Friday, February 22, 2019

Kenya: Grant will Facilitate Drilling of up to Six Wells at Baringo-Silali Geothermal Project

Geothermal company to get Sh1.3b to drill more wells (Capital FM Kenya)

The grant which will facilitate the drilling of up to six geothermal wells and support the development of key infrastructural works at the Baringo – Silali Geothermal Project in Kenya’s North Rift region.

The Baringo – Silali Geothermal Project being developed by GDC, covers three geothermal prospects (Silali, Paka and Korosi) from which the company is looking to produce a total of 300 MW by 2030.

The GRMF grant will fund 40 per cent of the costs associated with the drilling of two geothermal wells in each of the three prospects and 20 per cent of the total costs incurred during the development of requisite infrastructural work in the project area.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

USA: Update from the Geothermal Technologies Office

GTO Quarterly Update Now Available Online (EERE/GTO)

The Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO) hosted its first Quarterly Update of the year on February 19, 2019. GTO Director Dr. Susan Hamm and Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Daniel Simmons updated the geothermal community on progress and priorities at the U.S. Department of Energy.

If you weren't able to attend the webinar — or if you'd like to review the topics again — the full presentation is now available on the GTO website.

Topics discussed during this Quarterly Update included:
  • GTO's FY 2019 budget overview;
  • the Geothermal Student Competition; and
  • the FORGE Roadmap.
GTO welcomes ideas for topics to be discussed at future Quarterly Updates. Feel free to email topics to the GTO mailbox:

Geothermal Event! Reserve Your Booth at the GRC Annual Meeting & Expo

Register For Your Booth Now!

The Geothermal Resources Council is pleased to invite you to exhibit at our annual geothermal energy conference. Exhibiting at the GRC Annual Meeting & Expo offers a tremendous opportunity to meet and network with other members of the geothermal energy community, as well as keep up on the newest advances in relevant technology.

This year, the conference will be held from September 15-18 at the Palm Springs Convention Center in Palm Springs, California. The Expo will be showcased in the Oasis 1 & 2 Ballroom. We look forward to your participation in this exciting event.

The 3-day expo will provide ample opportunities for networking. The GRC Expo presents exhibitors with the opportunity to maximize their exposure at the largest annual geothermal gathering in the world.

This is the event to learn about the latest developments in geothermal energy. Last year, the GRC Annual Meeting & Expo hosted more than 1,000 representatives from 34 countries. In 2019, we anticipate an even larger audience.

Reserve Booth Space.........

Indonesia: 8th ITB International Geothermal Workshop 2019 is Next Month!

Register Now for IIGW 2019!

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

Workshop Agenda ~ Pre and Mid Workshop Courses ~ Field Trip ~ Field Camp ~ Registration ~ Hotels Nearby

Germany: Nominations Open for International Geothermal Association Board

Nominations For IGA Board Term 2020 – 2023 Now Open

Help shape the global geothermal agenda and join the Board of the International Geothermal Association (IGA). Nominations for Board Term 2020 – 2023 are now open. Get the guidelines, get nominated, and run for election. We want diversity, passion and commitment. If that sounds like you, join us! Deadline 16 April 2019, 0:00 CET.

The IGA is an ´Association of Associations´ and acts as the umbrella organization for 35 affiliates. In total, the IGA currently has around 4,500 members. The majority of our membership is funneled through our affiliated associations (about 4,200) and about 300 are direct individual members, institutional members and corporate members. The Geothermal Resources Council is the largest of these affiliates and has provided 11 of the current IGA Board Members.

BoD Nomination Guideline (pdf, 335 KB)

Austria: Third Well to Supply Geothermal District Heating Project

Groß-Geothermie: Dritte Bohrung bald am Netz – folgt weitere Bohrung?
 - Large geothermal: Third hole soon on the grid - further drilling follows? (Nachrichten)

Die dritte Bohrung zur größten Geothermie Österreichs, die weite Teile Rieds und Mehrnbachs mit umweltfreundlicher Heizenergie versorgt, soll dieser Tage via Pumpversuch ans Netz gehen.

Eine dritte Bohrung war wegen großer Nachfrage nötig geworden. Der Bohrturm ist bereits abgebaut, in wenigen Tagen soll die Verrohrung an der Oberfläche abgeschlossen sein, so Helmut Binder, Geschäftsführer der Energie Ried, auf OÖN-Anfrage.

(From Google Translate) The third well at Austria's largest geothermal energy project, which supplies large parts of Ried and Mehrnbach with environmentally friendly heating energy, is due to go online after pumping trials these days.

A third hole became necessary due to high demand. The derrick has already been dismantled, and in a few days the piping on the surface will be completed, according to Helmut Binder, Managing Director of Energie Ried, at the request of the OÖN.

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Kenya: Ormat Subsidiary is Top Independent Power Producer in Kenya

Kenya’s largest private power producer Orpower pockets Sh11.3bn in geothermal sales (News Release)

American geothermal firm Orpower4 pocketed Sh11.3 billion ($113 million) in geothermal power sales in the last financial year, cementing its spot as the top independent power producer (IPP) in Kenya.

OrPower4 is a subsidiary of US-based Ormat Technologies Inc. and is currently the only private company generating geothermal electricity in Kenya. The American firm has an installed capacity of 139 megawatts (MW) of steam power in Naivasha’s Olkaria steam fields, accounting for 20 per cent of Kenya’s total installed geothermal capacity of 690 MW. OrPower4 operates Olkaria 3 Unit 1-9 plant, along with wellheads.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Chile: Video of Cerro Pabellon Geothermal Power Plant

New Heights for Geothermal Power (Climate Investment Funds)

Cerro Pabellon is South America's first geothermal power plant and the world's highest geothermal power plant.

Global: Opportunity to Advertise in the Geothermal Energy Magazine

Advertise In The GRC Bulletin

The GRC Bulletin reaches nearly 1,200 geothermal professionals six times per year.

Advertising in the GRC Bulletin means your product or service will be seen in the world's only publication that deals exclusively with technical topics, legislation, scientific inquiry, special events and educational topics related to the geothermal energy industry.

For GRC members the rates start at just $125 an issue for a business card-sized advertisement. For a half page ad the rate is just $400 each issue. For a full page the cost is just $625 each issue.

In addition, when the Bulletin is published an email announcement is sent to the global geothermal energy community. A banner advertisement is available on this email that will be seen by over 4,500 recipients. The rate for GRC members for this tremendous opportunity is just $500 per issue.

The GRC services the global geothermal energy community with news and information. Advertising through the Bulletin is a sure-fire way of getting your company (institution, event) in front of thousands of pairs of eyes!

Interested in getting noticed! Of course you are!
Contact Chi-Meng at or 530.758.2360 ext 105.

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USA, California: 20 MW Non-Hydro Geothermal Power Plant Project Moves On

GeoGenCo's Zero Water Geothermal Technology Helps Imperial Irrigation District Achieve Green Energy Goals (News Release)

Mud Volcanoes at the Davis-Schrimpf Seep Field
with the John L. Featherstone geothermal power plant
in the background. Photo Ian Crawford  2013.
GeoGenCo, LLC, of Las Vegas, Nevada, has completed their semi-final designs for their next generation True Geothermal 20-megawatt (MW) power plant in Imperial Valley, CA. GeoGenCo has a 15 MW Power Purchase Agreement with Imperial Irrigation District (IID) and expects to be providing power by June of 2020.

GRC Member Jim McIntosh (Mac), GeoGenCo's CEO and COO states, "The project is identified as True Geothermal because all current geothermal projects require substantial amounts of water or steam as part of their power generation process. and are therefore, more appropriately known as hydro-geothermal since water is a mandatory part of the geothermal process (either in the form of brine or steam) for both the extraction of heat and for the disposal of the residual brine."

True Geothermal does not utilize any water in their power generation process.  Rather than extracting the geothermal fluids, a high-performance heat exchanger is inserted into an existing (but non-performing) geothermal well where only heat is extracted from the geothermal formation, not from water, brine or steam.  While a permit application for approximately six acre-feet of water has been filed, about one third of this water will be utilized for dust control and the other two thirds reserved for emergency fire-fighting purposes. Zero water will be utilized for the power generation process.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Global: Promote Your Business in the Registry of Geothermal Services & Equipment

Advertise In The New GRC Yellow Pages

The 2019 Geothermal Resources Council Registry of Geothermal Services & Equipment (aka the GRC Yellow Pages) will now be available in a new format - as a public webpage on

This will provide better visibility to advertisers and easier access for those who are searching for up-to date information on geothermal services and/or equipment. 

Contact Anh Lay at for more information. Don't delay, advertise your services today!

Japan: Video on 5 MW Takigami Geothermal Power Plant

Takigami Geothermal Binary Power Plant (Fuji Electric Corp. of America)

Learn about "Fuji Electric and Takigami Geothermal Binary Power Plant Project" and how Fuji Electric's innovative technology fulfills customer's requirements.

(Video: 2:53 minutes)

From the Global Geothermal News archives:

USA, Maine: Company Receives Funding Award for Monitoring Software for Enhanced Geothermal Systems

Introspective Systems Wins Key DOE Award for Geothermal Research in Reducing Carbon Emissions (News Release)

Introspective Systems, LLC of Portland, Maine, announced today that the company has received a $149,935 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) award for work in support of the Department of Energy’s Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS) project. 

Introspective Systems will develop monitoring software that enables EGS systems to be cost competitive and fully integrated into the electrical grid. The project researches new algorithms and analytics methods to provide enhanced precision in the understanding of the complex Geothermal systems being developed in the future.

France: Drilling for Geothermal District Heating Project to Begin This Year

Champs-sur-Marne : la géothermie bientôt au cœur de la Cité Descartes - Champs-sur-Marne: geothermal energy soon in the heart of Cité Descartes (Le Parisien)

Les travaux de forage sont programmés au cours de l’année 2019, avec l’implantation d’un doublet géothermique. Le puits de géothermie se situera au niveau du Bois Carré, rue Alfred Nobel, au cœur de la Cité Descartes, cluster de la ville durable.

(From Google Translate) Drilling is scheduled for 2019, with the installation of a geothermal doublet. The geothermal well will be located at Bois Carré, rue Alfred Nobel, in the heart of Cité Descartes, a sustainable city cluster.

Switzerland: Suburban Basel Geothermal District Heating Plant to be Expanded

«Nur geringes Risiko» – rund um Basel wird Geothermie wieder aufgewärmt - "Low risk" - geothermal energy is being rehabilitated around Basel (bz Basel)

Während in der Stadt Basel die Geothermie auf Jahrzehnte hinaus als risikoreich gebrandmarkt sein dürfte, sieht es in der Nachbargemeinde Riehen anders aus. Hier soll eine seit 1994 bestehende Geothermie-Anlage, die 7700 Einwohner mit Wärme versorgt, durch eine neue Bohrung erweitert werden. Dadurch könnten weitere 4000 Einwohner mit Erdwärme heizen. Die Suche nach der geeigneten Gesteinsschicht wird bis in eine Tiefe von 2000 Metern gehen. Ende Jahr wurde eine Machbarkeitsstudie abgeschlossen.

(From Google Translate) While in the city of Basel, geothermal energy is likely to be branded as risky for decades, things look different in the neighboring municipality of Riehen. Here, a geothermal plant, which has been in existence since 1994 and supplies 7700 inhabitants with heat, is to be expanded by a new borehole. This could heat another 4000 inhabitants with geothermal energy. The search for the appropriate rock layer will go to a depth of 2000 meters. At the end of the year, a feasibility study was completed.

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United Kingdom: The Granite of South West England has the Highest Subsurface Heat Flow of any Rocks in the UK

Cornwall’s granite ‘could see geothermal energy really hotting up’ (Energy Live News)

Cornwall’s granite could see the south-west of England’s geothermal energy potential really hotting up.

That’s the verdict from the British Geological Survey, which is working as part of a £1.8 million research project, named Geothermal Power Generated from UK Granites (GWatt).

The programme, which is funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and due to be completed by 2022, will also be undertaken by scientists at Heriot-Watt University (HWU) and the Camborne School of Mines at Exeter University, working with partners Geothermal Engineering Limited, GeoScience and Computer Modelling Group and the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership.

The organisations say the granite of South West England has the highest subsurface heat flow of any rocks in the UK, leading to the highest temperatures at depth.

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From the Global Geothermal News archives:

USA: Webinar Update from the Geothermal Technologies Office is Today

Geothermal Technologies Office / Q1 2019 Webinar (EERE/GTO)

Tuesday, February 19, 2019
2:00 pm 
Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00) 

The Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO) is excited to announce its first Quarterly Update of 2019, presented by GTO Director Dr. Susan Hamm on Feb. 19, 2019. To kick off the new year, Dr. Hamm will be joined by Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Daniel Simmons, who will provide an introduction for this first Quarterly of 2019. The remainder of the webinar will focus on keeping the geothermal community fully updated on progress at the U.S. Department of Energy, with Dr. Hamm highlighting ongoing efforts within GTO.

This Quarterly Update will include information on:
The webinar will close with a Q&A session open to all attendees.

More information and register.........

Friday, February 15, 2019

Geothermal Energy News from Around the World

Global Geothermal News - Weekly Update (Geothermal Resources Council)

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

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

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

GRC Annual Meeting & Expo 2019

Geothermal: Green Energy for the Long Run

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

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

Global: Calendar of Geothermal Energy Events

Geothermal Energy Calendar from the Geothermal Resources Council

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

3rd Annual Geothermal Conference - The heat of the future (GEOOP)
27 February, Fællessalen, Christiansborg, Denmark

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

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

2nd Meeting On Geothermal/ Thermal Uses (ATI - UGI - AIRU)
21 March, Milan, Italy

The Eighth Annual Conference for the Development and Utilization of Deep Geothermal Energy (CUGB) 
26-28 March, China University of Geosciences, Beijing, China

IGC Invest Geothermal
28 March, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

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

XXVI Mexican Geothermal Association (AGM) Annual Congress
10-12 April 10, Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico

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

12th Imperial Valley Renewable Energy Summit (Imperial Valley Economic Development Corporation)
24-26 April, Imperial, California, USA

39th Euroheat & Power Congress
6-8 May, Nantes, France

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

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

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

6th Geothermal Congress for Latin America and the Caribbean (GEOLAC)
16-17 July, Santiago, Chile

7th Indonesia International Geothermal Convention and Exhibition (IIGCE)
13-15 August, Jakarta Convention Center, Indonesia

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

Praxisforum Geothermie.Bayern
7-9 October, Munich, Germany

IGC Turkey Geothermal Congress & Expo
6-8 November, Izmir, Turkey

Der Geothermiekongress 2019
19-22. November, Munich, Germany

41th New Zealand Geothermal Workshop (NZGW) 
25- 27 November, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand

World Geothermal Congress 2020
27 April - 1 May 2020, Reykjavik, Iceland

44th GRC Annual Meeting & Expo 
18-21 October 2020, Reno, Nevada, USA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Germany: IGA Invites Interested Hosts for World Geothermal Congress 2023

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Geothermal Resources Council Welcomes New President (News Release)

Dr. Andrew Sabin is the new President of the GRC

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

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

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

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

Thursday, February 14, 2019

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

BP Energy Outlook

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

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

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

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Europe: Swiss Company Wins Ruggero Bertani European Geothermal Innovation Award

Jansen, the geothermal innovator of the year (EGEC)

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

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

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

Sustainable Energy Provides Majority of U.S. Electricity

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

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

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

Update on Offshore Exploration at Porcupine Basin (LinkedIn)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DOE certifies power projects of national significance (Business Mirror)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

GRMF Online Survey for Early Market Engagement

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

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

Please fill the survey form by 6 March 2019 on the following link:

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

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

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

Geothermal Event - Call For Papers for GRC Annual Meeting

GRC Annual Meeting 2019 - Call for Papers

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

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

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

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

Attendees can make their reservations on secure websites prepared specially for the GRC. The links are available from the GRC Annual Meeting website at:

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

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

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

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

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

For more information about the GRC Annual Meeting & Expo in Palm Springs, California, USA, visit or call (530) 758-2360.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Vacancy - Modeling Engineer - GreenFire Energy

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

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

Respond to: Joseph Scherer, CEO.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

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

RenewGeo Geothermal Power Production (News Release)

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

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

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

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

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

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

16-17 July, 2019, Santiago, Chile

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

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

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

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