Monday, December 17, 2018

USA, California: Employment Opportunity at State Lands Commission

Senior Mineral Resources Engineer Examination (California State Lands Commission)

The California State Lands Commission is offering an exam for a Senior Mineral Resources Engineer based in Long Beach, California.

This is the first full supervisory level. Plans, organizes and directs the work of mineral resources engineers and subprofessional assistants engaged in the administration and control of leases for the extraction of oil, gas, geothermal and other minerals on State-owned or controlled lands.

Prepares technical reports in connection with oil, gas, geothermal and other mineral extraction operations; evaluates staff performance, provides staff training, and furnishes assistance on difficult technical problems; is responsible for the development of highly specialized information relating to the production of oil, gas, geothermal and other minerals on State-owned or controlled lands. For questions please call (916) 574-1910. Deadline 14 January, 2019.

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Geothermal Event - Call for Sessions for GRC Annual Meeting & Expo

GRC Annual Meeting & Expo - Call for Sessions

This is a “Call for Sessions” for the GRC Annual Meeting to be held in Palm Springs, California on September 15-18, 2019. We are inviting proposals for specific 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 authors and organize reviews. A session will include at least four papers.

The Session Proposal process is simple. Please email a Session Title and Description to Anh Lay at by January 4, 2019.

Details on the requirements of the proposal:
Session Title: Session proposals must include an informative title (20-300 characters, not including spaces) and entered in title case.

Description: The session description is limited to 250 words. The description will be used during the review process. Session descriptions will be reviewed by the GRC Annual Meeting committee for possible inclusion in the meeting. Successful session proposals will be listed on the GRC website during the draft paper submission phase to assist authors in identifying an appropriate session to submit their draft paper.

Descriptions must adhere to the following criteria:
  • Concise definition of the scientific topic. Proposals must focus on scientific results and/or their applications.
  • Explain why the session is topical and relevant.
  • Session proposals focused on a specific development program, experiment, technology, or region of expansion are encouraged.
  • Sessions in tribute of a specific person will be considered, but appropriate justification must be provided.
  • Session proposals that are deemed to be primarily advertisements of commercial products and services will not be considered.
Optional: Please include the names of any specific people that you would recruit to author a paper for this session.

A separate “Call for Papers” will be released once sessions are reviewed and selected.

Commonwealth of Dominica: Video on Geothermal Energy Power Project

Dominica's Geothermal Journey (Dominica Geothermal)

Dominica Geothermal Development Company Limited is a special purpose vehicle established by the Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica to lead all activities relating to geothermal exploration in Dominica. Registered in December 2016, with a Board of Directors appointed in March 2017, DGDC Ltd. became operational with a full complement of staff in June 2017.

Ethiopia: A Magnetotelluric Study of the Tulu Moye Geothermal Field

Magnetotelluric Image of Transcrustal Magmatic System Beneath the Tulu Moye Geothermal Prospect in the Ethiopian Rift (American Geophysical Union)

by Friedemann Samrock, Alexander V. Grayver, Hjalmar Eysteinsson, Martin O. Saar. First published: 28 November 2018 Geophysical Research Letters

The Earth's continental plates can be broken apart by tectonic forces to form rift systems that may extend over thousands of kilometers. Continental rifts are often associated with numerous volcanoes that are fed by magma, which forms deep in the Earth's mantle and rises up along pathways of the fractured tectonic plate. A detailed understanding of the volcanic systems is important for hazard assessment and for geothermal energy production.

We analyzed geophysical data that were measured at a volcanic field in the Ethiopian Rift Valley. The data consist of time series of the natural electric and magnetic fields. These fields are sensitive to the electrical conductivity structure of the Earth and can be used to image the subsurface electrical properties down to depths of many kilometers. Magma, for example, has typically very high electrical conductivities, which is why this method is ideal to detect melt reservoirs in the Earth's crust.

Our obtained model shows, in great detail, how magma is transported through the crust and how it is stored below the volcanic system. Therefore, it provides new insights into rift‐associated volcanism, risk assessment, and geothermal energy production.

Hungary: Geothermal Well in Budapest Reaches 72 Degrees Celsius Resource at 1300 Meters Depth

The first Geothermal well-pair of Budapest just succeeded! (LinkedIn)

by Arpad Lorberer, Geoscientist, Consultant Hydrogeologist

Several Hungarian cities already have working geothermal heating systems, but the hot thermal karst aquifer extending under the capital city was only used by the numerous thermal baths till now.

The two geothermal wells just created reached the hot aquifer at around 1300 meter depth. The first well, designed as pumping well provided water of about ~72 Celsius degrees, and yielded more than 1300 liter/minute (preliminary data before acid-treating). The second, re-injection well just reached a huge karst cavern at the depth of about 1250 meters last week.

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Science & Technology: Osmotic Power Plant Generates Electricity Using Energy Derived from Difference in Salt Concentration Between Freshwater and Geothermal Brine

Toyobo: hollow fiber forward osmosis membrane adopted at Danish osmotic power plant (News Release)

The 1 MW plant started a demonstration in September and aims to put the membrane to continuous operation.

Hollow fiber forward osmosis (FO) membranes manufactured by Toyobo Co., Ltd. have been adopted at a first of its kind osmotic power plant in Denmark. The pilot plant is operated by Danish venture firm SaltPower ApS with support from industrial machinery maker Danfoss A/S and engineering firm Semco Maritime A/S. The plant started a demonstration in September and aims to put the membrane to continuous operation.

The osmotic power plant generates electricity by using energy derived from the difference in the salt concentration between freshwater and geothermal water, or saline water pumped up from underground wells. When saline water comes in contact with fresh water over the FO membrane, which filters out salt content from saline water, water currents are created in the saline water due to the difference in osmotic pressures. These currents turn the turbine for generating electricity. Osmotic power using geothermal water is attracting attention as a novel renewable energy that, unlike solar or wind power, is unaffected by weather or time of day.

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Republic of Ireland: Offshore Porcupine Basin Could be a Source of Geothermal Energy

Oil explorer could strike it rich after finding hot water in sea (

Irish oil and gas explorer Providence Resources is evaluating whether it can generate electricity from billions of barrels of boiling water under the sea bed.

The green energy project would be revolutionary for the Irish energy sector - the first large scale example of its type here, with Ireland well behind on meeting its carbon emissions targets.

The boiling water is located 3,000 metres below the sea bed, at a location where it gets heated by its proximity to the earth's crust.

The project would be a type of "geothermal" energy - energy derived from the heat under the surface of the planet.

A number of significant players in the geothermal energy sector have expressed an interest in the idea and are due to travel to Ireland next month to discuss how it could be progressed beyond the research stage.

The boiling water is located in an area of the Porcupine Basin off the south west coast of Ireland.

Eastern Caribbean: US $85.6 Million in Additional Funding for Geothermal Energy Development

CBD/IDB mobilises $85mn for geothermal energy development (The St. Kitts-Nevis Observer)

The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) in partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has mobilised US $85.6 million to increase the Region’s energy security through geothermal energy development.

On Dec. 13, CDB’s Board of Directors approved acceptance of further financing under the Sustainable Energy Facility (SEF) for the Eastern Caribbean from IDB, with resources coming from the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and the Government of the Republic of Italy.

SEF is part of CDB’s GeoSmart Initiative, which aims to reduce the financial, technical and institutional barriers to geothermal energy development in five Eastern Caribbean states – Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The programme also helps governments build capacity and strengthen institutions so they can be better equipped to implement and manage geothermal energy initiatives.

USA, California: Registration Now Open for Stanford Geothermal Workshop

Stanford Geothermal Workshop 44th Annual

11-13 February, 2019
Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center, 326 Galvez Street, Stanford CA 94305

The goals of the conference are to bring together engineers, scientists and managers involved in geothermal reservoir studies and developments; provide a forum for the exchange of ideas on the exploration, development and use of geothermal resources; and to enable prompt and open reporting of progress. We strongly encourage all scientists and engineers involved in geothermal reservoir technology to attend the workshop.


Papers will be presented on recent research relating to geothermal reservoirs including:
  • Case Studies: reservoir response to production, effects of injection, scaling characteristics
  • Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS): current and future activities
  • Engineering Techniques: reservoir simulation, empirical methods, well tests, tracers
  • Field Management: strategies for exploitation, injection, scale inhibition
  • Exploration: geophysics, geochemistry, geology, heat flow studies, outflows
  • Drilling and Well Bore Flows: well stimulation, bore flow modeling, hydro-fracturing, scaling
  • Low Enthalpy Systems: applications of heat pumps, hot dry rock technology
  • Geosciences: application of geophysics, geochemistry, thermodynamics and fluid mechanics.

USA, California: Scoping Workshops For Geothermal Operators

Workshops To Discuss California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Compliance And Blowout Prevention Equipment (BOPE) Requirements

The Department of Conservation, Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) will be conducting two workshops for geothermal operators on the same date at the same location. The workshop purposes are the discussion of geothermal project compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the Division’s role in CEQA, and blowout prevention equipment requirements for high temperature hydrothermal geothermal resources.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019, Imperial County Fire Department, Imperial County Operations Center, 1078 Dogwood Road, Suite 105, Heber, CA 92249
  • CEQA Session from 9:30 – 11:30 am*
  • BOPE Session from 1:00 – 3:00 pm*

Friday, December 14, 2018

Global: Calendar of Geothermal Energy Events

Geothermal Energy Calendar from the Geothermal Resources Council

GeoEnergi 2019 (Norwegian Centre for Geothermal Energy Research)
4-5 February 2019, Bergen, Norway

GT'2019 - Geothermal Turkey Congress
6-7 February 2019, Ankara, Turkey

Stanford Geothermal Workshop
11-13 February 2019, Stanford, California, USA

GeoTHERM - Expo & Congress
14-15 February 2019, Offenburg, Germany

10th European Geothermal PhD Day
25-27 February 2019, Potsdam, Germany

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

8th ITB International Geothermal Workshop 2019
20-21 March 2019, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Bandung, Indonesia

IGC Invest Geothermal
28 March 2019, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

AAPG 3rd Hydrocarbon – Geothermal Cross Over Technology Workshop
9-10 April 2019, Geneva, Switzerland

EAGE/DGMK Joint Workshop on Deep Geothermal Energy - Underground Storage of Hydrogen
24 April, 2019, Celle, Germany

IGC Islands Geothermal Conference
15-16 May 2019, Terceira Island, Azores, Portugal

EAGE Annual Conference & Exhibition 2019
3-6 June 2019, London, UK

European Geothermal Congress 2019 (EGEC)
11-14 June 2019, The Hague, Netherlands

43rd GRC Annual Meeting & Expo
15-18 September 2019, Palm Springs, California, USA

Geothermal Energy News from Around the World

Global Geothermal News - Weekly Update (Geothermal Resources Council)

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

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

Canada: Open Access Lab Dedicated to Geothermal Energy Opens in Quebec City

An open access lab to explore the eco-friendly furnace beneath our feet (INRS)

Professor Jasmin Raymond of INRS launches the LOG, an open lab dedicated to geothermal energy

In order to ramp up knowledge-sharing and development, the Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS), located in Quebec City, Canada, has created the Laboratoire ouvert de géothermie (LOG). For Professor Jasmin Raymond, the scientist in charge of the lab, geothermal energy is “not only good for the environment but also cost-effective, especially for buildings meant to be in use for decades.”

More than 10% of GHG emissions in Quebec come from residential and commercial properties that still use oil-burning furnaces. Upgrading those systems is part of the Quebec government’s 2013–2020 Climate Change Action Plan. “A shift to geothermal energy would have a big impact on our carbon footprint,” says Professor Raymond.

The LOG is not only home to the latest technology, but is also designed to be accessible to all, much like free software.

Outside partners can use the LOG equipment for free. They can come analyze their rock samples or even test innovative new materials for thermal conductivity and other geothermal properties.

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Iceland: Video of New Geothermal Generation Discussion at GEORG Workshop

2nd GEORG Geothermal Workshop (GGW2018) - Plenary Session (New Geothermal Generation)

(Video 1:47:16 Hours/Minutes)

United Kingdom: Grant Awarded to Support Research of Geothermal Resources in Cornwall

£1.8M grant awarded by NERC for geothermal research (Ground Engineering)

The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) is to support geothermal research with a £1.8M grant awarded under its £24M fourth round of highlight topic funding.

Dr. Christopher Rochelle
British Geological Survey geochemist Christopher Rochelle’s Geothermal power generated from UK granites (Gwatt) project is one of 14 initiatives to receive funding from NERC.

Through GWatt, Rochelle will work to deliver greater understanding of the deep geothermal resources in Cornwall and will work with Herriot Watt University, Camborne School of Mines, Geoscience, Geothermal Engineering, and the Cornwall and Isles Of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership on the project.

According to Rochelle, the work aims to reduce the uncertainty associated with geothermal exploration through a detailed appraisal of existing and newly gathered data gained from the geothermal project underway at United Downs.

Kazakhstan: South Korea to Help Map Geothermal Resources

Kazakhstan, South Korea bolster green technology cooperation (Kazinform)

The Republic of Kazakhstan and the Republic of Korea signed a Memorandum of Cooperation in the field of information technology and communications, Kazinform correspondent reports.

Kazakhstan is creating a unified energy efficiency map of the country. Within it, there will be 6 maps.

Rapil Zhoshybayev, Chairman of the International Center for Green Technology and Investment Projects siad "We are now developing hydro maps since many enterprises operate on small rivers. We will develop a new field - it is a map of geothermal waters. It is very popular among foreign investors.

Geothermal energy, taking into account new technologies, is getting cheaper than gas or coal," he said.

The respective agreement on geothermal projects was signed with a leading Islamic company a few days ago.

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From the Global Geothermal News archives:

Germany: Second Well Successfully Drilled at Munich Geothermal District Heating Project

Pump tests successfully completed for the second well of the Schäftlarnstraße project (Erdwerk)

On 10.12.2018, the pump tests for the second geothermal well of the SWM geothermal project Schäftlarnstraße (Munich) were successfully completed.

The second well was drilled as planned from the Southern Heating Power Plant, deviated to the southeast and reached a final depth of more than 3 km, with a total drilling distance of more than 4 km.

In the coming days, the final works shall be carried out on the well before the rig is moved to the next well location, immediately adjacent.

The drilling of the third (from a total of six) deep well is scheduled to begin in January 2019.

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United Kingdom & Canada: More Funding for Low-Carbon Energy Alternatives

World Bank, Canada, UK to Assist Countries in Transition from Coal; Accelerate Uptake of Cleaner Energy (World Bank)

The World Bank, Canada, and the United Kingdom today announced financial, technical and advisory support for developing countries that have decided to transition away from coal and accelerate the uptake of cleaner sources of energy.

The Canadian government pledged up to CAD $275 million to fund the Energy Transition and Coal Phase-Out Program. This funding will help developing countries in Asia to slow coal production, while scaling up energy efficiency and low-carbon energy alternatives.

At the same time, the UK government pledged £20 million to the World Bank’s Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP), a global knowledge and technical assistance program administered by the World Bank to help low- and middle-income countries implement environmentally sustainable energy solutions.

Both these programs will support the deployment of solar and battery storage, geothermal and offshore wind development, coal plant closure, and improvement in energy efficiency, particularly in buildings and cooling.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Show Your Support for The Geothermal Industry

Support The Geothermal Industry By Joining The Geothermal Resources Council Policy Committee

The Geothermal Resources Council Policy Committee (GRC PC) encompasses the policy-related activities of the former Geothermal Energy Association (GEA), which merged with GRC earlier in 2018 to enable the geothermal industry to speak with one voice.
  • Are you a former GEA member who wants to continue to benefit from up-to-date information and analyses about policies and issues that impact the geothermal industry? 
  • Are you a GRC member who wants to understand and help influence State and Federal geothermal-related policy issues? 
If your answer to either question above is YES, now is the time to take the opportunity to position yourself among the most proactive geothermal companies, developers, scientists and engineers in the industry.

Joining the GRC PC is a cost-effective way for you and your company to stay on top of policies and other issues that are critically important to the geothermal industry.

With conference calls, in-person meetings and the implementation of activities to promote geothermal development, the GRC PC provides a unique opportunity to keep your finger on the pulse of policy issues that affect geothermal development and growth and ensure that your priorities are considered. By joining the GRC PC, you will benefit from work by lobbying firms that are already engaged by several major US geothermal developers, who have generously agreed to share the results and analyses with GRC PC members.

Specific priorities and initiatives for 2019 include:
  • A Policy Priorities Roadmap will be assembled; 
  • An Annual Geothermal Power Production Report will be commissioned; 
  • An Annual Policy Forum will be held in Washington DC in May 2019;
  • Professional Advocate/Lobbyist Networks will be set up at Federal and State levels, and; 
  • A Roster of PC Members and Advocates will be distributed. 
Are you ready to help promote geothermal energy while saving time and money by supporting the GRC Policy Committee? Here are the three options for GRC members to participate in this important geothermal industry group:

Not already a GRC Member? Join the Geothermal Resources Council today online at:

Make A Difference – Join The GRC PC Today!

USA: Opportunity for Geothermal Energy to Help in Desalination Research

Department of Energy Announces $100 Million Energy-Water Desalination Hub to Provide Secure and Affordable Water (News Release)

Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $100 million to establish an Energy-Water Desalination Hub to address water security issues in the United States.

The Hub will focus on early-stage research and development (R&D) for energy-efficient and cost-competitive desalination technologies including manufacturing challenges, and for treating non-traditional water sources for multiple end-use applications.

View the funding application and submission requirements for the Energy-Water Desalination Hub here. Concept papers are due on February 7, 2019.

Read more on ways to advance energy-water desalination in DOE's Clean Water Processing Technologies Workshop Series Summary Report.

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From the Global Geothermal News archives:

Canada: Geothermal Presentations from Yukon Conference

Presentations from the Yukon Geoscience Forum 2018

The Annual Yukon Geoscience Forum is the largest geoscience and minerals industry conference north of 60! There were some geothermal energy presentations:

Thanks to Geothermal Canada.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Preview of the Next Geothermal Energy Magazine from the GRC

Coming Soon - GRC Bulletin - Vol. 47, No. 6, November/December 2018

The November/December issue of the GRC Bulletin will be published next week. Produced by the Geothermal Resources Council since 1972, the Bulletin is the voice of the international geothermal energy community.

In the next issue:
  • President’s Message, by Maria Richards
  • Executive Director's Message, by William Pettitt
  • Inside Geothermal: 20 pages of geothermal energy news from around the world
  • A Review of the 42nd GRC Annual Meeting & Expo; 
  • Gabbs Valley Fieldtrip, 
  • by Susan Hodgson; 
  • Best Student Poster by Yu Shi, et al.
  • Corporate Focus - Capuano Engineering Company
  • Geothermal History in the Making - Gators in the Sage (2001)
  • In Memoriam - Robert E. Tucker 
The GRC Bulletin is only available online to GRC members. To make sure of your copy join the GRC today!

Support Your Geothermal Energy Association - Support the Geothermal Energy Community

'Tis The Season For Giving

The Geothermal resources Council (GRC) has created a new Donate Page on the website.

The GRC is a non-profit professional association that relies on support from generous people like you. By donating to the GRC, you are helping support our geothermal community through education, outreach, and dissemination of research across local, national and global society.

Any amount is welcome and any support is appreciated. There are six different funds that you can donate to. All donations are tax deductible.

On behalf of our community, we would like to thank you for helping advance the geothermal industry!

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Kenya: KenGen Seeks Consultant in Researching Mineral Extraction from Geothermal Brine

KenGen Seeks a Consultant to Determine Suitability of Minerals in its Geothermal Brine (Kenyan Wall Street)

Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) has issued an expression of interest for research services for mineral extraction from Geothermal Brine.

Through a tender notice, KenGen invited eligible firms and entities to provide application research on mineral extractions from the hot brine— the waste stream that the firm pumps out of the ground. Deadline for submissions is 22nd January.

All the geothermal plants owned by KenGen are single flash condensing type – the flashing process yields brine that contains mineral elements that could yield more value to the electricity company.

Europe: 100% Renewable Energy - Including Geothermal - Leads to Zero Emissions Before 2050 - Report

New Study: 100% Renewable Energy across Europe is More Cost Effective than the Current Energy System and Leads to Zero Emissions Before 2050 (Energy Watch Group)

New scientific study models full energy transition across power, heat, and transport sectors

As climate discussions are underway among global leaders at COP24, the annual United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) conference, a new report released Tuesday showcases the feasibility of a European energy transition to 100% renewable sources. The new scientific study shows that the transition to 100% renewable energy will be economically competitive with today’s conventional fossil fuel and nuclear energy system, and lead greenhouse gas emissions to zero before 2050. The study’s financial case for an energy transition becomes even stronger when taking into account significant projected job growth and the indirect economic benefits for health, security, and the environment, that were not factored into the study.

Electricity generation in the 100% renewable energy system will consist of a mix of power sources, with solar PV generating 62% of electricity followed by wind energy (32%), hydropower (4%), bioenergy (2%) and geothermal energy (<1%).

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Croatia: 17.5 MWe Velika Ciglena Geothermal Plant is Commissioned

Turboden completed the commissioning of the 17.5 MWe Velika Ciglena Geothermal Plant (News Release)

After only four days of commissioning, the plant carried out the nominal load test.

In December 2018 Turboden started-up the largest ORC system in Europe of 17.5 MWe in the Velika Ciglena geothermal power plant, Croatia, for the Turkish customer Geoen – MB Holding.

The Velika Ciglena project exploits steam and hot water at 170°C to produce electricity to feed the local power grid. Turboden designed and manufactured a unique single turbine of 16 MW electrical power. The ORC turbogenerator with a 5-stage axial turbine, optimizes the performance with a rotation speed of 1500 rpm.

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USA, Hawaii: Puna Geothermal Venture Given Go-Ahead to Restore Road Access

PGV gets green light to clear road (West Hawaii Today)

Puna Geothermal Venture (PGV) has been given the go-ahead to restore road access to its lava-locked property.

Clearing of the “pioneer road” at the site off Highway 132 began this weekend after PGV received a grubbing and grading permit from Hawaii County, said Mike Kaleikini, senior director of Hawaiian affairs for Ormat Technologies, which owns the 38-megawatt geothermal power plant.

The permit was authorized after Mayor Harry Kim issued a supplemental disaster declaration that allows the county to permit clearing of the fresh lava rock.

The main lava channel from the four-month-long eruption crosses the property but spared the plant, which is sandwiched between the channel and a string of fissures.

As for when PGV could restart operations, Kaleikini said that will depend on assessments that have been mostly on hold without road access. He previously said that could take about 18 months from when a road could be built.

France: President Macron Calls for More Geothermal Energy Development

La géothermie, pilier de la transition énergétique en Alsace - Geothermal energy, pillar of the energy transition in Alsace (Le Monde)

President Macron
(Wikipedia Commons)
Critiqué par les ONG écologistes et par l’opposition, le discours d’Emmanuel Macron, mardi 27 novembre, sur la transition énergétique, a au moins fait des heureux en Alsace. En affirmant que « pour sortir du gaz, notre stratégie prévoit une montée en puissance de la géothermie, qui a beaucoup de potentiel », le chef de l’Etat a validé dans les mots ce qui est déjà en cours dans l’Eurométropole de Strasbourg, qui regroupe trente-trois communes du Bas-Rhin.

(From Google Translate) Criticized by environmental NGOs and the opposition , the speech of Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday, November 27, on the energy transition, has at least made some happy in Alsace. Asserting that "to get out of gas, our strategy provides for a rise in geothermal power, which has a lot of potential," the head of state validated in words what is already underway in the Strasbourg Eurométropole, which includes thirty-three communes of Bas-Rhin.

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Ecuador: Exploration Continues at Chachimbiro Geothermal Power Project

Ecuador estudia su potencial en geotermia - Ecuador studies its geothermal potential (El Comercio)

Corporación Eléctrica del Ecuador (CELEC) has announced that it has started feasibility studies at the Chachimbiro geothermal power project in Imbabura province in the north of Ecuador.

Six additional wells will be drilled to establish the size of the geothermal reservoir and the capacity of the planned power plant. The work will be financed by the government of Japan through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) program.

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Philippines: BacMan Geothermal Power Plant to Supply 2.5 MW to Local Company

EDC bags 2.50-MW power supply deal (Philstar Global)

Lopez-led Energy Development Corp. (EDC) has signed a two-year contract to power the manufacturing operations of Citizen Machinery Philippines Inc.(CMP) in Tanuan, Batangas.

In a statement, the company said the contract for 2.5 megawatts (MW) of geothermal power will commence on Dec. 26, to be sourced from EDC’s BacMan Geothermal Project.

 “As a manufacturing company, Citizen Machinery Philippines desires to be supplied by stable and low-cost electricity, especially since our foundry consumes much power,”CMP president Akihide Kanaya said. “EDC’s BacMan Geothermal Project meets these criteria,” he said.

Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis: Power Engineers to Help on Nevis Geothermal Power Project

Power Engineers Joins the NRE International, Inc. team for EPC Review and Owner’s Representative Services

NRE International, Inc. (NREI), the developer of the Nevis Geothermal Project, in cooperation with the Nevis Island Administration, announced today that Power Engineers has joined the Nevis project team to provide design review, inspection and Owner’s representative services for the construction of the Nevis Geothermal Project.

Power Engineers is a USA-based firm with offices in 39 locations in the United States and in 4 international locations. Power Engineers has been the engineer for more than 600 MW of new geothermal generating capacity, in locations ranging from the U.S., Indonesia, the Philippines, Mexico, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Kenya, and Turkey.

According to Bruce Cutright, CEO of NREI, “The addition of Power Engineers is the latest example of our push to ensure that we have the best and most capable team in place to develop the Nevis geothermal plant.”

Power Engineers offers complete multidiscipline engineering and program management services. Founded in 1976, PE is an employee-owned company with more than 1,300 employees. NREI is pleased to welcome them to the Nevis Geothermal Project Team and looks forward to a rapid review and completion of the EPC contract before year end.

The Nevis Geothermal Project is a 10 MegaWatt geothermal generating plant located on the former Hamilton Estates Property on the Island of Nevis, Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis, Eastern Caribbean. The Nevis Island Administration is a partner and co-developer of the project with NREI. Once developed, the geothermal plant will enable the island to transition away from the use of fossil fuels and be 100 percent reliant on zero emission renewable energy power generation. NREI and NIA have completed extensive investigations to define the geothermal reservoir beneath the island, completed the well testing necessary and are now in the final design stages prior to construction start.

NREI is a subsidiary of Thermal Energy Partners, LLC, a geothermal energy development firm based in Austin, Texas.

For further information contact Regan Frebourg,

USA, California: Geothermal Energy Helps the Golden State through Another Bad Weather Day

Geothermal Energy Again Tops Wind and Solar in California

Yesterday much of the Central Valley was socked in by the Tule fog and cloudiness prevailed in both Northern and Southern California. There was a little rain in the north. This all affected electricity production from wind and solar as measured by the California Independent System Operator (CAISO).

However, geothermal energy power plants were not affected, providing electricity from a constant 1,000 MW capacity.

Yesterday in California, geothermal energy was the biggest provider of electricity from renewable resources to the CAISO grid, with almost 24,000 MWh. Wind-turbines produced just 9,152 MWh, solar energy (PV and thermal) peaked around 1 pm and supplied 21,624 MWh.

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Science & Technology: Developing a Technology Combining Geothermal Resource Development, Metals Extraction and Electro-Metallurgy

Combining energy production and mineral extraction – The CHPM2030 project (European Federation of Geologists)

By É. Hartai , B. Bodó & the CHPM2030 Team

The H2020 project “CHPM2030 – Combined Heat, Power and Metal extraction from ultra-deep ore bodies” aims to develop a novel technology which combines geothermal resource development, metals extraction and electro-metallurgy in a single interlinked process.

In order to improve the economics of geothermal energy production, the project will investigate possible technologies of manipulating metal-bearing geological formations with geothermal potential at a depth of 3-4 km and even deeper. In this way, the co-production of energy and metals will be possible and may be optimised according to market demands in the future.

The project will provide a proof of the technological concept on a laboratory scale. It will be implemented through the cooperation of 12 partners from 10 European countries.

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Finland: Artificial Intelligence Survey Shows Big Potential for Geothermal Energy in South and Southwest

Suomessa on valtava puhtaan energian varasto - Finland has a huge stock of clean energy (GTK)

GTK:n tutkijat käyttivät ensimmäisinä maailmassa tekoälyä maalämpöpotentiaalin arvioimiseen - GTK scientists used artificial intelligence to make the calculations - a world first

Suomen maankamaraan on varastoitunut energiaa noin tuhat kertaa koko maan energiantuotannon verran. Suomen maankamaran ylimmän 300 metrin yhteenlaskettu teoreettinen energiapotentiaali on noin 300 miljoonaa GWh. Eniten maalämpöä eli geoenergiaa on Etelä- ja Lounais-Suomessa, joissa parhaimmilla alueilla yhden maalämpökaivon energiavarasto on suuruudeltaan noin 4,5 GWh.  Maalämpö on peräisin maapallon sisältä tulevasta lämmöstä ja auringon säteilystä. Maalämpö on uusiutuvaa ja päästötöntä energiaa.  Tiedot ilmenevät Geologian tutkimuskeskuksen (GTK) uudesta geoenergiatutkimuksesta.

(From Google Translate) The geothermal potential in Finland's underground has stored energy that is about a thousand times the country's total energy production. The total theoretical energy potential from the top 300 meters of the Finnish sub-strata is about 300 million GWh. Most geothermal energy, ie geoenergy, is in Southern and Southwest Finland, where in the best areas the energy storage of one geothermal well is about 4.5 GWh. Ground heat comes from the heat coming from the planet and from the sun's radiation. Ground heat is a renewable and emission-free energy. The information is from the new geoenergy research of the Geological Survey of Finland (GTK).

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USA: Roadmap for Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy to be Released This Week

FORGE Roadmap to be Unveiled at AGU Fall Meeting (EERE/GTO)

Thursday, December 13, 2018, 6:15 – 7:15 p.m.,
Marriott Marquis - Liberty N-P, Washington, D.C. , USA

The Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO) is excited to present findings of the Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE) Roadmap at the 2018 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting later this week in Washington, D.C. Please join us to learn more about this community-driven effort, its methodologies, and results.

Background: With GTO funding and in conjunction with the geothermal community, the Science and Technology Policy Institute (STPI) has developed a roadmap of recommendations for the critical research that could occur at FORGE – GTO’s first-of-its-kind field laboratory located in Utah that is dedicated to research focused on enhanced geothermal systems (EGS).

STPI focused on research recommendations intended to make progress toward a rigorous and reproducible EGS methodology. The development of the roadmap included detailed literature and program reviews, months of interviews, and a capstone roundtable with EGS research experts from across academia, industry, national laboratories, and government.

The FORGE Roadmap outlines discrete research and development activities that could be carried out during FORGE’s five-year operation to strengthen understanding of the key mechanisms controlling EGS success. EGS success could mean the unlocking of ~500 GWe in the United States alone.

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Monday, December 10, 2018

Science & Technology: Using Geothermal Heat to Drastically Reduce Cost of Thermal Desalination

NREL Expands Research in Geothermal and Solar Desalination (News Release)

The "Desalination of Impaired Water Using Geothermal Energy" project is paramount in the geothermal approach to desalination. And taking the lead in this project is Turchi, assisted by researchers at the Colorado School of Mines, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), and Ormat Technologies.

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) scientists have a long history of successfully analyzing geothermal and solar energy data. But they are now actively researching desalination capabilities by partnering with technology leaders on several groundbreaking projects. The purpose is to explore geothermal and solar-thermal technologies for creating fresh water from otherwise unusable water.

The ability to desalinate otherwise non-potable water is a vitally important process, but its cost can be high. Fortunately, there is potential to tap otherwise unused renewable heat to drastically reduce the cost of thermal desalination. Applied in the right locations, thermal desalination could mean economic viability for water treatment.

"Water scarcity is a growing problem throughout the world. The ability to apply renewable energy solutions is key to a sustainable water future," said Craig Turchi, principal engineer within the Thermal Sciences Group at NREL.

United Kingdom: Government Announces Additional £100 Million of Funding for Renewable Energy Projects in Africa - Including Geothermal

£100 million for renewable energy projects in Africa to provide electricity to 2.4 million people a year (News Release)

Developers of small-scale solar, wind, hydro and geothermal projects will be supported to harness each country’s natural resources.

Hundreds of thousands of people in sub-Saharan Africa will get access to electricity for the first time thanks to an extra £100 million of funding from the UK government.

The new investment triples funds for the Renewable Energy Performance Platform (REPP), to support up to 40 more renewable energy projects over the next 5 years. The new funding could unlock an extra £156 million of private finance into renewable energy markets in Africa by 2023.

Developers of small-scale solar, wind, hydro and geothermal projects will be supported to harness each country’s natural resources, and the electricity generated is expected to provide 2.4 million people a year with new or improved access to clean energy. Power produced from new projects funded is expected to save around 3 million tonnes of carbon over their lifetime, compared with fossil fuel generation – the equivalent to the emissions from burning 21,000 railway cars of coal or from 800,000 cars in a year.

USA, California: Employment Opportunity With Calpine at The Geysers

Plant Engineer III - Steam - Calpine

The Geysers, California

Coordinates all engineering functions to assure the steamfield operates at maximum performance, reliability and profitability. Provides engineering support for steam gathering and water injection facilities; responsible for providing technical support for daily operations, field infrastructure improvements, process improvements, design, equipment acquisition, asset breakdown analysis, corrosion mitigation, and subsequent corrective actions.

Develops and maintains field operating records and provides day-to-day technical support to steamfield operations and maintenance. Responsible for Management of Change program within the steamfield. Coordinates with counterparts on steamfield equipment standardization and modernization.

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Support Your Geothermal Energy Association - Support the Geothermal Energy Community

'Tis The Season For Giving

The Geothermal resources Council (GRC) has created a new Donate Page on the website.

The GRC is a non-profit professional association that relies on support from generous people like you. By donating to the GRC, you are helping support our geothermal community through education, outreach, and dissemination of research across local, national and global society.

Any amount is welcome and any support is appreciated. There are six different funds that you can donate to. All donations are tax deductible.

On behalf of our community, we would like to thank you for helping advance the geothermal industry!

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Netherlands: One Day Conference on Geothermal District Heating

DAP Symposium 2019 (TU Delft)

Urban Heating: Risks & Rewards - Integrating cities with geothermal energy

12 March, 2019, Delft, Netherlands

This year’s symposium will focus on the challenges and opportunities of supplying urban areas with geothermal energy. Currently, in The Netherlands, there exist several successful geothermal projects that are producing heat for greenhouses located in rural areas. With the allocation of a significant subsidy towards TU Delft in 2017, and the recent greenlight from the university board, the TU campus can and will be a pioneering project in the area of ‘urban geothermal heating’.

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United Kingdom: "East End of Glasgow Could become the World Centre for Research into Geothermal Energy"

Green energy revolution unfolds yards from Celtic Park (The Herald)

It is a small hole in the East End of Glasgow, but it has the potential to make the area the world centre for research into geothermal energy. 

The first hole, which was drilled yesterday just across the road from Celtic Park, is part of a project with so much research potential that scientists, academics and businesses from all over the world will be looking to Glasgow to inform the energy projects of tomorrow.

The 12 boreholes across  the city will record data as part of the UK Geoenergy Observatories (UKGEOS) project and if successful could see parts of the city being heated from old mine workings and the technology to be exported to other cities across the globe.

Malaysia: Former Energy Minister Thinks Tawau Geothermal Energy Project Should be Revived

Worthwhile to rescue geothermal project: Max (Daily Express)

Former Energy, Green Technology and Water (KeTTHA) Minister Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili said the new Pakatan Harapan Government should look at how the country's first geothermal power plant project in Tawau – that was found abandoned recently – can be rescued.

He said it would not only put Malaysia on the world renewal energy map but also the benefit the people.

"It was a private project approved during Datuk Peter Chin Fah Kui's time as KeTTHA Minister and received a facilitation fund from the government to help get the feeding tariff.

"Even personally, I am also disappointed. I think the developer ran out of capital investment," he said. Ongkili said the developer had said that they finished up to drilling and had to stop work.

"I think the Ministry concerned should know what should be done on this matter. It is sad. I supported the project because it was going to be the first in Malaysia. And had it gone into operation in 2017, it would be number 16 in the world for geothermal power plant, which is good clean energy.

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India: The Potential for Geothermal energy in Maharashtra State

IIT Bombay discovers geothermal energy source among geysers (sic) of Maharashtra’s Western Ghats (Inventiva)

This discovery by Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay could lead to the use of geothermal energy for generating cheap, clean and base power generation systems.

A recent study by IIT Bombay’s Professor Trupti Chandrashekhar of the Earth Science Department concluded that the potential of geothermal systems could be utilised for commercial purposes.

The study was conducted along the 350 km stretch on Maharashtra’s 720 km coastline. Professor Chandrashekhar was assisted by IIT Hyderabad, Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology of Amethi and the University of Florence of Italy.

This stretch falls under the west coast geothermal province, which is one of the seven geothermal areas of India. With more than 60 hot water springs across 18 locations, water bursts at temperatures between 40 and 72 degree Celsius.

If tapped efficiently, this energy could be used in terms of geothermal electricity. Professor Chandrashekar said, “The mid- and long-term development plan [for the region] could be centred on the use of geothermal energy for generating cheap, clean and base power generation systems, beginning with the drilling of 10-to-15-metre-deep exploration pits along the identified locations.”

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Japan: Geothermal Power Plant Start-Up Slated for 2024

Ipex, partners pursuing 2024 start-up of Japanese geothermal plant (Renewables Now)

A tie-up between Japan’s Inpex Corp, Idemitsu Kosan Co Ltd and Mitsui Oil Exploration are seeking to launch commercial operations at a planned geothermal power facility in Akita prefecture in 2024.

The partners have conducted an environmental impact assessment for the project and submitted it to the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and local authorities, Inpex said on Monday. The aim of the assessment is to proceed with full-scale implementation of the project, located in the Oyasu district of Yuzawa City.

Inpex, Idemitsu and Mitsui have carried out commercialisation studies on the geothermal potential at the site through conducting resource evaluations, including flow tests and economic assessments.

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India, Iceland: Discussions Held on Geothermal Energy Cooperation

India, Iceland discuss geothermal energy cooperation (SME Times)

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj
and Icelandic Foreign Minister Gudlaugur Thor Thordarson
(Photo courtesy IAMS/MEA)
India and Iceland discussed cooperation in geothermal energy among other areas during a bilateral meeting between External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Icelandic Foreign Minister Gudlaugur Thor Thordarson here on Saturday.

"The two Ministers noted that in the areas such as geothermal energy, fisheries, IT, pharmaceuticals and tourism, both countries could establish strong partnership," the External Affairs Ministry said in a statement following the meeting.

Ahead of the meeting, Thordarson told IANS that his country was keen to share its experience in generating geothermal energy.

"Geothermal energy is a renewable source of energy and we want to share our experience with India," he said.

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Kenya: Video on How Geothermal Energy Helps Reduce Pollution

Kenya's green geothermal power an example to the world (Al Jazeera)

Africa's largest geothermal energy producer, Kenya, sets an example for the world's biggest polluters.

(Video 2:32 Minutes)

Geothermal power comprises about 43 percent of Kenya's electricity supply, even as millions of Kenyans still depend on trees to make charcoal.

As climate talks proceed in Poland at the ongoing COP24 summit, the East African nation's efforts are an example to the world's big emitters.

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East Africa: Geothermal Risk Mitigation Facility Successfully Supporting Early Stage Development of 30 Geothermal Energy Projects in East Africa

AUC Continues to Chart the Way Forward for Geothermal Energy Development in Africa (Africa Union)

Geothermal energy stakeholders and experts met at an event during the 24th Conference of Parties (COP24) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Katowice, Poland to review the successes and challenges as well as recommend the way forward for the African Union Commission (AUC) Geothermal Risk Mitigation Facility (GRMF).

The Event was organized by the Department of Infrastructure and Energy of the AUC and was attended by high-level experts and representatives from African Member States as well as experts from International organizations and partner countries.

In his opening remarks, the Acting Head of Energy Division, Mr. Atef Marzouk noted the continuing importance of geothermal energy in East Africa in the short and long-term, and the need to mobilize more financial and technical resources to boost geothermal energy development in Africa to expand energy access for meeting our basic needs as well as productive activities.

Mr. Marzouk also said “the Geothermal Risk Mitigation Facility (GRMF) is successfully supporting early stage development of 30 geothermal energy projects in east Africa”. He also noted that the available GRMF grants of USD 140 million will leverage investments estimated at USD 9.2 billion.

Turkey: More Investment in Direct Use of Geothermal to Heat Greenhouses

Turkish, Kuwaiti businesspeople invest $100M in greenhouses in southeast city (Daily Sabah)

Turkish and Kuwaiti business people have invested $100 million in greenhouses in Turkey's southeastern province of Şanlıurfa, which has made progress in many areas after the introduction of the Southeastern Anatolia Project (GAP) - launched in 1977 as one of the world's largest and most comprehensive sustainable development projects, including efficient irrigation methods and a water infrastructure development scheme.

The aim is to increase the geothermal greenhouse area, which has reached 500 decares over time and where indoor ornamental plants are also grown, up to 5,000 decares by 2023.

Greenhouse Investors and Producers Association (SERA-BİR) and GAP Greenhouse Gardeners Association Chairman Müslüm Yanmaz told Anadolu Agency (AA) that geothermal energy is very important in greenhouse cultivation, helping develop the sector.