Friday, October 13, 2017

Geothermal Energy News from Around the World

Global Geothermal News - Weekly Update

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

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Monday, October 9
GRC Annual Meeting & GEA GeoExpo+ - U. investment in geothermal energy among summit highlights - Plans by the University of Utah to get 50 percent of its electricity from renewable resources were among the developments in Utah's geothermal energy arena highlighted at a global summit Monday.

Indonesia: 110 MW Sarulla Geothermal Power Plant Unit II Starts Commercial Operation- The second unit, NIL 1, completed successfully its testing and commenced COD on October 2, 2017 selling additional 110 MW to the state-owned Indonesian power company PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN) under a 30 years Energy Sales Contract.

Hungary: 3 MWe Tura Geothermal Power Plant to Begin Operations in November- Hungaryʼs first combined geothermal heat and power plant in Tura, in Pest County northeast of Budapest, is currently at the commissioning phase, with the official start of operation planned for November, according to reports.

Tuesday, October 10
Iceland: Testing Commences at 90 MW Þeistareykjum Geothermal Power Project - Tests of steam driving turbine 1 at Þeistareykjavík began on September 28th. The machine was connected to the grid on October 1st, and has generated electricity for the first time at full load, 45 megawatts. In tests, the machine produces power to the network, but not continuously.

Belgium: Construction of Balmatt Geothermal Power Plant Begins - Two years after the start of the exploratory drilling to a depth of 3000 m at the Balmatt site in Mol, the next phase was launched today, the geothermal energy plant.

Latin America: At Least 285 MW of Projected Geothermal Energy Capacity Boosted by GDF Awards - These awards total an approximate cumulative funding of 22 million EUR from GDF, leveraging up to 1.6 billion EUR in future investments and generating at least 285 MW of projected capacity.

Wednesday, October 11
Philippines: U.S. Agency Supports 60-100 MW Tayabas Geothermal Power Project - The U.S. Trade and Development Agency has awarded a grant to Tayabas Geothermal Power Inc. (TGPI) supporting the development of a 60-100 MW geothermal power project in southeast Luzon, Philippines.

USA, California: Wildfires Devastate Communities Near The Geysers - A number of wildfires driven by strong winds and tinder-dry vegetation, have devastated communities in Napa, Sonoma and Solano Counties in Northern California, near The Geysers geothermal field. Our thoughts are with our colleagues in the geothermal energy community who might be affected.

Science & Technology: Geothermal Powered Carbon Capture Plant Operating at Hellisheidi- Just months after launching a groundbreaking commercial carbon capture plant in Zurich, Swiss Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) pioneers Climeworks today announced another world first in the form of a facility that will capture carbon dioxide directly from the air and store it underground.

All the Photos from the 41st GRC Annual Meeting & GEA GeoExpo+ are now available........

Thursday, October 12
Finland: Drilling at Espoo Geothermal Project Reaches 5,200 Meters - After making it through the fault zone, rotary drilling continued. The well is currently at 5,200 m with an inclination of 30°.

Friday, October 13
Netherlands: Geothermal District Heating Project Re-started in The Hague - The green light was given on 7 October for the so-called Haagse Aardwarmtecentrale Leyweg (HAL). Starting next year this geothermal station will supply power to homes in The Hague Southwest.

Italy: Algae as Food Supplement Grown Using Geothermal Heat - A new greenhouse heated by geothermal energy for the cultivation of Spirulina, a type of algae which is highly nutritious and rich in iron and protein, launches today in Chiusdino, Italy. The innovative pilot project is the first example of geothermal heat supplied by a nearby geothermal power plant and used for Spirulina cultivation.

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