Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Kenya: Joint Mission Shares Maasai and Maori Geothermal Energy Experiences

The Sacred Nature of Geothermal Energy (Power Africa)

How Power Africa is Sharing Best Practices on Community Engagement Across Cultures and Continents

A young Maasai (left) and the headmistress of the KenGen-supported Olkaria School in RAPland (middle) perform a hongi (Maori greeting) with Dotty Raroa, Trustee of the Ngati Tahu Tribal Lands Trust in New Zealand. Embracing tribal rituals and traditions is a cornerstone of strong community engagement.
In the course of a year, Power Africa is supporting four exchange missions between KenGen senior leadership, Maasai representatives and their New Zealand counterparts.

During the first exchange mission to New Zealand, Kenyan representatives toured the Ohaaki geothermal station, a model site that combines power generation with flood mitigation infrastructure, a sacred thermal pool, and an internship program that opens career pathways for Maori youth in the energy sector. The terms of the project were negotiated over six months and enshrined in a memorandum of understanding between Contact Energy and Ngati Tahu, the local Maori tribe.

During the second exchange visit, New Zealand representatives toured the KenGen-supported RAPland community, a resettlement project with newly constructed homes, an elementary school and health clinic. As a result of dialogue during the visit, KenGen is now considering incorporating shared land ownership arrangements with the local Maasai communities. By the end of the exchange, KenGen plans to emerge with a state-of-the-art community engagement program that draws on New Zealand’s successes.

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USA, California: License Terminated for Black Rock Geothermal Power Plant

Salton Sea geothermal plant canceled by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Energy (The Desert Sun)

It's been 14 years since California officials first approved the Black Rock power plant, which would have tapped a powerful geothermal reservoir along the shore of the Salton Sea and generated enough climate-friendly electricity to power about 200,000 homes.

But the long-planned geothermal plant in Imperial County was never built — and now its developer appears to be pulling the plug.

CalEnergy, which is owned by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Energy, asked the California Energy Commission earlier this summer to terminate the license for Black Rock. The company had requested and received extensions of the construction start deadline in 2007, 2011 and 2014, but this time decided to move on rather than pay a $27,678 annual compliance fee that would have been due at the end of June.

Dennis Kaspereit spent 10 years as CalEnergy's director of geothermal resources and now works at the Geothermal Resource Group, a Palm Desert-based consultant. He said Black Rock faced the same headwinds as all geothermal projects in the region — the difficulty of securing financing and a power purchase agreement with a utility.

"It all comes down to the return that they need," he said. Kaspereit doesn't think CalEnergy is especially interested in building new geothermal plants at the Salton Sea anymore.

"Berkshire Hathaway is big. They've got a lot of wind, they've got solar, they've got other areas. (Geothermal is) a complicated thing to do," Kaspereit said.

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Register Now for Geothermal Workshops at GRC Annual Meeting & GEA GeoExpo+

Three Days of Workshops at Geothermal Resources Council Annual Meeting

Two workshops before the GRC Annual Meeting & GEA GeoExpo+ in Salt Lake City, Utah. 

The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) has announced more details of events at the biggest geothermal energy conference of the year at the Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.

In addition to the main event of the GRC Annual Meeting & Geothermal Energy Association (GEA) GeoExpo+ taking place October 1-4, 2017, there will be two workshops before the conference.

The Geothermal Resource Decision Workshop will be held on Friday & Saturday, September 29 & 30 and will focus on building realistic geothermal resource conceptual models to support decision risk assessments of well targeting and resource capacity. 

The Operations & Maintenance workshop will be held on Saturday, September 30 and will give attendees a forum to share lessons learned within the industry that can help improve the bottom line of every operating plant, and potentially make new plants more competitive with natural gas, wind and solar alternatives.

Philippines: Video of EDC Geothermal Power Plant on Negros Island

Developing geothermal energy (CNN Philippines)

Second only to the United States, the Philippines is the largest geothermal power producer in the world. As a known reliable source of energy, why then are we not developing more of these plants? CNN Philippines' Correspondent Isabella Montano finds out.

(Video 4:02 Minutes)

USA, California: Enhanced Geothermal Systems Research at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Next-Gen Geothermal Could Unlock Vast Energy Supplies Just Below Earth’s Surface (Seeker)

The upper six miles of Earth’s crust holds 50,000 times more energy than all of the world’s oil and gas combined, and US researchers are figuring out how to utilize that potential energy source.

Steam rises from the Calpine steam power plants located on a ridge at The Geysers on April 28, 2014, near Healdsburg, California. | George Rose/Getty Images
While The Geysers have been producing electricity for a century, the site — the largest geothermal power system in America — may also be a precursor for a major future source of American clean energy. The move to boost the facility’s capacity using local wastewater, taken several years ago, symbolizes the kind of innovation engineers and scientists are now pushing hard to develop in a bid to unlock the enormous quantities of energy stored beneath Earth’s crust.

New technology, proponents hope, will cut costs and allow geothermal power to compete with solar, wind, and hydroelectric as a top source of American clean energy.

Finance: Auctions Drive Down the Price of Renewable Energy - IRENA Report

Renewable Energy Auctions: Analysing 2016 (IRENA)

At least 67 countries had used auctions for renewable energy contracts by mid-2016, up from less than 10 in 2005. This auctions report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) provides key updates on this crucial mechanism for price discovery and market development.

Average contract prices fell to USD 50 per megawatt-hour (MWh) for solar and USD 40/MWh for wind power in 2016, compared to USD 250/MWh and USD 80/MWh, respectively, in 2010. Chile, Mexico, Morocco, Peru and the United Arab Emirates achieved record price lows with solar and wind auctions in 2016. Along with falling technology costs, policy support and improved access to finance have helped drive accelerating renewable energy development.

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Indonesia: Five Day Geochemistry Workshop on Java

Training: Geochemistry for Geothermal Development (GEOCAP)

21-25 August, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

The course provide basic concept of geothermal system, application of geochemistry/geochemical techniques in assessing geothermal field condition, environmental impact of geothermal field
development, practical guides on fluids sampling, health and safety procedures in geothermal geochemistry field work. 

The course will be completed with a one-day field trip to the PT Geo Dipa Energi Dieng geothermal field, and case studies on some of the Indonesian geothermal systems.

Science & Technology: New Technique to Detect Lithium in Volcanic Systems

Supervolcanoes could be the key to our battery-powered future (Wired)

Lithium needed for battery storage systems might one day be extracted from calderas surrounding dormant supervolcanoes

Schematic model for the formation of caldera-hosted Li clay deposits. 

Currently, most of the lithium used in these batteries comes from Australia and Chile. But the lithium supply needed to provide large-scale battery storage could come from an unexpected place, according to a new study. Super-volcanoes.

"We're going to have to use electric vehicles and large storage batteries to decrease our carbon footprint," lead author, professor Gail Mahood, said. "It's important to identify lithium resources in the US so that our supply does not rely on single companies or countries in a way that makes us subject to economic or political manipulation."

The Stanford team has come up with a new technique to detect lithium in volcanic lakes that have appeared in calderas – holes in the ground that were created when super-volcanoes erupted, displacing huge quantities of lava.

Lithium enrichment in intracontinental rhyolite magmas leads to Li deposits in caldera basins, Thomas R. Benson, Matthew A. Coble, James J. Rytuba & Gail A. Mahood. Nature Communications 8, Article number: 270 (2017)

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Science & Technology: Japanese Company Develops Geothermal Resource Monitoring System Based in "the Cloud"

Cloud-based continuous monitoring solution (Control Engineering Website)

Yokogawa Electric Corporation has developed a hot spring monitoring system solution based on its Industrial IoT (Internet of Things) architecture and which works on Microsoft's Azure IoT Suite.

Japan holds the world's third largest geothermal energy reserves, estimated at 23 gigawatts. However, making use of this natural resource requires great care so as not to have an adverse impact on hot springs, whose use has a history going back more than 1,000 years. 

To obtain the data and conduct the scientific analysis needed to reach a consensus with local communities, Yokogawa has developed an integrated monitoring system that is just one-tenth the weight of a conventional combined system consisting of individual flowmeter, thermometer, and conductivity meter components. It requires less wiring, is easier to install, and automatically connects with the cloud.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

USA, Nevada: Cyrq Energy Adds Solar PV Array to Patua Geothermal Power Plant

Empower Energies Completes 14.5 MW Solar Project for Cyrq Energy in Nevada (News Release)

Patua Geothermal Power Plant (Courtesy Cyrq Energy)
Empower Energies, Inc., has announced the completion of the Patua solar power project, a 14.5 MW DC solar array in Churchill County, Nevada. The project supplements an existing geothermal power plant owned by Cyrq Energy, a Salt Lake City based renewable energy company.

Empower advised Cyrq on the development and design of the Patua solar project, including the selection of the solar equipment, which included approximately 45,360 photovoltaic (PV) solar panels, and the EPC for the construction and commissioning of the project.

As construction manager, Empower's development and operations team assisted Cyrq with optimizing the design of the project, overseeing supply chain management issues, and managing the project construction schedule with the EPC. The project was completed at the end of July, ahead of schedule and under budget.

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New Zealand: Contact Energy Ltd Gains Climate Bonds Certification for Geothermal Assets

Contact energy in large scale climate bonds certification (News Release)

Listed New Zealand company Contact Energy Ltd has gained Climate Bonds Certification of geothermal assets as part of its new Green Loan Borrowing Programme for NZD1.8bn (USD1.3bn).

This is the first Climate Bonds Certification gained by a New Zealand company. In a statement lodged with the NZX, the company advised their Green Borrowing Programme Framework had been developed to align with the GBP and announced Climate Bonds Initiative Certification under Standard V2.1. Independent assurance has been provided by EY.

Dennis Barnes, Contact Chief Executive says “Our Green Borrowing Programme is a first for a New Zealand corporate and enables debt investors and lenders to access a broad range of certified green debt instruments issued by a New Zealand company.”

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China: Plan for 20 Smokeless Cities Heated by Geothermal Energy

Sinopec goes big on geothermal (ecns)

Refiner to create 20 smokeless cities by replacing coal with clean energy

State-owned China Petroleum & Chemical Corp, also known as Sinopec Corp, said it will further develop geothermal energy in Xiongxian county, Hebei province, as it seeks to make the region smokeless. Sinopec Corp is also diversifying beyond oil and gas production.

The company said its geothermal energy heating capacity in Xiongxian has reached 4.5 million square meters by July.

It now plans to create 20 smokeless cities nationwide replacing coal with geothermal energy, covering 100 million sq m during the 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-20).

"Geothermal energy has the capacity to partially replace coal-fired heat and reduce carbon footprint, especially in big cities," said Wang Zizong, deputy chief engineer of Sinopec Corp, Asia's largest refiner.

United Kingdom: Call for Use of Geothermal Energy from Abandoned Coal Mines in Scotland

Ilona Amos: Do ‘dirty’ old coal mines hold the key to clean geothermal energy? (The Scotsman)

(Courtesy The Scotsman)
Some of Scotland’s most densely populated communities are sitting on what could, quite literally, be a hotbed of limitless clean energy.

Though our coal industry is pretty much dead and buried, the landscape today still bears the legacy of a long history of mining across the central belt. And it’s this network of disused shafts that experts believe could hold the key to what is a potentially massive – and so far virtually untapped – resource of green power derived from geothermal energy.

Geothermal has advantages over other renewable energy sources, which are often criticised for their intermittent nature. It is able to provide baseline power since it doesn’t rely on the sun shining, the wind blowing or the tide going in and out.

Two small-scale experiments using ground source heat pumps to tap warm water collected in defunct mines in Glasgow’s Shettleston and Lumphinnans in Fife have already proved successful, but those who know about these things say it’s time to think bigger, much bigger.

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New Zealand: Ngawha Geothermal Plant Soon to Generate 50 MW

Top Energy increases revenue by $5m over last year (New Zealand Herald)

Ngawha geothermal power station
Top Energy, headquartered in Kerikeri in the far north of New Zealand, has completed a successful financial year that saw revenue increased $5 million, and EBITDAF earnings rise $1.5m to $34.1m, chairman Murray Bain saying the strong financial performance had enabled the company to reduce its debt while continuing to invest in its electricity infrastructure.

The company had a strategy to improve the security of supply, with the proposed expansion of its geothermal generation plant at Ngawha and the further installation of bio-diesel and diesel-powered generators.

Ngawha would soon have the capacity to generate 50 MW of electricity, which could supply more than 80 per cent of the Far North's needs and would contribute significantly to group's profits.

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Monday, August 14, 2017

USA, Nevada: Exploratory Drilling to Begin This Fall in Great Basin Geothermal Play Fairway Project

Drilling to begin in University’s Great Basin geothermal exploration project (News Release)

College of Science receives $1.5 million from DOE for Phase III of project to find “blind” systems

The University of Nevada, Reno received funding to begin drilling geothermal test wells this fall in the final phase of a multi-year research project to refine exploration strategies and reduce the risks in developing new geothermal systems capable of producing commercial electricity in Nevada's Great Basin.

In July, the Department of Energy announced  funding for the continuation of the Nevada Play Fairway Project, which seeks to find geographic areas over which the most favorable combinations of heat, permeability and fluid are thought to exist, but no obvious surface signs would indicate an underground geothermal reservoir. These are known as "blind" or "hidden" geothermal systems and are thought to represent the bulk of the region's geothermal resources. These blind systems don't have wet marshy areas or other surface clues, such as hot springs or fumaroles spouting steam.

Phase III moves the project into an exploratory drilling campaign that will test the ability of the models developed in Phase I and II to discover new resources. The University, through their Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology, received $1.5 million from the DOE to finish the third and final phase of the renewable energy project.

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Mexico: Grupo Enal Develops a 500 kW Geothermal Portable Power Plant

Geothermal to go! ( Renewable Energy Mexico)

Enal’s 500 kW Portable Power Plant
When we think about geothermal energy, we may imagine big, steamy and noisy plants that expand throughout several hectares. Indeed, geothermal plants are projects like this, which also need big investments and time to be developed.

High costs are involved in geothermal, says Gerardo Hiriart, Director General of Grupo Enal, “a 100 MW [geothermal] project can cost up to US$300 million. Of that price, almost half is for the central power producing unit, 40 percent for the development of the wells, 5 percent for the exploration phase and 5 percent for engineering and management.”

Geothermal projects can take several years to be constructed, and during those years developers need to keep injecting capital for their development. Meanwhile, the geothermal energy that could be used sits just there, unproductive. But this does not have to always be the case.

Grupo Enal has just recently developed a portable and easy to install distributed generation plant that can be fitted in exploratory wells to start production before the main geothermal plant is settled.

“We came to this solution while working for a producer that needed to start generating energy to support the development of their geothermal projects. Our client was considering either diesel generators or solar roofing. However, we decided to take advantage of the existing geothermal resource placed there. After some engineering, we created the first geothermal plant for distributed generation with a production capacity of 20kW,” explains Gerardo, happily.

After further engineering and hard work, Enal has now developed a 500 kW geothermal portable power plant that is ready to be tested in real life conditions.

USA, California: Calpine Successfully Re-Contracts 225 MW PPA for Geothermal Energy from The Geysers

SCE to Buy More Than 1,500 Megawatts of Renewable Power from New Solar, Existing Geothermal Resources (News Release)

Reported August 4, Southern California Edison (SCE), has signed contracts with solar and geothermal energy producers representing more than 1,500 megawatts of clean, renewable power. Signed contracts include the re-contracting of 225 megawatts with an existing California geothermal energy project.

While solar is one of the fastest-growing renewable types and becoming a larger part of the state’s renewable mix, SCE and other utilities have large portions of their renewable energy in the form of geothermal and wind generation. SCE’s re-contracting with an existing geothermal project reflects the utility’s commitment to cost effective and diverse renewable energy.

The contract with Geysers Power Company, LLC is for 225 MW of geothermal over 10 years.

Geysers Power Company, LLC operates as a subsidiary of Calpine Corp.

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United Kingdom: Project to Explore for Lithium from Geothermal Brine

Lithium start-up finds backers for Cornish project (Express Newsline)

Cornish Lithium is focused on exploring for lithium from geothermal brine resources that naturally occur beneath the surface in and around Cornish granites, with the aim to create a new mining industry in the region.

Privately-owned Cornish Lithium has been able to raise £1 million (US$1.3 million) to push forward with a rather unique project exploring for lithium bearing hot spring brines underground in the southwest of England.

Incoming shareholder Liddell said:"Given the extensive historic readings of lithium in geothermal brines as well as the recent advances in technology, we see a real potential for lithium production in Cornwall".

If successful in extracting lithium from hot spring brines in granite, it would make the county the United Kingdom and Europe's only major source of the valuable metal. "We hope to be the domestic source of lithium for the United Kingdom".

Jeremy Wrathall, CEO of Cornish Lithium, a mining engineer who graduated from Camborne School of Mines in Cornwall, said Cornish Lithium also has synergies with a hoped-for mining revival in Cornwall and with development of geothermal energy, which could be used in processing.

Ethiopia: 500 MW Corbetti Geothermal Project to Launch by End of Year

Ethiopia, Reykjavik Geothermal (RG) Resolve Differences over Largest Geothermal Project in Africa (Ezega)

Reykjavik Geothermal split the 1000 MW geothermal development project into two phases–the 500 MW Corbetti project and the 500 MW Tulu Moye and Abaya project–each costing two billion dollars. 

The much delayed two billion dollars Ethiopian geothermal development project, Corbetti Geothermal, near Shashemene town is finally to take off the ground.

Corbetti Geothermal, a multi-national energy company that has been working to develop 500 MW of electric power from geothermal sources in the Corbetti Caldera in East Arsi Zone, and the Ethiopian government have resolved their differences on the implementation of the project through negotiations to resurrect the pending project.

Corbetti Geothermal, the Ethiopian Ministry of Water, Irrigation (MoWIE) and Electricity and the Ethiopian Ministry of Finance and Economic Cooperation are finalizing negotiations to sign the final agreement that will enable the company to embark on Africa’s largest geothermal project.

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Chile: Cerro Pabellón Geothermal Plant is Part of a Renewable Energy Revolution

Chile’s Energy Transformation Is Powered by Wind, Sun and Volcanoes (The New York Times)

(Video 1:38 Minutes)

It looks and functions much like an oil drilling rig. As it happens, several of the men in thick blue overalls and white helmets who operate the hulking machine once made a living pumping crude.

But now they are surrounded by snowcapped volcanoes, laboring to breathe up here at 14,760 feet above sea level as they draw steam from the earth at South America’s first geothermal energy plant.

With the ability to power roughly 165,000 homes, the new plant is yet another step in Chile’s clean energy transformation. This nation’s rapidly expanding clean energy grid, which includes vast solar fields and wind farms, is one of the most ambitious in a region that is decisively moving beyond fossil fuels.

United Kingdom: Geothermal District Heating Scheme Would Use Disused Mines Below Glasgow

Plans for new £9m Geothermal Energy Research Field to be unveiled next month (

Brown areas indicate where mining is known to have taken place. Red areas show where mining is likely to have been at shallow depths. (Courtesy BGS)
Plans for a new Geothermal Energy Research Field in Glasgow will be unveiled next month.

The proposed £9m Glasgow Geothermal Energy Research Field will either site on the Clyde Gateway area in the east end of the city, or in Rutherglen and will focus on geothermal energy.

The site is one of two proposed in the £31 million UK Geoenergy Observatories Project led by The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the British Geological Survey (BGS). The other project would be built in England.

Glasgow's research field aims to assess whether geothermal energy would be able to warm waters in the disused coal mines under the city which may be able to heat homes and businesses.

Professor John Luddon, executive director of the British Geological Survey said: "Realising the potential of geothermal energy in Clyde Gateway may create opportunities for the UK to lead the way in providing safe and sustainable energy for former mining communities around the world."

Register for Geothermal Fieldtrips from GRC Annual Meeting & GEA GeoExpo+

Fieldtrips from Geothermal Resources Council Annual Meeting (News Release)

Popular excursions from the GRC Annual Meeting & GEA GeoExpo+ in Salt Lake City, Utah. 

A GRC Fieldtrip at the Grand Teton National Park in 2015
The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) has announced more details of events at the world’s largest annual geothermal conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.

In addition to the main event of the GRC Annual Meeting & GEA GeoExpo+ taking place October 1-4, 2017, there will be one fieldtrip before the conference and one fieldtrip just after.

From September 28 - October 1, there will an opportunity to visit the geothermal wonderland of Yellowstone National Park in the company of geothermal experts. Duncan Foley and Roy Mink will lead a four-day trip of a lifetime to view the wide range of hydrothermal features set amongst stunning natural scenery and wildlife.

In addition, there will be a two-day tour of fascinating geology and geothermal sites in the south of Utah. On October 4 and 5, Rick Allis, Director and State Geologist of the Utah Geological Survey will lead a group to view geothermal power plants and the site of the Utah-FORGE (Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy) project.

The GRC Annual Meeting & GEA GeoExpo+ 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, a trade show and numerous networking opportunities.

Registration for the GRC Annual Meeting is now open and includes entry to the GEA GeoExpo+. Room reservations can now be made on the GRC website at A discounted room rate at two hotels is available until September 5, so early reservations are recommended.

For more information about the GRC Annual Meeting & GEA GeoExpo + at the Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, visit or call (530) 758-2360.

For information on how to sponsor this event, contact Estela Smith, GRC at (530) 758-2360 or

Global: Submit Your Beautiful Geothermal Energy Photos

The Geothermal Resources Council 2017 Amateur Photo Contest

The deadline for submissions is August 18, 2017.

Winner 2013 – Geothermal Sheep by Hildur Ingvarsdottir
The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) would like to remind photographers of this year’s Amateur Geothermal Photo Contest. The purpose of the contest is to showcase quality photography featuring geothermal energy around the world. 

The winners will be announced at the GRC Annual Meeting & GEA GeoExpo+ being held in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA from October 1-4. The theme for this year’s meeting is “Geothermal Energy: The Power to Do More”.

The first place winner will receive $150, second place - $100, and third place - $75. Honorable Mention photos will receive certificates. 

Photographs on any subject related to geothermal energy can be submitted such as geothermal energy production, Enhanced Geothermal systems (EGS), direct use and geothermal heat pumps. These can include photos of well testing, drilling, operation of geothermal equipment, newly developed equipment, or plant operation, construction of a geothermal plant or plant site, and geological areas or surface manifestations (holding potential for geothermal exploration or development).

More information on the GRC Amateur Photo Contest, including a submission form, can be found on the GRC website. The deadline for submissions is August 18, 2017.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Geothermal Energy News from Around the World

Global Geothermal News - Weekly Update

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

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

GRC Annual Meeting & GEA GeoExpo+ - Geothermal Event

50 Days to the Geothermal Energy Event of the Year!

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Ethiopia: Funds Provided for Wellhead Generator at Aluto Langano Geothermal Power Plant

Japan extends $51M grant to Ethiopia (APA-Addis Ababa)

Aluto Langano Geothermal Power Plant
(Courtesy BGR.Bund.De)
Shinichi Saida, Ambassador of Japan to Ethiopia, and Admasu Nebebe, Ethiopia’s State Minister for Finance and Economic Cooperation, have signed an Exchange of Notes for three Grant Assistance Projects.

They include funds for the Installation of a Geothermal Wellhead in Aluto Langano to help diversify power sources, and realize the power supply from a geothermal power plant through the introduction of wellhead power system. The project is expected to benefit 300,000 people.

Global Geothermal News, Thursday, May 25, 2017 - Ethiopia: 75 MW Aluto Langano Geothermal Expansion Project Almost Complete

USA, Idaho: Projects in Development for U.S. Geothermal

U.S. Geothermal Q2 2017 Earnings Results Conference Call

View Q2 2017 Earnings Results Conference Call Presentation (PDF).........

USA, California: Vacancy As Geothermal Controls Technician

Employment Opportunity - Controls Technician (NCPA)

Northern California Power Agency, Middletown, California, USA 

Under general supervision of the Mechanical Supervisor and at times under the general direction of the Mechanic Operator I Technician Operator Lead Person; to maintain, test, install and repair electrical equipment, control system and instrument systems and accurately and reliably maintain these assets in a geothermal power generating facility. The measure of accuracy and reliability is the safe, effective and efficient performance of the Facility.

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Indonesia: Exploration for Geothermal Resources on Mt Salak

Geothermal Fieldwork

Turkey: Vacancy for Geothermal Geologist in Central Anatolia

Geothermal Geologist (12 Months Project Term)

ACWA Power Company, Nevşehir, Turkey

A Geothermal Geologist for a geothermal exploration & power-plant project in Nevşehir in the Central Anatolia Region of Turkey.

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Iceland: Alterra Power Reports Reykjanes Geothermal Power Plant Running at 75 MW After Improvements

Alterra Power Announces Results For The Quarter Ended June 30, 2017 (News Release)

Alterra Power Corp. has reported its financial and operating results for the quarter ended June 30, 2017.

Highlights for the quarter and subsequent period include:
  • Geothermal field improvement at Reykjanes: Recent field enhancement efforts (including well venting and turbine pressure adjustments) have resulted in increased generation (plant currently running at highest output level in 14 months, 75 MW). Quarterly generation increased 5% compared to the fourth quarter of 2016 and 3% over the previous quarter. The company expects further increases in plant output in 2018 from the drilling of planned new wells, well work-overs, and potentially from the recent deep drilling project.
  • Termination of Blue Lagoon sales process: The company ended the sales process for the 30% stake in the Blue Lagoon held by HS Orka. Although multiple offers were received in excess of €90 million, Alterra's partner, Jarðvarmi slhf, whose consent was required, decided against selling the stake at this time.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Global: Submit Your Beautiful Geothermal Energy Photos

The Geothermal Resources Council 2017 Amateur Photo Contest

The deadline for submissions is August 18, 2017.

Winner 2014. Coil Tubing from 125 ft. Manlift by Jay Hepper
The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) would like to remind photographers of this year’s Amateur Geothermal Photo Contest. The purpose of the contest is to showcase quality photography featuring geothermal energy around the world. 

The winners will be announced at the GRC Annual Meeting & GEA GeoExpo+ being held in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA from October 1-4. The theme for this year’s meeting is “Geothermal Energy: The Power to Do More”.

The first place winner will receive $150, second place - $100, and third place - $75. Honorable Mention photos will receive certificates. 

Photographs on any subject related to geothermal energy can be submitted such as geothermal energy production, Enhanced Geothermal systems (EGS), direct use and geothermal heat pumps. These can include photos of well testing, drilling, operation of geothermal equipment, newly developed equipment, or plant operation, construction of a geothermal plant or plant site, and geological areas or surface manifestations (holding potential for geothermal exploration or development).

More information on the GRC Amateur Photo Contest, including a submission form, can be found on the GRC website. The deadline for submissions is August 18, 2017.

USA, Idaho: Market for Baseload Renewable Energy is Gradually Improving - U.S. Geothermal Interim CEO

U.S. Geothermal Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2017 Results and Reaffirms 2017 Guidance (News Release)

U.S. Geothermal Inc. announced today its financial and operating results for the second quarter of 2017, ended June 30, 2017, reaffirmed guidance for 2017, and highlighted notable achievements in the first six months of 2017.

"Our operating power plants continued to perform well during the second quarter," said Douglas Glaspey, Interim Chief Executive Officer. "We believe the market for baseload renewable energy is gradually improving, as evidenced by our recent RFP proposal submittals to the San Francisco PUC and NV Energy.

We remain focused on our goal to grow the company through a combination of new power plant construction, the expansion of existing operations and increased capacity from potential acquisitions."

Development Projects Update:

  • Successfully intersected high temperature resource in the three additional wells drilled in the Southwest Zone of the resource area at San Emidio II development project. The three newly completed wells extend the proven portion of the Southwest Zone approximately 1,000 feet further south.
  • A July update to the San Emidio reservoir estimate has increased the P90 (90% probability) from 18.7 net megawatts up to 25.9 net megawatts.
  • Filed application for a Large Interconnection Agreement ("LGIA") with NV Energy on June 26, 2017.  The LGIA would provide for the interconnection of 45 megawatts of generation capacity.
  • Continuing bilateral discussions with several potential California based power purchasers for the generation from the WGP Geysers and San Emidio II projects.
  • Submitted a PPA proposal to NV Energy on July 6, 2017, in response to their Request for Proposal for a 25-megawatt PURPA Power Purchase Agreement from the San Emidio II development project.
  • Submitted a PPA proposal to the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission on July 26, 2017, for a renewable energy Request For Offers for 30 megawatts from the WGP Geysers development project.
  • On April 20, 2017, the Company was awarded a $150,000 Small Business Voucher grant to evaluate the installation of an integrated solar topping turbine at the Raft River project.

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Iceland: Vegetables from Geothermal-Powered Greenhouses Boost Export Revenue

Exporting geothermal energy: Icelandic farmers to export greenhouse grown vegetables (Iceland Magazine)

Soon consumers in Denmark and Germany will be able to buy cucumbers, tomatoes and other vegetables grown with geothermal power in Iceland. Icelandic farmers are currently preparing a major export push for their produce. Barring any unexpected upsets Icelandic produce will be available in Danish supermarkets sometime next year.

The manager of Sölufélag Garðyrkjumanna, a marketing company owned by vegetable farmers, told the local newspaper Morgunblaðið that Danish consumers are very interested in vegetables grown in geothermally heated greenhouses in Iceland. Danish importers are especially interested in Icelandic tomatoes and cucumbers. Icelandic farmers are also looking into opportunities to export to Germany.

Three Days of Geothermal Workshops at GRC Annual Meeting & GEA GeoExpo+

Workshops at Geothermal Resources Council Annual Meeting

Two workshops before the GRC Annual Meeting & GEA GeoExpo+ in Salt Lake City, Utah. 

The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) has announced more details of events at the biggest geothermal energy conference of the year at the Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.

In addition to the main event of the GRC Annual Meeting & Geothermal Energy Association (GEA) GeoExpo+ taking place October 1-4, 2017, there will be two workshops before the conference.

The Geothermal Resource Decision Workshop will be held on Friday & Saturday, September 29 & 30 and will focus on building realistic geothermal resource conceptual models to support decision risk assessments of well targeting and resource capacity. 

The Operations & Maintenance workshop will be held on Saturday, September 30 and will give attendees a forum to share lessons learned within the industry that can help improve the bottom line of every operating plant, and potentially make new plants more competitive with natural gas, wind and solar alternatives.

United Kingdom: Funding Provided for Scottish Commercial Deep Geothermal District Heating Project

UK Government invests £3.5m in Ayrshire (News Release)

The UK Government is set to invest £3.5 million in an ambitious regeneration programme in Kilmarnock. The HALO project in the former Diageo bottling plant will strengthen Ayrshire’s economic prospects, create nearly a thousand new jobs and benefit local businesses and residents.

The wider project will see the first commercial deep geothermal heat pump installed in the UK in nearly thirty years, providing green energy at below-market prices to nearby homes and businesses. It will also create new office space and retail areas which will attract dynamic businesses into Kilmarnock, as well as affordable homes.

Geon Energy - How it works from Arup Visual Communications on Vimeo.

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USA, Oregon: Workshop to Discuss EGS Research at Newberry Geothermal Test Facility

September workshop set to explore drilling project at Newberry Volcano (OSU)

September 10-14, Oregon State University, Bend, Oregon, USA

Mount Bachelor, the Three Sisters and in the distance Mount Jefferson and Mount Hood in the Cascade Range - The view from Paulina Peak on Newberry Volcano in Oregon. Taken by Ian Crawford on a GRC Fieldtrip.
An international group of geoscience experts will convene in Bend Sept. 10-14 to develop a proposal for drilling one of the hottest wells in the world at Newberry Volcano in central Oregon.

More than 40 scientists and engineers will meet at the Oregon State University-Cascades campus in Bend to explore options for the geothermal energy project, as well as funding potential. The workshop is sponsored by the International Continental Drilling Program, a non-profit organization that supports international science teams pursuing land-based drilling.

The event is being coordinated by the NEWGEN consortium, which was formed in 2015 by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, AltaRock Energy, Oregon State University and Statoil to develop a research observatory on geothermal energy on Newberry Volcano.

The Newberry Geothermal Test Facility, located on the western flank of the caldera rim of Newberry Volcano, is one of the largest geothermal heat reservoirs in the western United States. Hot rock is relatively close to the surface at the site, making it easier to drill super-hot wells and carry out enhanced geothermal system research, according to Adam Schultz, an OSU geologist and geophysicist involved with the effort. More information on the project...........

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Ethiopia: Video on Geothermal Exploration by Canadian Company

Quantec Geothermal Exploration in Ethiopia (QuantecGeoscience)

Quantec performed a SPARTAN Survey in Ethiopia for geothermal exploration (at Fantale for Cluff Geothermal). The crew enjoyed the hospitality of the locals while they carried out the survey.

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New Zealand: Paper Factory Uses Geothermal Steam to Reduce Greenhouse Gases by 46%

Tork Sustainable Geothermal Paper Production (TorkAustralasia)

At Tork, we manufacture a range of professional hygiene products with locally occurring geothermal steam in Kawerau, New Zealand. The steam is harnessed direct from the local geothermal field and has resulted in a 46% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

USA: Feasibility Study of 5 MW Wellhead Geothermal Turbine at Olkaria

USA Company Selected For Geothermal Project in Kenya (EnergyCentral)

Langson Energy, Inc. (LEI), a US energy equipment manufacturer based in Newport Beach, California & Carson City, Nevada, has been selected by Kenya Electricity Generating Limited (KenGen) to conduct a green technology feasibility study for their Olkaria Geothermal Power Plant.

KenGen has been searching for a specialized genset that can be installed upstream as a topping unit capable of accepting high pressure geothermal wellhead pressures to capture the waste energy and generate additional clean electricity.

This study will evaluate the technical, commercial, financial, and environmental viability of utilizing Langson Energy’s 5 MW Total Flow Generator to make more efficient use of the geothermal resource at Olkaria. Upon the successful results of the study, KenGen and LEI will have the opportunity to install a number of additional units in the more than 275 wells which will optimize power plant efficiency and greatly impact the electric footprint in the country.

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Global Geothermal News, Thursday, April 27, 2017 - Kenya: US Grant to Fund Study Into Increasing Geothermal Energy Efficiency and Power Production at Olkaria

USA, Utah: Big News for Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy

Drilling Begins at Milford Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy

A GRC Fieldtrip - Southern Utah Geology and Geothermal Power Plants - will visit the site of the Milford Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy project on October 5. Spaces are available - sign up with registration for the GRC Annual Meeting & GEA GeoExpo+.

Canada: Polaris Infrastructure Plans to Add up to 82 MW Geothermal Energy Capacity

Polaris Infrastructure Announces 2017 Second Quarter Results (News Release)

Marc Murnaghan, Chief Executive Officer of Polaris Infrastructure commented, "We are pleased with the improved free cash flow generation of the San Jacinto project, and remain committed to strategically investing further, where we think opportunity exists to further improve power generation.

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Mexico: Good Video on Geothermal Energy

Energía Geotérmica (PRH CeMIEGeo Geotermia)

Video from Centro Mexicano de Innovación en Energía Geotérmica (CeMIEGeo)

El calor que está en el interior de la tierra puede ser aprovechado, transformándose en energía eléctrica sin dañar el ambiente.

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USA, Nevada: Fallon FORGE Project Gets Political Support

Nevada Legislators Support Fallon Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy

Commonwealth of Dominica: More Funds Made available for Geothermal Energy Development

Finance Minister Says Funds for Geothermal Plant Already Secured (GIS Dominica)

Dominica’s geothermal project, part of the Government’s plan to provide a more reliable and affordable source of energy to Dominicans, has received further funding to ensure completion.

The Hon. Minister for Finance, Prime Minister, Dr Roosevelt Skerrit, while presenting the 2017/2018 National Budget on July 27th, revealed that these funds have been made available by the Government as well as other benefactors.

Prime Minister Skerrit noted that the environmental and social impact assessment for the 7 MW geothermal project is ongoing in the Roseau valley. The designs for the plant are progressing and should be completed by the third quarter of 2017.

Hon Skerrit informed that negotiations are ongoing with DOMLEC to finalize the terms of the power purchase agreement between the DGDC and DOMLEC. Negotiations are expected to be completed in the coming weeks.

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Greece: Wide Interest in Developing Geothermal Power Plants

PPC Renewables submits 7 expressions of interest for geothermal power plants in Greece (News Release)

PPC Renewables has completed the submission of the Phase A of the selection process of a strategic partners for electricity generation from geothermal power plants.

Seven Expressions of Interest were submitted, indicating the strong interest of the international and local market to partner with PPC Renewables S.A (PPCR) in this unique project for Greece, one of the few high-potential untapped Geothermal Power Plants projects in Europe.

The interested parties that submitted Expression of Interest are:

  • Storengy
  • KS Orka
  • Enel Green Power Hellas
  • Terna Energy - Terna Aioliki Xerovouniuo
  • Helector S.A.
  • Zorlu Energy - Turboden
  • Maren Maras Elektrik Üretim San. Ve Tic. A.S.

PPCR will shortly announce the names of the interested parties who meet the prequalification criteria and qualify for the Phase B of the Selection Process. During Phase B, eligible partners will be granted access to the terms and conditions of the Selection Process as well as available information about the Geothermal Power Plants Project and the Transaction.

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Monday, August 7, 2017

USA, Colorado: Two Day Workshop on Gas/Oil/Renewable Energy Collaboration

Nexus of Oil & Gas and Renewables in the Energy Future

Sept 27-28, 2017 - National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, Colorado, USA

A two-day workshop hosted by International Energy Agency (IEA) Gas & Oil Technologies (GOT) Collaboration Programme, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis, and the Colorado School of Mines.

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USA, Nevada: Senator Promotes Fallon Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy

Heller to Energy: Pick Nevada for Geothermal Laboratory (News Release)

U.S. Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) today urged Department of Energy Secretary Rick Perry to strongly consider the Fallon Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE) project in the department’s ongoing facility competition.

Last year, the Department of Energy announced the Fallon, Nevada project was one of two candidates being considered by the government to establish a new headquarters for geothermal energy research. Given Nevada’s role as a leader in renewable energy technologies combined with the state’s geothermal makeup, Nevada is uniquely situated for this project. The Department of Energy is expected to make a final decision early next year between the Fallon, Nevada project and another project located in Utah.

In a letter sent to Secretary Perry, signed by all members of the Nevada congressional delegation, the letter argued Nevada is “perfectly suited to host this one-of-a-kind research laboratory.”

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China: Greatest Potential for Geothermal Progress is Via Low-Temperature Sources

Fire & Ice: Unlikely Cooperation Between Iceland and China (New Security Beat)

China has great potential for geothermal energy development, as it is home to an estimated one-sixth of the world’s geothermal resources. But, as of 2015, the nation had only produced a mere 15 percent of Iceland’s annual geothermal power output.

Instead of Iceland’s high-temperature geothermal veins, China’s resources are largely low-temperature, falling below 300°F. This temperature range is better suited to direct-use applications, such as direct heating, rather than electricity generation. Only one high-temperature region has been discovered: the Himalayan geothermal zone, so China has only a handful of geothermal electricity plants, primarily supported by the Yangbajing Geothermal Field in Tibet.

The greatest potential for Chinese geothermal progress is via low-temperature sources, primarily for the direct heating applications Iceland-based Arctic Green Energy Corporation (AGEC) is pioneering.

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GRC Annual Meeting & GEA GeoExpo+ - Opening Session Speakers at Geothermal Energy Event

Governor Gary Herbert and Mayor Jackie Biskupski to Address Utah Geothermal Energy Event

Two keynote speakers have been confirmed for the Opening Session of the geothermal energy event of the year in Salt Lake City.

Governor Gary Herbert and Mayor Jackie Biskupski will address attendees at the Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) Annual Meeting and Geothermal Energy Association (GEA) GeoExpo+ at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah on Monday, October 2.

Governor Gary Richard Herbert took the oath of office on August 11, 2009.

Prior to becoming the state's chief executive, Governor Herbert served as lieutenant governor for five years. He is the past chair of the Western Governors Association and National Governors Association.

He also heads the annual Governor's Utah Energy Development Summit.

Mayor Jackie Biskupski was elected as Salt Lake City’s 35th mayor in 2015 and was sworn in on January 4th, 2016.

In July 2016, Mayor Biskupski launched Salt Lake City’s initiative to transition the community to 100% renewable energy sources by 2032 and to reduce carbon emissions citywide by 80% by 2040.

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Finance: Movement Away from “Feed-in Tariffs” to Subsidize Renewable Energy Projects.

The Renewable Energy Auction Revolution (Energy Institute Blog)

There’s a revolution happening in the world of renewable energy policy. At last count, 48 countries had adopted auction-based approaches to subsidizing renewables, with an additional 27 countries seriously considering the idea.

The idea is simple (in theory). Set a target level of investment in renewable energy capacity, and then allocate these contracts to the lowest bidders. This idea is also somewhat polarizing because it marks a move away from “feed-in tariffs” which have been used in many countries, for many years, to subsidize renewable energy projects.

Feed-in tariffs (FiTs) have traditionally been set well above the prevailing electricity price. The concern among some renewable energy advocates is that determining tariffs via competitive auction will drive renewable energy subsidies down…or eliminate them entirely.

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

Science & Technology: Heavy Oil Extraction Technology Can be Applied to Geothermal Energy

Heavy-Oil Technology May Be a Perfect Fit for Geothermal Power (Journal of Petroleum Technology)

Steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) technology (Courtesy University of Calgary)
While the economic future of greenfield heavy-oil projects is in serious doubt these days, one prominent applied research group in Canada said that some of the technologies involved with heavy oil have the potential to be used around the world.

The catch is that the technologies—specifically those involved in steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD)—would be primarily used not to produce oil, but geothermal power.

“We believe that Alberta has been doing geothermal backwards for 30 years,” said Brian Wagg, director of business development at Edmonton-based C-FER Technologies, who explained how SAGD centers on pushing large volumes of steam into the ground via injection well where it heats viscous oil to a point at which it flows freely into a producing well.

The concept that C-FER is promoting is termed an enhanced geothermal system and involves sending cool water down an injector well to become heated by moving through a non-hydrocarbon-bearing rock formation.

The geologically heated water is then pumped back to surface from a producing well at temperatures between 300°F and 390°F (150°C–200°C). At such temperatures, the water can be run through a heat exchanger to flash-evaporate a common form of butane, the expanding vapors of which would spin a turbine to generate electricity.

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C-FER Technologies will be exhibiting at the GRC Annual Meeting & GEA GeoExpo+ from October 1-4 in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.

USA, California: Ormat to Run Flow and Injection Test at Mammoth Geothermal Field

Ormat approved for geothermal test (Sierra Wave)

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Bishop Field Office, in coordination with the Inyo National Forest Mammoth Lakes Ranger District, has approved a proposal by Ormat Nevada Inc. to conduct a 30-day flow and injection test of two existing geothermal wells, expected to begin August 21, near the town of Mammoth Lakes, California.

In preparation for the test, Ormat has begun staging equipment and assembling temporary pipelines at two existing geothermal well pads, located just northwest of the Shady Rest Park. The flow and injection test will collect data from the geothermal reservoir and the groundwater aquifer.

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Ormat Technologies, Inc. will be exhibiting at the GRC Annual Meeting & GEA GeoExpo+ from October 1-4 in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.