Monday, April 27, 2015

USA:

Energy Department Announces Project Selections in First Phase of FORGE (EERE/GTO)

Five sites announced in California, Nevada, Oregon Utah and Idaho


As part of the Obama Administration’s all-of-the-above energy strategy, the Energy Department today announced five projects selected for a total of $2 million for the first part of the multiphase Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE) effort. This field laboratory, dedicated to cutting-edge research on enhanced geothermal systems (EGS), could unlock access to a domestic, geographically diverse, and carbon-free source of clean energy with the potential to supply power to up to 100 million homes in the United States. The first two phases of FORGE will provide a total of up to $31 million over two years for selected teams:
  • Idaho National Laboratory on the Snake River Plain, Idaho
  • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory at Newberry Volcano, Oregon
  • Sandia National Laboratories in Coso, California
  • Sandia National Laboratories in Fallon, Nevada
  • University Of Utah in Milford City, Utah
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USA:

Introducing the New EnergyFactCheck.org  (ARENA)

The American Council On Renewable Energy (ARENA) is pleased to present the new EnergyFactCheck! America's energy portfolio – and the debate shaping that portfolio – is changing. A credible voice for the clean energy industry has never been more important. Ahead of the next presidential election cycle and America's rapidly evolving energy infrastructure, we redesigned EnergyFactCheck to ensure it remains a relevant, useful resource for communicators, policymakers, and everyday citizens alike. Here are some of the new features we've added to EnergyFactCheck.org.

European Union:

European Geothermal Energy Council Publishes Action Plan (EGEC)

The European Geothermal Energy Council (EGEC) publishes a policy paper arguing its case for more renewable energy to be included in the EU Energy Plan.


The EU’s energy security is at risk. Europe is hugely dependent on fossil fuel imports, in particular on the natural gas used to cover its extensive heating demand.

With the increasing deployment of variable renewables, the EU electrical system requires more flexible generation. Natural gas as backup must be discarded: the more it is used, the more the EU is dependent on energy imports, and the more it moves away from achieving energy security.

With the new Energy Union, the only viable option to address this challenge is to improve energy efficiency and to replace fossil fuel consumption and imports with stable renewable energy sources in the heating and electricity sectors. Energy efficiency is not sufficient to solve such a long-standing structural problem.

Such a path requires political courage and structural reforms in the years to come. In order to prepare the ground, EGEC publishes today an action plan towards “Fuel switch to renewables in the heating and electricity sectors”. This paper provides case studies of how to switch fuel with different geothermal technologies and puts forward key recommendations to build a resilient Energy Union.

Fuel Switch to Renewables in the Heating and Electricity Sector - An action plan for a Resilient Energy Union with a Forward-Looking Climate Change Policy (PDF)

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New Zealand, Australia:

New Zealand is Embracing Renewable Power While Australia Goes Backwards (VICE)

The Wairakei Geothermal Power Plant. Image via Wiki Commons
As Australia further concretes its dependence on coal, New Zealand's recent investment in alternatives is already bearing fruit. Usually this time of year is wet and New Zealand's hydro-lakes would be full, but an unseasonably dry autumn has left reserves 30 percent lower than average. This would usually be cause for concern, but the country's backing of geothermal power means they're still pretty sweet.

The New Zealand Minister of Energy and Resources, Simon Bridges said the current geothermal renaissance puts the country in good stead to hit the target of 90 percent renewable generation by 2025. As Bridges boasted at the World Geothermal Congress, New Zealand is now the fifth largest geothermal power generator in the world.

Meanwhile, across the ditch in Australia, a country with more than five times the population and 28 times the land mass, the governing party seems increasingly fixated on fossil fuels.

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Kenya:

Lawyer Appointed Chair of GDC (Capital FM)

Gershom Otachi, Chair of GDC
Experienced lawyer Gershom Otachi has been appointed chairperson of Geothermal Development Company (GDC) in Kenya.

Gershom Otachi Bw’Omanwa is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya of 23 years standing, a Senior Partner at Ogetto, Otachi & Company Advocates and also the firm’s co-founding partner.

Otachi holds an LL.B (Hons) degree from the University of Nairobi and was admitted to the bar in 1991.

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USA, Arkansas:

Research Team Invents Electrical Power Converter for Renewable Energy (University of Arkansas)

Engineering researchers at the University of Arkansas have invented a novel electrical power converter system that simultaneously accepts power from a variety of energy sources and converts it for use in the electrical grid system.

The U.S. Department of Energy was granted a U.S. patent for the technology and is now seeking licensing opportunities for potential commercialization. The research was sponsored by a Department of Energy grant.

The availability and use of renewable energy sources, such as solar, geothermal and wind, and their associated harvesting systems increase the need for new power converters that can efficiently convert diverse energy sources to work across modern electrical grid systems. Current renewable energy conversion systems are bulky, inefficient and struggle to accept multiple inputs from diverse sources.

The researchers’ high-frequency matrix converter addresses these shortcomings. Its simplified control system uses power converters to allow connection of a variety of power sources to a small, high-frequency transformer. Then, using a high-frequency matrix converter, it produces stable electricity ready to be supplied to the electrical grid system.

Philippines:

Iceland Drilling Tapped for 40 MW Montelago Geothermal Project (Business World Online)

Emerging Power, Inc. (EPI) has tapped Iceland Drilling Corp. (IDC) to conduct drilling works for its planned 40 MW geothermal project in Oriental Mindoro.

The renewable energy company said in a statement over the weekend that Iceland Drilling Corp. will undertake the drilling activity for the $185-million Montelago project. Under a deal inked last April 20, IDC will drill at least two wells starting in July.

Iceland Drilling will use a Geysir Drillmec HH-20SS equipment -- a trailer mounted, fast moving, automatic, hydraulic rotary drilling rig with a drilling depth capability of 4,000 meters. The heavy-equipment has been previously used in a geothermal drilling project in Biliran.

Expected to be operational by 2016, the Montelago project straddles barangays Montelago, Montemayor and Melgar-B in the municipality of Naujan, Oriental Mindoro.

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Friday, April 24, 2015

Indonesia:

Indonesia Geothermal International Convention and Exhibition (IIGCE) 2015

Supported by the Geothermal Resources Council



GRC Yellowstone National Park Workshop/Field-trip:

GRC Yellowstone National Park Workshop/Field-trip

June 22-26, 2015


The GRC reminds interested individuals to sign-up for the GRC Workshop/Field-trip to Yellowstone National Park as places are filling fast. The workshop will include a tour of the major geologic features of the park, the site of the greatest concentration of geothermal features in the world, and discussions of its volcanic history, geochemistry, and hydrology. Limited number of spaces are available.

Workshop Leaders: Duncan Foley, Gene Suemnicht, and Joe Moore.

The Cost of the workshop:

  • Double-Occupancy Room: $1,500 for GRC Members, $1,700 for Non-GRC Members.
  • Single-Occupancy Room: $2,050 for GRC Members, $2,250 for Non-GRC Members ($550 upgrade fee for those who have already paid for a double-occupancy room).
  • GRC Student Rate (Double-Occupancy Only): $700 (Must provide a copy of your current student ID with a valid date or a copy of your class schedule when registering).
The price will include bus transportation and 4 nights DOUBLE-OCCUPANCY accommodation in West Yellowstone. Also included are 4 lunches, one reception, trip materials and one dinner. NOT included are the cost of flights to/from, and accommodation in Salt Lake City on June 21st and 26th, and the cost of breakfasts each day and 3 dinners.

For payment options, including a deposit to reserve your place, please contact the GRC office for more details.

Highlights include:
GRC Workshop Registration Flyer
GRC Workshop Registration Form

For more up to date information and agenda, please visit the GRC Website. For any questions or concerns, please contact Anh Lay by email at alay@geothermal.org or by phone at (530) 758-2360 ext. 100.

Ethiopia:

Geothermal Energy, Aluto Volcano, and Ethiopia's Rift Valley (The Geological Society of America)

Aluto is Ethiopia's main source of geothermal energy, a low-carbon resource that is expected to grow considerably in the near future. 


In their open access paper published in Geosphere this month, William Hutchison and colleagues present new data from Ethiopia's Rift Valley and Aluto volcano, a major volcano in the region. Aluto is Ethiopia's main source of geothermal energy, a low-carbon resource that is expected to grow considerably in the near future. Preexisting volcanic and tectonic structures have played a key role in the development of the Aluto volcanic complex and continue to facilitate the expulsion of gases and geothermal fluids.

Using high-resolution airborne imagery, field observations, and CO2 degassing data, the authors explore in great detail how these preexisting structures control fluid pathways and spatial patterns of volcanism, hydrothermal alteration, and degassing. Understanding these preexisting structures, they write, "Is a major task toward defining the evolution of rift zones and also has important implications for geothermal exploration, mineralization, and the assessment of volcanic hazard."

Structural controls on fluid pathways in an active rift system: A case study of the Aluto volcanic complexWilliam Hutchison et al., COMET, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK.

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USA, California:

May is Geothermal Awareness Month in the Golden State

The Geysers geothermal field (Courtesy Calpine)
The State of California has recognized the month of May 2015 as Geothermal Awareness Month through a resolution of the State Legislature. Geothermal Awareness Month aims "to raise awareness of the significant contributions geothermal energy makes to California's Renewable Portfolio Standard and towards meeting the state's environmental goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions," states the resolution.

"The Legislature considers geothermal resources important to California's future and recognizes the environmental and economic values of existing and future geothermal energy for the state and local communities."

In celebration of Geothermal Awareness Month, GRC member Calpine Corporation will host a celebration on Saturday, May 2 that includes guided tours of its geothermal power plants as well as music, booths and live entertainment. The event is from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Calpine Geothermal Visitors Center, 15500 Central Park Rd Middletown, CA 95461.

USA, Oregon:

Lawmakers Hope to Lure Geothermal Lab to Newberry (KTVZ)

DOE research site would take 300 workers to build, 100 to operate


Central Oregon lawmakers have won their colleagues' backing in a bid to bring a lucrative federal geothermal research site to the flanks of the Newberry Volcano near La Pine.

State Rep. Gene Whisnant (R-Sunriver) sponsored and carried House Joint Memorial 19 (HJM 19) successfully on the House floor Thursday with a unanimous vote of passage.

HJM 19 urges the Secretary of Energy and Congress to site the U.S. Department of Energy's Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE) at the Newberry Geothermal Project in Deschutes County.

The FORGE will perform advanced research on enhanced geothermal systems for the purpose of developing large-scale, economically sustained heat exchange systems.

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World Geothermal Congress 2015:

Melbourne Declaration from World Geothermal Congress 2015 


“Geothermal in Perspective – Views from Down Under” 


We are more than 1500 members of the global geothermal community, representing more than 75 countries, who have gathered together in Melbourne, Australia, for the World Geothermal Congress 2015. We share a common interest in geothermal resources, stimulated by the promises and challenges they present. Participants have shared in short courses and field trips in New Zealand and Australia, where geothermal development and preservation initiatives provide examples from which the rest of the world can learn. We acknowledge a debt to those before us who built a solid base of knowledge and experience, as we create better outcomes for energy efficiency and delivery around the world.

Advanced economies rely on the efficient and reliable availability of energy. The energy options we currently have can be considered gifts from our ancestors. We are responsible for their sustainable management so that our endowment of natural resources can continue to meet the needs of future generations. Geothermal energy sits within a suite of clean and sustainable energy options, providing benefits beyond simple energy delivery in terms of sustaining the health of the environment in which we live.

Geothermal resources soothe bodies, warm homes and hotels, and supply heat for commerce, industry and agriculture. They provide the clean raw fuel for an expanding base of electricity generation. New opportunities are opening for the harvesting of valuable minerals carried within geothermal fluids, and for understanding the extreme life forms that survive within these fluids. Geothermal resources are indigenous; they are sustainable; their use is environmentally responsible; their high availability is largely independent of weather and climate; they displace carbon-intensive energy resources. Geothermal energy can be considered a global resource. In some places, geothermal resources already provide the most cost effective option for power and heat generation, representing a sound financial investment choice.

In spite of this, only a small fraction of the global geothermal potential has so far been realized. Many people remain unaware of the geothermal options available to them or the costs and benefits associated with these. Financial, legal, institutional and regulatory hurdles are common. To overcome these hurdles:

We urge governments to implement policies that ensure that the environmental costs of all energy developments are internalized and reflected in their pricing;
We urge governments to implement policies to minimize legislative and administrative barriers to geothermal development;
We urge governments and finance agencies to work with national and international geothermal associations to disseminate accurate information about the technology, costs and performance of geothermal developments;
We urge all parties to respect the close association of indigenous peoples with geothermal features upon and beneath their traditional lands, where such traditional relationships exist, and to negotiate with these peoples in a fair manner;
We urge that substantial R&D funding be committed to decrease the cost of geothermal power, to extend geothermal production to lower resource temperatures and across a greater range of geological settings;
We urge that particular efforts be directed to breaking down the financial risk barrier that commonly delays drilling on new ‘green field’ geothermal projects;
Finally, we urge governments and academic institutions to cooperate to transfer knowledge from geothermally experienced to less experienced countries, through training and education, capacity building, and technical assistance.

Through these actions, our common goal is to improve the living standards of citizens of the world through the supply of indigenous, affordable, environmentally responsible energy for generations to come, while preserving a portion of geothermal resources in an undisturbed state for all time.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

GRC Annual Meeting & GEA Expo:

Geothermal Event! - Over 1,200 Attendees and 150 Exhibitors

September 20-23, Reno, Nevada, USA




USA, Nevada:

Agenda Released for National Geothermal Summit 2015 (GEA)


The Geothermal Energy Association (GEA) has announced a preliminary agenda for its fifth annual National Geothermal Summit at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino in Reno, Nevada on June 3-4, 2015.

The National Geothermal Summit is the leading forum for western state policy discussions, bringing together the geothermal industry for a dialogue with state and federal policy makers and is widely attended by the geothermal community, state regulators, federal legislators and utilities. The 2015 Summit theme is “Geothermal Policies as Stimulus for Economic Growth and Environmental Quality.” The event is made possible by co-host Ormat and with the support of the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada (EDAWN), Great Basin Center for Geothermal Energy, Western Area Power Administration, UC Davis California Geothermal Collaborative, and the Geothermal Resources Council.

  • GEA/GRC member rate: $395
  • General rate: $495
  • Government/Non-profit: $395
  • Past summit participant: $395

WGC 2015:

World Geothermal Congress 2015


Friday 24th April

USA, Wyoming:

Scientists See Deeper Yellowstone Magma (University of Utah)

Reservoir of partly molten rock is four times bigger than shallower chamber


University of Utah seismologists discovered and made images of a reservoir of hot, partly molten rock 12 to 28 miles beneath the Yellowstone supervolcano, and it is 4.4 times larger than the shallower, long-known magma chamber.


NSF Yellowstone Discovery Video from The University of Utah on Vimeo.

The GRC is hosting a Workshop/Field-trip to Yellowstone National Park, June 22-26. The workshop will include a tour of the major geologic features of the Park, the site of the greatest concentration of geothermal features in the world, and discussions of its volcanic history, geochemistry, and hydrology.

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Italy:

Why Invest in Italian Geothermal? (Volcanex)


(Addressing readers at WGC 2015): Australian investors seeking international renewable energy opportunities should consider geothermal energy in Italy. The European power market is rapidly transitioning towards renewable technologies under strong EU climate change and energy security policies and in certain countries local, climate-friendly, geothermal energy is making a significant contribution to utility-scale electricity and heating supplies. Australian familiarity with geological risk should be able to provide an investment boost.

Italy, in particular, offers all of the necessary components of successful geothermal power projects except for sufficient finance. While some of these components are more or less attractive compared to those in other geothermal countries their overall combination highlights Italy as a compelling geothermal investment destination.

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USA, Nevada:

Lecture: 'Geothermal Features of Yellowstone, Iceland and Nevada' - Tonight!

6:30 p.m., April 23, Nevada State Museum, Carson City, Nevada


A rock-bordered pool at sunset taken at Diana’s Punchbowl
Hot Springs, Monitor Valley, in central Nevada. Photo by Chip Carroon
Dr. Chip Carroon is presenting a slide lecture titled “Geothermal Features of Yellowstone, Iceland and Nevada,” which answers the question, what do Yellowstone National Park and Iceland have in common with Nevada?

The presentation, at 6:30 p.m. April 23 at the Nevada State Museum, will focus on the geologic origin of geothermal and volcanic features of Yellowstone, Iceland and Nevada, three of the most geothermally active places in the world.

Doors open at 6 p.m. for exhibit viewing in the main building. Museum members and children under 17 have free entry; nonmember admission is $8 per adult.

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New Zealand:

Contact Energy Promotion for WGC 2015 




Contact Energy has been at the forefront of renewable energy generation in New Zealand for some time. The pioneering Wairākei power station, commissioned in 1958, was the second significant geothermal power station in the world to be built and Contact's newest power station, Te Mihi, was officially opened in 2014. View the video to find out more about their geothermal expertise, recent projects and innovations.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Science & Technology:

Turning Bakken Oil Well Waste Water Into Clean Geothermal Power (Bloomberg)

Though the technology has yet to be applied broadly, early results are promising.


Researchers stand at the site in North Dakota where geothermal generators
are being installed. Source: University of North Dakota, Will Gosnold via Bloomberg
Oil fracking companies seeking to improve their image and pull in a little extra cash are turning their waste water into clean geothermal power.

For every barrel of oil produced from a well, there’s another seven of water, much of it boiling hot. Instead of letting it go to waste, some companies are planning to harness that heat to make electricity they can sell to the grid.

Companies such as Continental Resources Inc. and Hungary’s MOL Group are getting ready to test systems that pump scalding-hot water through equipment that uses the heat to turn electricity-generating turbines before forcing it back underground to coax out more crude.

USA:

Senator Wyden Introduces Geothermal Energy Opportunities (GEO) Act (News Release)

As part of his continued work to find new ways to fight climate change while lowering energy prices for U.S. consumers, Senator Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, today introduced a pair of bills that would boost domestic clean energy production and reduce carbon emissions.

The Geothermal Energy Opportunities (GEO) Act, encourages geothermal energy production by breaking down barriers that prevent prospective geothermal projects from getting in the ground.

The geothermal bill introduced today helps would-be geothermal developers explore for and develop geothermal resources through a public-private grant program. As part of the partnership, developers report their findings, contributing to a nationwide map of geothermal potential that will reduce the risk and drive down the cost of geothermal energy for the future. The bill also makes it easier for oil and gas developers to co-produce clean geothermal energy on federal lands under existing leases.

Additionally, the bill incorporates legislation Wyden introduced earlier this year – the Geothermal Production Expansion Act – to prevent speculative bidders from unproductively driving up the price of leases for developers seeking to use land productively for geothermal projects. The bill streamlines the federal geothermal leasing program by allowing for the non-competitive leasing of a limited amount of federal land at fair market value to spur the expansion of geothermal energy on already identified “hot spots.”

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USA, Alaska:

Geothermal Hopes Stall Without City Backing (kucb)

A years-long effort to bring geothermal power to Unalaska may be on its last legs. The city government is draining its accounts for exploring Makushin Volcano, saying the project is too expensive and risky to pursue any further.

"Right now, it’s just pretty much a dead project," says city public utilities director Dan Winters.

Winters says the city is clearing out its geothermal savings. They’ve transferred an expiring federal grant to Akutan, and rolled their local match back into the city’s general fund. And soon, the state Legislature will likely take back the rest of the geothermal account -- a $1.5 million grant that was never used.

For now, though, they’ll shop Makushin around to private companies alone -- and wait for a chance to bring the city back on board.

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Science & Technology:

Using Geothermal Solutions to Desalinate Oil Field Water (Renewable Energy World.com)

 Cathy Chickering Pace (GRC Member), SMU Geothermal Lab


Clean water — it’s a precious resource in hot demand right now, for more than taking a shower or watering our crops. The United Nations projects the world’s population will grow by another billion people, to 8.4 Billion, by 2030. More people means more need for food, water, electricity, and other necessities. Beyond the obvious demands for water, our increasing appetite for electricity also requires water — and plenty of it. Most of the electricity generated in the U.S. uses water in some capacity.

When the Sierra Nevada snowpack is at 65 year low, there will be serious water shortages in California  that can affect us all.  Droughts can be powerful motivators for innovative water efficiency and conservation measures, and have led to the development of innovative technologies, such as desalination of brackish ground water, produced oil field water, or seawater.  Certainly these technologies hold tremendous promise, particularly in places where high salinity waters outweigh the freshwater supply significantly — places like Texas, where brackish water is produced from oil and gas wells.

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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 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.

Global:

IRENA Launches New Tool to Help Develop Renewable Energy Projects (IRENA)

Project Navigator provides easy, systematic framework to create successful, bankable projects



A comprehensive platform to facilitate the effective development of renewable energy projects worldwide is now available online. The Project Navigator tool, launched today by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), provides project developers with the knowledge, tools, case studies and best practices needed to support the successful completion of their projects.

Many promising renewable energy project ideas are not implemented due to a lack of knowledge or expertise on how to move them forward. Successful projects are characterized by robust technology data, strong project proposals, and the inclusion of financing instruments and information for investment analysis. The Project Navigator aims to increase the percentage of successful renewable energy project proposals worldwide.

WGC 2015:

World Geothermal Congress 2015


Thursday 23rd April

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Earth Day:

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Our gift to the world on Earth Day



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Wednesday 22nd April

New Zealand:

Low Hydro Levels No Threat - Geothermal Energy More than makes Up the Difference (Radio New Zealand)

New Zealand electricity companies are cruising into winter relatively unfazed by low water levels in hydro lakes. Changes to the rules of the industry and heavy development of geothermal energy have given household electricity users a buffer against dry weather that they did not have in the past.

As much of New Zealand continues to enjoy an Indian summer, the dry conditions mean New Zealand's hydro lakes have only two-thirds of the water they usually have at this time. Not much water is flowing in to replenish them - only 70 percent of the seasonal average.

Official statistics show the boom in geothermal electricity is helping. In six years, more than $2 billion was invested in geothermal electricity, doubling its capacity to over 1000 megawatts. And since the earth's core is always hot, electricity can be constantly produced using geothermal tools, no matter what the weather.

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USA:

NGDS Atlas – Your Window into the National Geothermal Data System (Arizona Geological Survey)

The 60-page (10 Mb) National Geothermal Data System (NGDS) Atlas conveys the nature, quality and quantity of geothermal-related data available for all 50 U.S. states through the NGDS Catalog.

Each U.S. state is portrayed in the Atlas in a succinct summary that includes that state’s contribution to the NGDS Catalog and an at-a-glance data wheel to characterize the types and volumes of data available.

NGDS CATALOG - The NGDS catalog exposes over 10 million data records and will grow as our contributors from industry, state surveys, and Department of Energy funded repositories continue to collect and add data. The Atlas illustrates the breadth and diversity of NGDS holdings, which range broadly from legacy data PDF documents to Excel data tables, to geologic map services, to well log data, to geochemical analyses and more.

Global:

The Latest News from the Leading Geothermal Energy Magazine (GRC)

A free article from the GRC Bulletin - Volume 44, No. 2 - March/April 2015


The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) has made available the latest GRC Bulletin, the definitive voice of the global geothermal energy industry, published continuously since 1972. 

The Bulletin is free with GRC Membership or subscribe (PDF) to six issues a year for $90 in the USA or $140 worldwide.

The GRC has generously provided 4 pages from the latest issue for free. However, the full issue is 48 pages!

In this issue, there is an insiders view of the Sarulla Project in Indonesia, a call for action for co-production with the oil & gas industry and an overview of the geothermal potential in Peru by Susan Hodgson.

Join the GRC or subscribe to get the complete issue.

Global:

Direct Utilization of Geothermal Energy 2015 Worldwide Review

Presentation made by John W. Lund and Tonya L. Boyd at the World Geothermal Congress


 Summary of the various categories of direct-use worldwide for the period 1995-2015.

This paper presents a review of the worldwide applications of geothermal energy for direct utilization, and updates the previous survey carried out in 2010. We also compare data from 1995, 2000 and 2005 presented at World Geothermal Congresses in Italy, Japan and Turkey, respectively (WGC95, WGC2000, and WGC2005).

An estimation of the installed thermal power for direct utilization at the end of 2014 is used in this paper and equals 70,329 MWt, almost a 45% increase over the 2010 data, growing at a compound rate of 7.7% annually with a capacity factor of 0.265.

Direct Utilization of Geothermal Energy 2015 Worldwide Review, John W. Lund, Tonya (Toni) Boyd.

Global:

Geothermal Power Generation in the World 2010-2015 Update Report

Presentation made by Ruggero Bertani at the World Geothermal Congress



New data has been taken from WGC2015 Country Update reports, private communications from IGA members and Affiliated Organizations, and we would like to acknowledge all IGA friends for their valuable help. Other updates have been collected from websites of private and public organizations involved in geothermal development. Plants under construction, which are expected to be commissioned in 2015, are included in the installed capacity.


An increase of about 1,7 GW in the five year term 2010-2015 has been achieved (about 16%), following the rough standard linear trend of approximately 350 MW/year, with an evident increment of the average value of about 200 MW/year in the precedent 2000-2005 period.

Geothermal Power Generation in the World - 2010–2015 Update Report, Ruggero BERTANI

USA, Nevada:

Dajin Finds Significant Lithium at Known Geothermal Area (BayStreet)

Dajin Resources Corp. of Vancouver, Canada reports that the company's wholly owned subsidiary, Dajin Resources (US) Corp. has confirmed the presence of near surface lithium on Dajin's 100% owned Alkali Lake project in Esmeralda County, Nevada.

The property is located approximately 7 miles (12 km) northeast of Rockwood Lithium's Clayton Valley lithium operation, the only producing brine based lithium mine in operation in North America. The Rockwood Lithium operation was recently acquired by Albemarle Corp., the world's largest producer of lithium products, as part of a $6.2 billion transaction.

Like Clayton Valley, Alkali Lake is a classic, fault bounded closed basin where evaporation exceeds precipitation. Alkali Lake is in a known geothermal area and contains volcanic rocks with high lithium values. Just as with circulating basin waters, deep fluids, particularly hot ones associated with the geothermal resource, dissolve rocks, liberating boron, lithium and other elements such as sodium and chloride. These minerals are brought to the surface as springs emanating from the faults bounding the playa. The location of a closed basin in an arid environment with a geothermal system and plentiful sources of Lithium suggest that Alkali Lake may host significant Lithium rich brines.

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Indonesia:

Indonesian Government Gets Serious About Renewable Energy Development (Jakarta Post)

Estimated 28.8 GW of new geothermal energy potential


Following a major overhaul in the country’s fuel subsidy program, the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry is now striving to explore new and renewable energy resources.

Indonesia is currently heavily dependent on fossil fuel, particularly oil and coal, despite possessing abundant potential sources of renewable energy, primarily geothermal and solar energy.

Located in the “ring of fire”, the country is rich with volcanoes providing abundant geothermal sources. In addition, the country also receives sunlight throughout the year, making it ripe for solar power development.

Despite this potential, efforts to exploit these resources have been few and far between.

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China:

China Could Get Most of its Energy from Renewables by 2050 (Environment & Energy Publishing)

Renewable energy could economically provide China the majority of its energy by midcentury, according to a new report.

The "China 2050 High Renewable Energy Penetration Scenario and Roadmap Study" from the China National Renewable Energy Centre models energy trends in China, stipulating a goal of high renewable energy penetration with the constraints of pollution, emissions, technology and economics.

The study found that wind, solar, hydropower, biomass and geothermal energy could produce 60 percent of China's total energy and generate 85 percent of its electricity in 35 years while maintaining stability on the grid.

Starting on this path would likely make China's greenhouse gas emissions peak sooner than 2030 under the climate change deal President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping negotiated last year.

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USA:

Heat Exchange Industry News (Geothermal Exchange Organization)

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

GEO Industry News is an electronic publication of GEO, the Geothermal Exchange Organization, a 501(c)(6) non-profit trade association based in Springfield, Illinois, USA that advocates the environmental, energy efficiency and economic benefits of geothermal heat pump systems for heating and cooling applications in residential, commercial, and institutional buildings in the USA.

Global:

2015 Geothermal Resources Council Scholarships - Deadline for Applications is May 4

A total of $15,000 in educational awards to be given to six students in the global geothermal energy community


Nastaran Arianpoo of the University of British Columbia,
Canada receives her 2014 GRC Scholarship award from
GRC President Louis E. Capuano, Jr.
The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC), a non-profit educational association dedicated to the promotion of geothermal energy and associated technologies around the world, reminds applicants of the deadline for the 2015 GRC Scholarship Awards.

To qualify for one of these awards a student must be a GRC member (student memberships are only $5 per year) as well as a student in an accredited academic institution. Selection of recipients will be based upon a variety of factors, including the individual’s academic record, student activities, geothermal industry experience, and career goals.

Monday, April 20, 2015

WGC 2015:

World Geothermal Congress 2015


Tuesday 21st April

Earth Day 2015:

Happy Earth Day 2015 (U.S. Geological Survey)

The USGS is joining people across the world to celebrate Earth Day on April 22, 2015. To help build environmental awareness, the USGS has outlined some of the critical issues facing our planet as well as science projects underway to address these challenges. Starting with science provides a valuable foundation for managers, policymakers, and other decision makers to make the most informed decisions to protect our changing world.

Deep within the Earth’s crust lies an extremely important but underutilized renewable energy resource: geothermal energy. In 2008, the USGS released a national assessment of geothermal power resources, showing more than 550,000 Megawatts–electric power–generating potential. Since then, the USGS has continued to research and assess geothermal power potential all over the country.

“Interest in geothermal energy has rapidly grown. Recent permitting activity has seen dozens of applications for geothermal leases. All of this is based on the fundamental resource assessment efforts of the USGS – without that basic research, the benefits of this renewable energy resource would be achieved much more slowly and at much greater expense.” — GRC Member William Glassley, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, University of California, Davis.

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Science & Technology:


What if we transformed carbon dioxide from being a waste product into being a huge battery to help even out our energy supply? We could make carbon storage pay off, while solving problems of intermittent energy supply from renewables.

So say Tom Buscheck from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California and his colleagues who presented a design for this type of energy storage at the European Geosciences Union general assembly last week in Vienna, Austria.

Their design would be able to store the excess energy produced by renewable and conventional power sources when demand is low and, at the same time, lock up the major cause of global warming – carbon dioxide.

"The only way you can decarbonise the fossil-fuel energy systems is if you can devise an approach where the economics makes sense," says Buscheck, who thinks their design, which is funded by the Geothermal Technologies Office at the US Department of Energy, does just that.

Buscheck team's proposes storing that excess energy in two forms: pressure and heat. Excess electricity would power a pump that injects supercritical CO2– a hybrid state of liquid and gas – into underground brine in sedimentary rocks between 5 and 10 kilometres below the surface. Supercritical CO2 can drive turbines much more efficiently than steam and can take a lot of squeezing and heating – improving its capacity to store energy.

USA:

U.S. Census Bureau Facts for Features: Earth Day: April 22, 2015 (SYS-CON Media - press release)

April 22, 2015, marks the 45th anniversary of Earth Day ― a day intended to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth's natural environment. The day came from reaction to a massive oil spill in waters near Santa Barbara, California, in 1969. In honor of Earth Day ― and Earth Week (April 16-22) ― this edition of Profile America Facts for Features includes examples of Census Bureau statistics pertaining to energy and the environment.

$9.8 billion 
Revenues in 2012 for electric power generation industries that use renewable energy resources, such as hydro, wind, geothermal, biomass, solar and other electric power generation. This figure is up 49.0 percent from $6.6 billion in 2007.

697
The number of wind, geothermal, biomass, solar and other electric power generation business establishments in 2012, up from 312 in 2007.

1,220
The number of employees in geothermal electric power generation in 2012.

USA, Hawaii:

University of Hawaii to Start Hualalai Geothermal Study (KITV Honolulu)

In search of a natural power source on the Big Island the University of Hawaii gets the green light to conduct a hi-tech geothermal study.

KITV4's Mike Cherry reports how it could lead to man-made activity on another big island volcano.

The project is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and the state Department of Land and Natural Resources, researcher Nicole Lautze, with the Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetology, said in her application. Lautze said that the Hualalai exploration is the first exploration permit in what will be an overall effort referred to as the “Geothermal Resources Exploration Plan for Hawaii.” 

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Philippines:

PetroEnergy Looking for Other Geothermal Sites on Luzon (BusinessWorld Online Edition)


Following the successful operations of its first energy venture, listed firm PetroEnergy Resources Corp. (PERC) is now setting its sights on other sites that can support more geothermal energy projects.

“We are looking at other areas in Luzon for other geothermal projects,” PERC Vice-President Francisco G. Delfin, Jr. said during a plant tour on Wednesday last week. “Why Luzon? Because the power market is still here. There’s a huge potential here,” Mr. Delfin added.

The official said studies and internal discussions on the next project are ongoing but noted that “everything is very preliminary.”

PERC, through 65%-owned Maibarara Geothermal, Inc. (MGI), owns and operates a 20-MW geothermal plant in Sto. Tomas, Batangas. MGI is also in the process of expanding the power plant by another 10 MW, which would entail an investment of up to P1.3 billion.

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Science & Technology:

New Geothermal Energy “Shortcut” Could Be Global Energy Game Changer (CleanTechnica)

GOCE Free Air Gravity Disturbance Map

If you don’t know your free air gravity from your Bouguer maps, now is a good time to find out. When combined, the global maps form a one-two punch that could knock the geothermal industry out of the ballpark, so to speak.

Although the geothermal industry has stalled out here in the U.S., globally, the geothermal energy sector has been growing steadily, and the two maps provide a tool that could cut way down on exploratory expenses and help the industry really take off.

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Philippines:

Four Groups Compete to Run Unified Leyte Geothermal Power (GMA News)

Four groups are interested in running the day-today affairs of the Unified Leyte Geothermal Power Plants, The Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management (PSALM) Corp. said on Monday.

The four investor groups have accomplished the requirements to bid in the selection and appointment of an Independent Power Producer Administrator for the bulk energy of the power plant complex, according to PSALM.

The investors vying for Unified Leyte include SPC Power Corporation, Therma Central Visayas Inc., Trans-Asia Oil and Energy Development Corporation and Unified Leyte Geothermal Energy Inc.

PSALM will have a pre-bid conference for the four prospective bidders on May 6. The bidding and bid evaluation for the Unified Leyte Geothermal Power is on August 12.

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World Geothermal Congress 2015:

New Zealand Boasts its Geothermal Energy Capacity at WGC 2015 (UPI.com)

New Zealand Energy Minister Simon Bridges
delivered keynote address at World Geothermal Congress.
New Zealand is ready to help lead an international movement toward including more geothermal energy in its renewable portfolio, the energy minister said Monday.

New Zealand Energy Minister Simon Bridges delivered the keynote address to delegates gathered in Melbourne, Australia, for the World Geothermal Congress. New Zealand, Bridges said, has contributed roughly 25 percent of the growth in geothermal energy capacity over the past five years.

"We are now the fifth largest geothermal power generator in the world," he said.

USA, Nevada::

Ram Power, Corp. Announces Private Placement and Recapitalization Transaction (Canada NewsWire - press release)

Financing will raise up to US$60 million


Ram Power, Corp. announced Friday that it has entered into a definitive agreement with Goodwood Inc. in respect of an equity financing and recapitalization transaction.

The Transaction negotiated on an arm's-length basis, represents the culmination of an extensive review of alternatives by Ram Power's independent directors and, in the view of Ram Power and Goodwood, will have the effect of substantially recapitalizing Ram Power and placing it on a solid financial footing going forward.

The Transaction Agreement provides for a private placement offering by the company of up to 18,598,500,000 subscription receipts at a price per Subscription Receipt of CDN$0.004 for aggregate proceeds of up to approximately US$60 million, each Subscription Receipt entitling the holder to receive, without payment of additional consideration, one pre-consolidation common share in the capital of Ram Power for each Subscription Receipt held, upon satisfaction of certain release conditions, such Private Placement being expected to be completed on or about April 30, 2015 with the proceeds being held in escrow pending satisfaction of the Escrow Release Conditions.

Brilliant Resources Inc. also announced that, consistent with its plans announced on April 10, 2015 to become a Tier 1 investment company under the rules of the TSX Venture Exchange, it has conditionally agreed to invest CDN$10 million as part of the US$60 million Ram Power subscription receipt financing. Upon closing of the Ram Power Financing, Brilliant will acquire 2.5 billion subscription receipts of Ram Power at a purchase price of CDN$0.004 per subscription receipt, which will entitle Brilliant to receive upon exchange 1,250,000 post-consolidation common shares of Ram Power (at a deemed price of CDN$8 per share).

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