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Friday, May 17, 2019

Geothermal Event! Maxwell Oil Tools is a Supporter

GRC Annual Meeting & Expo - Bronze Sponsor - Maxwell Oil Tools

Maxwell Oil Tools is a manufacturer of composite centralizers and other tools used in drilling and other tubular applications.

Revolutionary Multilayer Composite Centralizer (MCC) technology combines high wear resistance with extremely low friction factors. Superior fluid bypass technology addresses many centralization and casing run challenges associated with today's increased well complexity. More Information........

Thank you Maxwell Oil Tools for being a Bronze sponsor of the GRC Annual Meeting & Expo, 15-18 September at the Palm Springs Convention Center, Palm Springs, California, USA.

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.

Science & Technology: New Book on Geothermal Well Test Analysis

Geothermal Well Test Analysis - Fundamentals, Applications and Advanced Techniques (Elsevier Inc.)

By Sadiq J. Zarrouk, Senior Lecturer of Geothermal Engineering, Department of Engineering Science, The University of Auckland, New Zealand and Katie McLean, Geothermal Reservoir Engineer, Contact Energy Ltd., New Zealand.

Geothermal Well Test Analysis: Fundamentals, Applications and Advanced Techniques provides a comprehensive review of the geothermal pressure transient analysis methodology and its similarities and differences with petroleum and groundwater well test analysis.

Also discussed are the different tests undertaken in geothermal wells during completion testing, output/production testing, and the interpretation of data. In addition, the book focuses on pressure transient analysis by numerical simulation and inverse methods, also covering the familiar pressure derivative plot.

Finally, non-standard geothermal pressure transient behaviors are analyzed and interpreted by numerical techniques for cases beyond the limit of existing analytical techniques.

More Information........

Canada: Interview With Deep Earth Energy Production CEO on Estevan Geothermal Power Project

Canada's first geothermal power plant being developed in Saskatchewan (BNN Bloomberg)

The federal Liberals announced $25.6-million in funding for a geothermal project in Saskatchewan this year. Kirsten Marcia, president and CEO of Deep Earth Energy Production, discusses how the company is using the financing.

Finance: Investment in Renewable Energy Stalled - IEA

Global energy investment stabilised above USD 1.8 trillion in 2018, but security and sustainability concerns are growing (IEA)

Global energy investment stabilised in 2018, ending three consecutive years of decline, as capital spending on oil, gas and coal supply bounced back while investment stalled for energy efficiency and renewables, according to the International Energy Agency’s latest annual review.

The findings of the World Energy Investment 2019 report signal a growing mismatch between current trends and the paths to meeting the Paris Agreement and other sustainable development goals.

 Adjusting investment to 2018 cost levels shows a rising trend in spending activity for renewable power, up around 55% since 2010.

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Global: Nominations for International Geothermal Awards Now Open

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

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

Last Year's Winners.
The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) is 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 []. The deadline for nominations is June 14, 2019.

St. Vincent and the Grenadines: Geothermal Energy-Drilling Project Made Possible with Financing Mobilised by the Caribbean Development Bank

CDB, Partners support St. Vincent and the Grenadines in geothermal energy drive (News Release)

St. Vincent and the Grenadines took a major step towards a cleaner and more secure energy future on Monday, May 6, launching a multi-million dollar geothermal energy-drilling project made possible with financing mobilised by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).

CDB secured USD 27 million (mn) in financing for the project through contributions from partners, including the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID), the European Union’s Caribbean Investment Facility (EU-CIF) and the Government of New Zealand.

Canada: Geothermal Power Plant Developer Raises Funds for Further Development Opportunities in Latin America

Polaris Infrastructure Increases its Private Placement Offering of Convertible Debentures (News Release)

San Jacinto-Tizate Geothermal Project (Courtesy Polaris Infrastructure)

Polaris Infrastructure Inc. of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, announced today that it has increased the size of its previously announced private placement of convertible debentures to $20,000,000. In addition, Cormark Securities Inc., Clarus Securities Inc., and a syndicate of agents will now have an option to sell an additional $5,000,000 in Convertible Debentures under the offering for total gross proceeds of $25,000,000 (if exercised in full).

As previously announced, the company intends to use the net proceeds of the offering for general corporate purposes and to provide the flexibility to pursue further corporate development opportunities in Peru and similar jurisdictions in Latin America.

Polaris Energy Nicaragua S.A (PENSA) is a subsidiary of Polaris Infrastructure Inc. PENSA operates and owns the San Jacinto-Tizate Geothermal Project, with an installed capacity of 77 MW (72 MW net).

Climate Change: Carbon Offsets for Iron Ore Shipment Helps Geothermal Power Plant Project in Indonesia

RightShip and South Pole deliver first reported entirely carbon offset iron ore shipment for Anglo American (News Release)

Gunung Salak Geothermal Energy project
(Courtesy South Pole)
Global mining company Anglo American has offset the carbon emissions for an ocean freight voyage from South Africa to Europe, using RightShip’s verified carbon accounting tool and offset credits purchased from South Pole.

The carbon credits purchased to offset this journey will support South Pole’s Gunung Salak Geothermal Energy project in Indonesia. The project has helped to upgrade the capacity of a geothermal plant, enabling it to generate more clean electricity from the same source of geothermal steam thanks to modified turbines and steam gas ejectors. As a result, the Gunung Salak project mitigates approximately 113,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions and supplies over 213,000 MWh of clean energy to the local grid each year.

The Gunung Salak geothermal power plant is owned by PT Indonesia Power, a subsidiary of state-owned electricity company, PT PLN (Persero).

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Iceland: Geothermal Could Power More Electric Cars

Iceland moving away from ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) as capital Reykjavík aims to reduce gas stations by half by 2025 (Iceland Review)

The city council of Reykjavík, Iceland recently approved a plan to reduce the number of gas stations by half in Iceland’s capital by 2025, as one of the city’s environmental initiatives.

While some cities use congestion pricing or low emission zones — like London’s new Ultra Low Emission Zone — Reykjavík is taking another interesting approach as a city looking to get greener and to lower emissions going forward.

There are currently 75 gas stations in the capital area of Reykjavík, and that number will be reduced to around 37 over the next six years, Iceland Review reports.

Iceland is a perfect fit for electric vehicle adoption, being a small island nation with both expensive petrol and nearly 100% renewable electricity generation. Reykjavík proper accounts for more than a third of Iceland’s total population, so a move like this can have a big impact.

Read More..........

Thanks to GRC Member Ron DiPippo for the article suggestion.

From the Global Geothermal News archives:

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Education: Deadline to Apply for $14,000 in Educational Awards is Next Week

Geothermal Resources Council Student Scholarships (News Release)

Total of $14,000 in educational awards to be given to eight students in the international geothermal energy community. Applications must be received by May 24, 2019.

John Grill, Estefanía Ramírez Restrepo and Yuran Zhang
received their awards at last year's GRC Annual Meeting & Expo
The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) reminds applicants of the impending deadline for the 2019 GRC Scholarship Awards.

To qualify for any of these awards a student must be a GRC member (student memberships are only $20 per year). Selection of recipients will be based upon a variety of factors, including the individual’s academic record, student activities, geothermal industry experience, and career goals.

The following awards are available:
  • Five (5) Marcelo Lippmann Graduate Scholarship Awards of $2500 – to be eligible for one of these awards, the candidate must be enrolled in a graduate-level program at an accredited academic institution at the time of the award (Fall 2019). If selected, each recipient is required to submit a paper on his/her research (or research progress) to be published in the GRC Transactions and deliver results at the meeting as either a poster or oral presentation. If the recipient presents in the year of the award then the full $2500 is awarded at that time; if the recipient defers to present/publish the following year then $750 is withheld until the following year when the recipient presents.
  • Three (3) GRC Undergraduate Scholarship Awards of $500  – to be eligible for one of these awards, the candidate must be a third or fourth year undergraduate at an accredited academic institution at the time of the award (Fall 2019). 
Applications must be received by May 24, 2019 to be considered.

For application instructions and other details see the announcement on the GRC website at:

Please direct questions regarding the scholarship awards to: Brian Schmidt, or 530-758-2360, ext. 104

Switzerland: Vinzel Geothermal District Heating Project Gets Federal Grant

Projet de géothermie à Vinzel soutenu massivement par la Confédération - Geothermal project in Vinzel supported massively by the Confederation (La Côte)

Le projet de géothermie de moyenne profondeur, EnergeÔ, à Vinzel, reçoit l’aide de la Confédération. Le montant de la subvention accordé par l’Office fédéral de l’énergie: plus de 14 millions de francs. EnergeÔ est la première entreprise suisse à signer un tel contrat de subvention avec Berne, souligne la société dans un communiqué.

(From Google Translate) The medium-depth EnergeÔ geothermal project in Vinzel (a municipality in the district of Nyon in the canton of Vaud in Switzerland), has received help from the Swiss Confederation. The amount of the grant granted by the Federal Office of Energy: more than 14 million francs. EnergeÔ is the first Swiss company to sign such a grant agreement with the government, the company said in a statement.

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

GRC Annual Meeting & Expo - A Geothermal Event!

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

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

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

A.W. Chesterton Company Ormat Technologies, Inc.
AMSA, Inc. Paul Graham Drilling & Service Co
Boart Longyear Company PCC Metals Group
BS&B Safety Systems, LLC POWER Engineers, Inc.
C-FER Technologies (1999) Inc. PowerChem
CFM San Diego Probe (formerly Kuster)
CGG Geoscience  Quantec Geoscience Limited
Dept. of Oil Gas and Geothermal Resources           Rexa, Inc.
EGESIM Scientific Drilling
Emerson/Caltrol, Inc. Seequent
EvapTech, Inc. Sinclair Well Products
Exergy Spa Solenis LLC
Fuji Electric Southern California Valve
Gardner Denver Nash Suez
GeoMechanics Technologies Thermochem, Inc.
Geothermal Resources Council TNG Energy Services
Geothermal Resource Group Torishima Pump Mfg.
GeothermEx Tsurumi Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
Horizon Well Logging U.S. Bureau of Land Management
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Utah FORGE
NALCO Water Veizades & Associates, Inc.
Nevada Division of Minerals

More Information.........

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

Europe: Webinar Recording on Tackling the Environmental Concerns for Deploying Geothermal Energy

GEOENVI webinar - Tackling the environmental concerns for deploying geothermal energy

(Video 1:34:20 Hours)

The first webinar was recorded on May 16th, 2019 and was followed by more than 100 people. The webinar presented the preliminary results of the GEOENVI project, which has been working since November 2018. It has also been open to inputs and questions by participants, which were welcome to provide their perspective or comment on the methodology of the project.


The objective of the GEOENVI project is to answer environmental concerns in terms of both impacts and risks, by first setting an adapted methodology for assessing environment impacts to the project developers, and by assessing the environmental impacts and risks of geothermal projects operational or in development in Europe.

The GEOENVI project has the objective to make sure that deep geothermal energy can play its role in Europe’s future energy supply in an increasingly sustainable way and to create a robust strategy to answer environmental concerns. It will engage with all geothermal stakeholders to ensure the exchange of best practices, the test of harmonized methods in selected areas and then, to facilitate its replication across Europe. The project is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and coordinated by EGEC. More on:

Portugal: 4 MW Pico Alto Geothermal ORC Power Plant Case Study

Portugal: Pico Alto Geothermal ORC Power Plant Case Study (Exergy-ORC)

Europe: Webinar on GeoEnergy Europe Project

Geo-Energy Europe webinar

Tue, May 21, 2019 2:00 - 3:30 am PDT

  • GeoEnergy Europe project - Emmanuelle Piron
  • Forthcoming website – Emmanuelle Piron
  • Key findings of the market report for internationalisation (Canada, Chile, Indonesia, Kenya) – Stephen Walsh
  • Next steps for the development of the internationalization strategy & call for members inputs – Thomas Garabetian
  • Questions and Discussions – all

The overarching purpose of the GeoEnergy Europe project is to create a European Strategic Cluster Partnership (ESCP) with a focus on the sustainable use of the subsurface for energy, or “Geo-Energy”, as well as to develop, & propose an implementation roadmap for, a joint internationalisation strategy to help this ESCP go international, as encouraged by the COSME call for projects “Clusters Go International”, and more specifically Strand 1a of the call. Building such a strategic partnership would help create a sort of European label for export opportunities and cooperation in know-how and technology transfer with third countries.

From the Global Geothermal News archives:

USA, Hawaii: State Needs to Approve Re-Start of Puna Geothermal Venture

Puna geothermal plant will need state approval to rebuild after eruption (Hawaii News Now)

A Hawaii geothermal power company must win state approval before rebuilding transmission lines wiped out by volcanic eruption.

News outlets reported Wednesday that Puna Geothermal Venture must hold a public hearing and receive state Public Utilities Commission permission before rebuilding. The plant in Pohoiki on the Big Island was damaged in last year’s Kilauea eruption.

Puna Geothermal officials say they are in negotiations with Hawaii Electric Light Company for a new power purchase agreement that would set out terms and prices for electricity from the rebuilt plant. A May 9 letter from the utilities commission says any new agreement will require its approval.

An official says the company intends to resume production by the end of this year but is reviewing the letter to determine how it might affect plans.

Global: Calendar of Geothermal Energy Events

Geothermal Energy Calendar from the Geothermal Resources Council

IGC Islands Geothermal Conference
15-16 May, Terceira Island, Azores, Portugal

CHPM2030 Final Conference
23 May, Delft, The Netherlands

EAGE Annual Conference & Exhibition 2019
3-6 June, London, UK

National Geothermal Academy 2019 
10-21 June, Reno, Nevada, USA

European Geothermal Congress 2019 (EGEC) 
11-14 June, The Hague, Netherlands

Geothermal Energy: Meeting Financial and Technical Challenges
Session at the EU Sustainable Energy Week Conference
19 June 14:00 - 15:30, Brussels, Belgium

GeoEnergy Days (Pole Avenia)
25-27 June, Pau, France

NZGA Seminar: The Future of Geothermal in a Low-Carbon Economy.
11 July, New Zealand

6th Geothermal Congress for Latin America and the Caribbean (GEOLAC)
17-18 July, Santiago, Chile

2019 ARMA-CUPB International Geothermal Conference
5-8 August, Beijing, China

7th Indonesia International Geothermal Convention and Exhibition (IIGCE)
13-15 August, Jakarta Convention Center, Indonesia

6th China International Geothermal Energy Technology & Equipment Exhibition & 11th Chinese GSHP Conference & Exhibition 2019
18-20 August, Beijing, China

3rd International Geothermal Conference GEOHEAT 
3-6 September, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Russian Federation

1st Conference on Geophysics for Geothermal and Renewable Energy Storage
8-12 September, The Hague, Netherlands

43rd GRC Annual Meeting & Expo
15-18 September, Palm Springs, California, USA

1st Philippine Geothermal Conference (National Geothermal Association of the Philippines)
Beyond Conventional: Low-Medium-Enthalpy Geothermal Resources and Applications
2-3 October, Manila, Philippines

Praxisforum Geothermie.Bayern
7-9 October, Munich, Germany

European Geothermal Workshop 2019 -
Characterization of Deep Geothermal Systems
9-10 October, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany

Geothermal Resources in Sedimentary Basins Conference
15-18 October, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

1st Canadian Geothermal Students Day
21-22 November 2019, Québec City, Québec, Canada

IGC Turkey Geothermal Congress & Expo
6-8 November, Izmir, Turkey

Der Geothermiekongress 2019
19-22. November, Munich, Germany

41st New Zealand Geothermal Workshop (NZGW)
25- 27 November, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand

World Geothermal Congress 2020
27 April - 1 May 2020, Reykjavik, Iceland

44th GRC Annual Meeting & Expo
18-21 October 2020, Reno, Nevada, USA

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

USA: Funding for Projects to Develop Downhole Tools to Enable Enhanced Geothermal Systems

ARPA-E: Innovating Through Unconventional Ideas (News Release)

Earlier this year, the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) at the U.S. Department of Energy announced funding for a range of the most innovative and unconventional ideas across the energy technology spectrum, exploring high-risk R&D that could lead to the development of disruptive technologies. The topics explored under this opportunity are not part of existing ARPA-E programs, but if successful could establish new program areas for ARPA-E to further explore.

The second of these topics, downhole tools to enable enhanced geothermal systems, seeks to better develop novel, low-cost sensor technologies that can help mitigate risks and lower costs for deep, extremely hot enhanced geothermal systems (EGS) by better characterizing rock formations and fluid enthalpy at depth. EGS technology has the potential to improve the economic cost-competitiveness of geothermal energy, while also lessening geographic restrictions of geothermal as an energy sources.

The U.S. possesses a massive strategic asset in its existing supply of geothermal energy, and deep extremely hot EGS represent a potential zero-carbon resource capable of delivering hundreds of gigawatts of baseload electricity with a very small land footprint per unit power. Additionally, developing downhole sensor technologies leverages existing domestic oil and gas industry’s sophisticated subsurface techniques and sources of human capital, offering the potential to improve and innovate on technologies that could also be utilized elsewhere in the aerospace, automotive, nuclear, and even space exploration fields.

Take a look at ARPA-E’s selections for projects to develop downhole tools to enable enhanced geothermal systems:

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Next Generation High-Temperature Optical Fibers – $800,000

Develop a novel process for applying metallic coatings to optical fibers that will allow the fabrication of distributed optical sensors for high-temperature geothermal wells and explore quantum sensing techniques to dramatically increase sensitivities. This new optical technology will fill an important technology gap to enable distributed sensing in high-temperature enhanced geothermal system wells and help optimize production.

Fervo Energy Company
Solve EGS: Surface Orbital Vibrator For Evaluation Of Enhanced Geothermal Systems – $1,180,000

The proposed fiber-optics based integrated tool will provide an unprecedented level of detail on the most critical aspects of an Enhanced Geothermal System (EGS) – the hydromechanical properties and geometry of the fracture zones that provide flow connections between the reservoir and the well. It has the potential to play a major role in catalyzing the 100 GW, $300B opportunity for EGS in the United States.

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Hungary: Climeon to Supply Geothermal Heat Power Modules to New Market

Climeon wins first geothermal order in Hungary (News Release)

(Courtesy Climeon)
Swedish company Climeon has received an order for a geothermal Heat Power project in Hungary, a new geographical market for the company. 

Baseload Capital Hungary has placed an order of Heat Power modules with an order value of SEK 9 million, excluding service fees and software licenses. 

Mannvit and Cam Consulting will participate in the licensing process and the construction of the power plant. 

The Heat Power modules are to be delivered in 2019 and will produce clean electricity from an already existing geothermal well in Szentes, in the south-eastern part of Hungary.

USA, Hawaii: Puna Geothermal Venture Slated for November 30 Start-Up

Puna Geothermal, HELCO Agreement Pushes Rebuild Forward (Big Island Video News)

Puna Geothermal Venture as seen on May 12, 2019 by Maxar Technologies' imaging satellite. (Satellite image ©2019 Maxar Technologies).
Puna Geothermal Venture (PGV), with the help of Hawaii Electric Light (HELCO), is moving forward with plans to restart power production on the lower East Rift Zone after the 2018 eruption of Kīlauea Volcano.

On March 8, HELCO filed a letter notifying the Public Utilities Commission, or PUC, of its Rebuild Agreement with PGV, which includes the rebuilding of the Pohoiki Switching Station and 69 kV transmission lines. 

Puna Geothermal Venture will hold its next community meeting on Friday, May 17, at the Pāhoa Neighborhood Facility from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Officials representing PGV, the Hawaiʻi Electric Light Company, and Hawaiʻi County will be in hand to provide updates.

Geothermal Event! Registration for Annual Charity Golf Tournament Now Open

Registration Opens for Annual Charity Golf Tournament at Geothermal Resources Council Annual Meeting (News Release)

The Indian Wells Celebrity Course.
Popular networking event for the geothermal energy industry 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, being held this year at the Palm Springs Convention Center in Palm Springs, California, USA, September 15-18, 2019. 

Just before the start of the GRC Annual Meeting & Expo, the Annual Charity Golf Tournament will take place September 15 at the Indian Wells Golf Resort, just south of Palm Springs. Registration for the tournament is now open.

The proceeds from the tournament will go to the GRC Scholarship Fund. Last year the event helped to support six students in the international geothermal energy community.

Minutes away from downtown Palm Springs, the Indian Wells Golf Resort features a magnificent 53,000 square-foot clubhouse and is one of the few properties to have two courses ranked in the Top 25 "Best Municipal Courses in the United States" by Golfweek Magazine.

In addition to spectacular mountain views, the Par-72 Indian Wells Celebrity Course features undulating fairways, and flowing water in the form of streams, brooks, and split-level lakes connected by striking waterfalls, with vibrant floral detail. This California golf course is unrivaled in beauty and playability.

More details of the tournament can be found on the GRC website at Download the GRC Annual Charity Golf Tournament Brochure and fill out a registration form which can be mailed or faxed to the GRC office. Online registration is also available.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Finance: Report Suggests an Additional 100 GW Geothermal With Regulatory Reform

Regulatory Reform Could Unlock Gigawatts of Zero-Emission Geothermal (ClearPath)

By Spencer Nelson, ClearPath

Geothermal energy is a highly promising and reliable zero-emission technology.

The biggest hindrance to geothermal development are permitting and other regulatory barriers that are more stringent than for oil and gas.

Moving towards centralized permitting and more pragmatic environmental reviews could lead to a 500% increase in geothermal capacity using existing technology and up to 100 gigawatts (GW) (an increase of 3700%) with new technology.

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Belgium: Geothermal Session at EU Sustainable Energy Week Conference

Geothermal Energy: Meeting Financial and Technical Challenges (TWI Ltd.)
Session at the EU Sustainable Energy Week Conference

Wednesday 19 June 14:00 - 15:30,  Brussels, Belgium

The Renewable Energy Directive establishes an overall policy for production and promotion of energy from renewable sources in the EU setting a target to fulfil at least 32% of renewable energy by 2030, including an annual increase of 1.3 percentage point of the share of renewables in heating and cooling.

With its vast and largely untapped potential, geothermal energy is a renewable resource that offers a solution to meet this challenge—Geothermal technologies are suitable to provide heating/cooling in district heating, for industrial processes or in individual buildings, and for the supply of dispatchable, baseload and flexible renewable electricity. More Information.........

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

Denmark: Opportunity as Development Engineer for Geothermal District Heating Project

Vacancy - Development Engineer - A.P. Møller Holding Geothermal, Copenhagen (Jobindex)

Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
Deadline for applications: 24 May 2019

As Development Engineer in A.P. Møller Holding Geothermal, you are part of the core team delivering geothermal projects.

Your main responsibility is development planning for large-scale geothermal plants in close cooperation with existing and future district heating customers. This entails integrating information from various disciplines and optimising large scale development and production of geothermal energy, successfully balancing risks, uncertainty and value to stakeholders. You will work closely with customers, vendors and authorities.

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

From the Global Geothermal News archives:

Philippines: Tender to be Offered to Shareholders of Phinma Petroleum and Geothermal Inc.

Phinma Energy eyes tender offer (Manila Standard)

Phinma Energy Corp. said Tuesday it will conduct a tender offer to shareholders of Phinma Petroleum and Geothermal Inc. (PPG) as a part of the sale of its shares to AC Energy Inc., the power unit of the Ayala Group.

PPG, formerly Trans-Asia Petroleum Corp., is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Phinma Energy.  

Phinma Energy currently owns 126,838,679 common shares, representing 50.735 percent of the total issued and outstanding capital stock of PPG. After the transaction, it will own an aggregate of 189,801,107 common shares, representing 75.92 percent of the total issued and outstanding capital stock of the company.

Phinma Energy will be making a voluntary tender offer for the remaining 59,208,851 common shares representing 23.684 percent.

From the Global Geothermal News archives:

Croatia: 20 MW ORC Geothermal Power Plant to be Built in Slatina Region

Croatia’s Geo Power Zagocha plans to build 20 MW geothermal power plant (Balkan Green Energy News)

Croatia’s Geo Power Zagocha intends to build 20 MW geothermal power plant in the Slatina region, according to an application submitted to the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Energy.

The plant will use Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) system to produce electricity, which will be delivered to the distribution network of HEP ODS, Croatia’s state power grid operator, reads the application for determining the need for an environmental impact assessment.

The plant will be located in the Virovitičko-Podravska county, in the Čađavica municipality.

There are currently three geothermal wells (PS-2, PS-4 and PS-5) in the area where the power plant will be built.

The plant will use geothermal water from the existing well PS-5 and, possibly, a new well, which is planned around 900 meters to the east of the future geothermal power plant, Geo Power Zagocha said in the application.

Zagocha geothermal power plant could be Croatia’s second facility for using this renewable energy source

Monday, May 13, 2019

USA, Utah: Audio Interview With Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE) Geologist

Geothermal Energy – An Everlasting Source of Sustainable Energy Right Below Our Feet with Christian Hardwick (From the Field)

Guest Christian Hardwick (Geophysicist, Geothermal Section Manager, Senior Geologist at Utah Geological Survey) explains why Geothermal Energy, sometimes a forgotten renewable, is the best sustainable resource to power the planet and combat climate change.

United Kingdom: Drilling of Injection Well Begins at United Downs Deep Geothermal Project

United Downs Deep Geothermal Project - Update Monday 13th May (Geothermal Engineering Ltd)

We started drilling our second well on Saturday evening.

Progress has been good and this morning we have reached a depth of 150m. As with the first well we have encountered some hard rocks and, as a result, there is some vibration in the drill pipe and top drive of the rig. This is causing a clattering noise which is a bit louder than our normal drilling noise but, as we get a bit deeper and are able to put more weight on the bit, it will quickly reduce.

With £2.4 million from Cornwall Council and £5 million from private investors, Geothermal Engineering Ltd (GEL) is drilling two deep geothermal wells at its site within the United Downs Industrial Estate and will build a 1-3 MW pilot power plant to demonstrate the technical and commercial viability of supplying both electricity and heat.

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East Africa: Geothermal in Region Represents $40 Billion Investment Opportunity - GE Report

Re-imagining the future of power in Sub-Saharan Africa (GE Power)

Currently at 64 GW, the region’s power generation capacity is projected to grow at 4% each year across the various fuel sources to help meet the energy demand of the growing African population. The region’s current energy mix, primarily dominated by hydro and coal, is becoming more diversified following the rising interest in renewable technologies such as solar and wind.

Key themes in the regional energy transformation are centered on the 3Ds; Decarbonization, Decentralization and Digitization. On decarbonization, efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions have influenced the preference for wind, solar, geothermal and hydro as part of a more environmentally friendly energy mix.

Africa has a total installed geothermal generating capacity of over 644 MW. The
geothermal capacity for the East Africa region is estimated to exceed 15,000 MW, representing a $40 billion investment opportunity. Geothermal is an appropriate technology to meet base load energy demand but the high initial financing costs and exploration risks have made it a challenge for countries to increase capacity.

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Philippines: EDC to Expand at Existing Geothermal Power Plants

EDC to expand geothermal assets (Business Mirror)

Lopez-led Energy Development Corp. (EDC) said last week it would carry out “a small expansion” of its geothermal assets.

“We have a few plants lined up for EDC. They are small, less than 30 MW,” said EDC President Richard Tantoco when asked what renewable-energy projects are in store for EDC this year.

Tantoco said these small expansion projects involve EDC’s geothermal plants at Leyte, Bacon-Manito (BacMan) and Mount Apo.

“Just a couple in the pipeline and we are likely to issue notice to proceed on one of them within the next six months—geothermal, brownfield and within the existing assets for expansions,” he added.

USA, California: The Case for Geothermal Energy in a Diverse Portfolio of Renewable Sources

Geothermal balances California’s renewable portfolio (Renewable Energy World)

Geothermal Energy the savior of Salton Sea, by Alexander Schriener Jr. Units 1 and 2 at Salton Sea geothermal field, Imperial Valley Ca. View from Obsidian Butte looking south across the declining Lake. Dead tree has Blue Heron nests. Taken 26-Dec-13. GRC Photo Contest 2016.

By V. John White, executive director of the Center for Energy Efficiency & Renewable Technologies (CEERT) and Nick Goodman, Chairman and CEO of Cyrq Energy, Inc.

California’s rapid renewable energy expansion has led to a boom in large-scale solar and wind projects and a huge expansion of rooftop solar. As costs have fallen, solar energy has become much less expensive, and utility-scale solar and wind are now less expensive than new gas plants, and far less expensive than existing coal. 

Geothermal energy has historically been a large part of California’s renewable energy portfolio, but its role in California’s renewable power supply has steadily declined. California utilities have contracted for virtually no new geothermal as part of their push to comply with the California 50 percent renewable portfolio standard.

The reasons most often cited for why geothermal has been left behind are that it costs more than solar or wind and utilities’ principal goal in building their renewable portfolios is to minimize their cost of complying with the state renewable standard.

California’s RPS program has been widely hailed as a success and yet the resulting renewable portfolio is unbalanced. That’s partly because of the program’s focus on minimizing cost. Even though solar has the lowest levelized cost of energy, because of how much solar we already have on the system, with more being added every year, the incremental value of additional solar is less than at lower penetration levels. In addition, in the Spring and other times of year, the abundance of solar leads to negative pricing on the grid, and the curtailment of thousands of megawatts of solar and other renewables, resulting in lost revenue for renewable projects and higher costs for consumers. 

In addition to helping provide much needed balance to California’s renewable portfolio, geothermal can provide valuable grid reliability benefits, which mistakenly, are not considered by the Public Utilities Commission when implementing the renewable portfolio standard. Because geothermal plants use traditional spinning generators and produce power around the clock, they can reduce reliance on natural gas for reliability. A vivid example is found in the most recent Transmission Plan adopted by the California Independent System Operator (CAISO), which showed that abundance of solar and lack of geothermal generation (or any type of energy storage) in the Imperial Valley to the East of San Diego results in continued reliance on natural gas plants to provide reliability when the sun goes down, resulting in higher costs and increased emissions. 

Philippines: Geothermal Energy Developer Raises Funds for Future Projects

Basic Energy to double capital to P5 B (Philstar Global)

Listed Basic Energy Corp. is seeking to double its authorized capital stock to allow potential strategic investors to invest in the company and to secure funds in the future.

Basic Energy said its board of directors approved the increase its authorized capital stock from P2.5 billion to P5 billion, comprising 20 billion shares with a par value of P0.25 apiece.

Basic Energy is developing several geothermal projects namely the Mabini Geothermal Service Contract in Batangas, Mt. Mariveles Geothermal Project in Bataan and Mt. Iriga Geothermal Project in Albay.

Recently, two of its geothermal contracts were terminated by the Department of Energy, namely the East Mankayan and West Bulusan geothermal projects for failing to complete the pre-development of the sites.

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Friday, May 10, 2019

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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Denmark: Opportunity as Geothermal Geologist in Copenhagen

Vacancy - Geologist - A.P. Møller Holding Geothermal, Copenhagen (Jobindex)

Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
Deadline for applications: 24 May 2019

A.P. Møller Holding has decided to invest in geothermal energy to bring an underutilised source of energy into play as part of the green transition of the heating sector.

You will be based at our office in Copenhagen, reporting to our Managing Director, Denmark. Our team is small and agile with a variety of tasks to carry out, and we to pull together to accomplish our goals.

Your responsibilities include: Screening, quantifying and communicating geothermal potential; Planning exploration wells; Executing exploration wells; Contact to authorities, customers, vendors.

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China: International Geothermal Energy Technology & Equipment Exhibition in August

6th China International Geothermal Energy Technology & Equipment Exhibition & 11th Chinese GSHP Conference & Exhibition 2019

18-20 August, 2019, Beijing, China

Dear colleagues,

Geothermal energy is a kind of renewable energy with large reserves, wide distribution, clean and environmental protection, stable and reliable. It plays an important role in the development of clean energy in the future.Vigorously promoting the development and utilization of geothermal energy is of great practical and long-term strategic significance to China's energy structure adjustment, climate change, air pollution control and ecological civilization construction, as well as the people's aspiration for clean energy use and a better life.

St Vincent and the Grenadines: Geothermal Energy Can Play a Huge Role in Economic Development of SVG - Reykjavik Geothermal CEO

Geothermal energy could bring tremendous wealth to SVG – expert (Searchlight)

Gudmundur Thoroddsson,
CEO Reykjavik Geothermal
Geothermal energy has helped bring tremendous wealth to Iceland and can play a huge role in the economic development of St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG).

Chief executive officer (CEO) of Reykjavik Geothermal, Gudmundur Thoroddson, made this point on Monday while speaking at Lot 14, Bamboo Range.

Thoroddson, an Icelander, spoke about the benefits of geothermal energy while standing in the area where this country has started exploratory drilling under the direction of the St Vincent Geothermal Company Limited, which is owned by the Icelandic company Reykjavik Geothermal and the Government of St Vincent and the Grenadines.

Indonesia: New Service Streamlines Permitting for Geothermal Power Plant Projects

Power Plant Development Permit Now Goes Through OSS (Netral Mandarin)

Electricity licensing services can now be accessed more easily and quickly through Online Single Submission (OSS) which can be accessed on the website, which is currently handled by Badan Koordinasi Penanaman Modal (BKPM) since January 2, 2019. OSS itself was officially launched in July 2018 under the Coordinating Ministry for the Economy.

One of the permits handled in the OSS system is the licensing process to build a power plant. "There are 6 general electricity licenses that have entered OSS, as well as 4 additional permits for geothermal plants, all of which have now been processed through OSS," said Head of the Public Information Services Communication Bureau and Cooperation of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Agung Pribadi.

Meanwhile, 4 geothermal permits that have been processed through OSS include the Assignment of Preliminary Geothermal Survey, Geothermal Permit, Geothermal Support Business Agreement, and Permit for Use of Geothermal Explosives Warehouse.

Philippines: Unified Leyte and Tongonan Geothermal Plants Normalize Operations after 2017 Typhoon Damage

First Gen’s profit climbed by 28% to $77m in 3 months (Manila Standard)

First Gen Corp. owns 12 integrated geothermal
power stations in Leyte, Bicol, Southern Negros, and
North Cotabato with an installed capacity of 1,169 MW. 
First Gen Corp., a Lopez Group company, reported a net income of $77 million (P4 billion) in the first quarter, up 28 percent from $60 million (P3 billion) year-on-year.

First Gen said net income attributable to equity holders in the first quarter reached $81 million (P4.2 billion), up 104 percent from $40 million (P2 billion) in the same period last year, due to the higher electricity sales of its natural gas, geothermal and hydro platforms, foreign exchange gains and lower deferred income taxes.

The company’s recurring earnings from its geothermal, wind, and solar platform surged to $26 million (P1.4 billion) in the first three months from $14 million (P700 million) in 2018 as the Unified Leyte and Tongonan geothermal plants normalized their operations and delivered higher earnings after recovering from the damage in the Leyte site caused by Typhoon Urduja in December 2017.

USA: New Deputy Assistant Secretary for Renewable Power at DOE

Ex-EPA adviser picked for top renewables job (E&E News)

Dave Solan, a former professor and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) adviser, has been tapped to serve as the Energy Department's deputy assistant secretary for renewable power, according to an internal agency memo.

Solan will join DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy on Monday, replacing Steve Chalk, a longtime agency official who is retiring at the end of the month.

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Canada: Funds Provided for Regional Assessment of Geothermal Energy Potential in the Garibaldi Volcanic Belt

Geoscience BC Receives $5 Million in Bridge Funding to Continue Minerals, Energy and Water Research (News Release)

Geoscience BC thanks the provincial government for granting $5 million in one-year bridge funding to support earth science research in British Columbia. 

The new funding will allow Geoscience BC to continue its minerals, energy and water related public earth science for an additional year, with many ongoing and new research projects set to begin in 2019-20.

New Geoscience BC projects launching in 2019 include a regional assessment of geothermal energy potential in the Garibaldi Volcanic Belt in partnership with the Geological Survey of Canada.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

New Zealand: Employment Opportunity as Geothermal Maintenance Technician at Mercury

Vacancy - Geothermal Maintenance Technician (Mechanical) - Mercury

The Geothermal Maintenance Technician (Mechanical) is an integral member of a team that maintains, operates, manages and continuously improves Mercury's geothermal generation assets.

This role is based at our Ngatamariki site, in the Taupo area.

This is an exceptional opportunity for a maintenance professional with a mechanical background to take ownership of the mechanical maintenance on assets. In this role you can hone your skills and get a sense of achievement that your inputs really make a difference to the reliability of the plant. You will form part of a close team with different maintenance trade disciplines. No two days are the same in this exciting industry. 

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