Friday, February 17, 2017

USA, Idaho: Sculpture Celebrating Boise's Geothermal Heritage Completed

Boise State to dedicate new art piece based on the city’s geothermal underground (Idaho Statesman)

Boise State University, in partnership with the city departments of Public Works and Arts & History, will dedicate the sculpture, “Transference,” at a public ceremony, 2-3 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 27 at the Environmental Research Building, 1295 W. University Dr. The piece sits near the parking lot on the building’s south side. The public is invited.

The university and city commissioned artists Ken McCall and Leslie Dixon to create the piece, which is made of steel and plexiglass. The piece, comprised of an arc of metal inset with blue and orange-red, represents the passage or transference of Boise’s natural hot water through underground systems and into the city’s geothermal system that stretches from East Boise, through Downtown Boise and across the Boise River onto the BSU campus.

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United Kingdom: The Potential for Geothermal Energy in South West England

Energy Explainers: What is Geothermal Energy? (Exeter City Futures)

A new energy report, Energy Independence 2025, by Exeter City Futures - a Community Interest Company, identifies the options for increasing renewable energy generation within the Exeter region. In this Energy Explainers blog they introduce Geothermal energy, giving a very good explanation and touting its potential to power the south-west of England.

While many people consider heat pumps to be a source of geothermal energy, the heat they transfer is actually heat from the sun which is stored underground. So technically they are classed as solar power. To harness the full power of geothermal we need to dig a little deeper.

There’s a huge potential for generating energy from hot rock granite sources. The technology for capturing this energy still needs to be validated, but solutions are being tested including a geothermal power plant at the Eden Project in Cornwall.

To access the heat that’s trapped in gaps between granite in the ground two holes are drilled. Each hole is very narrow, but goes several kilometers below the ground. Cold water is pumped down one hole into the gap where it’s super hot – around 180°C. The hot water is then pumped back up the other hole where it runs through a turbine to make electricity.

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Indonesia: PT Geo Dipa Energi Developing 275 MW Geothermal Energy by 2021

Development of geothermal power needs to accelerated: VP (Jakarta Post)

Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla has expressed hope that state-owned energy company PT Geo Dipa Energi will be able to boost the development of geothermal energy to help the government achieve its energy sector target.

“I am happy to hear the progress. I’m still keeping my hopes up that Geo Dipa will continue to help the government develop clean electricity,” said Kalla as reported by on Friday after a meeting with the company’s management in his office.

The Vice President stressed the importance of immediately expanding geothermal power plants in Dieng, Central Java, and in Patuha, West Java.

Meanwhile, Geo Dipa president director Riki Ibrahim said he had explained to Kalla about the progress in the Dieng and Patuha power plant projects, which would have capacities of 100 megawatts (MW) and 175 MW, respectively, by 2021.

Turkey: Partnership to Develop Geothermal Power Plants

Egesim and Atlas Copco partnership to offer joint geothermal power plant solution (ThinkGeoEnergy)

As announced at the recently held conference by the Geothermal Operator Association (JESDER) in Ankara, Turkey,  the companies of EGESIM (a Siemens affiliated company) and Atlas Copco are teaming up in offering geothermal power plant solutions to the Turkish market.

Today, EGESIM plays an important role in electricity and automation works of geothermal power plants. With this new partnership both companies are combining their expertise, technologies and innovations to provide efficient and productive solutions to the geothermal market in Turkey, says the announcement on the EGESIM website.

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

GRC Annual Meeting & GEA GeoExpo+

Geothermal Energy Event of the Year

USA: News from the Heat Pump Industry

Heat Exchange Industry News (Geothermal Exchange Organization)

The latest GEO Industry News is now available from the Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO).

Headlines and features in this month’s edition include:
  • Reed Bill Will Reinstate and Extend Clean Energy Tax Credits
  • NY-GEO Cheers Gov. Cuomo's Program to Rescue Geo Jobs
  • Portman-Shaheen Energy Efficiency Bill Introduced
  • Virginia Geothermal Heat Pump Tax Credit Update
  • Massachusetts Bill Requires 100% Renewables by 2050
  • Register Now for the IGSHPA 2017 Conference & Expo!
The Geothermal Exchange Organization, a 501(c)(6) non-profit trade association based in Springfield, Illinois, USA that advocates the environmental, energy efficiency and economic benefits of geothermal heat pump systems for heating and cooling applications in residential, commercial, and institutional buildings in the USA.

GEO Industry News (PDF)

Kenya: Government Proposes Sh16.4 Billion for Geothermal Development

2017/18 budget tabled in Parliament and it’s huge (

President Uhuru Kenyatta’s government still has education, health, energy, security and infrastructure as main priorities as reflected in the last budget before Kenyans go to the poll.

Sh16.4 billion will go to geothermal development, Sh9.7 billion to Last Mile Connectivity and Sh5.1 billion to rural electrification with the the three items being key in the energy sector.

In December 2016, Global Geothermal News reported that in the Treasury’s mini-budget, allocation for geothermal development was proposed to go down to Sh10.5 billion from Sh21.9 billion. A reduction to Sh16.4 billion is not so severe.

Indonesia: Two Day Course Before ITB International Geothermal Workshop

Workshop - Method and Techniques in Geothermal Power Plant Inspection (GEOCAP)

In March 2017, GEOCAP will hold its first training in 2017 on Method and Techniques in Geothermal Power Plant Inspection. This training will be held in conjunction with the 6th ITB International Geothermal Workshop (IIGW) in Bandung with the support from the Human Resources Agency of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources Indonesia (BPSDM ESDM).

Our experienced trainers from ITB and DNVGL will give a 2-days training on Method and Techniques in Geothermal Power Plant. The purpose of this course is to enable geothermal power plant personnel especially the inspector to perform their operation activities. The objective of the course is to provide the course audience with the tools and knowledge to work in area of geothermal power plant including the main component and operation and maintenance management. At the end of this course, the participant will have knowledge of the operation of geothermal power plant. The knowledge includes concept of engineering design, and problem solving in the operation of geothermal power plant.

There are limited seats available for this training. You can register for the training by clicking the link below.

Registration for the Pre-Workshop Course 2 - IIGW 2017

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

United Kingdom: Two Day Workshop on Sharing Geothermal / Oil & Gas Technologies

Geothermal Cross Over Technology Workshop (AAPG)

25-26 April 2017,  Durham, United Kingdom

Abstract Submission Ends on 17 February, 2017

The American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) Europe Region is delighted to bring you this exciting new geosciences technology workshop at Durham University.

Themes for Abstract Submission:

  • Evaluating the prospectivity of fluid systems: lessons from the petroleum and geothermal industries.
  • Modelling and measuring fluid flow in geothermal and petroleum systems.
  • Impact of geothermal fluids on maturation and migration in petroleum systems.
  • Combined petroleum/geothermal/mineral systems.
  • Using geothermal energy to add value in the oil & gas industry.
  • Hydraulic Fracturing: lessons for the Petroleum Industry from Geothermal Fields — fracking with hot fluids.
  • Enhanced oil recovery using geothermal fluids.
  • Geothermal petroleum systems.
  • Enhanced geothermal systems and petroleum reservoir fracking.
  • Hot rock drilling, logging and completion.
  • Monitoring performance — petroleum vs geothermal (in a sense 4D seismic vs microseismic)

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USA, Idaho: Draft Environmental Impact for Panther Creek Hot Springs Geothermal Project Delayed

Panther Creek geothermal project EIS delayed (Idaho Mountain Express)

More review added due to new Trump administration

Due to the new presidential administration, a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for a proposed lease of national forest land to build a geothermal power plant near the confluence of the Salmon River and Panther Creek has been postponed until March.

The proposed site covers almost nine square miles on the Salmon-Challis National Forest about 25 miles west of the town of Salmon.

Ormat Technologies wants the right to use hot water from Panther Creek Hot Springs to produce power that would be connected to Idaho Power’s grid. A BLM study of geothermal potential in the West estimated that the site has 10-20 megawatts of generating capacity—enough to power up to 20,000 homes.

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Canada: Promising Geothermal Resource in Western Alberta

Epoch Energy provides update on pre-feasibility study (Hinton Parklander)

Epoch Energy Development presented a pre-feasibility report project update to council on Feb. 7 about the proposed Hinton geothermal district energy system.

While geothermal heating and district energy systems are nothing new, the combination would be a first in Canada.

Based on the preliminary research, Hinton has over 100 wells within it’s vicinity to select from. Ideal wells will have water in them over 120°C, and due to the town’s location it is a great place to look.

TM Gunderson, director and CFO of Epoch, explained that because the town is so close to the foothills, the water is very deep and also very hot.

The complete feasibility report is scheduled to be completed for the end of March and will include cost estimates to build the facilities required and retrofit existing buildings.

Canada: Ex Oil Workers Want Geothermal Energy Industry Skills

Iron & Earth: Oil Sands Workers Ready For Renewable Energy Shift (North American Windpower)

Canadian oil workers are interested in being retrained in skills for the geothermal energy industry

This past November, Iron & Earth, a national initiative to retrain tradespeople working in the fossil fuel industry to transition into the renewables sector, publicly introduced its plan to put words into action. Titled the Workers’ Climate Plan, the report “describes how Canada can become a leader in renewable energy, and a net exporter of renewable energy products, services and technology, by harnessing the industrial trade skills of current energy sector workers.”

Notably, many of these workers in the building trades either already have the basic skills necessary for renewables work or they have transferable skills that would enable a smooth transition.

According to the plan, “The compatibility or near compatibility of existing skills with renewables is extensive: Electricians are needed to develop and install solar panels, welders are needed to build wind turbines, drillers and drilling engineers are needed to locate and maintain geothermal wells, and so on.”

Australia: Queensland Outback Towns Want Geothermal Energy

#GoQld: Local governments’ wish list to be put to new minister (Courier Mail)

A geothermal power system for the bush and a network of agricultural export hubs are among a wish list of innovations drawn up by council leaders from around the state.

They want to see a $3 million pilot project in Winton to generate energy, using water of 80°C plus from the Great Artesian Basin, expanded to Longreach, Normanton, Quilpie and Thargomindah.

“Backed by solar and battery storage, there is tremendous potential for those communities to become sustainable and self-sufficient,” Local Government Association of Queensland president Mark Jamieson said.

South Korea: 1.2 MW Geothermal Power Plant Could be Ready by April

Geothermal Power Plant is a First for Korea (The Korea Bizwire)

Development of a megawatt-capacity enhanced geothermal system (EGS) on non-volcanic grounds will be the first of its kind in Asia

Electricity generated from geothermal energy will soon be distributed to South Korean households for the first time in history. 

The electricity will come from Pohang, a city on the southeast coast of the Korean Peninsula, which has been making use of geothermal energy some four kilometers below the surface of the earth in the town of Heunghae. 

Officials said regions in Pohang were found to have the optimal conditions for generating geothermal electricity, with some reaching 180 degrees Celsius at a depth of five kilometers. 

The 1.2-MW project will be completed by April, and is expected to provide electricity to some 1,000 households as early as the latter half of 2017, if not by next year, officials said. 

Upon the first successful supply of geothermal electricity, officials will raise an additional 80 billion won in investment through a power plant consortium to expand the current facility to generate 6.2 MW by 2019.

Background and Progress of the Korean EGS Pilot Project (Paper submitted to WGC 2015)

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USA, Nevada: Call for 50 Percent RPS by 2025 Could Boost Geothermal Energy

Democrats propose doubling Nevada's renewable energy target (PennEnergy)

Democratic lawmakers are proposing legislation to move Nevada away from fossil fuels more quickly than planned.

Democratic Assemblyman Chris Brooks of Las Vegas introduced a bill this week that would double the amount of renewable energy Nevada will mandate by 2025.

Assembly Bill 206 would require energy providers to generate 50 percent of electricity from so-called "clean" sources in the next eight years. Nevada is currently targeting 25 percent renewable energy by 2025. 

State law says renewable energy sources include biomass, geothermal, solar, water and wind power. Natural gas, oil and coal are excluded.

A separate proposal would ban fracking or hydraulic fracturing, which uses pressurized liquids to draw natural gas and oil from the ground. Democratic Assemblyman Justin Watkins of Las Vegas introduced Assembly Bill 159 this week.

Philippines: Thai Company Invests in Geothermal Energy

Basic Energy sells 9% stake to Thai company (Philippine Star)

Basic Energy Corp. will sell unissued shares to Thailand-based Vintage Engineering Public Co. Ltd. (VTE) in line with their joint development of renewable energy (RE) projects here and abroad.

Also under the deal, both parties agreed VTE has the right to invest in the Mabini geothermal project and other projects.

Currently, Basic Energy has five geothermal service contracts, namely the Mabini Geothermal Service Contract (SC) in Batangas, East Mankayan Geothermal Prospect in Ifugao, Mt. Mariveles Geothermal Project in Bataan, Mt. Iriga Geothermal Project in Albay and West Bulusan Geothermal Prospect in Sorsogon.

Among its projects in the pipeline, the Batangas project is the most advanced, with the drilling of an exploratory well currently under way. Basic partnered with Trans-Asia Oil and Energy Development Corp. to develop the resource.

Europe: German Company Wins European Geothermal Innovation Award

enOware GmbH awarded the European Geothermal Innovation Award 2017 (EGEC)

The nominees presented on stage (Courtesy EGEC)
enOware GmbH received the European Geothermal Innovation Award 2017 during the opening session of GeoTHERM exhibition and Congress 2017 in Offenburg, Germany. The award was given for their miniaturised sensor (Video) which allows to professionally plan, monitor and measure near-surface geothermal probes.

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Europe: New Regional Group to Develop Geothermal Energy Projects

Geothermica call preannounced at GeoTHERM (News Release)

Today at the PtJ booth during the GeoTHERM Expo, Geothermica partners with EC Project Officer, Ms. Susanna Galloni, officially pre-announced a spring opening of the Call for Geothermal Projects "Accelerating the deployment of geothermal energy in Europe".

In addition to the Mexican & EU cooperation, there is also an enhanced cooperation within Europe itself.  From 1st of January this year a cooperation between 13 European countries and the EC joined forces to accelerate the deployment of geothermal energy in under the name Geothermica. This network focus on a multimillion call for innovative geothermal projects.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

China: Aiming for 530 MW Geothermal Power by 2020

Sinopec to harvest more heat from earth (China Daily)
Chinese State-owned Sinopec Group's interest in geothermal energy has grown as it seeks to diversify beyond oil and gas production.

Sinopec Star Petroleum Ltd, China Petrochemical's geothermal energy development arm, said it would come up with a plan to create 20 smokeless cities, replacing coal with geothermal energy, covering 100 million sq m in the 13th Five-Year Plan(2016-20) period.

According to Wang Zizong, deputy chief engineer of Sinopec Group, geothermal energy has the potential to partially replace coal-fired heat while reducing the country's carbon footprint especially in big cities.

By 2020, the country is aiming for a geothermal power installed capacity of 530 MW and a geothermal heating area of 1.6 billion square meters, according to the country's energy planner.

Global: Call for Papers for the Geothermal Energy Event of the Year

GRC 2017 Annual Meeting - Call for Papers

Salt Lake City, Utah (Courtesy Visit Salt Lake)
Geothermal Resources Council Annual Meeting will be held Oct. 1-4 in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. Theme is “Geothermal Energy - Power to do More.”

The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) has issued a call for papers for the world’s biggest geothermal conference of the year taking place October 1-4, 2017, in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA at the Salt Palace Convention Center.

Themed “Geothermal Energy - Power to do More” the 41st GRC Annual Meeting will reflect the world-wide availability of a clean, dependable renewable energy that is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, providing both flexible and baseload power production.

The GRC Annual Meeting 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. Registration also includes entry to the GEA GeoExpo+.

Over 1,260 attendees came to the 2016 GRC Annual Meeting and GEA GeoExpo+ from around the world, highlighting the GRC’s role in connecting the global 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 2017.

The GRC 2017 Annual Meeting planning committee will consider papers for its Technical and Poster Sessions covering a range of topics, both domestic and international: Business Development / Finance/ Market Analysis; Drilling; Direct Use / Heat Pumps; Emerging Technologies; Exploration / Resource Assessment; Field Operations / Production Technologies; Geology; Geochemistry; Geothermal Education and Community Engagement; Geothermal Energy and Mineral Extraction; Geothermal Energy Associated with Oil and Gas Operations; Geothermal Play Fairways; Geothermal Project Case Studies; Geophysics; Power Operations / Flexible Generation / Maintenance; Regulatory / Environmental Compliance / Policy Issues; Reservoir Engineering/ Reservoir Management/ Modeling / Enhanced Geothermal Systems; Sedimentary Basins; Utility and Transmission Issues; Country Updates (example: Kenya / Philippines); Regional Updates (example: Basin & Range / Cascades / Rocky Mountains).

Successful selection to present at the GRC Annual Meeting is prestigious and recognizes the presenter as a top industry expert. International participation is key to the success of the technical programs, and geothermal researchers and experts from around the world are encouraged to submit their work for consideration to be presented at the GRC Annual Meeting.

Anyone who wants to present at the GRC Annual Meeting must submit a paper. Authors may submit a poster and/or oral technical presentation. The paper submission deadline is April 28, 2017.

Additional information about paper requirements and submission forms can be obtained by contacting the GRC at (530) 758-2360 or at

For information on how to sponsor this event, contact Estela Smith; GRC at (530) 758-2360 or

For more information about the GRC Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, visit or call (530) 758-2360. For information about the GEA GeoExpo+ visit or call (202) 454-5261.

Science & Technology: Using the Underground as a Battery for District Heating Project

Hamburg considers innovative heat storage scheme (energypost)

During the warm months, cold saltwater from beneath the city could be pumped to the surface and heated by factories, waste incinerators, gas plants, and surplus renewable energy. It would subsequently be injected at a different location below the clay strata for heat storage. 

As the winter approached, pumping the heated saltwater up from storage to the surface would enable the thermal energy to be withdrawn for heating distribution. The cooled saline solution could then be pumped back into the aquifer from which it had been originally taken.

Science & Technology: Using Self-Healing Cement for Geothermal Wells Would Save Geothermal Plants Millions of Dollars

Cracking under pressure is no problem for high strength self-healing cement (PNNL)

With an average life span of 30-40 years, the cement around geothermal production wells eventually cracks over time. Because wells with cracked cement are vulnerable to leakage, reduced strength, and corrosion, it's important to repair them in a timely fashion. However, repairs can easily top $1.5 million dollars; the cost of new materials, excavation, installation, and halting power production adds up fast.

Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) developed cement that can heal itself when cracks occur. Using self-healing cement for geothermal wells would save geothermal plants millions of dollars and would reduce the amount of downtime necessary for repairs.

France: Study Reports on the Promising Prospects for French Geothermal Energy

Frankreich: Studie untermauert wichtige Rolle der Geothermie - France: Study underpins important role of geothermal energy (ee-news)

Die Studie beurteilt die Perspektiven der französischen Geothermie als vielversprechend. Nicht nur für die inländische, zunehmend auf erneuerbare Quellen ausgerichtete Energieversorgung, sondern auch beim Export von Technologie und Know-how.

The study assesses the promising prospects of French geothermal energy. Not only for domestic, increasingly renewable sources of energy, but also for the export of technology and know-how.

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Commonwealth of Dominica: Geothermal Project Gets Funds

$45M Towards Geothermal Project (GIS Dominica)

Hon Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Dr. Roosevelt Skerrit has announced that Government will inject $45M into Dominica’s geothermal project.

The finance minister was speaking at a private sector forum at the Fort Young Hotel last Friday.

Hon Skerrit says the success of this project will have a positive impact on the private sector.

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Monday, February 13, 2017

USA, Hawaii: Geothermal Energy Session and Fieldtrip - Submit Abstracts by Tomorrow

2017 Geological Society of America Cordilleran Section

23–25 May 2017, Honolulu, Hawai‘i USA

We invite you to submit your contributed presentation(s) to:
T14: Advances in Geothermal Resource Investigations, convened by Pete Stelling, Nick Hinz, Nicole Lautze and Garrett Ito

Description: Exploration, development and support of geothermal energy is entering a period of resurgence in the western U.S. and around the world.  We welcome contributions pertaining to any geothermal and hydrothermal location or topic, including exploration updates, technological breakthroughs, modeling results and more. 

You may submit as many abstracts as you like by the deadline of 14 February 2017. Submit abstracts online.

There is also a field trip associated with this session: 
5. Structural Geology and Geothermal Energy of Kīlauea Volcano, Island of Hawai‘i. 

Cost: US$242. Min 11, max 18. 8 a.m. Sat., 20 May to 4:30 p.m. Sun. 21 May.
Stephen Martel, Univ. of Hawai‘i,; Nicole Lautze, Univ. of Hawai‘i,; Peter Drakos, Ormat Technologies Inc.,

Description: This trip will provide an overview of Kīlauea’s structure and activity, particularly how they relate to geothermal energy. We will visit a geothermal power plant as well as rift zone faults and pit craters. This 2-day trip will depart from the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel (island of Hawai‘i) at 7:45 am on Saturday May 20, and return to the hotel by 4:30 pm on Sunday May 21. Participants will be responsible for their own airfare and reservations to and from Hilo, lodging in Hilo, breakfasts, and dinners. Lunches will be provided.

USA, California: Selected Papers from the Opening Session of the Stanford Geothermal Workshop

Stanford Geothermal Workshop

February 13-15, 2017, Stanford, California

Selected Papers from the Opening Session:

USA, California: Drilling at Hell's Kitchen Geothermal Power Project Could Begin in May

Salton Sea geothermal plant would use lithium tech that caught Tesla's eye (The Desert Sun)

Controlled Thermal Resources CEO Rod Colwell discusses his company's plans during an interview by the southern shore of the Salton Sea, in California's Imperial County, on April 29, 2016. (Photo: Robert Hopwood/The Desert Sun)
A new startup (Alger Alternative Energy) has acquired Simbol's lithium extraction technology. And it's partnered with Australian developers who are trying to build a massive geothermal power plant, which would be the region's first new geothermal facility in years. Together, the companies hope to start producing climate-friendly energy — and enormous quantities of valuable lithium — as soon as 2021.

"This year's actually the year we get down and dirty and covered in hydraulic fluid," said Rod Colwell, CEO of the Australian firm, Controlled Thermal Resources and GRC Member. "It's exciting to actually get on site."

Last year, Colwell's firm leased 1,880 acres from the Imperial Irrigation District, which owns the land where their project would be built. It's a desolate place — muddy, foul-smelling and punishingly hot for much of the year. Some of the land used to be covered in water, but the lake is receding fast. Several of the area's 11 geothermal plants can be seen belching steam in the distance.

Colwell originally planned to drill exploratory wells last fall, but the government approval process has taken longer than expected. Company officials now say they hope to start drilling in May, after getting their conditional use permit from Imperial County in the next month or two.

"We're 95 percent done, we’re just waiting on some final archaeological reports," said Jason Czapla, the firm's chief engineer, who moved from Australia to El Centro to oversee operations last year.

Science & Technology: Nice Graphic of the Iceland Deep Drilling Geothermal Project

Mining magma: Iceland's geothermal well will use Earth's crust to power 50,000 homes (Wired)

The well in Reykjanes is being used to create a natural wealth of energy

Situated near the town of Reykjanes, the geothermal well goes five kilometres into the Earth's crust and hits temperatures between 400°C and 1,000°C (Credit MUTI)

Friday, February 10, 2017

Grenada: Vacancy as Geothermal Energy Project Coordinator

Consultant Geothermal Energy Project Coordinator - Grenada

Request For Expressions of Interest (EOI)

Deadline for submission of EOI, is no later than 1600 hours (Grenada Time) February 28, 2017

The Government of Grenada (GOG) has applied for financing under the Sustainable Energy Facility (SEF) for the Eastern Caribbean, managed by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) towards the cost of Geothermal Resource Development Project and intends to apply a portion of the proceeds of this financing to eligible payments under a contract for which this invitation is issued.

The Ministry of Finance and Energy, the Executing Agency, now wishes to procure consultancy services for a Geothermal Energy Project Coordinator (GE PC) for the overall management of the Government’s exploration drilling campaign including costs, schedules and resources.  The Consultant will work closely with relevant Government agencies, international funders, technical specialists and legal experts to achieve this.

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USA: Successful Code Comparison Study for Geothermal

Two Brains are Better Than One: How the Geothermal Community Upped the Game for Computer Codes (PNNL)

Modeling an underground world of uncertainty requires collaboration

The GTO-CCS team brought 11 research institutions together to collaborate on coupled thermal, hydrologic, geomechanical, and geochemical numerical simulators. These codes have the potential to help facilitate widespread geothermal energy development. (Courtesy PNNL)
High upfront installation costs create a barrier to fast, widespread deployment of geothermal power plants. The initial cost in U.S. for a large field and power plant is around $2,500 per installed kW and upwards of $5,000/kWe for a small (<1Mwe) power plant. Most of the cost comes from drilling the geothermal wells and creating a successful geothermal reservoir. Since it’s difficult to “see” below the earth’s surface, geothermal developers rely on computer codes called numerical simulators. These codes reduce the uncertainty around where production geothermal wells should be drilled and the flow and thermal recovery characteristics of the reservoir. They also prove to be extremely valuable because of their ability to simulate how a reservoir can be created and sustained, how flow will change over time, the impacts of stimulation and circulation, and ultimately may predict a reservoir’s power generation capability.

Several computer codes exist, but not all codes are created equal. To better understand discrepancies between the codes and improve geothermal models, the DOE’s Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO) initiated a Code Comparison Study. Led by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) engineer Mark White, the GTO Code Comparison Study brought together 11 research institutions to test, compare, improve, and discuss their codes. For more information check out the Benchmark Problems of the GTO Code Comparison Study (PDF).

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Publication: Comprehensive Review of Practicalities of Geothermal Extraction and Use in Europe

Perspectives for Geothermal Energy in Europe

Edited by: Ruggero Bertani (Enel Green Power, Italy)

The potential for energy transformation from geothermal heat is limitless. For millennia natural sources of this energy, in the form of thermal springs, have been used by populations for heating, cooking and bathing. Modern-day usage has been extended to electricity generation from binary cycle power plants, heat extraction from geothermal heat pumps and use in greenhouses for industrial crop growing. Perspectives for Geothermal Energy in Europe highlights the status of geothermal energy in countries where natural sources of this energy are available. It concludes with a presentation of current geothermal policy and regulations within Europe, and discussion of how this fits in with the EU Energy and Climate Framework.

Suitable for students, academics and practitioners in the fields of energy studies, geology and the earth sciences, electrical engineering and environmental economics, this book is the first comprehensive review of the practicalities of geothermal extraction and use in Europe.

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Publications: New Book Introduces Technology and Reviews the Properties of SCO2 Relevant to Power Cycles

Fundamentals and Applications of Supercritical Carbon Dioxide (SCO2) Based Power Cycles

Editors: Klaus Brun, Peter Friedman, Richard Dennis. Hardcover ISBN: 9780081008041 eBook ISBN: 9780081008058 Imprint: Woodhead Publishing Published Date: 25th January 2017

Fundamentals and Applications of Supercritical Carbon Dioxide (SCO2) Based Power Cycles aims to provide engineers and researchers with an authoritative overview of research and technology in this area. Part One introduces the technology and reviews the properties of SCO2 relevant to power cycles.

Other sections of the book address components for SCO2 power cycles, such as turbomachinery expanders, compressors, recuperators, and design challenges, such as the need for high-temperature materials. Chapters on key applications, including waste heat, nuclear power, fossil energy, geothermal and concentrated solar power are also included. The final section addresses major international research programs.

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India: Geological Survey Has Identified About 340 Geothermal Hot Springs

Geothermal Energy Potential & Problems (Cooling India)

Prospects of geothermal energy in India have huge potential to become a leading contributor in generating eco-friendly and cost effective geothermal power. Around 6.5% of electricity generation in the world would be done with the help of geothermal energy and India would have to play a bigger role in the coming years in this direction.

The Geological Survey of India has identified about 340 geothermal hot springs in the country. Most of them are in the low surface temperature range from 37° C-90°C which is suitable for direct heat applications.

These springs are grouped into seven geothermal provinces i.e. Himalayan (Puga, Chhumathang), Sahara Valley, Cambay Basin, Son-Narmada-Tapi (SONATA) lineament belt, West Coast, Godavari basin and Mahanadi basin.

Some of the prominent geothermal resources include Puga Valley and Chhumathang in Jammu and Kashmir, Manikaran in Himachal Pradesh, Jalgaon in Maharashtra and Tapovan in Uttarakhand. A new location of geothermal power energy has also been found in Tattapani in Chhattisgarh. In addition, Gujarat is set to tap geothermal electricity through resources which are available in Cambay between Narmada and Tapi river.

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Philippines: Preparations to Set Perforated Liners in Completed Well at Mabini Geothermal Project

Basic Energy, Phinma Energy, conduct tests for Mabini geothermal project (Power Philippines)

With drilling works now completed, Basic Energy Corp. and Phinma Energy Corp. are now determining resources at the Mabini geothermal project in Batangas.

The consortium has fulfilled its commitment with the Department of Energy (DOE) for completing the drilling works for Geothermal Service Contract No. 8.

Basic Energy said drilling reached the target depth of 1, 679 meters, and preparations to set perforated liners are being done.

“Testing of the well aimed at obtaining temperature, pressure, and permeability data, to be performed by its contractor, Scientific Drilling International (SDI), shall commence shortly,” the firm said.

Basic Energy senior vice president and general manager Anthony Cuaycong said completion tests will last up to three days and are intended to set baselines that will allow Basic Energy to assess the resources.

“After the completion test, there is a heat-up period of up to one and a half months, during which time surveys will be conducted to check well response after specific ‘rest’ periods,” Cuaycong said.

Pre-feasibility studies show that Service Contract no. 8, which covers 3, 841 hectares, can yield between 20 to 60 megawatts of power.

United Kingdom: Geothermal Heat Could Help Important Agricultural Area

Vale businesses could be heated using geothermal energy, study finds (Evesham Observer)

A groundbreaking study has been carried out in the Vale which could lead to homes and businesses being heated by geothermal energy.

The results of the study, led by Wychavon District Council, were published on Tuesday (February 7) and found there is ‘real potential’ to use natural heat from the Earth as a renewable source of energy in Worcestershire.

The research looked at heat use across the county – with public sector buildings and large scale business uses at the forefront of the study.

A key part of the study focused on geothermal heat in the south of the county, focusing particularly on how this might support growers in the Vale, especially in Offenham.

Offenham is home to a number of important horticultural companies who all use a substantial amount of heat to grow fruit and vegetables for supermarkets across the country.

It’s hoped harnessing the natural heat would meet the rising demand from growers in the Vale, whilst also providing a sustainable source of energy at the same time.

Indonesia: Grant will Support Geothermal Energy Upstream Development Project

World Bank to give Indonesia $55m to develop geothermal energy (Bangkok Post)

The World Bank said Friday it will extend Indonesia a US$55.25 million grant to facilitate geothermal energy power plant development in the country, which aims to become the world's biggest geothermal producer.

The bank said in a statement that the grant will support Indonesia's Geothermal Energy Upstream Development Project and will mostly be used to fund infrastructure development and drilling exploration.

Production capacity is targeted to increase in stages from the current 1.6 GW to 7.2 GW by 2025, according to the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

USA: Geothermal Build Lags Behind That Of Other Renewables Due To Lack Of Policy Support - Report

Sustainable Energy in America Factbook (Bloomberg New Energy Finance)

The 2017 edition of the Sustainable Energy in America Factbook – produced for the Business Council for Sustainable Energy by Bloomberg New Energy Finance, provides up-to-date, accurate market information about the broad range of industries — energy efficiency, natural gas and renewable energy— that are contributing to the country’s move towards cleaner energy production and more efficient energy usage.

US geothermal build (MW)

The section on geothermal energy has the following observations:
  • New US geothermal build lags behind that of other renewables due to long project completion periods (4-7 years), high costs of development, and lack of policy support. All this has contributed to a dearth of geothermal development, with no new projects commissioned in 2016. Further, only one project, Cyrq Energy’s Soda Lake 3, moved forward with development after awarding an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract to Ormat.
  • However, 2016 also brought new hope for the sector – the Bureau of Land Management auctioned off new geothermal land leases in Nevada, Utah and Oregon. In Nevada, 14 of 22 leases cleared – with Ormat snapping up the majority. In addition, a new lease was granted to develop capacity in California’s Salton Sea. These new leases for development could replenish the pipeline for geothermal projects in the US.
  • The majority of activity has been from experiment with hybridization – the use of another technology alongside geothermal to enhance the overall performance of the plant. Two such facilities are operated by Enel Green Power North America, Inc. (EGP-NA). The first is at its triple-hybrid Stillwater plant in Nevada, where the company in 2015 commissioned a new solar thermal component that had been added to its existing photovoltaic and geothermal hybrid. The second project took place at EGP-NA's existing Cove Fort geothermal power plant in Utah, where the company in 2016 commissioned a hydroelectric generator newly added to an injection well.
  • With the lack of additional projects moving forward, 2016 was the second year in a row without new asset financing for US geothermal projects.
  • One project, Ormat’s Don A Campbell Phase II in Nevada, was refinanced in 2016. Ormat raised USD 44m in equity as Northleaf Capital Partners bought a 36.75% stake, and another USD 55m in debt from bond issuance.
  • The US Department of Energy also awarded $29m for research into enhanced geothermal systems, which would use hydraulic fracturing to stimulate geothermal resources in areas which have less water, heat or permeability. Sandia National Laboratories and the University of Utah will undertake this research.
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USA, Texas: "We are excited about the opportunity to have geothermal as a part of our energy portfolio in this state."

Railroad Commission says it's ready for first geothermal power project in decades (San Antonio Business Journal)

Railroad Commission of
Texas Chair Christi Craddick
Texas Railroad Commission Chairman Christi Craddick spoke to the San Antonio Business Journal about the agency's readiness to review its first geothermal project in decades.

The Railroad Commission of Texas is ready to review plans for a proposed geothermal power project in South Texas, something the Lone Star State has not seen in decades, the agency's chairwoman said.

With one company hoping to build a refinery two hours south of San Antonio that runs entirely on geothermal power and uses carbon sequestration to send emissions deep underground, Railroad Commission Chairwoman told the Business Journal that the agency has prepared its staff to receive what could be their first geothermal permit application in years.

"We are excited about the opportunity to have geothermal as a part of our energy portfolio in this state," Craddick said. "I think it's a good opportunity for Texas."

U.S Department of Energy funded geothermal projects in the late 1970s, including a small power plant just southeast of Houston in Brazoria County that operated for several years. Under the Geothermal Resources Act of 1975, Texas state lawmakers placed the regulation of geothermal under the Railroad Commission. Because drilling is a large part of geothermal power, the Railroad Commission's oil and gas division will oversee any proposed projects for the clean power source. Craddick said one geologist assigned to the division has geothermal experience and will take the lead on the permitting process.

Science & Technology: Adsorbent Material Extracts Commodities from Geothermal Brine

Featured R&D 100 Award Winner: U-Grabber (R & D Magazine)

The U-Grabber, created by Oak Ridge National Laboratory, is a superior adsorbent material for the remediation of water and the extraction of commodities from traditionally difficult-to-mine sources, such as oceans, fly ash, mine-tailings ponds and geothermal brines, including fracking water. The innovative product was the winner of a 2016 R&D 100 Award.

The material is made from polyethylene fibers, similar to PVC, woven into braids and grafted with chains of a uranium-attractive chemical called amidoxine.

The adsorbent works by immobilizing (i.e., coordinating) metals on the highly grafted polymer. The use of metal coordination (i.e., grabbing the metal out of solution) allows U-Grabber to extract metals of interest from solutions where traditional adsorbents are cost prohibitive.

These solutions include high salinity solutions, such as geothermal brines, or high sulfate streams, which include some municipal water sources. 

Mexico: Two Day Regional Geothermal Conference

25-26 April, Mexico City, Mexico

Join us and our co-hosts The World Bank in Mexico City from April 25th-26th for GEOLAC 2017, the largest annual gathering of the Latin American and Caribbean geothermal market.

GEOLAC 2017 will explore prospects for regional geothermal development in an era of historically low renewable costs. Are governments valuing geothermal appropriately given its ability to deliver firm capacity? How do developers view the regional markets vs. geothermal markets world-wide? Which markets and which projects are making and breaking ground?

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Indonesia: Funding Provided for Muara Laboh Geothermal Power Project

Japanese lenders ink Indonesian geothermal deal (Global Trade Review)

(Courtesy Supreme Energy)
Lenders led by Japanese financiers have extended US$440mn to a geothermal power project in Indonesia.

The co-financing was led by the Japan Bank for International Co-operation (JBIC), which has contributed US$198mn from its own book. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) then led a syndicate of commercial banks on the rest of the financing.

The syndicate was composed of BTMU, Mizuho and SMBC, with the commercial portion of the debt being covered by Nippon Export and Investment Insurance (Nexi), a Japanese government-owned agency.

The finance will fund the Muara Laboh geothermal power project, being built by Supreme Energy Muara Laboh (SEML), an Indonesian subsidiary of Engie, the French power company. The project is in the South Solok area of West Sumatra. It will eventually have a generating capacity of 80MW, which will be sold to the state-owned power utility PT PLN over a 30-year period.

USA: Energy Loan Guarantee Program Under Threat

Trump May Retrench Massive Energy Loans (Transmission and Distribution World)

President Donald Trump’s advisers have recommended the Energy Department freeze and consider ending a loan program that famously backed the failed solar panel maker Solyndra, according to two people familiar with the plan.

A memo prepared by Trump’s transition team for Energy secretary nominee Rick Perry calls for a halt to new loan guarantees while the department determines what should be done with more than $25 billion still available for use, the people said. That would give the administration time to determine whether the program, initially created in legislation signed by then-President George W. Bush, should be shut down entirely.

Either way, the Energy Department would continue to administer the $30 billion portfolio it has of existing loans and guarantees, according to the people who declined to be identified discussing the memo because it isn’t public. The aid has helped nuclear plants and wind farms, solar-panel fabricators and the geothermal industry. Brian Mahar, a spokesman for the loan programs office, declined to comment.

USA, California: Early-bird Deadline is 10 February for Workshop on Exploring Geothermal and Oil and Gas Synergies

SPE/GRC Workshop: High-Temperature and Corrosion in Drilling and Production - Exploring Geothermal and Oil and Gas Synergies

21-22 March, 2017, Courtyard Marriott Mission Valley San Diego, California, USA

The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and the Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) have teamed up to develop a joint workshop bringing together researchers, engineers, and field technicians concerned with Upstream E&P, Corrosion and Scaling, and Geothermal Energy.

Exploring themes common to these related fields through case studies and applications, this event hopes to improve the ability to develop downhole resources safely and efficiently.

Early-bird Deadline: 10 February. Register Now........

Topics for discussion include:
  • High temperature drilling techniques,
  • Well completion technologies,
  • Cements and casing materials for extreme conditions,
  • Borehole measurement and reservoir characterization tools,
  • Corrosion and scaling challenges - innovative chemical application,
  • Optimized production equipment and conditions,
  • Power generation options; processes and materials,
  • Downstream scale control and mineral extraction techniques,
  • Advances in H2S abatement,
  • Reinjection well technologies.

Switzerland: Attractive Feed-in-Tariffs for Geothermal Power Could be In Place by 2018

Switzerland plans incredibly attractive feed-in-tariffs for geothermal power (ThinkGeoEnergy)

Switzerland has just announced the likely most attractive feed-in-tariffs for geothermal power produced of up to $0.479/ kWh.

The new feed-in-tariffs are set at CHF 0.475/ kWh ($0.479/ kWh) for electricity from petrothermal geothermal production. The draft law still has to go through a popular vote, and if the vote is positive, the new law could enter into force in 2018.

On its website, the Swiss Geothermal Energy Association reports that the Swiss Federal Council has also issued regulations on the new energy legislation and the new CO2 law as part of the energy strategy 2050 for public consultation. This process will last until 8 May 2017.

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Kenya: Project to Establish Industrial/ Heat Park Near the Menengai Geothermal Field

Request for Proposal - Provision of Pre-feasibility Study for Establishment of Industrial/ Heat Park Near the Menengai Geothermal Field

Tender No. GDC/DU/RFP/037/2016-2017

Tender closing date: 24/02/2017 

For efficient utilization of geothermal energy for direct use applications, and to ensure economic viability of the projects, GDC plans to undertake a pre-feasibility study to assess the viability of and requirements of setting up an industrial/heat park near the Menengai geothermal project where both electrical and thermal energy will be availed. GDC wishes to engage a reputable company/consortium to undertake the study.

Notice (PDF)........              Entire Tender Document (PDF)........

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

USA, California: Student Internships at The Geysers for Summer of 2017

Calpine Geysers Internships

(Courtesy Calpine)
Calpine has announced student internships at The Geysers for Summer of 2017. The application deadline is March 31, 2017, but students are encouraged to apply ASAP as qualified students could be contacted before the deadline. Internships are only open to students attending schools in the United States. Click on the links below for a description, requirements and how to apply.
Additional Notes:
  • Qualified candidates must be a student during time of internship (Calpine cannot accept applicants who are graduating in May 2017)
  • Calpine cannot accept students who will require sponsorship.
  • Summer 2017 Internship (May/June Start Dates, August/September End Dates) – Can be flexible based on student schedule.
If you have any questions about the internships, please contact Sam Escalante at

USA, Hawaii: Geothermal Energy Session and Fieldtrip - Submit Abstracts by February 14

2017 Geological Society of America Cordilleran Section

23–25 May 2017, Honolulu, Hawai‘i USA

We invite you to submit your contributed presentation(s) to:
T14: Advances in Geothermal Resource Investigations, convened by Pete Stelling, Nick Hinz, Nicole Lautze and Garrett Ito

Description: Exploration, development and support of geothermal energy is entering a period of resurgence in the western U.S. and around the world.  We welcome contributions pertaining to any geothermal and hydrothermal location or topic, including exploration updates, technological breakthroughs, modeling results and more. 

You may submit as many abstracts as you like by the deadline of 14 February 2017. Submit abstracts online.

There is also a field trip associated with this session: 
5. Structural Geology and Geothermal Energy of Kīlauea Volcano, Island of Hawai‘i. 

Cost: US$242. Min 11, max 18. 8 a.m. Sat., 20 May to 4:30 p.m. Sun. 21 May.
Stephen Martel, Univ. of Hawai‘i,; Nicole Lautze, Univ. of Hawai‘i,; Peter Drakos, Ormat Technologies Inc.,

Description: This trip will provide an overview of Kīlauea’s structure and activity, particularly how they relate to geothermal energy. We will visit a geothermal power plant as well as rift zone faults and pit craters. This 2-day trip will depart from the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel (island of Hawai‘i) at 7:45 am on Saturday May 20, and return to the hotel by 4:30 pm on Sunday May 21. Participants will be responsible for their own airfare and reservations to and from Hilo, lodging in Hilo, breakfasts, and dinners. Lunches will be provided.