Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Technology:

Can New Drill Tech Unleash the Potential of Geothermal Energy? (GigaOm)

The next generation of geothermal energy technology — called enhanced or engineered geothermal, or EGS for short — has long been just out of reach in a commercial sense. Why? Because it’s just been too expensive mostly due to the high cost of drilling new enhanced geothermal wells deep down into hard hot rocks over 10,000 feet below the earth’s surface.

But according to next-gen geothermal startup AltaRock, a new type of drilling technology could help solve this problem of high cost drilling. AltaRock CEO Aaron Mandell tells me that the company has entered into a partnership, and created a joint venture, with a company called ON Energy, which is the U.S. supplier of Korean drilling company Hanjin D&B. AltaRock and ON Energy plan to use a new type of “hammer” drilling tech that could help commercialize enhanced geothermal energy.


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Kenya:

Geothermal is #1 Energy Source in Kenya (investorintel.com)

Kenya’s geothermal power generation touched a fresh high in October, topping the country’s power mix and signalling relief for electricity consumers.

Data show geothermal generated was 339.4 million units (kilowatt-hours), a record in Kenya’s history.

This equaled 43.8 per cent of the energy mix in the month, ahead of hydro at 36 per cent (279.02 million KWh) and thermal at 20.2 per cent (156.66 million units).

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United Kingdom:

North East England at the Forefront of Multi-Million Pound Geothermal Energy Plans (The Journal)

Despite a recent setback, scientists say the North East has the potential to become the site of the UK’s first geothermal energy scheme in decades


Location of the Shiremoor Project
(Courtesy Cluff Geothermal)
Now North Tyneside, Weardale and Bishop Auckland are at the forefront of multi-million pound plans to deliver emission-free heat to thousands of North East properties.

Despite the recent announcement that the Newcastle Science Central borehole had failed to find sufficient water to support a geothermal network, scientists say the potential for the rest of the North East is excellent.

London-based Cluff Geothermal, headed by George Percy, son of the Duke of Northumberland, has identified a site close to the A19, near Shiremoor, to drill a geothermal borehole.

The aim is to tap into water – at a temperature of 70°C - at a depth of two kilometers which will then be brought to the surface to deliver heat to homes and businesses.

Europe:

Legend: Geothermal Energy in the Balkans (Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso)

Thanks to the project LEGEND (Low Enthalpy Geothermal Energy Demonstration cases for Energy Efficient building in Adriatic area), sponsored by the Province of Ferrara with the support of the European Geothermal Energy Council, awareness of the importance of geothermal energy has started to spread in some Balkan countries.

The areas of Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Slovenia, Serbia, and Albania have optimal geological and climatic characteristics for geothermal exploitation, given the presence of an average-temperature sedimentary basin throughout the western Adriatic coast.


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Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia:

New Transmission Project for East Africa

Interconnector will help deliver renewable energy in the East African Rift Valley


Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia have signed a power interconnector memorandum of understanding (MOU) project.

The inter-governmental agreement signed on 15 December in order to stimulate investment in power generation is worth 1.2 billion US dollars. The agreement sets out principles that underline the relationship amongst the three governments.

The power connector project will link the East African Power Pool (EAPP) to the Southern African Power Pool (SAPP) and promote electricity trade, boost trade and security of electricity supply. Implementation of the project will also foster regional integration in the three states by consolidating work relations through supply mechanism.

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Canada:

Site C Dam Approved by B.C. Government (CBC)

Hydropower project chosen over geothermal and other renewable energy alternatives


The British Columbia government has approved the $9 billion Site C dam — a massive hydroelectric project that would flood a large area of the Peace River Valley in northeastern B.C.

In making the announcement, Premier Christy Clark said the Site C Clean Energy Project will provide B.C. residents with a reliable source of power for the next 100 years for the least cost to the taxpayer.

“Affordable, reliable, clean electricity is the backbone of British Columbia’s economy,” said Clark. “Site C will support our quality of life for decades to come and will enable continued investment and a growing economy.”

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

St. Lucia:

St. Lucia Receives $2.8 Million for Geothermal Project (Fox News Latino)

The St. Lucia government announced on Tuesday that its Geothermal Resource Development Project has received $2.8 million in grants from the World Bank and the New Zealand government.

In a statement, the Ministry of Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology said it hosted last week a delegation of technical experts from the World Bank, the U.K. Department for International Development and the New Zealand government to discuss the project.

"The Geothermal Resource Development Project in Soufriere is a key pillar of Saint Lucia's Sustainable Energy program, as it has the potential to provide a steady base-load of electricity; stabilize energy prices way into the future; attract investment as a result," the government stated.

According to a 2008 study by the Trinidad branch of the University of the West Indies, St. Lucia's estimated geothermal potential is 680 MW.

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United Kingdom:

New Renewable Energy Company will Explore for Geothermal in Southern England (OilVoice)

The Board of InfraStrata plc has announced that it has signed a binding Heads of Agreement for an Asset Exchange with Fyrd Energy Limited (Fyrd) to further renewable energy projects including a possible geothermal energy source in Dorset.

A new project company, Integrated GeoRenewables (Dorset) Limited (IGR), will seek to evaluate the potential to develop an integrated geo-renewable energy project with a hub in the Portland area of Dorset. IGR believes there is the potential to use the unique deep geology of the area to improve the efficiency of renewable generation, using such technologies as geothermal energy or compressed air storage. The existing sub-surface geological and engineering work (including deep drilling and seismic data), surface facilities engineering and environmental work undertaken by InfraStrata for its former planned gas storage project at Portland will have a significant value for IGR.

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USA, Oregon:

AltaRock Energy and ON Energy Form Geothermal Partnership to Advance Clean Power (Digital Journal)

Altarock will use “water hammer” drilling machine to speed up drilling at Newberry Volcano EGS project


AltaRock Energy and ON Energy announced today a partnership to further the commercialization of enhanced geothermal energy as a new source of electric power. The companies have entered into a partnership that will provide advanced tools for geothermal developers, through a joint venture.

According to the agreement, AltaRock’s Stimulation Services LLC business unit will contribute stimulation technology and ON Energy, the exclusive U.S. drilling services partner of South Korean company Hanjin D&B, will provide deep drilling services. By combining technical resources, the companies aim to take a leadership position in the commercialization of products for deep geothermal reservoirs.

This agreement is established on the heels of a successful demonstration in the city of Gwangju, South Korea. Utilizing a novel “water hammer” drilling machine, Hanjin D&B, the Korean manufacturing partner for ON Energy, achieved a depth of over 12,000 feet, at up to ten times the drilling speed of conventional drilling and as much as 50% lower cost. The water hammer is tailored for hard rock and can handle a wide variety of geologic conditions.

AltaRock and ON Energy have planned to collaborate on an integrated demonstration in 2015 at the Newberry Volcano EGS project in Deschutes County, Oregon.

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USA, Idaho:

U.S. Geothermal Completes Acquisition of Earth Power Resources (SYS-CON Media - News Release)

GRC Member Company U.S. Geothermal Inc. announced today that it successfully completed the previously announced acquisition of Earth Power Resources (EPR) on December 12, 2014. Under the terms of the Agreement, EPR was merged with and into U.S. Geothermal.

The assets acquired from EPR include geothermal leases covering 26,017 acres in Nevada, representing three projects that have an energy potential estimated in the range of 158 to 359 megawatts. Also included is EPR's complete geothermal resource database of new project opportunities located throughout the western United States, which EPR had compiled over its nearly 40 years of geothermal exploration experience.

"We are very pleased to have added the Earth Power project portfolio to our development pipeline and look forward to advancing the development of these excellent opportunities," said Dennis Gilles, Chief Executive Officer of U.S. Geothermal Inc. and GRC Board Member "We are also pleased to continue our growth through a combination of the development of internal projects and growth through strategic acquisition - this acquisition continues the execution of that plan."

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USA, California:

Petaluma Signs on with Sonoma Clean Power (Petaluma Argus Courier)

City will get geothermal electricity from The Geysers


The Petaluma City Council on Monday voted unanimously to join Sonoma Clean Power, becoming the last Sonoma County city to take part in the startup public electricity agency.

The 33,400 Petaluma electric customers will be enrolled in the program next summer, at the same time as Rohnert Park and Cloverdale. The three cities sat out the initial launch of Sonoma Clean Power, which began serving customers in May.

Sonoma Clean Power offers electricity that is 33 percent renewable, mostly from geothermal from The Geysers and solar plants, compared with PG&E’s 22 percent. Customers are saving 4 to 5 percent on electric bills with Sonoma Clean Power, and a PG&E rate increase next year will make Sonoma Clean Power’s rates more favorable.

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Kenya:

KenGen Rights Issue Due Early 2015 (Capital FM Kenya)

New funds will finance Olkaria IV, Olkaria VI, Olkaria VII, up to VIII and even Olkaria I, unit six geothermal projects


The Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) plans to kick off it Rights Issue in the first quarter of next year.

According to Energy and Petroleum Permanent Secretary Joseph Njoroge, the negotiations between KenGen and the government – which is the majority shareholder – “are in the last stages and the outcome will be known soon.”

KenGen targets to raise a total of Sh30 billion, with Sh15 billion coming from the rights issue while the rest through government means, yet to be decided.

The Rights Issue is expected to finance new projects comprising mainly a mix of geothermal and wind energy, to boost KenGen’s power generation capacity in the next three years.

“We have now commissioned 280 MW at Olkaria. Our next project is Olkaria IV, Olkaria VI, Olkaria VII, up to VIII and even Olkaria I, unit six which has 70 MW,” KenGen Managing Director Albert Mugo explained.

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Monday, December 15, 2014

New Zealand:

Mighty River Power to Exit Geothermal Investments in Chile & Germany (News Release)

Mighty River Power today announced that the company will exit its geothermal development interests in Chile and Germany, while keeping its stake in operating US interests.

The company announced earlier this year that it was undertaking a review of international geothermal investments as part of a broader strategic planning process.

Chief Executive, Fraser Whineray, said the international geothermal development options in all three countries have positive characteristics, but were now not in line with the company’s investment objectives.

“We will be commencing a sale process for the assets in Chile and Germany. In the US, where we have an interest in a 50 MW operating plant and a minority stake in a geothermal development company, no further development capital will be committed.”

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Europe:

The European Geothermal Innovation Award (EGEC)

The European Geothermal Innovation Award is given to companies which have made an outstanding contribution towards the field of geothermal energy in the form of innovative products, scientific research or project initiatives.

The winner will be announced at GeoTHERM Offenburg in March, 2015.

The European Geothermal Innovation Award is given to companies which have made an outstanding contribution towards the field of geothermal energy in the form of innovative products, scientific research or project initiatives.

A jury of five assesses submissions on grounds of originality, innovation, reliability, reduction of emissions and improvements in energy output.

At the end of January, a five shortlisted candidates will be announced as endorsed nominations, with the overall winner announced during the award ceremony at GeoTHERM.

USA, California:

MS Student Opportunities - Geothermal Research in Southern California (AGU Careers)

Two M.S. research assistant-ships (with tuition) are available for theoretical and field based studies in geothermal reservoir permeability.

Assistant-ships are for two years and support progress toward the M.S. Degree in Geology with the California State University Long Beach Department of Geology. Please contact Prof. Matthew Becker (matt.becker@csulb.edu) with unofficial transcripts and GRE scores and see our website for more information.

Climate Change:

UN Members Agree Deal at Lima Climate Talks (BBC News)

United Nations members have reached an agreement on how countries should tackle climate change.

Delegates have approved a framework for setting national pledges to be submitted to a summit next year.

Differences over the draft text caused the two-week talks in Lima, Peru, to overrun by two days. Environmental groups said the deal was an ineffectual compromise, but the EU said it was a step towards achieving a global climate deal next year in Paris.

The talks proved difficult because of divisions between rich and poor countries over how to spread the burden of pledges to cut carbon emissions.

The agreement was adopted hours after a previous draft was rejected by developing countries, who accused rich nations of shirking their responsibilities to fight global warming and pay for its impacts.

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New Zealand:

Deep Fault Drilling Project Looks for Geothermal Resources on South Island (Phys.Org)

Extending some 600-km from Milford Sound to Marlborough, the study of the Alpine Fault is New Zealand's flagship contribution to the world of geophysics. And now a sizeable portion of that community, drawn from 12 different nations have gathered in south Westland under the leadership of a team of New Zealanders from GNS Science, Victoria University and Otago University.

Their audacious mission is three-fold. First, they must drill down to – and hopefully through - the Alpine Fault which is estimated to lie at around 1 km depth beneath the Whataroa Valley. As the drilling proceeds, the team are monitoring a wide range of physical and chemical properties of the rock, gases and fluids encountered along the way. This is critical for maintaining the drilling momentum because constant adjustments need to be made as different conditions are met. These measurements are also revealing potential resources including geothermal waters that may be hot enough to become a viable energy source.

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Canada:

Direct-Use Geothermal Exploration Coming to BC (The Rocky Mountain Goat)

Over this coming winter, Geoscience BC will be gathering existing geothermal data on Valemount and other areas of the province. The aim is to help identify sites with economically feasible potential for geothermal direct-use applications, and potentially start a consortium to drill test holes to verify that potential.

Carlos Salas, professional geoscientist and Vice President of Oil and Gas for Geoscience BC, says the non-profit organization has been around for about 10 years. Its goal is to providing science to British Columbians so they can make informed decisions about resource development in the province. About three years ago, the board of directors thought they should start looking at geothermal energy.

Technolgy:

New Technology Could Tap into Waste Geothermal Heat (St. George Daily Spectrum)

A small operation that could be about to go big is perched above downtown St. George at a makeshift test site off Red Hills Parkway.

Helidyne, an energy company that started six years ago when two brothers started tinkering in a garage with a little-known technology, is in the process of testing its patented power generators in preparation for its first major sale — four units headed to offshore oil platforms for Mexico’s state-owned Pemex, where they could replace diesel units that require expensive shipments of fossil fuels.

The company’s patented “planetary rotor expander” sounds like something out of Star Trek, but the idea is a fundamentally simple one. The generator, built into a box about the size of an economy car, takes in high-pressure gas and funnels it through a system of specially-designed rotors to generate electricity. The gas is then sent back out at a lower pressure, meaning the generators can be installed via a simple bypass loop and feed the gas back into the supply line.

The technology could eventually be used in an assortment of applications, utilizing hot water from geothermal power plants, hydraulic pressure from oil wells or natural gas along supply lines in places like Southern Utah. Every place where pressure along those lines is reduced, there is wasted energy that could be harnessed, Kevin Kerlin said.

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Philippines:

Geothermal Energy Auctions Pushed Back to January (eco-business.com)

The Philippines government will postpone the open and competitive selection process (OCSP) for the 24 renewable energy resource areas that will be offered to local and international investors, an official from the Philippines Energy department said yesterday.

Mario C. Marasigan, director of the agency’s Renewable Energy Management Bureau, said the start of the auction process will be moved to January from today.

Last month, Mr. Marasigan said the Energy department will offer four geothermal and 10 hydropower sites for development and utilization.

Marasigan said that two of the sites are in Mindanao – one of which is the 40 MW Amakan geothermal field in Compostela Valley; and the other one is a smaller 20 MW prospect in Balut Island, Davao Occidental.

The third site is Cabalian in Southern Leyte; and the fourth is the Acupan-Itogon geothermal site in Benguet in Northern Luzon.

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Costa Rica:

President Solis Opposes Geothermal in National Parks (Inside Costa Rica)

President Luis Guillermo Solis of Costa Rica
President Luis Guillermo Solis will not support geothermal energy generation in Costa Rica’s national parks during his time in office, calling such a measure unnecessary, the president announced last week during the latest roundtable discussions aimed at tackling high energy prices in the country.

Despite the president’s opposition, there are currently three bills making their way through the Legislative Assembly that aim to significantly expand geothermal energy production in the country, including inside national parks.

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Europe:

Geothermal Journalist Awarded EGU Science Journalism Fellowship (News Release)

Karl Urban will use prize money to report on the Iceland Deep Drilling Project


Karl Urban, winner of a 2015 Science Journalism Fellowship
The European Geosciences Union (EGU) has named journalist Karl Urban as one of the winners of its 2015 Science Journalism Fellowship. He will be awarded €2,500 for his journalism project reporting on obtaining a new kind of geothermal energy.

Urban will report on efforts to access a different type of energy resource, obtained near active volcanoes. In 2008, when the Iceland Deep Drilling Project team drilled their first borehole to tap into geothermal energy at depths of more than 4,000 meters, they inadvertently drilled into a magma reservoir at 2,100 meters. Despite that, the project was considered a success as the scientists and engineers were able to supply heat directly from the molten magma for a few months. As they plan to drill another hole in south-western Iceland, Urban will follow them to report on the difficulties and consequences of tapping into magma energy.

Urban is a science journalist in Germany specializing in geoscience and space science reporting. He works for radio stations, online magazines and newspapers, including Deutschlandfunk, Spektrum.de and Neue Zürcher Zeitung.

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Philippines:

MGI Gearing Up to Expand Batangas Geothermal Plant (BusinessWorld Online Edition)

Maibarara Geothermal, Inc. (MGI) wants to expand its 20 MW power plant in Batangas, an official from the Energy department said yesterday.

“MGI is looking at initially 10 MW. Everything is being put in place,” Mario C. Marasigan, director of the agency’s Renewable Energy Management Bureau, told reporters in a text message.

Mr. Marasigan said MGI has begun an onsite resource assessment in preparation for an expansion.

“They are looking whether they will use the existing well or drill a new one,” he said.

The official said it will take another two years before the planned expansion goes into commercial operation.

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Technology:

Atlas Copco Organic Rankine Cycle Power Plants



The Atlas Copco Gas and Process Division provides a full range of Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) solutions for geothermal and waste heat to power applications. Our radial in-flow turbines, or turboexpanders, form the basis of Organic Rankine Cycle solutions. Employing highly efficient integral gear technology and Variable Inlet Guide Vanes (IGVs), the turboexpanders deliver continuous, reliable power production. We provide customer-specific, clean energy solutions around the globe. One of our flagship projects (as shown in this video) is a geothermal power plant in Pamukören, Turkey, which has an electrical capacity of 45 MW and can meet the energy needs of at least 40,000 people.

USA, Oregon:

The Dream Becomes Real: Touring the Newberry Enhanced Geothermal Site (Renewable Energy World)

Tucked away in remote Oregon, the AltaRock Newberry EGS project has been shrouded in rumors and secrecy, but a recent tour of the facility revealed that the technology is very much real and making great strides.


The injection well at the AltaRock Newberry EGS site.
On a crisp fall day in late-September, three white vans crept up a winding Oregon dirt road lined with thick forestry. The pitted, unwelcoming path made for a rough ride — a likely indicator that many don’t often brave the ride to the top of the crater.

Finally, the famed enhanced geothermal system (EGS) research project that has been shrouded in mystery and rumor would be revealed to the 20 geologists, engineers and students attending the 2014 Geothermal Resources Council Annual Meeting and Geothermal Energy Association Expo in Portland, Oregon.

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Global:

2015 GRC Annual Meeting Call For Papers

Deadline: April 10, 2015


The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) invites you to present your latest technical work in geothermal research, exploration, development and utilization at the GRC's 39th Annual Meeting, September 20 - 23, 2015 at the Peppermill Resort in Reno, Nevada. Our theme this year is "Geothermal: Always On."

Anyone who wants to present at the GRC Annual Meeting must first submit a completed draft paper. Successful selection to present at the GRC 2015 Annual Meeting is prestigious and recognizes the presenter as a top industry expert. International participation is key to the success of the GRC Annual Meeting technical programs and we encourage geothermal researchers and experts from around the world to submit their work for consideration.

Draft Paper submission deadline is April 10, 2015

Friday, December 12, 2014

Global:

Become a Member of the Geothermal Resources Council - the Global Geothermal Community

With the experience and dedication of its diverse, international membership and a more than 40-year plus track record, the Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) has built a solid reputation as one of the world’s premier geothermal associations. The GRC serves as a focal point for continuing professional development for its members through its outreach, information transfer and education services.

To join or renew download: GRC Membership Application (PDF)

Current GRC Members can update profile information, renew membership or search the Membership Database by using your Member ID and Password.

Saint Lucia:

Accelerating Saint Lucia`s Geothermal Resource Development Project (Caribbean News Service)

Sylvester Clauzel, Permanent Secretary (left) receives the grant documents 
The Ministry of Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology this week hosted a delegation of technical experts from the World Bank, the United Kingdom (UK) Department for International Development (DFID) and the New Zealand Government who were here to advance the Saint Lucia Geothermal Resource Development Project.

On Wednesday, the teams from the World Bank and the New Zealand Government made presentations to Permanent Secretaries and senior government officials from a number of key Ministries who will be integrally involved in facilitating the geothermal development.

So far, a combined total of US$2.8 million in financial and technical assistance grants have been invested into the geothermal project by the the World Bank and the New Zealand Government, with supplementary funding of US$1 million from Saint Lucia`s Global Environment Facility (GEF) allocation`s fifth disbursement .

The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology received the signed contracts for the GEF and Small Island Developing States Renewable Energy project (SIDS DOCK) grants on Wednesday and these will be forwarded to the Prime Minster for his signature.

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Global:

GRC Sends 6,000 Tweets!

The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) has posted more than 6,000 Tweets, short 140-character messages, on the GRC Twitter page.

As the premier information and education association in the global geothermal energy community, the GRC is serious about keeping its followers up-to-date with the latest geothermal energy news.

The Twitter service has been running since June 2011 which works out as more than 140 Tweets a month!

Get the latest Geothermal Energy news on your mobile device: https://twitter.com/GRC2001



Canada:

Geothermal 101 Workshop (CanGEA)

18 December, 2014, 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

The Calgary Petroleum Club, The Trophy Lounge, Calgary

Geothermal energy is delivering clean, base-load and low cost electricity in 25 countries as well as commercial heating in 70 countries. While not yet fully utilized, geothermal energy is an important part of Canada’s energy future, creating new investment and jobs in Canadian communities while also contributing to a cleaner environment for future generations.

Speaker Craig Dunn of Borealis GeoPower
Not familiar with the environmental, social and economic benefits of geothermal power, or would like to learn more?

Join Chief Geologist of Borealis GeoPower, Craig Dunn, to explore the Canadian energy industry’s efforts to develop geothermal energy.

Cost: $150. Lunch included.  

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Indonesia:

Sumitomo to Build Geothermal Power Plant in North Sulawesi (Nikkei Asian Review)


Sumitomo Corp. has won an order to construct Units 5 and 6 at the Lahendong geothermal steam field in Indonesia, with completion targeted for 2017.

Awarded by a geothermal subsidiary of state-owned oil company Pertamina, the project in North Sulawesi is worth roughly 10 billion yen ($84.2 million), and will be jointly undertaken with major Indonesian engineering firm Rekayasa Industri. Two 20 MW electricity generation units will be installed, with Fuji Electric providing both steam turbines and power generators.

Sumitomo has so far undertaken 10 geothermal construction projects in Indonesia. With the latest order included, Sumitomo-built power stations together will generate 820 MW, more than half the country's geothermal electricity output.

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Latin America:

Every Watt Matters: Geothermal and COP20 (BID)

Hans Schulz, Acting Vice President for Private Sector and Sovereign Guaranteed Operations at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)

Latin America and the Caribbean leads the world in renewable energy. Hydropower makes up 60% of the generation matrix.  Still, there is vast untapped potential for low-carbon energy development. During my current trip to the COP20 in Lima, Peru, I had a chance to focus on the long-established source of renewable energy that has yet to reach its full potential: geothermal in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The Geothermal Development Facility launched this week at COP20 in Lima is designed to lower similar barriers to entry. The facility addresses risk-taking, capacity building and mobilization of private capital. It utilizes international collaboration and cross-sector collaboration between private and public players.

Doing nothing is no longer an option. Power generation in the region cannot keep pace with growing demand. An emerging middle class and record-level urbanization continue to make the current energy matrix unsustainable. Renewable energy sources like geothermal, coupled with energy efficiency measures, is a must.

The stakes are high. With the right financial instruments and risk-mitigation strategies, geothermal offers great promise. To effectively curb the trend of climate change, we must explore every avenue in geothermal development. Every watt matters. Hopefully we can all return from Lima with a similar sentiment of urgency and commitment and take swift action.

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Israel:

Ormat Technologies Will Also be Listed in Tel Aviv (Globes)

In addition to the TASE, Ormat will also be registered on a third stock exchange, and the company board is currently weighing possibilities in European and Far Eastern stock exchanges. 


Ormat Technologies Inc. is expected to register for trading on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (TASE), following the completion of its merger with Ormat Industries Ltd.

Ormat controlling shareholders FIMI Opportunity Funds  and the Bronicki family are going ahead with a merger between Ormat Industries, already listed on the TASE, and Ormat Technologies. It was initially thought that the TASE was "losing" Ormat Industries, which will be delisted, but the company has now announced that its board of directors plans to register Ormat Technologies shares on the TASE. The company reportedly hopes that Ormat will enter the Tel Aviv 25 Index.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Latin America:

Geothermal Development Facility (GDF) for Latin America (IISD Reporting Services)

On Monday, December 8, 2014, the Geothermal Development Facility (GDF) for Latin America was launched during an event at UNFCCC COP 20. This video by IISD Reporting Services highlights key components of the facility including the Mitigation Risk Fund and the Technical Assistance Forum. GDF stakeholders highlight the type of support they are providing via the Facility.



Geothermal Development Facility (GDF) for Latin America from IISD Reporting Services on Vimeo.

USA, California:

California Energy Commission Confirms Calpine Grant to Study Flexibility Enhancements at The Geysers

The California Energy Commission (CEC) today agreed to a resolution approving Agreement EPC-14-002 with Geysers Power Company LLC (The Geysers) for a $3,000,000 grant to investigate the methods, risks and costs associated with flexibly operating the Geysers geothermal plants to facilitate the integration of other intermittent renewable resources onto the grid in support of California's energy and greenhouse gas reduction goals.

Calpine will match the grant award, which will fund a study to investigate how generation at The Geysers may be modified to enhance flexibility and address the greater demands imposed on the grid by intermittent renewables.

Climate Change:

It's Time to Put a Price on Carbon (Huffington Post)

Kofi Annan, Chair of the Kofi Annan Foundation and The Elders
Ernesto Zedillo, Former President of Mexico

The over-riding need is agreement on a goal for all nations to reach carbon neutrality by 2050 [and] a binding international agreement on pricing carbon emissions. 

Nelson Mandela, who founded The Elders in 2007, believed transformative leaders needed the generosity and courage to see beyond narrow self-interest. No challenge requires these qualities as much, or as urgently, as climate change.

As the complex negotiations between 195 member state representatives gather pace in Lima, Peru, at the 20th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP-20), we once again raise our hopes that this time things will be different, and a draft framework will emerge that will be the basis of a new Climate Agreement that nations sign up to in Paris in 2015.

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Global:

The Rapid Rise of Green Bonds (Inter Press Service)

New financing model to promote geothermal energy in Latin America


Director-General of the International Renewable
Energy Agency (IRENA), Adnan Z. Amin.
Credit: Desmond Brown/IPS
Most countries joining the growing list of nations pursuing clean geothermal power have been confronted with a huge financial challenge.

But the director-general of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), Adnan Z. Amin, said efforts by his organisation to “double renewable energy” and encourage investors have been paying off, including a new effort to promote geothermal in Latin America.

“We have new financing models that are de-risking investment and lowering the cost of capital, which has historically been a barrier to renewable energy,” Amin told IPS, citing financing through green bonds as one recent innovation for renewable energy investment.

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Technology:

Advanced Energy Technology of the Week: Geothermal Power (Advanced Energy Economy)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) plan to regulate carbon emissions is just the latest challenge facing the U.S. electric power system. Technological innovation is disrupting old ways of doing business and accelerating grid modernization.

Earlier this year, AEE released Advanced Energy Technologies for Greenhouse Gas Reduction, a report detailing the use, application, and benefits of 40 specific advanced energy technologies and services. This post is one in a series drawn from the technology profiles within that report.

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Technology:

Renewable Energy 101: Geothermal Power (Green Mountain Energy Company)



Geothermal electricity is produced using heat from the Earth's core, which is hotter than the sun’s surface! Learn more about this valuable source of renewable energy in this clip, and click here for more.

Philippines:

Green Core Geothermal Signs Power Sales Agreement (Visayan Daily Star)

The Negros Oriental 2 Electric Cooperative and Green Core Geothermal Inc. (GCGI), a subsidiary of  Energy Development Corporation (EDC), will sign an amended Power Sales Agreement at the Noreco 2 office in Dumaguete City tomorrow, to ensure stable supply in the franchise areas of the electric cooperative.

Earlier, an official said that Noreco 2 was negotiating with the GCGI for additional power that he projected will be finalized next year. He also lauded the Energy Development Corporation, a sister company of GCGI, for its new 49.8 MW Nasulo geothermal plant in Valencia, Negros Oriental, that was inaugurated and became operational in September.

The new plant will ensure ample supply of electricity in the province, and will provide additional power in the Visayas grid, Macahig said.

GCGI operates the 112.5-MW Tongonan geothermal plant in Leyte and the 192.5-MW Palinpinon geothermal plants in Negros Oriental.

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United Kingdom:

New Legislation Will Allow Underground Access Rights for Energy Companies Extracting Geothermal Energy (GeoDrilling International)

Draft legislation currently before the UK parliament proposes some significant changes to existing trespass laws to facilitate the development and growth of the geothermal and shale-gas industries in the UK.

The UK government’s Infrastructure Bill 2014-15, which had its third hearing in the House of Lords on November 19, 2014, contains provisions granting deep-level underground access rights for energy companies seeking to extract gas, oil or geothermal energy.

The proposed new legislation (which will not apply to Northern Ireland) will allow for geothermal energy exploration, drilling and extraction and will represent a significant shift from the current cumbersome regime for gaining access to subterranean assets.

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Rwanda, Kenya:

Rwanda to Import 30 MW of Electricity from Kenya in 2015 (Reuters Africa)

The project aims to build a 400 kV electricity line running from Olkaria, where Kenya is expanding geothermal power production


Kenya will sell 30 MWe to Rwanda in 2015 to cater for the smaller nation's growing demand for power, Kenya Power said in a statement.

The power will be transmitted through a new high voltage line linking the two nations via Uganda. The project aims to build a 400 kilovolt (kV) electricity line running from Olkaria, where Kenya is expanding geothermal power production, via Uganda to Birembo in Rwanda.

Uganda and Kenya are already connected by older lines. The latest project will add new sections.

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Kenya:

KenGen Connects all 280 MW of Olkaria Geothermal to the National Grid (News Release)

The entire 280 MW of Olkaria geothermal power has been connected to the national grid by the Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) with the completion of Olkaria I Unit 5.

The company says that grid reliability tests are being undertaken and will be completed by the end of this month.

The 280 MW project comprises Olkaria IV (140 MW) commissioned by President Uhuru Kenyatta in October and Olkaria 1 additional units 4 and 5 (each unit 70 MW).

“With the implementation of the 280 MW Olkaria geothermal project now behind us, we are focused on the next phase which includes the implementation of 350 MW comprising Olkaria I, Olkaria V and Olkaria VI projects,” said KenGen Chief Executive Officer Albert Mugo.

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New Zealand:

Geothermal Powers Ahead of Gas (New Zealand Herald)

Big breakthrough for renewable generation as sector makes progress toward 2025 target.


(Courtesy CIA.gov)
Geothermal has pipped gas generation in New Zealand for the first time as more plants come on stream. Electricity Authority figures show for the year ended October 30 geothermal generation accounted for 16.3 per cent of the total and gas 15.8 per cent. The percentage of renewable generation had grown from 65 per cent in 2008 to 79 per cent in the year to June.

Mighty River Power generates around 55 per cent of geothermal power. Its chief executive Fraser Whineray said the rise of geothermal from fourth to second was significant for the country.

"It's a great achievement for New Zealand to see hydro and geothermal at the front of the grid for the first time," he said.

"Geothermal is the only true baseload renewable energy so a country not capitalizing on it would be mad." said Contact Energy Chief executive Dennis Barnes.

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Philippines:

Biliran Geothermal on Track for 2016 Operations (BusinessWorld Online Edition)

Biliran Geothermal, Inc. (BGI)’s 50 MW power plant is on track to enter commercial operations in 2016, an official from the Philippines Department of Energy (DoE) said yesterday.

Mario C. Marasigan, director for Renewable Energy Management Bureau, said BGI has already sought the agency’s green light to proceed with the project.

“BGI has declared commerciality. We are currently evaluating their declaration,” Mr. Marasigan told reporters on the sidelines of a solar project inauguration in Manila.

“Once confirmed by the DoE, it can proceed with construction. It is still projected to be completed by 2016,” he added.

The official said initial resource estimates of BGI showed that the steam in the concession area can support a 40-50 MW power plant.

Global:

IRENA Launches a New Renewable Energy News Resource

In the context of the meetings of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20), currently in progress in Lima, Peru, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has launched a multimedia online platform called the IRENA Newsroom, a new blog about renewable energy and the Agency.

This week, the Newsroom will feature posts about IRENA’s participation in COP 20, schedules, articles, and information about the role of renewables in mitigating climate change. Moving forward, the Newsroom will continue to highlight the Agency's events, work, insights and announcements.

Kenya:

Akiira One Project Inches Closer to Sh27bn Plant Approval (Business Daily Africa)

Akiira One, a geothermal power producer partly owned by Centum Investments, says it is in the final stages of obtaining approvals for a Sh27.1 billion 70 MW plant.

The firm said it is waiting forthe Kenyan Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) to approve a contract with distributor Kenya Power. The agreement is expected to spell out the price of power generated from the Olkaria-based plant.

Akiira One is jointly owned by listed Centum and Frontier Investment Management, a Danish investment firm. Ram Energy, Inc. and Marine Power will construct the power plant. Ram Energy, Inc. said the form of financing where agencies such as OPIC pay for early and risky stages of development should attract other American firms to put up plants in the Rift Valley area.

Akiira One will add another 70 MW by December 2018, bringing the total to 140 MW over the next four years.

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Indonesia:

Course - Introduction to Geothermal Drilling and Management (Society of Petroleum Engineers)

23 – 24 February 2015, Jakarta, Indonesia


Instructor Jonathan Hernandez
Led by GRC Member Jonathan Hernandez of Dewhurst Group LLC this two-day course will offer an introductory overview on Geothermal Drilling through various lenses.

The first will be a general refresher on an introductory level with a technical background. Secondly the course will focus on the difference between Oil and Gas Projects and Geothermal Drilling. Finally the course will cover Geothermal Drilling Management such as cross functional teams, project management with production and development as the goals; it will cover case studies around the world and differences in management styles in Geothermal Drilling Projects, and how they all affect the drilling progress and completion of wells. The course will be done with a classroom approach including possible quizzes and handouts as well as interactive participation.

Course Brochure (PDF)

USA, Oregon:

$1.5M Available for Renewable Energy Projects in Oregon (Daily Journal of Commerce)

The Oregon Department of Energy has opened its window for applications for $1.5 million in grant money for renewable energy production projects in the state.

The competitive review system applies to renewable energy production systems that use biomass, solar, geothermal, hydroelectric, wind, landfill gas, biogas or wave, tidal or ocean thermal energy technology to produce electrical energy.

The state hopes the grants, which are being offered through a Renewable Energy Grant program, will encourage a range of development. For example, projects can receive points for location in low-density areas that suffer from high unemployment rates. They also can gain points for technological resource diversity.

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El Salvador:

Enel to Sell  LaGeo Stake (Bloomberg)

Italian power company Enel will sell its 36% stake in geothermal energy group LaGeo to the El Salvadoran government for $280m, citing an agreement between Enel and El Salvador.

Enel filed for international arbitration in 2008 after it was denied a $100m purchase for control of LaGeo. LaGeo, founded in 1999, generates 23% of El Salvador’s electricity, according to the company website.