Tuesday, September 17, 2019

USA, Nevada: BLM Geothermal Lease Sale Receives Bids for 37 Parcels

Massive U.S. geothermal lease sale draws few bids (Reuters)

A massive government sale on Tuesday of geothermal energy leases in Nevada generated bids on just 26% of the land parcels offered, with most selling at the minimum price of $2 an acre.

The sale was by far the federal government’s largest offering of geothermal energy leases by acreage in recent years, with 142 parcels on 384,369.6 acres available for auction.

According to energy marketplace EnergyNet, which conducted the online sale, 37 parcels representing 102,402.85 acres received bids for a total of $426,900.

Of the parcels that received bids, all but nine sold for the minimum of $2 an acre. The highest price per acre was $20 for a 4,800-acre parcel in Churchill County.

Winning bidders were not disclosed on EnergyNet. A BLM spokesman in Nevada did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the sale’s results.

USA: Do You Know of Any Underutilized Wells in Known Geothermal Resource Areas in the United States?

DOE Seeks Feedback on Underutilized Wells in Geothermal Resource Areas (GTO)

The Energy Department is seeking information from the geothermal community about underutilized wells in known geothermal resource areas in the United States.

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO) has issued a request for information (RFI) to obtain feedback on industry willingness to partner with GTO to test downhole tools, technologies, and methodologies that can improve the probability of successful geothermal commercialization.

The Identifying Wells of Opportunity for Critical Geothermal Field Research Applications RFI has three categories of interest:
  • Well Characteristics and Availability
  • Risk
  • Liability
Please email your responses to GeothermalRFI@ee.doe.gov by 5:00 p.m. ET on October 18, 2019.

Costa Rica: Two Day Geothermal Workshop in San Jose

Costa Rica Geothermal Workshop

11 and 12 November 2019 – San Jose, Costa Rica

IEA Geothermal in conjunction with Grupo ICE and the German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ) - Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH - is pleased to be putting on this Central America Geothermal Workshop. It is open to all but particularly if you are from Central or South America. Programme............

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Science & Technology: Geothermal Power Plant By-Product Can be Used to Decontaminate Engine Exhaust Fumes

Waste from geothermal power could be eco-friendly alternative to synthetic catalysts (News Release)

A geothermal power waste product that is similar to limescale can be used to decontaminate engine exhaust fumes, university chemists have discovered.

The team at Manchester Metropolitan University found that a silica-based solution – extracted from fluid used to generate renewable geothermal electricity in New Zealand – could be re-purposed as a catalyst that turns toxic pollutants into less harmful compounds.

Such catalysts are most commonly found in motor engines where they convert carbon monoxide into carbon dioxide in the exhaust gases.

The silica could be used to replace the ‘much higher carbon footprint of industrially made products’ with one that is naturally produced from a renewable source.

The waste material came from a New Zealand company, Geo40 Ltd, which has developed a world first technology for extracting the silica and further processing it into green alternatives to conventional industrial products.

New Zealand: Funding for Research Into Utilizing Deep Super-Heated Geothermal Fluids

Two major GNS Science research projects help secure NZ's energy future (Voxy)

New Zealand’s goal to be carbon-zero by 2050 is a step closer today, thanks to two major projects launched and led by GNS Science. Both projects have received funding through the Endeavour Fund of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

The Crown Research Institute is working with partners from around the world to develop cutting-edge technological solutions to our energy needs - both now and in the future.

A team led by Dr Isabelle Chambefort at GNS Science is ramping up its work in "next generation" geothermal energy, looking at how to tap deep, very high temperature resources.

"Our science will deliver new options to significantly reduce emissions - as well as providing vital regional perspective and opportunities for iwi and regional development," GNS Science chief executive Ian Simpson says.

"Isabelle’s team will work on innovation to utilize deep super-heated geothermal fluids which will help boost the availability of low emissions energy and the export of New Zealand’s low-carbon expertise - and meet the Carbon Zero 2050 goal."

Monday, September 16, 2019

Kenya: Steam Production Reported at Baringo-Silali Geothermal Power Project

GDC strikes steam in Paka well (Kenya Broadcasting Corporation)

Kenya’s quest to migrate fully to green energy sources has received a boost following the discovery of steam at Paka Well in Tiaty Constituency, Baringo County. According to the  Geothermal Development Company (GDC), Paka one well  started to emit steam last Saturday.

GDC Managing Director Johnston Ole Nchoe says once complete, the six wells at the Baringo-Silali geothermal power project are expected to considerably help lower power bills in the country and improve access.

The Baringo-Silali  project covers three geothermal prospects of Silali, Paka and Korosi with drilling and development of the field will be done in three phases with each well expected to produce 100 megawatts.

Geothermal Event! World’s Largest Annual Geothermal Energy Event Begins

Geothermal Energy Event Opens in Palm Springs

The Opening Session at the Palm Springs Convention Center
Nearly 1,000 attendees have gathered at the world’s largest annual geothermal energy event, the GRC Annual Meeting and Expo, September 15 to 18 at the Palm Springs Convention Center, Palm Springs, California, USA.

The city of Palm Springs welcomed an international audience at the Opening Session of the meeting on Monday, September 16. The session featured special guests and energy experts covering many aspects of geothermal and other renewable energy development.

In addition to keynote speeches by Supervisor Ryan Kelley (Chairman of the Board, Imperial County) and Assemblywoman Wendy Carrillo (California State Assembly), there were two panel discussions: The first commented on the state of the geothermal industry and how California can serve as a key guide for how the rest of the USA and world can transition to the new energy economy with geothermal as a central component of the energy mix. The second panel discussion focused on transmission issues, addressing the various elements of electricity transmission from the developer, engineering, utility and system operator’s perspective.

The Opening Session attracted leading researchers, academics, students, state and federal agency officials, and executives from notable companies such as Berkshire Hathaway Energy, CYRQ Energy, Calpine, Coso Energy, ENEL Green Power, Ormat Technologies, Inc., and others that develop, build, maintain and operate geothermal plants around the U.S.  and the world.

This is the premier gathering to learn about the latest developments in geothermal energy. Last year, the GRC Annual Meeting & Expo hosted over 1,000 attendees from 34 different countries.

The GRC Annual Meeting offers technical, policy, and market conference sessions, educational seminars, tours of local geothermal and renewable energy projects, and numerous networking opportunities.

The Expo features a unique opportunity for leaders in the geothermal energy sector to showcase their projects, equipment, services and state of the art technology to the geothermal community.

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

More photos from the GRC Annual Meeting & Expo.........

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Geothermal Energy News from Around the World

Global Geothermal News - Weekly Update (Geothermal Resources Council)


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

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

Belgium: Balmatt Geothermal Project Paused for Investigation

A rocky road: deep geothermal energy arrives at pivotal point in Flanders (Flanders Today)

Facing earthquakes and the generation of less power than originally thought, the developers of Flanders’ first deep geothermal energy plant are learning the ropes

The development of deep geothermal energy in Flanders has come a long way, but it has faced ups and downs. While there is concern about the risk of earthquakes in the Kempen, three Flemish entrepreneurs are investing millions in a company that is tapping into the commercial potential of this renewable energy source hidden beneath the Earth’s surface.

However, the project suffered a serious setback at the end of June. A power failure was followed by an earthquake measuring 2.1 on the Richter scale. The earthquake was the result of a sudden release of pressure that had been increasing as cooled water was re-injected.

Vito .... paused its geothermal project to make thorough investigations, fine-tune its monitoring system to limit seismic risks and reduce the pressure resulting from the re-injection of water.

The analysis should be ready by the end of this month, after which Vito’s board of directors will decide on the way to proceed.

USA, Nevada: Opinion: "Becoming a leader in geothermal energy production is in the best interest of our state and for our rural communities"

Tapping geothermal can propel Nevada communities forward, says Guinn (Reno Gazette Journal)

Blake Guinn is the Nevada Director of The Western Way (TheWesternWay.org), a nonprofit organization urging Western conservative leaders to acknowledge actual environmental challenges and deliver efficient, pro-market solutions.

Rural communities in Nevada are welcoming the Bureau of Land Management proposal to open up public lands for geothermal energy production.

On Sept. 17, 2019 the agency is set to launch the bidding process that would open up 141 parcels of public land totaling 386,837 acres across Churchill, Eureka, Elko, Esmeralda, Humboldt, Lander, Mineral, Nye, Pershing, Washoe and White Pine counties. As a result, it’s expected to be the largest act of its kind in state history.

Becoming a leader in geothermal energy production is in the best interest of our state and for our rural communities.

Why is this important? Geothermal is a profitable renewable energy source. Our resources are ranked among the best in the country. Moreover, geothermal energy is reliable and cost-effective, and isn’t tied to fuel costs. Importantly, geothermal is not an intermittent source of energy, but generates energy every day around the clock.

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Energynet.com will have the sale running live at booth #403 at the GRC Annual Meeting & Expo.

Friday, September 13, 2019

Geothermal Event! Download the Final Program

GRC Annual Meeting & Expo - Final Program

Are you ready for the geothermal event of the year! Plan your days ahead of time by downloading the Final Program to your smartphone, tablet or laptop.

There will be no paper copies of the program available at the GRC Annual Meeting & Expo but you are welcome to download and print your own copy if you need to.

Download the Final Program.........

But wait!......There's more! 

Get the same information but a lot more! If you download the event app you get the very latest - to the minute - information and the opportunity to network with fellow attendees in Palm Springs.

Download the Event App.......

The Geothermal Energy Magazine - 68 Pages Now Available Online

Now Available - GRC Bulletin - Vol. 48, No. 4, July/August 2019

The July/August issue of the GRC Bulletin is now available to download. Produced by the Geothermal Resources Council since 1972, the Bulletin is the voice of the international geothermal energy community.

In this issue:
  • Executive Director's Message by William Pettitt
  • Communication from the GRC by Ian Crawford
  • Inside Geothermal by Ian Crawford
  • The U.S. Department of Energy’s GeoVision Analysis: Highlighting the Potential of the Heat beneath our Feet by Dr. Susan G. Hamm
  • The Relationship between Geothermal Fluid Flow and Geologic Context: A Global Review by Irene C Wallis, et al
  • The Energy Potential Still Beneath Our Feet: How Germany’s Energy Future May Stem From Its Past by Clinton Smith
  • GeoSmart: Towards Flexible and Efficient Geothermal Systems by GeoSmart Consortium
  • Geothermal Well HGP-A: Hawaiʻi’s First Successful Geothermal Well by Hawaiʻi Groundwater and Geothermal Resources Center
  • In Memoriam -  Subir Kumar Sanyal, lfonso Dodong Teves and George William Grindley 
  • Publications, Websites, Videos & Maps by Ian Crawford
  • Calendar of Events
The GRC Bulletin is only available online to GRC members. To make sure of your copy join the GRC today!

BONUS! The latest issue of the Bulletin is available to attendees at the GRC Annual Meeting & Expo, being held in Palm Springs, California from 15-18 September, from the Event App.

Republic of Ireland: Offshore Geothermal Resource Project Put on Hold

Providence Resources to park green energy (Irish Examiner)

Under-pressure exploration company Providence Resources has no plans to further develop its newly-created 'green' energy subsidiary for the foreseeable future.

The company is currently awaiting vital funding from its development partners, to finance a major drilling round at its flagship Barryroe oil and gas field, off the Cork coast, next year.

However, earlier this year Providence formed an affiliate business Providence Renewables DAC to look at geothermal energy projects and ways of transforming boiling water under the sea bed into renewable electricity.

Speaking after Providence's AGM in Dublin this week, chief executive Tony O'Reilly Jr said while the group is planning a strategic review of all its assets and divisions, development of the renewables arm remains some time off, and not just due to the overall company's current financial restrictions.

"Geothermal energy is really interesting. The problem is there's got to be some legislative frameworks put in place to be able to do things like that; likewise around carbon sequestration.

"I'd be interested in the long term, but we're many years away before having actual legislation to allow these things to happen. So, will it be short-term, probably not, but you never know," Mr O'Reilly said.

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From the Global Geothermal News archives:

Geothermal Event! New Exciting Outdoor Exhibit Showcase

Display Your Large Equipment at the Outdoor Showcase!

C&J Energy Services along with Halliburton will be displaying their equipment at the Outdoor Exhibit Showcase.

GRC Annual Meeting & Expo
  • Sunday, September 15, 8-9pm
  • Monday, September 16, 7am-1:30pm
Esplanade area outside the Palm Springs Convention Center


Do you have large equipment to display? Bring it to the GRC Expo and showcase it to our attendees!

New this year, the GRC will host an Outdoor Exhibit Showcase in conjunction with the usual indoor expo at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The outdoor expo will be located in the outdoor Esplanade area in front of the registration lobby of the convention center where exhibitors will have a covered and secure place to showcase their large equipment.

If you are interested, please contact Anh Lay at alay@geothermal.org or by phone at (530) 758- 2360 ext. 100.

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Geothermal Event! Register Now and Save $50!

Register Now for GRC Annual Meeting & Expo and Save!

Save $50 for this premier geothermal energy event by registering before the event

The GRC Annual Meeting & Expo will bring together geothermal companies, academics, financiers, policy leaders, students, and other individuals to attend or exhibit at the event, to be held from September 15 to 18 at the Palm Springs Convention Center, Palm Springs, California, USA.

Attendees who register before the event pay only $1,130 as Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) members or $1,330 if non-members. The non-member registration includes GRC membership through 2020. Students with a current identification card from an accredited institution pay just $175 which also includes GRC membership through 2020. Registration onsite at the event will incur a $50 processing charge. 

In addition to the prestigious Technical Program, the three-day registration to the GRC Annual Meeting & Expo includes Sunday evening events until late (an Opening Reception, Outdoors Exhibits and an After-after Party!), the Opening Session on Monday morning, a Network Reception on Tuesday and the GRC Expo and lunch on all three days.

All the latest information and a tremendous tool for networking at the conference, can be found on the Event App, which can be downloaded at https://attendify.com/app/611o5d/.

Registration is available through a secure online connection on the GRC website at www.geothermal.org or download the Program containing a printable Registration Form.

This is the premier gathering to learn about the latest developments in geothermal energy. Last year, the GRC Annual Meeting & Expo hosted over 1,000 attendees from 34 different countries.

The GRC Annual Meeting will offer technical, policy, and market conference sessions, educational seminars, tours of local geothermal and renewable energy projects, and numerous networking opportunities.

The Expo features a unique opportunity for leaders in the geothermal energy sector to showcase their projects, equipment, services and state of the art technology to the geothermal community. Reserve your booth now! There were more than 100 exhibitors at last year’s trade show.

Room reservations can now be made on the GRC website at www.geothermal.org.

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

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

More Information & Register..........

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Geothermal Event! Call for Sessions for GRC Annual Meeting & Expo

Reno2020 Call for Sessions Opening Now (News Release)


Due November 8, 2019

This is a “Call for Sessions” for the 2020 GRC Annual Meeting & Expo to be held at the Peppermill Resort in Reno, Nevada from October 18-21, 2020. We are inviting proposals for specific sessions at next year’s meeting. Sessions can be organized and led by up to three people, a session chair and two co-chairs. Successful session chairs will be expected to assist the technical chair to recruit authors and organize reviews. A session will include at least four papers.

For more information on the Call for Sessions, please click the button below or visit the GRC website.

Mark Your Calendar:
  • Call for Sessions Deadline - November 8, 2019
  • Call for Papers Deadline - May 27, 2020 - more information coming soon!
GRC Annual Meeting & Expo - October 18-21, 2020
See you at the GRC’s Reno2020 great gathering of our Industry and Community!

Taiwan: Geothermal Power Projects Compete in Yilan County

Rival geothermal projects raising heat in Yilan County (Taipei Times)

Unfair? A geothermal power firm owner called for a Control Yuan probe on the county blocking his project, while making it easy for a rival company

The Yilan County Government is endangering a geothermal power generation project by denying it land use rights, former Taiwan Environmental Protection Union chairman Kao Cheng-yan (高成炎) said yesterday, announcing that he has asked the Control Yuan to investigate the situation.

Kao, who runs a geothermal power company, told a news conference in Taipei that his firm and National Yilan University have been collaborating on a project to generate geothermal power at the Cingshuei Geothermal Plant by using a well that CPC Corp, Taiwan had drilled in the hope of finding petroleum.

His facility, which took four-and-a-half years to research and develop, has been generating electricity for public use since April, but has not been paid by Taiwan Power Co, as the county government has refused to grant it a land use permit and a so-called “miscellany waiving permit” for small-scale renewable energy generation facilities, Kao said.

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United Kingdom: Drilling Completed at United Downs Geothermal Project

U.K. Closes In on First Geothermal Power On Drilling Success (Bloomberg)

The U.K. could be producing electricity from a geothermal plant for the first time early next decade after drilling at a site in southwest England showed it could become a viable part of the renewable energy mix.

Initial tests by Geothermal Engineering Ltd. at the 5.1 kilometer (3.2 mile) deep well suggest that the United Downs project in Redruth, Cornwall is capable of producing power, the company said. Once fully operational, it could supply as much as 3 megawatts of electricity.

Tests will continue at the site until the end of the first quarter in 2020 with construction scheduled to begin thereafter, GEL said. The well is the deepest ever drilled and hottest recorded in the U.K. with temperatures of 195 degrees Celsius (383 degrees Fahrenheit).

Switzerland: Government to Help Fund Exploration for Haute-Sorne Geothermal Project

Bund unterstützt Geothermieprojekt in Haute-Sorne mit Erkundungsbeitrag - Federal Government supports geothermal project in Haute-Sorne with exploration contribution (Geo-Energy Suisse)

Das Bundesamt für Energie hat heute bekanntgegeben, dass der Bund das Geothermieprojekt in Haute-Sorne (JU) mit einem Erkundungsbeitrag in der Höhe von 64,1 Millionen Franken unterstützen wird (Art. 33, Energiegesetz). Das Projekt soll mit der ersten Erkundungsbohrung im Tiefengestein des Jurabogens beginnen.

(From Google Translate) The Swiss Federal Office of Energy today announced that the federal government will support the geothermal project in Haute-Sorne (JU) with a reconnaissance contribution of CHF 64.1 million (Art. 33, Energy Act). The project should begin with the first exploration well in the deep rock of the Jura arc.

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USA: New Legislation Would Boost Geothermal Energy on Public Lands

Bishop, Scalise, Cheney unveil GOP alternative federal energy bill (Politico)

Three senior House Republicans today offered their alternative vision for federal onshore and offshore energy policy with legislation aimed at sharply reducing the obstacles toward constructing new projects. The measure also contains a section aimed at boosting renewable energy.

House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, Republican Conference Chairwoman Liz Cheney and Natural Resources Ranking Member Rob Bishop (Utah) are unveiling the legislative push called the American Energy First Act. Their bill comes the same week as House Democrats plan to vote on three pieces of legislation that would bar oil and gas drilling in many parts of the United States.

The measure also contains a section aimed at boosting renewable energy. It would establish priority areas for geothermal, solar and wind on public lands while limiting the time for their environmental reviews. It also includes provisions meant to boost geothermal energy projects on public lands and authorizing offshore wind production in U.S. territories.

Japan: JOGMEC to Drill Test Bores on Behalf of Potential Developers

Geothermal power in Japan set to heat up as government drills in (Nikkei Asian Review)

State agency to join exploration, easing risks for developers

Japan's government will play a greater role in developing the nation's geothermal power resources, seeking to lower the barrier for private-sector investment in this lagging area of renewable energy, Nikkei has learned.

State-owned resources agency Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC) will conduct test bores -- part of the financially risky early phase of development -- on behalf of potential developers starting in the fiscal year from April 2020.

The initiative could help unlock underground heat as an energy source in volcanic Japan, which ranks third in the world in geothermal resources, behind the U.S. and Indonesia, according to data from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.

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USA: Baker Hughes to Regain Control of Oil-Field and Geothermal Services Company

GE to Give Up Majority Control of Baker Hughes (Wall Street Journal)

General Electric Co. is giving up majority control of Baker Hughes, selling shares in the oil-field services firm that will raise about $3 billion cash but trigger a more-than-$7 billion accounting charge.

GE executives have said they planned to wind down their stake in the business, which GE acquired when it merged its struggling oil and gas division with Baker Hughes in a 2017 deal. The combination created a new public company that was 62.5% owned by GE.


Baker Hughes is a Gold Level sponsor and is exhibiting at the GRC Annual Meeting & Expo from 15-18 September at the Palm Springs Convention Center, California, USA.

Geothermal Event! All the Entries from the Geothermal Photo Contest Now Available!

Geothermal Photo Contest 2019

As part of the Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) Annual Meeting & Expo in Palm Springs, California September 15-19 the GRC will present the entries from the 40th Amateur Geothermal Photo Contest. The contest serves to showcase the talent of the geothermal community as well as the beauty and intrigue found in every aspect of the geothermal industry.

Contestants from 8 countries around the world submitted 39 photos. Please enjoy the photos - they are free to use with the proper attributions (Photographer and Geothermal Resources Council). The winners will be presented at the GRC Annual Meeting & Expo.

GRC 2019 - Photo Contest

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Geothermal Event: Exciting Destination for GRC Annual Meeting & Expo in 2019

Palm Springs, California to Host 43rd GRC Annual Meeting & Expo in 2019 (News Release)

More than 1,000 attendees from around the world are expected at the largest annual meeting of the global geothermal energy community



The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) invites you to the next GRC Annual Meeting & Expo. The 43rd edition of the geothermal energy event will be held in Palm Springs, California, USA, from September 15-18.

Come and help the geothermal community speak with one global voice. In addition to the high-quality presentations of the Technical Sessions there will be workshops, fieldtrips, an expo and numerous networking opportunities.

Palm Springs has a new dynamic downtown with stylish hotels, new fashionable restaurants, new chic shops and boutiques, new fun entertainment venues as well as welcoming public spaces for gathering, celebrating and relaxing.

With 360 days of sun-kissed weather and gorgeous scenery, Palm Springs is like no place else and experiencing a comeback as Hollywood's playground with a growing nightlife, burgeoning art scene and edgy vibe.

The surrounding area is a natural paradise with mountains and box canyons just outside of town and the Joshua Tree National Park just 12 miles away. Farther afield the cities of Los Angeles and San Diego are only two hours from Palm Springs.

The GRC Annual Meeting & Expo will be held in the Palm Springs Convention Center and the contracted hotels are either connected to the convention center or just a short walk away.

For more information about the 43rd GRC Annual Meeting & Expo in Palm Springs, California, USA, from September 15-18, visit www.geothermal.org/meet-new.html or call (530) 758-2360.

Geothermal Event! World’s Largest Annual Geothermal Energy Event Begins This Weekend!

Geothermal Energy Event Opens This Week in Palm Springs (News Release)

Nearly 1,000 attendees will gather at the world’s largest annual geothermal energy event, the GRC Annual Meeting and Expo, September 15 to 18 at the Palm Springs Convention Center, Palm Springs, California, USA.

The city of Palm Springs will welcome an international audience at the Opening Session of the meeting on Monday, September 16. The session will feature special guests and energy experts covering many aspects of geothermal and other renewable energy development.

In addition to keynote speeches by Supervisor Ryan Kelley (Chairman of the Board, Imperial County) and Assemblywoman Wendy Carrillo (California State Assembly), there will be two panel discussions: The first will comment on the state of the geothermal industry and how California can serve as a key guide for how the rest of the USA and world can transition to the new energy economy with geothermal as a central component of the energy mix. The second panel discussion will focus on transmission issues, addressing the various elements of electricity transmission from the developer, engineering, utility and system operator’s perspective.

The Opening Session will attract leading researchers, academics, students, state and federal agency officials, and executives from notable companies such as Berkshire Hathaway Energy, CYRQ Energy, Calpine, Coso Energy, ENEL Green Power, Ormat Technologies, Inc., and others that develop, build, maintain and operate geothermal plants around the U.S.  and the world.

This is the premier gathering to learn about the latest developments in geothermal energy. Last year, the GRC Annual Meeting & Expo hosted over 1,000 attendees from 34 different countries.

The GRC Annual Meeting will offer technical, policy, and market conference sessions, educational seminars, tours of local geothermal and renewable energy projects, and numerous networking opportunities.

The Expo features a unique opportunity for leaders in the geothermal energy sector to showcase their projects, equipment, services and state of the art technology to the geothermal community. Reserve your booth now! There were more than 100 exhibitors at last year’s trade show.

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

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

New Zealand: Commercial Extraction of Silica from Geothermal Brine Plant Begins Construction

Construction begins on new ‘green mining’ geothermal project (News Release)

The first soil has been turned to mark the beginning of construction of a world-first commercial-scale plant to extract valuable minerals from geothermal fluid.

Geo40's commercial demonstration plant at Ohaaki.
Geo40 has developed the technology to extract silica and other valuable minerals from geothermal fluid once it has been used for geothermal power generation and before the fluid is reinjected back into the underground geothermal reservoir.

In July, Geo40 was awarded $15 million from the Provincial Growth Fund to enable its demonstration plant on the Ohaaki geothermal field to be scaled to a commercial plant.

In addition to the silica extracted from geothermal fluid, Geo40 is also developing the technology to extract other minerals, including lithium. Laboratory research in the USA, Japan and recently in New Zealand has confirmed that over 90 per cent of lithium from the Ohaaki geothermal fluid can be extracted and Geo40 will look to test this technology in its commercial demonstration plant in late 2019.

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From the Global Geothermal News archives:

Geothermal Event - We've Got an App for That!

Download The GRC Annual Meeting & Expo App!
Due to popular demand we are again providing a mobile app for the GRC Annual Meeting & Expo for use on a Smartphone, tablet or desktop. This is the best way to keep up-to date with news and information at your favorite geothermal energy event.

Are you going to Palm Springs to network? The app will help you find old friends and connect with new ones.

The app can be downloaded from a dedicated website at https://attendify.com/app/611o5d/ - you first have to download a "container app".
  1. Download the "Attendify" container app from the App Store or Google Play.
  2. Open the app and sign up by tapping the corresponding button at the top or bottom of the page, or log in if you already have a profile. To create an account, we recommend using the email address you registered for the event with.
  3. Search for "GRC Annual Meeting & Expo" or scan this QR Code........
  4. If you already joined an event, it will be visible on the home screen of the Attendify App under "Your Events" section, or you can quickly open the list of all events you joined from the side menu.
  5. On the event card, you can find the GRC Annual Meeting's date, location, and description. Tap join to access the event, see the full, up-to-date information and start interacting with other users. 
You are in! Here is what you can do with the Attendify App:
  • Share photos, post messages, comment & like other users' posts
  • @mention other attendees in your post and they will receive a notification about it
  • Cross-post to other social networks (Twitter, LinkedIn)
  • Connect & network with other attendees
  • Send private messages
  • Save participants' profiles as VCards to your phone
  • Take notes (you can #tag other attendees to document something about them)
  • Bookmark sessions, speakers, sponsors, exhibitors, and attendees
  • Rate speakers and sessions, provide feedback & comments
  • Set scheduled reminders for sessions & create a personal schedule
  • Receive push notifications from the event organizer
  • Vote in polls & view voting statistics
  • Access all event information (schedule, documents, maps, speaker bios)
  • Search attendees by "Interests"
How to use the Attendify GRC Event App.........

Don't wait, download the App now!

Japan: Construction of 14.9 MW Appi Geothermal Power Plant Begins

Construction Works Started at Appi Geothermal Power Plant - Aiming to start commercial operation in April 2024 (News Release)


Appi Geothermal Energy Corporation, which was jointly established by Electric Power Development Co., Ltd. (J-POWER), Mitsubishi Materials Corporation (MMC), and Mitsubishi Gas Chemical Company, Inc. (MGC), has started construction works of Appi Geothermal Power Plant in August 2019.

Appi Geothermal Power Plant, whose capacity is 14,900kW, will contribute to reducing CO2 emissions and stable power supply. Aiming to start commercial operation in April 2024, Appi Geothermal Energy Corporation is proceeding with construction works safely, with consideration to natural environment.
This project is the second joint geothermal power project by J-POWER, MCC and MGC after Wasabizawa Geothermal Power Plant which started commercial operation on May 20, 2019.

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Europe: New Website for Combined Geothermal Heat and Power Consortium

Geosmart: Innovations For Flexible Geothermal Systems (News Release)

Project GeoSmart is pleased to announce the launch of its brand new project website, https://www.geosmartproject.eu/. The site enables the users to find out more about the project and its services, its international consortia and the expected impact on the resilience of geothermal heat and power sector.

Project GeoSmart, an international and collaborative initiative, funded by European Commission’s H2020 program, aims to address the strategic flexibility required from European geothermal installations, as they become significant energy sources over the next 20-30 years, replacing decommissioned fossil fuel plants.

The project’s main objective is the demonstration, in working geothermal plants, of two variants of GeoSmart technology, meeting the different flexibility needs of low-enthalpy and high enthalpy combined heat and power (CHP) provision.

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Monday, September 9, 2019

Geothermal Event! GRC Annual Meeting to Host Timely Discussion on Opportunities and Challenges for the Geothermal Industry

Opportunities and Challenges for the Geothermal Industry - A Panel Discussion (News Release)

GRC Annual Meeting & Expo
Tuesday, September 17, 10:10-11:50am
Palm Springs Convention Center

Moderator: Kathy Araujo, Energy Policy Institute - Center for Advanced Energy Studies, Boise State University

Panelists:

  • Nick Goodman (Cyrq)
  • Bill Harvey (Power Engineers)
  • David Kolk (City of Colton)
  • Tim Latimer (Fervo)
  • Christal Loewen (CanGEA)
  • Alex Richter (ThinkGeoEnergy)

The US geothermal power industry has experienced major flux in recent years. In the five-year period between 2012 and 2017, total growth equaled 0.2% compared to 15.2% in the previous five years (according to data from the Energy Information Administration). Importantly, geothermal energy is also experiencing significant technological improvements through research programs led by the European Union (EU), the US Department of Energy (DoE) and California Energy Commission (CEC), amongst others, as well as new investment from the private sector. Amidst the shifts, geothermal energy continues to offer considerable value for the power grid in terms of the quality and characteristics of the energy as a flexible and renewable form of baseload in the transition to a low-carbon, sustainable, energy economy.

There are also large growth opportunities in Co-production with oil & gas, Deep Direct Use, and Shallow Heat-pump applications, as evidenced by countries in Europe and through the DoE’s recent GeoVision study. Given these dynamic times, how do we take good advantage of these opportunities, encourage growth in the geothermal industry and facilitate greater penetration of geothermal energy into the world’s energy markets? The goal of the panel is to facilitate objective debate across a panel of experts and, using interactive Q&A with the audience, get to the heart of this question to inform the direction of our industry and community.

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Save $50 for this premier geothermal energy event by registering before the event

The GRC Annual Meeting & Expo will bring together geothermal companies, academics, financiers, policy leaders, students, and other individuals to attend or exhibit at the event, to be held from September 15 to 18 at the Palm Springs Convention Center, Palm Springs, California, USA.

Attendees who register before the event pay only $1,130 as Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) members or $1,330 if non-members. The non-member registration includes GRC membership through 2020. Students with a current identification card from an accredited institution pay just $175 which also includes GRC membership through 2020. Registration onsite at the event will incur a $50 processing charge. 

In addition to the prestigious Technical Program, the three-day registration to the GRC Annual Meeting & Expo includes Sunday evening events until late (an Opening Reception, Outdoors Exhibits and an After-after Party!), the Opening Session on Monday morning, a Network Reception on Tuesday and the GRC Expo and lunch on all three days.

All the latest information and a tremendous tool for networking at the conference, can be found on the Event App, which can be downloaded at https://attendify.com/app/611o5d/.

Registration is available through a secure online connection on the GRC website at www.geothermal.org or download the Program containing a printable Registration Form.

This is the premier gathering to learn about the latest developments in geothermal energy. Last year, the GRC Annual Meeting & Expo hosted over 1,000 attendees from 34 different countries.

The GRC Annual Meeting will offer technical, policy, and market conference sessions, educational seminars, tours of local geothermal and renewable energy projects, and numerous networking opportunities.

The Expo features a unique opportunity for leaders in the geothermal energy sector to showcase their projects, equipment, services and state of the art technology to the geothermal community. Reserve your booth now! There were more than 100 exhibitors at last year’s trade show.

Room reservations can now be made on the GRC website at www.geothermal.org.

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

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

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Germany: Fifth Well Being Drilled at Munich Geothermal District Heating Project

Geothermie-Anlage: Unter der Wiesn wird derzeit gebohrt - Geothermal plant: Under the Wiesn is currently being drilled (Abendzeitung-Muenchen)

Ducks at the Schäftlarnstraße Drill Site in
Munich, Germany. By David Lentsch.
GRC Photo Contest 2018.
Das fünfte Bohrloch für die Geothermie-Anlage der Stadtwerke München in Sendling wird bald fertig. Gerade fräst sich der Bohrer unter der Theresienwiese durchs Gestein.

The fifth borehole for the geothermal plant of Stadtwerke München in Sendling will soon be completed. The drill is currently milling through the rocks under the Theresienwiese .

Es ist das fünfte von insgesamt sechs Mega-Bohrlöchern, die die Stadtwerke (SWM) für die Geothermie-Anlage, die hinterm Heizkraftwerk Süd an der Schäftlarnstraße entsteht, in die Erde treiben, um das heiße Thermalwasser aus der Tiefe unter München bald für die Wärmeversorgung der Stadt nutzen zu können. Ein Baustein für das Ziel, bis 2040 den gesamten Münchner Bedarf an Fernwärme CO²-neutral zu decken.


(From Google Translate) It is the fifth of a total of six  deep holes drilled into the ground by Stadtwerke (SWM) for the geothermal power plant, which is being built behind the southern heating plant on Schäftlarnstraße, soon to supply hot thermal water from below Munich for use in the city - a building block for the goal of covering the entire Munich demand for district heating CO²-neutral by 2040 .

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Finance: World Energy Council Envisions Modest Growth for Geothermal Energy

World Energy Scenarios 2019 (World Energy Council)


In 2016, the World Energy Council and its scenarios partners, Accenture Strategy Energy and the Paul Scherrer Institute, published a new set of World Energy Scenarios describing three different plausible pathways for energy transition. The scenarios adopted a time horizon to 2060 to focus on the responses to the challenge of global climate change.

Over the last three years, this scenario framework has been validated by input from the Council’s extensive energy expert member community and annual surveys of energy leaders. The three scenarios are perceived by these experts to be more relevant than ever. Discussion of member input has added interesting nuances to each scenario archetype. In this round, the Council has adopted a medium-term time horizon of 2040 and focused on the implications of broader and disruptive innovation for the energy industry.

The 2019 scenarios are summarised as follows:
  • Modern Jazz. A market-led, digitally disrupted world with faster-paced and more uneven economic growth. Recent signals suggest that this entrepreneurial future might accelerate clean energy access on both global and local scales, whilst presenting new systems integration, cyber security and data privacy challenges.
  • Unfinished Symphony. A strong, coordinated, policy-led world, with long-term planning and united global action to address connected challenges, including inequitable access and affordable decarbonisation. Recent signals suggest increased activism and commitment to addressing climate change at the sub-national level, and an expansion of the focus from climate change mitigation to a broader, socially inclusive and economically affordable sustainable development agenda.
  • Hard Rock. A fragmented world with inward-looking policies, lower growth  and less global cooperation. Recent signals, such as the rise of populist leaders and uncertainty about the outlook for international cooperation, imply that this scenario is also evolving into a story of regionally firmer security foundations rather than total fragmentation and “harder rocks.”
The projections for geothermal under the three scenarios are:
  • Modern Jazz: 599 TWh by 2060, a 4.6% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) over the period of 2015-2060 
  • Unfinished Symphony: 859 TWh by 2060, a 5.4% CAGR
  • Hard Rock Power: 365 TWh by 2060, a 3.4% CAGR

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Geothermal Event! New Exciting Outdoor Exhibit Showcase

Display Your Large Equipment at the Outdoor Showcase!

GRC Annual Meeting & Expo

  • Sunday, September 15, 8-9pm
  • Monday, September 16, 7am-1:30pm

Esplanade area outside the Palm Springs Convention Center

Do you have large equipment to display? Bring it to the GRC Expo and showcase it to our attendees!

New this year, the GRC will host an Outdoor Exhibit Showcase in conjunction with the usual indoor expo at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The outdoor expo will be located in the outdoor Esplanade area in front of the registration lobby of the convention center where exhibitors will have a covered and secure place to showcase their large equipment.

If you are interested, please contact Anh Lay at alay@geothermal.org or by phone at (530) 758- 2360 ext. 100.

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Friday, September 6, 2019

Geothermal Energy News from Around the World

Global Geothermal News - Weekly Update (Geothermal Resources Council)


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

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

Opportunity to Have a Say on the Direction of your Geothermal Association

Become a Candidate! GRC Board of Directors 2020-2021 Term (News Release)

The next election for the Board of the Geothermal Resources Council will be in November 2019, voted by our members. It’s vital that all our members participate in this vote. It’s your chance to have a say on the direction of your association.

The Board will soon announce a list of nominated candidates selected by the current Directors.

Every member also has the right to petition for a candidate by collecting 25 signatures from other members. Get on the ballot by participating at the Annual Meeting & Expo in Palm Springs!

All candidates at the Annual Meeting & Expo will have the opportunity to campaign for the vote:
  • receive a special “GRC Board Nominee” ribbon attached to their name badge;
  • be involved in a meet-and-greet at the GRC booth (5:30 – 6:30 pm on Tuesday September 17);
  • have candidate information uploaded to the conference app including: draft statement; head shot; bio.*
Submit a petition before the meet-and-greet and receive a ribbon and be eligible to take part at our booth.

Final candidate petitions will be accepted through October 1st.

* Candidate information will be uploaded to the app if received promptly and staff time allows.

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Geothermal Event! Controlled Thermal Resources Updates on Hell’s Kitchen Geothermal Lithium and Power Projects

The right place at the right time - Hell's Kitchen Lithium and Geothermal (LinkedIn)

Rod Colwell, Chief Executive Officer, Controlled Thermal Resources

Hells Kitchen 2, Third Place in 2017 GRC Photo Contest.
Darrell Cornett, Darco Productions, El Centro, California, USA.

With August wrapped up and the U.S. summer cooling off, Controlled Thermal Resources (CTR) continues to progress its Hell’s Kitchen Lithium and Power projects in Imperial Valley with commercial operation of the first 15,000-tonne lithium carbonate facility and 49.9 megawatt power plant projected for 2023.

We are pleased to report construction work continues in preparation for CTR’s Hell’s Kitchen Lithium and Power projects. CTR’s engineering consultant HATCH is nearing completion of the HKG Preliminary Economic Assessment and the team has activated early preparations for the next major engineering milestone.  


Rod Colwell will be attending the GRC Annual Meeting & Expo from 15-18 September at the Palm Springs Convention Center, Palm Springs, California, USA. He will be speaking on a panel - Accelerating Geothermal Lithium Extraction Technology from 1:30-3:10pm on Monday, September 16. 

Controlled Thermal Resources is a sponsor of the Party at the Air Museum on Monday, September 16.

Geothermal Event! Spaces Filling Up Fast for Enhanced Geothermal Systems Workshop

GRC Workshop - New Frontiers in EGS Technology

Friday & Saturday, September 13 & 14
Palm Springs Convention Center, California, USA
Cost: $650 (Member), $750 (Non-Member), $225 (Student)

Organized by:
  • Sabodh K. Garg, Ph.D., Vice-President and Principal Reservoir Engineer, Geologica Geothermal Group, Inc.
  • Azadeh Riahi, Ph.D., Senior Engineer, Itasca Consulting Group
  • William M. Rickard, PE, President and Principal Engineer, Geothermal Resource Group, Inc.
  • Will Pettitt, Ph.D., Executive Director, Geothermal Resources Council
Download the Flyer (PDF).........

High-temperature geothermal resources are the manifestations of cooling magmatic intrusions, which are vertically zoned. Beneath the low-permeability cap and the hydrothermal circulation volume, there exists a zone of limited permeability where meteoric fluid does not circulate freely, and thus engineering intervention is required to enhance permeability and fluid circulation.

It is estimated that roughly 90% of the geothermal power resource reside in Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS). While realization of EGS development on the 100+ GWe scale would make EGS a significant component of the renewable energy portfolio, numerous technological challenges remain in accessing and characterizing, creating, monitoring, operating, and sustaining engineered reservoirs.

Development of cost-effective EGS technology is critical to the long-term viability of the world-wide geothermal industry. This workshop is the third in a series of EGS-focused workshops sponsored by the GRC (previously held in 2012 and 2016), focusing on the latest research findings and practical experiences in geothermal reservoirs. The workshop instructors are experts from geothermal and petroleum industry, academic institutions, and U.S. national laboratories.

In addition to formal presentations, ample time will be allowed for questions/discussion between participants and workshop presenters.

Spaces are filling up fast! Sign-up now!

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Geothermal Event! Spaces Filling Up Fast for Supercritical and Superhot Geothermal Resources Workshop

GRC Workshop - Supercritical and Superhot Geothermal Resources

Saturday, September 14, 8am-5pm
Palm Springs Convention Center, Palm Springs, California, USA
Cost: $375 (GRC Member), $475 (Non-Member), $175 (Student)


Organized by Wilfred Elders (Professor Emeritus, UC Riverside), with instructors from USA, Japan, and Iceland.
Flow testing the hottest well in the world. Krafla Power Station, Iceland. Well IDDP-1 at Krafla hit 900°C hot magma at 2.1 km depth. Since the well has been flow tested several times, photo from 9 August 2011, 10°C at 40 bar, 3150 KJ/Kg, -35 MWe. - Gudmundur O. Fridleifsson. 2011 GRC Photo Contest.
There is increasing interest in supercritical and superhot geothermal systems as wells penetrating such reservoirs could potentially yield an order of magnitude more power than that currently produced from typical geothermal wells. Such resources are likely wherever young volcanic rocks occur at drillable depths.

Speakers: 

Wilfred Elders, University of California, Riverside, USA; Susan Petty, Alta Rock Energy USA; Samuel Scott, Reykjavik University, Iceland. Ingólfur Ö Þorbjörnsson, Iceland GeoSurvey, Iceland; Matthew Uddenberg, Stravan Consulting LLC, USA. Tatiana Pyatina, Brookhaven National Lab., USA; Hiroshi Asanuma, AIST, Japan. Þorleikur Jóhannesson, Verkis, Iceland,

Topics:
  • Enthalpy and Flow Characteristics of Supercritical Fluids and Their Reactions With Crustal Rocks & Their Worldwide Potential. Wilfred Elders
  • Modeling Supercritical Systems Associated With Igneous Intrusions. Samuel Scott
  • Economics of Supercritical Geothermal Resources. Matthew Uddenberg
  • The Iceland Deep Drilling Project, Phase 1, Drilling Into Magma. Wilfred Elders
  • The Iceland Deep Drilling Project, Phase 2, Drilling Into a 600o Supercritical System. Wilfred Elders
  • The Japan Beyond The Brittle Project. Hiroshi Asanuma
  • Challenges of Drilling, Logging, and Completing High Temperature and Pressure Wells. Susan Petty
  • Casing, and Expandable Couplings For Hot Wells. Ingólfur Ö Þorbjörnsson
  • Very High Temperature Casing Cements. Tatiana Pyatina
  • IDDP Fluid Handling and Power Production Issues. Þorleikur Jóhannesson
  • The Newberry Crater, Oregon Superhot System. Susan Petty
  • Utilizing Supercritical Systems To Produce Flexible And Integrated Combinations Of Electricity, Hydrogen, and Minerals. Wilfred Elders
  • Panel Discussion: Overview and Prospects For The Future. Moderated by Wilfred Elders
Ample time will be provided for workshop participants and presenters to engage in discussion to explore select topics in more detail.

Space is limited; early enrollment is recommended.

Geothermal Event! Exhibitor Launches Enhanced Measurement Tools

Enhanced measurement accuracy with new Promac series tools (Engineering360)

(Courtesy Probe)
Probe, a supplier of cased-hole logging and advanced monitoring technology to the global oil and gas and geothermal industries, has launched the ProMAC, a new series of multi-arm caliper tools. Designed to increase measurement accuracy, reliability and maintainability, ProMAC series tools offer advanced measurements to provide an accurate profile of the internal surface of tubing, casing and completion assemblies.

The tools join Probe’s growing range of well integrity solutions that help operators identify mineral deposition, corrosion, wear and mechanical deformation. The ProMAC series calipers deliver highly sensitive, accurate multi-arm caliper measurements over a wide range of casing and tubing diameters at a vertical resolution of 0.0001 in with excellent temperature stability.

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Probe will be exhibiting at the GRC Annual Meeting & Expo, 15-18 September at the Palm Springs Convention Center in Southern California, USA.