Friday, February 16, 2018

Kenya: "Geothermal energy.... is an eco-friendly, renewable and reliable source that can reduce consumers’ utility costs by up to 50%.”

Geothermal to cut consumer power bills by half (Business Today)

KenGen Managing Director and Chief Executive
Officer, Mrs Rebecca Miano
Power consumers are set for better times following KenGen’s announcement that the 158-megawatt Olkaria V geothermal power plant will be operational next year as scheduled.

KenGen Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Mrs Rebecca Miano says the power plant whose construction began in January 2017 and several other green energy projects at different stages of procurement will ensure Kenyans benefit directly from reliable, clean and affordable electricity.

“Our focus is on geothermal energy, which is an eco-friendly, renewable and reliable source that can reduce consumers’ utility costs by up to 50%,” she said during a media tour of the Olkaria V project site in Naivasha.

Happy Chinese New Year to the Global Geothermal Energy Community!

Happy Chinese New Year (新年快乐) to our members and partners!

We’re starting out the Year of The Dog  by wishing you wealth and prosperity as we spend 2018 working with the global community to expand geothermal energy around the world.

"The Bulldog" by Andrew Tiedeman. 9,000' Geothermal Test Hole 82-36. Located at NAS Fallon, Nevada. Dog is Odin. Taken October 2013. Drilling contractor Barbour Well. Honorable Mention 2014 GRC Photo Contest

USA, California: Invitation to Comment on Changes to Statewide Geothermal Regulations

Division of Oil, Gas & Geothermal Resources - Statewide Geothermal Regulations

Notice of Public Workshop / Notice of Public Comment Period


On February 16, 2018 the California Department of Conservation, Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) publicly released pre-rulemaking draft regulations (Discussion Draft) for the purpose of receiving public input on the development of updates to Statewide Geothermal Regulations. 

This public comment period is part of an informal, pre-rulemaking process to develop regulations, and all interested parties are encouraged to participate.

Public comment can be submitted through March 30, 2018, by 5pm.


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Science & Technology: Video of Geothermal Powered Bitcoin Mining in Iceland

Inside Iceland's Bitcoin Farm

Cool temperatures and abundant renewable energy, especially geothermal energy, provides an ideal environment for crypto-currency manufacturing.

(Video 2:24 Minutes)

Philippines: Job Vacancies with Philippine Geothermal Production Company

Employment Opportunities with Philippine Geothermal Production Company

Philippine Geothermal Production Company, Inc. is looking for engineers and geologists (graduated 2017 and graduating 2018) for its PED+ Program.
Philippine Geothermal Production Company, Inc. (Philippine Geothermal) is a Filipino corporation operating the Tiwi steam fields in the province of Albay and the Mak-Ban steam fields in the provinces of Batangas and Laguna. It is owned by Allfirst Equity Holdings, Inc. (60 percent), an affiliate of SM Investments Corporation, and Chevron Geothermal Philippines Holdings, LLC (40 percent).

Tiwi and Mak-Ban are the result of a successful partnership between Philippine Geothermal’ s predecessor and the National Power Corporation that began in 1971, when a 2.5 kW government experiment was transformed into the first commercial geothermal power project in Southeast Asia, and led to the birth of the geothermal industry in the Philippines. The Tiwi and Mak-Ban geothermal fields supply steam to third-party-owned power plants with a total installed capacity of 692 MW.

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Germany: Geothermal Power Plant will be Built on Oil and Gas Infrastructure

Climeon wins breakthrough geothermal order in Germany (News Release)

Swedish company Climeon has received its first major order for a geothermal power plant in Germany, and its first order that will operate on original oil and gas infrastructure from the Bavarian energy provider Geoenergie Kirchweidach (GEK).

On November 29 2017 Climeon entered a Letter of Intent with GEK and today GEK decided to proceed and placed the order value of over EUR 5 Million. The order marks an important step in replacing fossil fuels with a sustainable geothermal baseload.

The modular Climeon Heat Power system will work in conjunction with the heating and it is estimated that the first phase will annually deliver 14 000 MWh of electricity to the grid. The order is for 16 modules, with an option for GEK to order additional modules in a second phase to expand the production to more than 20 000 MWh annually.

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Kenya: 158 MW Olkaria V Geothermal Power Plant Project On Track

KenGen’s plan to add 158 MW geothermal capacity on course (K24 TV)

Olkaria II flow test 2, by Patrick Walsh. Active flow test during construction of the 4th addition to Ormat's Olkaria III complex in Kenya.  Taken in November 2015. GRC Photo Contest 2016.

Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) has assured it is on course to add 158 MW from Olkaria V geothermal power plant next year as originally planned.

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Rebecca Miano who spoke during a tour of the Olkaria V project site in Naivasha disclosed that manufacturing of Olkaria V equipment abroad, mainly in Japan and Germany, is on schedule with several equipment already tested in readiness for shipment to Kenya.

Miano said all earth-works at the site are complete and the main activity in progress is subsurface ground stabilisation to create a strong foundation. The next site activity will be the construction of concrete foundations for erecting the powerhouse and mounting the generation equipment.

USA: Report - "Geothermal lacks strong policy support and faces high development costs

Clean energy delivers for America—more jobs, increased economic growth, greater energy productivity and fewer emissions (Business Council for Sustainable Energy)

The 2018 edition of the Sustainable Energy in America Factbook – produced for the Business Council for Sustainable Energy by Bloomberg New Energy Finance, provides up-to-date, accurate market information about the broad range of industries — energy efficiency, natural gas and renewable energy— that are contributing to the country’s move towards cleaner energy production and more efficient energy usage.

After building no new geothermal plants in 2016, the U.S. added the 24 MW Tungsten Mountain plant in 2017. Unlike many other renewable resources, geothermal projects have long project completion periods of 4-7 years. In addition, the technology lacks strong policy support and face high development costs. These factors contribute to the low build volumes.

Another key area of activity within U.S. geothermal is hybridization – the combination of geothermal with another technology to enhance output. Two such facilities by Enel Green Power began operation in 2016. The first was at its
Stillwater plant in Nevada, where photovoltaic and solar thermal have been integrated into the geothermal plant. The second project added a hydroelectric generator into an injection well at Enel’s existing Cove Fort geothermal power plant in Utah.

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Turkey: Exergy to Supply 12.6 MW Alasehir ORC Geothermal Power Plant

Exergy Signs New Contract With GCL ND Enerji A.S. For a 12.6 MWe Geothermal Power Plant (News Release)

Exergy has added a new geothermal project to its portfolio. The Italian company has recently signed a new contract in Turkey with GCL ND Enerji A.S. for a 12.6 MWe geothermal power plant.

Located in Alasehir, Manisa region, the plant will exploit a medium enthalpy resource at approximately 150°C to generate 12.6 MWe of electricity from an ORC system equipped with Radial Outflow Turbine technology and utilizing an air cooled condensing system.

Some of the power plant components will be manufactured domestically in Exergy’s Turkish workshop based in Izmir and thanks to an exclusive partnership with NIDEC ASI for the supply of the generators. Made-in-Turkey production will allow GCL to benefit from an additional total incentive of 2cent USD/kWh on top of the basic feed-in-tariff rate of 10.5cent USD/kWh, thus the increase of 19% in revenue for the client.

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Education: $15,000 in Awards Available for Students in the Global Geothermal Energy Community

2018 Geothermal Resources Council Scholarships Announced (News Release)

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

The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC), a non-profit educational association dedicated to the promotion of geothermal energy and associated technologies around the world, is pleased to announce the availability of the 2018 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 be 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.

The following awards are available:

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Education: Some Interesting Facts About Geothermal Energy

5 Things to Know About Geothermal Power (EERE/GTO)

Midnight Heat, by Hreinn Hjartarson, Husavik, Iceland.
GRC Photo Contest 2017 - Honorable Mention
Here are some interesting facts about geothermal energy.
  1. Baseload energy - it’s always on: Geothermal power plants produce electricity consistently, running 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The power output of a geothermal power plant is highly predictable and stable, thus facilitating energy planning with remarkable accuracy. Geothermal power plants are also an excellent means of meeting baseload energy demand, or the minimum level of demand on an electrical grid during a 24-hour period.
  2. Geothermal energy can heat, cool, and generate electricity: Geothermal energy can be used in different ways depending on the resource and technology chosen—heating and cooling buildings through geothermal heat pumps, generating electricity through geothermal power plants, and heating structures through direct-use applications. While geothermal power generation is mainly concentrated in the western U.S., these applications will help expand geothermal energy use geographically.
  3. Over 100 years of geothermally sourced energy: The first ever geothermal plant was set up in Larderello, Italy, in 1904. Steam from that geothermal source was used to turn a small turbine which powered five light bulbs. Today, the U.S. leads the world in geothermal power generation, providing more than 3.7 GW to the national grid. In fact, the first modern geothermal district heating plant was developed in 1892 in Boise, Idaho. DOE supports direct-use efforts, striving to heat more homes and reduce more energy bills.
  4. The largest geothermal plant in the world is located in California: The Geysers Geothermal Complex located north of San Francisco, California, is comprised of 18 power plants and is the largest geothermal installation in the world.  DOE funding at Calpine Corporation’s Caldwell Ranch site at the Geysers is a first-ever reopened abandoned steam field, validating universally applicable technologies.
  5. Geothermal can be closer than you think: Research funded by the Geothermal Technologies Office seeks ways to tap into geothermal resources across the nation. Traditionally, geothermal resources are most accessible in the western states, from Colorado and New Mexico up to Utah, Nevada, Idaho and Oregon. However, with the development of enhanced geothermal systems (EGS) technologies and additional research in deep direct-use (DDU) capabilities, geothermal energy will potentially be accessible across the country.

Kenya: Royalty for Geothermal Producers Proposed

Kenya Proposes Royalty for Geothermal Producers in Energy Bill (BNA News)

(Courtesy CIA.gov)
Kenya will introduce a royalty for geothermal power producers under a proposed new law.

Fees would be levied at a rate of 1 percent to 2.5 percent of revenue generated from the energy source within the first decade of a geothermal license being issued, according to the draft Energy Bill presented to lawmakers Feb. 14. The levy will then climb to between 2 percent and 5 percent, the bill states.

Eastern Caribbean: Big Potential for Geothermal Energy Development

Montserrat’s Geothermal Energy “gold mine”? (Montserrat Reporter)

Bruce L Cutright of Thermal Energy Partners (TEP) of Texas suggests that Montserrat’s accessible geothermal energy resource is potentially 100 MW.

An initial development would be likely to be 3-5 MW. (Montserrat’s current peak electrical load is a bit over 2 MW.)

Mr. Cutright also indicated that in neighbouring Nevis, TEP has helped to identify a geothermal resource of 100 – 400 MW and is working with the Government of Nevis in a partnership to develop geothermal energy there. (Official sources there suggest 300 MW and there are indications that some estimates are as high as 650 MW.) The proposed initial plant size there is to be 9 MW. 

Encouraged by developments in Nevis, the Government of St Kitts-Nevis is also looking to develop identified resources in St Kitts and to explore interconnectivity with Nevis as well as possibilities for export. Such export will require undersea power cables, which will therefore be within a few dozen miles of Montserrat.

A September 3rd 2016 Carib Journal article indicates that the Government of Antigua and Barbuda has also signed a memorandum of agreement with TEP towards developing a Organic Rankine Cycle geothermal plant with ten million watts of capacity.

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Global: Become a Member of the Geothermal Resources Council

Support your geothermal energy association - Join the GRC!

As of December 31, 2017 the membership of the GRC stood at 1,176 including 217 student members. Membership is drawn from 44 countries around the world.

Members of the GRC come from around the world
The GRC membership is open to any person, organization, agency, or company. The membership advantage includes access to:
  • GRC Annual Meeting & Expo - the largest annual geothermal energy conference and trade show in the world.
  • GRC Bulletin - (6 issues) official worldwide industry trade publication of the Geothermal Resources Council, the Bulletin is the definitive voice for geothermal energy development and production.
  • Global Geothermal News - Weekly Summary. Receive a weekly newsletter of news highlights from the global geothermal energy community.
  • GRC Membership Roster and Registry of Geothermal Services & Equipment - a unique publication that provides business, consulting and research contacts throughout the international geothermal community.
  • Online GRC Library - More than 40,000 catalogued items, free downloads of premium content.
  • Education Program - special meetings, workshops, and conferences on a broad range of topics pertaining to geothermal exploration, development and utilization at a discount to members.
  • International Geothermal Association (IGA) Membership - through the GRC's affiliation with the International Geothermal Association (IGA), all GRC Members are automatically members of the IGA, which offers discount registration to its World Geothermal Congress events (every 5 years), quarterly IGA News and a special discount rate for the international publication, Geothermics.
Additionally, GRC members receive a discount on advertising and exclusive first-access space consideration in all GRC publications. For more information about advertising, please contact Anh Lay at alay@geothermal.org.


New members can also contact GRC at grc@geothermal.org or (530) 758-2360 for further information.

France: Conference Includes Deep Geothermal Energy Discussions

GeoEnergy Days (Pole-Avenia)

3-5 July 2018, Pau, France


The event will consist in exhibits, B2B meetings, conferences & business tours, and offer a unique opportunity to the 500 expected participants to share skills and experiences, develop partnerships and grow business with and within the geo-energy industries (upstream oil & gas, deep geothermal energy, geological storage + minerals & mining for the energy transition).

The 2018 edition will focus on Business export and Water in the geoenergy industries.

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USA: White House Request for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy a 66 Percent Decrease from 2017 Budget

Trump seeks clean energy cuts, $2 billion nuclear spending boost for Energy Dept. (Washington Post)

The Trump administration’s fiscal 2019 budget might never become law, but it’s a declaration of intent, and it would reshuffle priorities at the Energy Department, boosting outlays on nuclear security and slashing spending on renewables and energy efficiency.

Overall, the administration is asking Congress for $30.6 billion for the Energy Department, a 1.3 percent increase from fiscal 2017. That includes $1.6 billion added to the department’s budget after a last-minute spending deal was reached in Congress last week.

At the same time, the administration is asking for deep cuts elsewhere, especially in the agency’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. The budget requests $696 million for that program, a 66 percent cut from the 2017 budget. That number includes $120 million added back after the recent two-year budget accord. The budget deal two weeks ago also meant that OMB restored $1.2 billion to science programs that would have been cut deeply.


From the Global Geothermal News archives:

Education: Geothermal Energy in the Philippines

Nice Graphic from Meralco Power Academy

Good overview of geothermal energy in the Philippines from the Meralco Power Academy based in Pasig, just outside Manila.



Spain: Potential of Geothermal Energy to Power ​Canary Islands

​Canary Islands Exploring Potential of Underground Geothermal Energy (Canary Islands Report)

The Tenerife Government is proposing that the Spanish Government undertakes drilling exploration to identify the potential of geothermal energy in the Canary Islands, and the only region in Spain where this could possibly exist, but requires around 20 million euros to explore the subsoil.

This motion is presented with the support of all political groups represented in the Tenerife Government, but similar initiatives are being simultaneously presented in Gran Canaria and La Palma, because these three islands specifically have previously made joint efforts to evaluate the geothermal potential of the Canary Islands with direct involvement, but with little success in support from the Spanish Government.

It is suggested that three drilling sites should be sufficient for Tenerife geothermal energy exploration with a third of these costs covered by the island government, one third covered by a private initiative that has an interest, and the need for state aid to cover the final third of costs.

Netherlands: Oil & Gas Workshop Includes Discussion of Geothermal Energy Collaboration

Oil & Gas Reinvented Community
 
6 March 2018, Feyenoord Stadium, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Connecting Industries is the first event in a series of three events within the overall 2018 annual theme ‘System Integration’. We think that recognizing the shared purpose that our industries have in the energy sector and triggering innovative collaboration among them is a first step to take position in a changing energy landscape for us all. Central to our upcoming event, therefore, is the question how we can successfully connect industries and create more value throughout the energy supply chain.

In the afternoon the Connecting Industries theme opens with talks on opportunities for the process industry and potential for Electrification, Automation and Digitalization (Power-to-X). Thereafter, members get together to discuss and work on recent developments in the regular Working Group meetings on Digital Oil & Gas, Offshore Energy, CC(U)S, Geothermal Energy and the Young Professionals.

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Science & Technology: Accurately Measuring Geothermal Flow

Striving For Perfection: Flow Energy Partnership Improves Geothermal Energy Production (New Release)

(Courtesy Sierra Instruments, Inc.)
Geothermal power companies need a water flow meter to accurately measure the  movement of the geothermal resource out of the ground and then back in - critical for assessing the efficiency of energy production.

To solve this water flow measurement problem, the energy company contacted, Elekon, one of Sierra Instruments, Inc.’s partners in Turkey. They originally specified an an electromagnetic flow meter to measure the water before it travels back into the earth to be reused.  However, Elekon’s,  Robert Benbanaste (CEO/Owner of Elekon), noticed right away that the pipeline size was too large for an inline electromagnetic flowmeter (over 48” for the line size). Robert had the perfect solution for this application. Sierra’s 241i insertion vortex flow meter.

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United Kingdom: Pilot Hole Drilled at Cornish Geothermal Power Project

United Downs Deep Geothermal Project - Update

GeoScience Limited has provided an update on the United Downs Deep Geothermal Project in Cornwall, England, the first geothermal power project in the UK.

In the week beginning Monday 12th February the project will be drilling a 200m pilot hole to confirm that there are no unrecorded mine workings that would interfere with the deep drilling. This hole will be drilled by a small track-mounted rig over three days from Monday to Wednesday, working during the day only.

Site preparation work proper will begin in the last week of February or the first week of March. This work will also be carried out during daytime working hours only and will involve the removal of waste, levelling the surface, creating concrete pads, constructing drilling cellars, providing power, water and waste infrastructure, installing fencing, gates and lighting.  We will also install temporary site offices.

The work will be completed towards the end of April and we expect to move the drilling rig onto the site at the beginning of May, either just before or just after the bank holiday.

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More Global Geothermal News stories on the United Downs project.........

Iceland: Expansion of Bitcoin Mining Offers Opportunities for Geothermal Energy

How Iceland became the bitcoin miners’ paradise (The Guardian)

The island nation is the first to use more electricity on mining crypto-curriencies than on its households – thanks in part to its magma-fuelled power plants.

Bitcoin’s price may be down more than 50% from its highs in December, but no one has told Iceland, where the cryptocurrency and its offspring are reshaping the economy.

According to Johann Snorri Sigurbergsson, an employee of the energy company HS Orka, Icelandic cryptocurrency “mining” is likely to double its energy consumption to about 100 megawatts this year. That is more than households use in the nation of 340,000 people, according to the national energy authority.

Why is Iceland so popular? The answer is simple: location, location and volcanoes. Volcanoes provide Iceland with a cheap and abundant form of renewable energy. Geothermal and hydroelectric plants abound on the island, driving down the wholesale cost of power, which lets bitcoin miners make higher profits as they run their computers 24/7, 365 days a year.

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From the Global Geothermal News archives:

Saturday, February 10, 2018

USA, California: For Sale - Second Hand Geothermal Drilling Rig

Thermasource Geothermal Drilling Rig 108 (Tiger Valuation Services)

Location: Arbuckle, California 95912. Preview: Tue, Feb 13 from 9am to 5pm (PST)

Rig 108 - 20,000 ft Drilling Depth Rating, with Pumps, Mud System, Drawworks, SCR Unit, Generators, Rotary Table, Kelly, Tanks, Traveling Blocks, Swivel, Hook, Accumulator, Dog House, Instrumentation & Drill Pipe.

Contact James Thurman: (713) 590-1442 or James.Thurman@liquidityservices.com

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Friday, February 9, 2018

Download the GRC Bulletin - Geothermal News!

The GRC Bulletin - from the Geothermal Resources Council - Download your copy today!

Geothermal energy news from around the world - since 1972

After 45 years of printed publication the voice of the Geothermal Resources Council - the GRC Bulletin - has transitioned to the newest technology.

As of the January/February 2018 issue, the magazine is only available as a PDF file online.

In the future the new digital GRC Bulletin will only be available online - for members only - on the GRC Geothermal Library website.

However, the GRC is allowing access to the first all digital issue for free! Click on the link below.
Navigate through the issue by clicking on an extensive array of links. All the ads link to the advertisers' websites - please pay them a visit! Please note, this is a GRC Member benefit. In the future the GRC Bulletin will only be available to GRC Members only. Join the GRC today to make sure you get your copy of the GRC Bulletin.

Europe: New Organization Helps Small and Medium-sized Deep Geothermal Energy Enterprises

Geo-Energy Europe

Geo-Energy Europe officially started on Jan 1, 2018 for a 2 yrs duration. It involves 8 partners from 7 countries: Pole Avenia (coordinator) & Geodeep / France, EGEC / Belgium, GEOPLAT / Spain, Geoenergy Celle / Germany, CAPES / Hungary, Jesder / Turquey and Geoscience Ireland.

Geo-Energy Europe is a newborn transnational cluster specifically aimed at increasing the performance & competitiveness of European Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in all industries concerned by the use of subsurface for energy, or “geo-energy”, on transnational (EU) and world markets.

The 2 yrs project will target its actions towards the promotion & industrial take-off of the emerging Deep Geothermal energy industry for district and industrial heating and power generation, in line with the European and most national energy transition goals.

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East Africa: UN Environment – Africa Geothermal Inventory Database - An Important Resource

ARGEO GIS providing a fantastic overview on geothermal in East Africa (Think GeoEnergy)


UN Environment – Africa Geothermal Inventory Database is an information sharing platform for Geothermal related information in the East African Rift Region. It aims at promoting the exploration, development and utilization of geothermal energy resources by storing, compiling, integrating of geothermal related information in the region and sharing it with end users –  public and private entities.

For more information visit the AGID website.

United Kingdom: Designs Published for Scottish Deep Geothermal District Heating Network

HALO Kilmarnock Masterplan (e-architect)

A low carbon, renewable deep geothermal district heating network will address fuel costs on the site and have the capability of being extended to service other areas of the community – a first for the UK.

Following the recent approval of Planning Permission in Principle for the HALO masterplan in Kilmarnock, the first phase of this ground-breaking development has now been submitted to East Ayrshire Council for detailed planning permission. The architects, Keppie Design has submitted plans for the initial designs.

The HALO Kilmarnock, located on the site of the former Johnnie Walker bottling plant, is being shaped as a multifaceted brown-field regeneration that will create an innovative, inspirational and imaginative urban park with a dynamic commercial, educational, cultural, leisure and lifestyle quarter. Its low carbon, renewable deep geothermal district heating network will address fuel costs on the site and have the capability of being extended to service other areas of the community – a first for the UK. The development will also include a light manufacturing facility and key worker private rental accommodation.

USA: Opportunities for the Geothermal Energy Industry to Produce Hydrogen Fuel?

There Are 39 Publicly Available Hydrogen Fueling Stations in the United States (DOE)

Yesterday we reported on a project to pilot the commercial production of hydrogen using renewable geothermal energy in New Zealand.

I thought it would be interesting to look at opportunities for the geothermal energy industry to help produce this increasingly popular fuel elsewhere. A recent survey from the U.S. Department of Energy listed current Hydrogen Fueling Stations in the USA.

As of January 25, 2018, there are 39 publicly available hydrogen stations for fueling fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) in the United States—35 in California, 2 in South Carolina, and 2 in the Northeast. Another 29 public stations in California and 5 in the Northeast are planned.

Most of the hydrogen stations are located in the San Francisco and Los Angeles metropolitan areas very close to the important geothermal fields of The Geysers and by the Salton Sea.

Could this be an opportunity for the geothermal energy industry?

Science & Technology: Geothermal Heat from Flooded Coal Mines an Excellent Source for District Heating

Coal mines as energy storage (Utility Week)


As mines are abandoned, pumps switched off and mines flood. Geothermal heat, transmitted from the earth's centre find the mining legacy ideal conduits and warms this mine water to temperatures typically 20-40°C. Calculations suggest that the flooded mine workings are now a source of heat – with an estimated 2.2 million gigawatt hours of harvestable heat being produced per annum. That is enough to heat five times the number of homes in the UK, and with over one quarter of UK homes being in the coalfields the opportunity is enormous.

Mine heat is low grade, which means it is unsuitable for generating electricity as steam, but ideal for cost effectively heating homes, warehouses, leisure centres and offices. With approximately 45 per cent of heat in England and Wales used for heating, and 55 per cent in Scotland, this is a significant proportion of UK energy demand. To harvest the heat requires the use of heat exchangers and pumps. These work the same as the refrigerators we have at home. They use electricity to remove heat and cool the heat source.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

New Zealand: Project for Commercial Hydrogen Production using Geothermal Energy Announced

Joint Māori and Japanese hydrogen pilot project for Taupō (Stuff)

(Courtesy Tuaropaki Trust) 
A project to pilot the commercial production of hydrogen using renewable geothermal energy has been announced.

Taupō-based Tuaropaki Trust and Japanese construction company Obayashi Corporation, have signed a memorandum of understanding to start producing hydrogen, a fuel which produces no carbon emissions.

Tuaropaki Trust opened the 113 MW Tuaropaki geothermal power station, near Taupō, in 2000, and has other farming and engineering assets in the North Island.

Tuaropaki Chairman, Tumanako Wereta said Tuaropaki has long been committed to renewable energy.

"We are very interested in other 'green energy' alternatives which align with our strategy and core values. We look forward to working with Obayashi Corporation to explore the potential for commercial hydrogen production using renewable geothermal energy to create a CO2-free fuel."

Canada: Hinton Geothermal Well Pair Could Return Investment in 16 years

Hinton exploring the viability of capturing geothermal heat from re-purposed oil and gas wells (JWN Energy)

(Google Maps)
The Alberta foothills community of Hinton, with a population of 10,000, will become the testing ground for a technology that can convert abandoned oil and gas wells into sources of clean, geothermal energy that could replace natural gas for heating. 

The town and Calgary-based Epoch Energy, specialists in geothermal energy, have already conducted a pre-FEED study that determined that a well pair could recover a significant amount of heat, with the possibility of a 16-year payback and an internal rate of return of five per cent. Epoch will also be involved in the FEED study.

The heat extracted from wells will be used to heat the town’s municipal building, a local high school and several other buildings in Hinton.

Netherlands: Video of Geothermal Production Test

Geothermie productietest Middenmeer - Geothermal production test at Middenmeer (Bakker Oilfield Supply)

(2:09 Minutes)

Netherlands: Well at Westland Trias Geothermal Greenhouse Heating Project Reaches 4,100 Meter Depth

Triassic drilling almost reached final depth (T&A Survey Group B.V.)

Well reaches 13,451 feet or 4,100 meters depth

The drillings for the Trias Westland geothermal project have reached the Triassic layer. The third section was completed at the end of January. The casings have been placed and the borehole has been firmly cemented. This was the most exciting section of the project and, despite a number of technical challenges, it was completed successfully.

Mid next week we expect to investigate the reservoir section. This is done with special measuring equipment lowered deep into the borehole. Among other things, the permeability of the rock, the chemical properties of the water and the strength of the rock will be measured. With this information we can determine which filters should be used at the plant and at what pressure the cooled water can be injected. The production tests (also called well test) is expected to take place in the third week of February. Based on this information, in March we will decide whether the Triassic layer offers sufficient capacity. 


From the Global Geothermal News archives:

Canada: Launch of the Pan Canadian Society for Geothermal Research, Innovation, & Collaboration - "Geothermal Canada" for Short

Geothermal Canada is the New Name for Canadian Geothermal Association


On February 1st, 2018, the Canadian Geothermal Association (CGA) was reborn as the Pan Canadian Society for Geothermal Research, Innovation, & Collaboration, colloquially known as Geothermal Canada.

In 2017, a group of like-minded individuals felt the time was ripe to resurrect the original scientifically oriented society with a new name and renewed vigour. As geothermal energy gains prominence in Canada, it was felt that professionals, students, governments and other interested people needed a venue to discuss technical and academic aspects of the industry.

More Information..........                         Website..........

Science & Technology: Video on Producing Geothermal Heat from Abandoned Oil and Gas Wells

Alison Thompson – Geothermal Heat from Oil and Gas Wells (Borealis GeoPower)

Alison Thompson spoke at the Innovating Alberta’s Energy Future Showcase about a groundbreaking idea - geothermal heat from oil and gas wells.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

China: Call for Papers for Deep Geothermal Energy Conference

7th Annual Conference for the Development and Utilization of Geothermal Energy

27-28 March, CUGB International Conference Center, Beijing, China

Registration Fee: $500


Organized by Geothermal Engineering Research Center, China University of Geosciences, Beijing (CUGB), Survey and Research Center of Geothermal Resources, China Geological Survey

Goals:
  1. To bring together engineers, scientists, and managers in the geothermal industry.
  2. Serve as a public forum for the exchange of ideas on the exploration, development, and use of geothermal resources.
  3. Promote research, exploration and development of geothermal energy in ways compatible with the environment in China.
  4. Cooperate with national and international academic institutions, industry and government agencies to encourage economically and environmentally sound development and bring the innovative technology to China.
Topics:
  • Exploration: geology, geophysics, geochemistry, heat flow studies
  • Drilling and well stimulation
  • Power generation technologies
  • Co-production from oil and gas fields
  • Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS)
  • Reservoir Engineering: injection, numerical simulation, empirical methods, tracers, etc.
  • Direct use: heat pumps, space heating, and cooling
Papers:

Papers accepted for presentation and/or publication are produced on a standard template that we supply. The papers will be available as a Proceedings CD. We removed the process of submitting abstracts for simplicity. Instead, papers can be submitted directly to geopowerchina@163.com for consideration.

Sponsorship:

We invite companies and sponsors to offer financial support for the conference. Contributions from sponsors allow us to keep the registration fee low ($500). Sponsors will receive acknowledgement in the opening sessions, literature papers, and the conference proceedings. Please contact Prof. Kewen Li for further details at: geopowerchina@163.com

Call for Papers and Registration Form (PDF)

Denmark: Best Practice Guidelines for Geothermal Projects - Now in English!

Guidelines for Geothermal Projects (Wellperform)

At the end of 2017, WellPerform posted notices on best practices and compensation in relation to geothermal development in Denmark. Subsequently, the company received many inquiries for English translations, especially on best practices.

WellPerform has prepared translation of relevant documents, which can be downloaded using the following links:

The original documents may be found on the webpage of Energistyrelsen.

For more information or comments, please contact Rasmus B. Engler at rbe@wellperform.com.

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Finance: Find Out How Combined Energy and Capacity Values of Geothermal Energy Significantly Exceeded the Value of Solar Photovoltaic Resources in California

Geothermal 2.0: Superior Value + Operational Flexibility = New Contracts

by Paul Thomsen, (GRC Member) Executive Director, Government and Regulatory Affairs, Ormat Technologies

The GRC Bulletin - Free to Download
In 2017, for the first time, the combined energy and capacity values of geothermal energy significantly exceeded the value of solar photovoltaic (PV) resources in California.

In the first quarter of 2017, geothermal’s wholesale energy value in southern California was $13.50/MWh greater than solar PV. At the same time, utility estimates of marginal solar PV capacity ratings for the 2018 Resource Adequacy (RA) compliance period were between nearly 0 percent and 20 percent, resulting in a capacity value difference of up to $18.50/MWh between geothermal and solar PV.

Today in California, geothermal has a combined energy and capacity value of $32/MWh higher than solar PV using very conservative assumptions. When you account for geothermal’s ancillary services and operational flexibility, combined values climb to more than $40/MWh higher than solar PV. These calculations demonstrate that geothermal can compete with solar PV on a net cost basis, even as PV costs continue to decline.

Wait…what? How can that be?

Read the rest of the article for free (Pages 34-37) in the current issue of the GRC Bulletin - the voice of the global geothermal energy community - provided by the Geothermal Resources Council (GRC).

Geothermal Event! Update on GRC Annual Meeting & Expo - Call for Sessions

GRC Annual Meeting & Expo - Call for Sessions


New this year to the GRC Annual Meeting is a “Call for Sessions.” We are inviting the proposals for sessions at this year’s meeting. Sessions can be organized and led by up to three people, a session chair and two co-chairs. Successful session chairs will be expected to assist the technical chair to recruit papers and organize reviews.

The Session Proposal process is simple. Please email a Session Title and Description to Anh Lay at alay@geothermal.org by February 18, 2018.

USA: GRC Member Recruited by Major Geothermal Project Company

Dewhurst Group is proud to announce that Mr. Bastien Poux has joined the company (News Release)

Bastien Poux
GRC Member company Dewhurst Group has announced that Mr. Bastien Poux - a GRC Member - has joined the company as Senior Geoscientist for Geothermal Exploration and Development. 

Bastien is a French citizen and a graduate of the LaSalle Beauvais Polytechnic Institute with a Master’s degree in geology. He has extensive geothermal experience with well and resource modeling and management. His work background includes efforts at geothermal concessions in Iceland, Montserrat, the Geysers, Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Turkey, Mexico and various locations in South America.

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Indonesia: PGE Looking for Additional Investment to Complete 30 MW Karaha Geothermal Project

Pertamina Geothermal on its toes for PPA changes for 30 MW Karaha geothermal project (Asian Power)

Pertamina Geothermal Energy (PGE) is waiting for a final decision of amendments to a power purchase agreement with Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN) for its 30 MW Karaha geothermal project. Due to the massive investment required to make the project successful, Pertamina Geothermal is looking to increase the rate to $0.114/kWh.

According to the PGE website the project is located in WKP Karaha Cakrabuana in West Java Province, and is a continuation of development of the Karaha Bodas Project assigned by the Indonesian Government.

According to Pertamina Geothermal's director Khairul Rozaq, an USD 178m investment will be needed in order to produce the 30 MW from the project. These funds will be used for the upstream development of the project and to connect the plant to the 26 km-long transmission lines across 60 transmission towers.

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From the Global Geothermal News archives:

New Zealand: Geothermal to Power Milk Processing Plant in Kawerau

Bay of Plenty Maori partner with Japan's Imanaka (News Release)

Kawerau industrial site (Courtesy Ngati Tuwharetoa Geothermal Assets)
A group of Maori organisations has partnered with Japanese food company Imanaka to develop a milk processing plant to make high-value niche products in Kawerau.

Kawerau Dairy is a collaboration between 11 Maori Bay of Plenty entities, which own two thirds of the venture, and Imanaka’s Cedenco Dairy unit, which owns the remaining third. They expect the first stage of the $32 million project to begin operations early next year.

The dairy venture is following the model of the Miraka milk company in Taupo which was set up by Maori interests with an overseas food group as a cornerstone shareholder, with power supplied from Maori geothermal assets and much of the milk supply sourced from local Maori farms.

The plant will be developed on land owned by Putauaki Trust with its principal energy supply sourced from the Ngati Tuwharetoa Geothermal Assets owned geothermal network.


From the Global Geothermal News archives:

New Zealand: Interview with New Geothermal Business Development Lead for Bay of Plenty Connections

Geothermal matchmaker steaming ahead with plans to create jobs in Bay of Plenty and beyond (NZ Herald)

Andy Blair describes her role as something of a geothermal matchmaker – it's about connecting those with resource to those who can benefit, creating jobs in the process.

After the official announcement of her appointment as the new geothermal business development lead for Bay of Plenty Connections at the end of last year, the Taupo woman is hitting the ground running.

Strange as it sounds, Blair says her goal isn't about preaching the virtues of geothermal – she knows others don't find it as exciting as she does – but instead helping businesses see where they can add value to their products by using the resource sustainably in systems where the resource is available.

It's when she talks about increased profits, environmental benefits and more jobs that she knows she'll get people on board.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Kenya: Geothermal Energy to Power Nairobi - Mombasa Railway Line

Kenya SGR electrification contract signed (International Railway Journal)

Kenya Electricity Transmission Company (Ketraco) has signed a Shillings 24.2bn ($US 239m) contract with China Electric Power Equipment and Technology Company (CET) for the electrification of the Mombasa - Nairobi section of Kenya’s Standard Gauge Railway (SGR).

Ketraco says power for the SGR will be provided by geothermal plants, reducing CO2 emissions from train operations to zero.

USA, Nevada: Drilling Begins at Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE) Site

FORGE Nevada Update


Publications: New Scientific Journal for Geothermal Energy Studies

International Journal of Terrestrial Heat Flow and Applied Geothermics (IJTHFA)


The purpose of the International Journal of Terrestrial Heat Flow and Applied Geothermics (IJTHFA) is to provide a forum for publication of results of high-quality research work dealing with recent advances in field measurement of terrestrial heat flow, regional and global geothermal data analysis, model studies of heat transfer in the Earth's interior and practical applications of geothermal studies.

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(Thanks to GRC Member Marcelo Lippmann, Staff Scientist (retired) at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory for the submission.)

Science & Technology: Latest Issue Offers Articles on Theory, Exploration Techniques and all Aspects of Utilizing Geothermal Resources

Geothermics’ Volume 72 (March 2018)

The latest issue of Geothermics’ Volume 72 (March 2018) has closed.

Table of Contents........

Through affiliation with the International Geothermal Association (IGA) the GRC offers a discount to the professional journal Geothermics, which publishes articles on the theory, exploration techniques and all aspects of utilizing geothermal resources.

Current, past as well as upcoming articles in Geothermics can be found by going to: https://www.journals.elsevier.com/geothermics

Members can contact the publisher Elsevier at JournalsCustomerServiceEMEA@elsevier.com in order to subscribe to the journal. Upon request Elsevier will send a proforma invoice to the member e-mail ID.

Members can make their payment via bank transfer, fax their card details or call Elsevier with the information provided in their invoice.

The discounted price details for IGA/GRC members is $285.

Canada: $1.2 Million Investment in Hinton Geothermal Heat Project

Investing in geothermal clean tech opportunities (Western Economic Diversification Canada)

Exploring the viability of capturing geothermal heat from re-purposed oil and gas wells

Supporting technologies that advance environmental objectives, create jobs and stimulate growth in the clean technology sector is a priority for the Government of Canada.

Today, the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD), announced $400,000 for an engineering and design initiative to determine the viability of a Geothermal District Energy System in the Town of Hinton. The Government of Alberta and Alberta Innovates will provide a total of $800,000, bringing the investment amount for the Town of Hinton’s project to $1.2 million. The proposed system would produce renewable geothermal heat from marginally producing oil and gas wells to heat the town’s public buildings.

Canada's Innovation Agenda promotes clean growth, good jobs and higher living standards for the middle class. The investment announced today is an example of this vision in action.

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Science & Technology: Combining Geothermal Energy Production and Thermal Enhanced Heavy Oil Recovery

Synergy potential for oil and geothermal energy exploitation (Applied Energy)


A new solution for harvesting energy simultaneously from two different sources of energy by combining geothermal energy production and thermal enhanced heavy oil recovery is introduced. 

Numerical simulations are employed to evaluate the feasibility of generating energy from geothermal resources, both for thermally enhanced oil recovery from a heavy oil reservoir and for direct heating purposes. 

The analyses suggest that the extra amount of oil produced by utilising the geothermal energy could make the geothermal business case independent and may be a viable option to reduce the overall project cost. Furthermore, the results display that the enhance oil productions are able to reduce the required subsidy for a single doublet geothermal project up to 50%.

Synergy potential for oil and geothermal energy exploitation, by Zaman Ziabakhsh-Ganjia, Hamidreza M. Nicka, Marinus E. Donselaara, David F. Bruhna. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apenergy.2017.12.113. Applied Energy
Volume 212, 15 February 2018, Pages 1433–1447.

Germany: Study Concludes Increased Renewable Energy Production will Take Shares Only from Coal

New German Government Adopts Coal Phase-Out in All But Name (The Energy Collective)


As a consequence, we estimate that increased renewable energy production will take shares only from coal. In our 65 percent RES scenario, coal produces 100 TWh of electricity in 2030; down from current levels at 250 TWh and down from 200 TWh in our 50 percent RES scenario.

Both the 50 percent and the 65 percent RES scenarios will be bad for coal. From a current level of 250 TWh per year, we expect coal power generation to drop to respectively 200 TWh and 100 TWh in the two scenarios.

In terms of GHG emissions, the effect will be significant. The German coal power plants let out around 250 Mt of CO2e in 2016. In our scenario, the remaining coal plants in 2030 are expected to emit 165 Mt.  This means that Germany will overshoot its abatement target by 85 Mt in 2030, reaching a 62 percent reduction instead of the 55 percent that is decided politically.