Monday, October 23, 2017

USA: GEA Asks Department of Energy to Consider Geothermal Energy in Proposed Rulemaking

Comment of the Geothermal Energy Association to Notice of Proposed Rulemaking under RM18-1 (GEA)

The Geothermal Energy Association (GEA) has filed its Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) comments:

Geothermal is not currently deployed in markets within the scope of the Department of Energy’s proposed rule. GEA is submitting comments in this docket given the potential geothermal resource in some areas of the regions affected by the DOE proposed rule and given the potential for this rule to influence other competitive wholesale markets where geothermal is an active market participant (i.e., CAISO).

A blanket rule rewarding power plants for having onsite fuel steps over the underlying problem and, in doing so, may create new problems and skewed markets.

We agree that the time is right for a national conversation about how to ensure a reliable and resilient electricity grid, and we look forward to engaging with DOE and FERC to ensure the grid-related attributes of geothermal are well understood and accommodated in federal policymaking.

The GEA asks FERC to not move forward with this proposed rule and instead focus on identifying services that promote grid reliability and system resilience, and design markets (or give ISO/RTOs chances to design markets) that efficiently procure and compensate for those services.

Instead of finalizing the rule, FERC should convene regional technical conferences to explore technologies and resources that are or that could provide grid reliability and system resilience services under improved market designs.

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Eastern Caribbean: Financing Provided to Support Sustainable Geothermal Development in Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Caribbean Development Bank : CDB receives EU funding to support geothermal energy development (News Release)

The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has received EUR 12 million in grant funding from the European Union Caribbean Investment Facility (EU-CIF) to support the development of geothermal exploration in the Eastern Caribbean, under CDB's GeoSmart Initiative. The EU-CIF funds will be used to provide investment grants in the initial phases, and technical assistance grants to support capacity-building initiatives and interconnection studies.

The GeoSmart Initiative was developed by CDB to provide financing to support sustainable geothermal development in five countries-Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. For these countries, the development of geothermal energy could be an alternative to costly and non-renewable imported fuels.

USA, Illinois: DOE Grant Provided for Deep Direct-Use Geothermal Technology Research at University of Illinois

ISGS receives $720,000 award from DOE for geothermal research (Illinois State Geological Survey)

The Illinois State Geological Survey (ISGS) received a $720,000 grant from the Department of Energy to determine the feasibility of tapping geothermal energy for heating and cooling on the University of Illinois’ Urbana campus.

The project, led by ISGS hydrogeologist Yu-Feng “Forrest” Lin, will determine the potential to provide cost-effective, renewable thermal energy from the low-temperature sedimentary basins that underlie large portions of the United States. ISGS scientists will evaluate harnessing the natural heat from two geological formations (the St. Peter and Mt. Simon Sandstones) under central Illinois, a region previously unexplored for geothermal energy.

The ISGS team will test Deep Direct-Use technology to tap heat from low-temperature (90-190 F) subsurface reservoirs. The goal is to replace the conventional heating and cooling system at the Illinois Energy Farm—the 320-acre “living laboratory” where U of I researchers work on developing alternative energy resources—and other campus buildings. Results of the study could be applicable to other campuses and multi-building industrial, military, and medical facilities overlying the Illinois Basin, according to Lin.

ISGS will evaluate DDU technology that extracts heat from deep reservoirs of water. Using a paired set of wells, water will be pumped to the surface from deep bedrock aquifers, circulated through a thermal exchange system, and returned to the aquifer at a much lower temperature. Geothermal systems using DDU technologies are typically used for space heating and air conditioning, water heating, and refrigeration.

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Turkey: 4-Day Conference including Geothermal Energy in Afyonkarahisar City

IV. Geothermal and Natural Mineral Waters Symposium and Exhibition  (Jeoloji Mühendisleri Odası)

21-24 February 2018, Afyonkarahisar City, Turkey

The Turkish Geothermal Association is one of the supporters of this event.

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India: One Day International Geothermal Energy Conference in Gujarat, India

3rd International Conference on Geothermal Energy (Centre of Excellence for Geothermal Energy - CEGE, PDPU)

17 January, 2018, Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India

The potential Geothermal Energy In India has not yet been tapped. Puga Valley (Jammu and Kashmir), Tatapani (Chhattisgarh), Chamoli (Uttarakhand), and Bakreshwar (West Bengal) and Gujarat have been looked upon as the potential geothermal reservoirs.

A centre dedicated to research & development activities in the area of exploration and exploitation of geothermal energy has been established. With the support of GoG, Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University established the Centre of Excellence for Geothermal Energy (CEGE) on 10th of October, 2013.

Science & Technology: The Case for Drilling at Volcanic Margins Could Boost Geothermal Energy

Probing Magma Reservoirs to Improve Volcano Forecasts (

We rarely measure the key variables operative in the magmatic environment. Despite major advances in geophysics and petrology, more in situ data on subsurface magmas and their surrounding hydrothermal shells are required.

We see an underexplored route to get these data: drill upper crustal magma reservoirs and their peripheries. After drilling, the holes could be used as instrumented observatories.

Among many other possibilities, such data could tell us if the spectacular inflations and deflations of calderas appear as commensurate and synchronous changes in the temperature, pressure, and flow rates of hydrothermal fluids. Or we might track changes during intrusive episodes by observing real-time seismic velocity changes in the materials in between two drill holes (using one as a source and the other as a receiver).

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Turkey: Geothermal Spas Could Boost Health Tourism

Turkish thermal tourism sector eyes 1M tourists (Daily Sabah)

Pamukkale, meaning “cotton castle” in Turkish, is an unreal landscape famous for its white terraces. The terraces are made of travertine.
The Turkish government has started to establish a road map for boosting the thermal tourism sector to allow Turkey to play a leading role in the sector in the region. In this regard, Turkey aims to attract 1 million tourists, according to a report in Turkish daily Akşam.

In an attempt to step up a gear in the health tourism sector, Turkey aims to welcome 1.5 million tourists and 1 million tourists in thermal tourism. The country currently ranks seventh in the world in terms of geothermal potential.

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USA, Nevada: GRC Annual Meeting Location is Only Resort of its Kind in the U.S. Whose Heating is Completely Provided by Geothermal Energy Produced on the Property.

Going green: Peppermill draws geothermal heat from deep beneath its footprint (Northern Nevada Business Weekly)

Location for next year's 42nd GRC Annual Meeting & Expo is heating by geothermal heat

The Peppermill Resort Spa Casino has an advantage most properties lack, which has put it on the leading edge of the sustainability movement.

The casino-resort south of downtown Reno sits over a hot water aquifer.

The owners of the Peppermill, led by the Paganetti family, first tapped into the aquifer in the 1980s to help heat the facility.

"It wasn't like (the extent) we're doing right now, but it was the start of it," said Terrence Spampanato, the vice president-division manager of Pacific Mountain Contractors, which contracts with the Peppermill to manage the geothermal system.

The geothermal wells provide most of the heat for the resort, which has grown from a humble coffee shop a half-century ago into one of Northern Nevada's most successful gaming properties. That includes heating the water for the swimming pool, laundry and plumbing, as well as room heating.

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Nearly 1,000 Attendees from 35 Countries Gather for Geothermal Energy Event

41st GRC Annual Meeting & GEA GeoExpo+ Attracts International Geothermal Industry

Nearly 1,000 attendees from 35 different countries gather for the largest annual meeting of the global geothermal energy community

Click for photos from the
GRC Annual Meeting & GEA GeoExpo+
The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC), one of the world’s premier geothermal energy associations, reports a successful 41st GRC Annual Meeting & GEA GeoExpo+ from October 1 to 4 in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.

At the Opening Session, GRC Annual Meeting Chair Joe Moore welcomed the attendees from 35 different countries and introduced an array of speakers from the regional, national and global energy communities in lively interactive panel sessions.

Utah Governor Gary Herbert addressed a large audience at the meeting’s Opening Session at the Salt Palace Convention Center. “We believe an additional 1,500 megawatts of (geothermal) electrical energy generation can be produced in Utah, and who knows what the future will be with additional technology and advancements on the research? The good news is it’s a continuous, good, clean source of affordable power, which will help us with our baseload needs as we go forward as a country.”

Despite the relative stagnation in the domestic U.S. geothermal energy industry, the event was deemed a success. With more development taking place in international geothermal energy, there was more attendance this year from countries outside of the USA. The numbers tell the story - 638 attendees registered with the GRC for the Annual Meeting including 80 students. The GRC registration also included entry to the Geothermal Energy Association (GEA) GeoExpo+.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Netherlands: Hot Water Tapped at Bergschenhoek Geothermal Greenhouse Project

Eerste warme water omhoog bij Warmtebedrijf Bergschenhoek - First warm water produced at  Bergschenhoek Heat Company (Bloeman Planten)

Huisman’s LOC 400 drilling rig
(Courtesy Huisman)
Na ca. 50 dagen boren, testen en voorbereiden is gisteren het eerste water omhoog gepompt bij Warmtebedrijf Bergschenhoek. Over een paar dagen kan dan vastgesteld worden hoeveel water er naar boven komt en van welke temperatuur dit is. Daarna gaat de boortoren aan de slag met de tweede boring van de retourput.

(From Google Translate) After about 50 days of drilling, testing and preparation, the first water was pumped up at Warmtebedrijf Bergschenhoek yesterday. In a few days, it will be possible to determine how much water is coming up and what temperature it is. Then the drilling rigs start with the second bore of the return batch. 

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Friday, October 20, 2017

Geothermal Energy News from Around the World

Global Geothermal News - Weekly Update

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

Click on the links to view the whole story and other news stories on Global Geothermal News.

USA: Funding Opportunity for Subsurface Geothermal R&D Technologies

DOE Announces SBIR/STTR Funding Opportunity for Subsurface R&D Technologies (News Release)

Up to  $150,000 is available in Phase I, up to $1 Million in Phase II for projects researching Subsurface Permeability Manipulation And Fluid Control 

The Office of Basic Energy Sciences, in collaboration with the Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO), announces a topic in the latest Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) funding opportunity that seeks to develop advanced methods to access the subsurface.

This SBIR/STTR topic seeks applications in subsurface permeability manipulation and fluid control for geothermal energy production. From beneath the surface of the earth, we currently obtain about 80-percent of the energy our nation consumes each year. In the future we have the potential to generate gigawatts of baseload electrical power from domestic geothermal energy sources.

The Department of Energy established the Subsurface R&D initiative to more effectively harness subsurface resources while mitigating the impacts of developing and using these resources. One of the topic areas Subsurface R&D is emphasizing for targeted research and development is permeability manipulation and fluid control.

For additional information regarding the GTO SBIR/STTR topic please click here (topic 18).

Key dates for this SBIR/STTR funding opportunity:
  • October 20: FY18 Phase 1 Release 1 FOA Webinar - Please click here to sign up.
  • October 30: Letters of Intent (LOI) due
  • December 4: Applications due
Additional topics are scheduled to be announced on October 30.
For additional information including the Funding Opportunity Announcement, timelines, and Phase 1 Release 2 topics, please click here.

Kenya: Tender Issued for Bank Support of Geothermal Risk Mitigation Facility for Menengai Project

Menengai power producers to receive financial cushioning (The Star)

Quantam Power East Africa to begin construction of a 35 MW power plant at Menengai in February 2018

The Kenyan government has invited tenders for banks to provide letters of credit to three independent power producers at the Menengai Geothermal Project that will see them cushioned against risks.

The selected lender, under a partial risk guarantee instrument provided for by the African Development Fund, will shelter the three private steam-power generators from risks such as lack of market for the generated electricity as well as political threats.

“The commercial bank to be selected is expected to issue letters of credit to the three companies including Quantam Power East Africa Limited, OrPower22 and Sosian Menengai,” Geothermal Development Company chief executive Johnson Ole Nchoe said in a statement.

This comes after the Energy Regulatory Commission acting director general Pavel Oimeke last month said delays in licensing, financial closure and technical hitches were adversely causing a slowdown in the setting up of power plants by GDC.

Nchoe yesterday lauded Quantam Power East Africa Limited which is the first of the three IPPs to receive a letter of support from the government for the construction of a 35 MW power plant at Menengai. This will give way for the firm to begin construction of the power plant in February 2018.

Turkey: Geothermal Mandarin Drying Facility Recognised for Sustainability

Mandarin Drying Facility Awarded (Seferihisar Municipality)

The geothermal mandarin drying facility of Seferihisar Municipality in Doganbey, a village in the District of Söke, Aydın Province, Turkey, had been awarded as sustainable innovation by Sustainability Academy.

Sustainability Academy presents annual awards to the associations and institutions, which develop innovative projects to be good examples for sustainability. Unlike the previous years, at this fourth year of the competition the projects of local governments had been evaluated.

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Djibouti: Grant Made Available for Surface Geothermal Exploration Study

AUC Signing GRMF Grant Agreement with ODDEG in Djibouti (GRMF)

On 27 September 2017, the African Union Commission (AUC) signed another Geothermal Risk Mitigation Facility (GRMF) grant contract for the Arta surface study project of L’Office Djiboutien de Développement de l'Energie Géothermique (ODDEG) in Djibouti.

The agreement was signed by H.E. Mr. Mohamed Hassan Abdillahi, Secretary General of the Government of Djibouti, and H.E. Dr Amani Abou-Zeid, AU Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy.

The total grant amounts to USD 959,687 and represents 80% of the total cost estimated to USD 1.2 million for the surface study located on a broad valley lying on the Gulf of Tadjoura approximately 30 km east of the Djibouti City.

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Iceland: Reykjavík Seeking to Extend Geothermal Beaches

Geothermal Beaches a Hot Topic (Iceland Review)

Reykjavík City operates the Geothermal beach in Nauthólsvík (Courtesy City of Reykjavík)
The City of Reykjavík will assemble a task force to explore the possibility of utilizing excess hot water to create geothermal beaches at two locations in the city, RÚV reports.

Reykjavík currently has one geothermal beach, located at Nauthólsvík. Hot water is pumped into a man-made lagoon, where it mixes with seawater to create a swimming area between 15-19°C (59-66°F). The beach has changing facilities and showers, as well as steam baths and hot tubs.

A report by Public Utility Company Veitur states that the Nesjavellir Geothermal Power Station produces much more hot water in the summer than is used and has been disposing of the excess water. It would be possible to channel the water to Gufunes and Skarfaklettur in east Reykjavík to create the beaches.

A announcement from the City of Reykjavík states “Thermal beaches at these new locations would undoubtedly have a positive effect on public health, community life, and tourism.”

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Education: How to Address Public Concerns on Geological and Geothermal Energy Projects

Communicating contested geoscience to the public: Moving from ‘matters of fact’ to ‘matters of concern’ (Earth-Science Reviews)

by Iain S.Stewart & Deirdre Lewis

Geological issues are increasingly intruding on the everyday lives of ordinary people. Whether it is the onshore extraction of oil and gas, the subsurface injection of waters for geothermal power or the deep storage of waste products, communities across the world are being confronted with controversial geological interventions beneath their backyards.

Communicating these complex scientific and technical issues is made more challenging by the general public's unfamiliarity with the geological realm. Cognitive studies confirm a cultural dissonance with the subsurface and highlight lay anxieties about tampering with nature. 

In addressing those concerns, factual information is argued to be subordinate to values and beliefs in shaping public perspectives on contested geoscientific issues. In this context, scientists' attention to technical accuracy and their emphasis on professional consensus may do little to influence multiple publics whose worries instead root into their sense of place, trust and governance, as well as equity and ethics. 

With a growing recognition that it is social rather than technical factors that stir public unease and fuel community outrage, geoscientists need to develop new strategies to engage dissonant publics, underpinned by a culture change in geocommunication from conveying ‘matters of fact’ to brokering ‘matters of concern’.

Canada: Interview With Geothermal Scientist, Dr. Jonathan Banks

Using old Alberta oil wells to get energy from (very) hot water (BNN)

Economic and environmental concerns have grown around old oil and gas wells in Alberta. But researchers from the University of Alberta are trying to make lemonade from lemons. They're using the wells to exploit the energy in hot water found kilometres below the surface.

(Video 7:23 Minutes)

USA: News from the Heat Pump Industry

Heat Exchange Industry News (Geothermal Exchange Organization)

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

Headlines and features in this month’s edition include:
  • Utility Support is a Key to the GHP Industry's Future
  • Action Alert - Your Outreach Still Needed for Tax Credits
  • Geo Industry Continues Life Without Tax Credits
  • Pinewood Forest is First Large, All Geo Community in U.S.
The Geothermal Exchange Organization, is a 501(c)(6) non-profit trade association based in Springfield, Illinois, USA that advocates the environmental, energy efficiency and economic benefits of geothermal heat pump systems for heating and cooling applications in residential, commercial, and institutional buildings in the USA.

GEO Industry News (PDF)

USA, California: Meeting Offers Geothermal Energy Industry Chance to Connect With Community Choice Aggregators

Community Choice Energy Summit

November 14-16, 2017, Santa Clara, California, USA

Connect with Community Choice Aggregators: the Hot New Renewable Energy Procurement Market

According to the California Public Utilities Commission, CCAs – Community Choice Aggregators – may be serving up to 85% of state load by the 2020s. Many dozens of counties and municipalities are coalescing to form further CCAs, in addition to the half dozen already up and running.

All these new CCAs must develop clean power procurement strategies appropriate to their local mandates, organize funding, identify key partners (consultants, power brokers and schedulers, project developers, third party aggregators), design and issue RFPs, and learn about evolving PPAs for renewable or low carbon power.

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Science & Technology: 200 Meter Wide Reservoir Revealed Below Old Faithful Geyser

Scientists reveal the ‘plumbing’ found under Old Faithful geyser (Kitsap Sun)

A group of scientists have been examining the “heart” of Old Faithful — Yellowstone National Park’s most famous geyser. These researchers are focused on figuring out exactly what causes this rare geological formation to beat faithfully and forcefully, beginning long before the geyser was discovered in 1870.

University of Utah researchers have finally produced substantial images of the geological anatomy of the geyser, complete with its natural underground ductwork that causes it to flush regularly.

Wu, S.-M., Ward, K. M., Farrell, J., Lin, F.-C., Karplus, M. & Smith, R. B. (2017). Anatomy of Old Faithful from subsurface seismic imaging of the Yellowstone Upper Geyser Basin. Geophysical Research Letters, 44.

Switzerland: Three Day Geothermal Conference for PhD Students in Zurich

9th European Geothermal PhD Days (EGPD)

14-16 March, 2018, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH) Switzerland

Over the time since its inception, the annual EGPD event has come to be known among PhD students from all over Europe, as a place to present their research and in turn, understand the work being developed by their peers at other universities.

The event is organized by PhD students, for PhD students, and is intended to take place in a relaxed and friendly environment. This gives attendees a chance to network with students and academics in order to create and strengthen professional relationships, as well as to practice their presentation skills in a constructive and supportive atmosphere.

Register and submit the abstracts for your presentation. You can contact us at if you should have any questions or need any assistance. We hope to see you there in March 2018!

USA, California: Surprise Valley Hot Springs Geothermal Power Plant to be Installed Next Month

PwrCor, Inc. Closes Private Placement (News Release)

(Courtesy Surprise Valley Hot Springs Resort)
PwrCor, Inc., a cleantech energy technology company launching advanced and disruptive solutions for the Waste Heat to Energy, Geothermal, and Solar Thermal markets, today announced that it has completed the sale of $665,000 of units of the company's securities providing working capital for key company initiatives including a geothermal power plant in Northern California.

"We have successfully passed an important business plan milestone," said Tom Telegades, Chief Executive Officer of PwrCor, Inc. "The capital we raised will allow us to complete PwrCor's first geothermal installation at the Surprise Valley Hot Springs Resort sponsored by the California Energy Commission. The engine has been built to specifications and is currently undergoing testing; customer installation is scheduled in November."

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From the Global Geothermal News archives:

USA: New Geothermal Payor Handbooks Offers Guidance for Royalty Valuation Procedures

New Geothermal Payor Handbooks from the Office of Natural Resources Revenue - U.S. Department of the Interior

The Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR), within the Department of the
Interior, is responsible for ensuring the proper collection, accounting for, and
disbursement of all revenues from Federal geothermal leases to the appropriate

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) administers 245 million acres or one-tenth of America’s land base and 700 million acres of subsurface mineral estate. Other Federal agencies such as the Forest Service and Fish and Wildlife Service also manage some surface lands, while the BLM manages the Federal onshore subsurface.

BLM sets the lease terms such as royalties and rentals while ONRR collects these payments and disburses them to the U.S. Treasury, states, and counties.

The U.S. Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) Geothermal Payor Handbook is divided into two volumes- Geothermal Payor Handbook-Class 1 Leases and Geothermal Payor Handbook- Class 2 & 3 Leases.

In order to know which volume to use, use the diagram above as a short guide for those who need help determining which class of geothermal lease they have.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Iceland: 23 Graduates from Geothermal Training Programme of the United Nations University

Graduation of Fellows 2017 (Geothermal Training Programme of the United Nations University)

The 39th session of the Geothermal Training Programme of the United Nations University (UNU-GTP) closed on Friday 13th of October, with 23 UNU Fellows in the six month specialized courses.  

The Fellows came from 10 countries: China (2), Djibouti (2), El Salvador (1), Ethiopia (3), India (1), Indonesia (3), Kenya (7), Malawi (1),  Tanzania (2), and Vietnam (1).  

The Fellows were trained in: Reservoir Engineering and Borehole Geophysics (6), Geothermal Utilization (5), Geothermal Geology (5), Chemistry of Thermal Fluids (4), and Drilling Technology (3).

USA: Geothermal Can Compete with Solar PV - Ormat Director

Opinionated: Binary Geothermal Gives PV a Run for Its Money (California Current)

By Paul Thomsen‎ (GRC Member), Executive Director, Government and Regulatory Affairs - ‎Ormat Technologies, Inc.

In 2017, for the first time, the combined energy and capacity values of geothermal energy significantly exceeded the value of solar photovoltaic resources in California.

In the first quarter of 2017, geothermal’s wholesale energy value in Southern California was $13.50/MWh greater than solar PV. At the same time, utility estimates of marginal solar PV capacity ratings for the 2018 Resource Adequacy compliance period were between nearly 0 percent and 20 percent, resulting in a capacity value difference of up to $18.50/MWh between geothermal and solar PV.

That means in California today geothermal has a combined energy and capacity value of $32/MWh higher than PV using very conservative assumptions. When you account for geothermal’s ancillary services and operational flexibility, combined values climb to more than $40/MWh higher than solar PV.  These calculations demonstrate that geothermal can compete with solar PV on a net cost basis, even as PV costs continue to decline.

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Science & Technology: Video of Carbon Capture Project at Hellisheiði Geothermal Power Plant

An energy plant with negative CO2 emissions (Quartz)

A geothermal plant in Iceland has achieved negative emissions. It does this partially by turning carbon dioxide into stone.

France: Geothermal District Heating Project Starts Up Near Strasborg

Strasbourg: La géothermie profonde va permettre de chauffer 20.000 foyers - Strasbourg: Deep Geothermal Energy Will Heat 20,000 Homes (20minutes)

(Courtesy Illkirch-Graffenstaden)

Avec le lancement du chantier d’une troisième centrale de géothermie profonde, l’Eurométropole compte parmi les agglomérations françaises où la part des énergies renouvelables est la plus importante…

(From Google Translation) With the launch of a third deep geothermal power plant, the Eurométropole is one of the French cities where the share of renewable energy is the largest ...

Construction has started on a geothermal power plant in Illkirch-Graffenstaden, a suburb of Strasbourg. Led by the Electricité de Strasbourg (ES) group, drilling should reach between 3,500 and 5,000 meters.

Kenya: KenGen to Add 158 MW from Olkaria V Geothermal Plant in Next Two Years

KenGen reports profit rise, to add 158 MW capacity in 2019 (News Release)

Well Cleanout. By Piyush Bakane, Ormat.
Taken in Olkaria, Kenya, summer 2017.
GRC Photo Contest 2017.
Kenya's main electricity generator KenGen plans to add 158 megawatts to the grid in the next two years from its planned Olkaria V geothermal plant, it said on Wednesday, after reporting a slight rise in annual pre-tax profit.

Pre-tax profit edged up 2 percent to 11.53 billion shillings ($112 million) for the year to June 30, as higher interest income offset a drop in revenue.

The company has an installed generating capacity of 1,631 MW and aims to add another 721 MW of electricity generating capacity between this year and 2022 at a cost of $2 billion, with most of the energy coming from geothermal sources.

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USA: Ormat Technologies Importing Parts for Geothermal Power Plant

Out of the box: ZIM Carried a special of Geothermal Power Plant unit for Ormat Technologies (American Journal of Transportation)

Zim Luanda, operating on ZIM Container Service Atlantic (ZCA), carried a special consignment of parts for a geothermal power plant for Ormat Technologies Ltd.

The units, each 21 Meters long and weighing 27 Tons, were handled by ZIM’s special cargo experts team. The shipment arrived at New York last week and onward by land to its final destination.

ZIM specializes in handling special cargo with complex operational needs. ZIM’s experts oversee all aspects of shipping throughout the voyage, ensuring the cargo’s fast and safe arrival to its destinations.

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Serbia: Vranskja Banja Geothermal Heat & Power Plant Could be Commissioned Next Year

KS Orka - Serbia´s first geothermal power plant (LinkedIn)

Eiríkur Bragason, CEO at KS Orka

KS Orka aims for commissioning the first geothermal power plant in Serbia in 2018. 

The plant will be a combined heat- and power plant operated in the area of Vranskja Banja in south Serbia. 

The electricity will be provided to the local grid and the heat to the neighboring hospital facility.

From the Global Geothermal News archives:

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Canada: Geothermal Energy Employment Prospects Better than Hydro

Geothermal Would Create 15 Times More Permanent Jobs Than Site C, Panel Told As BCUC Hearings Draw to Close (DeSmog Canada)

Opportunities provided by 21st century renewables, such as geothermal, wind and solar, have either been ignored or the costs over-inflated in BC Hydro documents justifying construction of the Site C dam, the B.C. Utilities Commission Site C Panel was told by presenters during two days of technical briefings.

Speaker after speaker pinpointed holes and inaccuracies in BC Hydro’s math, claiming the bottom line was skewed in favour of building the $8.8-billion dollar dam on the Peace River.

Geothermal power projects are thriving in Oregon and Idaho and the geology does not instantly change at the B.C. border, said Alison Thompson, chair of the Canadian Geothermal Energy Association (CanGEA), pointing to the number of hot springs and drilled natural gas wells in the province, which indicate the presence of geothermal resources.

“So, how much has BC Hydro spent in the last 15 years in exploratory drilling for geothermal resources?” she asked. “We believe this number to be zero.”

Global: GRC Provides The Latest Developments in Geothermal Energy

2017 GRC Annual Meeting Presentations

Some of the presentations from the 2017 GRC Annual Meeting held in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.

Maria Richards, President of the Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) and Joe Greco, President of the Geothermal Energy Association (GEA) address the Opening Session of the GRC Annual Meeting & GEA GeoExpo+ in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA on October 2.
GRC Opening Session Presentation
GRC International Luncheon
GRC International Session

Germany: Geothermal Energy Exhibition in Munich

Ausstellung „Geothermie – Wärme und Strom aus dem Erdinneren“ - Exhibition "Geothermal Energy - Heat and Electricity from the Earth's Interior" (IGA)

16 October – 15 December 2017
Zentrum für Energie und Information, Munich, Germany

Organised by the Geothermal-Alliance Bavaria

Denmark: Additional Injector Well Drilled at 7 MWth Thisted Geothermal Plant

Danish geothermal well successfully completed (News Release)

Geothermal well Thisted-5 completed October 2017

The Thisted-5 geothermal well has just been successfully drilled and completed to a depth of 1,170 metres. Throughout the project, WellPerform, based in Copenhagen, had the leading role as project manager overseeing the engineering work and onsite supervision. Thisted-5 is the first well to be drilled and completed after the release of the geothermal licenses by DONG in 2010. The organisation was set up with Thisted Varmeforsyning as sole operator, WellPerform and Pro-Invest as Technical Advisors.

Thisted Geothermal Plant has an existing doublet (producer and injector pair) that has delivered heat for the district heating since 1984. Thisted-5 will be used as an additional injector well, which will allow for increased water production from the producer.

Germany: Company Uses 56 Degree Celsius Geothermal Waters to Heat Factory

Power from the own harvest (KfW Group)

Heat energy from the earth warms the factory halls at Wipotec

The founder and Managing Director of Wipotec, a world-leading provider of weighing technology,  Mr Düppre, an engineer by profession and still developing weighing technology, discovered a new field of activity: renewable energies. Yet, bucking the trend, he did not focus on potential above the ground, like solar or wind energy, but instead went below the earth:

"For me, geothermal energy at 1,500 to 1,800 metres below the surface is the energy source of the future."

It seems expensive, but Mr Düppre hired a firm from the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate, which does without a large drilling rig for such medium-deep geothermal probes and gets by with a lorry as the platform. When looking for funding, Mr Düppre also stumbled upon KfW's "Renewable Energies - Premium" programme: "Without it, we wouldn't have achieved all this."

"All this", at Wipotec, is quite a bit. Beside one of the factory halls there is a concrete cover in the ground. Beneath it there is a pipe that goes 1,500 metres into the sandstone. There, the temperature is 56 degrees. Water flows down through a pipe, is heated, and then returns to the earth's surface at 30 degrees. This runs all of the underfloor heating that is installed in all of the buildings – across a total of 18,000 square metres.

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Taiwan: 11 MW Wujie Geothermal Power Project to be Completed by 2025

Geothermal holds huge promise (Taipei Times)

A comprehensive exploratory survey carried out by researchers estimated that Taiwan has a total geothermal power potential of up to 714 MW.

In April, the Environmental Protection Administration announced that Taiwan’s first geothermal power plant would be built in the Lize Industrial Zone in Yilan County’s Wujie Township (五結). It is estimated that, after construction is completed in 2025, the plant’s electric power generation capacity could reach 11 MW, so that it could supply 800 gigawatt-hours of electricity annually.

According to the plan, 11 geothermal wells are to be drilled in the industrial zone. The plant will use advanced geothermal power generation technology that extracts heat without extracting water. That is to say that water is injected deep into the earth, where it is heated to a high temperature before being circulated through a boiler, heating water in the boiler pipes to produce water vapor that drives a turbine to generate electricity.

This method avoids excessive consumption of geothermal resources, thus continuously sustaining the geothermal power plant’s operating efficiency.

USA, California: Wildfire Near The Geysers Geothermal Field Being Contained

Northern California Wildfires - Update

8:30 am Tuesday, October 17

The Pocket fire, burning to the south-west of The Geysers geothermal field, is now 58% contained. The fire continues to progress to the north. Crews continue to make progress and increase containment.

In all, 41 people have been killed by the wildfires in Northern California - this figure is expected to rise.

There are reports that some GRC Members and others in the geothermal community have lost their homes. Latest Information.........

Our hearts go out to those affected by the devastating 2017 North Bay fires. Redwood Credit Union (RCU), in partnership with the RCU Community Fund, Inc., The Press Democrat, and Senator Mike McGuire, is now accepting financial donations to assist fire victims and aid relief efforts. 100% of your tax-deductible donations will go directly to support those affected. More Information.........

Monday, October 16, 2017

Canada: Abandoned Oil Well to be Used for Geothermal Energy

Geothermal well repurposing project moving ahead (Devon Dispatch)

A project being undertaken by Alberta Geothermal to repurpose suspended oil wells, instead using them to generate geothermal energy. The success of the project could account for 20 per cent of the province's GHG reduction commitments under the Paris Accord.

Alberta Geothermal has already met with Devon town council to discuss setting up their operations in Devon and the surrounding area.

Since Alberta Geothermal has already conducted preliminary research and testing, the following meeting with the premier's office will be held to iron out details, secure necessary licensing and figure out the project's next steps.

USA, California: 43rd Anniversary of the Stanford Geothermal Workshop - Abstracts Due Tomorrow

Stanford Geothermal Workshop - Abstract submissions will close on Tuesday 17th October 2017

February 12-14, 2018, Stanford, California

The goals of the conference are to bring together engineers, scientists and managers involved in geothermal reservoir studies and developments; provide a forum for the exchange of ideas on the exploration, development and use of geothermal resources; and to enable prompt and open reporting of progress. We strongly encourage all scientists and engineers involved in geothermal reservoir technology to attend the workshop.

Topics: Papers will be presented on recent research relating to geothermal reservoirs including:
  • Case Studies: reservoir response to production, effects of injection, scaling characteristics
  • Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS): current and future activities
  • Engineering Techniques: reservoir simulation, empirical methods, well tests, tracers
  • Field Management: strategies for exploitation, injection, scale inhibition
  • Exploration: geophysics, geochemistry, geology, heat flow studies, outflows
  • Drilling and Well Bore Flows: well stimulation, bore flow modeling, hydro-fracturing, scaling
  • Low Enthalpy Systems: applications of heat pumps, hot dry rock technology
  • Geosciences: application of geophysics, geochemistry, thermodynamics and fluid mechanics.

Kenya: Geothermal Heat Used to Dry Maize at Menengai

Utilization of the geothermal resources for drying grains in Kenya (Matís)

(Courtesy Wikipedia Commons)
A new and very interesting project is in its initial phase and takes advantage of how Iceland has used geothermal energy for drying. The project is headed by Matís, an Icelandic Food and Biotech R&D institute, but in partnership with the Geothermal Development Company (GDC) in Kenya. The project receives funding from the Icelandic Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Nordic Development Fund (NDF).

The project overall objective is to market by demonstration the substitution of carbon releasing fuels with geothermal energy in drying of major food product in Kenya, namely maize (over 3 million tons annually) where oil is currently the major energy source. This, if adopted at commercial scale will contribute to the global reduction of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions and better control of the drying process.

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Indonesia: 500 kW Lahendong Organic Rankine Cycle Geothermal Power Plant Commissioned

Commissioning of the geothermal low-temperature demonstration power plant in Lahendong, Indonesia (GFZ)

The first geothermal low-temperature demonstration power plant in Indonesia has been successfully commissioned in the Lahendong geothermal field near Pangolombian, North Sulawesi. The demonstration plant is now in test-operation.

The concept of the demonstration power plant has been developed by the Helmholtz Centre Potsdam – GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences in collaboration with the Indonesian project partners BPPT (Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology) and PGE (Pertamina Geothermal Energy).

The Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) demonstration plant is designed to cool down part of the unused geothermal brine from 170°C to 140°C and thus generate electricity. During the test-operation, the temperature of the geothermal fluid is 145°C, which results in an electric power output of approx. 300 kW. In normal operation, an electrical capacity of up to 500 kW shall be reached.

The research and demonstration operation of the low-temperature power plant is to be continued under the leadership of the GFZ until the middle of 2018. The demonstration plant will then be handed over to an Indonesian partner organization.

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Australia: Winton Geothermal Power Plant to Open in December

Town will soon start to run on hot water (The Australian)

Richard Sheedy, a Winton Shire Council engineer, at a bore head where hot artesian water comes out of the ground. Picture: John Elliott
Winton is best known for its abundance of dinosaur fossils but there is something else below the surface drawing attention to the iconic outback town — the harnessing of geothermal energy.

In a pioneering move, Winton Shire Council is on the verge of opening Australia’s largest geothermal energy plant, which will power the town’s key council buildings and potentially the whole community, bringing savings of up to $15 million in energy consumption.

Set to open in December, the Winton geothermal power plant, designed by the consultancy Local Government Infrastructure Services, will avoid changing the geological or chemical composition of water supplies in the region, by using hot water from existing bores which is converted into a sustainable long-term energy source.

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From the Global Geothermal News archives:

USA, California: GRC Board Member Reports from the Geysers Geothermal Field

VIDEO: Officials say Pocket and Tubbs fires not currently threatening Lake County (Lake County News)

In an effort to better illustrate the distance of the fires Tubbs and Pocket fires from Lake County, on Saturday afternoon, District 1 Supervisor Moke Simon and Calpine Director of Engineering Tim Conant - a GRC Board Member -hosted Lake County News on a tour through The Geysers geothermal steamfield, which stretches across 45 square miles in southern Lake County and Northern Sonoma County.

From the ridges in the steamfield, the smoke from both fires was clearly visible, with tankers flying through the Pocket fire area.

Both Brown and Conant explained that the Pocket fire would have to turn around, cross several ridges, hillsides and creeks, and the burn scars or both the Valley fire and last year’s Sawmill fire to reach Lake County.

In the case of the Tubbs fire, the winds were blowing the smoke and the fire away from Lake County.

In the video abelow, they explain the situation and point out the fires’ locations in relation to Lake County.

(Video: 5:26 Minutes)

Friday, October 13, 2017

Geothermal Energy News from Around the World

Global Geothermal News - Weekly Update

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

Click on the links to view the whole story and other news stories on Global Geothermal News.

USA, Utah: Video of the Milford Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE) Project

'FORGING' New Geothermal Technologies: Part One (Utah Governor's Office of Energy Development)

Since 2015, the University of Utah's Energy & Geoscience Institute, Utah Governor's Office of Energy Development and other key partners have been leading an effort through the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE) program to develop an innovative underground geothermal laboratory near Milford, UT. 

In 2016, the DOE announced $29 million in phase 2 funding for the University of Utah and Sandia National Laboratories in Nevada. Each team has until Spring 2018 to fully instrument, characterize and permit candidate sites for an underground laboratory to conduct cutting-edge research on EGS.

Italy: Algae as Food Supplement Grown Using Geothermal Heat

First greenhouse for algae cultivation heated by geothermal plant launches today (EGEC)

A new greenhouse heated by geothermal energy for the cultivation of Spirulina, a type of algae which is highly nutritious and rich in iron and protein, launches today in Chiusdino, Italy. The innovative pilot project is the first example of geothermal heat supplied by a nearby geothermal power plant and used for Spirulina cultivation.

The greenhouse will use both geothermal heat and carbon-free CO2 from the adjacent geothermal power plant, a product of the geothermal energy production process and a substitute for natural emissions, useful for fostering the cultivation of algae. The project, which is part of an agreement between ENEL Green Power and Co.Svi.G. for experimenting on the uses of geothermal energy in algae cultivation signed earlier this year, aims to demonstrate the possibility of developing high-value commercial cultivation near existing geothermal power plants, therefore increasing the economic impact associated with geothermal energy.

Europe: Conference on Near-surface Geothermal Resources in the Alps

GRETA Midterm Conference

7 November 2017, Salzburg, Austria

The GRETA project aims to demonstrate the potential of Near-surface Geothermal Energy (NSGE) in the Alpine Space and to share knowledge to encourage the integration of this technology into future energy plans. The objective is to contribute to the energetic transition by valorising this renewable energy which is sometimes forgotten and adapt it to the specific stakes of the Alpine area.

The 12 project partners and observers will gather on the invitation of GBA (Geological Survey of Austria) in Salzburg on Tuesday 7 November. With representatives of the public authorities and technicians, they will discuss, amongst other:
  • The chances and challenges for NSGE in the Alpine Space (NSGE mapping, legal requirements…)
  • The project results in the case study areas (Davos - CH, Sonthofen - DE, Leogang - AUT, Parc des Bauges - FR, Cerkno - SLO, Aosta - IT).
The consortium of the project is composed of advanced research center (POLITO, EURAC, University of Basel, Technical University of Munich), National geological survey (of Austria - GBA, Solvenia - GeoZS, France - BRGM), territorial authorities (ARPA Valle d'Aosta, Regione Lombardia, Climate Alliance), and business orientated organisations that promote geothermal solutions (INDURA, Triple-S). They have been working together for a year and a half, using their synergies and are well placed to propose innovative tools (with high scientific added value like potential mapping or socially inventive like regarding the stakeholder engagement).

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USA, Nevada: 20 Parcels of BLM Geothermal Leases On Sale

Notice of Competitive Geothermal Internet Lease Sale (BLM Nevada)

October 24, 8-9 am PST, online at

In accordance with the Geothermal Steam Act, and the BLM regulations at 43 CFR 3200, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is offering 20 parcels for internet-based competitive sale of certain Federal lands containing 38,208.46 acres in the State of Nevada for geothermal leasing.

For more information, contact Jonathan Estrella, Land Law Examiner at (775) 861-6453.

Netherlands: Geothermal District Heating Project Re-started in The Hague

First geothermal station in The Hague in 2018 (News Release)

The green light was given on 7 October for the so-called Haagse Aardwarmtecentrale Leyweg (HAL). Starting next year this geothermal station will supply power to homes in The Hague Southwest.

Cross section under The Hague site. (Courtesy HAL)

The HAL will supply sustainable energy to The Hague Southwest as of 2018 from wells lying more than 2,000 metres under the ground. Between now and the coming 5 years at least 4 geothermal stations will become operational in The Hague. This number will increase to more than 10 stations in the future. Thanks to The Hague’s location, the power can be found just beneath the earth’s surface and this geothermal energy is an excellent source of alternative energy.

The geothermal project in The Hague Southwest is being restarted. The company Haagse Aardwarmte Leyweg (HAL) took over the 2 geothermal wells drilled in 2010 to supply sustainable power to homes in Southwest. The HAL is the first urban-based geothermal station in The Hague and in the Netherlands and is therefore unique.