Monday, August 20, 2018

Science & Technology: Monitoring the Thermal Status of the Beppu Geothermal Area From Space

Monitoring Thermal Activity of the Beppu Geothermal Area in Japan Using Multisource Satellite Thermal Infrared Data

Geosciences 2018, 8(8), 306; doi: 10.3390/geosciences8080306
by Md. Bodruddoza Mia, Yasuhiro Fujimitsu and Jun Nishijima


The Beppu geothermal area, one of the largest spa resorts on the northeast Kyushu Island of Japan, is fed by hydrothermal fluids beneath the volcanic center of Mt. Garan and Mt. Tsurumi in the west.

We explored the thermal status of the Beppu geothermal area using nighttime multisource satellite thermal infrared data (TIR) from the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) and Landsat 8 thermal infrared scanner (TIRS) to monitor heat loss from 2009 to 2017.

The results show similar patterns of heat loss and thermal anomalies in both the Beppu geothermal area and Mt. Garan fumaroles, indicating a closely connected geothermal system overall. This suggests that nighttime TIR data are effective for monitoring the thermal status of the Beppu geothermal area.

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Indonesia: New Zealand Company to Trial Technology at Wayang Windu Geothermal Power Project

Geoflow Imaging & Star Energy sign agreement to trial "game changing" new technology for geothermal power (LinkedIn)


Geoflow Imaging of Auckland, New Zealand is trialling a "game changing" technology to significantly reduce the cost of geothermal exploration - which has stifled growth of geothermal power for decades. If successful, it will open up geothermal baseload, clean energy to hundreds of millions of people around the world.

In order to achieve this ambition, Geoflow Imaging is privileged to announce that it has partnered with Star Energy to trial its technology starting early in 2019. Star Energy has selected Wayang Windu as the site for the trial which is 40 km south of Bandung.

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USA, California: Legislation that Would Require Utilities to Purchase Geothermal Power Moves Forward

Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia’s Geothermal Energy Proposal Prevails in Senate Appropriations (News Release)

Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia 
Thursday, in the midst of fevered policy discussions surrounding the fate of California’s clean energy future, Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia successfully advanced AB 893, his proposal supporting geothermal, out of the Senate Committee on Appropriations. The geothermal procurement mandated in this measure is of immense significance to the Riverside and Imperial County communities in Garcia’s district.

“Areas surrounding the Salton Sea are uniquely ripe for renewable energy development, geothermal being chief among them,” stated Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia. “Despite the increased reliability of geothermal, these resources have been greatly neglected in energy conversations. I introduced AB 893, to make sure that this tremendous regional opportunity is no longer overlooked and can be integrated into California's overall energy efforts. In addition to helping diversify our renewable energy portfolio, the inclusion of geothermal would unlock many economic as well as public health co-benefits for underserved areas like ours."

Employment: Drilling Operations Manager at Corbetti Geothermal Project

Drilling Operations Manager - Corbetti Geothermal Project

Closing date -- August 24

The Drilling Operations Manager (DOM) will be a full-time employee based in Ethiopia reporting to the Project Director.

He/she will lead the drilling function for Corbetti and will oversee the final design, planning and safe execution of the Project drilling program.

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Europe: New Book Analyzes Impact of Geothermal Energy on Society

Geothermal Energy and Society (Springer)

Editors: Manzella, Adele, Allansdottir, Agnes, Pellizzone, Anna (Eds.)

Analyzes for the first time the societal aspects of geothermal energy with respect to electrical power generation and heating and cooling (H&C) applications 

This book addresses the societal aspects of harnessing geothermal resources for different uses, such as power production, heating and cooling. It introduces a theoretical framework for a social scientific approach to the field, and presents a preliminary collection of empirical case studies on geothermal energy and society from across the world. By providing a conceptual and methodological framework to the study of geothermal energy and societies, it brings together information and analyses in the field that to date have been sparse and fragmented.

The contributors explore the diverse aspects of the relationship between the harnessing of geothermal resources and the societies and local communities in which these developments take place. After introducing geothermal technologies, renewable energy concepts as well as their social and policy context and the regulative and environmental aspects of geothermal energy, the book analyzes and discusses twelve global case studies, and compares the social engagement tools applied with those used in other sectors.

Of interest to researchers from a range of disciplines who wish to explore the issues surrounding energy and society, it is also a valuable resource for geothermal experts and postgraduate students wish to study the field in greater detail.

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Iceland: Flúðir Geothermal Power Plant to Start Producing Electricity in the Fall

Utilizing low-geothermal heat with latest technology (News Release)

The new power plant is estimated to start producing electricity in the fall of 2018.

At Flúðir, small community in southern Iceland, a new low temperature geothermal plant is rising. The power plant uses a new operating system for the utilization of geothermal heat to produce electricity. EFLA is the main consultant in the project and is responsible for designing the piping system, and all subjects related to the geothermal aspect.

The geothermal well contains hot water that has a temperature of 116°C and the capacity of the well is 45 liters per second. With the Climeon Heat Power modules, it is possible to produce clean energy by utilizing the temperature from 116°C to 76°C and cool the geothermal water. The geothermal fluid heats up a working fluid that is inside the Heat Power units. The system operates at low-pressure levels in comparison to traditional heat power solutions.

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USA, Hawaii: Ormat Receives $7.2 Million in Insurance Proceeds for Drilling Rig Destroyed by Lava at Puna Geothermal Venture

Lava insurance paying off for Puna geothermal plant owner (Honolulu Star-Advertiser)

The majority owner of the geothermal power plant idled by lava on Hawaii island recently reported that it is stuck with an initial $3 million revenue loss but expects further losses will be covered by insurance.

Ormat Technologies Inc., the Nevada-based firm heading Puna Geothermal Venture, also said it has already received $7.2 million in insurance proceeds for a drilling rig destroyed by lava.

Insurance held by Ormat covers lost profit and property damage up to $100 million but excludes the first 30 days of lost revenue, the company said.

Doron Blachar, Ormat’s chief financial officer, said on a conference call that it would take at least 18 months of work to restore PGV to operating condition.

Philippines: Kalinga Geothermal Prospect "an Energy Project of National Significance"

Kalinga geothermal field receives priority (Manila Standard)

The Department of Energy declared the Kalinga geothermal prospect of Aragorn Power and Energy Corp. as an energy project of national significance.

Parent APC Group Inc. said in a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange Monday the Energy Investment Coordinating Council through the DoE recently approved the application of Aragorn Power to develop the Kalinga geothermal area as an energy project of national significance.

Aragorn Power said the status assures action on its application within 30 working days.

The company along with partner Guidance Management Corp. owns the geothermal service contract in the province of Kalinga covering an area of around 26,000  hectares.

The area is estimated to have a power generation potential of between 120 megawatts and 200 MW.

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From the Global Geothermal News archives:

Over 66 Hours of Technical Presentations Offered at Geothermal Energy Event

Technical Program Announced for GRC Annual Meeting & Expo (News Release)

High quality scientific information presented at prestigious geothermal energy event

The Technical Program has been announced for the biggest annual geothermal event of the year.

There will be nearly 200 papers presented at the GRC Annual Meeting & Expo being held in Reno, Nevada, USA from October 14-17 for a total of over 66 hours of high quality technical information.

The technical sessions cover current important topics for the geothermal energy community: Assessment and Optimization; Best Practice Management of Geothermal Resources; Deep Direct Use; Distributed Geothermal & Where Can It Be Implemented; Drilling; Earth Modeling of Geothermal Systems; Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS); EGS COLLAB; Environmental & Community Engagement; Exploration and Resource Assessment; FORGE Research; Geochemistry; Geology & Geophysics; Geophysics; Geothermal Energy in Canada; Geothermal Production From Oil & Gas Fields; Iceland Geothermal; Industrial Direct Use; International Session; Modeling & Simulation; New Technology; Regulatory and Business Development; Regulatory and Policy; Reservoir Engineering, Field Operations and Management; Risk Mitigation Schemes, and Superhot Geothermal Systems.

Friday, August 17, 2018

USA, California: Golden State a Leader in Renewable Energy

California Energy Commission – Tracking Progress (California Energy Commission)

Renewable Energy – Overview

California on it's own is #1 in the world for geothermal energy production, with 2,694 MW of capacity, about 19% of the global total.


California recently set a new goal to increase the renewable content of its electricity from one third to 50 percent by 2030. The state also has a goal to install 12,000 MW of renewable distributed generation. The California Energy Commission is tracking progress toward achieving its renewable goals and the status of permitting and constructing new renewable energy facilities in California.

Highlights for geothermal energy in California:
  • Geothermal produces 13,000 GWh of RPS Eligible Generation a year or 16% of the total for renewable energy.
  • Geothermal provides 2,694 MW of capacity from 43 power plants, 9% of the total for renewables:
    1. Sonoma: 12 power plants with 1,238 MW capacity
    2. Imperial: 20 power plants with 718 MW capacity
    3. Lake: 5 power plants with 396 MW capacity
    4. Inyo: 3 power plants with 302 MW capacity
    5. Mono: 3 power plants with 40 MW capacity
  • There are 7 outstanding Environmental Permits for possible near-term geothermal power projects for a total of 381 MW capacity:
    1. Imperial: 3 permits for a possible 212 MW capacity
    2. Sonoma: 3 permits for a possible 137 MW capacity
    3. Mono: 1 permit for a possible 33 MW capacity
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Deadline for Global Geothermal Photo Contest is Next Week!

The Geothermal Resources Council 2018 Amateur Photo Contest

The deadline for submissions is Friday August 24, 2018.

Midnight Heat, by Hreinn Hjartarson, Husavik, Iceland.
HONORABLE MENTION GRC PHOTO CONTEST 2017
The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) is reminding entrants of the deadline for this year’s Amateur Geothermal Photo Contest. The purpose of the contest is to showcase quality photography featuring geothermal energy around the world.

The winners will be announced at the GRC Annual Meeting & Expo being held in Reno, Nevada,  USA from October 14-17.

The first place winner will receive $150, second place - $100, and third place - $75. Honorable Mention photos will receive certificates.

Photographs on any subject related to geothermal energy can be submitted such as geothermal energy production, Enhanced Geothermal systems (EGS), direct use and geothermal heat pumps. These can include photos of well testing, drilling, operation of geothermal equipment, newly developed equipment, or plant operation, construction of a geothermal plant or plant site, and geological areas or surface manifestations (holding potential for geothermal exploration or development). New this year are acceptance of "GIFs" - short animated movies of a few seconds each.

More information on the GRC Amateur Photo Contest, including a submission form, can be found on the GRC website. The deadline for submissions is August 24, 2018.

Science & Technology: Successful Trial of Microbiological Control Program at Geothermal Power Plant

Success story on ZI-Chem field trial on a major Geothermal plant in West Java (News Release)

The production rate of electricity that can be generated at a geothermal power plant is heavily dependent on the control of microbiological slime in the plant condenser cooling system.

Thailand-based ZI-Chem has recently completed the plant trial for a Microbiological Control Program at an international geothermal company in Indonesia. This program comprised of a unique oxidizing biocide and biodispersant combination to control microbiological growth in cooling tower.

The trial demonstrated the capability of ZI-Chem's biocide and biodispersant products to control microbiological growth below the control limit at a reasonable cost. This program also proved effective at reducing consumption of other chemicals needed to maintain pH levels in the cooling water.

The trial result is the considered significant success by the management of the customer and accepted as a future program for the plant.

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USA, Idaho: Registration for Two Day Energy Policy Conference in Boise Closes Today

2018 Energy Policy Research Conference (Energy Policy Institute)

Registration closes at noon today!


The 2018 Energy Policy Research Conference will be held at the Student Union Building of Boise State University.

This year we will be adding a few new items to the agenda, including a Women in Energy reception and a student poster session.

Since 2011, the Energy Policy Research Conference has been bringing researchers together from across the nation and around the globe. To date, EPRC has been held in a number of different venues throughout the Western U.S., including Santa Fe, NM, Denver, CO, San Francisco, CA, Portland, OR, and Boise, ID!

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USA, California: Hot Spring Resort With "Potential for Commercial Geothermal Energy Production" Up for Sale

Historic 1,760-acre Wilbur Hot Springs est. 1865 Hits the Market (News Release)

Northern California's Historic Wilbur Hot Springs, established 1865, a 1,760-acre health retreat with naturally occurring medicinal hot springs including a 1,560-acre Nature Preserve, is now available for the first time in half a century.

Located in Colusa County, the hot springs come from the ground near Bear Creek. The temperature of the springs ranges from 140 degrees to 152 degrees Fahrenheit and has a flow rate of about 30 gallons per minute. It is part of the Western US, Baja, and British Columbia Hot Springs networks, with its elevation is at 1,400 feet.

The property also offers a host of potential commercial income scenarios, including the current health retreat, with a 2017 gross income of $2 million, potential for commercial geothermal and photovoltaic energy production and expansion of Wilbur's existing brand of medicinal bath crystals, medicinal soaps, medicinal facial products, natural laxatives and more.

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Switzerland: Feed-in Tariff for Geothermal Energy Increased

Höhere Einspeisevergütung für Geothermie - Higher feed-in tariff for geothermal energy (geothermie-schweiz)


Die Einspeisevergütung für Geothermie soll um 6.5 Rappen pro Kilowattstunde erhöht werden. Für petrothermale Geothermie steigt die Maximalvergütung auf 54 Rappen, für hydrothermale Geothermie auf 46.5 Rappen. Die entsprechende Verordnung zur Energieförderung ist in der Vernehmlassung.

(From Google Translate) The feed-in tariff for geothermal energy is to be increased by 6.5 cents per kilowatt hour. For petrothermal geothermal energy, the maximum allowance increases to 54 centimes, for hydrothermal geothermal energy 46.5 centimes. The corresponding regulation on energy promotion is in the consultation.

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USA, Idaho: Boise’s District Geothermal Heating System is Largest of its Kind in the United States

Boise has the largest geothermal system in the country. Here's how it works (Idaho Press-Tribune)

Jon Gunnerson explains how the City of Boise’s geothermal heating process works during an interview in the mechanical room beneath Boise City Hall on Aug. 7.
Everything it takes to heat all four floors of Boise City Hall through the winter is contained in a small, blue box tucked in the corner of a basement mechanical room.

A short section of insulated lime green pipe comes into the device and loops back out again, carrying with it thousands of gallons of high-pressure water sourced from a fault line at the base of the foothills.

Water topping out at 170 degrees Fahrenheit snakes through pipes beneath the streets of downtown Boise, heating 6 million square feet of buildings during the winter.

Started in 1983, Boise’s geothermal system is the largest of its kind in the United States and sixth largest worldwide, according to city officials, and they want to see it expand. This year, the city received permission from the Idaho Department of Water Resources to increase the amount of water it uses. With more water, the city is hoping to connect more downtown buildings.

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Science & Technology: Companies Partner to Bring Visualisation Software Solution to the Geothermal Industry

Perigon partners to bring iPoint to the geothermal industry (News Release)


Seequent, a developer of revolutionary visual data science software, and Perigon, a global leader in delivering intelligent wellbore data management solutions today announced they have partnered to deliver the iPoint data management and visualisation software solution to the geothermal Industry.

Seequent, the developer of dedicated 3D modelling solution Leapfrog Geothermal, has been appointed as the exclusive global re-seller of iPoint for geothermal, a tried and tested set of tools tailored specifically for the geothermal industry to address the long-time challenges of data storage, management and security.

iPoint enables direct access to clean, standardised data for geothermal assets in a single environment. Users can store and visualize the complete range of geothermal data, including geochemical, geological, production and geophysical, in ‘one home’ for all subsurface data. This allows users to quickly find the ‘best set’ of information available to them.


Seequent will be exhibiting at the GRC Annual Meeting & Expo from 14-17 October in Reno, Nevada, USA.

Geothermal Event: Over 66 Hours of High Quality Geothermal Energy Presentations at GRC Annual Meeting & Expo

Over 66 Hours of High Quality Geothermal Energy Presentations at GRC Annual Meeting & Expo

There will be nearly 200 papers presented at the GRC Annual Meeting & Expo, October 14-17, for a total of over 66 hours of high quality technical information. The sessions are listed below:
  • Assessment And Optimization
  • Best Practice Management of Geothermal Resources
  • Deep Direct Use
  • Distributed Geothermal & Where Can It Be Implemented
  • Drilling Panel
  • Earth Modeling of Geothermal Systems
  • EGS
  • EGS COLLAB
  • Environmental & Community Engagement
  • Exploration and Resource Assessment
  • FORGE Research
  • Geochemistry
  • Geology & Geophysics
  • Geophysics
  • Geothermal Energy in Canada
  • Geothermal Production From Oil & Gas Fields
  • Iceland Geothermal
  • Industrial Direct Use
  • International Session
  • Modeling & Simulation
  • New Technology
  • Regulatory and Business Development
  • Regulatory and Policy
  • Reservoir Engineering, Field Operations and Management
  • Risk Mitigation Schemes
  • Superhot Geothermal Systems
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Mexico: Bidding Opens for Risk Transfer and Financing Program for Geothermal Energy

Convocatoria para desarrolladores geotermoeléctricos - Call for geothermal electric developers (News Release)

El Programa de Financiamiento y Transferencia de Riesgos para Geotermia en México (PGM) es un programa de grant (donación) contingente otorgado por el Clean Technology Fund (CTF) y operado por el BID, mediante el cual se provee de servicios de perforación exploratoria

(From Google Translate) The Risk Transfer and Financing Program for Geothermal Energy in Mexico (PGM) is a contingent grant program donated by the Clean Technology Fund (CTF) and operated by the IDB, through which exploratory drilling services are provided.

Si deseas recibir el pliego de licitación pública internacional para la contratación de los servicios de perforación de pozos geotérmicos, llene el formulario y serán enviados a tu correo.

If you wish to receive the international bidding document for the contracting of geothermal drilling services, fill out the form and it will be sent to your email.

Armenia: Feasibility Study Being Carried Out on 30 MW Geothermal Power Plant Project

Чешская компания Sumes Geopower AG построит в Армении геотермальную электростанцию. Ее мощность составит от 30 до 50 МВт - Czech company Sumes Geopower AG will build a geothermal power plant in Armenia. Its capacity will be from 30 to 50 MW (Radio Praha)

Работы по разработке технико-экономического обоснования проекта строительства геотермальной электростанции «Каркар» ведутся с 2017 года. Его реализацию в середине июля обсудили министр энергетических инфраструктур и природных ресурсов Армении Артур Григорян и посол Чехии Петр Микиска.

(From Google Translate) Work on development of a feasibility study for the construction of  the Karkar geothermal power plant have been in progress since 2017. Its implementation in mid-July was discussed by the Minister of Energy Infrastructures and Natural Resources of Armenia Artur Grigoryan and Czech Ambassador Petr Mikiska.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

USA, Alaska: Nominate Lands with Geothermal Resources for Potential Future Disposal

Statewide Geothermal Exploration Program: Nomination of Lands (News Release)

The Alaska Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Division of Oil and Gas  is soliciting Nominations of Lands with geothermal resources for potential future disposal.

Geothermal energy is a thermal energy resource typically found along major tectonic plate boundaries. The most active geothermal area in the world, known as the Ring of Fire, is located along Alaska’s coast and the contiguous United States’ west coast, where most domestic geothermal power generation occurs. Alaska has millions of acres of state land available for exploration of geothermal resources. The geothermal potential in Alaska is largely unknown, unexplored, and filled with opportunities to offset high electricity rates in urban and rural areas.

The Division administers the geothermal exploration and development program in Alaska. Beginning this year, and biannually thereafter, the Division will solicit an informal Nomination of Lands period to identify areas for designations as proposed geothermal disposal areas (PGDA) for potential future geothermal lease sales or prospecting permits. Nominated lands are not automatically designated as PGDAs or offered for lease or prospecting permit.

To nominate geothermal lands, please provide the Division with a letter of interest identifying state lands to be considered for future disposal. Nominations must be provided to the Division by November 14, 2018. Letters of nomination can be mailed to our offices at 550 W. 7th Ave, Suite 1100, Anchorage, AK 99501 or emailed to dog.geothermal@alaska.gov.

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From the Global Geothermal News archives:

Indonesia: GRC Workshop on Integrated Subsurface Analysis to Optimize Decisions in Geothermal Exploration

GRC Workshop Before 6th Indonesia International Geothermal Convention and Exhibition (IIGCE)

3-4 September 2018, Jakarta Convention Center, Indonesia


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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Preview of the Next Geothermal Energy Magazine from the GRC

Coming Soon - GRC Bulletin - Vol. 47, No. 4, July/August 2018

The next GRC Bulletin will be published next week. Produced by the Geothermal Resources Council since 1972, the Bulletin is the voice of the international geothermal energy community.

In the next issue:
  • President’s Message, by Maria Richards
  • Executive Director's Message, by William Pettitt
  • Inside Geothermal: 20 pages of geothermal energy news from around the world
  • Frontier for Research in Geothermal Energy Awarded to University of Utah, by Elisabet Metcalfe
  • Transforming Silica into Silicate – Pilot Scale Removal of Problematic Silica from Geothermal Brine, by Thomas Borrmann, et al 
  • Lava Eruption Disrupts the Puna Geothermal Venture - The Background, by Michael Mathioudakis, et al
  • Corporate Focus - Borealis GeoPower
  • Geothermal History in the Making - Geothermal Resources Council - The Early Years, by David N. Anderson
The GRC Bulletin is only available online to GRC members. To make sure of your copy join the GRC today!

USA, New Mexico: Institute of Mining and Technology to Research Geothermal Membrane Distillation for Large-Scale Use

Bureau of Reclamation selects 16 projects to receive $3.5 million for desalination and water purification research (News Release)

U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman announced that 16 entities will receive $3.5 million for laboratory and pilot-scale research projects as part of the Desalination and Water Purification Research Program. The DWPR Program works with Reclamation researchers and partners to develop more innovative, cost-effective and technologically efficient ways to desalinate water.

A pilot-scale project tests a novel process at a sufficiently large scale to determine the technical, practical, and economic viability of the process and are generally preceded by laboratory studies that demonstrate if that the technology works. The $3.5 million will be matched with $4.8 million in non-federal funding.

Included in the seven pilot-scale projects is $200,000 for New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology to research Geothermal membrane distillation for large-scale use. 

Monday, August 13, 2018

Indonesia: GRC Supports Regional Geothermal Energy Conference

6th Indonesia International Geothermal Convention and Exhibition (IIGCE)

5-8 September 2018, Jakarta Convention Center, Indonesia


Global: Calendar of Geothermal Energy Events

Geothermal Energy Calendar from the Geothermal Resources Council


GEOHEAT International Geothermal Conference
4-7 September, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Russian Federation
https://geothermal.org/PDFs/GeoHeat_2018_Second_Announcement.pdf

6th Indonesia International Geothermal Convention and Exhibition (IIGCE) 
5-8 September 2018, Jakarta Convention Center, Indonesia
www.iigce.com/

2018 Energy Policy Research Conference (Energy Policy Institute)
6-7 September, Boise State University, Boise, Idaho, USA
http://epi.boisestate.edu/eprc/

GRC Annual Meeting & Expo
14-17 October, Reno, Nevada, USA
www.geothermal.org/meet-new.html

6th National Geothermal Congress - Polish Geothermal Association
23-25 October, Zakopane, Poland
www.energia-geotermalna.org.pl/vi-ogolnopolski-kongres-geotermalny/

Seventh African Rift Geothermal Conference (ARGeo-C7) 
29 October–4 November, Kigali, Rwanda
www.theargeo.org

U.S. Hot Springs Conference
7–9 November, Glenwood Springs, Colorado, USA
www.hotspringsconnection.com/

The 12th Asian Geothermal Symposium (AGS12) 
9-12 November, Daejeon, Republic of Korea
www.aist.go.jp/fukushima/en/AGS12/index.html

GEORG Geothermal Workshop 
14-15 November, Reykjavík, Iceland
https://geothermalworkshop.com/

NZ Geothermal Workshop
14-16 November, Taupo, New Zealand
http://www.geothermalworkshop.co.nz/

German Geothermal Congress - Der Geothermiekongress (DGK) 2018

3rd Colombian National Geothermal Meeting - Reunión Nacional de Geotermia (RENAG 18) 
13-15 December, 2018, Bogotá, Colombia
www.ageocol.org/

GeoTHERM - Expo & Congress
14-15 February 2019, Offenburg, Germany
www.geotherm-germany.com/

European Geothermal Congress 2019 (EGEC) 
11-14 June 2019, The Hague, Netherlands
http://europeangeothermalcongress.eu/

Deadline for Global Geothermal Photo Contest is Next Week!

The Geothermal Resources Council 2018 Amateur Photo Contest

The deadline for submissions is August 24, 2018.

Midnight Heat, by Hreinn Hjartarson, Husavik, Iceland.
HONORABLE MENTION GRC PHOTO CONTEST 2017
The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) is reminding entrants of the deadline for this year’s Amateur Geothermal Photo Contest. The purpose of the contest is to showcase quality photography featuring geothermal energy around the world.

The winners will be announced at the GRC Annual Meeting & Expo being held in Reno, Nevada,  USA from October 14-17.

The first place winner will receive $150, second place - $100, and third place - $75. Honorable Mention photos will receive certificates.

Photographs on any subject related to geothermal energy can be submitted such as geothermal energy production, Enhanced Geothermal systems (EGS), direct use and geothermal heat pumps. These can include photos of well testing, drilling, operation of geothermal equipment, newly developed equipment, or plant operation, construction of a geothermal plant or plant site, and geological areas or surface manifestations (holding potential for geothermal exploration or development). New this year are acceptance of "GIFs" - short animated movies of a few seconds each.

More information on the GRC Amateur Photo Contest, including a submission form, can be found on the GRC website. The deadline for submissions is August 24, 2018.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Nine Weeks to Geothermal Energy Event of the Year

GRC Annual Meeting & Expo - A Geothermal Event!

Just Nine Weeks to go! Event Registration Now Open!

Geothermal’s Role in Today’s Energy Market

14-17 October, 2018
Peppermill Resort Spa Casino, Reno, Nevada, USA


Nearly 1,000 attendees came to the 2017 GRC Annual Meeting and Expo from 35 different countries 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 2018.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Make Sure of Your Booth at the Geothermal Energy Event of the Year

GRC Annual Meeting & Expo - A Geothermal Event!


14-17 October, 2018, Peppermill Resort Spa Casino, Reno, Nevada, USA

59 exhibitors - so far - have signed up for the geothermal energy event of the year:

EXHIBITOR EXHIBITOR
AMSA, Inc. Mill Man Steel Inc.
A.W. Chesterton Company Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems & Turboden
BS&B Safety Systems, LLC NALCO Water
CGG Multi-Physics Navy Geothermal Program
CICESE Nevada Division of Minerals
C-FER Technologies (1999) Inc. Ormat Technologies, Inc.
Case M&I PCC Metals Group
Coastal Technologies Inc. PM International Suppliers
Cooling Tower Depot Paul Graham Drilling & Resource Cementing
Croll-Reynolds & Tsurumi Pump Phoenix Geophysics Ltd.
Dewhurst Group, LLC Pioneer Petrotech Services Inc.
Energy and Geoscience Institute POWER Engineers, Inc.
EnergyNet PowerChem
Ethos Energy Group Quantec Geoscience Limited
EvapTech, Inc. Rexa, Inc.
Exergy Scientific Drilling
Expro Group Seequent
Fuji Electric Sinclair Well Products
Gardner Denver Nash Suez Renewable
GEODEEP Thermochem, Inc.
Geologica Geothermal Group TIX-IKS Corporation
Geothermal New Zealand TNG Energy
Geothermal Resources Council Toshiba
Geothermal Resource Group U.S. Bureau of Land Management
GeothermEx Veizades & Associates, Inc.
Horizon Well Logging Well Analysis Corporation
Iceland Geothermal
Indar Electric

In conjunction with the prestigious Annual Meeting, the GRC will also host an expo in which companies can promote projects, equipment, services, and technology to leading geothermal energy scientists, producers, renewable energy industry stakeholders, regulators, utilities, and key associated business leaders around the world.
Contact Ann Lay Email: alay@geothermal.org, Phone: (530) 758-2360 ext. 100 if you have any questions.

Friday, August 10, 2018

USA, California: Legislation Would Require Utilities in the Golden State to Purchase Thousands of Megawatts of Geothermal Power

California's energy future is up for grabs. Here are the bills that could pass in the next 3 weeks. (Desert Sun)

AB 893 would require utilities to purchase thousands of megawatts of geothermal power

California could dramatically reshape its energy future in the next few weeks. In the halls of the capitol, lawmakers and lobbyists are debating bills that would bolster renewable energy sources like solar and wind, create an interstate electricity market covering much of the western U.S., make it easier for utilities to charge their customers for wildfire damages, and promote the construction of geothermal and hydroelectric power plants.

Lawmakers could pass all those bills. Or they could do nothing.

Three weeks remain until the legislative session ends August 31, and nobody knows what California's energy landscape will look like after that. The outcome could depend on high-stakes negotiations between labor unions, electric utilities, environmentalists, energy companies, local governments and ratepayer advocates — not to mention Gov. Jerry Brown, who has one last chance to advance California's climate change and renewable energy goals in the Legislature before he leaves office early next year.


Two bills are of particular interest to the desert. One of them AB 893 from Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia, would require utilities to purchase thousands of megawatts of geothermal power, potentially jump-starting development of geothermal power plants at the southern end of the Salton Sea. 

USA, California: GRC Executive Director Attends Renewable Energy Awards Ceremony

Center For Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies (CEERT) Clean Power Champion Awards

The CEERT 16th Annual Clean Power Champion Awards were held in Sacramento, California this week and the Executive Director  of the GRC, Will Pettitt, on behalf of the geothermal energy community, was in attendance. Will was grateful to be sponsored by Berkshire Hathaway Energy at the event to honor four champions and pioneers of energy conservation and green, renewable energy.

Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia speaks to the audience at the awards ceremony.
Clean Power Champion Awards were presented to:
  • Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia, California State Assemblymember, District 56
  • James H. Caldwell, Jr., Technical Director, CEERT
  • Bonnie Holmes-Gen, American Lung Association in California, Senior Policy Director
  • Dr. James Walker, Senior Advisor for Political & Policy Strategy, EDF Renewables
We congratulate all the awardees especially Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia and James H. Caldwell, Jr., who have championed geothermal energy in the Golden State.

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.

Science & Technology: Seequent Launches Advanced Central Management Platform for Geological Modelling Activity

Seequent opens up 3D modelling world to improve geological risk management (News Release)

New planned drillhole capability in Central Browser
Central ‘single source’ management of complex geological data unlocks higher value for mining and minerals, civil engineering, environmental and geothermal energy industries

Seequent, a developer of revolutionary visual data science software, has released Central 2.0 an advanced central management platform for an organisation’s entire geological modelling activity that connects geology teams and company executives to insights and data not previously available to improve geological risk management.

Central was developed for use with Seequent’s Leapfrog® 3D geological modelling software.as part of the company’s collaborative industry development process to better meet future needs in the mining and minerals, civil engineering, environmental and geothermal energy industries.


Seequent will be exhibiting at the GRC Annual Meeting & Expo from 14-17 October in Reno, Nevada, USA.

Netherlands: Natural Gas Producer Vermilion Gets into Geothermal

Aardgasproducent Vermilion stapt in geothermie en biogas
 - Natural gas producer Vermilion gets into geothermal and biogas (Energeia)

(From Google Translate) With regard to geothermal energy, the plans are threefold, explains commercial advisor Michiel Ottevanger of Vermilion

In the first place Vermilion is exploring the possibilities to use dry or produced gas wells for geothermal energy. 

In the North Holland Middenmeer, just to the west of the Agriport A7 horticultural area, this idea has already taken concrete forms. 

Here, since 2016, the company has been conducting research together with Energie Combinatie Wieringermeer to use two of the three wells as doublet . There is now an SDE + decision and most of the permits have already been received.

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United Kingdom: Video Explaining Possible Link to Icelandic Geothermal and Hydropower Resources

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“Through a unique renewable energy partnership with Iceland, we can bring a near-limitless source of clean hydroelectric and geothermal power to the UK – all while delivering jobs, growth and investment opportunities to Britain’s world-beating industrial heartland.” - Fiona Reilly, Executive Partner, Atlantic SuperConnection. More information.........

Ecuador: 50 MW Chachimbiro Geothermal Project Reports More than 200 Degree Celsius Source at 2,000 Meter Depth

Celec and Japanese parliamentarians review the progress of the Chachimbiro geothermal project (BNamericas)

On August 7, 2018, the General Manager of the Ecuadorian Electric Corporation (CELEC EP), Eng. Gonzalo Uquillas, along with the Japanese Parliamentarians Asahiko Mihara and Daishiro Yamagiwa, and the ambassador of that country in Ecuador, Hitoshi Noda, They reviewed the advances in the Chachimbiro Geothermal Project, located in the province of Imbabura.

The first geothermal drilling in the country has reached 2,000 meters depth. The first results are encouraging: the downhole temperature is higher than 200 degrees Celsius and is located in a highly permeable area. The generation capacity of this project is 50 MW. The results allow us to move towards the second stage for the development of the geothermal field.

At the same time, JICA offered permanent advice to the Corporation to promote geothermal growth in Ecuador, such as the review of geoscientific results, training in Japan through scholarships for CELEC EP personnel in the areas of geology, geochemistry and project management. all this oriented to the generation of local capacities for the use of this resource in our country. In addition, the study of Chachimbiro was followed by a Japanese geothermal expert.


USA, Hawaii: Puna Geothermal Venture Will Resume Operations Only When Conditions are Safe Enough - Ormat CEO

PVG 18 months out from restarting (West Hawaii Today)

 (Tim Wright/Courtesy photo)
Ormat Technologies, owners of Puna Geothermal Venture (PGV), revealed in a Wednesday earnings call that reopening the power plant would take at least 18 months.

Isaac Angel, CEO of Ormat, said in the company’s second-quarter earnings call on Wednesday that reopening PGV as soon as possible is a priority, but even when conditions at the facility are safe enough to resume operations, the reactivation process will take time.

“Unfortunately, as we all know, it’s very, very difficult to estimate how long the Puna flow will continue, even though there is (a) decrease,” Angel said. “In any case, if the flow will … stop completely, or even it could be very slow, we will be able to look into bringing the power plant back. It will take us at least 18 months to do so.”

The plant was shut down in early May after the lower Puna eruption of Kilauea. Geothermal wells were quenched with cold water and sealed, with three of the wells subsequently overrun by lava. Lava also consumed a warehouse and a substation.

Chile: Minister of Energy Promises to Update Current Geothermal Law to Aid Development

The Government will send a bill to the Congress aimed at promoting new geothermal projects (El Mercurio de Antofagasta)

The Minister of Energy of Chile Mrs. Susana Jimenez announced her Government´s commitment to develop geothermal energy saying that she will push to update and improve the current geothermal law to expedite the development of the technology in Chile. - Thanks to Gonzalo Torres Macchiavello, Country Head Chile, Energy Development Corporation for the translation.

Energy. The electric potential measured in the country reaches 3,800 MW, 72% of which is located between Arica and Antofagasta.

A possible exploitable geothermal potential that ranges between 1,300 MW and 3,800 MW, 72% of which is concentrated between the Arica and Parinacota and Antofagasta regions, was recently calculated for the country as part of the Geothermal Roundtable. To take advantage of this resource, the Minister of Energy, Susana Jiménez, announced that they will send a bill to the Congress aimed at promoting new generation projects that use this renewable source.

Effectively, the Geothermal Roundtable was a public-private meeting whose purpose was determining the current status of geothermal projects in Chile and finding solutions allowing these projects to become an economical alternative for the development of the energy sector. Similarly, identifying the advantages of its incorporation within the operation of the electricity system and finding possible actions to be taken to achieve a greater use of this energy source. 

Among its results, it concluded that there has been enough exploration in Chile to calculate the technically exploitable potential of the explored areas, ranging from 1,300 MW to 3,800 MW, and with a range of investments between US$ 9,000 and US$ 25,000 million.

72% of the geothermal potential for electricity production is concentrated in the mountain range of Arica and Parinacota, Tarapacá and Antofagasta regions.

The other 28% is distributed in the existing mountain range between the Metropolitan and Los Lagos Region. It is worth mentioning that our country concentrates more than 25% of the active volcanoes in the world.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Turkey: GRC Member's View of Geothermal Energy Heritage

Geothermal Heritage I: Turkey (LinkedIn)

by William Harvey, P.E., Project Engineer at POWER Engineers

We might view Turkey as a "new entrant" to the 1 GW Geothermal Country Club, one of a small number of countries that can claim the same. Although that is surely something to celebrate, Turkish institutions would be able to say that they are simply rediscovering something that has always been part of their natural heritage. Plus, they are harnessing their innate strengths to do so.

Certainly the country as a whole faces several adversaries on many fronts: borders, currency and economic challenges. Some might say "Turkey is at a crossroads" regarding their upcoming decisions, such as extending feed-in tariffs that will lead to more native resources used for electrical generation. These decisions will strongly influence geothermal development over the coming years. It would be more apt to say that "Turkey IS the crossroads," as an essential bridge of the world, and their strong national character, which has served them well for centuries, will continue to do so.

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USA, Idaho: United States Senator's Staff Visits Geothermal Power Plant



On August 2nd the staff for United States Senator Jim Risch representing Idaho, toured Ormat’s Raft River geothermal plant in southeastern Idaho. Raft River was built in 2007 and provides 9 megawatts of baseload, emission-free electricity – enough to power over 7,500 Idaho homes.

Team Risch learned about the virtues that Raft River provides to grid stability in the region and the opportunity for continued development of geothermal resources in the region.

Thanks to Janie Wise Thompson, Vice President at Cassidy and Associates, and a member of the GRC Policy Committee.

Preview of the Next Geothermal Energy Magazine from the GRC

Coming Soon - GRC Bulletin - Vol. 47, No. 4, July/August 2018

The next GRC Bulletin will be published next week. Produced by the Geothermal Resources Council since 1972, the Bulletin is the voice of the international geothermal energy community.

In the next issue:
  • President’s Message, by Maria Richards
  • Executive Director's Message, by William Pettitt
  • Inside Geothermal: 20 pages of geothermal energy news from around the world
  • Frontier for Research in Geothermal Energy Awarded to University of Utah, by Elisabet Metcalfe
  • Transforming Silica into Silicate – Pilot Scale Removal of Problematic Silica from Geothermal Brine, by Thomas Borrmann, et al 
  • Lava Eruption Disrupts the Puna Geothermal Venture - The Background, by Michael Mathioudakis, et al
  • Corporate Focus - Borealis GeoPower
  • Geothermal History in the Making - Geothermal Resources Council - The Early Years, by David N. Anderson
The GRC Bulletin is only available online to GRC members. To make sure of your copy join the GRC today!

Finance: "There exists a vast and untapped technical potential for geothermal energy" - Project Drawdown

Project Drawdown on The Potential of Geothermal Energy

Project Drawdown is a nonprofit organization and coalition of scholars, scientists, entrepreneurs, and advocates from across the globe that is mapping, measuring, modeling, and communicating about a collective array of substantive solutions to global warming, with the goal of reaching drawdown.

There exists a vast and untapped technical potential for geothermal energy. Much of the initial development could take place in areas with lots of conventional, high-temperature hydrothermal resources that have yet to be developed, such as Indonesia, the Philippines, Central and South America, and East Africa.

Large upfront costs  and the high risk of investing in geothermal power plants are two of the biggest barriers to the expansion of geothermal electricity. Drilling rig rates and associated costs often make up the largest cost component of geothermal plants, and there is a significantly high chance of failure in exploratory stages. Thus, many governments are setting targets for the development of high-temperature hydrothermal resources.

These goals could be aided through:

  • renewable portfolio standards requiring a certain amount of renewable energy use; 
  • a price on carbon; and 
  • guaranteed power purchase agreements or feed-in tariffs for developers to reliably recover development costs. 

A publicly accessible and continuously updated database of geothermal resources could also aid in exploration and cut down on production costs. There is also the need for technology research, development, and demonstration concerning enhanced geothermal systems power plants.

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New Zealand: Vacancy as Performance Manager at Geothermal Power Station

Performance Manager - Geothermal Power Station (RobLawMax)

(Courtesy CIA.gov)
Our client is one of the largest power generation companies in NZ with 100% of their generation coming from renewable sources. With 14 power stations located in the North Island, they are considered the top of class when it comes to renewable energy engineering and are frequently listed as one the best places to work in NZ in annual lists.

They now have a rare opportunity to join them at a senior management level and really contribute to their already outstanding performance year on year. This role is described by the executive team as the CEO of the station”, in charge of a $500-700m asset & responsible for the performance and value creation of a geothermal power station and site including both short term profitability as well as long term sustainable value growth.

Keys to this role will be an all-encompassing focus on enterprise leadership, outstanding interface coordination ability with all relevant stakeholders and a strong commercial acumen. Success in this role will be judged on the person’s ability to manage the geothermal power station and associated steam field according to client requirements, ensuring plant expenditure is within approved budgets, and is conducted in respect of appropriate / technical, quality, safety and environmental policies and procedures.