Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Canada: MGX Minerals Patent Combines Geothermal Steam and Electricity Production with Wastewater Treatment and Mineral Extraction Technologies

MGX Minerals Announces Patent Acceptance For Low Cost Combined Heat And Power Cogeneration (News Release)


MGX Minerals of Vancouver, BC, Canada, has announced patent acceptance for low cost combined heat and power cogeneration (CHP) for heavy oil and oilsands producers; combines steam and electricity production, with wastewater treatment and mineral extraction technologies.

MGX Minerals Inc. and engineering subsidiary PurLucid Treatment Solutions Inc. are pleased to announce they have received notice of publication of its patent for a new method to produce boiler feed water using low energy water treatment. The technology will facilitate using poor quality water to tri-generate electricity, pure water and minerals.

The system was designed within a consortium, including MGX, PurLucid and David Bromley Engineering Ltd for the generation of electricity and excess steam for thermal oil recovery and extraction of lithium, vanadium and other minerals. The design, utilizing highly charged Replaceable Skin Layer (RSL™) membranes as a replacement for softening and ultrafiltration, substantively reduced cost and energy requirements while providing electricity for sale or internal use.

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From the Global Geothermal News archives:

Indonesia: PT Pertamina Geothermal Energy Looking at Developing 70 MW Resource in West Java

Pertamina Geothermal Energy (PGE) Targeting Gunung Guntur Geothermal Energy Garut regency, West Java Province (Asean Power)

PT Pertamina Geothermal Energi (PGE), a subsidiary of PT Pertamina (Persero), geothermal manager of the Kamojang Area, West Java, eyeing the Gunung Masigit hotspot in the Gunung Guntur area, Tarogong Kaler District, Garut Regency. This geothermal area is next to the Kamojang Area. According to data from the Garut Regency Government, the geothermal energy in Gunung Masigit has a potential of around 70 MW.

PT PGE’s Managing Director, Ali Mundakir, said that PGE is planning to expand the geothermal utilization area in the Garut region, including planning to manage the geothermal on Mount Masigit in the Guntur Mountain area. For this reason, PGE is taking care of changing zone status so that it enters the Geothermal Working Area (WKP) of Kamojang Darajat.

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Indonesia: Geothermal Preliminary and Exploration Survey Area Up for Auction in West Sumatra

Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) Auction for Geothermal Areas in West Sumatra (Asean Power)

The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) through the Directorate General of Renewable Energy and Energy Concertation (EBTKE) again auctioned geothermal Preliminary and Exploration (WPSPE) Survey Areas.

The WPSPE offered is WPSPE Bonjol, located in Pasaman Regency, West Sumatra Province. The potential capacity is estimated at 200 megawatts (MW) with a land area of ​​7,441 hectares.

ESDM Director General of Geothermal Energy, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources Ida Nuryatin Finahari said the implementation of the offer will last for 1 month. The auction document must be submitted no later than the interested business entity on November 21, 2018.

The business entity designated as the winner will conduct a Pre Transaction Agreement (PTA) with PT PLN (Persero) after exploration is complete and a Geothermal Permit is issued. The reference price of electricity in the PTA referred to follows the provisions of the legislation.

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USA, Pennsylvania: Mining Engineer Believes State Should Utilize Mine Water Geothermal Resources

Opinion - Leadership Opportunity: Pennsylvania Should Make Mine Water Geothermal A Key Part Of Its Clean Energy Transformation (PA Environment Blog)

By Michael C. Korb, P.E., Senior Mining Engineer, Tetra Tech, Inc.

One of Pennsylvania’s potential sources of water for geothermal systems is mine-water pools. Heating and cooling buildings with mine-water makes use of what was previously thought of as a dirty problem. 

Application of this technology is also proven for almost 40 years. 

Mine-water geothermal can give many areas of the Commonwealth a rather remarkable source of heating/cooling which is perhaps the most economical, energy-efficient, low carbon footprint scheme. 

There are currently mine-water geothermal operating systems in Nova Scotia, Scotland, Netherlands, Missouri; and Scranton, Pennsylvania. 

Mines that are flooded with water - mine pools - are essentially almost unlimited aquifers.  Mine-water geothermal projects are feasible when there is a mine pool located nearby. 

Pennsylvania should recognize that mine pools are underutilized energy sources, should be considered community assets, and should encourage their use for future sustainable energy projects.  

District heating and cooling utilizing mine-water geothermal could be a “community-based approach focused on long-term economic diversification and recovery of communities formerly dependent on coal.” 

Iceland: First Electricity at Climeon Geothermal "Heatpower" Plant in Fludir

Electricity Generated at Fludir Geothermal Power Plant (LinkedIn)

Christopher Engman, CRO/CMO of Climeon, has announced that electricity has been produced at Varmaorka's geothermal heatpower plant in Fludir in Iceland. Christopher says this is the first step to the first 29 MW. Watch the Video.......

From the Global Geothermal News archives:

Finance: Over USD 50 Million Available for Renewable Energy Projects in Developing Countries

Abu Dhabi Fund for Development Loans Worth over US$50 Million Available (News Release)

Seventh funding cycle of IRENA/ADFD Project Facility now open for applications from government-backed projects in developing countries

Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) and The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) are inviting applications for more than US$50 million in funding through the IRENA/ADFD Project Facility. The ADFD-financed initiative is available to government-guaranteed renewable energy projects in developing countries that seek to increase energy access, improve livelihoods and advance sustainable development.

ADFD has committed US$350 million (AED1.285 billion) in concessionary loans over seven annual funding cycles to renewable energy projects recommended by IRENA.

The facility welcomes proposals for projects – especially those submitted by ministries, public utility entities and rural electrification agencies – that are able to obtain a government guarantee for the ADFD loan.

The projects selected for the sixth funding cycle will be announced in January 2019. Summary applications for the seventh cycle will be accepted until 17:00 GST on 14 February 2019.

Finance: Cryptocurrency Fund Focuses on Geothermal Research and Development

Interview with Jason “Bitbender” Brink, Project Director, Vulcano (bitcoinwarrior.net)

Vulcano is a Proof-of-Stake and Masternode-based cryptocurrency with a focus on geothermal research and development. Named after the Vulcano island in the Tyrrhenian Sea, a geothermally active area, Vulcano strives to use blockchain and distributed consensus to help contribute to raising funds for the advancement of earth-science based technologies such as geothermal power. With a heavy focus on community, Vulcano strives to become a strong community-based effort to advance scientific research.

Why did you decide to pivot the coin away from being “high-staking” into a focus on geothermal energy research?

Geothermal, on top of being a personal passion of mine, was chosen somewhat by the name of the project. What else can you do with something called “Vulcano”? It wasn’t even “volcano.” Given this, I knew I needed to find something that would work for the project, wasn’t already a red-ocean market in terms of crypto use cases and would enable us to stabilize the project and grow. Geothermal stood out early on because its an area of science that could use more help in terms of research, but has never been explored in terms of crypto projects. We could move into that area, apply our skills, and have a tangible positive impact on research. Just this week we funded our first project and will be announcing that to the community shortly.  Volcano Whitepaper.........

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Kazakhstan: Central Asian Republic Looks to Geothermal Energy for Power and Heat

Kazakhstan eyes to use underground hot water to obtain light and heat (Trend News Agency)

(Courtesy CIA.gov)

Almost 40 percent of Kazakhstan's territory is rich with geothermal hot water. The experience of its use is applied in many states, including Iceland, the US, Canada, and Turkey. In the near future, the first geothermal power station works on which have already started, will appear in Kazakhstan, bnews.kz reported.

Underground resources will generate electricity and heat.

A geothermal power station has a unique distinction which is its operation irrespective of a solar cycle, wind and other weather changes, important for Kazakhstan with an extreme continental climate. The station's efficiency is 96 percent, by 5 times higher than that of solar panels.

Meanwhile, following the preliminary data, the country has a sufficient amount of resources so to provide at least 1/4 of the territory with hot water.

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Europe: EU Clean Energy Package Sets 32% Binding Target for Renewables in 2030

Renewable, Energy Efficiency and Governance Directives voted by the European Parliament allow development of geothermal energy beyond 2020 (EGEC)

Framework allows for the accelerated development of geothermal energy - EGEC

The European Geothermal Energy Council (EGEC) welcomes the adoption of the Renewable Energy Directive, the Energy Efficiency Directive and the Governance Regulation by the European Parliament today. The new legislations will be the basis for the European climate and energy regulatory framework after 2020. While they do not quite point to the right level of ambition, they lay out a framework that allows the accelerated development of geothermal energy.

The EU Clean Energy Package sets a 32% binding target for renewables in 2030, and a – regrettably indicative – target of 32.5% energy efficiency improvements.

EGEC was among the few organisations openly advocating for binding ambitious targets for renewable energy and energy efficiency, an attestation of their complementarity.

The new set of legislations also includes a sectorial obligation to increase by 1.3 percentage point the share of renewables in heating and cooling at the national level annually.

Philippe Dumas, EGEC Secretary General commented “The introduction of a sectorial obligation to increase the penetration of renewable heating and cooling is a positive signal for geothermal and lets us expect that strong policies will be implemented to decarbonise a sector which represents nearly half of the EU’s energy demand”.

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Antarctica: Geothermal Anomaly Discovered Under Ice Sheet

Discovery of high geothermal heat at South Pole (Phys.Org)

Scientists have discovered an area near the South Pole where the base of the Antarctic Ice Sheet is melting unexpectedly quickly. Using radar to look through three km of ice, the team found that some of the ice – covering an area that's twice the size of Greater London – appeared to be missing. The results are published this week in the journal Scientific Reports.

This new study explains how an unusual amount of geothermal heat has melted, and continues to melt, the base of the ice, resulting in the ice sheet layers above sagging downwards.

The team believes the heat source is a combination of unusually radioactive rocks, and hot water coming from deep under the ground. This heat melts the base of the ice sheet, producing melt-water which drains away beneath the ice sheet filling subglacial lakes downstream. The presence of this extra water may help lubricate the fast flowing ice in this area.


Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Spain: Plan to Source 70 Percent of Electricity from Renewables by 2030

Spain sets out plan for 100% renewable electricity by 2050 (The Independent)

(Courtesy CIA.gov)
Spain has set out plans to switch entirely to renewable electricity by 2050, with goals that go further than current European Union plans.

Under the new strategy, greenhouse gas emissions from Spain would be cut by 90 per cent compared to 1990 levels by the middle of the century.

The nation intends to invest massively in wind and solar power over the next decade, while banning new licences for fossil fuel drilling and fracking wells.

It is also planning to source 70 percent of electricity from renewables by 2030, and 100 percent by 2050. In 2017 Spain got roughly a third of its power from renewable sources such as sunlight, wind, rain, tides, waves, and geothermal heat.

Finance: IEA Forecasts Biggest Geothermal Capacity Additions in Indonesia, Kenya, Philippines and Turkey

World Energy Outlook 2018 examines future patterns of global energy system at a time of increasing uncertainties (IEA)

Global geothermal power capacity is expected to rise to just over 17 GW by 2023

Major transformations are underway for the global energy sector, from growing electrification to the expansion of renewables, upheavals in oil production and globalization of natural gas markets. Across all regions and fuels, policy choices made by governments will determine the shape of the energy system of the future.

At a time when geopolitical factors are exerting new and complex influences on energy markets, underscoring the critical importance of energy security, World Energy Outlook 2018, the International Energy Agency’s flagship publication, details global energy trends and what possible impact they will have on supply and demand, carbon emissions, air pollution, and energy access.   

In the Renewables 2018 forecasts, the share of renewables in meeting global energy demand is expected to grow by one-fifth in the next five years to reach 12.4% in 2023.

Renewables will have the fastest growth in the electricity sector, providing almost 30% of power demand in 2023, up from 24% in 2017. During this period, renewables are forecast to meet more than 70% of global electricity generation growth, led by solar PV and followed by wind, hydropower, and bioenergy.

In 2017, global geothermal power generation stood at an estimated 84.8 TWh, while the cumulative capacity reached 14 GW. Global geothermal power capacity is expected to rise to just over 17 GW by 2023, with the biggest capacity additions expected in Indonesia, Kenya, Philippines and Turkey.

New Zealand, Canada: Subsurface Geoscience and Modeling Software Companies Merge

Seequent Acquires Geosoft: Merger of Leapfrog and Geosoft Brands Creates Subsurface Geoscience and Modelling Powerhouse (News Release)

Seequent of Christchurch, New Zealand, today announced it has signed an agreement to acquire Geosoft, a Canadian geoscience software company headquartered in Toronto with offices around the world.

The acquisition brings together Seequent’s Leapfrog 3D geological modelling software suite with Geosoft’s subsurface geoscience and exploration dataset technology – to create an unparalleled subsurface offering for the mining, civil engineering, energy and environmental sectors.

Seequent is known worldwide for its Leapfrog 3D geological modelling solutions. First introduced to the mining and minerals industry close to 15 years ago, Leapfrog helps uncover valuable insights from geological data and enables geologists and executives alike to confidently make critical time-sensitive investment and environmental decisions. The company has since launched Leapfrog versions for the geothermal and energy industries and civil engineering and environmental industries, as well as other visualisation and collaboration technologies.

Geosoft’s Oasis montaj® technology platform is an industry standard within the geosciences, supporting advanced analysis and understanding of the Earth’s subsurface and subsea environments. The company’s Target for ArcGIS software is the market-leading geological application for Esri, delivering essential workflows for geoscience and GIS professionals working on the ArcGIS platform. With its release of VOXI Earth Modelling, Geosoft pioneered the use of high performance geocomputing and 3D geophysical inversion modelling in the cloud.

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USA: Geothermal Expert is New Director of National Energy Technology Laboratory

Scientist Brian Anderson Named Director of National Energy Technology Laboratory (Executive Gov)

Brian Anderson
GRC Member Brian Anderson, former director of West Virginia University (WVU)'s Energy Institute, has joined the Department of Energy (DOE) as director of the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL).

He succeeds Sean Plasynski, who now serves as NETL's deputy director and chief operating officer, the DOE said Friday.

The appointment continues Anderson's previous involvement with NETL, where he coordinated a study on methane hydrate reservoir.

Anderson founded the WVU's Energy Institute in 2014 to foster collaborative research and development of new technologies.

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Italy: Concern that Government Will Not Include Geothermal in Renewable Energy Law

Timori per la geotermia dopo l’esclusione dalle “rinnovabili”  - Fears for geothermal energy after exclusion from "renewables" (Il Tirreno)

Il decreto del governo sul settore ha creato molta preoccupazione tra i comuni dell’area. The government decree on the sector has created a lot of concern among the municipalities of the area.

(Courtesy CIA.gov)
C’è preoccupazione nei comuni geotermici dopo che il governo ha deciso di escludere dal decreto sulle energie rinnovabili proprio la geotermia che qui è fonte di occupazione e di benefici economici per gli enti locali. Che cosa può accadere adesso? «Succederà, se non si riesce ad intervenire sul governo, che l’Enel ridurrà gli investimenti sul territorio, una prospettiva molto grigia per tutti i comuni geotermici».

(From Google Translate) There is concern in geothermal-producing municipalities after the government decided to exclude geothermal energy - a source of employment and economic benefits for local authorities - from the renewable energy decree. What will happen now? "What will happen is that if there isn't intervention by the government, Enel will reduce investment in the territory, a very gray prospect for all geothermal municipalities". 

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USA: The Exciting Potential of Enhanced Geothermal Systems

5 Hard-to-Believe Renewable Energy Facts (Motley Fool)

Renewable energy from wind and solar went from impossibly expensive to nearly 10% of American electricity in less than 20 years. What's ahead may be even more astounding.

Geothermal energy could replace nuclear power, with help from fr***ing.

Light Snow, by Giulia Bonifazi, Brescia Italy.
Honorable Mention, GRC Photo Contest 2018
Nuclear power is currently the nation's largest source of carbon-free power, comprising roughly 19% of the country's total electricity consumption. But it's in trouble. Atomic energy facilities simply can't compete economically with lower-priced natural gas and wind power. While some states have provided subsidies to reward nuclear power plants for providing carbon-free electricity, that can't continue indefinitely. By 2030, the country's aging fleet will be long overdue for retirement.

Help could come from a completely unexpected source: geothermal energy. The U.S. Department of Energy is quietly funding the development of a novel technology called enhanced geothermal systems (EGS). By using fracking technology pioneered and perfected for use in shale oil and gas regions, it may be possible to create geothermal energy wells across the United States that can produce massive amounts of clean energy.

In what can only be proof that we are indeed living in a simulation, the numbers are almost too good to be true. The United States has an estimated 100,000 megawatts of easily accessible next-generation geothermal potential -- exactly the amount of nuclear power currently operating. Geothermal is the second most efficient energy source by a mile, right behind nuclear power, and the U.S. DOE is targeting a deployment date of 2030 -- exactly when the nation will need to replace its nuclear fleet.

Iceland: Interesting Story of 40 Year-Old Geothermal Drilling Project

How a hole drilled by Canadians may have led to a baby boom in rural Iceland (CBC)

Locals in Reydarfjordur still remember the 1978 drilling project, but not so much for its geological findings

The hole was drilled to a depth of about 1.9 kilometres.
(Courtesy Johann Helgason)
Forty years after researchers from Halifax, Canada helped drill a hole nearly two kilometres into the ground in rural Iceland, locals still remember the project, not so much for its geological findings, but for the spout of hot water it unexpectedly unleashed — and the midnight hot tub parties it brought to their isolated fishing village.

Johann Helgason was involved in the drilling project and now works for the National Land Survey of Iceland. He said the discovery of the hot spring in Reydarfjordur was significant because the area wasn't previously believed to have much geothermal potential. But after the project wound up, drilling in nearby Eskifjordur revealed enough geothermal energy to heat the entire village.

Finance: Levelized Cost of Energy Analysis Shows Geothermal Energy is Competitive

Lazard’s Levelized Cost of Energy (“LCOE”) Analysis

Lazard’s latest annual Levelized Cost of Energy Analysis (LCOE 12.0) shows a continued decline in the cost of generating electricity from alternative energy technologies, especially utility-scale solar and wind. In some scenarios, alternative energy costs - including those of geothermal energy - have decreased to the point that they are now at or below the marginal cost of conventional generation.



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Philippines: BacMan Geothermal Power Plant to Supply 2.7 MW to Car Parts Company

Continental Temic taps EDC for power (Manila Standard)

Global automotive parts company Continental Temic Electronics Philippines signed an agreement with geothermal power producer Energy Development Corp. for the supply of clean and reliable power for its facilities in Calamba, Laguna.

Under the agreement, EDC will supply Continental Temic with 2.7 megawatts of geothermal power from EDC’s BacMan geothermal project starting Dec. 26, 2018 over a two-year period.

Monday, November 12, 2018

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.

We will announce the opening of discounted hotel room reservations shortly and information on the Call for Papers will be made available before the end of the year.

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.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Vote for New Members of the Geothermal Resources Council Board of Directors

GRC Board 2019-2020 Term of Office - Ballot Now Open!

The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) Board of Directors consists of 28 elected members, plus the President, Past President and the President Elect. Every year, half of the Board’s elected members (13) are chosen by GRC members for a 2-year term.

The GRC 2018 Nominations Committee and GRC Board of Directors have approved 20 candidates for the 2019-2020 term of office.

Members of the GRC can now vote for no more than 13 candidates. All ballots must be "Submitted" and "Confirmed" by 11:55 p.m. on November 30, 2018. All GRC members should have received an invitation to vote online or, in the next few days by mail.

Board of Directors Candidate Statements (PDF).........

Geothermal Energy News from Around the World

Global Geothermal News - Weekly Update (Geothermal Resources Council)


A round-up of this week's international geothermal energy news.......

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

United Kingdom: The "Grandfather of Geothermal" Answers Questions on the History of Geothermal Exploration in Cornwall

45 years of geothermal in Cornwall - some unanswered questions from Tony Batchelor (GeoScience)

From Rosemanowes to United Downs...........

Dr Tony Batchelor
Some of the staff from GeoScience Limited have been at the forefront of geothermal exploration and technology in the UK for over 40 years. These staff were involved in the Hot Dry Rock (HDR) project back in the 1980s, and are now working on the next chapter.

Now that the United Downs Deep Geothermal Power (UDDGP) project is drilling there are a few questions that a lot of people have been asking about the previous HDR project; dubbed the ‘grandfather of geothermal’ by Sir Tim Smit, Dr Tony Batchelor gives some answers;

Why did the project at Rosemanowes come to an end?

Rosemanowes was a jointly funded experiment by the UK Department of Energy and the EU operated by the Camborne School of Mines (CSM). The original work started at CSM in November 1973. We had various multinational collaborations including staff from the USA. The aim of the project was to test if we could circulate water through the Cornish granite and extract heat.

Netherlands: Use of Geothermal Heat for Greenhouse Horticulture Expected to Expand

“Westland greenhouse horticulture energy supply moving towards multiple sources in 2030” (HortiDaily.com)

In each of the scenarios it is anticipated that the use of geothermal energy, heat from third parties and purchased electricity will grow. 

Towards the year 2030, far-reaching changes are foreseen for greenhouse horticulture in the Westland region. Expectations range from pessimistic, to moderate and even optimistic, according to research by Wageningen Economic Research commissioned by Capturam. 

The biggest change will be in terms of energy supply, as they will rely less on natural gas and more on sustainable sources and purchasing heat and electricity from third parties. This stems from a changing energy demand and sector structure, government policy and sustainability efforts of greenhouse horticulture companies and their partners. This shift in energy sources will have a favorable effect on the reduction of CO2 emissions and the increase in the share of renewable energy.

In each of the scenarios it is anticipated that the use of geothermal energy, heat from third parties and purchased electricity will grow. 

Costa Rica: 55 MW Borinquen 1 Geothermal Power Project Postponed - Report

Costa Rica Suspends the Largest Hydroelectric Project in Central America Indefinitely (The Costa Rica News)

The indefinite suspension of the hydroelectric project is due to the fact that the so-called Generation Expansion Plan determined that ICE has the installed capacity to meet the electricity demand of the next decade, the president of the state-run Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE), Irene Cañas said at a press conference.

For this reason, several projects under execution will also be postponed, such as the geothermal Borinquen 1, which was scheduled to enter into operation in 2024 but is now projected for 2026, and pre-investment studies of other energy initiatives will be reprogrammed.

Cañas indicated that Costa Rica’s electricity demand has been decreasing in recent years due to factors such as the incorporation of new technologies, the change in consumption patterns, energy efficiency policies, the migration of the manufacturing process industry to services, and the economic contraction.


Latin America and Caribbean Region: Tremendous Potential for Geothermal Energy - World Bank

Opportunities and Challenges for Scaling-up Geothermal Development in Latin America and Caribbean Region (World Bank)

Geothermal energy can play a substantial role in meeting the energy needs of many Latin America and Caribbean Region (LAC) countries given the region’s vast potential. 

The majority of geothermal resources in the LAC region remain largely untapped, not only in Central America and Mexico where development is more advanced, but also in the Caribbean and in South America. If further explored and developed in a sustainable fashion, these resources could meet a significant share of the base load power needs of the region, at a competitive cost, resulting in direct economic and environmental benefits. 

This report is envisioned to be a decision-makers’ guide for assessing key challenges and measures to facilitate expanding geothermal development in LAC. 

USA, Nevada: Silver State Voters Want More Renewable Energy

Voters Will Face The Renewable Energy Ballot Question Again in 2020 (KTVN)

Voters moved Nevada one step closer toward more renewable energy in the state. 59 percent of voters checked yes to increase the amount of solar, geothermal and wind resources in Nevada.

However, since Question 6 proposes an amendment to the state constitution, it'll have to pass again in 2020.

"In a state where we have an abundance of sunshine, geothermal and wind, we need to use it,” says Kyle Roerink, with Nevadans for a Clean Energy Future. "Currently we're at a 25 percent by 2025 renewable portfolio standard,” says Roerink. But because Nevadans approved Question 6, we're now on a path that would change that requirement to 50 percent clean energy by 2030."

United Kingdom: Photos from the United Downs Geothermal Power Project

Cornwall is the pioneer in geothermal energy production and this is why (Cornwall Live)

GEL project manager Peter Ledingham and geologist Lucy Cotton in front of the drilling rig at United Downs which help exploit Cornwall's rich geothermal energy potential (Image: GEL)

United Kingdom: Drilling Completed at Penzance Geothermal Pool

Jubilee Pool geothermal spa in Penzance to open by Easter 2019 (Cornwall Live)

It will be like Iceland's Blue Lagoon but in Cornwall and the first of its kind in the UK

The date for when Penzance's iconic open air sea pool will become the UK's first geothermal heated spa has been revealed.

The boss of Geothermal Engineering Ltd, the company which has been drilling holes into the earth below the famous Jubilee Pool to tap into the earth's natural heat, said the tourist attraction will be ready to welcome its first visitors once more by Easter 2019.

Ryan Law, managing director at GEL, told Cornwall Live that the drilling has now been done under Britain's largest sea-water lido.

He said: "We've done the drilling. Now over the next five months we will put the equipment in place and carry out the structural work underneath the pool. Our aim is to have it all complete by Easter next year."

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USA, California: Vacancy as Energy Resources Manager for Community Choice Aggregator

Employment: Energy Resources Manager (Clean Power Alliance)

Location: Downtown Los Angeles, California, USA

Clean Power Alliance (CPA) is a new Community Choice Aggregation/Joint Powers Authority formed to provide electricity services to retail customers in Southern California. With 31 member agencies, CPA will be the largest CCA in California, serving over three million residents and businesses though more than one million customer accounts, and with an annual energy load exceeding 13 terawatt hours.

Clean Power Alliance is seeking a motivated and detail-oriented team member to provide analytical and project management support to Clean Power Alliance's energy supply portfolio and procurement efforts, under the supervision of the Director of Power Planning & Procurement. This is a challenging opportunity to play a key role in restructuring Southern California’s energy market to rapidly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and provide local choice in energy supply and services.

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

New Zealand: Research to Test Hypothesis that Surface Gases from Rotorua Geothermal Field Actually Come from Deep Underground

Two new GNS Science projects win funding from the prestigious Marsden Fund (News Release)

Project leader
Isabelle Chambefort
A research project at GNS Science that will investigate the emission of greenhouse gases from volcanic areas in the North Island has won funding in this year’s round of the prestigious Marsden Fund.

This project has been awarded $958,000 over three years to test a hypothesis that geothermal gases, which comprise many gases but mainly carbon dioxide, originate from eight or more kilometres below the ground and find their way to the surface via weaknesses in the Earth’s crust.

Such a finding would overturn the view that these gases come from much shallower geological features.

It is well established that about 1000 tonnes of carbon dioxide is released into the atmosphere from the Rotorua geothermal field every day. But there is little understanding of where the gas comes from or the pathways used to get to the surface.

Project leader Isabelle Chambefort said her team will use a combination of isotope analysis of gases and measurements of gas flows at the surface to trace the origin, transport, and interaction of gases in the Taupo Volcanic Zone.

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Kenya: The Importance of Geothermal Energy to Continuing Economic Development

Kenya straddles a volcanic rift. It’s a green-energy geyser (National Geographic)

In 2010 fewer than one in five Kenyans had electricity. Now some 60 percent do—thanks mostly to geothermal power from the East African Rift

The percentage of Kenyans with access to electricity nearly tripled during that period, from 19 percent to 56 percent.

A key reason is the rapid expansion of geothermal power generation. Geothermal electricity, mostly produced here in Olkaria, now accounts for 28 percent of Kenya’s grid capacity, and its importance is only set to grow. It’s relatively clean and low-carbon, and in the long run it’s relatively cheap. And unlike other renewable sources such as solar, wind, and even hydro, geothermal is available year-round and around the clock. On some days right now, half the power used in Kenya comes from inside the earth.

“The reliability of geothermal plants is very high because steam is not affected by the vagaries of weather,” says John Omenge, until recently head of geo-exploration at Kenya’s Ministry of Energy. “This is the main reason why we’ve increased our geothermal focus. It has become our source of baseload power.”

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Kenya: Minister Suggests Diversification of Uses for geothermal Resources

Kenya to Enhance, Diversify Utilization of Geothermal Resources (Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology)

(Courtesy CIA.gov)
Kenya intends to enhance the utilization of geothermal resources for electricity generation and diversify to other innovative direct uses such as recreational, agricultural and industrial applications, among others.

The Principal Secretary, Ministry of Energy, Dr. Eng. Joseph Njoroge, revealed this in his remarks to participants during the official opening of the two-day International Forum on Geothermal Technology at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

“This will require constant human interactions and interventions in areas such as capacity building, reservoir engineering to improve success rates in drilling programmes, efficient power generation technology, optimizing fluid re-injection and recharge and minimizing loss through evaporation to ensure sustainable exploitation of geothermal resources,” said Eng. Njoroge.

Taiwan: 8 MW Yilan Geothermal Power Project Begins

Taipower, CPC join hands to explore geothermal power in Yilan (Focus Taiwan)

State-run Taiwan Power Co. (Taipower) and oil refiner CPC Corp., Taiwan kicked off a joint plan Wednesday to explore geothermal energy in Yilan County, northeastern Taiwan.

A ceremony was held at the site of the planned Renze No. 3 Geothermal Well in Yilan to mark the beginning of the exploration plan, under which work will be undertaken to drill a total of six exploratory wells in Renze and neighboring Tuchang before June 2021, according to the two companies.

CPC Chairman Tai Chein (戴謙) said the exploration project, estimated to produce an installed capacity totaling 8 megawatts of electricity if successful, is being carried out in three stages, with the first stage involving the drilling of two 1,500 meter-deep wells at a cost of NT$130 million (US$4.23 million).

The planned wells -- one of which will be a production well and the other a re-injection well -- are estimated to yield an installed capacity of about 2 MW, Tai said, anticipating that the exploration will be a success.


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Nicaragua: All Recently Drilled Wells Successfully Connected at 65 MW San Jacinto Geothermal Project

Polaris Infrastructure Announces 2018 Third Quarter Results (News Release)

(Courtesy Polaris Infrastructure )
Polaris Infrastructure Inc. of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, has reported its financial and operating results for the quarter ended September 30, 2018.

Highlights:
  • The San Jacinto-Tizate Power Plant generated 144 GWh (net) (an average of 65.4 MW (net)), resulting in revenue of $18.2 million for the three months ended September 30, 2018, versus revenue of $15.9 million on generation of 125 GWh (net) (an average of 56.7 MW (net)) in the prior year period. 
  • The company’s wholly-owned operating subsidiary, Polaris Energy Nicaragua S.A., which owns and operates the San Jacinto project, successfully connected all recently drilled wells during the second quarter of 2018. Along with the commissioning of a new separator station on pad 12, HPS3, steam production has been sufficient to bring the San Jacinto plant close to its 77 MW (gross) nameplate capacity. At this time the plant is operating in the 70-72 MW (gross) range.
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USA, Nevada: 48 MW McGinness Hills III Geothermal Power Plant Planned for Commencement Early Next Month

Ormat Technologies, Inc.'s (ORA) CEO Isaac Angel on Q3 2018 Results - Earnings Call Transcript (Seeking Alpha)


Isaac Angel: "We're encouraged by the opportunities and pipeline for the product segments from regions such as New Zealand, Central and South America and Asia Pacific that will diversify our plan based for the product technology. Turning to Slide 28 (see above), we're continuing with our growth and pleased with the growth we achieved on the beginning of the year bringing our total portfolio to 862 megawatt and we're on track with our near term growth target and plan between 115 and 125 megawatt by the end of 2020."

"During the past month, we made significant efforts to expedite the commencement of the 48 megawatt McGinness Hills III power plant now planned for early December 2018. We're also planning to enhance the upper Steamboat complex in Nevada which will include Steamboat Hills and Galena 2 power plant. At Steamboat Hills we expect to add over 16 megawatt to the existing power plant before the end of 2020, by adding new equipment and optimizing the Geothermal field. The additional capacity from Steamboat Hills will also be sold to SCAPPA under the existing portfolio PPA."

Vacancy: Field and Regulatory Engineer at California Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources

Employment: Field and Regulatory Engineer (DOGGR)

Location: Sacramento County
Salary: $5,098.00 - $9,597.00
Final Filing Date: 16 November

Under general supervision of the Senior Oil and Gas Engineer (Supervisor) and guidance of the Associate Oil and Gas Engineer, the Engineering Geologist (EG) functions as a Field and Regulatory Engineer within the California Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) Northern District Office. 

Travel on-road and off-road to work locations will be required to be on a rotational 24-hour on-call basis. In performing field inspection, the incumbent can be exposed to hazardous conditions and is required to carry H2S monitors to warn of H2S gas hazards. This position requires a high degree of knowledge and skill in reviewing and analyzing geologic reports as well as excellent data management and communication.

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Indonesia: Submit Abstracts for 8th ITB International Geothermal Workshop 2019

IIGW2019 Abstract Submission is now Open!

20-21 March, 2019
8th ITB International Geothermal Workshop 2019 
Institut Teknologi Bandung, Bandung, Indonesia



Present your research to colleagues from around the world at the 8th ITB International Geothermal Workshop 2019 in Institut Teknologi Bandung, Bandung, Indonesia.

Submit your abstract to paper-workshop@geothermal.itb.ac.id before December 15, 2018

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Kenya: Draft Legislation Lays out Royalties Schedule for Geothermal Energy

Hot topic: Reforms seek to tap geothermal assets to support regional development and improve fiscal solvency (OxfordBusinessGroup)

(Courtesy CIA.gov)
A new Energy Bill – which completed its public consultation phase in February 2018 – may result in a significant shake-up of Kenya’s geothermal segment. Significantly, the draft legislation lays out a royalties schedule. The raft of laws has been passed by the National Assembly but was still awaiting Senate approval as of September 2018. The bill will see geothermal firms pay fees of between 1% and 2.5% of the revenues generated from the energy source during their first decade of operation and 5% thereafter.

The proposed royalty on profits is a standard model in the international geothermal market. For example, the US has deployed a similar framework for decades, applying a modest rate of 1.75% for the first 10 years of production, before moving companies to a royalty rate of 3.5% thereafter. Nevertheless, establishing the precise rates constitutes a challenging undertaking. Geothermal resources of Kenya’s size are strategically vital to economic development; ensuring energy security, generating employment and providing income, in the form of rent, for landowners.

USA, Nevada: Ormat Reports More Than 5% Increase in Geothermal Electricity Revenues

Ormat Technologies Reports Third Quarter 2018 Financial Results (News Release)

Ormat Technologies, Inc. today announced financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2018.

“Total revenues increased nearly 6% and electricity revenues increased more than 5%,” commented Isaac Angel, Chief Executive Officer. “This steady growth was achieved despite the recent shutdown of our operations at Puna and highlights the diversification we have built into the Ormat operating model and the strength of our overall portfolio of projects around the world.  Now that the lava flow near Puna has ceased, we are working to bring that plant back online, and are confident that Ormat is well positioned for continued growth.”

Recent Developments:

  • Ormat completed the closing of the first tranche under the previously announced finance agreement totaling up to $124.7 million for the 35 MW Platanares geothermal power plant in Honduras, with the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (“OPIC”), United States government’s development finance institution, as the sole lender. Following the closing, Ormat received a disbursement of $114.7 million representing the full amount of Tranche I of the OPIC non-recourse project finance loan that carries a fixed interest rate of 7.02% per annum with a maturity of approximately 14 years. The closing of the second tranche of up to $10 million is expected during the first half of 2019.
  • In Puna, Hawaii, before the lava recently stopped flowing, the lava covered the wellheads of three geothermal wells, the substation of the Puna complex and an adjacent warehouse that stored a drilling rig. The Company is currently assessing the damages to the Puna facilities and continues to coordinate with Hawaii Electric Light Company and local authorities to bring the power plant back to operation. The Company is in the process of building access roads to the site, removing the plugs from the production wells and rebuilding the electrical substation. Management is in ongoing discussions with its insurance companies, working to secure a business interruption claim for the income loss from the shutdown.
  • Ormat opted out of the Galena 2 PPA with NV Energy Inc., and reported a one-time $5 million termination fee, recorded in selling and marketing expenses, in the third quarter of 2018. In March 2019, Ormat will start selling power from Galena 2 under its existing Southern California Public Power Authority portfolio PPA at $75.5 per MWh replacing lower pricing under the Galena 2 PPA.

United Kingdom: United Downs Geothermal Power Project - “It’s a make or break moment for geothermal power in the UK,”

Cornish geothermal drilling operation aims to prove UK potential (Financial Times)

Experts believe 5% of UK electricity supply could come from the clean energy source

Ryan Law, managing director of
Geothermal Engineering Ltd (GEL)
“It’s a make or break moment for geothermal power in the UK,” Ryan Law, managing director of Geothermal Engineering Ltd (GEL), told the Financial Times of the project named after the United Downs industrial estate it is in. “If this one doesn’t produce I don’t think we’ll see any others for some time.”

“It is a demonstration plant of a concept. And if that concept works we know we’ve got similar geology in many, many other sites across Devon and Cornwall,” said Mr Law. If it works he wants to create more joint direct heat and power generating plants in the region.

“To me the big thing about geothermal was always that you have . . . an absolutely low carbon energy source, that enables you to not be dependent on tides, to not be dependent on wind, not to be dependent on day or night in terms of solar,” said Lord Teverson, who chairs the Lords EU energy and environment select committee.

“The big problem, the Achilles heel, is that geothermal itself really can’t afford its exploration risk,” said Tony Bachelor of consultancy GeoScience, which is financially backing GEL.

United Kingdom: Drilling Starts This Week at United Downs Geothermal Power Plant

UK’s First Geothermal Power Plant (Cornish Stuff)

(Courtesy Geothermal Engineering Ltd.)
The pioneering demonstration plant will deliver up to 3 MWe of electricity to the National Grid

Geothermal Engineering Ltd. (GEL) has announced that drilling will start this week to build the UK’s first deep geothermal electricity plant at the United Downs Industrial Estate near St Day.

The aim of the initiative is to demonstrate the potential of the geothermal resource in the UK to produce electricity and renewable heat.   The plant will supply up to 3 MWe of electricity which is enough energy to power 3000 homes.

The global engineering consultancy, Arup, has signed an agreement to purchase renewable energy guarantee of origin certificates (REGOs) from GEL equating to 9000MWh/year.

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