Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Mexico: Two Day Conference on Geothermal Energy in Latin America - Earlybird Pricing Ends Today!

5th Geothermal Congress for Latin America and the Caribbean (GEOLAC 2018)

Global Geothermal News is pleased to be a Lead Content Partner and the Geothermal Resources Council as a Partner for the GEOLAC conference.

Your clients and counterparties will be with us in Mexico at the 5th Geothermal Congress for Latin America and the Caribbean (GEOLAC 2018); will you?

Among those confirmed:

Public Sector Officials:
  • South & Central America - Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru
  • Caribbean - Dominica, Nevis, St Kitts, St Vincent & Grenadines
Developers: EDC, Enel, Ormat, Storengy, Reykjavik Geothermal, Polaris,

Multilaterals: IDB, World Bank, OPIC, JICA, GIZ, KfW.

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United Kingdom: Background on Geothermal Energy in the UK

Potential for geothermal energy resources in the UK (Parliament.uk)

An information pack was prepared for the debate in Westminster Hall on 19 June 2018 from 2.30-4pm on the Potential for Geothermal Energy Resources in the UK.

In the UK, there is a resource of geothermal energy at shallow depths which can be exploited with ground source heat pumps (GSHPs). GSHPs use pipes which are buried to extract heat from the ground. The upper 10–15 m of the ground is heated by solar radiation and acts a heat store.

There are some geothermal projects planned in the UK, for the generation of heat, electricity, or both. There is also a commercial plant in Southampton which in 1986, began delivering heat from a borehole to a district heating network, and is now operated by the energy firm ENGIE.

United Kingdom: Important Debate on Geothermal Energy in the UK

Potential for geothermal energy resources in the UK (Parliamentlive.tv)

A debate took place in Westminster Hall on 19 June 2018 from 2.30-4pm on Potential for Geothermal Energy Resources in the UK. The debate was opened by Helen Goodman MP.

USA: Good Infographic on the Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy

Infographic: Digging Into Geothermal (DOE)

A new form of geothermal has big potential for America's energy future. A new infographic breaks it down.

Canada: New Tool Can Help Pinpoint Oil & Gas Wells in Alberta That Can be Repurposed for Geothermal Energy

There are ~60,000 Oil and Gas wells that have the potential to co-produce heat and/or power through the utilization of already existing wells and exploration data.

The Alberta Well Filtering Dashboard was released this morning and is now available on the CanGEA website. The dashboard works like the maps app to assist in locating areas of geothermal potential much like finding the closest coffee on your Monday morning commute to work.

The search can be narrowed down into temperature/use (Power/Industrial Heat/District Heat) and distance to existing municipalities and infrastructure.

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Costa Rica: Inter-American Development Bank Loan to help Geothermal Energy Projects

Costa Rica Will Use Credit Line of $500 Million Granted by IDB For Environmental Programs (The Costa Rica Star)

(Courtesy CIA.gov)
President of Costa Rica, Carlos Alvarado, and the Minister of Treasury, Rocio Aguilar, signed this Monday Law No.9573 which grants Costa Rica a line of credit for $500 million from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) –known as Conditional Credit Loan for Investment Projects (CCLIP) – for the development of sustainable electric projects.

Some of the projects that will receive financing include, the Geothermal Plant Las Pailas II; the construction of Geothermal Plants Borinquen I and Borinquen II in Liberia; digitization of public services and conformation and expansions of smart cities.

United Kingdom: Geothermal Spa Gets Planning Approval

Ambitious new geothermal hot spa at Jubilee Pool gets go-ahead (Cornwall Live)

Drilling has already started to reach the hot rocks which will mean the pool can be used all year round

An ambitious project to create a geothermal-heated spa at Jubilee Pool in Penzance has been given planning approval. It will mean the pool can open all year round and drilling has already started to reach the hot rocks which will heat the water.

Listed building consent has been granted by Cornwall Council for the project which will create a spa within one corner of the existing pool protected by a glass wind break along a new curved wall.

The water level within the new spa pool will range from 1m to 1.4m in depth and will contain fresh seawater heated to 35 degrees centigrade. The heat source for the pool will be from the 1,500m deep geothermal well currently being drilled in the triangular section of land outside the North-Eastern boundary of the Jubilee Pool site.

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Europe: 2800 MW of Geothermal Electricity Capacity in 2017 - Report

EGEC Geothermal Market Report 2017

The European Geothermal Energy Council (EGEC) Geothermal Market Report confirms the trend towards the steady growth observed in recent years, but also notes the need for greater recognition in order to enable the full deployment of geothermal energy in Europe.

Installed geothermal electricity capacity in Europe amounts to 2.8 GWe, producing over 15 TWh per year. In Europe there are 117 plants, 16 of which were inaugurated in 2017. The new additions are quite significant, with 330 MWe of new geothermal electricity capacity coming online, mainly in Turkey.

The use of geothermal for heating is also increasing, supported by the construction of new district heating networks and the retrofitting of old ones, thanks to local and national planning identifying geothermal heat as a cost-efficient solution to meet heating needs. In 2017, 9 new plants were inaugurated, adding over 75 MWth across France, the Netherlands and Italy. The number of new plants coming online each year is on an upward trend, with an average annual growth rate of 10% in recent years.

Looking at individual geothermal heating systems, the shallow geothermal market remains the largest segment of the sector in terms of number of installations, installed capacity and energy produced. Individual geothermal heating systems, or geothermal heat pumps, represent over 20 GWth of heating capacity in Europe, with nearly 2 million installed units.

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Monday, June 18, 2018

The Geothermal Energy Magazine - Now Available Online

Now Available - GRC Bulletin - Vol. 47, No. 3, May/June 2018

The GRC Bulletin has been published. Produced by the Geothermal Resources Council since 1972, the Bulletin is the magazine for the international geothermal energy community.

In this issue:
  • Inside Geothermal: 15 pages of geothermal energy news from around the world
  • Role of Geothermal in The Generation of Hydrogen and Its Use for Energy Storage, by Marcelo J. Lippmann
  • The UND-CLR Binary Geothermal Power Plant, by Will Gosnold
  • Solar Thermal and Geothermal Hybrid Power Plant Study, by Kevin Kitz
  • Corporate Focus - Eden GeoPower
  • Geothermal History in the Making - a drilling program for geothermal energy resources in British Columbia in 2004.
Download your copy now........

Please Note: The GRC Bulletin is only available online to GRC members. To make sure of your copy join the GRC today!

Netherlands: Successful Production Test at Trias Westland Geothermal Project

The geothermal drilling at TriasWestland from May 2017 to May 2018 in two minutes (Amsterdam Petroleum Geoscience)

Good news from the Trias Westland geothermal project: a successful production test of the second well and a subsidy for a second doublet granted!

(Video 2:03 minutes)

From the Global Geothermal News archives:

USA, Hawaii: PUC: Geothermal Shutdown Means Higher Rates, Dirtier Air

PUC Initiates Response Plan to Address Shutdown of Puna Geothermal Power Plant on Hawai‘i Island (News Release) 

At the request of Governor David Ige, the Hawai‘i Public Utilities Commission has met with the Hawaiian Electric Companies and Hawaiʻi Energy to develop a series of rapid response actions to address the loss of renewable generation from the Puna Geothermal Venture (PGV) power plant due to the ongoing lava flow on Hawaiʻi Island.

The PGV power plant provided 38 megawatts of firm, dispatchable renewable energy, representing about one quarter of Hawaiʻi Island’s energy supply, and more than half of all renewable energy generation on Hawaiʻi Island. In the near-term, electricity formerly provided by PGV will be generated mostly by burning fossil fuels, increasing air pollution and raising electricity prices for customers.

The PUC has asked the Hawaiian Electric Companies and Hawaiʻi Energy to take immediate steps to respond to the economic, reliability, and renewable energy impacts created by the natural disaster.

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France: Geothermal Heated Aqua Park Opens at Disney Resort

Origami-inspired 'AquaLagoon' opens at Disney and Center Parcs' nature village (CLAD news)

The building’s design was conceived as an origami sculpture and a 'built landscape rising into the sky' / All images Jacques Ferrier Architecture/Photo - Luc Boegly

The star attraction at Disney and Center Parcs’ new Villages Nature development outside Paris has been completed.

The practice of French architect Jacques Ferrier have completed the 9,000sqm (96,875sq ft) AquaLagoon, which houses one of the largest indoor waterparks in Europe.

The tiered pyramid structure contains wave pools, water slides and an active river alongside an open-air geothermal lagoon. Other attractions include an interactive farm, hanging gardens and adventure play areas.

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From the Global Geothermal News archives:

Philippines: MakBan Geothermal Power Plant to Supply 33 MW to Nueva Ecija Province

10 Nueva Ecija towns now powered with renewable energy (pna.gov.ph)

Ten towns of Nueva Ecija province now have electricity from renewable energy (RE) sources.

Electricity producer Aboitiz Power Corporation (AboitizPower) and the Nueva Ecija Electric Cooperative, Inc. II (NEECO II) are jointly delivering this to the towns of Talavera, Lupao, Carranglan, Aliaga, Quezon, Licab, Sto. Domingo, Muñoz, Guimba, and Talugtug.

The MakBan Geothermal Power Plant will be supplying NEECO II with 33 megawatts of RE, Aboitiz Equity Ventures' media relations officer Franz Dela Fuente Dela Fuente said.

Djibouti: Drilling at Fiale Geothermal Power Project to Start Next Month

Update from Fiale Geothermal Power Project (LinkedIn)

GRC Board Member Dan Hoyer provides an update from the field

Iceland: Hellisheiði Power Station has "Significant Positive Social and Economic Impacts"

Góð niðurstaða sjálfbærnimats á rekstri Hellisheiðarvirkjunar - Good result of sustainability estimates for Hellisheiði Power Plant (ON Power)

(Courtesy ON Power)
Hellisheiðarvirkjun hefur lítil neikvæð áhrif á umhverfi og samfélag og mikilvæg jákvæð félagsleg og hagræn áhrif, einkum með vinnslu á hreinni og ódýrri raforku og heitu vatni til að mæta þörfinni á Höfuðborgarsvæðinu.“ Þetta er ein meginniðurstaða úttektar á sjálfbærni í núverandi rekstri Hellisheiðarvirkjunar sem gerð var í upphafi ársins. Þó leiðir matið í ljós frávik frá fyrirmyndarframmistöðu sem Orka náttúrunnar er að ráða bót á.

(From Google Translate)"Hellisheiði Power Station has a minor negative impact on the environment and on society and significant positive social and economic impacts, especially through the treatment of clean and cheap electricity and hot water to meet the need for the capital." This is one of the main conclusions of sustainability assessments in the current operation of the Hellisheiði Power Plant made at the beginning of the year. However, the assessment reveals anomalies from the exemplary power that Nature of Nature is being remedied.

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Kenya: Progress at Olkaria V Geothermal Power Plant Project

Olkaria V geothermal power plant 40pc complete: KenGen MD (Capital FM)

Olkaria II flow test 2, by Patrick Walsh. Active flow test during construction of the 4th addition to Ormat's Olkaria III complex in Kenya.  Taken in November 2015. GRC Photo Contest 2016.
The Olkaria V Geothermal Power Plant is now 40 percent complete, KenGen Managing Director Rebecca Miano said on Monday.

The Sh40 billion (USD400 million) project is expected to be commissioned by July 1, 2019 producing 168 megawatts.

“The project is on course and within the budget. We know geothermal is much cheaper than other thermals, therefore we expect to see some changes in the prices of power,” she said.

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From the Global Geothermal News archives:

Friday, June 15, 2018

USA, California: The Heat Below the Salton Sea Geothermal Field

Hawaii's volcanoes are erupting. Do you know about the active volcano near California's Salton Sea? (The Desert Sun)

Volcanoes are not only potentially disruptive to the state's system of energy distribution, they can also act as power sources themselves.

The Salton Buttes sit on top of the largest geothermal field in the world, according to Alex Schriener, an associate geologist at geotechnical engineering company Earth Systems and former employee of CalEnergy.

CalEnergy owns 10 geothermal facilities in the Imperial Valley, with the capacity to produce 338 megawatts of power, according to the company website.

"All geothermal plants work on a similar principle," said Schriener. In the case of the Imperial Valley power plants, hot water is pulled from the ground, decompressed –meaning it is turned into steam in a low-pressure tank – and that steam is then used to run a turbine, translating the geothermal energy into electric power.

The geothermal field that sits below the Salton Buttes is not only the largest in the world, it is also one of the hottest. "Some wells are hotter than 600 degrees Fahrenheit," Schriener said. "Pretty darn hot."

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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.

Global: Calendar of Geothermal Energy Events

Geothermal Energy Calendar from the Geothermal Resources Council

International Workshop on Geothermal Energy
19 June, University of Manchester, United Kingdom

Resources for Future Generations
Premier Conference On Energy • Minerals • Water • The Earth
16-21 June, Vancouver Convention Center, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Grand Renewable Energy 2018 - International Conference and Exhibition
17-22 June, Yokohama, Japan

National Geothermal Academy 2018
Module 1: Geothermal Resource Decision Workshop

18-22 June, Reno, Nevada

Seminar on Geothermal Asset Management Strategies - New Zealand Geothermal Association 
21 June, Taupo, New Zealand

ICEM18 - the Eighteenth International Conference of Experimental Mechanics (EuraSEM)
Session on "Experimental Methods in Geothermal Engineering"
1-5 July, Brussels, Belgium

GeoEnergy Days (Pole-Avenia) 
3-5 July, Pau, France

Geothermal Energy: From Potential to Implementation (Cranfield University) 
11-13 July, The Geological Society, London, U.K.

5th Geothermal Congress for Latin America and the Caribbean (GEOLAC)
17-18 July, Mexico City, Mexico

GEOHEAT International Geothermal Conference
4-7 September, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Russian Federation

6th Indonesia International Geothermal Convention and Exhibition (IIGCE) 
5-8 September 2018, Jakarta Convention Center, Indonesia

GRC Annual Meeting & Expo
14-17 October, Reno, Nevada, USA

6th National Geothermal Congress - Polish Geothermal Association
23-25 October, Zakopane, Poland

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

NZ Geothermal Workshop
14-16 November, Taupo, New Zealand

German Geothermal Congress - Der Geothermiekongress (DGK) 2018
27-29 November, Essen, Germany

GeoTHERM - Expo & Congress
14-15 February 2019, Offenburg, Germany

European Geothermal Congress 2019 (EGEC) 
11-14 June 2019, The Hague, Netherlands

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Canada: Building Stirling Engines that Run on Ultra-Low Geothermal Resources

Can’t stop the engines (University of Alberta -  Future Energy Systems)

Technology that could generate emissions-free power from Alberta’s geothermal reservoirs is full of lessons for Future Energy Systems graduate students

David Miller is an engineer in the most classic sense: along with his fellow Master’s students Calynn Stumpf and Jason Michaud, he builds engines in the University of Alberta’s Dynamic Thermal Energy Conversion Laboratory (DTECL). But these are different engines than the ones in our cars –– they’re called Stirling engines and are based on a 200-year-old design that converts heat from any source into electricity. Since the heat doesn’t have to come from the burning of hydrocarbon fuels, that means they can generate electricity without any carbon dioxide emissions.

As part of Dr. David Nobes’ team in the Future Energy Systems project Optimizing Geothermal Energy Production and Utilization Technology, David, Calynn and Jason are redesigning these engines to work with renewable heat sources. With every roadblock they overcome, they’re moving their designs closer to potentially remaking the geothermal energy landscape.

Their main challenge: building Stirling engines that run at an ultra-low temperature differential, and then creating a model that their successors can use to scale up.

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The Geothermal Energy Magazine - Now Available Online

Now Available - GRC Bulletin - Vol. 47, No. 3, May/June 2018

The GRC Bulletin has been published. Produced by the Geothermal Resources Council since 1972, the Bulletin is the magazine for the international geothermal energy community.

In this issue:
  • Inside Geothermal: 15 pages of geothermal energy news from around the world
  • Role of Geothermal in The Generation of Hydrogen and Its Use for Energy Storage, by Marcelo J. Lippmann
  • The UND-CLR Binary Geothermal Power Plant, by Will Gosnold
  • Solar Thermal and Geothermal Hybrid Power Plant Study, by Kevin Kitz
  • Corporate Focus - Eden GeoPower
  • Geothermal History in the Making - a drilling program for geothermal energy resources in British Columbia in 2004.
The GRC Bulletin is only available online to GRC members. To make sure of your copy join the GRC today!

Geothermal Event - Book Your Booth by This Friday and Save!

Book Your Booth Now and Save! 
Early Bird Rates End This Friday, June 15th

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

In conjunction with the Annual Meeting, the GRC will also have 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 from around the world.

The 3-day trade show will provide ample opportunities for networking. The GRC Expo presents exhibitors with the opportunity to maximize their exposure at the largest annual geothermal gathering in the world.

With the international geothermal power market growing and projects currently under development in all corners of the world, the 2018 Expo will be an exciting international gathering of geothermal industry leaders, academics, financiers, policy leaders, students, and geothermal enthusiasts.

This is the event to learn about the latest developments in geothermal energy. Last year, the GRC Annual Meeting & Expo hosted more than 1,000 representatives from 35 countries. In 2018, we anticipate an even larger audience.

Book Your Booth Space Now!

United Kingdom: Dr Charlotte Adams Wins Prestigious Medal for Ground Breaking Work in Ultra-Low Enthalpy Geothermal Energy

Dr Charlotte Adams wins Geological society medal (Durham University)

Dr Charlotte Adams
Dr Charlotte Adams, Durham Energy Institute fellow, has been awarded the prestigious Aberconway Medal by the Geological Society. This prestigious medal is awarded for excellence in applied geoscience and reflects Charlotte's ground breaking work in ultra-low enthalpy geothermal energy.

Heat can be extracted from the water flooded coal mines. The legacy of mines in the UK, their abundance and their distribution is such that most of the major population centres in the UK could have heat supplied from such mines allowing the UK to improve its energy security while simultaneously decarbonising heat. Translation of theory to practise is underway and Charlotte’s work in the area has made a significant contribution to this.

The award was presented at the Geological Society’s Presidents Day on 6th June.

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Science & Technology: Making Geothermal Solutions More Cost-Effective - An Opinion

New Technologies Make Geothermal Solutions Cost-Effective: Interview with Carlo Dietl (AAPG)

Carlo Dietl is a structural geologist and petrologist working with Gesteinslabor Dr. Eberhard Jahns in Germany.

Geothermal energy from lower temperature (low enthalpy) sources is an increasingly important source of renewable, sustainable energy. Welcome to an interview with Carlo Dietl, who works with both low and high enthalpy geothermal energy sources, and who discusses some of the recent breakthroughs in technology used in geothermal energy.

Why are people and governments pursuing geothermal energy in Europe?
In fact, geothermal energy could be pursued much more. This is in particular true for deep geothermal projects (deeper than 400 m). What is a pity: geothermal energy is the only base load capable regenerative energy source! Main reason for the reluctance is the above mentioned “fracking fear” which for example even led to a general fracking ban in Germany. Moreover, and funny enough, geothermal energy is competing with other regenerative energies. Many politicians and managers of municipal utilities only promote one regenerative energy source instead of looking for a combination of several options.

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USA, New Mexico: Valles Caldera Geothermal Resources Put Off Limits to Development

Geothermal Development Prohibited Near Valles Caldera National Preserve (NCPA)

The Santa Fe National Forest's decision protects the unique thermal features in Valles Caldera National Preserve

The Santa Fe National Forest finalized a decision to prohibit energy development on 195,000 acres of land adjacent to Valles Caldera National Preserve. The lands have been under consideration since 2015 to be leased for geothermal development.

Valles Caldera National Preserve is one of the newest units in the National Park System and contains some of the most extensive geothermal activity in the West, including hot springs, bubbling mudpots and steaming fumaroles. The most active geothermal features in the caldera are on a 40-acre private inholding that NPCA, working with a conservation buyer, protected from additional development and is now working its way through a transfer of ownership to the Park Service.

From the Global Geothermal News archives:

Indonesia: Exploration Starts at Moluccas 2X10 MW Geothermal Power Project

Proyek PLTP Tulehu Masuk Tahap Eksplorasi - PLTP Tulehu Project Enters Exploration Stage (Tribun-Maluku)

Proyek pembangunan Pembangkit Listrik Tenaga Panas Bumi (PLTP) Tulehu di Desa Tulehu dan Suli, Kabupaten Maluku Tengah, Provinsi Maluku telah memasuki tahap eksplorasi.

Wilayah Kerja Panas Bumi (WKP) Tulehu memiliki potensi sebesar 60 MW, namun dalam proyek awal ini, PLN akan mengembangkan sebesar 2x10 MW.

(From Google Translation) The Tulehu Geothermal Power Plant (PLTP) project in Tulehu and Suli Village, Central Maluku District, Maluku Province has entered the exploration stage.

The Tulehu Geothermal Working Area (WKP) has a potential of 60 MW, but in this initial project, PLN will develop 2x10 MW.

USA, Utah: Milford Site Selected for Location of the Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy

Department of Energy Selects University of Utah Site for $140 Million Geothermal Research and Development (DOE)

Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced that the University of Utah will receive up to $140 million in continued funding over the next five years for cutting-edge geothermal research and development.

After three years of planning, site characterization, and competition, the proposed site outside of Milford, Utah, has been selected as the location of the Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE) field laboratory.

This new FORGE site is dedicated to research on enhanced geothermal systems (EGS), or manmade geothermal reservoirs.

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South Korea: Samsung to Develop Geothermal Energy at Two Manufacturing Locations

Samsung aims to expand renewable energy use globally by 2020 (The Korea Herald)

Samsung Electronics said Thursday it will expand production and usage of renewable energy at its workplaces in South Korea and a further plan for global expansion by 2020 as part of its ongoing efforts to demonstrate its commitment to environmental responsibility.

In Korea, the tech titan will install approximately 42,000 square meters of solar panels in its headquarters dubbed “Samsung Digital City” in Suwon this year.

The company will add about 21,000 square meters of solar arrays and geothermal power generation facilities next year in its Pyeongtaek campus and 2020 in its Hwaseong campus.

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New Zealand: Paper Submission to New Zealand Geothermal Workshop Due June 29

Wairakei: 60 years and going strong (New Zealand Geothermal Association)

Each year, the New Zealand Geothermal Workshop brings the Geothermal community together to explore the latest challenges and opportunities and to drive the industry forward. This year we celebrate the Workshop's 40th Anniversary. The 2018 Workshop will be held at Wairakei Resort in Taupo, November 14 to 16, 2018. The Wairakei geothermal plant celebrates its 60th birthday that week - so join us to celebrate that milestone.

Convenors: Prof Rosalind Archer, Prof Mike O’Sullivan and Dr. Sadiq Zarrouk

Paper Submission Dates:

  • 29 Jun: Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 06 Jul: Paper Submission Open
  • 12 Aug: Paper Submission Deadline

Kenya: Opportunity to Refurbish Olkaria II Geothermal Power Plant

KenGen to refurbish Olkaria II Geothermal Power Station (ESI-Africa)

The Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) is inviting bids for the structural rehabilitation of Olkaria II Geothermal Power Station.

Interested bidders must take note that there will be a mandatory site visit on 19 June 2018 from 10:00am at Olkaria II Geothermal Power Station.

Norway: 1,520 Meter Well Drilled for Geothermal District Heating Project at Airport

Why is an airport drilling Norway’s deepest borehole? (Standbynordic.com)

Norway’s deepest geothermal borehole is now under construction at Oslo Gardermoen Airport. The natural heat generated from it will be used to heat the engine test site in winter.

Airport operator Avinor is managing the energy project, called Rock Energy, in partnership with the company Båsum Boring through its joint venture Norwegian Energy Drilling.

In a controlled manner, the idea is to send cold water deep underground, where it is heated and then returned to the surface.

“We’ve drilled to a depth of 1,500 metres for both boreholes, and when the project is completed they should be capable of heating the entire area of the engine test site. This has never been achieved before in Norway,” says Thor Erik Musæus, the project’s general manager, who adds that the extracted energy could also be used to heat large buildings.

From the Global Geothermal News archives:

Kenya: Budget Announced for Geothermal Energy Exploration

Rotich allocates Sh115.9b for infrastructure including Sh74.7b for SGR Phase 2A (Capital FM)

CS Henry K. Rotich, Cabinet
Secretary, The National Treasury
The National Treasury has allocated Sh115.9 billion for infrastructure projects, Sh19 billion less than what the Government allocated last year. 

C.S. Henry K. Rotich, Cabinet Secretary of the National Treasury said that Sh12.7 billion will be allocated to support the exploration of geothermal, wind and solar resources, and Sh4.8 billion for the exploration and distribution of oil and gas, saying the funds are meant to support the generation of adequate and affordable energy.

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USA, California: Vacancy as Supervising Engineer Includes Geothermal Operations

Area Supervising Engineer (California Department of Conservation - DOGGR)

Salary: $10,345.00 - $12,953.00 per month. Final Filing Date: 7/3/2018

Under the general direction of the District Deputy (Supervising Oil and Gas Engineer), the Senior Oil and Gas Engineer (Supervisor) will function as an Area Supervising Engineer for the Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR), Northern District Office.

The incumbent will directly supervise technical staff responsible for issuing permits for drilling, completing, work overs, plugging, abandoning, and testing of natural gas and geothermal wells; evaluation of new and existing natural gas and geothermal projects; inspection and safe operation of gas and geothermal production and injection facilities; pipeline integrity testing; and the Division’s environmental protection programs within the District.

You will find additional information about the job in the Duty Statement.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Science & Technology: Abandoned Geothermal Energy Wells can be Repurposed as Energy Storage Facilities

To hit climate goals, Bill Gates and his billionaire friends are betting on energy storage (Quartz)

Quidnet Energy co-founder Aaron Mandell (also co-founder of Altarock) says this abandoned well at the Blue Mountain Geothermal Area in Nevada could store up to 30 megawatt-hours of electricity in the form of compressed water. (Aaron Mandell via Twitter)

The world needs radical new energy technologies to fight climate change. In 2016, Quartz reported that a group of billionaires—including Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Jack Ma, Mukesh Ambani, and Richard Branson—launched Breakthrough Energy Ventures (BEV) to invest at least $1 billion in creating those technologies.

Now, 18 months later, Quartz can reveal the first two startups that BEV will be investing in: Form Energy and Quidnet Energy. Both companies are developing new technologies to store energy, but taking completely different approaches to achieve that goal.

Quidnet’s technology uses water to store energy, but without the need for rivers or dams. Instead, it uses excess electricity to pump water into the underground shale rock found in new wells dug for the purpose or in abandoned oil-and-gas wells. After water fills up tiny cracks in the rock, forcing more in creates pressure, which compresses shale like a spring. When energy is needed, the pressure is let off and the water that gushes out is used to run turbines that re-generate electricity.

Before BEV’s investment, Quidnet had raised $1.5 million through the Clean Energy Venture Group and Prime Coalition. In 2016, the startup ran tests in Texas and Nevada to show that the technology can work. Next, it will use the $6.4 million raised through BEV and Evok Innovations on more field trials to develop the technology, which, according to Joe Zhou, the company’s CEO, can offer energy storage at much lower costs than pumped hydro, while avoiding the inherent disadvantages of building dams and surface reservoirs.

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Science & Technology: GRC Members Explain Important New Tool That Could Revolutionize Geothermal Exploration

Revolutionizing geothermal energy research (Sanford Underground Research Facility)

The SIMFIP tool is changing the way researchers measure and design hydro fractures

(Video 3:06 Minutes)

The test featured the SIMFIP (Step-Rate Injection Method for Fracture In-Situ Properties), a tool that revolutionizes the way scientists can study geothermal energy, a process that pulls heat from the earth as it extracts steam or hot water, which is then converted to electricity.

Developed at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), the SIMFIP allows precise measurements of displacements in the rock and, most importantly, the aperture, or opening, of a hydro fracture.

The SIMFIP measures fracture openings in hard rock in the EGS Collab test site at Homestake Mine in South Dakota. The team had drilled eight slightly downward-sloping boreholes in the rib (side) of the West Drift: The injection hole, used for stimulating the rock, and production well, which produces the fluid, run parallel to each other through the rock. Six other boreholes contain equipment to monitor microseismic activity (rock displacement); electrical resistivity tomography (subsurface imaging); temperature; and strain (how rocks move when stimulated).

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Africa: Overview of Geothermal Projects on the Continent

Africa geothermal steams ahead (Inside Africa Law)

Geothermal projects in Africa have lagged behind the deployment of other renewable energy sources in recent years.  However, whilst a slow starter, we anticipate that geothermal will become a major baseload renewable technology in Africa in the mid-term future.  We are seeing increased interest and opportunities for development of geothermal projects in a number of jurisdictions.

The focus of recent Africa geothermal headlines has primarily been on Ethiopia and Kenya – namely the Corbetti and Tulu Moye geothermal projects in Ethiopia and the upcoming Olkaria VI public private partnership (PPP) project in Kenya.  However, countries such as Zambia, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Malawi are also taking steps to unlock their geothermal potential as the pace of project development in the region increases.  Download Report (PDF).........

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Switzerland: Promising Results from Geneva Geothermal District Heating Project

Satigny : On Trouve De L'eau À 33 Degrés - Satigny: Finding Water At 33 Degrees (GEothermie 2020)

(Courtesy GEothermie 2020)
De l’eau chaude a été trouvée à 744 mètres de profondeur. Cette eau remonte naturellement à la surface à une température de 33 degrés et à un débit de plus de 50 litres/seconde.

(From Google Translate) Hot water was found at 744 meters depth. This water naturally rises to the surface at a temperature of 33 degrees (Celsius) and a flow rate of more than 50 liters / second.

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Germany: First Tender for Combined Heat and Power Plants Includes Geothermal

Projects of 21 MW win German tender for CHP with renewable heat source (Renewables Now)

(Courtesy CIA.gov)
Projects with a capacity of nearly 21 MW have secured contracts in Germany’s first tender for innovative combined heat and power (CHP) plants, with the average price arriving at EUR 0.1027 (USD 0.12) per kWh.

The tender sought to award 25 MW for projects that combine a cogeneration plant, an innovative renewable heat source such as solar thermal systems, geothermal energy or heat pumps, and a power generator. It got seven bids for 23 MW, but two were invalidated.

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Monday, June 11, 2018

Global Geothermal Photo Contest

The Geothermal Resources Council 2018 Amateur Photo Contest (News Release)

The 39th Amateur Photo Contest winners will be announced at the GRC Annual Meeting in Reno, Nevada, USA.  

"Nga Awa Purua Pipes", by Sarah Milicich. Pipelines in the Nga Awa Purua geothermal power station at the Rotokawa Geothermal Field, New Zealand. Taken June 14 2012. - Second Place in the 2014 GRC Photo Contest.

The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) is pleased to announce this year’s Amateur 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.

USA, California: Opportunity for Geothermal Energy Industry to Affect Golden State Energy Policy

IEPR Commissioner Workshop on Renewable Integration and Electric System Flexibility (California Energy Commission)

June 20, 2018, 10:00 a.m.
California Energy Commission, Sacramento, California

Remote Access Available by Computer or Phone via WebEx™. For details, go to www.energy.ca.gov/webcast

The California Energy Commission will conduct a workshop to discuss renewable integration and the flexibility of California’s electricity system.

"Integrating large quantities of renewable generation, much of it solar, will require an increasingly resilient electricity system. In the near-term, this means a flexible fleet of natural gas-fired generators and increasing regionalization of renewable and other zero-carbon energy procurement. Over the longer term, it will require the increased deployment of existing clean technologies, lower costs for maturing technologies, such as plug-in hybrid and battery electric vehicles and multi-hour battery storage, and advancements in such technologies as biofuel and hydrogen production."

Turkey: Kizildere 3 Phase II Geothermal Power Plant Project Gets Award for Best Renewable Energy Deal

EBRD sweeps EMEA project finance awards (News Release)

Kizildere-3 C, by Matt Fishman. 65 MW Kizildere-3 Unit 1 Geothermal Power Plant, Turkey.GRC PHOTO CONTEST 2017
The EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) Project Finance Awards, organized by the EMEA Finance magazine, looked at the best project finance deals that were closed in 2017. The accolade, which is in its 10th year, is given for the overall EMEA region and also for separate regional categories.

The winning projects have been co-financed by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), mostly in cooperation with other multilateral and commercial banks. Among the EMEA-wide winners is an award for the Best renewable energy deal: Kizildere 3 Phase II geothermal power plant project in Turkey.

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Friday, June 8, 2018

Kenya: USD 29.5 Million Loan Granted to Help Develop 35-MW Quantum Power Menengai Geothermal Power Plant

The African Development Bank and the Climate Investment Funds support their first private sector-led geothermal power plant in Kenya (ADB)

The African Development Bank (ADB) approved on June 6, 2018 a senior loan of US $29.5 million and a concessional loan of US $20 million from the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) Clean Technology Fund (CTF) to Quantum Power East Africa GT Menengai Ltd.

The funding will support the development of a 35-MW geothermal power plant at the Menengai geothermal field in Nakuru County, Kenya, one of three modular geothermal plants in the Menengai field with a combined capacity of 105 MW.

The project is part of the CTF Geothermal Concessional Finance Program under the Dedicated Private Sector Program designed to finance programs that can deliver development results, impact, private-sector leverage and investment at scale and can be deployed rapidly and efficiently.

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USA, Hawaii: Puna Geothermal Venture is Now Totally Surrounded by Lava

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory Status Report (U.S. Geological Survey)

Thursday, June 7, 2018, 10:22 PM HST (Friday, June 8, 2018, 08:22 UTC)

Vigorous eruption of lava continues from the lower East Rift Zone (LERZ) fissure system in the area of Leilani Estates.

Lava fountaining at Fissure 8 continues unabated with fountain tops reported between 170-200 feet. This activity continues to feed a lava channel flowing east towards the ocean entry in the Kapoho Bay area. Bad weather and poor visibility grounded the late afternoon overflight but ground observers confirm lava continues to enter the sea as of early evening.

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.......

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Europe: Happy 20th Anniversary to the European Geothermal Energy Council!

EGEC: Geothermal, an energy for society, industry, and economy

EGEC celebrates 20 years of activity

For the energy transition to be successful, we need integration and a coherent mix in all energy sectors which cannot be accomplished without the versatile contribution of geothermal energy, EGEC states in a new declaration released in celebration of its 20 years anniversary.

Ahead of the meeting where the European Energy Ministers will meet to decide on the level of ambition for Europe’s 2030 renewable energy target, EGEC highlights the contribution of geothermal to the decarbonisation of the European economy and its even bigger untapped potential. The presentation of the declaration was accompanied by a tasting of “geothermal food and drinks” – cheese, tomatoes, wine, beers, and other delicacies, all produced with the contribution of geothermal energy – that showcased how geothermal is more than just energy. It also means food, tourism, jobs, and development for local communities.

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Latin America: Vote for the Best in Regional Geothermal Energy!

Regional Industry awards at GEOLAC

Judging panel includes two GRC Members

At GEOLAC, we will be announcing geothermal industry awards, recognizing excellence in the development of geothermal across the region over a five year period.

Geothermal industry awards will be made across the following categories: Best Project, Best Financing Program, Best Project – Social and Environmental Impact, Best Government Geothermal Program, and Geothermal Leadership MVP.

Last call for award submissions!

Canada: Feedback Requested on Proposed Royalty Framework and Regulation for Geothermal in BC

BC Royalties Proposal- Comments Requested (Geothermal Canada)

British Columbia’s Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources (EMPR) is considering the development of a royalty regulation under the Geothermal Resources Act. 

At this time EMPR would like to obtain input from the geothermal industry and interested parties on the proposed royalty framework and regulation.

The attached paper outlines the proposed royalty policy proposal; if you have comments or input you would like to be considered by EMPR please submit your comments by July 15th, 2018.  If you have questions regarding the attached proposal, or would like to discuss the proposal please contact Warren Walsh.

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Thursday, June 7, 2018

Finance: Webinar Exploring Trends in Regional and Global Geothermal Markets

A new era of investment in LAC geothermal? (New Energy Events)

Tue, Jun 12, 2018 7:30 AM - 8:15 AM PDT

Against the backdrop of the 5th Annual Geothermal Congress for Latin America & the Caribbean (GEOLAC 2018, July 17-18, Mexico City), join us for a complimentary stage-setting webinar exploring the big trends in the regional and global geothermal market and what those trends mean for the development of projects across the region.

Topics to be covered will include the following:
  • How have the conditions for the development of geothermal changed, globally and regionally, in the past 12 months?
  • How successfully is geothermal making its case vs. other forms of renewables? For example, solar and storage?
  • Is geothermal “resilient” vs. other forms of generation?
  • Which markets in Latin America and the Caribbean are making tangible strides towards new projects?
  • How do the multilaterals view the market and what new programs coming online?

Global Geothermal News is pleased to be a Lead Content Partner and the Geothermal Resources Council a Partner for the GEOLAC conference.

USA: Online Tool Helps Visualize Geothermal Energy Data

U.S. Geothermal Prospector

NREL’s Geothermal Prospector platform marries a rich library of datasets to analytical screening tools, making it easy to visualize geothermal energy data and to target future exploration and research.

Iceland: Mid-Summer Music Festival is Powered by Geothermal Energy

Secret Solstice powered by 100% Geothermal Energy (differentgrooves.com)

Tapping into Iceland’s National Grid, Secret Solstice is one of the first festival’s to run entirely on geothermal energy sources without relying on generators powered by fossil fuels.

Using renewable energy and banning straws makes Secret Solstice one of the most eco-friendly festivals on the planet!

In just over two weeks, Iceland’s Secret Solstice festival will again take place in the world’s most northerly capital city, Reykjavik, for its fifth edition during 96 hours of continuous sunlight from June 21-24, 2018. Bringing a stacked lineup, Secret Solstice will be headlined by Slayer who are on their Final World Tour, as well as Stormzy, Gucci Mane, Bonnie Tyler, Clean Bandit, GusGus, Dubfire, Lee Burridge, Skream and more top international and Icelandic acts across rock, hip-hop and electronic music.

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