Friday, February 15, 2019

Geothermal Energy News from Around the World

Global Geothermal News - Weekly Update (Geothermal Resources Council)


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

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

Geothermal Event! Latest Update on the GRC Annual Meeting & Expo 2019

GRC Annual Meeting & Expo 2019

Geothermal: Green Energy for the Long Run

Call for Papers - Deadline: March 15
The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) has issued a call for papers for the world’s biggest annual geothermal energy conference of the year. The 43rd GRC Annual Meeting will highlight Geothermal: Green Energy for the Long Run - as a clean, dependable renewable energy, geothermal energy offers a long-term solution for the supply of low-carbon emission electricity. More Information.........

Hotel Accomodation - Book by 21 August
The GRC Annual Meeting & Expo will be held in the Palm Springs Convention Center. The GRC has contracted for a discounted block of rooms at two host hotels. The Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel is attached to the convention center and the Hilton Palm Springs Hotel is just one block away. Rooms are available starting at $150 per night. More Information........

Global: Calendar of Geothermal Energy Events

Geothermal Energy Calendar from the Geothermal Resources Council


10th European Geothermal PhD Day
25-27 February, Potsdam, Germany
www.geothermalresearch.eu/egpd-2019/

3rd Annual Geothermal Conference - The heat of the future (GEOOP)
27 February, Fællessalen, Christiansborg, Denmark
https://geoop.dk/konference-2019/

DAP Symposium 2019 (TU Delft) 
Urban Heating: Risks & Rewards - Integrating cities with geothermal energy
12 March, Delft, Netherlands
www.dapsymposium.nl/

8th ITB International Geothermal Workshop 2019 
20-21 March, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Bandung, Indonesia
http://geothermal.itb.ac.id/

2nd Meeting On Geothermal/ Thermal Uses (ATI - UGI - AIRU)
21 March, Milan, Italy
https://www.eventbrite.it/e/biglietti-2-incontro-sulla-geotermia-gli-usi-termici-51071324707

The Eighth Annual Conference for the Development and Utilization of Deep Geothermal Energy (CUGB) 
26-28 March, China University of Geosciences, Beijing, China
https://geothermal.org/pdfs/CUGB-Call-for-Paper-2019.docx

IGC Invest Geothermal
28 March, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
www.investgeothermal.com/

AAPG 3rd Hydrocarbon – Geothermal Cross Over Technology Workshop
9-10 April, Geneva, Switzerland
www.aapg.org/

XXVI Mexican Geothermal Association (AGM) Annual Congress
10-12 April 10, Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico
http://geotermia.org.mx/congreso-agm/

EAGE/DGMK Joint Workshop on Deep Geothermal Energy - Underground Storage of Hydrogen 
24 April, Celle, Germany
https://events.eage.org/en/2019/eage-dgmk-joint-workshop-on-deep-geothermal-energy

12th Imperial Valley Renewable Energy Summit (Imperial Valley Economic Development Corporation)
24-26 April, Imperial, California, USA
www.ivedc.com/events/imperial-valley-renewable-energy-summit-2019/

39th Euroheat & Power Congress
6-8 May, Nantes, France
https://www.ehpcongress.org/

IGC Islands Geothermal Conference
15-16 May, Terceira Island, Azores, Portugal
www.igc-islands.com/

EAGE Annual Conference & Exhibition 2019
3-6 June, London, UK
https://events.eage.org/2019/eage-annual-2019

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

6th Geothermal Congress for Latin America and the Caribbean (GEOLAC)
16-17 July, Santiago, Chile
http://newenergyevents.com/geolac/

7th Indonesia International Geothermal Convention and Exhibition (IIGCE)
13-15 August, Jakarta Convention Center, Indonesia
http://www.iigce.com/

43rd GRC Annual Meeting & Expo
15-18 September, Palm Springs, California, USA
www.geothermal.org/meet-new.html

Praxisforum Geothermie.Bayern
7-9 October, Munich, Germany
www.praxisforum-geothermie.bayern/en

IGC Turkey Geothermal Congress & Expo
6-8 November, Izmir, Turkey
https://www.igc-turkey.com/

Der Geothermiekongress 2019
19-22. November, Munich, Germany
https://www.der-geothermiekongress.de/kongress-2019/der-geothermiekongress.html

41th New Zealand Geothermal Workshop (NZGW) 
25- 27 November, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
https://nzgeothermal.org.nz/

World Geothermal Congress 2020
27 April - 1 May 2020, Reykjavik, Iceland
www.wgc2020.com/

44th GRC Annual Meeting & Expo 
18-21 October 2020, Reno, Nevada, USA
www.geothermal.org/meet-new.html

United Kingdom: United Downs Deep Geothermal Power Project Reaches 2,800 Meters

Update from the United Downs Deep Geothermal Power Project - 
Thursday 14th February (GEL)

Geothermal Engineering Limited (GEL) has provided an update on drilling at the United Downs Deep Geothermal Power Project (UDDGP)

​We have reached a depth of 2867m and are now tripping out of hole to pick up a new 12.25'' drill bit. Today has been a hive of activity with many local companies helping to prepare the site for crane operations to install two extra drilling fluid tanks.

Once the new bit is installed we will continue drilling to our 'kick-off' point at 3,400m, this is where the hole will start to be inclined, eventually getting to a 30 degree angle.

On the 2nd February at 6.45am, UD-1 became the deepest hole onshore in Cornwall.

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Germany: IGA Invites Interested Hosts for World Geothermal Congress 2023

Invitation For Expressions Of Interest (EOI) To Host The World Geothermal Congress (WGC) 2023 (IGA)

The International Geothermal Association (IGA) is looking for the host to prepare a detailed plan on the organisation of World Geothermal Congress 2023.

The purpose of the World Geothermal Congress is as follows: The premier global geothermal event for the sharing of knowledge and innovations from around the world, bringing together leaders of industry, academia, governments, NGO's and communities to collaborate and provide thoughtful solutions for a sustainable world.

The host is required to show its commitment towards delivering on the WGC purpose either as a single entity or in a consortium of partners. The host is required to demonstrate commitment to Geothermal Energy either through an active industry in the host country and/or geothermal initiatives adopted and/or implemented in host country. Download the Invitation (PDF).........

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Finland: How the 15,000 Foot Deep Wells At the Espoo Geothermal District Heating Project Were Drilled

Finland’s Deepest Hole on Record - Otaniemi, Espoo Finland (Numa)

(Courtesy Numa)
USA company Numa, a leading drilling technology provider, has achieved great success in Otaniemi, Espoo Finland by drilling to 15,092 feet (4,600 meters) which is the deepest hole ever drilled in Finland. The geothermal project is part of a wide-scale effort in Finland to reduce the reliance on fossil fuels by finding renewable sources. It is estimated the heat plant will produce up to 40 megawatts of geothermal heat, to supply up to 10% of Espoo’s heating demand.

The geothermal project utilized multi-stage, telescopic drilling methods to reach the desired depths. The first stage used Numa’s Patriot 185 hammer and 26” (660 mm) retained bits with PCD carbide to drill down to 900 feet (274 meters). The second stage used a 17.638” (448 mm) PCD bit to drill down to 9,600 feet (2,900 meters) where the hole was cemented. The third stage used a Numa Patriot 125 hammer specially fitted with fully retained PCD drill bits to ensure strict hole diameter was maintained throughout drilling.  Bit sizes from 12” to 12.500” (305 to 318 mm) were used in stage three until a depth of 15,092 feet (4,600 meters) was achieved.

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From the Global Geothermal News archives:

United Kingdom: Geothermal to be Included in Next Contract for Difference (CfD) Auction for Renewable Energy Projects

UK's 3rd CfD auction planned to be launched on May 29 (Renewables Now)

The UK government has set May 29, 2019 as the prospective start date for the country’s third contract for difference (CfD) auction for renewable energy projects with a proposed cap of 6 GW.

In a notice addressing generators willing to be exempted from their temporary site exclusion and compete in the third allocation round, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) said on Thursday that the date would be confirmed in a future update. The final date could be earlier or later than 29 May but will not be before May 1.

The planned CfD3 round will be open to all so-called Pot 2 less-established technologies such as advanced conversion technologies, anaerobic digestion (AD) of over 5 MW, biomass and combined heat and power (CHP), offshore wind, geothermal, remote island wind above 5 MW, tidal and wave power. All projects have to be delivered in 2023-2024 and 2024-2025.

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Djibouti: New Geothermal Power Plants will add 50-100 MW when Completed Next Year

Djibouti borrows a green leaf from Kenya, taps geothermal energy (Energy Siren)

(Courtesy CIA.gov)
Currently, despite sitting on potentially huge undeveloped geothermal energy, Djibouti imports 80 per cent of its electricity across the border from its neighbour Ethiopia.  This has in essence rendered it dependent on Addis Ababa, with its economy’s energy needs being out of its control.

But all that is changing. The Horn of Africa nation now wants to take control of its energy security and geothermal, the low-hanging fruit, seems to provide a way out, alongside solar and wind farms.

Since geothermal projects are capital intensive in nature with long turnaround periods, the country has found concessionary funding partners in the World Bank and the French Development Agency (AFD). The AFD has equally funded a number of geothermal projects in Kenya, including Olkaria 1 and 4 in Naivasha.

Djibouti is developing one of its three major geothermal sites in the northern Lac Assal region to produce power after securing $50 million (Sh5 billion) in funding. The new plants will add 50-100 megawatts (MW) when completed next year. Presently, the country has a total installed capacity of about 120 MW, hardly enough for its economy, hence the heavy imports from Ethiopia.

Global: Dr. Andrew Sabin is the New President of the Geothermal Resources Council

Geothermal Resources Council Welcomes New President (News Release)

Dr. Andrew Sabin is the new President of the GRC

The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) has welcomed Dr. Andrew Sabin  as the 27th President of the global geothermal energy organization, succeeding Maria Richards.

Dr. Andrew Sabin works with the Navy Geothermal Program Office in Ridgecrest, California. Andy’s career has spanned more than 30 years and has included ore deposits, geotechnical, environmental and geothermal work.

He earned degrees in geology from the University of Maryland, the University of Pittsburgh and the Colorado School of Mines. Like many of his colleagues in the geothermal energy community, Andy has been a long-time member and supporter of the GRC. He also currently serves on the Board of Directors for the International Geothermal Association (IGA).

According to Dr. Sabin, "If someone is fortunate enough to be employed in this industry for any amount of time, participating in and then giving back to the GRC should be an expectation. I'd encourage all leaders in this industry to motivate their peers and their employees to join and then actively participate in the GRC. The costs and the time spent each year are nominal. The potential benefits to their careers and to our industry are immeasurable."

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Finance: Renewables Will Provide Most Power in 2040 - BP Report

BP Energy Outlook

The Energy Outlook explores the forces shaping the global energy transition out to 2040 and the key uncertainties surrounding that transition. It shows how rising prosperity drives an increase in global energy demand and how that demand will be met over the coming decades through a diverse range of supplies including oil, gas, coal and renewables

The mix of fuels in global power generation shifts materially, with renewables gaining share at the expense of coal, nuclear and hydro. The share of natural gas is broadly flat at around 20%.

Renewables account for around two-thirds of the increase in power generation, with their share in the global power sector increasing to around 30%. In contrast, the share of coal declines significantly, such that by 2040 it is surpassed by renewables as the primary source of energy in the global power sector.

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Europe: Swiss Company Wins Ruggero Bertani European Geothermal Innovation Award

Jansen, the geothermal innovator of the year (EGEC)

During the opening ceremony of the GeoTHERM Exhibition and Congress 2019, the Ruggero Bertani European Geothermal Innovation Award 2019 was awarded to the Swiss company Jansen AG, for their Jansen HIPRESS borehole heat exchanger, a novel technology for applications in depths of 300+ meters, that allows the exploitation of high temperatures at greater depths improving, at the same time, the efficiency of the heat pump.

USA: New Report Documents Slight Growth for Geothermal Energy in US

U.S. Clean Energy Trends in 2018 (BCSE)

Sustainable Energy Provides Majority of U.S. Electricity


The 2019 edition of the Sustainable Energy in America Factbook – produced for the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) for Sustainable Energy by BloombergNEF, provides up-to-date, accurate market information on the U.S. energy landscape. It includes an in-depth look at the energy efficiency, natural gas, and renewable energy sectors, and covers emerging technology areas such as carbon capture, utilization, and storage; sustainable transportation; and energy storage.

In terms of other renewable energy technologies, hydro added 142 MW, biomass, biogas and waste to energy added 83 MW, and geothermal added 53 MW. None of these technologies benefitted in 2018 from federal tax credit support.

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Republic of Ireland: Porcupine Basin "a Potentially Significant Geothermal Resource"

Update on Offshore Exploration at Porcupine Basin (LinkedIn)

by John O'Sullivan, Technical Director at Providence Resources PLC

The reservoir is both massive and porous with the potential to contain in excess of one trillion litres of 'boiling' water and therefore comprises a potentially significant geothermal resource.


The Lower Cretaceous Dunquin North carbonate build-up lies buried c. 3,000 metres beneath the seabed in c. 1,600 metres water depth and is c. 170 km off the SW coast of Ireland. This feature comprises the remnants of a tropical coral island atoll which existed in the Porcupine Basin some c. 100 million years ago.

Climate Change associated with the Late Cretaceous  green-house climatic crisis caused global sea-level rise which quickly buried this feature leaving it 'frozen in time'.

Today Dunquin North hosts a vast high pressure hot water reservoir system. Drilling results from the recent 44/23-1 well in 2013 confirmed reservoir temperatures of c. 250 F (c. 120 C) in c. 800 atmospheres of pressure (c. 11,000 psi).

The reservoir is both massive and porous with the potential to contain in excess of one trillion litres of 'boiling' water and therefore comprises a potentially significant geothermal resource. Harnessing the potential of Dunquin North poses great challenges for  scientists, engineers and policy makers but surely that's what any great endeavour takes. Dunquin North - created by Climate Change - to combat Climate Change?

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Philippines: Kalinga Geothermal Power Project Certified as Energy Project of National Significance

DOE certifies power projects of national significance (Business Mirror)

The Philippines Department of Energy (DOE) has certified power projects as energy projects of national significance (EPNS). These include the Kalinga geothermal power project of Aragorn Power and Energy Corp.

The issuance of EPNS certificates is stipulated under Executive Order 30, which states that concerned government agencies shall act upon applications for permits not exceeding within a 30-day period. If no decision is made within the specified processing timeframe, the application is deemed approved by the concerned agency.


Kenya: Additional 720 MW KenGen Geothermal Energy in Next Four Years Could be Partly Funded by Green Bond

Kenya’s KenGen to raise funds from the market this year, eyes green bond (cgtn.com)

Kenya’s state-owned power producer, KenGen, has announced plans to raise funds from the market later this year and it may opt to issue the country’s first green bond.

Rebecca Miano, KenGen’s CEO, said the company would go to the market once it redeems its 10-year, 25 billion shillings ($250 million) bond in October. The bond was heavily oversubscribed when it was issued in 2009.

The so-called green bonds help to finance projects in the renewable energy, energy-efficiency, green transport and wastewater treatment sectors.

Kenya’s capital markets regulator is set to unveil regulations for private issuance of green bonds next week, paving the way for the first issue.

Geothermal steam, hot underground steam found in the Rift Valley which is used to drive turbines for electricity production, accounts for nearly a third of the firm’s annual production, Miano said.

“Our geothermal-led strategy is bearing fruit,” she said, adding the company was developing capacity for an extra 720 MW in the next four years to 2022.

East Africa: Geothermal Risk Mitigation Facility Asks for Information on Projects in the Pipeline

GRMF Online Survey for Early Market Engagement

After five successful Application Rounds of the Geothermal Risk Mitigation Facility (GRMF) with 30 awarded projects, the Regional Geothermal Coordination Unit (RGCU) of the African Union Commission (AUC) would like to gather key facts of planned geothermal projects in Eastern Africa, in order to assess the market potential for a sixth Application Round.

The RGCU is looking for:
  • complete new geothermal projects, or
  • projects which have been rejected in the previous Applications Rounds.
The project activities can be:
  • surface studies including temperature gradient wells, or
  • exploration drilling and testing programmes
in one of the eleven eligible GRMF countries (Burundi, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia).

Please fill the survey form by 6 March 2019 on the following link: http://185.48.158.31/limesurvey/index.php/477568?lang=en

Feel free to contact the GRMF team via the website www.grmf-eastafrica.org. The survey will take approx. 10 minutes (depending on your internet connectivity).

If the assessment for a sixth Application Round is positive, it will be announced on the GRMF website, and other channels. Furthermore, all stakeholders (including participants of this survey) as well as relevant media will be informed accordingly.

Note: All data as submitted by the participants will be kept confidential by the GRMF.

Geothermal Event - Call For Papers for GRC Annual Meeting

GRC Annual Meeting 2019 - Call for Papers

Deadline for submission of papers is Friday, March 15th, 2019.


The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) has issued a call for papers for the world’s biggest annual geothermal energy conference of the year taking place September 15-18, 2019, at the Palm Springs Convention Center, Palm Springs, California, USA. The 43rd GRC Annual Meeting & Expo will highlight Geothermal: Green Energy for the Long Run - as a clean, dependable renewable energy, geothermal energy offers a long-term solution for the supply of low-carbon emission electricity.

The GRC Annual Meeting is the industry’s largest annual gathering of leading geothermal energy scientists, producers, renewable energy industry stakeholders, regulators, utilities, and key associated business leaders. The four-day event will offer technical, policy, and market conference sessions, educational seminars, tours of local geothermal and renewable energy projects, and numerous networking opportunities.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Geothermal Event - Book Your Rooms Now for GRC Annual Meeting & Expo

Reserve Your Hotel Rooms for GRC Annual Meeting & Expo (News Release)


Hotel room reservations can now be made for the biggest geothermal energy event of the year to be held September 15-18 in Palm Springs, California, USA.

Reservations can now be made for hotel rooms for the Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) Annual Meeting & Expo, being held in Palm Springs, California, USA from September 15-18, 2019. All the events are in one central location, at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The official hotels are either connected to the convention center or just one block away.

The GRC has contracted with the Renaissance Palm Springs and Hilton Palm Springs hotels for a discounted block of rooms. At both hotels there is a choice of rooms with either two double beds or a king bed starting at $150 a night excluding taxes and fees.

Attendees can make their reservations on secure websites prepared specially for the GRC. The links are available from the GRC Annual Meeting website at: https://geothermal.org/Annual_Meeting/hotel.html.

The GRC strongly encourage you to stay at one of the conference hotels to gain the benefits of networking with colleagues, being close to the event venue, and relaxing in nice hotel properties.

We make every effort to negotiate the best possible rates. When you stay at the conference hotels, you help GRC meet our contractual obligations, avoid paying financial damages for this meeting, secure suitable venues and preferred dates-and-rates for future conferences.

The GRC Annual Meeting is the industry’s largest annual gathering of leading geothermal energy scientists, producers, renewable energy industry stakeholders, regulators, utilities, and key associated business leaders. The four-day event will offer technical, policy, and market conference sessions, educational seminars, tours of local geothermal and renewable energy projects, and numerous networking opportunities.

Over 1,000 attendees came to the 2018 GRC Annual Meeting and Expo from over 40 different countries, highlighting the GRC’s role in connecting the global geothermal energy community. With increasing interest in geothermal as a reliable source of renewable energy providing both flexible and baseload power production around the world, the GRC is looking ahead to an even stronger international attendance in 2019.

For information on how to sponsor this event, contact Anh Lay, GRC at (530) 758-2360 X100 or alay@geothermal.org.

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

USA, California: Three Day Energy Conference at Geothermal Energy Hot-Spot

12th Annual Imperial Valley Energy Summit (Imperial Valley Economic Development Corporation)

April 24-26, 2019, Imperial Valley College, Imperial, California  


The Imperial Valley Energy Summit offers an exciting, comprehensive program of engaging and informative speakers to discuss the issues that are most relevant to clean energy and technology industries in Southern California. In addition, the Summit includes: a business exposition, ample networking opportunities and a banquet.

Topics:
  • Water
  • Renewables
  • Minerals & Geothermal
  • Modern Agriculture & Technology
  • Energy Storage
  • Smart Grid
  • New Crops
  • Data Centers & Broadband
To register online, Click Here or Download Registration Form.

USA, Idaho: New Legislation Would Allow More Direct Use of Geothermal Heat from Wells

Legislation to exempt some geothermal wells goes to Senate (Seattle Times)

Boise, Idaho: Legislation that would allow a well driller who hits geothermal water to use that water for uses other than its heat value in some cases has cleared the House.

The 68-0 vote on Wednesday sends the legislation to the Senate.

Republican Terry Gestrin of Donnelly, in Valley County, Idaho, told lawmakers that if a well driller hits water higher than 85 degrees at the bottom, then the well falls into a geothermal category and must be sealed if not used for its heat.

The legislation would allow the director of the Idaho Department of Water Resources to allow an exemption in some instances.


From the Global Geothermal News archives:

Science & Technology: Hypersonic Platform That Call Drill Deep To Reach Geothermal Energy Stores Or Point Upward To Launch Things Toward The Stars

HyperSciences wants to ‘gamechange’ spaceflight with hypersonic drilling tech (Techcrunch)

A hypersonic propulsion system can launch a projectile at at least five times the speed of sound, causing it to reach speeds of Mach 5 or higher — more than a mile a second. Most of of the buzz in hypersonic tech right now is around defense technology — missiles that travel fast enough to evade even sophisticated missile defense systems or strike targets so quickly they can’t be intercepted — but aerospace and geothermal energy are two other big areas of interest.

On the geothermal energy note, with $1 million from Shell, HyperSciences was able to develop what it calls a “common engine” — a hypersonic platform that call drill deep to reach geothermal energy stores or point upward to launch things toward the stars. “HyperSciences is about getting really good on earth first,” Russell said, pointing to one advantage of the cross-compatible system that lets the company apply lessons it learns from drilling to its plans for flight.

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From the Global Geothermal News archives:

New Zealand: MT Survey Reveals a Possible Large, Untapped Geothermal Resource between Rotorua and Taupō

Geothermal resources and hazards below Rotorua mapped by GNS research team (New Zealand Herald)

There could be a large, untapped geothermal resource between Rotorua and Taupō.

The theory comes after years of research by GNS Science and was announced by geophysicist Dr Ted Bertrand to a crowd of 180 to 200 community members at a presentation on Tuesday night.

Bertrand is among a team of three scientists and at least four technicians who have modelled rock types, depths, and temperatures in 366 sites across the Rotorua and Okataina calderas, since 2015, building on previous research started near Taupō in 2009.

They used a technique called magnetotellurics, or MT, in which sensors and cables are placed on the ground and left for two days.

Bertrand said the findings, which have not yet been published, will affect sustainable management of existing geothermal fields, future exploration for new geothermal resources for energy generation, and for management of volcanic hazards.

In short, the results show the association between geothermal and volcanic processes is closer and shallower than previously thought.

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines: IRENA Updates on 10–15 MW Geothermal Energy Project

Advancing Renewables in Developing Countries: Progress of projects supported through the IRENA/ADFD Project Facility (IRENA)

The IRENA/ADFD Project Facility represents a partnership between the two key organisations to promote renewable energy in developing countries. This report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) reviews concrete progress over the first five years of their joint facility to finance such projects.

Project profiles highlight the expected development impacts, including added renewable power capacity, expanded energy access, heating and cooling services, job creation and other socio-economic benefits, as reported by project proponents.

In the Second cycle a Public-private geothermal energy development was funded with $ 15 Million in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines:

USA, California: Community Choice Aggregation Programs Offer Opportunities for Geothermal Energy Providers

Ten Things to Know about CCAs in California (EQ Research)

For the past several years, Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) programs have proliferated across California. Since the launch of Marin Clean Energy (now known as MCE) in 2010, new CCAs have formed in communities across the service territories of California’s three largest investor-owned utilities (IOUs):  Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), Southern California Edison (SCE) and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E). According to Cal-CCA, the trade association representing CCAs in California, there are currently 19 CCAs serving millions of customers in the state, with many additional communities considering joining a CCA or forming their own.

CCA programs are expected to become the dominant energy provider model in California. The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) Staff estimate that as much as 85% of bundled retail load will be unbundled, with generation provided by CCAs, Electric Supply Providers (Direct Access), or distributed generation rather than the incumbent utility by the mid-2020s. PG&E directly attributes 42% of bundled load loss to the growth of a dozen CCAs in its territory.

Here are the top ten things to know about CCAs in California:
  1. CCAs give communities, businesses and families a choice in energy. 
  2. CCAs are required to contribute to a safe and reliable power grid.
  3. CCAs are governed by locally elected public officials.
  4. CCAs focus on local development and, when possible, use local union labor. 
  5. CCAs have signed long-term renewable energy contracts totaling 2 gigawatts and are now the largest driver of clean energy growth in California.
  6. Many CCAs are lowering customer electric bills. 
  7. CCAs have low “opt out” rates. 
  8. CCA customers pay non-bypassable charges. 
  9. CCAs share best practices.
  10. CCAs are bankable.

Community Choice Aggregation in California - An Opportunity for the Geothermal Industry [July/August 2016 Bulletin] by Paul Brophy, Past-President, Geothermal Resources Council, and Community Advisory Committee, Sonoma Clean Power.

USA, California: Employment Opportunity as Modeling Engineer at Geothermal Well Retrofit Technology Project

Vacancy - Modeling Engineer - GreenFire Energy

The Process Modeling Engineer will perform thermodynamic power cycle process modeling for GreenFire Energy’s downhole heat exchanger product line, which includes gas and liquid flow conditions, both downhole and at the surface.

Normal power cycle modeling is expected, including turbines, heat exchangers, pumps, compressors, orifice plates, and pipe flow. Working fluids include water, CO2, and various ORC type refrigerants. Financial considerations are included in modeling optimization; e.g., power costs, material costs, O&M costs, and LCOE calculations.

Respond to: Joseph Scherer, CEO. joseph.scherer@greenfirenergy.com

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

USA, Nevada: Solar Augmented Geothermal Energy Project to Be Tested on Existing Wells

RenewGeo Geothermal Power Production (News Release)

UC Won Announces Testing of New Geothermal Power Production Technology in Northern Nevada

UC Won of Reno, Nevada, announced today that it has secured leases on existing geothermal production wells in Northern Nevada to begin testing to deploy RenewGeo technology. 

RenewGeo is the branding for the proprietary process called Solar Augmented Geothermal Energy where solar heat is stored in the ground to create 24 / 7 sustainable geothermal produced electrical power.

Testing is expected to start during the second quarter of 2019 pending final funding arrangements.

Chile: Two-Day Latin America and the Caribbean Geothermal Energy Conference

6th Geothermal Congress for Latin America and the Caribbean (GEOLAC) (New Energy Events)

16-17 July, 2019, Santiago, Chile


Geothermal is abundant across Latin America and the Caribbean but the potential is yet to translate into investment and output. Multilateral support for geothermal remains strong, however, and the project pipeline is deepening. Will the industry succeed in persuading the region that geothermal is an effective, reliable and economic source of baseload?

Co-hosted by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the World Bank Group, GEOLAC is the only annual gathering of the regional geothermal market. Comprising over 200 stakeholders drawn from governments, utilities, developers, capital providers, GEOLAC will showcase projects and funding programs, facilitate critical new relationships, and tackle obstacles to development.

Ultimately GEOLAC 2019 will serve to accelerate the development of world-class geothermal projects across Latin America and the Caribbean.

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Switzerland: Geothermal Energy Project to Break Ground This Year

The deep geothermal energy project Lavey-Les-Bains is progressing without any opposition (CSD Engineers)


The Lavey deep geothermal project was publicly announced in January by the municipalities of Lavey-Morcles (VD) and St-Maurice (VS). No objections were received, which is remarkable for a project of this size. The start of its construction is scheduled for the end of 2019. CSD Engineers is leading this innovative project for the AGEPP SA consortium.

Prior to this public launch, the Lavey-Les-Bains deep geothermal project had received a positive assessment from the Swiss Federal Office of the Environment and all departments of the canton of Vaud.

The start of the construction is scheduled to begin at the end of 2019.

The project will make optimum use of the potential of the country's largest known hydrothermal resource. It is in line with the Confederation's Energy Strategy 2050, which aims to increase local renewable energies. Around 900 households are to be supplied with electricity and the baths in Lavey with geothermal water and thermal energy. In the longer term, the the residual heat will be recovered via district heating networks.


From the Global Geothermal News archives:

Kenya: Employment Opportunities at Geothermal Development Company

Job Openings at Geothermal Development Company (GDC)

GDC is looking for self -motivated and results oriented individuals to join the Management Team in the following vacant positions
  • Manager, Information Communication & Technology (Download)
  • Manager, Property Management (Download)
  • Manager, Administration (Download)
  • Manager, Infrastructure Development (Download)
  • Manager, Geothermal Resource Management (Download)
  • Manager, Geothermal Resource Assessment (Download)
  • Manager, Corporate Planning & Strategy (Download)
  • Manager, Projects Management (Download)
  • Manager, Human Resource Services (Download)
  • Manager, Legal Services (Download)
  • Manager, Risk & Quality Assurance (Download)

Europe: Presentation on Geothermal Risk Assessment and Risk Mitigation Tools Project

Webinar - Geothermal risk assessment and risk mitigation tools: stakeholder consultation and the presentation of early results (EGEC)

Tuesday February 26, 11:00-12:00 CET


Geothermal project development faces several risky components, the most important one being the resource risk. This concerns mainly deep geothermal projects, but some shallow geothermal open systems could also be included in this category of projects. This resource risk includes:
  • The short-term risk of not finding an economically sustainable geothermal resource after drilling;
  • The long-term risk of the geothermal resource naturally depleting rendering its exploitation economically unprofitable. Until the first borehole has been drilled into the geothermal reservoir, developers cannot be sure about the exact parameters (temperature and flow rate) of the planned geothermal electricity or h&c project.
Once drilling has taken place, data and measurement reduce the resource risk and make it possible to attract external capital.

The GEORISK project will work to establish risk insurance schemes all over Europe. These schemes have already proven their effectiveness in mitigating the geothermal resource risk in 6 European countries. It appears clear that a risk mitigation scheme must be designed according to the market maturity of the sector.

This webinar will present the preliminary results of the GEORISK project, which is working from October 2018 to prepare a risk register and a risk assessment tool to serve as a technical basis for risk measurement, and to propose risk mitigation tools to establish such insurance schemes at scale, according to best practices.

The webinar will also be open to inputs and questions by participants, which are welcome to provide their perspective or comment on the methodology of the project.

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Canada: Nice Graphic on Geothermal Energy from Saskatoon Regional Economic Development Authority

Estevan Chamber of Commerce (LinkedIn)

Geothermal is now part of our area's energy mix. Here's a great Need to Know on Geothermal.


From the Global Geothermal News archives:

Philippines: Geothermal Energy Companies Confirm Consolidation

AC Energy, Phinma Group finalize P6-billion power deal (Philstar Global

AC Energy Inc., the energy platform of the Ayala conglomerate, has finalized a deal with the Phinma Group to acquire the latter’s power business for a total of P6 billion.

In separate disclosures yesterday, Ayala Corp. and Phinma Corp. said they signed the investment agreement last Friday for the acquisition of the 51.48 percent stake in Phinma Energy Corp. by AC Energy.

Upon completion, the transaction will increase AC Energy’s attributable generation capacity by 240 megawatts (MW).

It wholly owns Phinma Power Generation Corp., Phinma Renewable Energy Corp., CIP II Power Corp.,One Subic Power Generation Corp. and One Subic Oil Distribution Corp.

It also owns 60 percent of Phinma Solar Corp., 50.74 percent of Phinma Petroleum and Geothermal Inc., 30.65 percent of Palawan Exploration and Production Corp., 45 percent of SLTEC and 25 percent of Maibarara Geothermal Inc.

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From the Global Geothermal News archives:

USA: Geothermal Steam Generating Capacity is 3,850 MW at the End of 2018

FERC Data: Renewables Now 21% Of U.S.’ Energy Capacity (Solar Industry)

Even though natural gas dominated new electrical generating capacity in 2018, renewable energy sources seem poised to swamp fossil fuels as new generating capacity is added over the next three years, according to a SUN DAY Campaign analysis of newly released data from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

FERC’s “Energy Infrastructure Update” report (with data through Dec. 31, 2018) notes that new natural gas generation placed in service in 2018 totaled 20,048 MW, or 64.9% of the total (30,881 MW).

Renewable sources (biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar and wind) accounted for 10,392 MW, or 33.7%. The balance (1.4%) was provided by nuclear (350 MW), waste heat (51 MW), oil (25 MW), coal (10 MW) and “other” (5 MW).

New geothermal steam generation in 2018 amounted to an additional 82 MW from 4 units. Most of this came from ORNI (Ormat) 41 LLC’s 61.8 MW McGinness Hills Geothermal Project in Lander County, NV going online.

The total available installed geothermal steam generating capacity is now 3.85 GW which represents 0.32% of total capacity.

FERC reports that an additional 943 MW of geothermal steam capacity from 19 units will be added by 2022.

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Monday, February 11, 2019

The Geothermal Energy Magazine - 52 Pages Now Available Online

Now Available - GRC Bulletin - Vol. 48, No. 1, January/February 2019

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

In this issue:
  • President’s Message, by Andy Sabin
  • Executive Director's Message, by William Pettitt
  • Inside Geothermal: 17 pages of geothermal energy news from around the world
  • Can Geothermal Well Costs be Sufficiently Reduced to Drive Industry Growth? by John P de Wardt
  • A Review of the 42nd GRC Annual Meeting & Expo - Part Two
  • Corporate Focus - Thermochem
  • Geothermal History in the Making - Hot Dry Rock Geothermal Energy Research at the Camborne School of Mines (1989)
  • Publications, Websites, Video & Maps
  • Calendar of Events
The GRC Bulletin is only available online to GRC members. To make sure of your copy join the GRC today!

Kenya: Interview With Managing Director and CEO, Geothermal Development Company

Johnson Ole Nchoe, Managing Director and CEO, Geothermal Development Company: Interview (Oxford Business Group)

In what ways can other countries benefit from Kenya’s experience in developing clean energy?

Johnson Ole Nchoe: The development of a long-term strategy such as Kenya’s Vision 2030 is a good example for other countries to follow, enabling them to establish a regulatory framework that helps advance the sector, such as the formation of specific institutions and special economic zones. These kinds of initiatives remove initial risks, channel funds for the development of clean energy, stimulate electricity demand and lower the overall cost of power.

When it comes to international investment in Kenya, foreign expertise and cooperation have provided training, consultancy and advisory services. Independent power producers (IPPs) are mainly overseas companies that participate in the construction of power plants.

In the local geothermal market, foreign expertise from countries with more advanced industries has accelerated the development of the sector in Kenya. The strategy here is to allow the private sector to take up opportunities that have few associated investment risks. This does not, however, negate the participation of local companies.

Indonesia: Regulatory Uncertainty and Coordination Breakdowns Explains Lack of Growth in Geothermal Energy Sector - Opinion

Opinion: Indonesia’s struggle with renewable energy (East Asia Forum)

by James Guild, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS)

(Courtesy CIA.gov)
While the levelised cost of renewables has dropped dramatically in the last few years, inducing investment at scale in Indonesia is still a more expensive proposition than in places that have seen faster growth, such as China and India. This is because regulatory uncertainty and a cumbersome bureaucracy tend to inhibit investor interest unless PLN is willing to pay above market prices. This adds to the cost, even in an era of increasingly inexpensive renewables.

But PLN is not flush with cash. Indonesia has a constitutional mandate to provide affordable electricity to its people, putting the utility in a tough spot when it comes to developing a sustainable financial model. The Ministry of Energy, not PLN, sets the consumer price of electricity. These rates have been frozen through the build-up to the election. With its ability to raise revenue constrained, PLN must keep costs down in order to remain solvent. With access to cheap domestic coal and no political appetite for passing the high initial costs of renewable technologies onto the public, the most prudent way to keep costs in check is to lean into inexpensive fossil fuels.

For instance, the pricing mechanism for geothermal power was initially pegged to oil prices, which then changed to a ceiling price for all of Indonesia and finally ended up as a feed-in tariff that was rolled out by the Ministry of Energy without consulting the Ministry of Finance. The regulatory uncertainty and coordination breakdowns go a long way in explaining the lack of growth in the sector.

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Sweden: Employment Opportunity as Geothermal Heat Power Engineer at Climeon

Vacancy: Heat Power Engineer, Service & Delivery

Location: Kista (Stockholm), Sweden

A Heat Power Engineer at Climeon is someone who enjoys travelling the world, working hands on with our product- and at the same time contributing to a more sustainable future.

As a Heat Power Engineer at Climeon you will work close to our customers that are located in different parts of the world, which means that you will travel a lot, up to 160 days/ year. You will work with the Climeon Heat Power module and with all surrounding subsystems connected. The work will be carried out in close collaboration with Research & Development and the Delivery department. You will have a wide variety of tasks which includes everything from electronics, mechanics and PLC control system, inhouse at headquarters as well as on-site installation & commissioning at Climeon´s international customer base. Your tasks will include supporting installations and existing systems, advanced problem solving, deploying systems in production environment, participating in new system delivery projects and short notice support services internationally.

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Science & Technology: Unlocking Geothermal Resources With High-Resolution 3D Modelling

Applying High-Resolution 3D Modelling to Unlock Geothermal Resources in Geneva (Geothermie-Schweiz)

by G. Fabre, Sr. Geomodelling Expert, Geneva Geo Energy S.A. (GGE)


In the global search for renewable or low-emissions energies, emphasis is also given to exploration of geothermal potential as well as best possible characterization of known resources. High-resolution numerical model proves to be a key tool to successfully and robustly resolve sub-surface structure, fractures and lateral lithofacies variation controlling subsurface fluid circulation.

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El Salvador: Geothermal Energy Developer Promotes Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment

Gender-responsive Geothermal Generation: Powering energy and social benefits in El Salvador (International Union for Conservation of Nature)

This case study highlights the various ways in which LaGeo—a geothermal energy utility in El Salvador—developed strategies throughout its corporate mission and operations to adhere to national laws on gender equality and national development goals, resulting in environmental, social, and women’s empowerment outcomes, as well as positive impacts on business outcomes.

This case study shows how utilities can increase gender equality and promote women’s empowerment through institutional policies, examining management structures, and utilizing corporate social responsibility (CSR). It also highlights how LaGeo used CSR initiatives across numerous impact areas, such as livelihood activities, reforestation and mitigation efforts, social infrastructure development, conservation work, education, and health initiatives to demonstrate the benefits of geothermal energy in delivering environmental sustainability and employment. In turn, these efforts build strong community relations to help mitigate and prevent vandalism. The case provides recommendations and selected resources for further reading that other companies, across sectors, might consider. Download the report (PDF).........

New Zealand: Record Geothermal Energy Generation Helps Contact to Healthy Profit

Contact Energy posts $276m half year profit (Radio New Zealand)


Contact Energy has posted a net profit of $276 million for the six months ended December, well up from $58m a year ago, as reported in the latest half-year profit report.

Contact Energy reported record generation of 1,726 GWh from their geothermal power stations, 11% higher than the prior comparative period, as the company obtained a favourable variation to the Wairakei mass take consent and did not repeat the 1H17 planned outage at Te Mihi.

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Germany: New Geothermal District Heating Project in Berlin Suburbs

Fernwärme aus der Tiefe für Potsdam - District heating from deep for Potsdam (Märkische Allgemeine)

Bisher kommt 95 Prozent der Heizenergie in der Stadt aus nur einem Kraftwerk. Nun will die Energie und Wasser Potsdam (EWP) eine dezentrale Versorgung aufbauen und setzt auf Geothermie. Ein Pilotprojekt entsteht mitten in der Stadt.

(From Google Translate) So far, 95 percent of the heating energy in the city comes from just one power plant. Now, Energy and Water Potsdam (EWP) wants to build a decentralized supply that relies on geothermal energy. A pilot project is being developed in the middle of the city.

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USA, California: Opening Session of Stanford Geothermal Workshop

Stanford Geothermal Workshop

The Opening Session of the Stanford Geothermal
Workshop, courtesy of Dr William Pettitt
February 11-13, 2019, Opening Session

Friday, February 8, 2019

Geothermal Energy News from Around the World

Global Geothermal News - Weekly Update (Geothermal Resources Council)


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

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