Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Hungary: Commissioning of 3 MWe / 7 MWth Geothermal Power Plant Planned for May

Clean Heat and Power for Hungary (KS Orka)

KS Orka Renewables reports that the first two turbine units for Hungary are ready for shipment to Venice, Italy where they will taken in six trailer loads to Budapest, Hungary. 

On the site preparation works are progressing well. Begin of commissioning planned early May. The power plant is a combined heat and power plant, i.e. 3 MW electrical power and 7 MW thermal heating capacity.

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

2017 Geological Society of America Cordilleran Section

23–25 May 2017, Honolulu, Hawai‘i USA

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, January 23, 2017

USA, California: Visit the Biggest Geothermal Field in the World!

Tour The Geysers!

Calpine Corporation’s 2017 Tour Schedule

All Tours are FREE but Advance Reservations are Required

Calpine Geothermal Visitor Center • www.geysers.com • 707-987-4270 • geysers@calpine.com

Calpine’s Geothermal Visitor Center is Open to the Public Wednesday – Saturday 11:30am to 5pm. • http://www.geysers.com/visit.aspx

United Kingdom: Talk on Potential for Geothermal Energy in South West of England

Geothermal energy – present and future (Plymouth University)

A Sustainable Earth Institute public talk from Dr Tony Batchelor, Chairman of GeoScience Ltd

1 March, Lecture Theatre 2, Roland Levinsky Building, Plymouth University

(Courtesy  Plymouth University)
Geothermal energy harnesses natural heat stored within the Earth to provide constant energy sources that reduce or eliminate the use of conventional fossil fuels. The South West of England has long been known to have the potential to provide the highest underground temperatures at moderate depths and the best opportunity for power generation systems in the UK.

Dr Tony Batchelor, from GeoScience Limited, will set out the future of geothermal energy, particularly looking at the capacity and scope for the technology, and present the latest news on plans to develop - with partners Geothermal Engineering Limited - the first commercial geothermal power project near Redruth in Cornwall.

Come and hear how Cornwall’s hot rocks might re-energise the South West!

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USA: 65% of Americans Give Priority to Developing Alternative Energy Sources

Two-thirds of Americans give priority to developing alternative energy over fossil fuels (Pew Research)

President Donald Trump is promising major changes on climate and energy policy, including efforts to increase production from fossil fuel energy sources such as coal.

But a new Pew Research Center survey finds that 65% of Americans give priority to developing alternative energy sources, compared with 27% who would emphasize expanded production of fossil fuel sources.

Support for concentrating on alternative energy is up slightly since December 2014. At that time, 60% said developing alternative energy sources was the more important priority.

United Kingdom: Stoke-on-Trent Could Become a National Centre for Geothermal District Heating

Big Issue: Could North Staffordshire help launch a green industrial revolution?

Councillor Terry Follows, cabinet member for greener city, development and leisure, believes Stoke-on-Trent is at the forefront of a 'new energy revolution'.

He said: "With £20m of financial backing from the Government, the city has been recognised as the official UK hotspot for district heating by Nordic Heat, an international sustainable heat initiative supported by the Swedish Energy Agency.

"The city council is developing a wider energy strategy that taps into a range of new technologies to generating clean and reliable energy locally to support local industry and communities.

While heating systems like this are quite common across Europe, the technology has yet to take off in the UK, which could mean Stoke-on-Trent becomes a national centre for geothermal district heating once its scheme is up and running.

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USA, Idaho: U.S. Geothermal Still on Track to Add 135 MW by 2021

Year-end Operating Plants Update, Confirms 2016 Guidance and Provides 2017 Guidance (News Release)

U.S. Geothermal Inc. has confirmed its previous guidance for 2016 and provide guidance for the full year 2017.

“We are very pleased with the exceptionally strong performance from all of our power plants during the fourth quarter and our overall operational execution in 2016, despite some setbacks earlier in the year”, said Dennis Gilles, Chief Executive Officer. “We continue to maintain the focus on our goal to add approximately 135 megawatts by 2021 through the continued development of our existing projects, advancements of our near-term development projects and growth through several acquisition opportunities.”

Notable operations highlights and achievements for 2016 include:

  • Achieved annual average availabilities for the twelve months for each plant (excluding planned maintenance hours) as follows: Neal Hot Springs – 98.3%, San Emidio – 95.6%, Raft River – 99.4%.
  • Completed planned annual maintenance outages at all three operating facilities.
  • Generated fleet wide total 326,599 megawatt-hours for the year.
  • Neal Hot Springs, Oregon – Completed the drilling of a second water supply well.
  • Raft River, Idaho - Completed the drilling of a second production leg on well RRG-2 at Raft River. 
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USA, New Mexico: New Designation Would Further Protect Valles Caldera Geothermal Resources

Valles Caldera could join ‘elite club’ of geothermal national parks (Los Alamos Monitor)

(Courtesy National Park Service)

It can be difficult to remember that the 89,000-acre Valles Caldera National Preserve actually encompasses a 1.25 million year-old dormant volcanic caldera.

The keyword is dormant – not extinct. The magma chamber beneath the surface produces a number of geothermal features both within and outside the preserve’s boundaries, including hot springs, warm springs, acid pools and fumaroles.

Because of the wealth of geothermal resources, the National Park Service has nominated the preserve to the Geothermal Steam Act list of “significant thermal features” within the national park system. If the Department of the Interior approves the nomination, Valles Caldera would be one of only 18 parks units within the 400-plus national park system with that designation.

According to Bob Parmenter, the preserve’s division chief for science and resource stewardship, the designation would serve two purposes: protection and an added level of distinction for the park.

The geothermal resources within the preserves boundaries have been protected from development since the early 2000s. This designation would add protection from negative influences outside the park’s boundaries.

According to Parmenter, protection under the Geothermal Steam Act “would established the fact that these geothermal resources are important to the national park service and the people of the United States, and the fact that if a development is proposed, it must be shown that it will have no negative effect on the geothermal resources within the preserve.”

Global: Geothermal Energy is Not Only Clean and Sustainable, but it is Eco-Friendly

Geothermal energy - An under-exploited energy source (Part 1) (Digital Journal)

In our search for clean, cost-effective sources of renewable energy to mitigate the effects of climate change, one source of that energy has been right under our feet all along — Geothermal energy is not only clean and sustainable, but it is eco-friendly.

In 2016, the International Energy Agency (IEA) reported that renewable energy has become the world's second largest source of electrical production. Today, solar and wind power are right behind Hydro, and solid biofuels as being sources of clean energy.

The report also mentions geothermal energy and its steady, but slow, growth rate of 3.1 percent annually, noting that this source is underutilized.

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USA: Good Overview of The Benefits of Geothermal Energy

Geothermal is Good for America! (GEA)

In a brief paper outlining the state of the geothermal industry and technology, the Geothermal Energy Association (GEA), the industry's trade group in the USA, said "Geothermal delivers a triple bottom line to our energy system:

It is an abundant domestic energy source, it brings economic benefits in the form of taxes and long term high-paying jobs, and it has one of the lowest Levelized Costs of Energy (LCOE) of all power sources in the United States."

Geothermal is Good for America! (PDF)

Friday, January 20, 2017

Geothermal Humor to Cheer Us Up!

Happy Friday!

Bangladesh: Geothermal Potential in Far North of Country

Expert highlights BD’s potential in geothermal energy (The Financial Express)

Geothermal map of Bangladesh.
(Guha et al., 2010)
An expert claimed on Wednesday that Bangladesh can generate thousands of megawatts of electricity using geothermal technology without burning conventional energy in power plants, reports BSS.

Addressing a press conference at National Press Club in the city, Member of International Geothermal Association (IGA), Mosarof Hossain Montu made this claim and demanded investing climate change funds of the United Nations in generation of power through geothermal technology in the country.

Global: Calendar of Geothermal Energy Events

Geothermal Energy Calendar of Events (GRC)

Stanford Geothermal Workshop
13-15 February, Stanford, California, USA

GeoTHERM - Expo & Congress
14-16 February, Offenburg, Germany

8th European Geothermal PhD Day
1-3 March, Bochum, Germany

International Geothermal Forum - GEA
7 March, Washington D.C., USA
http:// geo-energy.org

ICVGE 2017: 9th International Conference on Volcanology and Geothermal Energy 
11-12 March, Dubai, UAE

Imperial Valley Renewable Energy Summit 
15-17 March, Holtville, California, USA

Workshop: High-Temperature and Corrosion in Drilling and Production: Exploring Geothermal and Oil and Gas Synergies(Society of Petroleum Engineers & Geothermal Resources Council)
21-22 March, Courtyard Marriott Mission Valley, San Diego, California, USA

6th ITB International Geothermal Workshop
22-23 March, Bandung, Indonesia

6th Annual Conference for the Development and Utilization of Geothermal Energy
26-29 March, Beijing China

24th Annual Congress of the Mexican Geothermal Association (AGM)
28-30 March, Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico

Euroheat & Power Congress 
14-17 May, Glasgow, United Kingdom

GeoEnergi 2017
22– 23 May, Bergen, Norway

IGC Turkey 2017 
23-24 May, Izmir/ Turkey

Clean Power for the South Pacific Conference 2017 
7-11 August, Vanua Levu, Fiji

Praxisforum Geothermie
11-12 September, Munich, Germany

DGK 2017 - Der Geothermiekongress 2017
12-14 September, Munich, Germany

41st GRC Annual Meeting & GEA GeoExpo+
1-4 October, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

China: Call for Papers for Deep Geothermal Energy Conference

6th Annual Conference for the Development and Utilization of Geothermal Energy

26-29 March, CUGB International Conference Center, 29 Xueyuan Road, Beijing 100083, China

Registration Fee: $500

Organized by Geothermal Engineering Research Center, China University of Geosciences, Beijing (CUGB), Survey and Research Center of Geothermal Resources, China Geological Survey

  1. To bring together engineers, scientists, and managers in the geothermal industry.
  2. Serve as a public forum for the exchange of ideas on the exploration, development, and use of geothermal resources.
  3. Promote research, exploration and development of geothermal energy in ways compatible with the environment in China.
  4. Cooperate with national and international academic institutions, industry and government agencies to encourage economically and environmentally sound development and bring the innovative technology to China.
  • Exploration: geology, geophysics, geochemistry, heat flow studies
  • Drilling and well stimulation
  • Power generation technologies
  • Co-production from oil and gas fields
  • Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS)
  • Reservoir Engineering: injection, numerical simulation, empirical methods, tracers, etc.
  • Direct use: heat pumps, space heating, and cooling

Papers accepted for presentation and/or publication are produced on a standard template that we supply. The papers will be available as a Proceedings CD. We removed the process of submitting abstracts for simplicity. Instead, papers can be submitted directly to geopowerchina@163.com for consideration.


We invite companies and sponsors to offer financial support for the conference. Contributions from sponsors allow us to keep the registration fee low ($500). Sponsors will receive acknowledgement in the opening sessions, literature papers, and the conference proceedings. Please contact Prof. Kewen Li for further details at: geopowerchina@163.com

Call for Papers and Registration Form (PDF)

USA: President Trump's Energy Plans Do Not Mention Renewables

An America First Energy Plan (Whitehouse.gov)

USA President Donald J. Trump
Energy is an essential part of American life and a staple of the world economy. The Trump Administration is committed to energy policies that lower costs for hardworking Americans and maximize the use of American resources, freeing us from dependence on foreign oil.

For too long, we’ve been held back by burdensome regulations on our energy industry. President Trump is committed to eliminating harmful and unnecessary policies such as the Climate Action Plan and the Waters of the U.S. rule. Lifting these restrictions will greatly help American workers, increasing wages by more than $30 billion over the next 7 years.

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Kenya: Feel the Power of Geothermal! - Video

Discharge Test at Menengai Geothermal Project

USA, California: More Balanced Portfolio of Renewable Sources is Needed

California's grid geeks: The keepers of a clean future (GreenBiz)

The Sacramento-based Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies (CEERT) and its allies long have seen themselves as prime keepers of California’s clean energy future. To keep the state on track, the center long has contended that a much more balanced portfolio of renewable sources is needed.

The state’s rapid growth of rooftop and utility-scale solar installation must be matched by generation with a different daily production profile: more wind, geothermal and biomass resources as well as utility-scale storage (such as pumped-hydro reservoirs).

Thursday, January 19, 2017

USA: News from the Heat Pump Industry

Heat Exchange Industry News (Geothermal Exchange Organization)

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

Headlines and features in this month’s edition include:
  • The Fight's Not Over - Editorial by GEO Chairman Joe Parsons 
  • A New Year's Resolution for Congress - by GEO's Doug Dougherty 
  • Geothermal Exchange Organization - 2016 Year in Review 
  • Michigan Energy Laws Will Benefit Geothermal Heat Pumps 
  • NY-Geo Urges Cuomo to Include Geo Tax Credits in 2017 Budget 
  • Exhibit Space Available for IGSHPA 2017 Conference & Expo!
The Geothermal Exchange Organization, a 501(c)(6) non-profit trade association based in Springfield, Illinois, USA that advocates the environmental, energy efficiency and economic benefits of geothermal heat pump systems for heating and cooling applications in residential, commercial, and institutional buildings in the USA.

GEO Industry News (PDF)

USA: Prospective DOE Secretary Faces Questioning on Renewable Energy

Confirmation Hearing for Rick Perry Reveals Lack of Federal Support for Renewables (Renewable Energy World)

Federal support for renewable energy could take an abrupt U-turn should Perry be confirmed as Secretary of Energy.

(Courtesy ABC News)
Perry was asked repeatedly during the hearing to comment on recent reports that the Trump administration will drastically cut the DOE’s budget, eliminating the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Office of Electricity and Office of Fossil Fuels. He said he would fight to keep them going.

 “I will be in the room advocating for these types of things,” he said.

“I’m not going to tell you I’m going to be 1000 percent successful but I can assure you — and people who know me and who have worked with me know — of my commitment to making sound science, economic science connected together because at the end of the day they make great economic sense and great quality of life.”

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United Kingdom: Geothermal Heat from Abandoned Mines Could Provide Energy for over 1,000 Homes

Geothermal energy from old mines could heat Llynfi Valley homes (Barry Today)

Llynfi Valley (Courtesy Maesteg Council)
Llynfi Valley residents are being invited to find out more about an exciting project which is investigating whether heat could be taken from underground mine water to provide energy for nearly 1,000 homes.

The plan is being developed by Bridgend County Borough Council (BCBC), and two public exhibitions will be held next month.

Former mine workings in the valley may potentially offer a geothermal source of energy as they have filled up with water which has an average temperature of around 10 to 14 degrees Celsius.

The idea is to pump the water from the old disused mine workings and transport it through a network of pipes to residents’ properties in Caerau where the heat will be extracted and passed through a heat pump, which will then provide heat for the property using its existing radiator system. The mine water would not, at any point, enter the homes of residents.

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Iceland: Study Reveals Possible New Locations for Geothermal Power Plants

New Study Will Help Find the Best Locations for Thermal Power Stations in Iceland (Science Daily)

Thingvellir National Park
in Iceland
Scientists have now studied three different parts of the divergent ridge (area where the ocean plates are slowly sliding away from each other) that crosses Iceland from southwest to northeast. The slow movement and separation of the ocean plates can cause cracks in Earth’s crust, through which hot magma from the planet’s interior rises to the surface. As a result, a large number of volcanos have emerged along the divergent boundary.

Using a geodetic GPS, the scientists have now been able to measure the movement of the plates over time. The data used in the study is based on measurements from almost 100 ‘fixed’ measurement points. The information from the measurement points have made it possible to draw maps that show in what way the plates are moving away from each other and how large the deformation zone is.

Continuous subsidence in the Thingvellir rift graben, Iceland: Geodetic observations since 1967 compared to rheological models of plate spreadingMd. Tariqul Islam, Erik Sturkell, Peter LaFemina, Halldór Geirsson, Freysteinn Sigmundsson, Halldór Ólafsson. J. Geophys. Res. Solid Earth, 121, 321–338, doi:10.1002/2015JB012306.

Philippines: Ayala Will Use Foreign Financing to Buy Chevron's Geothermal Assets

Ayala looking to retain capital spending budget (BusinessWorld Online Edition)

Chief Sustainability Officer and Finance Group Head Jose Teodoro K. Limcaoco noted that Ayala Corp. will depend on foreign financing for the acquisition of the geothermal operations of Chevron Global Energy, Inc. in Indonesia and the Philippines. Hence, the conglomerate managed to keep its capital expenditures at year-ago levels.

Ayala announced last month that AC Energy signed agreements with Chevron, Union Oil Co. of California and their relevant affiliates for the acquisition of the geothermal assets at an undisclosed price.

“Chevron is actually quite interesting because, while it looks big on the surface, we have been able to get financing but, of course, we have partners -- that’s not all ours. Our share in Indonesian and Philippine assets is a manageable amount for us,” Mr. Limcaoco said.

Poland: $120m Designated Towards Geothermal Energy Projects to Clean Air

Poland turns to geothermal solution for air quality (PennEnergy)

(Courtesy CIA.gov)
The Polish government is to use geothermal energy to try and clean up its air quality problem.

Both Warsaw and the EU are to help fund a $2.4bn programme to tackle the problem and $120m is to be designated towards geothermal energy projects.

Dr Kazimierz Kujda, CEO of the National Fund said, “Improving air quality is, has been and will be one of the priorities of the National Fund, but achieving this requires above all coordinated action at the local government level.”

The prerequisite for financing individual projects is documented ability to receive thermal energy (including the ability to connect the source to the existing district heating network). This offer does not apply to recreational use of geothermal waters or spas.

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United Kingdom: New Lithium - Geothermal Energy Project Proposed in Cornwall

A new ‘gold rush’ for Cornwall: New £50billion mines could be Europe’s sole source of precious lithium (Daily Mail)

Cornwall looks set for a £50billion mining revolution after plans were revealed to make Poldark country Europe's sole producer of lithium.

Mining company Cornish Lithium wants to use new technology to extract lithium from hot spring brines in the granite deep underground in Cornwall.

The firm announced that it has secured a mineral rights agreement with Canada's Strongbow Exploration and Mineral Exploration and has also reached agreement with significant landowner Tregothnan Estates to carry out exploration for lithium across Cornwall.

Jeremy Wrathall, chief executive of Cornish Lithium, added that extraction of lithium is very clean and environmentally friendly, while also offering the prospect of generating power through geothermal energy.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

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

GRC 2017 Annual Meeting Announced - Call for Papers Issued (News Release)

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

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

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

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

Over 1,260 attendees came to the 2016 GRC Annual Meeting and GEA GeoExpo+ from around the world, highlighting the GRC’s role in connecting the global community. With increasing interest in geothermal as a reliable source of renewable energy providing both flexible and baseload power production around the world, the GRC is looking ahead to an even stronger international attendance in 2017.

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

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

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

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

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

For more information about the GRC Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, visit www.geothermal.org/meet-new.html or call (530) 758-2360. For information about the GEA GeoExpo+ visit http://geothermalexpo.org or call (202) 454-5261.

Global: "Geothermal—Among the Most Stable, Reliable & Affordable Energy Forms" - IRENA Head

Quote by Adnan Z. Amin, Director-General, International Renewable Energy Agency

Latin America: Interview With New GRC Board Member Dr. Warren Dewhurst

GDF Latin America – Expressions Of Interest: Interview With Dr. Warren Dewhurst (GNR)

The Geothermal Development Facility for Latin America has announced the opening of it’s first round of Expressions of Interest (EOI) which began on January 15th, 2017. In an interview with Geothermal News Report (GNR), Dr. Warren T. Dewhurst from Dewhurst Group, and IDA Fund Management, discusses the opening round for the GDF Latin America as well as what’s surprised him so far, and an overall explanation of the risk mitigation fund itself.

For information about how to register for the EOI visit:
www.gdflac.com/expression-of-interest/ (English)
www.gdflac.com/expresion-de-interes/ (Spanish)

Climate: Human Activity Causes Record Warm Temperatures - Scientists

2016 hottest year ever recorded – and scientists say human activity to blame (The Guardian)

2016 was the hottest year on record, setting a new high for the third year in a row, with scientists firmly putting the blame on human activities that drive climate change.

The final data for 2016 was released on Wednesday by the three key agencies – the UK Met Office and Nasa and Noaa in the US – and showed 16 of the 17 hottest years on record have been this century.

Direct temperature measurements stretch back to 1880, but scientific research indicates the world was last this warm about 115,000 years ago and that the planet has not experienced such high levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere for 4m years.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Global: Renewables Can Decarbonise the Energy Sector and Improve the Lives of Billions

REthinking Energy 2017: Accelerating the global energy transformation (IRENA)

REthinking Energy, the flagship report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), examines trends and developments in the global quest for a sustainable energy future. As this third edition emphasises, accelerated deployment will fuel economic growth, create new employment opportunities, enhance human welfare and contribute to a climate-safe future.

Renewables, consequently, are crucial for sustainable development, including the pursuit of SDG 7, the United Nations-adopted goal of ensuring “affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all”.

Policies and regulations remain crucial to establish a stable and attractive market for renewable energy. Strong government commitment is needed to reduce risk and lower the cost of financing.

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Europe: Become a Member of the Deep Geothermal ETIP’s Steering Committee

Deep Geothermal ETIP invites Expressions of Interest in new Steering Committee membership 2017-2020 (EGEC)

The deep geothermal European Technology and Innovation Platform (ETIP) invites interested parties to submit an Expression of Interest to become member of the ETIP’s Steering Committee for the period 2017-2020.

The deep geothermal ETIP was launched in March 2016. Since then, a provisional Steering Committee of the deep geothermal ETIP manages the technology platform and its working groups.

The Geothermal ETIP is an open stakeholder group, including representatives from industry, academia, research centres, and sectoral associations, covering the entire deep geothermal energy exploration, production and utilization value chain.

Europe: Year in Review from EGEC

The EGEC Review 2016: Infographic

USA, Washington D.C.: One Day International Geothermal Forum

Geothermal Energy Association's International Geothermal Forum

March 7, 2017, 10AM-4 PM, Washington DC, United States Energy Association - Ronald Reagan & International Trade Center

The Geothermal Energy Association (GEA) has annually provided leadership within the geothermal energy community and a platform for constructive dialogue and in-depth discussion on issues ranging from finance, market development, and policy to GHG emissions, new technology driving change and key markets to look out for. In light of the latest developments, the Association's International Geothermal Forum is a recent spinoff from the traditional US & International Showcase.

For one day, the Forum will gather roughly fifty (50) top energy, finance, policy, government, ministry, and engineering experts to provide in-depth discussion and insight into the future of the geothermal market in the US and abroad.

Occupancy for this event is limited to 55 participants.

Registration opens  this Thursday, January 19! 
Cost for attendance is $25 for GEA members and $75 for Non-GEA Members, pre-registration required.

Event Contact: Rani@geo-energy.org, +1 (202) 454-5261

Global: Legal Frameworks Governing Exploration, Exploitation and Production of Geothermal Energy

BBA has published the Geothermal Transparency Guide

Reykjavik law firm BBA, publishes a guide to legal frameworks in geothermal energy

The handbook is intended to provide an insight into the legal frameworks governing exploration, exploitation and production of electricity from geothermal resources, in countries where geothermal capacity is being harnessed or is available for harnessing.

The hope is that the handbook will increase transparency and awareness of some of the rights and obligations governing applications for licenses for geothermal development and will serve as a first step in an eventual international cooperation for the purposes of creating industry standards in this field.

The Geothermal Transparency Guide features chapters on Iceland, Canada, Chile, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, USA and Vietnam.

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Saudi Arabia: Geothermal Could be Part of Future Energy Mix

Now, oil-rich Saudi Arabia eyes geothermal energy (GulfNews.com)

Geothermal energy potential of southwestern of Saudi Arabia explored for possible power generation

Saudi Arabia is eyeing geothermal power — that is, energy from the earth by harvesting steam from volcanic vents — as part of its strategic energy plan that also includes massive use of solar energy and wind farms, a senior official told a conference here.

Saudi Energy Minister Khalid Al Falih, speaking at the on-going World Future Energy Summit in the UAE capital, said that his country will generate an addition 10 gigawatts of power from a combination of solar, wind and geothermal power projects to be installed by 2023.

This doesn’t come as a surprise: Recent studies site potential geothermal sites in Al Khouba area, in the south-western province of Jizan, for example.

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Kenya: Testing at the Menengai Geothermal Project

Discharge at a Geothermal Well in the Menengai Caldera

USA, California: Progress for 250 MW Geothermal Power Plant - Lithium Mining Facility

Australian firm plans nation's largest geothermal plant in Imperial Valley (Los Angeles Times)

In California’s southeastern desert, where an abundance of clean energy boils just beneath the surface, two start-up firms aim to build the nation’s largest geothermal power plant and mining operation.

Controlled Thermal Resources and Alger Alternative Energy, founded by Simbol's former vice president of businesses development, Tracy Sizemore, plan to tap the Imperial Valley’s geothermal resources to bring a 250 MW power plant online as early as 2020 that would be able to generate nearly six times the electricity as similar facilities in the area. In addition, the mining operation would begin extracting lithium carbonate — used for battery production — as well as manganese, zinc and other minerals in 2019.

The two companies say they have resolved the economic challenges by planning bigger operations and designing processes to minimize the adverse effect of the salt.

“We’re taking advantages of economies of scale” to produce power cheaply enough to lure utilities and other buyers, said James Turner, business development manager for Controlled Thermal Resources, which is building the power plant. “We’ve chosen to base our financial modeling with no government subsidies at all.”

In addition, CTR will receive royalties from Alger Alternative Energy’s sale of the minerals it extracts from the operation, which will bolster the power plant operation’s bottom line. One of the primary minerals is the resource used in making lithium-ion batteries, which are becoming increasingly popular in energy storage for cars, homes and utility power plants.

Alger Alternative estimates there are 100 million metric tons of recoverable lithium around the Salton Sea. Experts estimate that lithium-ion battery demand could reach 300,000 metric tons a year by 2020, so the company sees a growing market for the product.

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Indonesia: 30 MW Sokoria Geothermal Project Sale Completed

Xped Ltd - KS Orka Completes Acquisition of Sokoria Geothermal Project (News Release)

Xped Limited has announced the completion of the Conditional Sale and Purchase Agreement (CSPA) with Singapore based KS Orka Renewables Pte Ltd.

As announced on 2nd August 2016, the company advised it had entered the CSPA with KS Orka to acquire the company's 45% shareholding in PT Sokoria Geothermal Indonesia (SGI).

Completion of the CSPA has now been satisfied following the recent approvals granted by PT PLN (Persero) for the change of shareholding interest to KS Orka under the Power Purchase Agreement and approvals from BKPM (the Investment Coordinating Board of the Republic of Indonesia), and the extension of the exploration period under the IPB held by SGI for one year.

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Indonesia: Pertamina to Boost Investment in Exploration

Pertamina allocates US$54 billion to strengthen upstream industry (Jakarta Post)

State-owned energy giant Pertamina has allocated US$54 billion in investment for the upstream industry between 2016 and 2025, aiming for a 185 percent increase in oil, gas and geothermal production.

In 2025, Pertamina aims to produce oil, gas and geothermal energy of around 1.91 million barrels of oil equivalents per day (boepd), a significant jump from 0.67 million boepd in November last year.

Caribbean: New Funds Made Available for Renewable Energy Projects

UAE launches $50m Caribbean renewable energy fund (Trade Arabia)

The UAE today announced a landmark new $50 million fund for renewable energy projects in Caribbean island countries.  

Launched by Reem Al Hashimy, Minister of State for International Cooperation, the UAE-Caribbean Renewable Energy Fund represents one of the largest single investment in the region's clean energy sector, as well as a significant deepening of bilateral relationships between the UAE and Caribbean countries.  

Grant funding is provided by the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD), with the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs managing the initiative and Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company, leading implementation.

The new fund will seek to conclude project agreements with several countries per year. Designed for flexibility, it can support renewable energy projects both as a minority or full financier, as well as engage with both the public and private sectors. With Masdar as the technical lead, all sources of renewable energy can be considered, including solar, wind, geothermal and waste-to-energy.

Friday, January 13, 2017

USA: 5,768 are Employed in the US Geothermal Energy Industry

DOE Releases Second Annual National Energy Employment Analysis (News Release)

The report states 5,768 are employed in the geothermal energy industry in the U.S.

The U.S. Department of Energy today released the agency’s second annual analysis of how changes in America’s energy profile are affecting national employment in key sectors of the economy. 

By administering a new supplemental survey to over 30,000 energy sector employers, the Department’s 2017 U.S. Energy and Employment Report (USEER) tracked dramatic growth in several key sectors of the U.S. economy in 2016.

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USA, California: Workshop on Geothermal Opportunities in Mexico

Mexican Geothermal Opportunities Workshop

April 4, Institute of the Americas, La Jolla, California, USA

Mexico’s geothermal sector is poised for growth with a new regulatory and investment framework now in place. The new framework will greatly aid with permitting for site studies and a concession system for exploration and development of geothermal resources.

Join the Institute of the Americas (IOA), the US Department of Energy (DOE), the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the US Commercial Service, Mexico’s Ministry of Energy (SENER) and Federal Electric Commission (CFE) for an overview of a recent NREL report on the sector, as well as an outlook and insights into the geothermal sector in Mexico from key market participants and government officials.

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Europe: Potential for 690 MW Geothermal in Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia and Slovenia - IRENA

Cost-competitive renewable power generation: Potential across South East Europe (IRENA)

This report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), prepared in collaboration with regional researchers, aims to support South East European governments in preparing long-term renewable energy strategies.

The geothermal energy potential of the region is primarily characterised by a relatively low-enthalpy resource base, which is more appropriate for non-power
applications. Binary plants that allow cooler geothermal reservoirs to be used for electricity generation are the only feasible option, which offer a potential of
up to 690 megawatts (MW) at an average LCOE of EUR 86/MWh in the medium cost of capital scenario.

This renewable could be deployed mainly in Romania and, to a lesser extent, in Bulgaria, Croatia and Slovenia. In the rest of SEE, the geothermal electricity potential is often marginal and uncertain.

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USA, California: Yesterday, Geothermal Energy Was Number One in the Golden State

Geothermal Energy Tops Wind and Solar in California

Here in northern California we have had a wet start to the year. Over 7 inches of rain has fallen since New Year's Day! There are widespread floods and the reservoirs are filling up. The long drought, at least in the north, could be over.

This poor weather affected electricity generation especially wind and solar. When the wind doesn't blow and the sun doesn't shine these renewable energy providers suffer.

The California Independent System Operator (CAISO) measures the output from renewable energy providers to the State grid. As you can see in the graphs above there was enough sun to energize solar panels for just 10 hours and the wind decreased in intensity during the day. The weather wasn't cooperating for the variable renewables. 

However, geothermal energy was still plugging away, supplying a constant supply of clean, dependable, renewable energy 24/7, 365 days a year.

In fact, yesterday in California, geothermal energy was the biggest provider of electricity to the CAISO grid, with over 24,000 MWh. Winds produced 13,066 MWh, solar energy (PV and thermal) peaked after midday and only supplied 16,161 MWh.

Geothermal energy was the number one renewable energy provider - and this is not the only day when it supports the economy here in California.

New Zealand: Bioreactor Reduces Environmental Impact of Geothermal Power Plant Wastewater

New Zealand’s first bioreactor sets example for United States (Concordiensis)

Wairakei in winter. By Duncan Foley. Pipe to Powerplant at Wairakei outlook taken July 27, 2012. GRC Photo Contest 2012.
In 2012, construction of the world’s first bioreactor was completed along the Waikato River in New Zealand.

The purpose of the bioreactor is to mitigate the environmental impact of the Wairakei Power Station that is situated on the river. The success of this bioreactor has made it a potential model for similar technology to be produced in the United States.

The Wairakei Power Station is a geothermal power station located in the North Island of New Zealand. The station is situated on the Waikato River, so it can utilize the river water to cool the geothermal fluid that is extracted in order to generate electricity. However, after usage in the cooling process, pollutants from the plant are introduced into the water. Releasing the polluted fluid back into the Waikato River is damaging to the natural river ecosystem, especially as a threat to local biodiversity.

In an effort to reverse the detrimental environmental impact of the plant, the Wairakei bioreactor was conceived. The bioreactor is made up of 378 km of underground pipes that house bacteria on their internal surface area.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

France: Interview With Jean Schmittbuhl, Director of the Soultz-sous-Forêts Geothermal Lab

Renewable energy - Comment créer de l'électricité avec la géothermie (En l'Air pour la Terre - Fly for the Earth)

Aujourd'hui, on vous explique tout sur la géothermie avec une visite de la centrale de géothermie profonde à côté de Strasbourg!! Nous sommes pour cela avec le directeur du laboratoire d'excellence sur la géothermie profonde !

Today, we explain everything about geothermal energy with a visit to the deep geothermal power station near Strasbourg!! We talk with the director of the laboratory of excellence on deep geothermal!

(Video 5:39 Minutes)

The LabEx G-EAU-THERMIE PROFONDE is a research program on deep geothermal energy founded by the French Ministry of Research and Education in the framework of the "Laboratories of Excellence" initiative.

USA, Idaho: 170° Fahrenheit Geothermal Waters Help Grow Produce at Hydroponic Farm

Laura Lee Farms: Growing hydroponic lettuce via renewable energy (AT&T)

White Arrow Ranch in Bliss, Idaho has hot springs that produce 1.5 million gallons of 170° Fahrenheit water daily—perfect for geothermally heating a greenhouse.

Technology is king at Laura Lee Farms. Geothermal energy heats the greenhouse. During the 50 days that it takes each seed to grow into harvestable food, sensors monitor temperature, humidity, and sunlight, keeping conditions ideal for plant growth and pest control. A computer monitors total dissolved salt in the feed water and injects more salt as necessary.

Philippines: Project Bond for Tiwi-MakBan Geothermal Power Rehab Gets Major Award

AboitizPower project bond deal bags international awards (News Release)

The project bond issued for the Tiwi-MakBan (Makiling-Banahaw) Geothermal Energy Project of AboitizPower bagged the 2016 Bond Deal of the Year of the prestigious Project Finance International magazine of Thomson Reuters.

​The project bond has also been touted as one of the best in Asia, getting the Best Renewable Deal of the Year by Alpha Southeast Asia, to be awarded on Jan 25, 2017 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The P12.5-billion local currency, multi-tranche bond issuance, backed by the Asian Development Bank, was the first green bond issuance in Asia and the Pacific.

AboitizPower through its subsidiary AP Renewables, Inc. (APRI), used the issuance to finance the rehabilitation of the Tiwi-MakBan geothermal power facilities, which it bought from the government in 2009 and to partially fund its operating expenditures and future capital investments.

The two power plants, located in Batangas and Laguna (MakBan) as well as in Tiwi, Albay combine for 390 MW of clean renewable power for the Luzon grid.

Finance: Investment in Geothermal Up 17% in 2016

Global trends in clean energy investment (Bloomberg New Energy Finance)

The biggest category of investment in clean energy in 2016 was, as usual, asset finance of utility-scale renewable energy projects. This totalled $187.1bn last year, down 21% on 2015. The biggest seven financings were all in offshore wind in Europe, but there were also large deals in Chinese offshore wind, in solar thermal, solar PV, biomass and geothermal (the ENDE Laguna Colorada installation in Bolivia, at 100 MW and $612m).

Taking all categories of investment into account, solar was the leading sector once again, at $116bn, but this was 32% down on 2015 levels, due in large part to lower costs per MW. Wind saw $110.3bn invested, down 11%, while energy smart technologies attracted $41.6bn, up 29%, biomass was more or less level on 2015 at $6.7bn, and biofuels secured just $2.2bn, down 37%. Small hydro showed a 1% dip in investment to $3.4bn, while low-carbon services attracted $4.3bn, up 5%, geothermal $2.7bn, up 17%, and marine energy $194m, down 7%.

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France: Deep Geothermal to Heat 28,000 Homes

ENGIE wins public service delegation contract for a new geothermal heating network in the Plaine Rive Droite area of Bordeaux (News Release)

The natural heat of deep aquifers will meet 82% of the heating needs.

Fully committed to the energy transition in its area, Bordeaux Métropole (comprising the city of Bordeaux and some of its suburbs) is taking another step forward in its Climate Plan with the creation of the Plaine Rive Droite geothermal heating network, which will serve the neighbourhoods of Brazza, Niel, Benauge and Garonne-Eiffel.

To best meet the city’s expectations, ENGIE subsidiaries ENGIE Cofely and Storengy joined forces to submit a single integrated tender for deep geothermal energy, combining ENGIE Cofely’s expertise in heating networks and Storengy’s expertise in subsurface exploration and development. In selecting ENGIE’s tender, Bordeaux Métropole has chosen a partner that is committed to the long-term success of all aspects of this ambitious project, which marks a revival of deep geothermal energy in France. The concession has been awarded to ENGIE for a 30-year period.