Wednesday, October 17, 2018

East Africa: Geothermal Risk Mitigation Facility Awards Seven Projects

Results of the 5th Application Round - Geothermal Risk Mitigation Facility (GRMF)

The Request for Application (RfA) phase of the 5th Geothermal Risk Mitigation Facility (GRMF) Application Round (AR 5) started on 26 March 2018 after the pre-qualification workshop was held. On 4 June 2018, 9 applications (6 Surface Studies and 3 Drilling Programmes) were formally accepted. These 9 applications were submitted by 7 entities (4 public and 3 private) from 5 countries (Djibouti, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda) - out of the 11 GRMF countries.

We are pleased to announce that 7 projects qualified for grant award in AR 5 of GRMF (4 Surface Studies and 3 Drilling Programmes).

Please find further information about the qualified project in the following table:


Geothermal Event! Special Geothermal 101 Workshop & Expo is Open to the Public

Geothermal 101 Workshop - Also Expo is Open to the Public

Wednesday October 17, 9-11 am, Peppermill Resort Spa & Casino, Reno, Nevada.


In addition, the GRC Expo - the trade show for the international geothermal energy industry - is open to the public from 9am - 1:30pm today, Wednesday October 17.

USA, Nevada: State Utility Requests Proposals for up to 350 MW Including Renewable Energy

Fall 2018 Renewable Energy Request for Proposals (News Release)

NV Energy is seeking up to 350 megawatts of additional long-term renewable energy and supplemental battery energy storage systems to advance its commitment to clean energy for Nevada.

This Fall 2018 Renewable Energy Request for Proposals also provides bidders the opportunity to propose supplemental battery energy storage systems.

Details can be found in the Fall 2018 Renewable Energy RFP Protocol Document, but key highlights are:
  • Deadline for bids is December 10, 2018;
  • NV Energy is seeking proposals for renewable generation, including dispatchable renewable generation;
  • Projects can range in size from 20 megawatts up to 350 megawatts;
  • Projects must be capable of delivering energy to serve load in NV Energy’s retail service territory;
  • Specific proposal product types are described in the Fall 2018 Renewable Energy RFP Protocol Document;
  • Supplemental battery energy storage systems can be proposed in addition to renewable energy projects;
  • Projects must be located within the state of Nevada;
  • The projects must be approved by the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada; and
  • Project proposals must allow for a commercial operation date on or before December 31, 2023
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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Photos from the Geothermal Energy Event of the Year

GRC Annual Meeting & Expo - All the Photos

All the photos from the geothermal energy event of the year, the GRC Annual Meeting & Expo, from 14-17 October at the Peppermill Resort Spa & Casino, Reno, Nevada, USA.

Poland: Opportunity for Geothermal in Renewable Energy Auction

RES Auctions in Poland Ready to Take Off (The National Law Review)

(Courtesy CIA.gov)
The Renewable Energy Standard (RES) auctions are fast approaching – the first one, for existing installations, is due to start on October 17.

The long-awaited RES auctions start tomorrow. This year, the President of the Energy Regulatory Office has divided the auctions into two rounds: 17-25 October for existing installations and 5-20 November for new installations.

The auctions are divided into five “baskets”, with the bidding for each basket to be held on a different date. One basket is for hydro energy, geothermal and offshore wind farm installations.

Having won the auction, the owner will have a certain amount of time to launch its operations: two years for photovoltaics and four years for any other RES installations.

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United Kingdom: Geothermal Heat from Old Coal Mines Could Warm Scottish Cities

John Underhill: Coal mines have an eco-friendly future (The Scotsman)

To date, the focus on geothermal energy in the UK has concentrated on areas like the granites of the Cairngorms and Cornwall because they have a higher geo-thermal gradient. While it’s evident these areas can provide heat locally, industrial-scale supply to the people that need it most is impractical because of the difficulty of storage and transportation to centres of population.

But a different kind of geothermal heat source could provide an answer: renewable energy from the most unlikely of sources. A major benefit of coalfields is that most are close to and often directly beneath large conurbations. Although they are not going to be as productive as areas marked by volcanic activity, like Iceland or Hawaii, they could provide enough heat to serve the needs of the stressed communities where fuel poverty hits hardest.

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Science & Technology: Methods for Hydraulic Fracturing for Enhanced Geothermal Systems in a Deep Mine

South Dakota School of Mines Researchers Look at Fracing to Improve Geothermal Energy Production (Oil & Gas 360)

South Dakota School of Mines researchers believe fracking can be used at depth in hard rocks that contain no oil or gas to improve geothermal energy production. Fracing could enhance the use of the earth’s own heat as a source of clean energy.

Liangping Li, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Department of Geology and Geological Engineering at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, has received an award from National Science Foundation (NSF) for his research entitled “Inverse Methods of Hydraulic Fracturing for Enhanced Geothermal Systems in a Deep Mine.

Li is working alongside projects already underway at the Sanford Research Facility (SURF) including kISMET (permeability (k) and Induced Seismicity Management for Energy Technologies) and the Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS) project. Hydraulic fracturing research at SURF uses no chemicals, so unlike some fossil fuel fracking operations, the fracking fluid used in these studies is water only.  Researchers also note that these fractures are being created 4,850 feet underground, far below drinking water aquifers.

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Monday, October 15, 2018

Philippines: Drilling at 100 MW Kalinga Geothermal Project to Start in 2019

Kalinga geothermal project progresses to exploration drilling  (Philippine Information Agency)

Geothermal exploration in the province is progressing with drilling targeted to start next year.

Kalinga Geothermal Project, a consortium of Aragorn Power and Energy Corporation, Guidance Management Corporation and Allfirst Kalinga Ltd., is given a two-year extension for its exploration permit. It is now on Phase 3 (exploration drilling) which includes memorandum of agreement signing and declaration of its commerciality.

The geothermal project’s projected capacity is 100 MW with a service contract of 260 square kilometres covering barangays in Pasil, Lubuagan and Tinglayan. It has contracts in place with First Balfour as general contractor and Drill Corp. for drilling. It has also completed community development projects in four of eight ancestral domains.

The Department of Energy granted the project a Certificate of Energy Project of National Significance (CEPNS) on August 14 this year. It is one of only four applicants   issued with the CEPNS from 23 applicants that were accepted out of  306 applications filed.


From the Global Geothermal News archives:

Indonesia: Rantau Dedap Geothermal Power Project Empowers Local Women

South Sumatra's Geothermal Power Project Supports Rural Women's Livelihood (Asian Development Bank)

Road upgrades for Rig mobilization
 and a benefit to local community.
GRC Geothermal Photo Contest 2018
Rantau Dedap geothermal power project in South Sumatra, Indonesia is expected to generate more than 90 MW of electricity, which will power up to 130,000 homes and avoid over 400,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions every year by 2021.

The power project also supports livelihood improvement of local communities in the project area, especially for women. Tunggul Bute's Family Welfare Organization is one of the recipients of these efforts. Women are provided with training and access to technology expanding their coffee production and increasing their incomes.     

One of ADB's priorities in promoting gender equality is ensuring that women are given opportunities through its climate change financing investments. Recently, ADB, with additional financing from Climate Investment Funds, committed approximately $175.3 million with private sector partner PT Supreme Energy Rantau Dedap to help finance the second phase of the company's geothermal power project.

Rantau Dedap geothermal power project is part of ADB's continued efforts to scale up private sector-led infrastructure development and support clean energy investments in the Asia and Pacific region.

Chile: Cerro Pabellón Geothermal Power Plant's Location at 4,500 Meters Leads to Physical Challenges

Chile’s first geothermal plant passing altitude test (climatechangenews.com)

(Courtesy Enel Green Power Chile)
West of the Andes, high in the Atacama Desert, a geothermal power plant built with state-of-the-art technology is accelerating Chile’s pathway to a clean energy future.

Tapping heat trapped inside the earth, Cerro Pabellón is a geothermal power plant that will produce enough electricity to power over 165,000 homes.

Geological conditions at Cerro Pabellón offer optimal access to geothermal energy, but there is a downside. The plant is located more than 4,500 meters above sea level, making it the highest such facility in all of South America. Physical effort at this high altitude is considerably more challenging than at sea level, said Nurse Aileen Estay, part of the on-site medical team.

The success of Cerro Pabellón is proof that geothermal technology can be adapted to high altitudes when necessary. It is also helping de-risk geothermal power generation in Latin America.

When Nurse Aileen first arrived at the plant, she was enchanted with the view and the majestic surroundings. Now, she feels she’s part of something greater. Her work, she knows, is part of the bid to change Chile’s energy matrix.

“Ours is a view of the future!” she exclaimed.

Geothermal Event - GRC Annual Meeting

GRC Annual Meeting & Expo - The Opening Session


Almost 500 attended the Opening Session of the GRC Annual Meeting & Expo.

Geothermal Event - GRC Annual Meeting & Expo Begins

GRC Annual Meeting & Expo - The Geothermal Event is Launched!


Maria Richards, President and Will Pettitt, Executive Director open the geothermal energy event of the year!

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Geothermal Event - More than 200 Technical Presentations

GRC Annual Meeting & Expo - The Technical Sessions

Over 60 hours of high-quality presentations on the latest developments in geothermal energy on October 15, 16 and 17.



USA, Nevada: Employment Opportunities in Geothermal Energy Working at Ormat

Vacancies at Ormat Technologies

PLANT OPERATOR 1 - Heber, California
The primary responsibility of a Plant Operator is to ensure that the operation of the power plant is safely and efficiently carried out in accordance with plant safety procedures and standard operating procedures. Apply.......

MANAGER, ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH AND SAFETY - Heber, California
This position is responsible for designing, implementing and improving EHS programs, improving the site safety culture, assisting management in injury and illness prevention, and ensuring operations are in compliance with local, state and federal environmental and safety regulations. Apply........

MANAGER OF GLOBAL TRADE COMPLIANCE - Reno, Nevada
The Manager of Global Trade Compliance will be responsible for creating Ormat’s worldwide import and export compliance structure and activities.  This position will act as a subject matter expert for all import and export trade compliance matters for the organization.  This person will be accountable for all customs and export related operations and compliance with all import-export laws, provide strategic advice to the company on trade matters (both operations, tactical, and strategic), and orchestrate a global export-import compliance program. Apply.......

MANAGER, ENVIRONMENTAL PERMITTING - Reno, Nevada
The Ormat Environmental Permitting Manager will report to the Executive Director of Government and Regulatory Affairs. The Permitting Manager will be focused on permitting in support of Development and Construction of Ormat’s renewable energy and energy storage projects. Apply........

INTERN RESOURCE ENGINEER - Reno, Nevada
This position is responsible for monitoring the performance of geothermal production and injection wells, supervise well field operations, organizing well files and monitor drilling operations. Apply......

Global: Calendar of Geothermal Energy Events

Geothermal Energy Calendar from the Geothermal Resources Council


GRC Annual Meeting & Expo
14-17 October, Reno, Nevada, USA
www.geothermal.org/meet-new.html

6th National Geothermal Congress - Polish Geothermal Association
23-25 October, Zakopane, Poland
www.energia-geotermalna.org.pl/vi-ogolnopolski-kongres-geotermalny/

Seventh African Rift Geothermal Conference (ARGeo-C7)
29 October–4 November, Kigali, Rwanda
www.theargeo.org

U.S. Hot Springs Conference
7–9 November, Glenwood Springs, Colorado, USA
www.hotspringsconnection.com/

The 12th Asian Geothermal Symposium (AGS12)
9-12 November, Daejeon, Republic of Korea
www.aist.go.jp/fukushima/en/AGS12/index.html

GEORG Geothermal Workshop
14-15 November, Reykjavík, Iceland
https://geothermalworkshop.com/

NZ Geothermal Workshop
14-16 November, Taupo, New Zealand
http://www.geothermalworkshop.co.nz/

German Geothermal Congress - Der Geothermiekongress (DGK) 2018
27-29 November, Essen, Germany
www.geothermie.de/aktuelles/der-geothermiekongress-2018.html
December

3rd Colombian National Geothermal Meeting - Reunión Nacional de Geotermia (RENAG 18)
13-15 December, 2018, Bogotá, Colombia
www.ageocol.org/

GeoTHERM - Expo & Congress
14-15 February 2019, Offenburg, Germany
www.geotherm-germany.com/

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

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

Friday, October 12, 2018

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.

Canada: CanGEA Makes Important Breakthrough for Geothermal Power at Federal Level

Advocating for geothermal (The Rocky Mountain Goat)

A national advocacy group for geothermal power made an important breakthrough at the federal level this month.

In a presentation to the Standing Committee on Natural Resources in Ottawa in May, The Canadian Geothermal Energy Association (CanGEA) said there was a gap in data on geothermal energy. The association recommended that the Geological Survey of Canada or Natural Resources Canada receive funding and a mandate to complete geothermal favourability maps for all of Canada. So far only four areas have been mapped, the latest being Nunavut.

The standing committee took those recommendations to heart and in their recent report, Rethinking Canada’s Energy Information System: Collaborative Models in a Data-Driven Economy, the committee recommended that the federal government designate a “one-stop shop” for detailed regional and national energy information that is “accurate, timely, transparent, comprehensive, user-friendly, internally-consistent, free-of-charge, responsive to the needs of individual sectors, and independent of political influence.”

Kenya: 165.4MW Olkaria V Geothermal Power Plant is 75% Complete

KenGen says on course to complete 165 MW Olkaria V plant (Reuters)

Development of the 165.4MW Olkaria V Geothermal Power Plant in Naivasha is 75 per cent complete, KenGen managing director Rebecca Miano has said.

She on Friday said the project is right on schedule as two generator units, each weighing 130 metric tonnes, departed the Port of Mombasa on Thursday.

She said ther major equipment, such as turbine casing and condenser units, have already been delivered at the site.

"On ground, both platforms are ready to receive the generators and the hoisting team is in place, having assembled the powerhouse crane and specialised hoisting system," Miano said.

The hoisting and positioning of each generator unit will take approximately three days with preparations before hoisting arrival for each taking a minimum of one week.

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GRC Annual Meeting & Expo - Geothermal Event App!

Geothermal Energy Event - We've Got an App for That!

https://attendify.com/app/o2gnls/
The GRC is again providing an event app for the GRC Annual Meeting & Expo. It is now available to download to an iPhone, Android or Windows Smartphone, tablet or laptop computer giving event attendees better access to information and networking.

The mobile app allows the GRC to post more information online and avoid print costs.

We strongly encourage you to download the mobile guide to enhance your experience at the GRC Annual Meeting & Expo.

You'll be able to plan your day with a personalized schedule and browse exhibitors, maps and general show info. You can browse all the essential information even without internet access.


Start off by downloading the container "Attendify" app, then search for "GRC Annual Meeting & Expo".

After a simple download and installation the app can be personalized with your own schedule and notes on activities. When you sign-in to the app you will be able to interact with other attendees and build an on-site network. Attendees will also be able to post their own photos and comments to the app for all to see on the "activity stream".
Scan this QR Code

The App is a work in progress, updates are loaded as information becomes available and your feedback is encouraged as you get familiar with it. All questions and feedback can be sent to Ian Crawford at icrawford@geothermal.org.

Download the app now!.......
Web Version.........

Thursday, October 11, 2018

The Geothermal Energy Event of the Year is Almost Here!

GRC Annual Meeting & Expo - A Geothermal Event!

2 Days to go! Register Now and Save!

Geothermal’s Role in Today’s Energy Market

14-17 October, 2018
Peppermill Resort Spa Casino, Reno, Nevada, USA

Event Program (PDF)........                            Online Registration.........
Registration Form (PDF).........                      Event Flyer (PDF)..........

Nearly 1,000 attendees came to the 2017 GRC Annual Meeting and Expo from 35 different countries around the world, highlighting the GRC’s role in connecting the global community. With increasing interest in geothermal as a reliable source of renewable energy providing both flexible and baseload power production around the world, the GRC is looking ahead to an even stronger international attendance in 2018.

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

GRC Annual Meeting & Expo - A Geothermal Event!


14-17 October, 2018, Peppermill Resort Spa & Casino, Reno, Nevada, USA

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


In conjunction with the prestigious Annual Meeting & Expo, 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.

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

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Nevada: Geothermal Lease Sale on October 23

2018 BLM Nevada Geothermal Lease Sale

Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 8am PST

In accordance with the Geothermal Steam Act, and the BLM regulations at 43 CFR 3200, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is offering 11 parcels for internet-based competitive sale of certain Federal lands containing 27,331.38 acres in the State of Nevada for geothermal leasing. 

The sale date is Tuesday, October 23, 2018. The open bidding period will begin at 10:00 a.m. Central Daylight Time (CDT) (or 8:00 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time (PDT), on Tuesday, October 23, 2018.  

Geothermal Event - Final Program Published

GRC Annual Meeting & Expo - Final Program


Canada: Geoscience BC Reports Assess Viability for Geothermal Development

New Research Heats Up Geothermal in Northeastern BC (Geoscience BC)

Two new geothermal research reports released by Geoscience BC today will help to heat up the long-term potential for geothermal energy generation in northeast British Columbia. 

The reports provide relevant and valuable new information by evaluating locations and assessing the viability for geothermal energy development in northeastern British Columbia. 

In Techno-Economic assessment of Geothermal Energy Resources in the Sedimentary Basin in Northeastern British Columbia, Canada, researchers from The University of Victoria evaluated four areas favourable for geothermal development. The sites are at Horn River, Clarke Lake, Prophet River and Jedney.

"No geothermal power plant exists in Canada," said Kevin Palmer-Wilson, PhD Candidate in Mechanical Engineering and lead researcher on the project. "This study has identified four potential sites and provides cost estimates for getting power plants up and running."

In the Clarke Lake Gas Field Reservoir Characterization report, researchers from the University of Alberta analysed the potential of the depleted Clarke Lake natural gas field in northeast BC for its potential as a geothermal reservoir.

GRC ED Looks Forward to the Geothermal Energy Event of the Year!

The 2018 Annual Meeting Steams Ahead (and so does the 2019 one!)

by Will Pettitt, PhD, Executive Director, Geothermal Resources Council (GRC)

The 2018 GRC Annual Meeting & Expo in Reno is nearly upon us. Like its predecessors, it will be the largest annual gathering, and premier technical program, of the geothermal community in the world. I would first like to thank all the volunteers and staff that contribute to our conference. It takes a small army of people to organize the meeting and all the activities that are planned. Each of you know what you have contributed. I speak on behalf of the GRC and geothermal community to say that everything you do is really appreciated and we are all very grateful for your efforts. For all our volunteers, please know that the GRC could not function without you, and that the staff, management, and Board are grateful for every moment of time you donate.


The Geothermal Energy Magazine - Now Available Online

Now Available - GRC Bulletin - Vol. 47, No. 5, September/October 2018

Produced by the Geothermal Resources Council since 1972, the Bulletin is the magazine for the international geothermal energy community.

In this issue:
  • President’s Message, by Maria Richards
  • Executive Director's Message, by William Pettitt
  • Inside Geothermal: 19 pages of geothermal energy news from around the world
  • Finding The ‘Heart of The Casino’: Peppermill Commits To Geothermal, by the Peppermill Resort Spa & Casino
  • Searching for Blind Geothermal Systems Utilizing Play Fairway Analysis, Western Nevada, by Jim Faulds
  • Geothermal History in the Making - The Creation of the International Geothermal Association
  • In Memoriam - Marcelo J. Lippmann, Carel Otte, Jeff Nichols
Download your copy now........

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

Netherlands: Dutch Horticulture Industry Would like More Dedicated Geothermal Energy Companies

SodM advocates for geothermal companies (Hortidaily)

"It's as if a car leasing company would also do the oil drilling"

Northern Limburg has two geothermal projects where water is pumped from deep underground in order to heat greenhouses. It is one of the ways in which the Netherlands wants to replace natural gas. But the wells in Limburg have gone silent and there are also problems elsewhere. The State Supervision of Mines (SodM) therefore indicates it would prefer to see the emergence of companies that specifically focus on geothermal energy.

Now geothermal energy is something that growers just do on their own. The Netherlands has 18 geothermal projects, and they are by growers. With half of these projects there is an 'issue', either not in operation or currently being inspected. "It's as if a leasing company with its own fleet of cars, also has its own oil drilling operation," is the analogy used by Wouter van der Zee of SodM.

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Latin America Round Table at Geothermal Energy Event

GRC Annual Meeting & Expo - Special Session

16 October, 2-4pm, Peppermill Resort Spa & Casino, Reno, Nevada, USA


Philippines: Plans to Double Geothermal Energy Capacity by 2040

Going geothermal: Philippines revs up flagging green energy engine (ABS-CBN News)

(Courtesy CIA.gov)
The Philippine government launched in June a string of new exploration surveys, which comes on top of the roughly 10 contracts the nation has signed in recent years with power companies to drill exploratory wells.

"Of course the target is to increase the existing capacity," Ariel Fronda, head of the renewables division of the Philippine energy ministry told AFP.

"There is a high degree of interest in renewables in general... Energy has suddenly become an attractive business," he added.

The Philippines' seven geothermal fields now supply about 12 percent of the nation's energy, with a long-term plan to nearly double capacity by 2040.

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

USA: U.S. Secretary of Energy lauds geothermal as "an important part of our nation’s diverse energy portfolio"

Energy Department Announces $11.4 Million for New Projects to Advance Efficient Drilling for Geothermal Energy (News Release)

U.S. Secretary of Energy
Rick Perry
Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the selection of seven projects totaling nearly $11.4 million to advance geothermal energy development. The projects will focus on accelerating the research and development (R&D) of innovative geothermal energy technologies in America. 

“Geothermal energy is a clean and efficient base-load energy resource, making it an important part of our nation’s diverse energy portfolio,” U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry said. “Developing new, efficient drilling technologies will reduce these costs and increase the availability of this domestic renewable energy resource.” 

Technological innovation is necessary to economically convert these resources into cost-effective energy resources. The awardees will focus on early-stage R&D projects exploring innovative technologies for drilling geothermal wells that show the ability to reduce non-drilling time, improve rates of penetration, and identify methods to accelerate the transfer of geothermal drilling and related technologies from the laboratory to the marketplace. 

The selected projects include: 
  • Argonne National Laboratory (Argonne, IL): Developing more advanced, low-cost materials using superhard nano-composites combined with ultrafast surface treatment to create new drill bits with tunable properties capable of doubling rates of penetration (ROP) for drilling geothermal wells.
  • General Electric Company, GE Global Research (Niskayuna, NY): Developing and testing a new directional drilling orientation sensor capable of operating at 300°C for 1000 hours; this will enable measurement-while-drilling (MWD) at the significantly higher temperatures needed for geothermal drilling than current tools.
  • Oklahoma State University (Stillwater, OK): Developing a new detailed model for common drill bits (PDC) based on tracking cutter wear from rock/bit interactions and then design a system to optimize geothermal drilling based on real-time data from that model. 
  • Sandia National Laboratories (Albuquerque, NM): Developing sensing tools, algorithms, and actuators for an intelligent drilling architecture which optimizes how deep the drill cutter goes in real-time, leading to longer life for down-hole drilling components, reduced unplanned trips, and more consistent drilling rates.
  • Sandia National Laboratories (Albuquerque, NM): Developing and testing a new all-metal down-hole motor that turns drilling fluid flow into torque; this motor will remove current temperature limitations, reduce vibrations, and enable directional drilling into high-temperature geothermal reservoirs.
  • Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (College Station, TX): Developing and testing a new drill bit system that uses nanosecond micro-plasma discharge to create localized shock waves which initiate micro-cracks ahead of the bit, making it easier to cut rock; this system is capable of doubling ROP for drilling in geothermal wells.
  • University of Oklahoma (Norman, OK): Developing and testing smart lost circulation materials (LCM) that use shape memory polymers activated by geothermal temperature to prevent the loss of fluid into fractured rock next to the drilled wellbore; the smart LCM expands within the fractures to reduce non-drilling time (NDT) and strengthen the wellbore in high temperature geothermal drilling operations.

Tanzania: 5 MW Geothermal Power Project to Start Next Year

TGDC to embark on geothermal energy drilling by 2025 (Daily News)

(Courtesy CIA.gov)
In efforts to support industrialisation, the Tanzania Geothermal Development Company Limited (TGDC) plans to embark on geothermal energy drilling to generate 200 MW by 2025.

The project is expected to take off in Mbeya Region next year. TGDC General Manager Kato Kabaka said during the signing of a contract with Italy-based ELC Electroconsult SPA yesterday that drilling activities would take place near Ngozi River and that drilling machines were expected to be imported by the end of this year.

According to Mr Kabaka, TGDC targets to start by generating 5 MW by 2020 and 20 MW by 2022. Initial studies show availability of geothermal resource, enough to generate 100 MW, but the actual amount will be determined after drilling activities have taken place.

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Netherlands: Successful Geothermal Survey Combines Best Practices from Oil and Gas Exploration

New value from old data shows promise for geothermal exploration in the Netherlands (Earth Explorer)

Variscan subcrop map and cross section through the study area. Question marks indicate the unknown geology. The study area of Heeswijk is the surroundings of the HSW-01 well.

The project demonstrates great promise for geothermal investigations in the country using existing data. According to Pieter Van Heiningen of Provenance Exploration Consultancy BV and his business partners, the pilot study is unique in the Netherlands and their approach stems from combining best practice from oil and gas exploration. 

“This project provides a crucial example for advancing the successful exploration of high quality and high energy/temperature geothermal reservoirs in the Netherlands, in a cost-efficient and effective way.”

Iceland: 24 Graduate from the Geothermal Training Programme of the United Nations University

Graduation of Fellows 2018 (UNU-GTP)

The 40th session of the Geothermal Training Programme of the United Nations University (UNU-GTP) closed on Friday 5th of October, with 24 UNU Fellows in the six month specialized courses. 

The Fellows came from 14 countries: Bolivia (2), China (2), Djibouti (1), Ecuador (1), El Salvador (1), Ethiopia (2), India (1), Indonesia (3), Kenya (5), Nevis (1), Philippines (1), St. Lucia (1), Tanzania (2), and Zambia (1). 

This is the first time St. Lucia participates in the Six Month Programme. 

The Fellows were trained in: Project management and finances (7), Drilling Technology (6), Chemistry of Thermal Fluids (4), Geophysical exploration (4), and Geothermal Utilization (3).

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Austria: Third Well at Reid Geothermal District Heating Project to be Drilled

Geothermie: Dritte Bohrung, um Großkunden bedienen zu können - Geothermal: Third well to serve major customers (Nachrichten)

Bei Österreichs größter Geothermie, die weite Teile des Raumes Ried mit Heizenergie versorgt, beginnt in wenigen Tagen eine dritte Bohrung.

(From Google Translate) Drilling for a third well at Austria's largest geothermal energy project, which supplies large parts of the Ried area with heating energy, will begin in a few days.

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Global: Leaders of Small Island Developing States look to Geothermal for Energy Transformation

IRENA Launches SIDS Lighthouses Initiative 2.0 (IISD Reporting Services)

Leaders of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and development partners gathered at UN Headquarters for a High-Level Roundtable to discuss how to increase ambition to accelerate energy transformation in SIDS and to launch the SIDS Lighthouses Initiative 2.0. The initiative intends to strengthen cooperation on renewable energy, accelerate energy transformation in SIDS, strengthen climate resilience, and contribute to the achievement of the SDGs.

International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) identified four priority areas for the Lighthouses Initiative 2.0: 
  • supporting SIDS in implementation and review of their nationally determined contributions; 
  • expanding the focus to include geothermal energy and energy from the ocean, as well as accelerating renewables in the transport sector; 
  • enhancing support for development of bankable projects; and 
  • reinforcing work on the nexus between energy, agriculture, food, health, and water.
Ralph Gonsalves, Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, spoke on limitations and progress. While three hydroelectricity plants in his country are being improved for efficiency and solar renewables are expanding, the major initiative focuses on geothermal energy. He noted that there is a two-year delay for the goal of 80% geothermal energy, but that his country is actively working with other organizations to meet this goal.

Check Out This Year's Best Geothermal Energy Photos

Winners of the 2018 Geothermal Photo Contest Announced (News Release)

The 39th Amateur Geothermal Photo Contest winners will be on display at the 
GRC Annual Meeting & Expo in Reno, Nevada, USA.

The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) is pleased to announce the winners of this year's Amateur Geothermal Photo Contest. The purpose of the contest is to showcase quality photography featuring geothermal energy from around the world.

1st Place: Ray of Steam
by Piyush Bakane
1st Place: 
Piyush Bakane, Reno, Nevada, USA

2nd Place: 
Hreinn Hjartarson, Reykjavik, Iceland 

3rd Place: 
Steven Fercho, Reno, Nevada, USA

All the entries can be seen on the GRC Flicker website and will be on display at the GRC Annual Meeting & Expo being held at the Peppermill Resort Spa & Casino, Reno, Nevada, USA from October 14 –17. The theme for this year’s meeting is Geothermal’s Role in Today’s Energy Market.

For more information about the GRC Annual Meeting & Expo, visit www.geothermal.org or call (530) 758-2360. 

Monday, October 8, 2018

Finance: Geothermal Capacity Set to Grow 28% to Over 17 GW by 2023 - Report

Renewables 2018 (IEA)

Market analysis and forecast from 2018 to 2023


Renewables will continue their expansion in the next five years, covering 40% of global energy consumption growth, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA)’s Renewables 2018 market analysis and forecast report. Their use continues to increase most rapidly in the electricity sector, and will account for almost a third of total world electricity generation in 2023. Because of weaker policy support and additional barriers to deployment, renewables use expands far more slowly in the transport and heat sectors.

Geothermal capacity is set to grow 28%, or 4 GW, to reach just over 17 GW by 2023 as projects in nearly 30 countries come online. 70% of this growth is in developing countries and emerging economies. The Asia-Pacific region (excluding China) has the largest growth, at 2 GW, over the forecast period. Indonesia’s expansion is the strongest, propelled by abundant geothermal resource availability and a strong project pipeline in the construction phase supported by government policies. Kenya, the Philippines, and Turkey follow, responsible for 30% of additions.

Although pre-development risks are still an important barrier to securing financing for geothermal projects, exploration and construction of facilities in Latin American and Caribbean countries is expected to take off because geothermal technology generates stable, CO2 emissions-free baseload power.

Geothermal could grow by an additional 20%, or 900 MW, provided faster commissioning of the projects, mainly in emerging economies. Indonesia could deliver half of the potential growth while Kenya could add an estimated 180 MW as both countries advance in exploitation of their vast geothermal resources. China, Philippines and Turkey each could add around 70 MW of additional geothermal capacity while smaller additions could be seen coming online in Ethiopia and France.

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Climate Change: "Limiting global warming to 1.5°C would require 'rapid and far-reaching' transitions in energy" - Report

Global Warming of 1.5 °C (IPCC)

An Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways, in the context of strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change, sustainable development, and efforts to eradicate poverty.

Limiting global warming to 1.5ºC would require rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society, the IPCC said in a new assessment. With clear benefits to people and natural ecosystems, limiting global warming to 1.5ºC compared to 2ºC could go hand in hand with ensuring a more sustainable and equitable society, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said on Monday.

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France: Video on Alsace Geothermal Energy Exploration

Reportage France3 - Cartographie 3D ÉS - 3D Mapping ÉS

Report on seismic surveying for geothermal energy resources north of Strasbourg in north-east France.


USA: The Heritage, Diversity and Corresponding Strengths of the Geothermal Energy Industry in the U.S. - An Opinion

Geothermal Heritage III: USA (LinkedIn)

by William Harvey, P.E., Project Engineer at POWER Engineers

(Courtesy CIA.gov)
...We appreciate the tremendous innovations the USA has made in the geothermal sphere. There is probably a tendency for many cognizant Americans to stay quiet regarding achievements, since there are some prominent counter-examples and we would prefer not to be associated with our rude, boastful countrymen. But if modesty prohibits us from even remembering significant accomplishments, that's a fault too.

What exactly is the USA's heritage regarding geothermal energy?

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The GRC Annual Meeting & Expo will be held in Reno, Nevada, USA from 14-17 October at the Peppermill Resort Spa & Casino.

Geothermal Event! GRC Annual Meeting and Expo Opens This Week!

Geothermal Energy Event Opens This Week in Reno (News Release)

Over 1,000 attendees will gather at the world’s largest annual geothermal energy event, the GRC Annual Meeting and Expo, October 14 to 17 at the Peppermill Resort Spa & Casino, Reno, Nevada, USA..

The city of Reno will welcome an international audience to the "biggest little city in the world" at the Opening Session of the meeting on Monday, October 15. The session will feature special guests and energy experts covering many aspects on geothermal and other renewable energy development.

Assemblyman Chris Brooks and Angela Dykema, Director, Governor’s Office of Energy, Nevada will represent The Silver State while Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter will talk about geothermal energy in The Gem State. Dr. Susan Hamm, Director, U.S. Department of Energy, Geothermal Technology Office will provide an overview of federal support for the industry. Finally, a panel of experts will discuss geothermal’s essential role in today’s energy market.

The Opening Session will attract leading researchers, academics, students, state and federal agency officials, and executives from over 200 companies, such as Berkshire Hathaway Energy, CYRQ Energy, Calpine, Coso Energy, ENEL Green Power, Ormat Technologies, Inc., and others that develop, build, maintain and operate geothermal plants around America and the world.

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

For more information about the GRC Annual Meeting & Expo at the Peppermill Resort Spa & Casino, Reno, Nevada, USA visit www.geothermal.org or call (530) 758-2360.

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

To request an interview with anyone in the geothermal sector or one of our special guests, please contact Ian Crawford at icrawford@geothermal.org or 530.758.2360.

Friday, October 5, 2018

GRC Annual Meeting & Expo - Geothermal Event App!

Geothermal Energy Event - We've Got an App for That!

https://attendify.com/app/o2gnls/
The GRC is again providing a Mobile app for the GRC Annual Meeting & Expo. It is now available to download to an iPhone, Android or Windows Smartphone, tablet or laptop computer giving event attendees better access to information and networking.

The mobile app allows the GRC to post more information online and avoid print costs.

Did you know you can advertise on the GRC Event App? Contact Anh Lay at alay@geothermal.org for more information.

We strongly encourage you to download the mobile guide to enhance your experience at the GRC Annual Meeting & Expo. You'll be able to plan your day with a personalized schedule and browse exhibitors, maps and general show info. You can browse all the essential information even without internet access.

Start off by downloading the container "Attendify" app, then search for "GRC Annual Meeting & Expo".

After a simple download and installation the app can be personalized with your own schedule and notes on activities. When you sign-in to the app you will be able to interact with other attendees and build an on-site network. Attendees will also be able to post their own photos and comments to the app for all to see on the "activity stream".
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The App is a work in progress, updates are loaded as information becomes available and your feedback is encouraged as you get familiar with it. All questions and feedback can be sent to Ian Crawford at icrawford@geothermal.org.

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