Monday, September 26, 2016

Africa: 7 GW of Geothermal Energy Projects to be Funded by COP 21

COP21 to account 240 renewable appetite projects in Africa (SeeNews Renewables)

Ségolène Royal, President of the COP 21 climate change process has announced the funding of 45 GW of renewable energy projects in Africa including 7 GW of geothermal energy.


The list, representing a capacity of about 45 GW of renewable power, includes 62 solar energy projects with a combined capacity of 6 GW, 16 projects for a total of 5 GW of wind energy, 13 projects or 7 GW of geothermal energy, 58 hydroelectricity projects  (20 GW), 35 projects combining more than one technology (1 GW ) and 4 national strategies for adding 8 GW solar and wind energy.

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Indonesia: Government Wants 7,200 Megawatts of Geothermal Energy by 2025

Indonesia struggles to tap volcano power (The Manila Times)

(Courtesy CIA.gov)
The Indonesian government is aiming to increase Indonesia’s geothermal generating capacity to around 7,200 megawatts by 2025, as part of a broader plan to boost the renewables sector, which would likely make it the world’s top producer of the power source.

A major part of the drive is a law passed two years ago that means geothermal exploration is no longer considered mining activity, as it was previously.

The old definition had held up the industry as mining cannot be carried out in the country’s vast tracts of protected forests, believed to contain about two-thirds of Indonesia’s geothermal reserves.

The government is also seeking to sweeten local administrations — which had sometimes resisted the construction of the steam-belching facilities — by offering them up to one percent of revenue from any geothermal plant in their area.

Abadi Poernomo, chief of the Indonesian Geothermal Association, which represents companies involved in the sector, is upbeat about future prospects: “A lot of investors from abroad are coming to Indonesia with the intent to develop geothermal”.

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USA, California: Another Wildfire Threatens The Geysers Geothermal Field

Wildfire Prompts Mandatory Evacuations Near Cloverdale (KGO)

The Sawmill Fire, burning 10 miles east of Cloverdale (Sonoma County) is now 1500 acres and 20% contained. Mandatory evacuations in place and there are road closures. - Latest Information.......


Firefighters are battling a wildfire near Cloverdale in unincorporated Sonoma County Sunday afternoon that has prompted mandatory evacuations.

The wildfire burned at least 500 acres earlier and quickly grew to 1,500 acres shortly after 6:00 p.m.

Officials said the wildfire broke out at 11 a.m. near Geysers and Geysers Resort roads, just 10 miles east of Cloverdale.

At least 36 homes have been evacuated since flames broke out. No injuries have been reported and no structures have been damaged or destroyed at this time, Cal Fire Capt. Tiffany Mercado said.

The nearest Geothermal power plants to the fire are McCabe (Geysers Unit 14), Sulphur Spring (Geysers Unit 14) and Cobb Creek (Geysers Unit 12).

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Sunday, September 25, 2016

USA, California: Registration Now Open for Courses on Transport of Unsaturated Groundwater and Heat (TOUGH)

TOUGH Training Courses (LBNL)


The TOUGH (Transport of Unsaturated Groundwater and Heat) Steering Committee is preparing a set of TOUGH Short Courses to be offered October 31 - November 9, 2016.

TOUGH2, TOUGHREACT, iTOUGH2, and TREACTMECH will be offered at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, California, by members of the TOUGH development team.

  • TOUGH2 Beginner's Short Course
    October 31 - November 2, 2016 (ends at noon on Wednesday)
  • TOUGHREACT Short Course
    November 2 - 4, 2016 (begins at 1:00 pm on Wednesday)
  • iTOUGH2 Short Course
    November 2 - 4, 2016 (begins at 1:00 pm on Wednesday)
  • TREACTMECH Short Course
    November 7 -9, 2016

More Information........

Lodging and transportation information is available at this website.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Indonesia: Auction Announced for 20 MW Gunung Hamiding Geothermal Working Area

Pengumuman Lelang WKP Gunung Hamiding - Announcement of the Auction of Mount Hamiding Geothermal Working Area


Download the announcement......

Hotel Discount for Geothermal Energy Event Ends September 28

Reserve Your Hotel Rooms for GRC Annual Meeting & GEA GeoExpo+ (News Release)

The discount for hotel room reservations for the biggest geothermal energy event of the year will end next Wednesday, September 28.

Reservations can now be made for hotel rooms for the 40th Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) Annual Meeting & Geothermal Energy Association (GEA) GeoExpo+, being held in Sacramento, California, USA, October 23–26, 2016.  All the events and accommodation are in one central location, at the Sacramento Convention Center and neighboring Sheraton Grand and Hyatt Regency hotels.

The GRC has contracted with the Sheraton Grand and Hyatt Regency 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 $145 a night excluding taxes and fees. The discount ends September 28.

Attendees can make their reservations on secure websites prepared specially for the GRC and GEA. The links are available from the GRC Annual Meeting website at: www.geothermal.org/meet-new.html.

The GRC Annual Meeting & GEA GeoExpo+ 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, trade show and numerous networking opportunities.

More information on the biggest geothermal event in the world in 2016 can be found on the GRC website at: www.geothermal.org/meet-new.html

Friday, September 23, 2016

The Latest News in Audio from the Geothermal News Report

Geothermal News Report


The Geothermal News Report (GNR) is a periodic podcast wrapping up the top stories in the geothermal industry.



(AUDIO 2:51 Minutes)

Geothermal Energy Photos in Prestigious Competition

GRC Amateur Geothermal Photo Contest 2016

All 90 entries in the GRC Photo Contest.

GRC 2016 - 37th Amateur Geothermal Photo Contest

All the photos will be on display at the 40th GRC Annual Meeting & GEA GeoExpo+ from October 23-26 at the Sacramento Convention Center, Sacramento, California, USA. The winners will be announced in early October.

Great Video on Sacramento, the Venue for the GRC Annual Meeting & GEA GeoExpo+

A long road makes success that much sweeter (SMUD)

The 40th GRC Annual Meeting & GEA GeoExpo+ will be held October 23-26 at the Sacramento Convention Center.

Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) is sponsoring the GRC Annual Meeting with funds for the GRC Mobile App, Poster Session Printing costs and the Student Poster Awards. Thank you SMUD.


From nearly losing the Kings to an accelerating downtown renaissance, the last few years have been quite a journey for our city and region. But of course, a long road makes success that much sweeter. Well done, Sacramento.

(Video - 2:50 Minutes)

St. Kitts and Nevis: Drilling Rig to Arrive at Geothermal Energy Project in Next Few Weeks

Nevis Geothermal Project Moving Along; Production Drill Rig Expected Shortly (WINN FM)

Residents of Nevis will soon see tangible activity related to the geothermal development project on the island.

Word of that development came from Premier of Nevis and Minister of Finance in the Nevis Island Administration Hon. Vance Amory when he delivered an address at the 10th annual Consultation on the economy hosted by the Ministry of Finance.

"The geothermal project, the geothermal energy, we have been advised the developers with whom we have contracted to develop the program here in Nevis will have their drill rig in Nevis at the end of this month or at the latest by the middle of next month to carry on the exploration, to have the production wells done," he said.

Science & Technology: What is Magma?

We Need a New Definition for “Magma” (EOS)

 Credit: iStock.com/Justin Reznick
Confusion over the meaning of "magma" can generate popular misperceptions, including a nonexistent molten sea underneath Yellowstone National Park. We propose a different definition.

Magma is a fundamental constituent of the Earth. Issues as diverse as volcanic hazard assessment and planetary evolution studies rely on knowledge of magma’s properties, origin, evolution, and significance. Thus, the definition of “magma” should be simple and universally agreed upon, but the term means fundamentally different things to different people.

We want to start a conversation about a more precise definition of “magma.” We suggest this as a starting point:
Magma: naturally occurring, fully or partially molten rock material generated within a planetary body, consisting of melt with or without crystals and gas bubbles and containing a high enough proportion of melt to be capable of intrusion and extrusion.
(Thanks to GRC Member Marcelo Lippmann, Staff Scientist (retired) at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory for the submission.)

GRC Annual Meeting & GEA GeoExpo+ - Register Now and Save!

Early Bird Registration Deadline for GRC Annual Meeting is Tonight! (News Release)

Save up to $150 for this premier geothermal energy event by registering before midnight tonight

The deadline for early-bird rates for registration for the biggest annual geothermal event is today, Friday, September 23. The GRC Annual Meeting & GEA GeoExpo+ will bring together geothermal companies, academics, financiers, policy leaders, students, and other individuals to attend or exhibit at the event, to be held from October 23 to 26 at the Sacramento Convention Center, Sacramento, California, USA.

Early birds who register before September 24 pay only $795 as GRC members or $995 if non-members. The non-member registration includes GRC membership through 2017. Students with a current identification card from an accredited institution pay just $5 which also includes GRC membership through 2017. Registration to the GRC Annual Meeting also includes entry to the GEA GeoExpo+ trade show.

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

The deadline for discounted hotel room rates is September 28. Hotel room reservations can be made by following a link from the GRC website at www.geothermal.org. Book now as there are only a certain number of discounted rooms available.

Science & Technology: New Book on Geothermal Energy Exploration

Geothermal Exploration - Global Strategies and Applications (IGA)

Authors: Colin Harvey, Graeme Beardsmore. Inga Moeck and Horst Rüter

Geothermal Exploration introduces the subject of geothermal energy and its development around the world.

The text defines a series of 'geothermal play types' based on geological setting and then presents strategies and methodologies appropriate for each play type to move a geothermal exploration program to the stage of committing to exploration drilling.

These methodologies include permitting, environmental, geology, geochemistry, geophysics and remote sensing techniques used throughout the world for specific play types. The book covers a large number of geoscientific techniques and focuses on their applications to both convective and conductive geothermal systems, with extensive reference to the international literature.

Price: EUR 43 or USD 48. Order from the IGA.......

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France: 1.7MWe Soultz-sous-Forêt Geothermal Energy Plant Inaugurated

Soultz-sous-Forêt : la centrale de géothermie produit désormais de l'électricité à l'échelle industrielle - Soultz-sous-Forêt: geothermal plant now produces electricity on an industrial scale (France Bleu)


Après 30 ans de recherche, le laboratoire scientifique de géothermie de Soultz-sous-Forêts devient un site industriel. La centrale, en service depuis juin, a été inaugurée ce vendredi.

After 30 years of research, the geothermal scientific laboratory at Soultz-sous-Forêts is in industrial operation. The plant, in operation since June, was inaugurated on Friday.

Netherlands: Vote to Cut CO2 Emissions Should Boost Renewable Energy

Dutch parliament votes to close down country's coal industry (The Guardian)

The Dutch parliament has voted for a 55% cut in CO2 emissions by 2030, which would require the closure of all the country’s coal-fired power plants.

The unexpected vote on Thursday night by 77 to 72 would bring the Netherlands clearly into line with the Paris climate agreement, with some of the most ambitious climate policies in Europe.

USA, Nevada: More Lithium Sourced from Geothermal Brines Found in Black Rock Desert

Soil Survey Shows Strong Lithium Results at the Nevada Energy Metals Black Rock Desert Project (News Release)


Vancouver based Nevada Energy Metals Inc. has announced that a surface sampling program designed to test for lithium (Li) values in playa evaporates has returned significant geochemical results at the company’s 100% owned Black Rock Desert Project in Nevada. 

Results ranged from 82.8 to 520 parts per million (ppm) lithium with a median value of 182 ppm. Twelve samples carried over 300 ppm Li.

The company plans to carry out additional exploration programs this fall to determine the potential for an economic lithium brine deposit. Future exploration will consist of shallow auger sampling followed by a high resolution geophysical program to define potential drill targets.

Mexico: Geothermal Energy Gets 2 Percent of Clean Energy Certificates in Electricity Auction

Renewables come in at $33.47/MWh in Mexico's second auction (pv magazine)

(Courtesy CIA.gov)
The preliminary results of the second long-term electricity auction in Mexico show that solar could be the big winner in the contest.

Of the total amount of energy awarded on Thursday, 4.9 million Clean Energy Certificates (CEL) (53%) were provisionally awarded to PV projects, 43% to wind, 3% to hydro and just 2% of CELs to geothermal energy projects.

In total, 9.3 terawatt-hours and 8.9 million CEL were awarded to solar, wind, geothermal and hydroelectric projects.

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Kenya: KenGen Invites Bids for Modular Power Plants for Olkaria Geothermal Project

KenGen bets on modular power plant technology (Standard Media)

Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) has announced commencement of bids for the construction of modular geothermal power plants at Olkaria.

The new system will cut the costs of generation. A modular power plant will generate power using a well head generator that will tap steam from the geothermal wells. Unlike permanent power plants which take up to 36 months to construct, the new technology, according to KenGen, will only take six months, therefore ensuring a quick return on investment.

The use of mobile well heads to generate power was first introduced in the country in 2014 and targeted production of 5 MW of electricity.

Tender For Engineering,Procurement,Construction And Financing (Epc+F) Of Modular Geothermal Power Plants Project At Olkaria - Closing Date for the tender is 22 December.

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USA, California: Los Angeles Plans for 100% Renewable Energy

LA Moves Toward All Renewable Energy (Courthouse News Service )

The Los Angeles City Council voted last Friday to ask the LA Department of Water and Power to chart a course to achieve a 100 percent clean energy portfolio.

Under the motion created by 2nd District Councilman Paul Krekorian and 11th District Councilman Mike Bonin, the Department of Water and Power will collaborate with energy experts and local universities to explore how to generate all electricity using renewable energy.

Calling Los Angeles a "leader in the fight against climate change," Mayor Eric Garcetti said the move complements his goal of having the Department of Water and Power use 50 percent renewable energy by 2030. Garcetti wants the department to stop using coal by 2025 and to move away from natural gas sources.

Europe: 88 Geothermal Power Plants with Total Installed Capacity of 2.28GWe are in Operation

European Geothermal Congress 2016 Opens (EGEC)

The Geothermal Community Meets In Strasbourg For The European Geothermal Congress 2016 To Celebrate European Excellency, Calls For Clear Structural Signals And Tailored Tools For Further Expansion.

More than 800 participants are joining the European Geothermal Congress in Strasbourg this week. The event, organised every three years by the European Geothermal Energy Council, brings together stakeholders from the entire Geothermal community for sessions covering science, markets, and social issues, an exhibition, courses, and side events.

Geothermal in Europe is growing and the sector maintains its technological leadership. Today, 88 power plants with a total installed capacity of 2.28GWe are in operation, with an increasing number of innovative binary turbines. There are also 527 district heating plants with a total capacity of 4.7GWe; new designs and IT techniques will revolutionize the sector, creating modern, adaptable systems for future communities.

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USA, Nevada: Geothermal Drilling Company Helps Explore for Lithium Deposits

Dajin Announces Drill Program at Teels Marsh (News Release)

Dajin Resources Corp. has announced that it has retained Welsh Hagen Associates, (Reno, Nevada), to provide engineering services at Dajin's 100% owned Teels Marsh Lithium brine project located in Mineral County, Nevada.

With the seismic survey now complete, drill targets have been chosen and will be permitted under the Bureau of Land Management Notice of Intent (NOI) procedures.  This exploration phase will focus on five acres – the maximum allowable disturbance under a NOI. Road construction and drill pad design is underway to access two sites on the playa surface.  A water well will also be drilled to provide water for construction and drilling. Capuano Engineering (Santa Rosa, California) - a GRC Member company - has prepared well design proposals to be used in discussions with drilling companies.

Dajin plans to drill two wells from each pad.  A shallow well will test the stratigraphy down to 500 feet and a second well will drill deeper to test deeper targets. The drilling results, in conjunction with the high resolution seismic survey and structural interpretation, will provide data to constrain any resource estimate calculated following drilling.

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USA, New York: Geothermal Energy Would Heat the Entire Cornell University Campus

Earth Source Heat project could heat campus, pioneer new geothermal energy frontier (Cornell University)

 

Cornell University College of Engineering Dean Lance Collins outlines "Earth Source Heat," a project that has the potential to eliminate an estimated 82,000 metric tons of carbon from Cornell's annual footprint and demonstrate a new scalable model for using this sustainable energy source throughout the U.S. and almost anywhere in the world.

This effort to explore enhanced-geothermal energy will combine Cornell’s world-leading energy and sustainability researchers with the living laboratory of Cornell's facilities over the next two decades.

Kenya: Funds for Three Geothermal Drilling Rigs Provided by ADB

Kenyan Geothermal Gets $60 Million From African Development Bank (Bloomberg)

The African Development Bank (ADB) will lend $60 million to finance a geothermal power project in Kenya.

The funds will go to state-owned Geothermal Development Co. to buy three drilling rigs, according to Gabriel Negatu, regional director at the Abidjan, Ivory Coast-based financial institution.

Kenya “has enormous potential in geothermal power capacity which it has not fully exploited,” Negatu said in an interview in Nairobi.

The country has been tapping geothermal power in the Rift Valley since the 1980s and has the potential to add another 10 gigawatts, according to Geothermal Development. It generated 43 percent of its electricity from the underground steam last year, data from Bloomberg New Energy Finance shows.

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Commonwealth of Dominica: Kiwis to Help Realize Construction of 7 MW Geothermal Power Plant

New Zealand invests in Dominica’s exploration of geothermal energy (Dominica News Online)

The Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica and the Government of New Zealand expanded their cooperation in geothermal energy development with the signing of a NZ$ 2.05 million (US$ 1.5 million/EC$ 4 million) Partnership Agreement to support the construction of a 7 MW geothermal power plant in Dominica.

The agreement was signed between the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Francine Baron of Dominica and Hon. Murray McCully of New Zealand.

The assistance from the Government of New Zealand will provide the Government of Dominica with the technical expertise required to realize the construction of the 7 MW geothermal power plant to be commissioned in 2019.

New Zealand: $5,000 Scholarship for Geothermal Energy Students

Applications open for engineering tertiary study scholarships (Eastland Group)

Eastland region university students have until 31 October to apply for Eastland Group’s annual tertiary study scholarship.

The scholarship offers $5,000 to students studying engineering, and comes with the possibility of paid holiday work with the company.

Group chief executive Matt Todd said a new category of engineering study had been added to the scholarship conditions for 2017.

"Our aim is to select students studying subjects that complement Eastland Group’s business and operations. Therefore, applicants must be studying civil, mechanical or electrical engineering. This year - given our long-term commitment to geothermal energy - we have added chemical and process engineering to the mix as well."

Eastland Group owns the 9 MW GDL geothermal power plant, and expects its new 25 MW Te Ahi O Maui geothermal project to be operational in 2018. Both plants are located on the Kawerau geothermal field in the Bay of Plenty.

Canada: Opinion - Geothermal Project in West-Central Alberta is Applauded

Geothermal is heating up (The Hinton Voice Inc.)

A handshake deal between the Town of Hinton (Alberta) and Epoch Energy to try and develop a geothermal project was an intriguing announcement this past week.

The vision being put forward would see existing wells in the Hinton area tapped for their geothermal capacity to heat municipal buildings, and potentially Harry Collinge High School, along the Switzer Drive corridor. Down the road, if feasible, the scope may be expanded to include geothermal power generation and heat used for greenhouses.

This localized geothermal idea would put Hinton at the forefront of this 
trend and, coupled with the research undertaken by the University of 
Alberta about geothermal potential in our area, should be seen as an 
opportunity that is worth pursuing to at least see what it can be and what it 
will entail.

Philippines: Discussion Continues on Possible Geothermal Energy Project in Northern Negros

Capitol drafts position paper on proposed EDC geothermal study (Sun.Star)

The Provincial Government of Negros Occidental is drafting a position paper on the proposed study of geothermal producer Energy Development Corp. (EDC) in the Northern Negros Natural Park (NNNP).

Fifth District Board Member Alain Gatuslao, chairman of the Provincial Board committee on chairman of committee on laws, rules and ordinances, said Wednesday he was tasked to draft the joint statement of the executive and legislative regarding the issue.

“The provincial government should come up with a clear policy that this is what we want and that is no exploration and that we’re pro-environment. If you (EDC) wants to come in, we want renewable energy,” he said.

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USA, California: Geothermal Grant and Loan Program Workshop

Notice of Geothermal Grant and Loan Program Pre-Solicitation Workshop (CEC)

Monday, October 17, 2016, 10:00 a.m., California Energy Commission, Sacramento, California

Staff from the California Energy Commission’s Geothermal Grant and Loan Program will conduct a workshop on October 17, 2016, to go over program participation requirements and discuss project planning in advance of the program’s upcoming grant funding project solicitation .

The workshop will provide an opportunity for interested parties to learn about the Geothermal Grant and Loan Program and applicant eligibility requirements, as well as the application process and application development. Staff will also discuss project planning considerations, including requirements for project compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). In addition to staff presentations, the workshop will include time for discussion and questions from participants.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Indonesia: Registration for Interest in Gunung Hamiding Geothermal Working Area Auction to Begin Sept 28

Indonesia energy ministry auctions Gunung Hamiding geothermal WK (Rambu Energy)

The Director General for New, Renewable and Energy Conservation at the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry today launched the pre-qualification process for the Gunung Hamiding geothermal working area located in North Halmahera Regency, North Maluku province.

Those who can participate in the pre-qualification process are those that have experience in geothermal, upstream oil and gas, mining and minerals or power plant development.

Registration can be made between Sept 27- Oct. 20, 2016 online through the office’ website at www.ebtke.esdm.go.id, beginning Sept. 28, 2016.

There is an estimated reserve of a potential 265 MW of 250-300 degrees celsius reservoir that can support an initial 20 MW geothermal power plant. The estimated Commercial Operation Date (COD) target is 2024.

USA, California: Special Geothermal Energy Forum

Overcoming Technical Challenges to Developing Geothermal Energy Resources in The Golden State (DOE/CEC/GRC)

October 20, 2016, 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM PDT

California Energy Commission, Hearing Room A, 1516 Ninth Street, Sacramento, CA 95814 - Directions and Access Information


Building on the successful announcements by the President at the 2016 Lake Tahoe Summit to catalyze collaboration and action between the State of California and the Federal Government for conservation and renewable energy development in the Salton Sea, the U.S. Department of Energy, California Energy Commission, and the Geothermal Resources Council are convening a forum on October 20, 2016 in Sacramento, CA that will focus on overcoming technical challenges to develop geothermal energy resources statewide.

This forum will feature a diverse group of speakers from government, industry, and research that will help facilitate discussions to target solutions for new geothermal development while remaining consistent with critical Federal and State conservation planning efforts, particularly at the Salton Sea.

Registration is free and open to the public using the following link, but in-person capacity is limited. Remote attendance options will be made available prior to the meeting, and directions will be posted at https://geothermal.org/forum.html in the near future. The final agenda will also be posted on this webpage prior to the forum.

Please contact Katherine Young (katherine.young@nrel.gov) with questions.

Iceland: Þeistareikir Geothermal Power Plant to Supply Electricity to Silicon Factory

Power Line Project to Resume (IcelandReview)

Google Map view of
Þeistareikir geothermal power plant
At a meeting this morning, the Icelandic government approved a resolution, allowing work to resume on a power line project from the Þeistareikir geothermal power plant to the industrial area Bakki, near Húsavík, North Iceland, RÚV reports. 

A dispute had arisen between the government and Landvernd, the Icelandic Environment Association, about whether environmental laws passed less than a year ago should be retroactive and, thus, able to halt projects already approved. A decision by a ruling committee for environmental and natural resource issues was being awaited, but the project was temporarily halted last month.

The project planned at Bakki is PCC’s silicon plant, but the initial environmental assessment assumed that an aluminum smelter would be raised there. The latter requires much less energy than an aluminum smelter would have, and, thus, Landvernd argues, the power line project that has been approved exceeds the one needed in terms of size.

Kenya: USTDA to Fund 70 MW Akirra Geothermal Power Project

USTDA Revitalizes Kenya Program With Six Power Africa Grants (News Release)

Today, during the U.S.-Africa Business Forum, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) launched its largest single investment in Kenya’s power sector to date. 

At a ceremony witnessed by the Deputy President of the Republic of Kenya, the Honorable William Ruto, and Power Africa Coordinator Andrew Herscowitz, USTDA Director Leocadia I. Zak announced support for six projects, including one geothermal energy project, that will identify U.S. solutions that can help increase access to affordable, reliable electricity across Kenya and help diversify the country’s energy mix.

During the ceremony, USTDA and its Kenyan partners agreed to support the
Olkaria Geothermal Power Plant: USTDA will partner with Akiira Geothermal Limited with a $939,699 grant, to assess the viability of a 70 MW geothermal power plant northwest of Nairobi. Successful implementation of the project would provide clean, baseload renewable power and support Kenya’s participation in the regional power pool. USTDA Director Zak and Mr. Paul Stroud, a Board Member of Akiira Geothermal Limited, signed the grant agreement.

St. Vincent and the Grenadines: Outreach to Locals by St. Vincent Geothermal Company

La Soufriere Power Plant (Government of St Vincent and the Grenadines)

The Energy Unit and the St. Vincent Geothermal Company are advancing plans for the development of a 10 to 15 Megawatt Power Plant in the vicinity of La Soufriere Volcano.

As part of this country’s thrust towards renewable energy development, the Unit will meet with all Government agencies this Thursday, 22nd September, to share information about the geothermal project, review environmental and social management plans and discuss stakeholder engagement.

The two agencies will also host two public meetings next week on the geothermal energy project. The first meeting takes place on Saturday 24th September at the Farmer’s Training Institute, Orange Hill beginning at 2:00 p.m., and on Sunday 25th September the session will be held at the North Union Secondary School auditorium from 3:00 p.m.

Kenya: KenGen Wins Two Awards for Geothermal Energy at World Energy Engineering Congress

Kenya Scoops 6 Awards In World Energy Awards (Oil News Kenya)

KenGen managing
director Albert Mugo
In a ceremony to recognize individuals and corporations that have made significant contributions in the energy sector worldwide, Kenya has scooped six out of the seven awards in the Sub-Saharan category during the 39th World Energy Engineering Congress in Washington, DC, including two from the geothermal sector.

The awards are run by The Association of Energy Engineers, a global nonprofit professional association represented in 98 countries, whose objective is to promote the scientific and educational interests in the energy industry and to foster action for sustainable development.

Energy Manager of the Year Albert Mugo – As the CEO of Kengen, his leadership has seen him steer the organization to implement sustainable energy projects and to develop partnerships to further the energy agenda, with specific focus on the successes recorded in the Geothermal Power Plant projects in Olkaria.

Innovative Energy Project of the Year280 MW Olkaria Geothermal Power Plant – The project has been truly innovative because Kengen has managed to reduce the lead times of generation energy from geothermal using a new wellhead generation technology. It has also managed to save a lot of resources using this new technology.

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USA, Washington D.C.: Forum on Using EGS to Mine Geothermal Heat

Earth Source Heat: Renewable Energy Source for the Future?

Thursday, October 6 – Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel


Cornell University is pursuing a project that has the potential to eliminate an estimated 82,000 metric tons of carbon from its annual footprint and establish one of the country’s most advanced geothermal systems to heat the 745-acre Ithaca campus – an effort that could demonstrate a new scalable model for using this sustainable energy source throughout the U.S. and almost anywhere in the world. Cornell is calling the project “Earth Source Heat.”

This effort to explore the potential of enhanced geothermal energy will combine Cornell’s world-leading energy and sustainability researchers with the living laboratory of Cornell’s facilities over the next two decades.

Hear our panel of speakers discuss this innovative research and how it could open new doors for renewable energy.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Finance: Another Study Shows Geothermal Energy Plants as Least Expensive Plant Type to Operate

Low operating costs align with future gas, renewable plant additions (SNL Energy)

The costs of operating U.S. power plants aligns with the planned additions over the next four years, an SNL Energy analysis of both fixed and variable costs shows, with gas and renewable plants types making up more than 95% of additions from August 2016 through 2020.

While geothermal and hydro-powered plants came in as the two least expensive plant types to operate, limited site availability and a long development process have made it more difficult for developers of this plant type to capitalize on policy incentives.

Finance: Renewable Energy Will Help Accelerate the Transition to a Low Carbon Economy

New report on variable renewables: Answers to the integration challenge (World Energy Council )


Renewables, including hydro, now account for over 30% of the total global installed power generation capacity and 23% of total global electricity production.

In the past 10 years, wind and solar PV have witnessed an explosive average annual growth of 23% and 50% respectively, although their combined contribution to the global electricity supply is currently only 4%, according to a new report by the World Energy Council launched on 20 September.

Hydropower accounts for 17%, biomass 1.8% and geothermal 0.4%, with tidal energy making up the rest.

Variable Renewables Integration in Electricity Systems 2016 – How to get it right

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Monday, September 19, 2016

USA: Latest News from the Geothermal 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:
  • GEO Pulling Out All the Stops - New Funding Gives GEO Big Push for Tax Credit Extensions
  • GEO and HRAI (Canada) Sign Memorandum of Understanding
  • GEO Asks EPA for Energy Efficiency
  • GEO Tax Credit Would Protect New York Jobs - NY-GEO Implores Governor Cuomo to Sign Geothermal Legislation
The Geothermal Exchange Organization, a 501(c)(6) non-profit trade association based in Springfield, Illinois, USA that advocates the environmental, energy efficiency and economic benefits of geothermal heat pump systems for heating and cooling applications in residential, commercial, and institutional buildings in the USA.

GEO Industry News (PDF)

Science & Technology: Drilling for Helium Could be Profitable Side-Line for Geothermal Power Plants

Tanzanian Volcanoes May Hoard Helium Ready for the Taking (EOS)

Sweet spots of volcanic heat that are not too close to active eruptions may hold the world's richest reservoirs of the scientifically and medically important gas helium.

A team led by Peter Barry, a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Earth Sciences at University of Oxford, U.K., recently found evidence for unusually rich helium deposits across the Rift Valley. One apparent reservoir of the gas offers the unheard-of helium concentration of more than 10% by volume. At sites around the valley, the researchers more commonly found helium in the 1.5%–2.5% range.

“In Tanzania we can drill a well to target just helium. This is … unique—no one else is doing this,” said Barry.

On the basis of the findings, Barry and his colleagues suggest that most deposits of concentrated helium gas occupy a Goldilocks zone that lies at a “just right” distance from volcanoes.

(Thanks to GRC Member Marcelo Lippmann, Staff Scientist (retired) at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory for the submission.)

Global: Seven Geothermal Energy Figureheads Receive International Awards

Geothermal Energy Awards Announced (News Release)

Best and brightest of the global geothermal community will be honored at the 
40th GRC Annual Meeting in Sacramento, California, USA

The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC), one of the world’s premier geothermal associations, has announced awards honoring the best and brightest of the global geothermal energy community. These prestigious awards have been a highlight of the geothermal calendar since the late 1970's.

The GRC will present the prestigious Aidlin, Pioneer, Henry J Ramey Jr., Ben Holt, and Special Achievement awards at its Annual Membership Meeting & Awards Luncheon, the climax to the GRC Annual Meeting, in Sacramento on Wednesday, October 26.

"The recipients of these awards have a lifetime of achievement in the geothermal academic, scientific and commercial communities", said GRC Executive Director Steve Ponder. "The GRC Awards recognizes the contributions of these individuals to educational institutions and the geothermal community around the world".

This year’s award winners are:

Joseph W. Aidlin Award
Anna Carter - For untiring effort and contribution to the geothermal industry across many facets, and for her decades of commitment to the GRC.

Geothermal Pioneer Award
Wilfred Elders - For a career of outstanding contribution and ground breaking research in petrology, geochemistry, conceptual modeling and high-profile geothermal project management.

Henry J. Ramey Jr. Award
John Pritchett - For distinguished, technical advancements in geothermal reservoir simulations applied to a wide variety of fields.

Ben Holt Award
Dan Hoyer - For outstanding achievement in the development of geothermal resources worldwide.

Geothermal Special Achievement Award
Dale Merrick - For outstanding accomplishment within Direct-Use and Direct-Use outreach worldwide.

Geothermal Special Achievement Award
Paul Spielman - For over 30 years of outstanding geothermal field measurements and production management contributions to the industry.

Geothermal Special Achievement Award
Aroha Campbell - For outstanding achievement of geothermal development on Maori lands and the dramatic increase in value these efforts have brought to New Zealand.

For more information about the GRC Annual Meeting & GEA GeoExpo+ at the Sacramento Convention Center, Sacramento, California, USA visit www.geothermal.org or call (530) 758-2360.

GRC Annual Meeting: Deadline to Register for Two-Day The Geysers Geothermal Fieldtrip is Today

Last Call For 2-Day Geysers Fieldtrip

Must register by Midnight Tonight

(Courtesy Calpine)
2-Day Santa Rosa Geysers Recharge Project and Calpine Geysers Geothermal Operations Tour
  • Date: Saturday & Sunday, October 22-23    Cost: $625
  • Led by: Mark Walters & Allen Sonneville
  • Departs: 8am on Saturday, October 22, returning to Sacramento by 5:30pm on Sunday, October 23
  • Trip includes: 1 night lodging, snacks, refreshment, transportation, 2 lunches and one dinner.
You can register for the fieldtrip when you register for the GRC Annual Meeting under "Optional Events" on page 2 of the Registration Form or Register Online under "FieldTrips." If you have already registered for the meeting and would like to add this trip, please contact Anh Lay at alay@geothermal.org.

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USA, New York: EGS to provide Geothermal Heat for Cornell Campus

Cornell wants to drill 2 to 4 miles underground for enhanced geothermal heating (arsTechnica)

Geothermal energy—energy drawn from the internal heat of the Earth—has long been the purview of mountainous, volcano- and earthquake-prone regions like the western United States or Iceland. The US’ eastern states, on the other hand, have been generally disregarded as geologically unfit for geothermal projects because the rock beneath them rarely has the natural fractures or water sources necessary to easily build a geothermal system. But that’s not stopping Cornell University—based in upstate New York—from thinking it can warm its Ithaca campus in winter by tapping into heat from “basement rock,” two to four miles underground.

Cornell announced a new project, called “Earth Source Heat,” this month. The university will research and potentially execute a system that will involve drilling deep into the rock near the campus, circulating fluid to capture the naturally-occurring underground heat, and using that fluid to directly heat the campus (rather than change the heat into electricity, as many geothermal plants do).

New Zealand: Production Well and Two Injection Wells Completed at Te Ahi O Maui Geothermal Project

Drilling completed at Te Ahi O Maui (News Release)

Drilling of the production well and two injection wells has been completed at the Te Ahi O Maui geothermal project, near Kawerau.

Project manager, Ben Gibson, said today that the drill rig and associated equipment have now completely demobilized from site, where they had been working since May.

The drilling process targeted known sources of geothermal fluid, which could be as hot as 200-300 degrees Celsius, he said.

“The drilling was successful – we located the high-temperature fluid that will ultimately fuel the geothermal power plant, and the injection capacity necessary to manage the cooler fluids that have passed through geothermal power plant.”

The project focus now shifts to the construction of the power plant, transmission line and steamfield. Mr Tomairangi Fox, Cultural Adviser to the project, said “We are very happy to have completed drilling and the next stage is very exciting too.”

The new plant is planned to be operational in 2018.

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Friday, September 16, 2016

GRC Annual Meeting & GEA GeoExpo+ - Get Into Hot Water at Geothermal Energy Event

Hot Springs to Visit Near Sacramento (Sacramento Press)

A good overview of hot springs a short drive from the 40th GRC Annual Meeting

Travertine Hot Springs  (Photo Courtesy of John Fowler)
Hot springs are an intriguing phenomenon, merging science with relaxation in an exciting and luxurious way. While these natural hot baths fueled by geothermally heated water can be found all over the United States, there are a substantial number of them scattered throughout the Northern California region.

For an indulgent experience unlike any other, consider a trip to one of these hot spring spas relatively close to Sacramento. Some exist in the solitude of nature while others are in more central urban areas, oftentimes with an entire resort spa built around them. Peruse this collection of hot springs in the area for a relaxing retreat not far from home!
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Finance: Good Infographic Shows Geothermal Power Plant Turbines Manufacturing Value Chain

Data Points: The Geothermal Manufacturing Value Chain (RenewableEnergyWorld)


USA: Concerns With Remote Sensing Regulations Could Provoke Change

Remote Sensing Regulations Come Under Congressional Scrutiny (EOS)

(Courtesy Newberry EGS Project)
The remote sensing industry uses satellites, drones, and other platforms to collect and process imagery of Earth that has a wide variety of applications, including mapping, disaster response, and natural resource management.

Members of Congress and some industry experts raised concerns last week over policies governing the commercial remote sensing industry. Regulation of the industry is drawing congressional attention amid concerns that U.S. companies are facing increasing competition from foreign firms and may fall behind as innovators in an economic sector that the United States has led.

Amid general agreement that changes are needed, speakers at a 7 September hearing of a subcommittee of the House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology differed over how broad an overhaul the Land Remote Sensing Policy Act of 1992 needs.

(Thanks to GRC Member Marcelo Lippmann, Staff Scientist (retired) at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory for the submission.)

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Republic of Ireland: €100,000 Funding On Offer for Research Into Development of Geothermal Energy

Social Science-Geoscience research call launched  (GSI)

The Geological Survey of Ireland (GSI) have this year partnered with the Irish Research Council (IRC) and Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) for a new research funding call. The 2016 IRC Society and Policy Call will include 3 geoscience specific projects;
  • Strand 4.1 Public Perception of geoscience in Ireland (co-funded by IRC and GSI)
  • Strand 4.2: Public and health policy in relation to groundwater resources (co-funded by IRC and GSI)
  • Strand 4.3 Economic and public policy for the development of geothermal energy in Ireland (co-funded by IRC, GSI and SEAI)
Each project is a max of 24 months and €100,000. We strongly encourage social science researchers to apply for this call, preferably in partnership with geoscience researchers.

Expressions of interest must be submitted to IRC by September 30th. Application deadline is October 28th. Projects are expected to start in December 2016.

For all information, please see the IRC website http://research.ie/scheme/research-policy-society-2016

Finance: "Geothermal Energy Remains a Very Attractive Source of Electricity" - US EIA

US EIA Paper Shows Promise of Geothermal, Need for National Effort (Movenergy)

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) recently released a report which was quickly hailed as showing “geothermal energy remains a very attractive source of electricity.” 

The report shows its great potential and confirms its current reality could be vastly improved if the governments gave geothermal support comparable to more prominent renewables — whether in terms of tax credits, streamlining the permitting process, or inclusion of geothermal technology in Western states’ clean power plans. Geothermal has vast potential, as the EIA paper reveals, and much more room to grow if critical programs are implemented to support the industry.

In the paper, Levelized Cost and Levelized Avoided Cost of New Generation Resources in the Annual Energy Outlook 2016, EIA compares the “levelized cost” of geothermal energy and other technologies, which means the costs shown are not based on actual, reported prices for energy based on competitive bidding in state procurements, but are modeled costs based on various analytical assumptions.

Despite a modeling paradigm that favors other renewables, the results are still impressive. Taking a quick look at the results, you can see why it is exciting news for geothermal.

Honduras: OPIC Approves Financing for 35 MW Platanares Geothermal Project

OPIC Board Of Directors Approves Over $1 Billion In Support For Investments In Developing Countries (News Release)

The Board of Directors of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the U.S. Government’s development finance institution, yesterday approved support for new development projects including a geothermal energy project in Honduras.

OPIC approved up to $135 million in financing to Geotérmica Platanares, S.A, sponsored by Reno, Nevada-based Ormat Technologies, Inc. for the development, construction, and operation of a 35 megawatt geothermal baseload power plant in Western Honduras.  Honduras requires a 26 percent increase in power generation capacity over the next decade to keep up with projected GDP growth.

This project will be the first utility-scale geothermal project in Honduras and is expected to generate sustainable, reliable, and cost-effective power, while contributing to the Honduran Government’s goal of generating 80 percent of its energy from renewables by 2032.

Ormat will be exhibiting at the GRC Annual Meeting & GEA GeoExpo+, October 23-26 in Sacramento, California.

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Germany: Munich Plans to Become First Large City in the World to be Heated by 100 Percent Renewable Energy - Mostly Geothermal

Munich geothermal energy planning is underway (Hydrogen Fuel News)

The large scale Munich geothermal energy plans have now been released for the city located in Bavaria, Germany.

The city’s plans for the renewable energy as a heating source are quite ambitious.
The Munich geothermal energy strategy goals involve a 2040 deadline. By then, it wants to become the first large city in the world to be heated by 100 percent renewable energy. Geothermal energy will be playing a considerable role in this sizeable effort.