Wednesday, February 22, 2017

USA, California: Presentation from Pre-Application Workshop on Mineral Recovery from Geothermal Brines

Pre-Application Workshop Presentation - GFO-16-509 -  Geothermal Grant and Loan Program (GRDA) - Mineral Recovery from Geothermal Brines

Deadline to submit Applications: March 10, 2017, by 5:00 p.m.

Presentation from Pre-Application Workshop.......

Iceland: Video of Geothermal Operations by Alterra

Alterra in Iceland: HS Orka


(Video - 2:38 Minutes)

Science & Technology: Data Logging Electronics for 300-500°C Geothermal Wells

Ozark IC Wins Dept. of Energy SBIR Award for Geothermal Data Logging (Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center)

Fayetteville-based Ozark Integrated Circuits (Ozark IC) won a $155,000 Small Business Innovation Research award from the Department of Energy to provide an enhanced solution for geothermal well data collection.

Ozark IC is a fabless semiconductor company that develops integrated circuits designed to operate in extreme environmental conditions.

For several years, the company has been developing special electronics that will work on the 500°C Venus surface. “With this award, Ozark IC will now use its expertise and technologies to develop high-temperature data logging electronics for geothermal wells that can operate at 300-500°C for hours to years with little or no thermal insulation,” said Dr. Ian Getreu, director of business development and strategic partnerships for the company.

Japan: More Support for African Nations to Develop Geothermal Energy

Japan joins Power Africa, with a focus on geothermal technology (Young African Leaders initiative)

A campaign to double access to electricity in sub-Saharan Africa just got a boost.

Japan has joined Power Africa, an initiative President Obama announced in 2013. Japan has committed to bring 1,200 megawatts of power online. As part of its agreement, Japan will work with African governments to develop renewable geothermal power.

More than 100 private-sector partners, host governments and multilateral organizations are participating in Power Africa. The goal is to help the estimated two out of three people in sub-Saharan Africa who currently lack electricity.

Italy: Using Geothermal Heat to Grow Special Algae

Tuscan Geothermal to Cultivate an Aztec “Superfood” (News Release)

(Courtesy Wikipedia Commons)
Using steam from the earth to cultivate what the Mayans and Aztecs called the “food of the gods”. That’s what’s happening in the geothermal area of Tuscany (Italy) thanks to an agreement between Enel Green Power and the Consortium for the Development of Geothermal Areas (CoSviG), which brings tradition, local entrepreneurship and innovation together in one single project. Geothermal energy will be used to cultivate spirulina algae.

On 13 January, in Larderello, Enel Green Power signed an “Agreement of collaboration for experimentation on geothermal resources applied to the cultivation of algae” with CoSviG: the two sides will put up 100,000 euros each towards the construction of a pilot plant, which will be built next to the Chiusdino geothermal plant, for the production of spirulina algae using geothermal energy.

United Kingdom: Generation Contracts Available Including for Geothermal Energy

Registration open for second CfD auction (Energy Live News)

(Courtesy CIA.gov)
Second Contracts for Difference auction will support “less established” technologies including geothermal energy

UK Businesses can now register their interest for the second Contracts for Difference (CfD) auction. The pre-application activity is for businesses that wish to apply for a CfD and will need to complete and submit a registration form, preferably before the application window opens. They can register via the Electricity Market Reform (EMR) Delivery Body website.

Under the CfD, low carbon electricity generators are incentivised for the power they produce. Companies will be able to compete for an initial £290 million worth of contracts for renewable projects under the second round.

It will support “less established” technologies, including offshore wind, anaerobic digestion, biomass with CHP, advanced conversion technologies, wave, tidal and geothermal energy.

Caribbean: Regional Development Banks to Continue Support for Renewable Energy

Caribbean Development Bank : CDB, IDB sign agreement to strengthen partnership (News Release)

The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to strengthen their ongoing partnership in addressing the Caribbean's development priorities.

Through the MOU, signed at the IDB's headquarters in Washington, D.C. on February 21, 2017, both institutions have renewed their commitment to collaborating on programmes and projects that contribute to sustainable economic development in the region.

CDB and IDB presently collaborate on a number of initiatives, including in the areas of renewable energy and private sector development for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises.

The Sustainable Energy Facility (SEF) for the Eastern Caribbean is one of these initiatives. Launched in October 2015, the US$42 million package includes loan, grant and contingently recoverable grant resources from the IDB, provided to CDB as the executing agency, which also committed US$30 million of its own resources. Most of the funding is for supporting geothermal energy development in five of the six Eastern Caribbean beneficiary countries under SEF: Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

India: New Power Generation Capacity Will be All Renewables by 2024 - Report

By 2026 India’s power demand would be met: TERI (Live Mint)

The report estimates that beyond 2023-24, new power generation capacity could be all renewables - However, there is no mention of geothermal energy

Current installed capacity and the capacity under construction would be able to meet India’s power demand till about 2026 and no new investments are likely to be made in coal-based power generation till that time, said a report released by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) on Monday.

The report also estimates that beyond 2023-24, new power generation capacity could be all renewables, based on cost competitiveness of renewables as well as the ability of the grid to absorb large amounts of renewable energy together with battery-based balancing power.

Transitions in the Indian Energy Sector - Macro Level Analysis of Demand and Supply Side Options

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Japan: Oita-Based Geothermal Electric Power Generation Firm Could Close

Kobe Bussan to dissolve geothermal electric power generation unit (Reuters)

A news release published by Reuters suggests that Kobe Bussan Co. Ltd plans to dissolve its wholly owned subsidiary, an Oita-based geothermal electric power generation firm, effective in mid July.

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Australia: Government Scientist Believes 100% Renewable Target is Attainable

CSIRO says Australia can get to 100 per cent renewable energy (MacroBusiness)

Australia's electricity generation is
dominated by Coal.
Amid the toxic political debate about the level of renewable energy, specifically wind and solar, that can be accommodated into the system, The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) energy division’s principal research scientist Paul Graham said there were no barriers to 100 per cent renewable energy, and lower levels could be easily absorbed.

“When we do modelling where we increase the renewable penetration above around 40 per cent of the energy delivered (where South Australia is now) that starts to force out some of that existing dispatchable generation, and then we find that you need to add other technologies to support renewables,’ Graham said.

“That can include storage, as we have been talking about, and there are a number of different storage technologies.

“It can also mean adding other dispatchable renewables. We often think about solar thermal as a dispatchable renewable, and there are geothermal technologies.”

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

USA, Arizona: Coal Plant Closure Could be Opportunity for Geothermal Energy

Utilities vote to close 2,250 MW Navajo plant, largest coal generator in western US (Utility Dive)


Four utilities led by plant operator Salt River Project have decided to shutter the coal-fired Navajo Generating Station (NGS) near Page, Ariz., by 2019. The 2,250 MW plant is the largest coal generator in the western United States.

Competition from inexpensive natural gas generators means electricity from NGS is already more expensive than wholesale power prices, the utilities said in a release, a trend that's not expected to reverse in coming years. The decision is the second major coal shuttering announcement in less than a month.

The deal announced this week allows the Navajo Nation or others to continue operating the plant beyond 2019, though the current group of owners will not be involved.

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USA, California: Aggressive Renewable Energy Policy Has Led to High Electricity Prices

Breaking News! California Electricity Prices are High ( Energy Institute at Haas)

In case you missed it, a recent investigative piece in the LA Times unearthed the shocking fact that California retail electricity prices are high,  about 50% higher than the national average.

The article’s main focus is on the fact that California has a lot more installed nameplate generation capacity then has historically been the norm. There are several causes identified in the piece. Deregulation of the market in the late 1990’s is pointed to as a culprit. Somewhat inconsistently, the construction of regulated, rate-based plants also takes much of the blame. One factor that was barely mentioned, however,  was California’s renewable electricity policy.

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USA, New York: New Geothermal Plant Uses Heat from 2,200 Feet Deep Below Cathedral

Historic Manhattan Cathedral Activates Eco-friendly Power (US News & Report)

St Patrick’s Cathedral – rendering of the new geothermal heating system for the church (Photo: Murphy Burnham & Buttrick Architects)
The historic St. Patrick's Cathedral in Manhattan has activated a geothermal plant — part of a series of environmentally friendly upgrades.

The Archdiocese of New York said Tuesday that the geothermal plant is comprised of 10 wells — up to 2,200 feet deep — drilled along the north and south sides of the cathedral.

The system is designed to harness clean, renewable power to regulate the temperature of the cathedral and adjoining buildings.

The archdiocese and cathedral said they want to "lead by example" in choosing the cost-effective, eco-friendly power option.

The cathedral's rector, Monsignor Robert T. Ritchie, says the church's mission includes "responsible stewardship of our natural resources."

USA, California: Hope for Geothermal Energy Development at the Salton Sea

New approach could be game changer for geothermal (Imperial Valley Press)

Geothermal Energy the savior of Salton Sea, by Alexander Schriener Jr. Units 1 and 2 at Salton Sea geothermal field, Imperial Valley CA. View from Obsidian Butte looking south across the declining Lake. Dead tree has Blue Heron nests. 26-Dec-13. GRC PHOTO CONTEST
Despite the growing demand for clean sources of energy in order to meet the state’s renewable energy portfolio standard goal, which has propelled the development of solar and wind energy, others such as geothermal have been left behind.

The high initial cost and the slow regulatory process to get plants permitted have caused California to consider importing power from other states even before investing in further development of geothermal energy.

Now, a startup Australian firm wants to tap into the big potential for geothermal at the Salton Sea area by building a massive plant, the first in many years, thanks in part to a very different approach from what has been used in past development.

There are three key aspects in which Controlled Thermal Resources differs from previous development size, pricing and partnership with a mineral extraction firm.

United Kingdom: Good Information on the 7 Deep Geothermal Projects in England

Geothermal Energy Projects in the United Kingdom (Vehicles to Grids)


A list of historical, current and proposed “deep” geothermal energy projects in the United Kingdom.

Republic of Ireland: One Day Geothermal Conference

GAI’s one-day conference at this year’s Energy Show, April 6th 2017

6 April, RDS, Dublin, Republic of Ireland
The Geothermal Association of Ireland has announced that it will host a one-day conference in Dublin on April 6th as part of this year’s Energy Show in the RDS.

Local and international speakers from a wide range of disciplines will discuss various applications of geothermal energy. We hope the talks will be useful to energy professionals and interested members of the public.

There is no cost to attend and all are welcome. Registration is from 09:30 in the Committee Room in the RDS; tea, coffee and a light lunch will be provided.

Canada: BC Direct-Use Geothermal Heat Webinar

Webinar - Geothermal: Heating up Rural Economic Development (BC - Economic Development Division)

Tue, Feb 28, 2017 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM PST


Direct-use geothermal heat resources have the potential to drive rural economic development opportunities and offset greenhouse gas emissions, but are currently underutilized in BC. 

In this webinar, you will be introduced to a project funded by Geoscience BC and the Province of British Columbia that identified and evaluated Direct-use geothermal resources in B.C.

You’ll learn what geothermal energy is and how B.C. communities can evaluate this cost-competitive and sustainable heat source.

Geothermal heat can be used for natural hot spring areas, space conditioning, greenhouses, fish farming, breweries and more.

You’ll also hear from communities of The Xa’xtsa-Douglas First Nation and Valemount, who will share how their communities are currently evaluating and moving forward with geothermal energy opportunities. 

USA, California: Bill Would Require Golden State to Hit 100% Renewable Energy by 2045

Calif. lawmaker's new bill: 100% clean energy (USA Today)

California Senate leader Kevin de León
Kevin de León has promised to lead the resistance to President Trump. A new bill could make good on that promise.

The California Senate leader has introduced legislation that would require the Golden State to get 100% of its electricity from climate-friendly energy sources by 2045. That's a big step up from the state's current renewable energy mandate, 50% by 2030 — a target that's only been on the books for a year and a half, and that California is still a long way from meeting.

De León's bill would require California to hit 50% renewable energy by 2025, five years sooner than under current law, and phase out fossil fuels entirely by 2045. It's not yet clear whether the Senate leader will move forward the proposal, which he introduced before the state's bill-filing deadline on Friday, almost certainly to serve as a placeholder for more detailed legislation that could be fleshed out later.

St. Kitts and Nevis: Geothermal Resources Conformed on Twin Islands

St.Kitts-Nevis Government Committed To Investing In Alternative Energy, Moves To Finalize Geothermal Agreement (Times Caribbean)

Minister of Public Infrastructure with responsibility for Energy, the Honourable Ian Patches Liburd, said that having now established that there is a geothermal resource on both islands, the situation is now ripe for discussion on inter-connectivity, for the discussion on the export of energy, as we on St. Kitts move now to final a geothermal agreement.”

Five geoscientists were in St. Kitts conducting feasibility studies in geophysics, geology and geochemistry. President of Teranov, Jacques Chouraki, said at the time that the prospects for geothermal energy on St. Kitts were promising.

Minister Liburd has now confirmed that after the feasibility studies, there is a geothermal resource on St. Kitts.

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Slovakia: Geothermal Heat Helps Grow Greenhouse Tomatoes

GreenCoop’s enviro-friendly tomato project takes off in Central Europe (Fresh Fruit Portal)

The group only uses renewable energy from geothermal sources, and its brand ‘Happy Tomato from Rye Island’ is taking market share from big European players in Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Hungary. 


GreenCoop družstvo president Zsolt Bindics said the greater amount of sunlight meant his growers had an advantage over Dutch growers.

“We have some disadvantages because in our area the summers are hotter, but the main advantage is the geothermal energy. 

“In our region, if you drill into the land deeper than 1km (0.6mi), you will find hot water and you can heat the greenhouse.”

Monday, February 20, 2017

USA, Washington D.C.: One Day International Geothermal Forum

Geothermal Energy Association's International Geothermal Forum

March 7, 2017,  Washington DC, United States Energy Association - Ronald Reagan & International Trade Center

The Geothermal Energy Association (GEA) has annually provided leadership within the geothermal energy community and a platform for constructive dialogue and in-depth discussion on issues ranging from finance, market development, and policy to GHG emissions, new technology driving change and key markets to look out for. In light of the latest developments, the Association's International Geothermal Forum is a recent spinoff from the traditional US & International Showcase.

For one day, the Forum will gather roughly sixty top energy, finance, policy, government, ministry, and engineering experts to provide in-depth discussion and insight into the future of the geothermal market in the US and abroad.

Cost for attendance is $25 for GEA members and $75 for Non-GEA Members, pre-registration required. Click here to download the latest event agenda.

Event Contact: Rani@geo-energy.org, +1 (202) 454-5261

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Kenya: Mombassa to Enjoy Geothermal Energy from Olkaria

Electric lines ruling paves way for cheaper geothermal power (Business Daily Africa)

Households and industries will in the next four months start enjoying cheaper geothermal power after the High Court lifted orders that had stopped works on the Nairobi–Mombasa electricity transmission line.

Upon completion of the line, residents in the port city of Mombasa will for the first time get connection to cheaper steam power from the Olkaria complex, and cut dependence on thermal power. This will have the effect of reducing diesel fuel charge on Kenya Power consumers’ monthly bills.

The Energy Regulatory Commission reckons that part of the steam power generated at Olkaria is lying idle because there are no transmission lines to Western Kenya and the coast, areas which experience constant system disturbances and instability.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Switzerland: 5 MW Haute-Sorne Enhanced Geothermal Systems Project Gets Risk Guarantee

Le projet de géothermie de Haute-Sorne obtient la garantie des risques de la Confédération - The Haute-Sorne geothermal project obtains the Confederation's risk guarantee (Geo-Energie Suisse)


Le projet de Haute-Sorne franchit une nouvelle étape essentielle en obtenant la garantie des risques de la Confédération. Le projet se voit ainsi octroyer une somme maximale de 47 millions de francs en cas de succès partiel ou d’échec.

The Haute-Sorne project has taken another important step in securing the Swiss Confederation's risk guarantee. The project is thus granted a maximum sum of 47 million francs in case of partial success or failure.

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Friday, February 17, 2017

USA, Idaho: Sculpture Celebrating Boise's Geothermal Heritage Completed

Boise State to dedicate new art piece based on the city’s geothermal underground (Idaho Statesman)


Boise State University, in partnership with the city departments of Public Works and Arts & History, will dedicate the sculpture, “Transference,” at a public ceremony, 2-3 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 27 at the Environmental Research Building, 1295 W. University Dr. The piece sits near the parking lot on the building’s south side. The public is invited.

The university and city commissioned artists Ken McCall and Leslie Dixon to create the piece, which is made of steel and plexiglass. The piece, comprised of an arc of metal inset with blue and orange-red, represents the passage or transference of Boise’s natural hot water through underground systems and into the city’s geothermal system that stretches from East Boise, through Downtown Boise and across the Boise River onto the BSU campus.

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United Kingdom: The Potential for Geothermal Energy in South West England

Energy Explainers: What is Geothermal Energy? (Exeter City Futures)

A new energy report, Energy Independence 2025, by Exeter City Futures - a Community Interest Company, identifies the options for increasing renewable energy generation within the Exeter region. In this Energy Explainers blog they introduce Geothermal energy, giving a very good explanation and touting its potential to power the south-west of England.

While many people consider heat pumps to be a source of geothermal energy, the heat they transfer is actually heat from the sun which is stored underground. So technically they are classed as solar power. To harness the full power of geothermal we need to dig a little deeper.

There’s a huge potential for generating energy from hot rock granite sources. The technology for capturing this energy still needs to be validated, but solutions are being tested including a geothermal power plant at the Eden Project in Cornwall.

To access the heat that’s trapped in gaps between granite in the ground two holes are drilled. Each hole is very narrow, but goes several kilometers below the ground. Cold water is pumped down one hole into the gap where it’s super hot – around 180°C. The hot water is then pumped back up the other hole where it runs through a turbine to make electricity.

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Indonesia: PT Geo Dipa Energi Developing 275 MW Geothermal Energy by 2021

Development of geothermal power needs to accelerated: VP (Jakarta Post)


Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla has expressed hope that state-owned energy company PT Geo Dipa Energi will be able to boost the development of geothermal energy to help the government achieve its energy sector target.

“I am happy to hear the progress. I’m still keeping my hopes up that Geo Dipa will continue to help the government develop clean electricity,” said Kalla as reported by tribunnews.com on Friday after a meeting with the company’s management in his office.

The Vice President stressed the importance of immediately expanding geothermal power plants in Dieng, Central Java, and in Patuha, West Java.

Meanwhile, Geo Dipa president director Riki Ibrahim said he had explained to Kalla about the progress in the Dieng and Patuha power plant projects, which would have capacities of 100 megawatts (MW) and 175 MW, respectively, by 2021.

Turkey: Partnership to Develop Geothermal Power Plants

Egesim and Atlas Copco partnership to offer joint geothermal power plant solution (ThinkGeoEnergy)

As announced at the recently held conference by the Geothermal Operator Association (JESDER) in Ankara, Turkey,  the companies of EGESIM (a Siemens affiliated company) and Atlas Copco are teaming up in offering geothermal power plant solutions to the Turkish market.

Today, EGESIM plays an important role in electricity and automation works of geothermal power plants. With this new partnership both companies are combining their expertise, technologies and innovations to provide efficient and productive solutions to the geothermal market in Turkey, says the announcement on the EGESIM website.

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

GRC Annual Meeting & GEA GeoExpo+

Geothermal Energy Event of the Year



USA: News from the Heat Pump Industry

Heat Exchange Industry News (Geothermal Exchange Organization)

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

Headlines and features in this month’s edition include:
  • Reed Bill Will Reinstate and Extend Clean Energy Tax Credits
  • NY-GEO Cheers Gov. Cuomo's Program to Rescue Geo Jobs
  • Portman-Shaheen Energy Efficiency Bill Introduced
  • Virginia Geothermal Heat Pump Tax Credit Update
  • Massachusetts Bill Requires 100% Renewables by 2050
  • Register Now for the IGSHPA 2017 Conference & Expo!
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)

Kenya: Government Proposes Sh16.4 Billion for Geothermal Development

2017/18 budget tabled in Parliament and it’s huge (Zipo.co.ke)

(Courtesy CIA.gov)
President Uhuru Kenyatta’s government still has education, health, energy, security and infrastructure as main priorities as reflected in the last budget before Kenyans go to the poll.

Sh16.4 billion will go to geothermal development, Sh9.7 billion to Last Mile Connectivity and Sh5.1 billion to rural electrification with the the three items being key in the energy sector.

In December 2016, Global Geothermal News reported that in the Treasury’s mini-budget, allocation for geothermal development was proposed to go down to Sh10.5 billion from Sh21.9 billion. A reduction to Sh16.4 billion is not so severe.

Indonesia: Two Day Course Before ITB International Geothermal Workshop

Workshop - Method and Techniques in Geothermal Power Plant Inspection (GEOCAP)

In March 2017, GEOCAP will hold its first training in 2017 on Method and Techniques in Geothermal Power Plant Inspection. This training will be held in conjunction with the 6th ITB International Geothermal Workshop (IIGW) in Bandung with the support from the Human Resources Agency of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources Indonesia (BPSDM ESDM).

Our experienced trainers from ITB and DNVGL will give a 2-days training on Method and Techniques in Geothermal Power Plant. The purpose of this course is to enable geothermal power plant personnel especially the inspector to perform their operation activities. The objective of the course is to provide the course audience with the tools and knowledge to work in area of geothermal power plant including the main component and operation and maintenance management. At the end of this course, the participant will have knowledge of the operation of geothermal power plant. The knowledge includes concept of engineering design, and problem solving in the operation of geothermal power plant.

There are limited seats available for this training. You can register for the training by clicking the link below.

Registration for the Pre-Workshop Course 2 - IIGW 2017

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

United Kingdom: Two Day Workshop on Sharing Geothermal / Oil & Gas Technologies

Geothermal Cross Over Technology Workshop (AAPG)

25-26 April 2017,  Durham, United Kingdom

Abstract Submission Ends on 17 February, 2017


The American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) Europe Region is delighted to bring you this exciting new geosciences technology workshop at Durham University.

Themes for Abstract Submission:

  • Evaluating the prospectivity of fluid systems: lessons from the petroleum and geothermal industries.
  • Modelling and measuring fluid flow in geothermal and petroleum systems.
  • Impact of geothermal fluids on maturation and migration in petroleum systems.
  • Combined petroleum/geothermal/mineral systems.
  • Using geothermal energy to add value in the oil & gas industry.
  • Hydraulic Fracturing: lessons for the Petroleum Industry from Geothermal Fields — fracking with hot fluids.
  • Enhanced oil recovery using geothermal fluids.
  • Geothermal petroleum systems.
  • Enhanced geothermal systems and petroleum reservoir fracking.
  • Hot rock drilling, logging and completion.
  • Monitoring performance — petroleum vs geothermal (in a sense 4D seismic vs microseismic)

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USA, Idaho: Draft Environmental Impact for Panther Creek Hot Springs Geothermal Project Delayed

Panther Creek geothermal project EIS delayed (Idaho Mountain Express)

More review added due to new Trump administration


Due to the new presidential administration, a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for a proposed lease of national forest land to build a geothermal power plant near the confluence of the Salmon River and Panther Creek has been postponed until March.

The proposed site covers almost nine square miles on the Salmon-Challis National Forest about 25 miles west of the town of Salmon.

Ormat Technologies wants the right to use hot water from Panther Creek Hot Springs to produce power that would be connected to Idaho Power’s grid. A BLM study of geothermal potential in the West estimated that the site has 10-20 megawatts of generating capacity—enough to power up to 20,000 homes.

Previous Global Geothermal News articles on this subject.......

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Canada: Promising Geothermal Resource in Western Alberta

Epoch Energy provides update on pre-feasibility study (Hinton Parklander)

Epoch Energy Development presented a pre-feasibility report project update to council on Feb. 7 about the proposed Hinton geothermal district energy system.

While geothermal heating and district energy systems are nothing new, the combination would be a first in Canada.

Based on the preliminary research, Hinton has over 100 wells within it’s vicinity to select from. Ideal wells will have water in them over 120°C, and due to the town’s location it is a great place to look.

TM Gunderson, director and CFO of Epoch, explained that because the town is so close to the foothills, the water is very deep and also very hot.

The complete feasibility report is scheduled to be completed for the end of March and will include cost estimates to build the facilities required and retrofit existing buildings.

Canada: Ex Oil Workers Want Geothermal Energy Industry Skills

Iron & Earth: Oil Sands Workers Ready For Renewable Energy Shift (North American Windpower)

Canadian oil workers are interested in being retrained in skills for the geothermal energy industry


This past November, Iron & Earth, a national initiative to retrain tradespeople working in the fossil fuel industry to transition into the renewables sector, publicly introduced its plan to put words into action. Titled the Workers’ Climate Plan, the report “describes how Canada can become a leader in renewable energy, and a net exporter of renewable energy products, services and technology, by harnessing the industrial trade skills of current energy sector workers.”

Notably, many of these workers in the building trades either already have the basic skills necessary for renewables work or they have transferable skills that would enable a smooth transition.

According to the plan, “The compatibility or near compatibility of existing skills with renewables is extensive: Electricians are needed to develop and install solar panels, welders are needed to build wind turbines, drillers and drilling engineers are needed to locate and maintain geothermal wells, and so on.”

Australia: Queensland Outback Towns Want Geothermal Energy

#GoQld: Local governments’ wish list to be put to new minister (Courier Mail)

A geothermal power system for the bush and a network of agricultural export hubs are among a wish list of innovations drawn up by council leaders from around the state.

They want to see a $3 million pilot project in Winton to generate energy, using water of 80°C plus from the Great Artesian Basin, expanded to Longreach, Normanton, Quilpie and Thargomindah.

“Backed by solar and battery storage, there is tremendous potential for those communities to become sustainable and self-sufficient,” Local Government Association of Queensland president Mark Jamieson said.

South Korea: 1.2 MW Geothermal Power Plant Could be Ready by April

Geothermal Power Plant is a First for Korea (The Korea Bizwire)

Development of a megawatt-capacity enhanced geothermal system (EGS) on non-volcanic grounds will be the first of its kind in Asia

Electricity generated from geothermal energy will soon be distributed to South Korean households for the first time in history. 

The electricity will come from Pohang, a city on the southeast coast of the Korean Peninsula, which has been making use of geothermal energy some four kilometers below the surface of the earth in the town of Heunghae. 

Officials said regions in Pohang were found to have the optimal conditions for generating geothermal electricity, with some reaching 180 degrees Celsius at a depth of five kilometers. 

The 1.2-MW project will be completed by April, and is expected to provide electricity to some 1,000 households as early as the latter half of 2017, if not by next year, officials said. 

Upon the first successful supply of geothermal electricity, officials will raise an additional 80 billion won in investment through a power plant consortium to expand the current facility to generate 6.2 MW by 2019.

Background and Progress of the Korean EGS Pilot Project (Paper submitted to WGC 2015)

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USA, Nevada: Call for 50 Percent RPS by 2025 Could Boost Geothermal Energy

Democrats propose doubling Nevada's renewable energy target (PennEnergy)

Democratic lawmakers are proposing legislation to move Nevada away from fossil fuels more quickly than planned.

Democratic Assemblyman Chris Brooks of Las Vegas introduced a bill this week that would double the amount of renewable energy Nevada will mandate by 2025.

Assembly Bill 206 would require energy providers to generate 50 percent of electricity from so-called "clean" sources in the next eight years. Nevada is currently targeting 25 percent renewable energy by 2025. 

State law says renewable energy sources include biomass, geothermal, solar, water and wind power. Natural gas, oil and coal are excluded.

A separate proposal would ban fracking or hydraulic fracturing, which uses pressurized liquids to draw natural gas and oil from the ground. Democratic Assemblyman Justin Watkins of Las Vegas introduced Assembly Bill 159 this week.

Philippines: Thai Company Invests in Geothermal Energy

Basic Energy sells 9% stake to Thai company (Philippine Star)

Basic Energy Corp. will sell unissued shares to Thailand-based Vintage Engineering Public Co. Ltd. (VTE) in line with their joint development of renewable energy (RE) projects here and abroad.

Also under the deal, both parties agreed VTE has the right to invest in the Mabini geothermal project and other projects.

Currently, Basic Energy has five geothermal service contracts, namely the Mabini Geothermal Service Contract (SC) in Batangas, East Mankayan Geothermal Prospect in Ifugao, Mt. Mariveles Geothermal Project in Bataan, Mt. Iriga Geothermal Project in Albay and West Bulusan Geothermal Prospect in Sorsogon.

Among its projects in the pipeline, the Batangas project is the most advanced, with the drilling of an exploratory well currently under way. Basic partnered with Trans-Asia Oil and Energy Development Corp. to develop the resource.

Europe: German Company Wins European Geothermal Innovation Award

enOware GmbH awarded the European Geothermal Innovation Award 2017 (EGEC)

The nominees presented on stage (Courtesy EGEC)
enOware GmbH received the European Geothermal Innovation Award 2017 during the opening session of GeoTHERM exhibition and Congress 2017 in Offenburg, Germany. The award was given for their miniaturised sensor (Video) which allows to professionally plan, monitor and measure near-surface geothermal probes.

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Europe: New Regional Group to Develop Geothermal Energy Projects

Geothermica call preannounced at GeoTHERM (News Release)


Today at the PtJ booth during the GeoTHERM Expo, Geothermica partners with EC Project Officer, Ms. Susanna Galloni, officially pre-announced a spring opening of the Call for Geothermal Projects "Accelerating the deployment of geothermal energy in Europe".

In addition to the Mexican & EU cooperation, there is also an enhanced cooperation within Europe itself.  From 1st of January this year a cooperation between 13 European countries and the EC joined forces to accelerate the deployment of geothermal energy in under the name Geothermica. This network focus on a multimillion call for innovative geothermal projects.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

China: Aiming for 530 MW Geothermal Power by 2020

Sinopec to harvest more heat from earth (China Daily)
 
(Courtesy CIA.gov)
Chinese State-owned Sinopec Group's interest in geothermal energy has grown as it seeks to diversify beyond oil and gas production.

Sinopec Star Petroleum Ltd, China Petrochemical's geothermal energy development arm, said it would come up with a plan to create 20 smokeless cities, replacing coal with geothermal energy, covering 100 million sq m in the 13th Five-Year Plan(2016-20) period.

According to Wang Zizong, deputy chief engineer of Sinopec Group, geothermal energy has the potential to partially replace coal-fired heat while reducing the country's carbon footprint especially in big cities.

By 2020, the country is aiming for a geothermal power installed capacity of 530 MW and a geothermal heating area of 1.6 billion square meters, according to the country's energy planner.

Global: Call for Papers for the Geothermal Energy Event of the Year

GRC 2017 Annual Meeting - Call for Papers

Salt Lake City, Utah (Courtesy Visit Salt Lake)
Geothermal Resources Council Annual Meeting will be held Oct. 1-4 in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. Theme is “Geothermal Energy - Power to do More.”

The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) has issued a call for papers for the world’s biggest geothermal conference of the year taking place October 1-4, 2017, in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA at the Salt Palace Convention Center.

Themed “Geothermal Energy - Power to do More” the 41st GRC Annual Meeting will reflect the world-wide availability of a clean, dependable renewable energy that is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, providing both flexible and baseload power production.

The GRC Annual Meeting 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 also includes entry to the GEA GeoExpo+.

Over 1,260 attendees came to the 2016 GRC Annual Meeting and GEA GeoExpo+ from around the world, highlighting the GRC’s role in connecting the global community. With increasing interest in geothermal as a reliable source of renewable energy providing both flexible and baseload power production around the world, the GRC is looking ahead to an even stronger international attendance in 2017.

The GRC 2017 Annual Meeting planning committee will consider papers for its Technical and Poster Sessions covering a range of topics, both domestic and international: Business Development / Finance/ Market Analysis; Drilling; Direct Use / Heat Pumps; Emerging Technologies; Exploration / Resource Assessment; Field Operations / Production Technologies; Geology; Geochemistry; Geothermal Education and Community Engagement; Geothermal Energy and Mineral Extraction; Geothermal Energy Associated with Oil and Gas Operations; Geothermal Play Fairways; Geothermal Project Case Studies; Geophysics; Power Operations / Flexible Generation / Maintenance; Regulatory / Environmental Compliance / Policy Issues; Reservoir Engineering/ Reservoir Management/ Modeling / Enhanced Geothermal Systems; Sedimentary Basins; Utility and Transmission Issues; Country Updates (example: Kenya / Philippines); Regional Updates (example: Basin & Range / Cascades / Rocky Mountains).

Successful selection to present at the GRC Annual Meeting is prestigious and recognizes the presenter as a top industry expert. International participation is key to the success of the technical programs, and geothermal researchers and experts from around the world are encouraged to submit their work for consideration to be presented at the GRC Annual Meeting.

Anyone who wants to present at the GRC Annual Meeting must submit a paper. Authors may submit a poster and/or oral technical presentation. The paper submission deadline is April 28, 2017.

Additional information about paper requirements and submission forms can be obtained by contacting the GRC at (530) 758-2360 or at www.geothermal.org.

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

For more information about the GRC Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, visit www.geothermal.org/meet-new.html or call (530) 758-2360. For information about the GEA GeoExpo+ visit http://geothermalexpo.org or call (202) 454-5261.

Science & Technology: Using the Underground as a Battery for District Heating Project

Hamburg considers innovative heat storage scheme (energypost)

During the warm months, cold saltwater from beneath the city could be pumped to the surface and heated by factories, waste incinerators, gas plants, and surplus renewable energy. It would subsequently be injected at a different location below the clay strata for heat storage. 

As the winter approached, pumping the heated saltwater up from storage to the surface would enable the thermal energy to be withdrawn for heating distribution. The cooled saline solution could then be pumped back into the aquifer from which it had been originally taken.

Science & Technology: Using Self-Healing Cement for Geothermal Wells Would Save Geothermal Plants Millions of Dollars

Cracking under pressure is no problem for high strength self-healing cement (PNNL)

With an average life span of 30-40 years, the cement around geothermal production wells eventually cracks over time. Because wells with cracked cement are vulnerable to leakage, reduced strength, and corrosion, it's important to repair them in a timely fashion. However, repairs can easily top $1.5 million dollars; the cost of new materials, excavation, installation, and halting power production adds up fast.

Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) developed cement that can heal itself when cracks occur. Using self-healing cement for geothermal wells would save geothermal plants millions of dollars and would reduce the amount of downtime necessary for repairs.

France: Study Reports on the Promising Prospects for French Geothermal Energy

Frankreich: Studie untermauert wichtige Rolle der Geothermie - France: Study underpins important role of geothermal energy (ee-news)

Die Studie beurteilt die Perspektiven der französischen Geothermie als vielversprechend. Nicht nur für die inländische, zunehmend auf erneuerbare Quellen ausgerichtete Energieversorgung, sondern auch beim Export von Technologie und Know-how.

The study assesses the promising prospects of French geothermal energy. Not only for domestic, increasingly renewable sources of energy, but also for the export of technology and know-how.

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Commonwealth of Dominica: Geothermal Project Gets Funds

$45M Towards Geothermal Project (GIS Dominica)

Hon Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Dr. Roosevelt Skerrit has announced that Government will inject $45M into Dominica’s geothermal project.

The finance minister was speaking at a private sector forum at the Fort Young Hotel last Friday.

Hon Skerrit says the success of this project will have a positive impact on the private sector.

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Monday, February 13, 2017

USA, Hawaii: Geothermal Energy Session and Fieldtrip - Submit Abstracts by Tomorrow

2017 Geological Society of America Cordilleran Section

23–25 May 2017, Honolulu, Hawai‘i USA



We invite you to submit your contributed presentation(s) to:
T14: Advances in Geothermal Resource Investigations, convened by Pete Stelling, Nick Hinz, Nicole Lautze and Garrett Ito

Description: Exploration, development and support of geothermal energy is entering a period of resurgence in the western U.S. and around the world.  We welcome contributions pertaining to any geothermal and hydrothermal location or topic, including exploration updates, technological breakthroughs, modeling results and more. 

You may submit as many abstracts as you like by the deadline of 14 February 2017. Submit abstracts online.

There is also a field trip associated with this session: 
5. Structural Geology and Geothermal Energy of Kīlauea Volcano, Island of Hawai‘i. 

Cost: US$242. Min 11, max 18. 8 a.m. Sat., 20 May to 4:30 p.m. Sun. 21 May.
Stephen Martel, Univ. of Hawai‘i, smartel@hawaii.edu; Nicole Lautze, Univ. of Hawai‘i, nlautze@higp.hawaii.edu; Peter Drakos, Ormat Technologies Inc., pdrakos@ormat.com

Description: This trip will provide an overview of Kīlauea’s structure and activity, particularly how they relate to geothermal energy. We will visit a geothermal power plant as well as rift zone faults and pit craters. This 2-day trip will depart from the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel (island of Hawai‘i) at 7:45 am on Saturday May 20, and return to the hotel by 4:30 pm on Sunday May 21. Participants will be responsible for their own airfare and reservations to and from Hilo, lodging in Hilo, breakfasts, and dinners. Lunches will be provided.

USA, California: Selected Papers from the Opening Session of the Stanford Geothermal Workshop

Stanford Geothermal Workshop

February 13-15, 2017, Stanford, California

Selected Papers from the Opening Session: