Thursday, June 20, 2019

Finance: Renewable Energy is Expanding in the Power Sector - Report


The evidence from 2018 clearly indicates that renewable power is here to stay. Solar photovoltaics (PV) and wind are now mainstream options in the power sector, with an increasing number of countries generating more than 20% of their electricity with solar PV and wind. This is good news. But current trends show that bolder policy decisions are needed across all sectors of energy end-use to make our energy systems sustainable.


Geothermal energy is harnessed for the generation of electricity and for various thermal applications, including space heating and industrial heat input. Total geothermal energy output in 2018 was estimated at 630 PJi, with around half of this in the form of electricity (89.3 TWh). Estimates of thermal energy consumption (also known as “direct use”) are more uncertain than those for electricity, due to data collection challenges. Some geothermal plants produce both electricity and heat for various thermal applications.

An estimated 0.5 GW of new geothermal power generating capacity came online in 2018, bringing the global total to around 13.3 GW. Turkey and Indonesia remained the leaders for new installations and accounted for about two-thirds of the new capacity installed.3 Other countries that added capacity in 2018 (ordered by scale) were the United States, Iceland, New Zealand, Croatia, the Philippines and Kenya. Click here for the chapter on Geothermal Power and Heat.......

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Europe: Report on Combined Geothermal Power and Metal Extraction Technology Pilot Projects

CHPM2030 Deliverable D6.2 - Report on Pilots (CHPM2030)


This report, compiled from 6 documents, presents
  1. An evaluation framework that facilitates the investigation of study areas for Combined Heat Power and Metal (CHPM) extraction technology; 
  2. The description of areas from 4 countries, concerning their CHPM potential and characteristics: Cornwall in South West England, Portuguese Iberian Pyrite Belt, Beius basin and Bihor mountains in Romania, Nautanen and Kristineberg in Sweden; 
  3. An European outlook for CHPM prospective locations, covering 24 countries.

Climate Change: "EFG Believes Geothermal Energy (Both Shallow and Deep Geothermal), CO2 capture and Mineral Extraction are Part of the Answer"

Position paper on energy transition - European Federation of Geologists

Europe is accelerating the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy. In 2015, the European Commission launched the Energy Union strategy to boost energy security, creating a fully integrated internal energy market, improving energy efficiency, decarbonising the economy and supporting research innovation and competitiveness. Furthermore, the EU ratified the Paris Agreement on climate, targeting an increase of the global temperature no higher than 1.5 degrees Celsius and Member States are required to draft 10-year National Energy & Climate Plans (NECPs) by the end of 2019 outlining how they will meet the new 2030 targets for renewable energy and for
energy efficiency.

Ambitious targets mean in-depth planning from both stakeholders and policy makers. The European Federation of Geologists (EFG) is a professional organisation representing more than 45,000 geologists across Europe. The Federation’s main aims are to contribute to a safer and more sustainable
use of the natural environment, to protect and inform the public and to promote more responsible exploitation of natural resources. Based on the expertise that professional geologists provide, EFG believes geothermal energy (both shallow and deep geothermal), CO2 capture and mineral extraction are part of the answer to meet the aforementioned targets.

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Science & Technology: Award to Develop Ruggedized Communication Technology for Enabling Geothermal Directional Drilling

Ozark IC Wins SBIR Funding for Venus Surface and Geothermal Exploration (Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center)

Fayetteville, Arkansas-based Ozark Integrated Circuits has received a $205,000 Department of Energy Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I award to create ruggedized communication technology for enabling high-temperature directional drilling. 

“In this Phase I project, we will apply our high-TRL Silicon on Insulator integrated circuitry and packaging technologies, currently being used for turbine engine control applications, to enhance state-of-the-art drilling systems. The system will operate for extended times at 250oC. This will be accomplished by effectively designing a high-temperature communication system,”  said Dr. Matt Francis, CEO of Ozark IC. 

“Technology that provides improved exploitation of subsurface resources presents a tremendous opportunity to improve our world.  Geothermal resources, in particular, could provide gigawatts of carbon-free base load, with obvious economic and societal benefits,” said Dr. Ian Getreu, Ozark IC’s director of business development and strategic partnership.

A high-temperature drilling telemetry system provides a clear capability for accessing subsurface resources. “The first application of this technology to improve high-temperature drilling using silicon on insulator technology can quickly enable access to a tremendous amount of enhanced geothermal systems resources at temperatures up to 250oC.  When combined with other silicon carbide technologies already under development by Ozark IC, access to deeper resources will become possible,” said Francis.

Science & Technology: The Many Uses of Geothermal Energy

Good Graphic from the DOE GeoVision Report


USA, New York: The Cornell University Hybrid System Using Geothermal Energy for both Heating and Electricity

Hybrid energy system could slash campus greenhouse emissions (Cornell University)


A hybrid system using geothermal energy for both heating and electricity could reduce campus greenhouse emissions around 25% more than using it just for heating, potentially bringing Cornell close to its goal of carbon neutrality, according to new research.

A study led by Fengqi You, the Roxanne E. and Michael J. Zak Professor in Energy Systems Engineering in the Smith School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, proposed two hybrid energy systems based on Cornell’s Ithaca campus, using geothermal energy in combination with other sources.

Germany: Nominees for International Geothermal Association Board of Directors Announced

Election for IGA Board of Directors 2020-2023

The election for the International Geothermal Association ( IGA) Board of Directors will start on 30 June 2019 and run until 30 September.

The IGA has announced that following the Board’s decision on ensuring gender balance and equality almost 40% of current candidates are female. Click here to watch a video about nomination process.

You can vote for up to 25 of 50 candidates from 23 countries:


Switzerland: Canton of Vaud Plans for 20 Geothermal Power Plants by 2050

Waadt setzt auf Geothermie - Vaud relies on geothermal energy (Bluewin)

Die Waadt setzt künftig verstärkt auf Energie aus Erdwärme. Die Regierung geht davon aus, dass bis 2050 rund 20 Geothermiekraftwerke auf Kantonsgebiet entstehen werden. Der neue Kataster listet 43 Gemeinden im Waadtländer Mittelland mit geothermischem Potenzial auf.

(From Google Translate) In the future, Vaud will increasingly rely on energy from geothermal energy. The government estimates that by 2050 around 20 geothermal power plants will be built in the canton. The new cadastre lists 43 communities in the Vaud Mittelland with geothermal potential.

Hungary: Government Plans a Geothermal Guarantee Fund

Hátszelet kaphat a geotermia - You can get a geothermal look (Világgazdaság)

(Courtesy CIA.gov)
Hamarosan a kormány elé kerül a geotermikus garanciaalap létrehozásának terve, a föld hőjét az eddiginél jobban kellene hasznosítani a távfűtésben, de szükség lenne új energiatároló-mintaprojektekre is – mondta a Világgazdaságnak Kaderják Péter energiaügyekért és klímapolitikáért felelős államtitkár.

(From Google Translate) Soon, the government plans to set up a geothermal guarantee fund, the heat of the earth should be utilized better than before, but new energy storage projects would also be needed, says Péter Kaderják, State Secretary for Energy and Climate Policy.

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East Africa: Funds Available for Renewable Energy Projects Including Geothermal

Pan-African financier to fund green energy projects in east Africa (Xinhua)

Pan African financier, Trade and Development Bank (TDB), plans to fund green energy projects in east Africa, officials said on Tuesday.

Michael Awori, executive of lending operations at TDB told Xinhua in Nairobi that his organization has received lines of credit from a number of institutions including Export-Import Bank of China for onward lending to support various green projects in East Africa.

"We are looking to finance renewable energy projects so as to increase our energy portfolio with a heavy focus on geothermal, solar, wind and hydropower," Awori said during the Kenya roadshow for the upcoming second edition of the Africa Investment Forum.

Climate Change: Global Partnership Announced to Accelerate Low-Carbon Energy Transition

UNDP and IRENA Join Forces to Advance Low-Carbon Energy Transition (UNDP)

UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner & Francesco La
Camera, Director-General of IRENA (Courtesy UNDP)
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) announced a global partnership today to accelerate low-carbon energy transition and offer concrete steps to achieve sustainable development.  

Under the cooperation, the organizations will explore joint initiatives aimed at accelerating the implementation of the Agenda 2030, and stimulating renewable energy investments in developing countries.

Global - Submit Your Best Geothermal Energy Photos

The Geothermal Resources Council  2019 Amateur Photo Contest - Submit Your Best Shots Now!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

USA: Latest Update from the Geothermal Technologies Office

Geothermal Technologies Office - Quarterly Update: June 19, 2019

Dr. Susan Hamm, Director, Geothermal Technologies Office


The Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO) held its second Quarterly Update of 2019, presented by GTO Director Dr. Susan Hamm. The webinar focused on keeping the geothermal community fully updated on progress at the U.S. Department of Energy, with Dr. Hamm highlighting ongoing efforts within GTO.
The Quarterly Update included:
  • an outlook on GTO’s Fiscal Year 2020 budget;
  • a wrap-up of this year's Geothermal Student Competition;
  • a discussion of the recently released GeoVision report; and
  • a demonstration of the new GeoVision Scenario Viewer.
Download the Presentation........

There will be more presentations from the Geothermal Technologies Office at the GRC Annual Meeting & Expo, 15-18 September at the Palm Springs Convention Center, Palm Springs, California. 

USA: Podcast Includes Discussion on the Tremendous Potential for Geothermal Energy

Will Geothermal Ever Boom Like Fracking? (Greentech Media)

On this week’s Energy Gang podcast: We look at a U.S. government plan to reinvigorate geothermal.

It’s been a decade since the fracking boom reshaped U.S. energy markets — so will we ever use our drilling prowess to create a similar geothermal boom?

That’s the hope. The Department of Energy just released a massive new report revisiting America’s potential in conventional hydrothermal, enhanced geothermal, direct use and ground-source heat pumps. The potential is enormous. But it’s just sitting there, largely untapped.

On this week's Energy Gang podcast, we’re going to open up DOE’s report and see which borehole it takes us down.

Finance: The World Will Get Half Its Power From Wind, Solar by 2050

New Energy Outlook 2019 (BloombergNEF)

Deep declines in wind, solar and battery technology costs will result in a grid nearly half-powered by the two fast-growing renewable energy sources by 2050, according to the latest projections from BloombergNEF (BNEF). In its New Energy Outlook 2019 (NEO), BNEF sees these technologies ensuring that – at least until 2030 – the power sector contributes its share toward keeping global temperatures from rising more than 2 degrees Celsius.

Findings:
  1. Wind and solar make up almost 50% of world electricity in 2050 – “50 by 50” – and help put the power sector on track for 2 degrees to at least 2030. 
  2. A 12TW expansion of generating capacity requires about $13.3 trillion of new investment between now and 2050 – 77% of which goes to renewables. 
  3. Europe decarbonizes furthest, fastest. Coal-heavy China and gas-heavy U.S. play catch-up.
  4. Wind and solar are now cheapest across more than two-thirds of the world. By 2030 they undercut commissioned coal and gas almost everywhere. 
  5. Consumer energy decisions such as rooftop solar and behind-the-meter batteries help shape an increasingly decentralized grid the world over. 
  6. Batteries, gas peakers and dynamic demand help wind and solar reach more than 80% penetration in some markets.
  7. Coal continues to grow in Asia, but collapses everywhere else and peaks globally in 2026.
  8. Gas-fired power grows just 0.6% per year to 2050, supplying system back-up and flexibility rather than bulk electricity in most markets. 
  9. Making heat and transport electric lowers emissions. The challenge is scale.
  10. To keep an electrified energy sector on a 2-degree trajectory, we will need to deploy additional zero-carbon technologies that are dispatchable and economic running at low capacity factors, or technology that can capture and sequester emissions at scale.

USA: Important Hearing on Opportunities and Challenges for Advanced Geothermal Energy Development in the U.S.

Full Committee Hearing to Examine Geothermal Energy Development (Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources)

June 20 2019, - Recording now available
Room 366, Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, DC.


The purpose of the hearing is to examine opportunities and challenges for advanced geothermal energy development in the United States.

The hearing will be webcast live on the committee’s website, and an archived video will be available shortly after the hearing concludes. Witness testimony will be available on the website at the start of the hearing.

Opening Remarks

Witness Panel 1

Monday, June 17, 2019

Geothermal Event! Register Now!

Registration Opens for GRC Annual Meeting & Expo (News Release)

Special deals for early birds and students at prestigious geothermal energy event

Registration is now open for the biggest annual geothermal energy event of the year. The GRC Annual Meeting & Expo will bring together geothermal companies, academics, financiers, policy leaders, students, and other individuals to attend or exhibit at the event, to be held September 15-18 in Palm Springs, California, USA.

Early birds who register before July 31 pay only $980 as Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) members or $1,180 if non-members. The non-member registration includes GRC membership through 2020. Students with a current identification card from an accredited institution pay just $150 which also includes GRC membership through 2020.

In addition to the prestigious Technical Program, the three-day registration to the GRC Annual Meeting & Expo includes an Opening Reception on Sunday evening, the Opening Session on Monday morning, a Network Reception on Tuesday, the GRC Expo and lunch on all three days.

Registration is available from the GRC website at www.geothermal.org. A Program complete with a Registration Form is available to view and download. However, the GRC recommends online registration through a secured connection. The link is available on the front page of the GRC website at www.geothermal.org.

This is the premier gathering to learn about the latest developments in geothermal energy. Last year, the GRC Annual Meeting & Expo hosted over 1,000 attendees from 34 different countries.

The GRC Annual Meeting will offer technical, policy, and market conference sessions, educational seminars, tours of local geothermal and renewable energy projects, and numerous networking opportunities.

The Expo features a unique opportunity for leaders in the geothermal energy sector to showcase their projects, equipment, services and state of the art technology to the geothermal community. Reserve your booth now! There were more than 100 exhibitors at last year’s trade show.

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, and numerous networking opportunities.

Room reservations can now be made on the GRC website at www.geothermal.org. A discounted room rate is available until August 21, so early reservations are recommended.

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

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

Friday, June 14, 2019

Geothermal Event! Program Now Available - Registration is Open

GRC Annual Meeting & Expo - Program


Chile: Enel Gets Go-Ahead to Add 30 MW Capacity at Cerro Pabellón Geothermal Plant

USD 200mn geothermal plant expansion gets environmental nod (BNamericas)

The Geothermal Cloud, by Victor Hernan Abarca Gonzalez, Berlin, Germany. Production test at Cerro Pabellon, Chile, May  2016. Second Place GRC Photo Contest 2017.

Chile’s environmental watchdog SEA has approved the USD 200mn expansion of Enel’s Cerro Pabellón geothermal plant.

In a meeting Friday morning in the northern city of Antofagasta, authorities gave the go-ahead to expand South America’s first geothermal plant to enter operations.

Enel Generación subsidiary Geotérmica del Norte, in charge of the expansion, told BNamericas it is preparing to begin construction in 3Q 2019.

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From the Global Geothermal News archives:

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.


Global: Register Now for the Geothermal Energy Event of the Year

GRC Annual Meeting & Expo - Registration Now Open!


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

Belgium: VITO Spin-Off Aiming for Ten Geothermal Power Plants Over the Next Ten Years

Kempense ondernemers pompen miljoenen in eerste Belgisch geothermiebedrijf
- Kempen entrepreneurs pump millions into the first Belgian geothermal company (de Tijd)

(Courtesy CIA.gov)
Soudal-oprichter Vic Swerts investeert samen met twee andere ondernemers 3,8 miljoen euro in Hita, een spin-off van de onderzoeksinstelling VITO. De komende tien jaar wil het tien geothermiecentrales ontwikkelen, voor een totaal bedrag van 230 miljoen euro en de verwarming van 400.000 woningen.

(From Google Translate) Soudal founder Vic Swerts and two other entrepreneurs are investing 3.8 million euros in Hita, a spin-off from the VITO research institute. Over the next ten years, it wants to develop ten geothermal power plants for a total amount of 230 million euros and the heating of 400,000 homes.

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Germany: Croatian Company Helps Build Holzkirchen Geothermal Project

In Germany at The Deepest Hydrotermic Project - Geothermal source at the depth of 5,100 m! (HELB)

(Courtesy HELB)
Croatian company HELB's experts have started another successful co-operation with Turboden.

Project in question is an investment of Geothermie Holzkirchen GmbH, for the construction of a geothermal power plant in a town south of Munich, which feeds the local grid of renewable electric energy and provides clean thermal energy for households connected to the district heating network.

HELB's part of the project includes commissioning of the entire geothermal power plant 3.4 MW, a total of about 1,500 signals, and testing the function of not only the vent and control but also the function of the safety of PLCs which at any moment of anomaly should stop the energy. 

Holzkirchen is currently the southernmost and deepest hydrothermal geothermal project in Germany. The two wells drilled in 2016 and 2017 reached final depths of approx. 5,100 m (vertical) with a drilling distance of up to 6,084 m. The geothermal plant in Holzkirchen is to be operated with a temperature of approx. 155°C and a production rate of approx. 55 l/s.


From the Global Geothermal News archives:

Kenya: Geothermal Power Plant Featured on New Bank Note

Kenya releases new series of bank notes (Coin World)


President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya introduced a new five-note currency series on June 1. The rollout occurred at a Madaraka Day celebration, the anniversary of independence from Great Britain in 1963.

The red 50-shilling note has a “green energy” theme highlighting wind power, geothermal power, and solar power. 

Ethiopia: Kengen Wins Contract to Provide Geo-Scientific Survey and Drill Eight Wells at Tulu Moye Geothermal Operations

KenGen bags new Sh5.2bn geothermal tender in Ethiopia (Business Daily Africa)

(Courtesy CIA.gov)
Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen)  has won a Sh5.2 billion tender to drill geothermal wells in Ethiopia, marking the second win in the landlocked country in under four months.

Business development director at KenGen Moses Wekesa said it has reached an agreement with an independent power producer (IPP), Tulu Moye Geothermal Operations Plc, located in the eastern region of Ethiopia, to drill wells and offer geo-scientific survey.

“We bid and the first bidder fell off. We were the second best evaluated bidder. The IPP has now engaged us in discussion. We have negotiated and settled,” said engineer Wekesa during the recent energy debate convened by QLand Energy Communications Consultancy.

“We will be providing geo-scientific survey and drilling eight geothermal wells. One geothermal well costs about Sh650 million.”

This will be the second such tender for KenGen in the horn country after it announced February that it has won part of a Sh7.6 billion contract to supply geothermal drilling services to the Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP).


From the Global Geothermal News archives:

Kenya: KenGen Entices Manufacturers with Cheap Geothermal Electricity, Steam and Hot Water

KenGen woos textile firms to Naivasha industrial park (Business Daily)

KenGen has moved to diversify its revenue streams by inviting investors to set up export-only textile and apparels plants on a 309-acre industrial zone in Naivasha.

The KenGen Green Energy Industrial Park, which has four zones, is connected to Mombasa port via the standard gauge railway (SGR) line and offers prospective companies direct connection to cheap electricity.

“Under the lease, the manufacturing/processing firms (locators) will be supplied with utilities such as geothermal steam and brine (hot water) as well as raw water,” reads the advertisement in the dailies.

The move will also open new business lines for the power generator that have remained untapped such as commercial production of sulphuric acid.

KenGen has also hinted at developing a similar facility at its Menengai Geothermal plant with studies showing the viability of a five-star resort facing 90-kilometre-wide Menengai crater, a world-class tourist attraction.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Global: Nominations Deadline for International Geothermal Awards is Today

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

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

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

The winners will be honored at the GRC Annual Meeting & Expo in Palm Springs, California, USA from September 15–18.
  • The Joseph W. Aidlin Award recognizes outstanding contributions to the Geothermal Resources Council and to the development of geothermal resources. 
  • The Geothermal Pioneer Award is given for outstanding achievements in the development of geothermal resources. It recognizes the pioneering efforts of members of the geothermal community who have made lasting contributions to the industry, worldwide.
  • The Henry J. Ramey, Jr. Geothermal Reservoir Engineering Award recognizes outstanding achievements in the field of geothermal reservoir engineering.
  • The Ben Holt Geothermal Power Plant Award honors outstanding achievement in the field of geothermal power plant design and construction.
  • The Special Achievement Award recognizes special or outstanding achievements in any aspect of geothermal energy development and related areas.
The recipients of these awards often have a lifetime of achievement in the academic, scientific and commercial geothermal communities and the awards themselves are considered among the most prestigious in the geothermal community.

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

Europe: New Board at European Geothermal Energy Council

The European Geothermal Energy Council elects new board and President (News Release)

The new board of the European Geothermal Energy Council (EGEC) was elected at the European Geothermal Congress yesterday. The new board is comprised of:
  • President: Miklos Antics (GPC IP)
  • Vice President: Marco Baresi (Turboden)
  • Vice president: Javier Urchueguia (Universidad Politécnica de Valencia)
  • Board Member: Sara Montomoli (ENEL Green Power)
  • Board Member: Robert Gavriliuc (Romanian Geoexchange Society)
  • Board Member: Rüdiger Grimm  (Geoenergie Konzept GMBH)
  • Treasurer: Attila Kujbus (Geothermal Express)
The new president highlighted the importance of supporting geothermal as Europe transitions towards a greater penetration of renewables for both electricity, and heating and cooling. 

“We have seen phenomenal market development since the creation of EGEC, reaching 3 GW of geothermal electricity, 300 geothermal district heating systems, and getting close to 2 million geothermal heat pumps. We need cooperation in the sector more than ever to build on this success and for geothermal to finally reach its potential,” said Miklos Antics, new President of EGEC. “Our association has grown consistently in the last 20 years thanks to the support of our members and I hope to build on the amazing work of my predecessors.”

Indonesia: Bali Could Again Consider a Geothermal Power Plant

To tackle a looming energy crisis, Bali gov’t set to issue new regulation on clean energy (Coconuts)

With the possibility of an energy crisis looming large in Bali’s future, the provincial government said this week they are working to issue a new regulation that aims to harness renewable sources of energy, including geothermal and solar.

This is where alternative sources of energy might offer that much-needed solution for the energy needs of the island. One such source is geothermal energy, which officials hope to harness through the development of a power plant specifically for that purpose.

According to a report from Radar Bali, a geothermal power plant could potentially be built in Banyuwedang, Buleleng or Batur, Bangli. However, officials still need to conduct a feasibility study for those locations.

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USA, Idaho: Geothermal Heat Aids Insect Farming

'I don't think people ever thought crickets could be grown in Idaho' (Idaho News)

(Courtesy Idaho News)
EcoBalance Farms is Idaho's first and only cricket farm, and it's already reached 20 million insects.

The farm wants to break the negative stereotypes surrounding cricket meat. Owners say crickets contain twice as much protein as spinach and all nine essential amino acids.

"I found that crickets have been used for human consumption around the world," said Starla Barnes, president and CEO of EcoBalance Farms. "So I started looking into the cricket and what it offered... and as a dried powder it offers nearly 70% protein."

Barnes explains how they stay open during colder seasons, "honestly I don't think people every thought crickets could be grown in Idaho... it's kind of a cold climate."

Other cricket farms have to shut down in the winter or pay for high heating costs, but Barnes uses geothermal heating to keep her operation running year round and "100 percent free."

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Finance: Widespread Adoption of Renewable Energy Technologies Creates Employment Opportunities

Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review 2019 (IRENA)

Around 94,000 are employed in the global geothermal energy sector with about 35,000 employed in the USA and 23,000 in the European Union


The widespread adoption of renewable energy technologies creates employment opportunities up and down the supply chain. Worldwide, the sector employed 11 million people at the end of 2018, according to this sixth edition of the Renewable Energy and Jobs series.

Employment opportunities are a key consideration in planning for low-carbon economic growth. Many governments have prioritised renewable energy development, firstly to reduce emissions and meet international climate goals, but also in pursuit of broader socio-economic benefits.

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

New Zealand: Employment Opportunity at Nga Awa Purua Geothermal Power Station

Geothermal Production Technician - Mercury

Applications close 26th June at 5pm.

We (Mercury) have a unique and rare opportunity for a Geothermal Production Technician within our Nga Awa Purua geothermal power station, just outside of Taupo.

You will be an integral part of the operations team that operates and manages our geothermal generation assets on a four-on/ four-off 12 hour shift rotation. Additionally you will be responsible for operating the generation assets safely while also adhering to standard operating procedures. This role encompasses the collection and entering of data for plant performance evaluation. There is a high level of autonomy where you will have sole charge responsibility of our major assets outside of business hours. As such your excellent organisational and interpersonal skills will be put to use here.

More Information and Apply........

USA: New Technology Can Salvage Additional 15% Power from Discarded Geothermal Fluids

PwrCor Collaborates with SMU Geothermal Laboratories to Pursue an Unexploited Geothermal Application (News Release)

PwrCor, Inc., an advanced technology company focusing on clean, renewable energy solutions for the Waste-Heat-to-Power, Geothermal, and Solar Thermal markets based in New York, has announced that Southern Methodist University (SMU) Geothermal Laboratories of Dallas, Texas has completed a significant industry research project that was instrumental in  assessing the potential of PwrCor’s proprietary technology to generate electricity from wasted ultra-low-grade heat (150°F to 250°F) discarded by existing geothermal power facilities.

New calculations indicate an additional 427 MWe, or approximately 15%, can be derived from the spent geothermal fluids utilizing the PwrCor bottoming cycle technology. An additional 100 MWe of output can be conservatively imputed from the remaining installed capacity for which there was insufficient available data.

Canada: Research Begun to Identify Feasibility of Geothermal Systems in Northern Quebec Region

Concordia partnership explores geothermal possibilities in northern Quebec (Concordia University News)

Concordia University’s Sustainable Energy and Infrastructure Systems Engineering (SEISE) lab has partnered with an independent Quebec-based engineering consulting firm to spearhead a new project in some of the country’s most remote northern communities.

Together, SEISE and BBA Inc. aim to unlock the potential of geothermal energy for residents of the Nunavik region of Quebec, the vast majority of whom are Inuit.

The lab’s team is led by Fuzhan Nasiri, assistant professor in the Department of Building, Civil, and Environmental Engineering. The researchers are currently hard at work identifying the technical and economic feasibility of geothermal systems in the northern Quebec region.

“Geothermal energy is a local source that could enhance the self-sufficiency of these communities while offsetting carbon emissions by reducing the use of diesel” said Nasiri.

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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

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

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


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

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

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

Europe: Geothermal Energy Organization Has New Website

Geo-Energy Europe launches website


The Geo-Energy Europe metacluster is proud to announce the launching of its website. The Geo-Energy Europe website, www.geoenergyeurope.com, designed by French Agence Awam, is meant to integrate and increase the visibility of the nearly 600 members, including over 300 SMEs it represents, which cover the whole deep geothermal value chain.

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Kenya: Consultancy Opportunity on Generating Electricity from Surplus Geothermal Brine

Expression of Interest (EoI) For Consultancy Services for Update of Feasibility Study on Geothermal Power Generation from Brine in Kengen Olkaria Field (KenGen)

KenGen geothermal plants are single flash with condensing steam turbines. The production wells produce two phase geothermal fluid which is separated into steam and brine.

The separated brine from the interconnected wells is reinjected while still at high temperatures (>160°C). KenGen intends to utilize this considerable amount of heat energy in the separated brine for additional power generation using binary technology and also geothermal resource from un-utilised wells in the Olkaria. KenGen carried out a feasibility study in 2014 to evaluate the possibility of generating power from brine.

The company would like to update the feasibility study taking into account the increased brine quantities from the additional plants, future plants and the un-utilised wells. The update is expected to take about 12 months.

Bidders should submit one (1) Original and two (2) copies of the EoI on or before 1400 hours (East African Time) on 26th June 2019.

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Global: Nominations Deadline for International Geothermal Awards is This Week

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

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

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

The winners will be honored at the GRC Annual Meeting & Expo in Palm Springs, California, USA from September 15–18.
  • The Joseph W. Aidlin Award recognizes outstanding contributions to the Geothermal Resources Council and to the development of geothermal resources. 
  • The Geothermal Pioneer Award is given for outstanding achievements in the development of geothermal resources. It recognizes the pioneering efforts of members of the geothermal community who have made lasting contributions to the industry, worldwide.
  • The Henry J. Ramey, Jr. Geothermal Reservoir Engineering Award recognizes outstanding achievements in the field of geothermal reservoir engineering.
  • The Ben Holt Geothermal Power Plant Award honors outstanding achievement in the field of geothermal power plant design and construction.
  • The Special Achievement Award recognizes special or outstanding achievements in any aspect of geothermal energy development and related areas.
The recipients of these awards often have a lifetime of achievement in the academic, scientific and commercial geothermal communities and the awards themselves are considered among the most prestigious in the geothermal community.

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

Monday, June 10, 2019

USA, Nevada: Competitive Geothermal Lease Sale Scheduled for September 17, 2019

BLM Geothermal Lease Sale in Nevada (BLM)

The Bureau of Land Management Ely District is asking the public to review and provide comment on environmental documents associated with 21 parcels of public lands in White Pine County to be offered for lease at the September 2019 Competitive Geothermal Lease Sale. The 15-day public review and comment period concludes on Monday, June 24, 2019.

The BLM Ely District received nominations to lease 21 parcels (totaling approximately 74,994 acres) of public land for geothermal exploration and development. Leasing would occur in areas where geothermal development is allowed under the 2008 Ely District Resource Management Plan. The decision to offer parcels for lease does not authorize any drilling or development. Impacts of leasing the parcels are analyzed in the Preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA), in accordance with the Geothermal Steam Act of 1970. Lease stipulations identified in the Ely District Resource Management Plan are attached to the parcels to help protect certain resources.

A Competitive Geothermal Lease Sale is scheduled on September 17, 2019. Additional information about the sale including the sale notice and parcel list will be posted to https://www.blm.gov/programs/energy-and-minerals/renewable-energy/geothermal-energy/regional-information/nevada as it becomes available.

USA: Electricity from Coal is Surpassed by Renewable Energy

U.S. renewable energy generating capacity has now surpassed coal (Windpower Engineering & Development)


According to an analysis by the SUN DAY Campaign of data just released by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), U.S. electrical generating capacity by renewable energy sources (i.e., wind, solar, hydropower, geothermal, and biomass) has now – for the first time – surpassed that of coal.

Renewable energy’s share of total available installed U.S. generating capacity is up to 21.56%. By comparison, coal’s share dropped to 21.55% (down from 23.04% a year ago).

Further, if FERC’s projections prove accurate, in three years, renewable energy sources will provide nearly one-quarter (i.e., 24.15%) of the nation’s total available installed generating capacity with wind alone accounting for over a tenth (10.01%) and solar at 4.32%. The balance will be provided by hydropower (8.16%), biomass (1.33%), and geothermal (0.33%).

Philippines: Bacon-Manito Geothermal Power Plant to Supply Electricity to Hospital

Lopez-led EDC signs deal to supply clean power to Batangas medical center (Business World)

First Gen Corp. said it signed a two-year contract with a Batangas-based medical center to supply power for its operations.

In a statement over the weekend, the Lopez-led firm said together with its subsidiary Energy Development Corp. (EDC) it signed the deal with Mary Mediatrix Medical Center (MMMC) to supply one megawatt (MW) of geothermal power from its Bacon-Manito (Bacman) geothermal power plant in Bicol.

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Geothermal Event! Four Exciting Fieldtrips from GRC Annual Meeting & Expo!

Fieldtrips from Geothermal Resources Council Annual Meeting Announced (News Release)

Popular excursions from the GRC Annual Meeting & Expo in Palm Springs, California, USA.

The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) has announced more details of events at the world’s largest annual geothermal energy conference in Palm Springs, California, USA.

In addition to the main event of the GRC Annual Meeting & Expo taking place September 15-18, 2019, there will be a grand total of four fieldtrips before and after the conference.

Just before the start of the conference two half-day trips will offer a chance to relax and enjoy the fantastic scenery and culture of the Palm Springs area. On Saturday, a three hour off-road ride in a Jeep will take you into the California Desert, along the San Andreas fault-zone through slot canyons and a natural palm oasis. On Sunday morning, a two-mile hike into the Palm Canyon will visit a special place for the Agua Caliente (Hot Water) Band of Cahuilla Indians among the trees in a beautiful palm oasis.


Just after the end of the GRC Annual Meeting & Expo on September 18, a two-day fieldtrip will take advantage of a rare opportunity to explore operations, volcanic geology and hydrothermal features of the Coso geothermal field located at the China Lake Naval Air Warfare Station, California. This tour will also include a visit to GreenFire Energy’s experimental project demonstrating closed-loop geothermal power production technology using both water and supercritical CO2 as working fluids.

Also departing on Wednesday, September 18 another two-day fieldtrip will visit the Imperial Valley, home to the world renowned Salton Sea geothermal field. In addition to stops at the John L. Featherstone and Heber geothermal power plants, there will also be up-close observations of quaternary volcanoes, mud volcanoes, hot springs and an actively spreading mud pot! The valley has become a significant hot spot for renewable energy – with production from geothermal, solar, wind and biofuel – and possibly soon to be one of the most important regions for lithium mining.

More information on the fieldtrips, including more detailed itinerary and cost, can be found on the GRC Website at https://geothermal.org.

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, and numerous networking opportunities.

Registration to the GRC Annual Meeting & Expo will open shortly. Room reservations can now be made on the GRC website at www.geothermal.org. A discounted room rate is available until August 21, so early reservations are recommended.

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

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

Friday, June 7, 2019

USA, California: Hot Springs Conference in Palm Springs

Hot Springs Connection - The Only Hot Springs Conference in the U.S.

Specifically designed for hot springs owners, operators, general managers, facilities directors and marketing professionals.

I. Palm Springs: November 4-6 (Monday-Wednesday)
Meetings: presentations, seminars, workshops, trade exchange and networking at the beautiful Miramonte Indian Wells Resort and Spa.

II. Desert Hot Springs: November 6-8 (Wednesday-Friday)
Field Trip: one of the few places in the world with naturally occurring hot and cold mineral springs, this water is ranked among the nation’s best for taste by the International Water Tasting Competition.

Discounted rates available until July 31, 2019. Limited space available – sign up early!

Geothermal Energy News from Around the World

Global Geothermal News - Weekly Update (Geothermal Resources Council)


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

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Science & Technology: Geothermal Energy Provides Potential to Supply Electricity, Heating, and Cooling - Study

Geothermal technology: Trends and potential role in a sustainable future (Applied Energy)

Rapid population growth as well as modern technology reliance lead to a greater demand for energy consumption. An ever growing focus on creating sustainable environment requires energy sources to be used with caution. Two effective solutions to address these concerns include utilizing renewable energy resources and increasing efficiencies of current technologies. 

Geothermal energy provides a renewable energy source that has potential to supply reasonable amounts of electricity, heating, and cooling. The present research elaborates upon methods of harnessing energy using various geothermal technologies. Various methods of performance improvement, as well as integration of geothermal technology with other renewable energy sources are also discussed. The environmental impact and economic viability of the technology are mapped as well. 

The advantages and disadvantages of the technology and opportunities for improvement are explored based on the recent studies. Briefly, the potential role of geothermal technology in a sustainable future is discussed in the study. 

Finally, the prospective topics of future research are presented for further investigation.

Applied Energy. Volume 248, 15 August 2019, Pages 18-34. Geothermal technology: Trends and potential role in a sustainable future. Austin Anderson, Behnaz Rezaie. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apenergy.2019.04.102

USA: “Geothermal electricity generation could increase more than 26-fold from today—reaching 60 GW of installed capacity by 2050”.

Graphic from New Study Highlighting the Untapped Potential of Geothermal Energy in the United States (DOE/EERE/GTO)



Thursday, June 6, 2019

Germany: Daldrup & Söhne AG to Concentrate More on Geothermal Drilling Services

Daldrup & Söhne AG realigns business model - Cash flows from power plants remain in focus (News Release)

At EUR 38.9 million, sales were significantly higher than in the previous year (EUR 24.8 million), as several deep geothermal wells were completed and accepted in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands.

On the one hand, the 2018 financial year was characterised by a very good order situation in all four business areas and the technical resumption of operation of the Landau geothermal power plant for electricity production. On the other hand, a number of one-off effects, special circumstances with regard to drilling orders and lower than expected electricity production volumes at the geothermal power plants have pushed earnings well into the red.  In particular, electricity production at the Taufkirchen power plant could not be implemented as planned in the year under review.

As a consequence of the operational development, the Management Board proposed a realignment of the Group to the Supervisory Board. On the one hand, it includes a stronger concentration on the drilling services business. On the other hand, the dimensions of the project and capital risks in the power plant division are to be selected in such a way that they correspond to the medium-sized orientation of the Daldrup & Söhne Group.

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