Friday, June 14, 2019

Geothermal Event! Program Now Available - Registration is Open

GRC Annual Meeting & Expo - Program


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

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

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

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

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

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

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From the Global Geothermal News archives:

Geothermal Energy News from Around the World

Global Geothermal News - Weekly Update (Geothermal Resources Council)


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

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


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

GRC Annual Meeting & Expo - Registration Now Open!


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

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

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

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

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Germany: Croatian Company Helps Build Holzkirchen Geothermal Project

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

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

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

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

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


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Kenya: Geothermal Power Plant Featured on New Bank Note

Kenya releases new series of bank notes (Coin World)


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


From the Global Geothermal News archives:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Global: Nominations Deadline for International Geothermal Awards is Today

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

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

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

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

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

Europe: New Board at European Geothermal Energy Council

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

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

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

Indonesia: Bali Could Again Consider a Geothermal Power Plant

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

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

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

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

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USA, Idaho: Geothermal Heat Aids Insect Farming

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Finance: Widespread Adoption of Renewable Energy Technologies Creates Employment Opportunities

Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review 2019 (IRENA)

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


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

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

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

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

Geothermal Production Technician - Mercury

Applications close 26th June at 5pm.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

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

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


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

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

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

Europe: Geothermal Energy Organization Has New Website

Geo-Energy Europe launches website


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

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Kenya: Consultancy Opportunity on Generating Electricity from Surplus Geothermal Brine

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

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

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

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

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

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Global: Nominations Deadline for International Geothermal Awards is This Week

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, June 10, 2019

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

BLM Geothermal Lease Sale in Nevada (BLM)

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

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

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

USA: Electricity from Coal is Surpassed by Renewable Energy

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, June 7, 2019

USA, California: Hot Springs Conference in Palm Springs

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

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

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

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

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

Geothermal Energy News from Around the World

Global Geothermal News - Weekly Update (Geothermal Resources Council)


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Thursday, June 6, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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From the Global Geothermal News archives:

Indonesia: Turbine Parts Delivered to Muara Laboh Geothermal Power Plant Project

Bolloré completes Muara Laboh work (Heavy Lift)

Bolloré Logistics has coordinated 50 shipments for Sumitomo Corporation’s Muara Laboh geothermal power plant project in West Sumatra, Indonesia.

In total, Bolloré handled the delivery of 15,000 freight tons of cargo, including a 95-ton (86.2-tonne) generator stator and a 65-ton (59-tonne) turbine rotor. Critical equipment was shipped from the port of Yokohama, Japan to Padang, Indonesia. Other origin ports were located in China, South Korea, Malaysia, Europe and the USA.

Located 150 km away from Padang port, Bolloré overcame steep, winding roads to access the project site; the company completed its first road surveys in 2016, prior to the project’s start date in 2018.

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From the Global Geothermal News archives;

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

USA: Geothermal Technologies Office Update Webinar

Register Now for GTO's Second Quarterly Update of 2019 (DOE/EERE/GTO)

Wednesday, June 19, 2019. 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET

The Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO) is excited to announce its second Quarterly Update of 2019, presented by GTO Director Dr. Susan Hamm on June 19, 2019. The webinar will focus on keeping the geothermal community fully updated on progress at the U.S. Department of Energy, with Dr. Hamm highlighting ongoing efforts within GTO.

This Quarterly Update will include:
The webinar will close with a Q&A session open to all attendees.

Register: GTO Quarterly Update webinar

Feel free to submit questions ahead of the Quarterly Update via the GTO mailbox. Please email questions to DOE.Geothermal@ee.doe.gov with the subject line “Q2 Question.”

USA: A Visual Representation of Energy Flow in the U.S.

Energy, Water, and Carbon Informatics (LLNL)


Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) produced the first diagrams illustrating U.S. national commodity use in the mid-1970s. The most widely recognized of these charts is the U.S. energy flow chart.

Flow charts, also referred to as Sankey Diagrams, are single-page references that contain quantitative data about resource, commodity, and byproduct flows in a graphical form. These flow charts help scientists, analysts, and other decision makers to visualize the complex interrelationships involved in managing our nation’s resources.

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Latin America: Webinar Discussion on Geothermal Potential in Chile and Argentina

Webinar - Geothermal in the Southern Cone: The New Frontier? (New Energy Events)

Thursday, June 13, 2019 7:00 AM - 7:45 AM PDT

In the build-up to the 2019 Geothermal Congress for Latin America and the Caribbean (GEOLAC), we invite you to join us for a complimentary webinar focused on the future for geothermal in Chile and Argentina.

Despite the existence of a substantial resource in both countries, only one project – Cerro Pabellon in Chile – has made it to market. Both governments, however, are placing a new emphasis on geothermal in their resource planning.

  • How is that emphasis reflected in policy?
  • What are the terms of engagement for private sector investors?
  • How active are the DFIs and what programs are available to support the public and private sector in both markets?
  • Is there a future for direct use geothermal?

Join us and our GEOLAC co-hosts at the World Bank, the IDB, and the Governments of Chile and Argentina as we set the stage for GEOLAC 2019.

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The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) is a Lead Content Partner of the event.

Science & Technology: Geothermal District Heating Networks Produce Little Carbon - Study

Life cycle assessment of the carbon intensity of deep geothermal heat systems: A case study from Scotland

Alistair T.McCay et al, School of Engineering, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom 

Deep geothermal energy is widely recognised as a source of low carbon heat. However, to date there have been no specific assessment of the carbon intensity of low-enthalpy deep geothermal; previous studies focussed on geothermal power or higher enthalpy heat. As such, there is no established method for assessing the CO2 emissions from implementing a deep geothermal heating scheme. Here we address these gaps.

We perform a life cycle assessment of greenhouse gas emissions relating to a deep geothermal heat system to (i) calculate the carbon intensity of geothermal heat; (ii) identify key factors affecting these values; (iii) consider the carbon abated if geothermal heat substitutes conventional heating; and (iv) present information that future projects can apply to assess the carbon emissions reduction offered by geothermal heat development.

Our work is informed by parameters from a feasibility study for a proposed geothermal heat system in Banchory, Scotland. The project planned a 2.5 MWth geothermal plant extracting heat from the Hill of Fare granite via two boreholes, one injection and one production. We find that the majority of the emissions are associated with site construction, and sensitive to site and materials specific factors, for example the depth of the drilled boreholes and type and quantities of steel and cement used to seal them, or soils disturbed for laying pipelines and constructing access roads. During operation the carbon intensity of the electricity grid used to power hydraulic pumps largely determines the carbon intensity of the produced heat.

We calculate that the carbon intensity of the heat produced is 9.7–14.0 kg(CO2e) MWhth which is 4.9–7.3% of the emissions from heat from natural gas. These values are compatible with Scotland's plans for long term decarbonisation of heat in line with national emission reduction obligations and would likely be compatible with any country's decarbonisation goals.

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Life cycle assessment of the carbon intensity of deep geothermal heat systems: A case study from Scotland, by Alistair T.McCay. Science of The Total Environment, Volume 685, 1 October 2019, Pages 208-219. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.05.311

Colombia: Annual Meeting of the National Geothermal Association to be Held in November

4th National Geothermal Conference - RENAG - Colombian Geothermal Association (AGEOCOL) 

25-28 November 2019, Medellín, Colombia

National and international companies, researchers, undergraduate and graduate students and investors are invited to attend the most stimulating meeting in Colombia on geothermal collaboration and impact of the research that will be sponsored this year by the University of Medellín.

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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

USA: Department of Commerce Suggests R&D Into Sourcing Critical Materials from Geothermal Brine

Department of Commerce Releases Report on Critical Minerals (News Release)

The Department Sets 24 Goals to Safeguard American Access to Crucial Commodities

Report includes suggestion for R&D into "unconventional sources (minerals obtained from sources such as mine tailings, coal byproducts, extraction from seawater, and geothermal brines)"

Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce released the interagency report that was submitted to the President pursuant to Executive Order 13817, A Federal Strategy to Ensure Secure and Reliable Supplies of Critical Minerals. The report contains a government-wide action plan, including recommendations to advance research and development efforts, increase domestic activity across the supply chain, streamline permitting, and grow the American critical minerals workforce.

This release follows a previous report from the Department of Interior, also required by the executive order, which designated 35 mineral commodities considered critical to the economic and national security of the United States, including uranium, titanium, and rare earth elements.

These critical minerals are necessary components for countless items relied on by millions of Americans, including smartphones, aircraft, computers, and GPS navigation systems, as well as green technologies such as wind turbines, energy efficient lighting, and hybrid vehicle batteries.

Global: Nominations Deadline for International Geothermal Awards is Next Week

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

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

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

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

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

USA, Nevada: Silver State to Survey for More Geothermal Resources

New Clean Energy Laws for Nevada (KTVN)

There are several new laws involving clean energy to come out of this latest session of the Nevada Legislature, as well as some studies that will help lay the groundwork for legislation in the future. 

Lawmakers passed a bill to increase Nevada's renewable portfolio; at least half the energy used in the the state will have to come from clean energy sources by the year 2030.

NV SCR1 calls for an interim study of renewable and clean energy resources. Sponsors hope to take advantage of more of the state's geothermal resources.

"The geothermal survey is going to be huge because expanding geothermal is going to be a game changer in diversifying our economy," said Senator Pat Spearman, District 1. "Having  access to geothermal in the spaces we've already disturbed the land, if you will - old mines -  and then putting on renewable energy plants, I think that's going to be a game changer because advanced manufacturing loves geothermal; it reduces the cost of operations so, so much, so keep an eye out for that."

USA: Support team Announced for Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy

Science and Technology Analysis Team Formed for FORGE Initiative (DOE/EERE/GTO)

As part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE) initiative, a diverse group of experts has been formed to support the Utah FORGE team. The Science and Technology Analysis Team (STAT) convened for the first time in April in Salt Lake City and in addition to members of STAT, personnel from DOE and the Utah FORGE team were also in attendance. This meeting served as a powerful reminder of the potential of the FORGE initiative to advance enhanced geothermal systems (EGS) to a place of commercial readiness. Initial public outputs of the meeting will be the release of the first round of FORGE research and development (R&D) funding opportunity announcements, scheduled for later in calendar year 2019.

Since April, the STAT has been providing technical guidance to ensure that the Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO)’s objectives are considered and incorporated into the execution of FORGE and R&D. Specifically, the STAT is assessing R&D needs in accordance with GTO roadmaps and goals, working to establish technical baseline information and performance specifications, and reviewing ongoing site characterization and monitoring efforts. Additionally, the team is developing topics for recurring FORGE R&D solicitations, providing guidance for review and selection of R&D projects, and developing out-year R&D strategies. The STAT will also assess the progress and results of R&D technology and techniques implemented at FORGE and provide input to the Utah FORGE team for the development of annual reports.

FORGE – GTO’s flagship initiative – will be a dedicated site where the subsurface science and engineering community will be able to develop, test and improve new technologies and techniques directed at the development of EGS.

The STAT is comprised of the following members:

  • Doug Blankenship (Chair) – Sandia National Laboratories
  • Joseph Morris (Vice Chair) – Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • Kate Baker – Independent Consultant
  • Stephen Hickman – U.S. Geological Survey
  • Mack Kennedy – Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • George King – GEK Engineering PLLC
  • Ernest Majer – Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Affiliate
  • Jean-Claude Roegiers – Independent Consultant
  • Eric Sonnenthal – Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • Herbert Wang – University of Wisconsin, Madison
The Geothermal Technologies Office would like to thank the University of Utah team and the STAT members for their hard work and leadership. Their contributions serve as a powerful reminder of the potential of advancing EGS to a place of commercial readiness through this groundbreaking initiative.

Monday, June 3, 2019

USA: DOE to Fund International Geothermal Research and Development Consortium

Energy Department Announces $2 Million to Advance Collaborative Geothermal Research through New International Partnership (News Release)

Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced it will contribute up to $2 million in available funding through a joint Call for Proposals to advance geothermal research and development through a new partnership with more than a dozen European countries.

As part of its membership with GEOTHERMICA – a transnational consortium that combines financial resources and research expertise to demonstrate and validate novel concepts in geothermal energy use – the U.S. geothermal community will be able to collaborate directly with European partners on shared research projects that leverage valuable data, field site access, and extensive expertise in geothermal research and development. European researchers will likewise benefit from shared learning with American counterparts.

Geothermal Event! Technical Session Schedule Released

Preliminary Technical Session Schedule at GRC Annual Meeting & Expo

The Geothermal Resources Council has released a preliminary schedule for the Technical Sessions at the GRC Annual Meeting & Expo on 16-18 September at the Palm Springs Convention Center, Palm Springs, California, USA. Registration will open shortly.




Belgium: Two Geothermal Workshops at EU Sustainable Energy Week

Geothermal Energy: Meeting Financial and Technical Challenges (TWI Ltd., Geological Survey of Austria, EGEC)

Wednesday 19 June 14.00 - 15.30, Brussels, Belgium

The workshop therefore, aims to create awareness about the maturation of the geothermal energy and its value to usher a clean and sustainable energy future whilst highlighting the environmental, financial and technical challenges and associated advancements in tapping this natural resource. Recent developments in identification of these challenges and their solutions, undertaken in the framework of different European funded projects on geothermal energy, will be presented. Agenda........

Geothermal Energy: The Regional Approach (Scottish Enterprise)

Thursday, 20 June, 09.00 – 13.00, Brussels, Belgium
Free Registration



Geothermal energy has enormous potential as a renewable energy source. Although currently in its early stages, it is expected that geothermal will play an important role in the shift towards a fossil-free society. The regions of Tuscany, Scotland, Cleantech Region Netherlands and Arnhem Nijmegen, along with other European regions, have established a transnational European Smart Specialisation (S3) partnership in order to further develop geothermal techniques, share knowledge and work with the European Commission on common challenges in the field of geothermal energy.

In order to kick off the S3 collaboration, this workshop will highlight best practice, explore technical and social issues concerning geothermal drilling and consider the possibility of collaboration. Register.........

Germany: Shares in Landau Geothermal Power Plant to be Sold

Daldrup & Söhne AG intends to sell shares in Landau geothermal power plant and Geysir Europe (News Release)

The drilling technology and geothermal specialist Daldrup & Söhne AG has agreed a binding term-sheet with IKAV Group represented by Luxemburger Fonds IKAV Invest S.à r.l. on the acquisition of shares in Geothermiekraftwerk Landau and Geysir Europe GmbH.

As a first step IKAV intends to acquire 49.9 percent of the shares in Geox GmbH, the operating company of the Landau geothermal power plant. The agreement also includes the intended acquisition of 48.9 percent of the shares in Geysir Europe GmbH, including the project companies with the exception of Geothermie Neuried GmbH & Co. KG. The total transaction price is expected to be approximately EUR 5.2 million. The closing of the transactions is scheduled for 15 June 2019.

A separate agreement is being sought for the Taufkirchen geothermal power plant.

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Philippines: Local Tribe Grants 25 Year Operation at Mt Apo Geothermal Power Plants

Mt. Apo’s Manobo tribe gets royalty from power plants’ operation (Inquirer Mindanao)

With tribe leaders imploring their ancestors to bless the project site for the next quarter century, the Manobo people at the foot of Mt. Apo have allowed a power company to continue operating two geothermal plants in their ancestral domain.

In exchange for royalty from the company’s operation, the Manobo tribe granted Energy Development Corp. (EDC) free rein to tap geothermal energy in the area for the next 25 years, or until 2044.

Madadma has ancestral domain over the site, where the 52-megawatt Mindanao 1 Geothermal Partnership (M1GP) and the 54-MW Mindanao 2 Geothermal Partnership (M2GP) plants are located at Barangay Ilomavis.

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