailed its plan to open nine million acres to drilling and mining by stripping away protections for the sage grouse, an imperiled ground-nesting bird that oil companies have long considered an obstacle to some of the richest deposits in the American West.

In one stroke, the action would open more land to drilling than any other step the administration has taken, environmental policy experts said. It drew immediate criticism from environmentalists while energy-industry representatives praised the move, saying that the earlier policy represented an overreach of federal authority.

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United Kingdom: First Borehole Underway at UK Geoenergy Observatory for Glasgow

Glasgow geothermal project heats up with first borehole (NERC)

The first borehole is underway at the UK Geoenergy Observatory for Glasgow, allowing scientists to 'see' underground at the world-class geothermal energy research site in the east end of the city.

Marking the beginning of the 15-year research investment, a 7·2-meter high drilling rig broke ground on the site to form the first borehole for the observatory.

Over the next 15 months, the drilling team will create 12 boreholes of various depths, which will enable research into Glasgow's geology, its underground water systems and the potential for heat from the water in the city's disused coal mines. One of the biggest aims of the project is to find out whether there is a long-term sustainable mine water resource that could provide a low-cost, low-carbon heat source for homes and businesses. More information at UK Geoenergy Observatories, BGS.

United Kingdom: BGS Geochemist Writes About his Geothermal Energy Adventures

Feeling the heat: exploring the potential for geothermal energy (GeoBlogy)

by Chris Rochelle, Geochemist - British Geological Survey

I write the first part of this blog on the return leg of a long-haul flight from Mexico where I have attended a meeting of the GEMex project - a €20M EU-Mexico collaboration which aims to enhance understanding of two geothermal systems east of Mexico City. Over 100 scientists from across Europe and Mexico spent 4 days visiting working geothermal operations, discussing their latest data, and trying to combine many different strands of research into coherent models for the two study sites.

Developing Los Humeros and Acoculco, and other systems, will help Mexico achieve its own target of 50% of its energy from ‘clean energy sources’ by 2050. The knowledge learned will also help in Europe’s geothermal development, which could provide an important contribution towards the European target of at least 20% of its total energy needs being via renewable sources by 2020, and 32% by 2030.

On returning to the UK I travelled to Cornwall where a large drilling rig is being erected at United Downs. Once assembled, it will spend some 7 months drilling two deep boreholes into the Carnmenellis Granite, one of which could be up to 4.5km deep (thereby becoming the deepest onshore borehole in the UK).

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Science & Technology: Shallow Low Temperature Reservoirs in Sedimentary Basins May be Optimal Targets for Geothermal Energy Production

Optimization of Geothermal Energy Production (LinkedIn)

By William Harrar, Reservoir Engineer

Many of the sedimentary basins throughout the world contain several geothermal reservoirs that are potentially attractive for the production of geothermal energy. The big question is which reservoir to develop for the production of geothermal energy?

Last week, I attended the German Geothermal Congress in Essen and gave a presentation that summarizes work that my colleagues and I at Ross DK and GEOOP have been doing on evaluating geothermal energy projects with the objectives of maximizing geothermal energy production, while minimizing risk and cost.

In summary, for basins filled with clastic sediments, shallow low temperature reservoirs may be the optimal targets for maximizing geothermal energy production while minimizing risk and cost.

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Italy: Recognition for Traditional Geothermal Power Plants from Industry Association

Italian industry association recognizes conventional geothermal power plants as key for Italy’s renewable production (EGEC)

The General Confederation of Italian Industry (Confindustria) published this week a “White Paper for an Efficient development of Renewable Energy Resources in Italy to 2030” (in Italian). Confindustria recognizes traditional geothermal power plants as the main components of Italy’s geothermal production.

In recent weeks, a debate started in Italy concerning an upcoming decree from the Italian Ministry for Economic Development, named FER1, set to renew subsidies for the electrical production from Renewable Energy Sources (RES). One of the most contentious elements of the proposed decree is the elimination of traditional geothermal from the renewable energy sources eligible for the subsidies dedicated to mature technologies.

On the background of this debate, Confindustria recently published its White Paper for an Efficient development of Renewable Energy Resources in Italy to 2030, which provides additional key elements to the discussion.

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

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USA, Hawaii: “We definitely have the resources... to do modern, safe geothermal power production.”

Geothermal energy a 'no brainer' for Hawaii (PBN)

Exploration efforts in the '70s and '80s suggest that there may be more than 1,000 MW of geothermal reserves on Maui and the Big Island.

One of the most abundant renewable energy resources in the Hawaiian Islands is geothermal energy, but due to the eruption of the Kilauea volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island in early May and the subsequent shutdown of the state’s only geothermal power plant, Puna Geothermal Venture (PGV), its future is uncertain.

Though PGV owner Ormat Technologies Inc. intends to reopen the 38-megawatt facility as soon as possible, others advocate for new geothermal drilling sites that incorporate the use of safe, modern technologies.

“PGV is an old technology that has been around for decades and it’s not as efficient and not as safe as what’s being installed in many other countries around the world today,” state Rep. Chris Lee, chair of the Committee on Energy and Environmental Protection, told PBN in a recent interview. “We definitely have the resources, not only on the Big Island, but in other places too, to do modern, safe geothermal power production.”

USA, Nevada: Corporate Video from Ormat Technologies

Ormat Corporate Movie (Ormat Technologies, Inc.)

United Kingdom: Geothermal District Heating Project Wins Energy Buying Team of the Year Award

The Energy Awards ceremony brought together over 600 of the most senior operators in the energy market both local and international on Wednesday 5th December at London Hilton on Park Lane to recognise and celebrate the very best of the energy industry in the UK.

The award for the Energy Buying Team of the Year went to the Southampton District Heating Scheme in partnership with Ecova of Dartford, Kent.

The Southampton geothermal system has been supplying 13 GWh of energy a year, about 1.7MWt (heat) by extracting water at a temperature of 76 ℃ from a depth of 1.7 km in the Wessex Basin.

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Italy: Tuscan Communities Express Support for the Geothermal Energy Industry

Italy’s clean energy town asks why populists are abandoning it (Energy Voice)

Nicola Verruzzi.
Photographer: Alessia Pierdomenico/Bloomberg
For at least a dozen villages surrounding Montieri, capping incentives for geothermal wells would be both a financial and emotional blow. The Tuscan region gets about 30 percent of its power from geothermal sources, with zero emissions.

And while only 2.3 percent of Enel’s power generation comes from the wells, they play a crucial role in guaranteeing stable electricity output to the grid. Unlike wind or solar farms, the power from geothermal wells flows without interruption. If the government moves ahead with limiting geothermal incentives, Enel could miss out on about 600 million euros ($681 million) of investments, according to a person close to the situation who asked not to be named because the estimates are confidential. The company declined to comment.

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Malaysia: Approval for 37 MW Tawau Geothermal Power Project Revoked

Govt scraps country's first geothermal power plant project (New Straits Times Online)

Government is willing to call for open tender if there were firms interested in continuing the project.

The approval given to Tawau Green Energy Sdn Bhd to build the country’s first geothermal power plant has been revoked on Aug 29, the Dewan Rakyat was told today.

Energy, Green Technology, Science, Climate Change and Environment Minister Yeo Bee Yin said the government decided to scrap the project due to the firm’s failure to carry out the project.

“There was no project progress and the drilling operations have ceased since the third quarter of 2016.

“It seemed that the company has ceased its operation and affairs at the site.