Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Find Your Geothermal Energy Expert

Looking For Geothermal Service Providers?

The GRC has contact information for experts to meet your geothermal needs. Did you know that you can search for geothermal service and equipment providers through the GRC's my.geothermal.org website? There are two ways to search for services:

The Yellow Pages webpage: Available to the public.

The GRC Yellow Pages are paid listings and is the first place GRC refers to when we receive inquiries for services or equipment providers. Don't see your company listed? Contact Anh Lay at alay@geothermal.org to find out how.

Membership Online Directory: Available to members only (must sign in first).

The online directory is available to members only. It contains contact information for all of our members. NEW - You can now search by areas of expertise. Already a member? Don't forget to update your profile! Not a member, sign up now!

Chile: Agenda Available for Geothermal Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean

GEOLAC 2019 - 6th Geothermal Congress for Latin America and the Caribbean (New Energy Events)

July 17-18, 2019, Santiago, Chile



The Geothermal Resources Council is pleased to partner with New Energy Events for GEOLAC 2019, the only annual gathering of the region’s leading geothermal stakeholders.

The agenda is now available! Join governments, utilities, developers, and capital providers for the region's only annual geothermal gathering, held July 17-18 in Santiago, Chile. Geothermal Resources Council members receive a 10% discount on registration with the code GRCGEO2019. For more information or to register, please visit newenergyevents.com/geolac.

USA, California: Geothermal Energy to be Discussed at Energy Summit

 2019 Imperial Valley Energy Summit (IVEDC)

24-26 April, Imperial Valley College, Imperial, California, USA

There will be two sessions dedicated to geothermal energy at the summit. On Thursday, April 25th there is a panel on Geothermal Tomorrow: New Developments and Mineral Extraction. Panelists include Dr. William Pettitt, Executive Director of the GRC.


In addition, there is a breakout session in the afternoon on Mineral Extraction & Energy from Geothermal Brine.

Full Agenda (PDF)........

Tanzania: Plans for 200 MW Geothermal Power by 2025

Tanzania: Geothermal Plant Work Starts 2021 (AllAfrica.com)

(Courtesy CIA.gov)
The government will start construction of a geothermal energy power plant in Lake Ngozi, Mbeya Region in 2021, the Tanzania Geothermal Development Company (TGDC) has said.

Speaking during a recent workshop for Parliamentary Committee on Energy and Minerals members, the company's General Manager, Mr Kato Kabaka, said the government had already dished out 20.714bn/- for the purchase of drilling machine at the project site.

"Presently, the government is finalising the process to amend the law which will facilitate management of geothermal development in the country," said the TGDC's general manager while making a presentation to the workshop.

Mr Kabaka explained that the government plans to implement construction projects of seven geothermal energy power plants between 2021 and 2025, saying the geothermal energy would provide the country with yet another opportunity to facilitate implementation of the industrial economy.

He said the projects will be carried out in Songwe, Luhoi in Lower Rufiji River, Kiejo-Mbaka, Lake Natron and Lake Ngozi in Mbeya Region, saying upon completion, the plants would generate 200 megawatts.
 
Mr Kabaka said implementation of Lake Ngozi geothermal energy power plant construction was currently at drilling levels, saying three geothermal wells for the pilot project will be complete within 23 months.

"Lake Ngozi geothermal energy power plant will be able to generate 30 megawatt which will be pumped into the national grid," he said.


Philippines: Energy Development Corp. Allocates Over P7 Billion to Improve Reliability of Geothermal Power Plants

EDC allots P7 B capex for 2019 (Philstar)

Lopez-led Energy Development Corp. (EDC) has allocated over P7 billion in capital expenditures (capex) this year to improve the reliability of its geothermal facilities.

The company’s 2019 capex amounts to approximately P7.45 billion, based on a regulatory filing.

About 88.11 percent or P6.56 billion, will finance acquisitions to support the operations and maintenance requirements of the geothermal plants in Leyte, Negros Island, Bacon-Manito and Mt. Apo.

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Chile: License Granted for Exploration for 50 MW Tolhuaca Geothermal Project

Transmark Chile published its Peumayén exploitation license on the Tolhuaca geothermal field (News Release)

The Chilean Energy Ministry grants Transmark Chile SpA a geothermal exploitation license for the Peumayén concession located in southern Chile in the Quilaco district of the Biobío Region and the Curacautín district of the La Araucania Region, Southern Chile.

In February 2018, Transmark Chile formally published it’s 2-year exploration licence for the Peumayén concession. After careful evaluation of data available from earlier exploratory activities on the flanks of Tolhuaca volcano and additional studies and fieldwork by Transmark Chile, the company was able to conceive a development plan for the discovered geothermal resources and successfully applied for the geothermal exploitation license with indefinite duration, which allows Transmark Chile to develop this renewable baseload energy resource.

The Project consists of the initial development of a 50 MWe power plant on the north-western flank of the Tolhuaca volcano, with a potential that could reach up to 200 MWe. Developing Peumayén contributes to the transition of Chile's energy matrix to a more sustainable and diversified mix, contributing a net annual generation equivalent to the consumption of more than 200,000 households from a domestic, reliable and renewable resource.

Kenya: Invitation to Bid for Contract to Rehabilitate Olkaria 1 Geothermal Power Plant

Tender For Procurement of Plant Design, Supply and Installation of Olkaria I Units 1, 2 and 3 Geothermal Power Plant Rehabilitation Project (News Release)

Bids must be delivered on or before 21st August, 2019

Olkaria III flow test, by Patrick Walsh. Active flow
test during construction of the 4th addition to Ormat's
Olkaria III complex in Kenya. GRC Photo Contest 2016.
Due to the normal wear and tear experienced by the plant over years of operation, KenGen wishes to rehabilitate the Olkaria 1 Units 1, 2 and 3 Power Plant.

The Government of the Republic of Kenya/Kenya Electricity Generating Company PLC has received a loan from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) towards the cost of Rehabilitation of Olkaria I Units 1, 2 and 3 Geothermal Power Plant. It is intended that part of the proceeds of this loan will be applied to eligible payments under the Contract for rehabilitation of the Power Plant and associated Steamfield and High Voltage (HV) Substation.

KenGen now invites sealed Bids from eligible Bidders for the construction and completion of Rehabilitation of Olkaria I Units 1, 2 and 3 Geothermal Power Plant. International Competitive Bidding will be conducted in accordance with JICA's Bidding Procedure as provided for in the tender documents.

More Information.........

Monday, April 22, 2019

USA, Nevada: New RPS Target is 50% Renewable Energy by 2030

Governor Sisolak Signs Clean Energy Bill on Earth Day (KTVN)

Governor Steve Sisolak signed a bill into law Monday raising the state’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS) to 50% by 2030.

"By using more clean energy, we’ll reduce our carbon emissions and the smog-forming pollution that comes from fossil fuels - decreasing our use of pollutants in the air that our children breathe every day."

On Friday, the Assembly unanimously passed Senate Bill 358 which increases the amount of clean energy created and used in the state from 25% by 2025 to 50% by 2030.

This bill comes after Nevadans voted to approve the changes in a ballot measure this past November.

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USA, California: Imperial Valley Energy Summit is This Week!

Imperial Valley Energy Summit (IVEDC)

The Geothermal Resources Council will be representing the international geothermal energy community at this important conference. Come visit our booth!

April 24-26, 2019, Imperial Valley College, Imperial, California, USA

The Imperial Valley Energy Summit offers an exciting, comprehensive program of engaging and informative speakers to discuss the issues that are most relevant to clean energy and technology industries in California and the Imperial Valley. In addition, the three day event includes: a business exposition, private tour options, ample networking opportunities and a banquet dinner.

Industries and Panel Topics:
  • Water
  • Renewables
  • Minerals & Geothermal
  • Modern Agriculture
  • Solar
  • Technology
  • Energy Storage
  • Smart Grid
  • New Crops
  • Geothermal
For more information on Programs, Speakers and event details, download our official IVES 2019 App or visit the IVES 2019 Website or contact us at 760.353.8332. For sponsorship opportunities, contact Itzel Moncada at itzel@ivedc.com.

Europe: Video Explainer from the European Technology and Innovation Platform on Deep Geothermal

ETIP-DG: The energy future we imagine is solidly grounded on geothermal energy (EGEC Geothermal)

Designing the future of geothermal energy. Renewable, secure, clean, versatile, distributed, reliable: the energy future that we imagine is solidly grounded on geothermal energy.


(Video 2:08 minutes)

About the European Technology and Innovation Platform on Deep Geothermal (ETIP-DG)............

Science & Technology: New Research on How Geothermal Fluids Flow Through Fractures

Understanding Anomalous Transport in Fractured Rock (MIT Earth Resources Laboratory)

New work from MIT Earth Resources Laboratory deepens understanding of fluid diffusion through networks of tiny cracks in subsurface rock.

To fully understand the risks and benefits of underground activities such as oil/gas production, geothermal energy production, or carbon sequestration, energy industry scientists need a detailed understanding of how fluids flow through fractures deep beneath the Earth’s surface. Contaminants or other tracers in fluids such as water can diffuse through porous rock following a pattern similar to diffusion in other materials—a process called Fickian diffusion—but when the rock contains a network of fractures, the process may become more complex. The interplay between the fracture geometry and the fluid velocity can speed up or slow down diffusion, in the form of “anomalous transport”.

ERL Researchers Peter Kang, Stephen Brown, and Ruben Juanes found that standard diffusion in a rough-walled fracture can transition to anomalous transport at higher stress, as the fluid organizes itself into channels and no-flow zones, causing both early arrival and long residence times of contaminants. In a 2016 paper in Earth and Planetary Science Letters, they proposed a new model that explains both types of diffusion and quantitatively describes the transition between them in a single fracture. In a new paper in Water Resources Research, Kang, Juanes and co-workers extend their analysis to a network of fractures, and applied it to a real fracture network from a natural outcrop.

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Stress‐induced Anomalous Transport in Natural Fracture Networks, by Peter K. Kang, et al. First published: 17 April 2019. Water Resources Research https://doi.org/10.1029/2019WR024944

Philippines: 150 MW Bacon-Manito Geothermal Plant to Power Snack Food Production

Mondelez taps EDC to supply clean energy to Sucat factory (Manila Standard)

Mondelez Philippines, the local unit of global snack manufacturer Mondelēz International Inc., tapped geothermal producer Energy Development Corp. to supply power to the former’s manufacturing plant in Sucat, Parañaque City.
Under the agreement, EDC will supply 100-percent geothermal energy to Mondelez from the 150-megawatt Bacon-Manito Geothermal Project in the Bicol region.

“We are proud to source our power from 100-percent renewable energy. Sustainability for our company is about preserving our world and its people. We all depend on just one planet. The smart and sustainable use of natural resources to reduce our environmental footprint is necessary now more than ever. This latest initiative complements our other sustainable projects in the Philippines,” said Mondelez Philippines plant lead Atul Kulkarni. 

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines: Drilling Rig Arrives at Geothermal Power Project Site

Drilling Rig For St Vincent Geothermal Project Moved Safely To Site (News784)

After a 2 hour delay on Sunday 14th April 2019 the truck carrying the 60 ft 60 tons drilling rig and others left Port Kingstown for the site at Rabbaca.

Much of the concerns raised were not realized and the buttressed Biabou bridge did not exhibit any signs of stress. Traffic officers were coordinated and road users were compliant.

The Geothermal project aims to deliver a 10 MW geothermal power plant to the Caribbean island nation of St. Vincent & the Grenadines (SVG), transforming its energy sector, reducing its dependency on imported diesel, and providing a new sustainable and affordable source of energy based on an indigenous resource.


From the Global Geothermal News archives:

Happy Earth Day 2019: Have Some Geothermal Energy - You're Very Welcome!

Why Geothermal?

Our gift to the world on Earth Day


Denmark: Exploration for District Heating Geothermal Resources to Begin

A.P. Møller Holding får nu grønt lys til geotermi i Aalborg og Aarhus
 - AP Møller Holding now gets green light for geothermal energy in Aalborg and Aarhus (Forsynings- og Klimaministeriet Energistyrelsen)

Med to nye tilladelser fra Energistyrelsen i hånden kan A.P. Møller Holding Invest IV nu gå videre med at undersøge potentialet for geotermi i to udvalgte områder i Aalborg og Aarhus. Der skal bl.a. bores efterforskningsbrønde for at afdække mulighederne i at kommercialisere geotermi til brug i fjernvarmeforsyningen i Danmarks 2. og 3. største byer.

(From Google Translate) With two new permits from the Danish Energy Agency in hand, AP Møller Holding Invest IV can now proceed to investigate the potential for geothermal energy in two selected areas in Aalborg and Aarhus. Exploration wells will be drilled to uncover the possibilities of commercializing geothermal energy for use in district heating supply in Denmark's 2nd and 3rd largest cities.

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USA, California: Testing Begins at Coso Closed-Loop Geothermal Power Generation Project

GreenFire Energy Completes Construction of the First Field-Scale Demonstration of  Closed-Loop Geothermal Power Generation (News Release)

Testing of the Demonstration Begins at the Coso, California, Geothermal Field


GreenFire Energy Inc. today announced the completion of construction and the beginning of testing of the world’s first field-scale demonstration of a closed-loop geothermal power system.

The project uses an inactive well in the Coso, California, geothermal field.

Acceptance testing of key components is in process and active flow testing will begin in late April. A final report of testing results will be made available to the California Energy Commission and project participants later this year.

Ethiopia: Business Opportunity at 50 MW Tulu Moye Phase 1 Geothermal Power Plant Project

EOI Invitation for an EPC Contractor for Tulu Moye Geothermal Project in Ethiopia (U.S. Trade and Development Agency)

Proposal Deadline: Tuesday April 30, 2019

Tulu Moye Geothermal Operations Plc (TMGO), an Ethiopian incorporated energy company, is seeking Contractors qualified and interested in participating in a pre-qualification process for Tulu Moye’s Phase 1, a 50 MW net output geothermal power plant located in the Eastern Rift Valley, Ethiopia.

TMGO is looking to develop a collaborative and partnership with qualified Contractors to help develop a long-term geothermal development program for Phase 1 initially, and up to 520 MW of generation for Phases 2-4.

The Contractor’s scope of work is to provide a turnkey, fully functional geothermal power plant and associated steam field gathering system. Optional, or add-on service offerings related to Operations & Maintenance will also be welcomed and considered, as would any added value the Contractor can bring to the Project through grant / soft finance, export credits or to share in development cost risks to Financial Close. Co-investment or equity investment is not being sought at this time.


Science & Technology: Using Machine Learning to Better Predict Seismic Activity During Geothermal Exploration

Theory meets application: Machine learning techniques for geothermal exploration (Phys Org)

Credit: Penn State
The work aims to use machine learning both to better predict seismic activity during geothermal exploration and to optimize geothermal energy production.

Geothermal systems require the creation of fractures through hydraulic stimulation. This fracture formation and stimulation is associated with microearthquakes (MEQs) that can damage buildings and other surface structures. Chris Marone, professor of geosciences and Jing Yang, assistant professor of electrical engineering hope that by using Yang's machine learning (ML) algorithms they will be able to forecast and predict seismic events such as MEQs.

"We are very interested in whether certain precursors exist for microearthquakes so that we can predict when a major seismic activity is going to happen in the near future, upon which some immediate actions can be taken before anything destructive happens," said Yang.

USA: Federal Land is Important for Geothermal Energy Development

Large-scale solar, wind and geothermal developers hit project headwinds on public land (The Nevada Independent)

Nevada Basin & Range. Photo by
Ian Crawford, GRC Field Trip 2015.
With Nevada and other Western states discussing ways to increase the use of renewables, a big question is lingering in the background: Where will all the new solar arrays, wind farms and geothermal plants go?

The answer, at least in part: public land owned by the federal government. The question then becomes: Where?

Solar is not the only renewable that runs into conflicts with federal land. Geothermal does, too.

For instance, the proposed withdrawal of about 600,000 acres of federal land for the Navy’s expansion of its Fallon range could hinder geothermal development in high-potential areas. The state is still planning to negotiate with the Navy on how to mitigate the impacts of that proposal.

Rich Perry, who runs the Division of Minerals and oversees state permitting for geothermal, said that about 60 percent of the state’s geothermal generation is produced on federal land.

“Most of the growth in the last few years has been on federal leases,” he said.

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Friday, April 19, 2019

Geothermal Event: Exciting Destination for GRC Annual Meeting & Expo in 2019

Palm Springs, California to Host 43rd GRC Annual Meeting & Expo in 2019 (News Release)

More than 1,000 attendees from around the world are expected at the largest annual meeting of the global geothermal energy community




The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) has announced the venue for the next GRC Annual Meeting & Expo. The 43rd edition of the geothermal energy event will be held in Palm Springs, California, USA, from September 15-18.

Come and help the geothermal community speak with one global voice. In addition to the high-quality presentations of the Technical Sessions there will be workshops, fieldtrips, an expo and numerous networking opportunities.

Palm Springs has a new dynamic downtown with stylish hotels, new fashionable restaurants, new chic shops and boutiques, new fun entertainment venues as well as welcoming public spaces for gathering, celebrating and relaxing.

With 360 days of sun-kissed weather and gorgeous scenery, Palm Springs is like no place else and experiencing a comeback as Hollywood's playground with a growing nightlife, burgeoning art scene and edgy vibe.

The surrounding area is a natural paradise with mountains and box canyons just outside of town and the Joshua Tree National Park just 12 miles away. Farther afield the cities of Los Angeles and San Diego are only two hours from Palm Springs.

The GRC Annual Meeting & Expo will be held in the Palm Springs Convention Center and the contracted hotels are either connected to the convention center or just a short walk away.

For more information about next year’s 43rd GRC Annual Meeting & Expo in Palm Springs, California, USA, from September 15-18, visit www.geothermal.org/meet-new.html or call (530) 758-2360.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Geothermal Event - Book Your Rooms Now for GRC Annual Meeting & Expo

Reserve Your Hotel Rooms for GRC Annual Meeting & Expo (News Release)


Hotel room reservations can now be made for the biggest geothermal energy event of the year to be held September 15-18 in Palm Springs, California, USA.

Reservations can now be made for hotel rooms for the Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) Annual Meeting & Expo, being held in Palm Springs, California, USA from September 15-18, 2019. All the events are in one central location, at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The official hotels are either connected to the convention center or just one block away.

The GRC has contracted with the Renaissance Palm Springs and Hilton Palm Springs hotels for a discounted block of rooms. At both hotels there is a choice of rooms with either two double beds or a king bed starting at $150 a night excluding taxes and fees.

Attendees can make their reservations on secure websites prepared specially for the GRC. The links are available from the GRC Annual Meeting website at: https://geothermal.org/Annual_Meeting/hotel.html.

The GRC strongly encourage you to stay at one of the conference hotels to gain the benefits of networking with colleagues, being close to the event venue, and relaxing in nice hotel properties.

We make every effort to negotiate the best possible rates. When you stay at the conference hotels, you help GRC meet our contractual obligations, avoid paying financial damages for this meeting, secure suitable venues and preferred dates-and-rates for future conferences.

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.

Over 1,000 attendees came to the 2018 GRC Annual Meeting and Expo from over 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 2019.

For information on how to sponsor this event, contact Anh Lay, GRC at (530) 758-2360 X100 or alay@geothermal.org.

For more information about the GRC Annual Meeting & Expo in Palm Springs, California, USA, visit www.geothermal.org/meet-new.html or call (530) 758-2360.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Global: Nominations for Geothermal Awards Now Open

The GRC Honors & Awards - Seeking the Best in Global Geothermal (News Release)

The winners will be honored at the GRC Annual Meeting & Expo in Palm Springs, California, USA.

Last Year's Winners.
The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) is pleased to announce the opening of nominations for this year’s GRC Honors & Awards. The awards recognize distinguished colleagues in the geothermal community from around the world and have been a highlight of the geothermal calendar since the late 1970’s.

The winners will be honored at the GRC Annual Meeting & Expo in Palm Springs, California, USA from September 15–18.

  • The Joseph W. Aidlin Award recognizes outstanding contributions to the Geothermal Resources Council and to the development of geothermal resources. 
  • The Geothermal Pioneer Award is given for outstanding achievements in the development of geothermal resources. It recognizes the pioneering efforts of members of the geothermal community who have made lasting contributions to the industry, worldwide.
  • The Henry J. Ramey, Jr. Geothermal Reservoir Engineering Award recognizes outstanding achievements in the field of geothermal reservoir engineering.
  • The Ben Holt Geothermal Power Plant Award honors outstanding achievement in the field of geothermal power plant design and construction.
  • The Special Achievement Award recognizes special or outstanding achievements in any aspect of geothermal energy development and related areas.

The recipients of these awards often have a lifetime of achievement in the academic, scientific and commercial geothermal communities and the awards themselves are considered among the most prestigious in the geothermal community.

More information on the GRC Awards, including a Nomination Form, can be found on the GRC website [www.geothermal.org]. The deadline for nominations is June 14, 2019.

Make Sure of Your Booth at the Geothermal Energy Event of the Year

GRC Annual Meeting & Expo - A Geothermal Event!


15-18 September, Palm Springs Convention Center, Palm Springs, California, USA

In conjunction with the prestigious Annual Meeting, the GRC will also host an expo in which companies can promote projects, equipment, services, and technology to leading geothermal energy scientists, producers, renewable energy industry stakeholders, regulators, utilities, and key associated business leaders around the world.

23 exhibitors - so far - have signed up for the geothermal energy event of the year:

A.W. Chesterton Company Nevada Division of Minerals
AMSA, Inc. Ormat Technologies, Inc.
Boart Longyear Company PCC Metals Group
BS&B Safety Systems, LLC Pioneer Petrotech Services Inc.
EvapTech, Inc. POWER Engineers, Inc.
Expro Americas PowerChem
Fuji Electric Rexa, Inc.
Geothermal Resources Council Scientific Drilling
Geothermal Resource Group Seequent
GeothermEx Sinclair Well Products
Horizon Well Logging Thermochem, Inc.
NALCO Water

More Information.........

Contact Ann Lay Email: alay@geothermal.org, Phone: (530) 758-2360 ext. 100 if you have any questions.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Uganda: Update on Geothermal Energy Exploration

Uganda’s love - hate affair with Geothermal energy (Daily Monitor)

(Courtesy CIA.gov)
Uganda currently has no geothermal power. Power that is said to be cheaper than most of the country’s sources. Investors interested come and go without doing much.

In fact, government is looking for a development partner to aid its development costs to boost production. “We are looking for a development partner to support us with the development costs,” Ms Ziria Tibalwa, chief executive officer Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERA) says.

Development costs, she says, involve exploration and drilling which do not come cheap.

Five years back, seven companies received licences to explore geothermal energy. This figure has dropped to only three. Currently, Gids Consult Limited holds the licence to Buranga in Bundibugyo which is currently drilling while Ihimbo in Rukungiri is held by Moto geothermal project Limited at the surface exploration stage.

Panyigoro sits with Bantu Energy Uganda Limited which has only started with the surface exploration.

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Geothermal Event! Opportunity for Exposure at GRC Annual Meeting & Expo

Sponsor The Geothermal Event of The Year!


Sponsorships for the GRC Annual Meeting & Expo are now available. These are great opportunities for companies to get more exposure at the largest annual geothermal gathering in the world.

The 2019 meeting will take place in Palm Springs, California from September 15th through the 18th.The four-day event will offer technical, policy, and market conference sessions, educational seminars, tours of local geothermal and renewable energy projects, an expo and numerous networking opportunities.

Make the geothermal community take notice, become a sponsor now!


Thanks to our 2018 sponsors!


Monday, April 15, 2019

Global: Free Article from the GRC Bulletin - The Voice of the Geothermal Energy Community

The Latest Geothermal News from the Geothermal Resources Council (GRC)

Free article from the GRC Bulletin -
Volume 48, No. 2 - March/April 2019


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

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

The GRC has generously provided 4 pages from the latest issue for free! However, the full issue is 64 pages and available to download for GRC Members only.

The free article is about the new Roadmap for the Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE), a Department of Energy (DOE) effort to accelerate research and development (R&D) within the field of Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS) over the next 5 years at a field site near Milford, Utah, operated by a team led by the University of Utah.

The GRC Bulletin is only available online to GRC members. To make sure of your copy join the GRC today!

Geothermal Event - The Geothermal Energy Photo Contest is Now Open!

The Geothermal Resources Council Announces 2019 Amateur Photo Contest (News Release)

The winners will be announced at the GRC Annual Meeting in Palm Springs, California, USA.
The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) is pleased to announce this year’s Amateur Photo Contest. The purpose of the contest is to showcase quality photography featuring geothermal energy around the world.

The winners will be announced at the GRC Annual Meeting & Expo being held in Palm Springs, California, USA from September 15-18.

The first place winner will receive $150, second place - $100, and third place - $75. Honorable Mention photos will receive certificates.

Photographs on any subject related to geothermal energy including geothermal energy production, EGS, direct use and geothermal heat pumps can be submitted. This includes photos in the areas of exploration, drilling, well testing, research and development, power plant construction, operation, and maintenance, geological features or geothermal manifestations.

For the 2019 photo contest, GRC is helping to raise awareness of the community benefits of geothermal energy through providing honorable mention awards for photos that help demonstrate two specific categories: Diversity - Celebrating inclusivity in the geothermal industry and Community - Providing positive interaction and impact on communities.

More information on the GRC Amateur Photo Contest, including a Submission Form, can be found on the GRC website [www.geothermal.org]. The deadline for submissions is August 2, 2019.

Global: Calendar of Geothermal Energy Events

Geothermal Energy Calendar from the Geothermal Resources Council


EAGE/DGMK Joint Workshop on Deep Geothermal Energy - Underground Storage of Hydrogen 
24 April, Celle, Germany
https://events.eage.org/en/2019/eage-dgmk-joint-workshop-on-deep-geothermal-energy

12th Imperial Valley Renewable Energy Summit (Imperial Valley Economic Development Corporation)
39th Euroheat & Power Congress
6-8 May, Nantes, France
https://www.ehpcongress.org/

IGC Islands Geothermal Conference
15-16 May, Terceira Island, Azores, Portugal
www.igc-islands.com/

EAGE Annual Conference & Exhibition 2019
3-6 June, London, UK
https://events.eage.org/2019/eage-annual-2019

National Geothermal Academy 2019 
10-21 June, Reno, Nevada, USA
https://gbcge.org/education/

European Geothermal Congress 2019 (EGEC) 
11-14 June, The Hague, Netherlands
http://europeangeothermalcongress.eu/

GeoEnergy Days (Pole Avenia)
25-27 June, Pau, France
http://www.geoenergydays.com/

6th Geothermal Congress for Latin America and the Caribbean (GEOLAC)
17-18 July, Santiago, Chile
http://newenergyevents.com/geolac/

2019 ARMA-CUPB International Geothermal Conference
5-8 August, Beijing, China
http://www.arma-cupb.com/homePage/cupb/index.html

7th Indonesia International Geothermal Convention and Exhibition (IIGCE)
13-15 August, Jakarta Convention Center, Indonesia
http://www.iigce.com/

3rd International Geothermal Conference GEOHEAT 
3-6 September, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Russian Federation
http://www.igc-geoheat.com/

1st Conference on Geophysics for Geothermal and Renewable Energy Storage
15-18 September, Palm Springs, California, USA
www.geothermal.org/meet-new.html

Praxisforum Geothermie.Bayern
7-9 October, Munich, Germany
www.praxisforum-geothermie.bayern/en

European Geothermal Workshop 2019 -
Characterization of Deep Geothermal Systems
9-10 October, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
http://www.agw.kit.edu/EGW2019.php

Geothermal Resources in Sedimentary Basins Conference
15-18 October, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
http://gssb2019.com/

1st Canadian Geothermal Students Day 
November 2019, Québec City, Québec, Canada
https://canadiangeothermal.wixsite.com/cgsd

IGC Turkey Geothermal Congress & Expo
6-8 November, Izmir, Turkey
https://www.igc-turkey.com/

Der Geothermiekongress 2019
19-22 November, Munich, Germany
https://www.der-geothermiekongress.de/kongress-2019/der-geothermiekongress.html

41st New Zealand Geothermal Workshop (NZGW) 
25- 27 November, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
https://nzgeothermal.org.nz/

World Geothermal Congress 2020
27 April - 1 May 2020, Reykjavik, Iceland
www.wgc2020.com/

44th GRC Annual Meeting & Expo 
18-21 October 2020, Reno, Nevada, USA
www.geothermal.org/meet-new.html

Friday, April 12, 2019

USA, Texas: Great Potential for Geothermal Desalination Plants Across the Lone Star State

A Spatially Resolved Thermodynamic Assessment of Geothermal Powered Multi-Effect Brackish Water Distillation in Texas (MDPI )

by Catherine I. Birney, Michael C. Jones and Michael E. Webber, University of Texas at Austin


Brackish groundwater desalination is increasingly being considered as a means to supplement drinking water in regions facing scarce freshwater supplies. Desalination is more energy intensive and expensive than traditional freshwater sources. One method of offsetting carbon emissions is to pair desalination technology with renewable energy sources.

This research assesses the geographical feasibility of using a geothermal multi-effect distillation (MED) plant to produce freshwater from brackish aquifers in Texas. The system is analyzed using a thermodynamic model of a binary cycle MED plant. The thermodynamic model is integrated with spatially resolved information of Texas’ geothermal gradient and existing brackish well data (such as depth, salinity, and temperature) to quantify production potential.

The results from this study allow for a comparison of potential geothermal desalination plant implementation across all of Texas, rather than a single site assessment. Although this water treatment approach is technologically viable across much of Texas, the system proves to be very energy intensive in all areas except for two hot geopressured fairways in Southeast Texas, the Frio and the Wilcox. In both locations, our research concludes the binary cycle-MED plant can operate self-sufficiently, producing both freshwater and electricity. One well in the fairways can produce 121–1132 m3 of water per day, enough for 232–2133 people.

The framework outlined in this paper can be useful to policymakers and water planners considering where to build desalination facilities.

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Spatially Resolved Thermodynamic Assessment of Geothermal Powered Multi-Effect Brackish Water Distillation in Texas, by by Catherine I. Birney, Michael C. Jones and Michael E. Webber, University of Texas at Austin. Resources 2019, 8(2), 65; doi:10.3390/resources8020065

Commonwealth of Dominica: World Bank Video of 7 MW Geothermal Power Project

Dominica Powered by Geothermal (The World Bank)


(Video 1:05 Minutes)

The Caribbean island of Dominica is making a ground-breaking investment in geothermal.  Investing in renewable energy such as geothermal will help Dominica reach its energy and climate goals.  Learn more about how this island nation is planning to build a small geothermal power plant to provide reliable and low-cost renewable energy for a more climate resilient future.

Geothermal Event - Save the Date for GRC Annual Meeting & Expo

Geothermal Event - Save the Date!


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.

USA, California: Another Geothermal Powered Brewery

Seismic Brewing Company - A Geothermal Powered Brewery

A new brewery - Seismic Brewing Company - located in Santa Rosa, Sonoma County in California, uses geothermal energy from the the nearby Geysers geothermal field.

"By tapping into the natural geothermal energy produced by the geysers in Sonoma County, Sonoma Clean Power offers its EverGreen customers 100% locally sourced renewable power.

We are proud that our beers are brewed with this clean energy produced in our backyard, and we are happy to support another local company bringing jobs to our community."

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United Kingdom: Opportunity for Deep Geothermal to Compete for Contracts for Renewable Projects

Registration open for £60m CfD round (Energy Live News)

Projects will compete for a total capacity of 6GW for delivery years 2023/24 and 2024/25

(Courtesy CIA.gov)
The registration process for the next allocation round under the Contracts for Difference (CfDs) scheme is now open.

It is in preparation for the third round, expected to be opened by May 2019, as indicated by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

Projects will compete for an annual budget of £60 million for delivery years 2023/24 and 2024/25 – the capacity is to be capped at 6GW.

The Electricity Market Reform (EMR) Delivery Body says it is essential for businesses to complete and submit a registration form if they are considering applying for a CfD.

Eligible technologies include anaerobic digestion, biomass with combined heat and power (CHP), geothermal, offshore wind, tidal stream and wave power.

The scheme is part of the government’s strategy towards delivering “diverse, clean, secure and affordable power” in the transition to a low carbon economy.


From the Global Geothermal News archives:

Germany: Deadline for Nominations for International Geothermal Association Board is Next Week

Nominations For IGA Board Term - Deadline is Next Week

Deadline 16 April 2019, 0:00 CET.

Help shape the global geothermal agenda and join the Board of the International Geothermal Association (IGA). Nominations for Board Term 2020 – 2023 are now open. Get the guidelines, get nominated, and run for election. We want diversity, passion and commitment. If that sounds like you, join us!

The IGA is an ´Association of Associations´ and acts as the umbrella organization for 35 affiliates. In total, the IGA currently has around 4,500 members. The majority of our membership is funneled through our affiliated associations (about 4,200) and about 300 are direct individual members, institutional members and corporate members. The Geothermal Resources Council is the largest of these affiliates and has provided 11 of the current IGA Board Members.

BoD Nomination Guideline (pdf, 335 KB)

Climate Change: Transition to 100% Renewable Energy is Economically Competitive - Report

New Study: Global Energy System based on 100% Renewable Energy (Energy Watch Group)

Primary energy supply in the 100% renewable energy system
will include about 52,000 MW geothermal energy (2%) by 2050.
The new study by the Energy Watch Group and LUT University is the first of its kind to outline a 1.5°C scenario with a cost-effective, cross-sectoral, technology-rich global 100% renewable energy system that does not build on negative CO2 emission technologies. The scientific modelling study simulates a total global energy transition in the electricity, heat, transport and desalination sectors by 2050. It is based on four and a half years of research and analysis of data collection, as well as technical and financial modelling by 14 scientists. This proves that the transition to 100% renewable energy is economically competitive with the current fossil and nuclear-based system, and could reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the energy system to zero even before 2050.

Primary energy supply in the 100% renewable energy system will be covered by a mix of sources, with solar PV generating 69%, followed by wind energy (18%), biomass and waste (6%), hydro (3%) and geothermal energy (2% - about 52 GW) by 2050. Wind energy and solar PV make up 96% of total electricity, and approximately 88% of the total energy supply, which will have a synergetic balancing effect.

The total installed power generation capacity increases from nearly 300 GW in 2015 to around 2,600 GW by 2050. Across the power sector, solar PV with around 1.260 GW and wind with around 650 GW constitute the majority of installed capacities by 2050. Additionally, some shares of hydropower, geothermal and non-fossil gas based electricity contribute through the transition.

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Geothermal Event - Book Your Rooms Now for GRC Annual Meeting & Expo

Reserve Your Hotel Rooms for GRC Annual Meeting & Expo (News Release)


Hotel room reservations can now be made for the biggest geothermal energy event of the year to be held September 15-18 in Palm Springs, California, USA.

Reservations can now be made for hotel rooms for the Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) Annual Meeting & Expo, being held in Palm Springs, California, USA from September 15-18, 2019. All the events are in one central location, at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The official hotels are either connected to the convention center or just one block away.

The GRC has contracted with the Renaissance Palm Springs and Hilton Palm Springs hotels for a discounted block of rooms. At both hotels there is a choice of rooms with either two double beds or a king bed starting at $150 a night excluding taxes and fees.

Attendees can make their reservations on secure websites prepared specially for the GRC. The links are available from the GRC Annual Meeting website at: https://geothermal.org/Annual_Meeting/hotel.html.

The GRC strongly encourage you to stay at one of the conference hotels to gain the benefits of networking with colleagues, being close to the event venue, and relaxing in nice hotel properties.

We make every effort to negotiate the best possible rates. When you stay at the conference hotels, you help GRC meet our contractual obligations, avoid paying financial damages for this meeting, secure suitable venues and preferred dates-and-rates for future conferences.

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.

Over 1,000 attendees came to the 2018 GRC Annual Meeting and Expo from over 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 2019.

For information on how to sponsor this event, contact Anh Lay, GRC at (530) 758-2360 X100 or alay@geothermal.org.

For more information about the GRC Annual Meeting & Expo in Palm Springs, California, USA, visit www.geothermal.org/meet-new.html or call (530) 758-2360.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Make Sure of Your Booth at the Geothermal Energy Event of the Year

GRC Annual Meeting & Expo - A Geothermal Event!


15-18 September, Palm Springs Convention Center, Palm Springs, California, USA

In conjunction with the prestigious Annual Meeting, the GRC will also host an expo in which companies can promote projects, equipment, services, and technology to leading geothermal energy scientists, producers, renewable energy industry stakeholders, regulators, utilities, and key associated business leaders around the world.

23 exhibitors - so far - have signed up for the geothermal energy event of the year:

A.W. Chesterton Company Nevada Division of Minerals
AMSA, Inc. Ormat Technologies, Inc.
Boart Longyear Company PCC Metals Group
BS&B Safety Systems, LLC Pioneer Petrotech Services Inc.
EvapTech, Inc. POWER Engineers, Inc.
Expro Americas PowerChem
Fuji Electric Rexa, Inc.
Geothermal Resources Council Scientific Drilling
Geothermal Resource Group Seequent
GeothermEx Sinclair Well Products
Horizon Well Logging Thermochem, Inc.
NALCO Water

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Contact Ann Lay Email: alay@geothermal.org, Phone: (530) 758-2360 ext. 100 if you have any questions.

Geothermal Event! Latest Update on the GRC Annual Meeting & Expo 2019

GRC Annual Meeting & Expo 2019

Geothermal: Green Energy for the Long Run

Hotel Accomodation - Book by 21 August
The GRC Annual Meeting & Expo will be held in the Palm Springs Convention Center. The GRC has contracted for a discounted block of rooms at two host hotels. The Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel is attached to the convention center and the Hilton Palm Springs Hotel is just one block away. Rooms are available starting at $150 per night. More Information........

Exhibitor Registration Now Open! - 24 Exhibitors have signed up already!
The GRC invites you to exhibit at our annual geothermal energy conference. Exhibiting at the GRC Annual Meeting & Expo offers a tremendous opportunity to meet and network with other members of the geothermal energy community, as well as keep up on the newest advances in relevant technology. More Information.........

Sponsorships are now available. These are great opportunities for companies to get more exposure at the largest annual geothermal energy gathering in the world. Make the geothermal community take notice, become a sponsor now! More Information.........

Science & Technology: Geothermal Energy Can Serve as a Sustainable and Effective Energy Source for Food Production

Addressing Food Security and Boosting Development with Geothermal Heat (IRENA)

In a geothermal greenhouse. GRC Fieldtrip 2014 -
Klamath Falls, Oregon, USA. Photo by Ian Crawford.
A recent IRENA publication, Accelerating geothermal heat adoption in the agri-food sector: Key lessons and recommendations, highlights that while geothermal energy is predominantly known for power generation and district heating, it can serve as a sustainable and effective energy source for food production by heating greenhouses and aquaculture ponds. Furthermore, geothermal energy can be used to minimise post-harvest losses by drying and refrigerating food.

In addition to boosting food security, geothermal energy in the agri-food sector can reduce fossil fuel dependencies, exposure to volatile prices, and harmful emissions. The publication suggests that several geothermal applications in food processing and agriculture require low temperatures and can therefore be deployed in areas where the geothermal resources would not be suitable for power generation.

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Switzerland: Geothermal Software Course at University of Bern

PFLOTRAN Short Course (University of Bern)

June 4-6, 2019, University of Bern, Switzerland


The Rock-Water Interaction group at the Institute of Geological Sciences, University of Bern and the PFLOTRAN development team at Sandia National Lab will organize a short-course in the use of PFLOTRAN from June 4-6, 2019.

PFLOTRAN is a state-of-the-art, open source, peta-scale reactive multiphase flow and transport code founded upon the parallel PETSc framework and designed to run on computers ranging from laptops to supercomputers.  PFLOTRAN is being employed by users from around the world to simulate problems of varying complexity, from simple 1D transport to large 3D multiphase flow and biogeochemical reaction in heterogeneous porous media. This three-day short course provides an introduction to PFLOTRAN during the first two days with the third day reserved for advanced and user-defined problems.

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Ethiopia: New Bill Eases Registration and Licensing Processes for Geothermal Development Companies

New Bill Appears to Ease Geothermal Investment (Addisfortune News)

So far, 10 companies are licensed to explore and produce geothermal energy

(Courtesy CIA.gov)
A new bill that eases registration and licensing processes for geothermal development companies has been submitted to the Council of Ministers for approval.

Drafted by the Ethiopian Energy Authority last year, the draft regulation categorises the resource into two sections depending on the capacity of energy. Grade one is a geothermal resource that is able to generate electric power, while Grade two is used for agricultural, industrial, medical and recreational purposes.

The bill has also identifies three types of licenses for geothermal developers. Reconnaissance is the first stage in licensing that is granted for two years and is non-renewable. The exploration license allows developers a five-year exploration window that can be renewed for two year-long terms. Wellfield development licenses are the final license issued and allow for 25 years worth of production concession  options that can be extended.

Tulu Moye Geothermal Operations and Corbetti Geothermal have signed power purchase agreements (PPA) with Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP). The two companies are expected to start drilling soon and eventually generate 500 MW of energy each.

OrPower Twelve Incorporated is in the exploration stage with four licenses and is currently negotiating with EEP to sign a PPA. OrPower operates at Boku, Oromia, Dofan, Afar and Wolaita Sodo and Wondo Genet in the southern regional state. Another UK-based firm, Cluff Geothermal Plc, is also in the exploration stage in Amhara, Afar and Oromia regional states and is in negotiation with EEP for a power purchase agreement.

Reykjavik Geothermal Consulting, an Icelandic Company, is also licensed to explore geothermal energy at Abaya near Wolaita. It has begun negotiations with EEP to sign a PPA.

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