Monday, December 9, 2019

USA, California: Call for Abstracts for High-Temperature Well Cementing Workshop - Deadline is Next Week

Joint GRC-SPE Workshop: High-Temperature Well Cementing

“Exploring Geothermal and Oil & Gas Synergies”


March 30 - April 1, 2020,

San Diego, California, USA

Call for Abstracts - Deadline is Next Week!

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

The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) together with the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) invite you to present your latest technical work in High-Temperature Well Cementing at the special joint workshop.

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

Please submit your abstracts to Estela Smith at grc@geothermal.org. Call 530.758.2360 ext 102.

Deadline for submission of abstracts is now December 16th, 2019.

Call for Abstracts........

Finland: Helsinki Utility to Start Exploration for Deep Geothermal District Heating Resource

Helen investigates possibilities of geothermal heat in Helsinki (City of Helsinki)

The electricity provider in Helsinki Helen Sähköverkko Oy (HELEN) is investigating the possibilities for utilising geothermal heat. Central Park (Keskuspuisto) is one of the areas where geological explorations will be carried out jointly with Geological Survey of Finland (GTK). This is the first time a geological survey is conducted in an urban area to such depth.

Helen is charting potential areas that are geologically suitable for extracting geothermal heat and lend themselves to possible deep drilling. Helen is starting the geophysical exploration of the bedrock in the Central Park area jointly with GTK in early December. The aim is to investigate the bedrock structure to the depth of about 5-8 kilometres.

Such a deep geological survey has never been conducted in urban areas in Finland, and the survey is an important step in making geothermal energy a possibility.

China: New Geothermal District Heating Network Launched in Shaanxi Province

Geothermal heating system activated in China (Energy Global)

A non-interference geothermal heating system has been activated at the Western China Science & Technology Innovation Harbour in Fengxi New City, Xixian New Area, Shaanxi Province, according to the Party Committee of Fengxi New City, China.

Six of these integrated energy supply stations will be providing heating, cooling and hot water for buildings totalling 1.59 million square m to meet the energy needs of Xi'an Jiaotong University's 25,000 researchers and 10,000 faculty members in the Innovation Harbour.

The project utilises non-interference geothermal heating technology and medium-deep geothermal energy to provide a clean heat source. Using metal conduit and a heat exchange medium, heat (but not water) is taken from deep underground (two to three km in depth) where there are stores of geothermal energy at a temperature of 70°C – 120°C.

Compared with conventional coal-fired boilers this geothermal technology can reduce CO2 emissions by 68,000 tpy and other emissions such as sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxide by 850 tpy.

Friday, December 6, 2019

USA, California: Calpine Jobs at The Geysers Geothermal Field

Employment Opportunities with Calpine at The Geysers


Location: Middletown, California, USA




Steamfield Engineer III - Coordinates all engineering functions to assure the steamfield operates at maximum performance and reliability. Provides engineering support for steam gathering and water injection facilities; responsible for providing technical support for daily operations, maintenance, field infrastructure improvements, process improvements, design, equipment acquisition, asset breakdown analysis, corrosion mitigation, and subsequent corrective actions. Develops and maintains field operating records. Responsible for Management of Change program within the steamfield. Coordinates with counterparts on steamfield equipment standardization and modernization. More Information and Apply...........

Program Manager - Power - The Power Program Manager will be responsible for providing tactical maintenance and engineering services to support safe, economic and highly reliable Fleet Operations. Act as a subject matter expert to carry out planning, operation, troubleshooting, maintenance, new construction activities through others for electrical power systems. Provide consistent implementation of standards and programs throughout Calpine's Fleet improving operational reliability and efficiency. Provide technical guidance to other departments within Calpine. Provide technical leadership to both internal and external organizations and entities. Responsible for working with internal or contractor resources to ensure activities meet company and industry standards. This position is subject to after hours call outs and response. More Information and Apply...........

Engineering CAD Tech II - The Computer Aided Design Technician (CAD Tech) will be responsible for development of facilities drawings and construction plans for reservoir, steam gathering, vent collection, injection systems, and power plants using AutoCAD, hand drafting methods, and additional other drafting software tools. Working with the Document Control Engineering Specialist, maintains drawing/document control systems for all facilities drawings. More Information and Apply...........

Technical Maintenance Manager - Oversees safe and economical daily and long-term maintenance of equipment at multiple assigned geothermal power plants and their associated steam fields. Ensures safety of employees, contractors and the public in all maintenance activities in operating plants. Coordinates schedules and conducts mechanical, electrical, and instrument and control repair, preventative maintenance and new installations. Organizes and oversees contract work. Maintains computerized maintenance management program. Ensures compliance with all applicable environmental and safety regulations during the performance of maintenance activities. Schedules materials, equipment and personnel for plant outages and overhauls. Participates in the planning and scheduling of plant activities. Maintains needed site spare parts in coordination with warehouse personnel. Helps create and monitor plant/field budget for expenses and projects. Oversees performance of contractors required for on-site maintenance, services, equipment rentals, and maintenance training. Manages new equipment warranties. On-call 24 hours/day 7 days/week to respond to potential power plant/steam field problems. More Information and Apply...........

Wireline Manager/Production Engineer - Calpine’s Resource Group helps with the maintenance and development of the Geysers resource field in Northern California. As an integral part of the team that monitors the geothermal resource, the Production Engineer/Wireline Manager will work with the production analysis team to help maximize production at the Geysers by (1) analyzing production and injection data, (2) collaborating with other Resource and Operations professionals to create reservoir management solutions and (3) plan and operate the day-to-day operations of the Wireline Crew to help with resolving production issues and maintaining regulatory compliance. The ideal candidate will have had experience in field operations as well as data-driven analysis for reservoir and production optimization. More Information and Apply...........

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.......

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


Tanzania: Employment Opportunity at Geothermal Development Company

Job Opportunity - Tanzania Geothermal Development Co. Ltd (TGDC) (Ajira Nawe)

On behalf of The Tanzania Geothermal Development Company Limited (TGDC) President’s Office, Public Service Recruitment Secretariat invites competent, experienced, and highly organized and self- motivated Tanzanians to fill 2 vacant posts as mentioned below:

Director of Business Development. To secure the organization’s long-term strategic growth by setting and implementing strategic goals in line with the Mission and Vision Statements of the Company. The core duties and responsibilities of this position include: Strategic Planning, Business Development and performance management.

Manager Geoscience Services. Responsible for efficient operation of scientific exploration and development of geothermal fields.

Deadline for application is 20th December, 2019.

More Information and Apply..........

From the Global Geothermal News archives:

Republic of Ireland: Possible Geothermal Energy Reservoir Discovered in Dublin Suburbs

A geothermal aquifer in the dilation zones on the southern margin of the Dublin Basin (Oxford Academic)


We present modelling of the geophysical data from the Newcastle area, west of Dublin, Ireland within the framework of the IRETHERM project. IRETHERM's overarching objective was to facilitate a more thorough strategic understanding of Ireland's geothermal energy potential through integrated modelling of new and existing geophysical, geochemical and geological data. 

The Newcastle area, one of the target localities, is situated at the southern margin of the Dublin Basin, close to the largest conurbation on the island of Ireland in the City of Dublin and surrounds. 

As part of IRETHERM, magnetotelluric (MT) soundings were carried out in the highly urbanized Dublin suburb in 2011 and 2012, and a description of MT data acquisition, processing methods, multi-dimensional geoelectrical models and porosity modelling with other geophysical data are presented.

The deeper conductive layers are interpreted as geothermal-fluid-bearing rocks. Porosity and permeability estimations from the lithological borehole logs indicate the geothermal potential of the bedrock, to deliver warm water to the surface. The fluid permeability estimation, based on Archie's law for porous structures and synthetic studies of fractured zones, suggests a permeability in the range 100 mD–100 D in the study area, which is prospective for geothermal energy exploitation.


A geothermal aquifer in the dilation zones on the southern margin of the Dublin Basin, by Jan Vozar, Alan G Jones, Joan Campanya, Chris Yeomans, Mark R Muller, Riccardo Pasquali. Geophysical Journal International, ggz530, https://doi.org/10.1093/gji/ggz530 Published: 26 November 2019.

Belgium: "Government loan that can only be recovered if the geothermal project turns out to be profitable is the most suitable policy measure."

Wetenschappers KBIN en UAntwerpen ontwikkelen model rond geothermische investeringen - RBINS Scientists and UAntwerp are developing a model for geothermal investments (Koninklijk Belgisch Instituut voor Natuurwetenschappen)

(Courtesy CIA.gov)
Geothermie kan landen helpen de doelstellingen omtrent hernieuwbare energieproductie te bereiken, maar de techniek is duur. Onderzoekers van de Belgische Geologische Dienst, onderdeel van het Koninklijk Belgisch Instituut voor Natuurwetenschappen, en van UAntwerpen komen tot de conclusie dat een overheidslening die enkel teruggevorderd wordt indien het geothermieproject winstgevend blijkt, de meest geschikte beleidsmaatregel is.

(From Google translate) Geothermal can help countries achieve their targets for renewable energy production, but the technology is expensive. Researchers from the Belgian Geological Survey, part of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, and from UAntwerp come to the conclusion that a government loan that can only be recovered if the geothermal project turns out to be profitable is the most suitable policy measure.

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Science & Technology: Studying Energy of Earthquakes Could Help in Deep Geothermal Energy Exploration

Gaining insight into the energy balance of earthquakes (EPFL)

Researchers at Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)'s Computational Solid Mechanics Laboratory (LSMS) and the Weizmann Institute of Science have modeled the onset of slip between two bodies in frictional contact. Their work, a major step forward in the study of frictional rupture, could give us a better understanding of earthquakes—including how far and fast they travel.

These advances in fundamental research could one day be applied to more complex models, such as those representing conditions along tectonic faults, especially where fluids are naturally present or injected into the ground. "Today, several promising technologies in the context of the energy transition—like deep geothermal energy—relies on underground fluid injection. It is important to have a better understanding of how those injections affect seismic activity. I hope to use the tools developed during my Ph.D. to study that impact," says Fabian Barras, a doctoral assistant at EPFL’s Computational Solid Mechanics Laboratory.

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Serbia: Call for More Use of Renewable Energy Sources in District Heating and Cooling Systems

Decarbonization is next in development of district heating, cooling systems (Balkan Green Energy News)

The use of renewable energy sources in district heating and cooling systems can substitute fossil fuels without increasing prices for customers, and with benefits in environmental protection. Solar thermal projects, geothermal energy, heat pumps, waste heat as well as biomass are currently the most common models for increasing the share of renewables, while the use of electricity from wind farms and solar installations in district heating and cooling systems is becoming increasingly popular.

These are some of the key takeaways from the regional conference Renewable Energy Sources in District Heating and Cooling Systems held in Belgrade yesterday and today. The event was organized by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the Federal Ministry of Finance of Austria, in partnership with the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), and was part of the 50th International HVAC&R Congress and Exhibition.

Climate Change: IRENA Calls for Doubling of Renewable Energy Targets

COP 25: Renewable Energy Ambition in NDCs Must Double by 2030 (News Release)

New IRENA report calls on policy makers to enhance NDCs through renewables and turn the tide against global warming.

Countries are being urged to significantly raise renewable energy ambition and adopt targets to transform the global energy system in the next round of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), according to a new report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) that will be released at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP25) in Madrid. 

The report will show that renewable energy ambition within NDCs would have to more than double by 2030 to put the world in line with the Paris Agreement goals, cost-effectively reaching 7.7 terawatts (TW) of globally installed capacity by then. Today’s renewable energy pledges under the NDCs are falling short of this, targeting only 3.2 TW.

Iceland: Opportunity for North American Community to Exhibit at World Geothermal Congress

North America Cluster will feature at the WGC 2020 Exhibition

There will be a robust North American presence at the World Geothermal Congress (WGC) 2020 Exhibition led by a cluster of booths assembled collaboratively by participants from North America.

The North America Cluster is a collective of co-located booths presented by leading geothermal organizations. The cluster showcases the North American geothermal community and industry at the conference and is an opportunity to better engage with partners around the  world. It facilitates the building of relationships for exporting North American products and services, as well as encouraging discussions of latest technologies and innovations.

The cluster consists of five participants co-located in the Harpa Conference Centre on the 1st Floor, in the Exhibition area between Booths 23a and 24d. The participants include: Phoenix Geophysics (Ontario, Canada); Geologica (Nevada, U.S.A.); Geothermal Resource Group (California, U.S.A.); GeothermEx (California, U.S.A.); and, U.S. Department of Energy (Washington DC, U.S.A.).

There is available space for additional North American organizations to join the cluster. Please contact Will Pettitt, Executive Director at the Geothermal Resources Council (GRC), for further information or to express interest (wpettitt@mygeoenergy.org). Collaborating organizations can be based in Canada, Mexico or U.S.A. and can include corporations, National Labs, universities, and government agencies, amongst others.

At the Exhibition at WGC in Iceland, 27th April to 1st May, 2020, we have an opportunity to present a North American vision for geothermal energy by demonstrating the diversity and excellence of our geothermal work force and research capabilities.

Geothermal Event! Call for Papers - Deadline is May 27, 2020

GRC Annual Meeting 2020 - Call for Papers Issued (News Release)


Geothermal Resources Council Annual Meeting will be held in Reno, Nevada, USA

The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) has issued a call for papers for the world’s biggest annual geothermal energy conference taking place October 18-21, 2020, at the Peppermill Resort Spa & Casino, Reno, Nevada, USA.

The GRC Annual Meeting & Expo is the industry’s largest annual gathering of leading geothermal energy scientists, producers, renewable energy industry stakeholders, regulators, utilities, and key associated business leaders. The four-day event will offer technical, policy, and market conference sessions, educational seminars, tours of local geothermal and renewable energy projects, and numerous networking opportunities.

Nearly 1,000 attendees came to the 2019 GRC Annual Meeting and Expo from just under 40 different countries, highlighting the GRC’s role in connecting the global geothermal energy community. With increasing interest in geothermal as a reliable source of renewable energy providing both flexible and baseload power production around the world, the GRC is looking ahead to an even stronger international attendance in 2020. 

Thursday, December 5, 2019

USA, California: Registration Opens for Short Courses on Codes Used in Simulating Multiphase Fluid and Heat Flow and Transport in Porous and Fractured Media

2020 TOUGH Short Courses: Registration Now Open (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory - Earth and Environmental Sciences Area)


Registration for the 2020 TOUGH Short Courses is now open! Courses will be held this February at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, California.

The following courses are offered:
The TOUGH family of codes is used for simulating multiphase fluid and heat flow and transport in porous and fractured media. The suite of TOUGH simulators has been applied to a wide range of studies involving the geological disposal of nuclear waste, geological CO2 sequestration, geothermal energy development, oil and gas production, environmental remediation and unsaturated zone hydrology. While ongoing development of TOUGH continues to expand modeling capabilities and incorporate increasingly complex processes, such as those associated with reactive chemistry (TOUGHREACT) and gas-hydrate dissociation (TOUGH+Hydrate), knowledge of the basic TOUGH modeling concepts serves as an important foundation. 

Please note: The last day to register for courses is January 13, 2020.

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USA, Washington D.C.: Geothermal Technologies Office Seeking Merit Reviewers

Looking to Get Involved in Geothermal Research? The Geothermal Technologies Office is Seeking Merit Reviewers

Over the past several years, the Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO) has funded a number of successful programs and initiatives. The office's annual appropriations budget - and its quantity of research - continues to grow. That means more opportunities for geothermal stakeholders to get involved as merit reviewers.

Qualified reviewers cover a wide gamut, representing academic, industrial, and government sectors. Ideal candidates include engineers, scientists, and management professionals (particularly those with financial or policy backgrounds) from the geothermal, oil and gas, and mining industries. Specific areas of expertise include:
  • Geosciences, geophysics, and geochemistry
  • Geomechanics and fracture mechanics 
  • Subsurface exploration, resource management, and production 
  • Direct-use heating and cooling systems 
  • Rare earth and critical materials 
  • Data analysis, computational modeling, and machine learning 
Interested? If you'd like to get involved, please submit a brief introduction that includes your area(s) of expertise and current resume to DOE.geothermal@ee.doe.gov. As a final note, you are encouraged to share this message with colleagues you think might be good candidates.

Best regards,
Susan Hamm, PhD
Director, Geothermal Technologies Office

Netherlands: Trias Westland Launches Trading System for Geothermal Heat

Netherlands: Smart trading geothermal energy starts at Trias Westland (Horti Daily)


(Video 1:12 minutes)

Recently the first smart network at Trias Westland went live, making it possible to trade geothermal energy between participating customers. By combining advanced web applications with real-time measurement & control techniques in the Trias Westland heat network, Anexo has delivered a working smart network.

Immediately after completion of the trade functionalities, the first participants already found each other and the heat was delivered to the right place by the control system. In addition to this smart heat network, Anexo had already created similar smart networks for gas and electricity.

With E-Web Geo, it becomes possible to optimize a geothermal heat source by trading geothermal heat between the connected parties. The heat can be exchanged with each other. In this way, the supply and demand can be aligned and prevented that too much heat disappears back into the source or that there is a shortage.

E-Web Geo offers an online trading platform, with which the customer can sell heat (to a participant) when it’s not needed and can buy it (from the source or a participant) in case more is needed.

This optimization of energy management per participant means a better heat distribution for the source holder and an optimization of the sustainable production of heat. And with that, also optimized subsidy income.

The approximately 25 affiliated participants receive more heat for the same price or the same heat for a lower price, says Anexo. E-Web Geo facilitates the source holder so that the traded heat can be properly paid for.

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Climate Change: Counterbalance Increasing Emissions With Renewable Sources

Global carbon emissions growth slows, but hits record high (Stanford University)

Coal use is down dramatically in the United States and the European Union, and renewable energy is gaining traction. But rising natural gas and oil use in 2019 increased the world’s carbon dioxide emissions modestly for a third straight year.

The runaway train that is climate change is about to blow past another milestone: global fossil-fuel carbon dioxide emissions will reach yet another record high. Driven by rising natural gas and oil consumption, levels of CO2 are expected to hit 37 billion metric tons this year, according to new estimates from the Global Carbon Project, an initiative led by Stanford University scientist Rob Jackson.

To counterbalance increasing emissions, the researchers call for stronger national policies and global commitments to help institute carbon pricing, accelerate energy efficiency improvements, reduce energy consumption, deploy electric vehicles, ramp up carbon capture and storage technologies and replace fossil fuels with renewable sources.

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Europe: Fact-Sheet on Geothermal Lithium Potential in the EU

Geothermal Energy: Embedding lithium production and clean energy-value chains in the EU (EGEC)


Developing competitive value-chains in a mission-orientated EU industrial strategy must be a central goal of the European Green Deal. Priority should be given to activities that provide multiple benefits such as increased investment in deep geothermal energy production and geothermal lithium plants. Download factsheet.........

United Kingdom: Geothermal Energy Can Bring Significant Benefits

UK geothermal: boiling beneath the surface (Future Power Technology)

The UK’s geothermal potential has been known for decades. While high cost and fears over its connection to seismic activity has historically made investors wary, a new push for the resource is on the horizon.

British Geological Survey (BGS) researchers joined geologists from across the country in a report published in Petroleum Geoscience, which urges energy providers to turn their focus to this untapped resource, labelling geothermal energy, carbon capture and storage, and bioenergy with carbon capture and storage as ‘critical’ to moving the UK towards its target.

While it seems geothermal remains too site-specific to be rolled out on a nation-wide level, findings from the BGS indicate that the resource could still bring significant benefits to the UK, and with the right research in place, the country could gain a leading spot in this budding global industry.

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Climate Change: More Companies Commit to Renewable Energy

Companies with more greenhouse gas emissions than France and Spain combined reducing emissions by 35%, in line with the Paris Agreement (News Release)

As world leaders meet in Madrid this week, with one year left until countries are expected to submit enhanced climate targets to keep the Paris Agreement on track, a significant portion of the private sector is already delivering on the 2015 global climate accord.

285 companies responsible for more than 752 million metric tons of CO2 equivalent emissions per year from their operations—more than the combined annual emissions of France and Spain—have set greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets in line with what science says is required to avert dangerous climate change and meet the goals of the Paris Agreement. 76 of these companies’ goals are in line with limiting warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.

A new report published today by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) reveals that by meeting their targets, these 285 companies will reduce their emissions by 265 million metric tons of CO2 equivalent, approximately equivalent to shutting down 68 coal-fired power plants. This represents a 35% reduction in companies’ emissions compared to their base year emissions.

In the European energy sector, the list includes Spain-based Acciona, Iberdrola and Red Electrica de Espana, Dutch firm Eneco, Italy's Enel, Portugal's Energias de Portugal, Orsted in Denmark, Sweden's Vattenfall and Austria'sVerbund.

The group also includes household names from the industrial and consumer goods sectors including BT, Coca-Cola,Deutsche Telekom, Hewlett Packard, McDonalds, Microsoft, Nestle, Nike, Sumitomo Chemicals, Thyssenkrupp and Unilever.

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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

USA, Texas: New Geothermal Entrepreneurship Organization Launched at University of Texas at Austin to Help Advance Geothermal Energy Industry

Drilling for Clean Energy: New Initiative Positions Texas as Geothermal Energy Leader (The University of Texas at Austin)


With a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, the Cockrell School of Engineering is launching a unique initiative that aims to make The University of Texas at Austin a national hub for geothermal energy expertise and startups. The new Geothermal Entrepreneurship Organization (GEO) will bring together engineers, researchers and entrepreneurs to develop technologies and launch companies to help advance the geothermal energy industry.

The organization, led by Jamie Beard and Bob Metcalfe of the Cockrell School’s Innovation Center, aims to leverage areas of excellence in geosystems and drilling engineering at UT to spur geothermal technology development and maturation. The effort will engage all groups with relevant expertise within the Cockrell School, UT’s Jackson School of Geosciences, the Bureau of Economic Geology, the College of Natural Sciences and the university’s more than 20 energy research centers. Beard and Metcalfe plan to complement that expertise with the vast community of entrepreneurial talent across campus and in Austin.

“It’s a straightforward concept. Drilling technically complex, high-temperature and high-pressure wells is a core strength of the oil and gas industry. Let’s use all of that learning and expertise to drill for heat — tapping a vast CO2-free, clean energy source,” Beard said. “We want to take advantage of Texas’ existing intellectual capital and leadership in geosciences and drilling to build the future of energy. By leveraging technologies and methodologies developed here over the past century and building upon them with new innovations, Texas can pioneer our clean energy future. And doing this won’t require a moonshot. We can make geothermal energy a ubiquitous utility within a decade.”

New Zealand: "World's First Closed-Loop Fully Geothermal Brewery"

Geothermal craft beer brewery coming to Wairakei (New Zealand Herald)

(Courtesy Rogue Bore Brewery)
What happens when an engineer, an entrepreneur and a designer get together? Answer: steam-powered craft beer! Former Contact Energy engineer Mike Blair, wife Llyween Pepper (the designer), and entrepreneur Chloe Walker have just secured the first round of angel investors for the Rogue Bore Brewery, a multi-million dollar geo-brewery among the steam fields at Wairakei, near Taupo.

The product? A geothermal brewery experience with a restaurant, bar and beer tasting located in the steamfield. Keen on brewing his own beer, Mike found his former employers to be incredibly supportive because his endeavours showcased what could be achieved with reusable energy from the geothermal power station at Wairakei.

"Reusable energy is used by big heavy industry, but there is a whole lot of potential for small business," says Mike, who resigned on November 15 to pursue beer making full-time for the Rogue Bore Brewery.

The brewery name comes from the original rogue bore on the Wairakei Steamfield. In 1960, drilling at the site resulted in a catastrophic escape of steam around the drill hole, creating a hole 22 metres deep and 70 metres across. It spent years energetically belching steam visible up to 120km away but is now a benign hole in the ground with tree and foliage-covered slopes.

Chloe Walker and Mike Blair are the founders of the world's first closed-loop fully geothermal brewery. In a nutshell, the energy company has first dibs and they make electricity for the national grid. They want more business lining up for second and even third dibs in what is known as 'cascade heat', where each user takes a few degrees of heat to create energy.

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USA, Texas: Oil Country Academics Call for Development of Geothermal Energy

Opinion - Innovations in deep geothermal wells could solve global energy crisis “within a decade” (Houston Chronicle)

By Bob Metcalfe and Jamie Beard, University of Texas at Austin.

Sunny Day at Ngatamariki, by Ralph Winmill.
GRC Photo Contest 2019.
Geothermal heat has the potential to solve the looming global energy crisis, not only in the short term but for good. But first, we must prioritize research and development that enables access to enough geothermal heat to meet demand. The potential return on investment? Near limitless and clean power for the entire world.

If we leverage high temperature and pressure technologies that have been developed during the past century in the oil and gas industry and focus on innovation to improve upon those technologies, we could drill for geothermal energy anywhere in the world. Drilling complex, very hot and very deep wells is what the oil and gas industry does best. Existing technologies paired with new innovations aimed at driving down drilling costs can be leveraged to enable drilling approximately 6 miles deep for geothermal energy anywhere in the world. Geothermal baseload is doable within a decade.

China: Host Country for World Geothermal Congress in 2023

IGA Board votes for China to be the host of the World Geothermal Congress 2023 (News Release)

(Courtesy CIA.gov)
The International Geothermal Association (IGA) is pleased to announce that China will be the host of the World Geothermal Congress 2023.

The IGA Board has voted for China after careful evaluation of three bid books coming from China, Italy and Russia. The voting was done after presentations to the Board in Auckland, New Zealand on November 28, 2019. The Board sincerely thanks all three candidates for their commitment and interest in hosting the next World Geothermal Congress and appreciated the presentations of the bid book whilst convening in Auckland for Board meeting #71.

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USA, California: Call for Abstracts for High-Temperature Well Cementing Workshop - Deadline now December 16

Joint GRC-SPE Workshop: High-Temperature Well Cementing

“Exploring Geothermal and Oil & Gas Synergies”


March 30 - April 1, 2020,

San Diego, California, USA

Call for Abstracts - Deadline extended to December 16

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

The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) together with the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) invite you to present your latest technical work in High-Temperature Well Cementing at the special joint workshop.

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

Please submit your abstracts to Estela Smith at grc@geothermal.org. Call 530.758.2360 ext 102.

Deadline for submission of abstracts is now December 16th, 2019.

Call for Abstracts........

USA, Nevada: Geothermal Event! Call for Papers

Geothermal Resources Council - Call For Papers

Draft Paper Submission Due: May 27, 2020


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

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

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USA, California: Employment Opportunity as Geothermal Geologist

Vacancy - Geothermal Geologist Position


Horizon Well Logging, Inc., a California-based company in business for 26 years, is currently expanding due to high industry demand for our premier geothermal well logging services. Now hiring qualified graduates in geology interested in geothermal formation logging for domestic and international drilling projects within the geothermal sector of the energy industry. Seeking experienced igneous petrologists. We have an excellent reputation, are a progressive company, and offer competitive compensation with benefits.

Qualifications for Interested Applicants:
  • College degree in geological sciences
  • Effective computer, communication, and mechanical skills
  • Work well interpersonally, as a member of an integrated team
  • Strong work ethic, attention to detail with precision and accuracy
  • Have passport for travel internationally (not mandatory)
  • Able to work in remote locations for extended time periods
  • Available for hire, training and work assignment
Send resume and cover letter to Hiring Manager Cary Bean at: cbean@horizonwells.com or (707) 548-3422

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

USA, California: Employment Opportunity as Geothermal Wireline Manager/Production Engineer at The Geysers

Vacancy - Wireline Manager/Production Engineer (Calpine at The Geysers)

Location: Middletown, California, USA


Calpine’s Resource Group helps with the maintenance and development of the Geysers resource field in Northern California.

As an integral part of the team that monitors the geothermal resource, the Production Engineer/Wireline Manager will work with the production analysis team to help maximize production at the Geysers by:
  1. analyzing production and injection data, 
  2. collaborating with other Resource and Operations professionals to create reservoir management solutions, and
  3. plan and operate the day-to-day operations of the Wireline Crew to help with resolving production issues and maintaining regulatory compliance. 
The ideal candidate will have had experience in field operations as well as data-driven analysis for reservoir and production optimization.

Canada: Two Day Geothermal Conference in Edmonton, Alberta

1st Inaugural Canadian Geothermal Summit 2020 (UAlberta Geothermal Research Group)

Commercialization and research of Canada's vast geothermal resources

September 9-10, 2020, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • Two Days of Powerful Talks
  • One Day of Short Courses
  • Round table discussions
  • Industry Panels 
  • Networking Opportunities
  • Student Presentation Sessions 
This conference is a multidisciplinary meeting dedicated to sharing knowledge into the development of geothermal resources in Canada and the export of Canadian geothermal expertise to global markets. Topics will include: Geology, engineering, policy, regulation, economics, social license issues. We are soliciting participation from both the public and private sectors including government officials, oil and gas industry, geothermal developers, consultants, academics and non-government agencies.

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United Kingdom: Webinar on Geothermal Heat from Abandoned Coal Mines in Scotland

Minewater Geothermal in Scotland: An international opportunity (Scottish Enterprise)

Wednesday, January 29, 2020. 6:00 AM - 7:30 AM PST


The decarbonisation of heat in Scotland is a major opportunity for international trade and inward investment. Heat currently accounts for 52% of Scotland’s energy demand and 41% (indicative) of carbon emissions. As a result, meeting the target to reach zero by 2045 will be largely dependent in progress on decarbonising heat. By 2032, the Scottish Government target is for 35% of heat for domestic buildings and 70% of heat and cooling for non-domestic buildings to be supplied using low carbon heat technologies, where technically feasible.The combination of high heat consumption (as a proportion of total nation energy consumption) and highly ambitious greenhouse gas targets means that Scotland has an earlier and greater need for low carbon heating solutions than other countries.

Minewater geothermal is potentially a crucial technology for the decarbonisation of Scotland's heat supply. 600km3 of flooded mineworkings sit under Scotland's populated Central Belt region, potentially providing between 8-40% of national heat demand.

This webinar will provide an overview of Scotland's net zero ambitions, introduce a world leading geothermal testing facility in Glasgow, and provide an overview of Scotland's unique minewater geothermal investment opportunity.

The following speakers are confirmed:
  • Andy McDonald, Head of Low Carbon at Scottish Enterprise
  • Professor Zoe Shipton, Professor of Geological Engineering at the University of Strathclyde
  • Dr Alison Monaghan, Geologist at the British Geological Survey

USA, Alaska: Company Formed to Develop Geothermal Resource on Aleutian Island

Makushin Volcano could provide energy to Unalaska (Alaska Public Media)


After decades of false starts, geothermal power may be coming to Unalaska.

The Ounalashka Corporation and Fairbanks-based Chena Power, LLC have formed a company to develop a geothermal project at Makushin Volcano.

With city backing, Ounalashka/Chena Power is pursuing a U.S. Department of Energy loan worth $350-500 million.

Salts said that funding would allow the project to move forward at no expense or risk to the city. He also said the company will use existing research performed at Makushin over the last 60 years, meaning further feasibility investigations aren’t necessary.

A test well drilled in the 1980s revealed a hot-water reservoir that could generate at least 12 megawatts of electricity, or enough to heat around 10,000 homes.

USA, Nevada: Endangered Toad May Affect Dixie Valley Geothermal Power Project

Geothermal plant vs. rare Nevada toad (Elko Daily)

(Courtesy Mike Wolterbeek)
Environmentalists are warning that a planned geothermal energy plant in Northern Nevada could threaten the habitat of a rare toad.

The future of a big-eyed, freckled creature known as the Dixie Valley toad is at the center of an expected fight as environmentalists seek federal protection for the amphibian, the Las Vegas Sun reports.

The toad, whose existence was unknown until a couple of years ago, lives around the thermal springs on the western edge of the Dixie Valley Playa, east of Reno. It's one of 274 imperiled species — 25 of them in Nevada — at the center of legal action initiated last month under the Endangered Species Act.

Ormat Technologies, the company that plans to build the geothermal energy plant, has proposed mitigation strategies to protect the toad's habitat.


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Indonesia: Sokoria Geothermal Power Plant to Begin First 5 MW Phase of Operations in February

5 MW geothermal plant in Flores set for operation early next year (Jakarta Post)

(Courtesy PLN)
The Sokoria geothermal power plant on Flores Island, East Nusa Tenggara province is slated to begin the first phase of operations in February next year.

Power producer Sokoria Geothermal Indonesia and state-owned utility company PLN said in a joint statement on Sunday that the plant would have an initial production capacity of 5 megawatts (MW), with a gradual increase in capacity to 30 MW by 2024.

“We are drilling up till our seventh well. Construction is still on schedule and we are certain that we’ll begin operating in February 2020,” said Sokoria head of corporate affairs Syahrini Nuryanti.

Germany: The Potential for Geothermal Heat and Electricity

Aiming for Climate Targets, Germany Taps Its Geothermal Potential (Yale Environment 360)

The German state of Bavaria is embracing an ambitious program of tapping into geothermal reservoirs, with Munich hoping to make its heating system carbon-neutral by 2040. But given the expense of geothermal power, can it ever rival wind and solar as a renewable energy source?

“Munich realized that it can’t hit climate targets unless it addresses heating, and Bavaria has deep thermal water flows between the Alps and the Danube that are ideal for geoenergy,” explains Michael Solic of Stadtwerke München, the city’s municipal utility. While the Alps’ geological conditions favor geothermal energy, the growing exploitation of this renewable resource in Bavaria shows that many other regions worldwide could tap into geothermal sources to heat homes and buildings and to generate electricity, Solic says.

Republic of Ireland: Eire Aims for 70% Renewable Energy by 2030

Ireland unveils plan for 70 per cent renewable energy by 2030 (RenewEconomy)


Ireland has published the details of its long-awaited Renewable Electricity Support Scheme (RESS) this week, finally unveiling details around how the country will look to increase its share of renewable energy capacity to 70% by 2030.

The RESS follows on from Ireland’s Climate Action Plan, published in June, and sets out a pathway across every sector which will move the country to 70% renewable electricity by 2030.

The plan currently will see four (possibly five) auctions held between 2020 and 2027 to deliver on the targets which will open bidding to a variety of technologies.

The first round will seek to procure 1,000 GWh of renewable energy power and will be launched by year’s end or early 2020. This will be followed by the second auction round with 3,000 GWh on offer in 2020, with further auctions scheduled for 2021, 2023, and 2025 to allocate 3,000 GWh, 4,000 GWh, and 2,500 GWh of capacity, respectively.

Climate Change: Concentrations of Carbon Dioxide in the Atmosphere Hit Record Level

2019 concludes a decade of exceptional global heat and high-impact weather (WMO)


The year 2019 concludes a decade of exceptional global heat, retreating ice and record sea levels driven by greenhouse gases from human activities. Average temperatures for the five-year (2015-2019) and ten-year (2010-2019) periods are almost certain to be the highest on record. 2019 is on course to be the second or third warmest year on record, according to the World Meteorological Organization.

The WMO provisional statement on the State of the Global Climate, says that the global average temperature in 2019 (January to October) was about 1.1 degrees Celsius above the pre-industrial period.

Concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere hit a record level of 407.8 parts per million in 2018 and continued to rise in 2019. CO2 lasts in the atmosphere for centuries and the ocean for even longer, thus locking in climate change.

Europe: Entries Now Accepted for Ruggero Bertani Geothermal Innovation Award

Geothermal innovation award 2020 (EGEC)

Applications for the award 2020 are now open and can be submitted until 14th January 2020. Applications will be assessed on grounds of originality, innovation, reliability, reduction of emissions, and improvements in energy output.

The Ruggero Bertani Geothermal Innovation Award is awarded annually to European entities which have made an outstanding contribution towards the field of geothermal energy in the form of innovative products, scientific research or project initiatives developed or released within the previous year. It is the seal of excellence applied to the most intelligent and important ideas in research and industry which will play a key role in the future development of geothermal energy.

The award is organised jointly by EGEC Geothermal and Messe Offenburg, organisers of the GeoTHERM fair and congress.

The jury for this edition is composed of Miklos Antics (France), Sandra Kircher (Germany), Fausto Batini (Italy), Adele Manzella (Italy), Javier Urchueguia (Spain).

The winner will be announced on 5th March 2020 at GeoTHERM, Offenburg, Germany.

For any enquiry, please contact egia@egec.org

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Monday, December 2, 2019

Science & Technology: Enel Launches Competition for Method to Economically Extract Lithium from Geothermal Brine

Brinemine – Extracting lithium and other valuable minerals from geothermal brines (Enel Green Power)

Challenge Expiration Date: December 31, 2019
Reward: $30,000

The global demand for lithium salts, the raw material for lithium-ion batteries, has increased significantly in recent years as a result of technological advancements in electronic devices and electric cars requiring high energy-density batteries. Traditional sources of lithium are quickly being depleted and alternative supplies must be explored. One potential source is the fluid used in geothermal power plants, known as geothermal brine, but extraction of lithium from such fluids has proven challenging due to several factors including the presence of other salts in the brine (that can be valuable as well). Enel is looking for novel methods and technologies to economically extract lithium and other valuable minerals.

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Belgium: Drilling Commences at Janssen Pharmaceutica Geothermal Project

Drilling begins at the Janssen Pharmaceutica Project in Beerse, Belgium (Erdwerk)

On Sunday December 1, 2019 drilling commenced for the first of two wells for the Janssen Pharmaceutica geothermal project in Beerse, Belgium.

With a target depth of over 2000m vertical, the first well (GT-02 Injection Well) will target the Dinantian Reservoir.

Driven by Johnson & Johnson's pledge to reduce carbon emissions by 20% by 2020 and 80% by 2050, Janssen is looking to become the first industrial developer of a geothermal project in Belgium.

Erdwerk is proud to have been involved in the project since its inception and shall have a full time supervision presence on the drilling site for the duration of drilling and testing.

More project information here: https://www.erdwerk.com/en/beerse

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Canada: Workshop on Geothermal Technologies

Geothermal Technology in Canada: Future Pathways Workshop (Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy)

23-24 January, 2020, Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy, Ontario, Canada

This 1.5 day workshop will be held at the University of Waterloo and will explore current activity in all geothermal technologies including high temperature steam-based systems, hot sedimentary fluids systems, enhanced geothermal systems in low permeability igneous and sedimentary rocks, and shallow, ground-source heat pump geothermal systems. These may be co-generation systems (e.g heat use as well as power generation), coupled with other energy systems (heat storage from other sources), and novel applications or projects.

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Science & Technology: Project to Improve Efficiency of Geothermal Heat Exchangers

Geohex - Towards Enhanced Heat Exchangers Performance (News Release)

Geothermal is accredited as a flexible resource in the renewable energy mix with the need for an unprecedented pace to cost reduction. The geothermal power plants, due to the inherently harsh environments, are constantly under threat from corrosion and scaling issues resulting in high operational and maintenance costs. Unsurprisingly, heat exchangers, whether direct heat exchangers or Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC), are under constant threat from geothermal brine corrosion and scaling issues and measures are needed to enhance the performance and sustainability.

Project GeoHex, as part of the EC call to develop next generation of renewable energy technologies, aims to develop heat exchanger (HX) materials addressing both the improvements in the anti-scaling and anti-corrosion properties, as well as, the heat transfer performance of the HX material leading to more efficient and cost-effective systems. The project kicked-off on 20-21st November and will run for a period of 36 months.

GeoHex will rely on the use low cost carbon steel as base material for HX. Through modifying the surface with nano porous coating and controlling the surface chemistry (along with the surface structure), GeoHex will significantly improve the heat transfer performance of single phase and phase change heat transfer process respectively. The project relies on the use of Ni-P/Ni-P-PTFE duplex and amorphous metal glass coating to attribute the anti-scaling & anti-corrosion properties to the low-cost carbon steel substrate.

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Greece: New National Energy Plan Mandates 100 MW of Geothermal Capacity by 2030

Greece aims to install 5 GW of PV by 2030 (PV Magazine)

Greece’s new strategy for its energy sector and the climate builds on an earlier version of the plan that was published in January by the previous government. However the authorities have tweaked the plan significantly to provide for the new government’s pledge to phase out coal by 2028.

The plan now requires renewables to supply 35% of Greece’s final energy consumption in 2030, up from 31% in the previous plan. Of this, renewable energy systems are set to account for a staggering 61% of Greece’s electricity consumption by 2030. Renewables will also provide 43% of Greece’s heating and cooling and 19% of its transportation needs by the end of the coming decade.

Greece’s new national energy plan mandates 7.7 GW of cumulative solar PV capacity by 2030, 7 GW of cumulative wind power capacity, in addition to 3.7 GW of hydropower, 300 MW of biomass and biogas, and 100 MW of geothermal capacity.


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Iceland: Hellisheiði Geothermal Power Plant Carbfix Operations Spun-Off from Parent Company

CarbFix as a subsidiary (News Release)

Hellisheiði Geothermal Power Plant
(Courtesy Reykjavík Energy)
The Board of Directors of Reykjavík Energy (OR) has approved, subject to the confirmation of OR’s owners, to establish a public limited company (PLC) around CarbFix operations. The CarbFix process has been successfully operated at the Hellisheiði Geothermal Power Plant in recent years. The aim by separating CarbFix operations from the core activities of OR are;
  • further supporting climate action by providing interested parties in Iceland and abroad the opportunity to reduce their carbon footprint with the CarbFix process.
  • preventing growing CarbFix activities from interfering with other research and innovation projects within OR.
  • limit and mitigate the financial risks of the basic services and core activities of OR
  • protect the intellectual property rights of CarbFix.
The pending PLC will be entirely owned by OR.

Indonesia: 5 MW First Phase of Sokoria Geothermal Project to Start Up in February

PLTP Sokoria di NTT Ditargetkan Beroperasi Pada Februari 2020 - Sokoria's PLTP in NTT is Targeted to Begin Operations in February 2020 (Tribun News)

Jika tidak ada aral melintang, Pembangkit Listrik Tenaga Panas Bumi (PLTP) Sokoria, Nusa Tenggara Timur (NTT) ditargetkan bisa beroperasi pada Februari 2020. Nantinya, pembangkit yang akan menghasilkan listrik sebesar 5 megawatt (MW) akan diserap oleh PT Perusahaan listrik Negara (PLN) untuk memenuhi kebutuhan elektrifikasi di Flores. Manager Unit Pelaksana Pembangkitan (UPK) Flores PLN Unit Induk Wilayah NTT Lambok R Siregar, mengatakan, saat ini progres pembangunannya sudah mencapai 50 persen.

(From Google Translate) If nothing gets in the way, the Geothermal Power Plant (PLTP) in Sokoria, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) is targeted to begin operations in February 2020. Later, the power plant that will produce 5 megawatts (MW) will be absorbed by PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN) to meet the electrification needs in Flores. Lambok R Siregar, Manager of the NTT Generation Unit (UPK) Flores PLN of the NTT Main Unit, said that the development progress has now reached 50 percent. 

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Switzerland: Second Phase of Exploratory Drilling Underway at Geneva Geothermal District Heating Project

Genève veut se chauffer à la géothermie - Geneva wants to heat itself with geothermal energy (Le Messager)

L’État de Genève et les Services industriels de Genève (SIG) démarrent un deuxième forage exploratoire qui descendra jusqu’à 1 130 mètres, à Lully (commune de Bernex). Le premier forage exploratoire s’était fait à Satigny. Celui de Lully, un des plus profonds jamais creusés à Genève, est réalisé dans le cadre du programme GEothermie 2020. Il a pour but de contribuer à atteindre les objectifs fixés par le canton de Genève en matière d’énergie thermique.

(From Google Translate) The State of Geneva and Geneva Industrial Services (GIS) are starting on a second phase of exploratory drilling, which will go down to 1,130 meters at Lully (Bernex commune). The first exploratory drilling was done in Satigny. The well in Lully, one of the deepest ever dug in Geneva, is carried out within the framework of the GEothermie 2020 program. Its goal is to contribute to achieving the objectives set by the canton of Geneva in thermal energy.

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