Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Finance: Older Renewable Energy Facilities Can Be Ripe for Technology Upgrades

The Invisible Renewable Energy Revolution (#CleanTechnica Interview)

In Utah, the Cove Fort geothermal plant gets
a new life with hydroelectric additions 
CleanTechnica went to the BNEF Summit in New York on Monday and got the inside scoop on decarbonization from Mark McGrail, Associate VP of Energy Management at Enel Green Power North America (EGPNA).

McGrail had some interesting things to say about Enel’s recent headline-grabbing deal to purchase 620 megawatts of US renewable energy projects from GE.

The deal involves 7 solar and geothermal facilities that were already under a joint venture between GE and EGPNA. Many energy industry observers are scratching their heads over GE’s motivation to sell, though paying down debt is probably high on its list.

For EGPNA, part of the motivation to buy may be sole bragging rights to the innovative Stillwater geothermal plant.

As McGrail explained, the plant includes both a PV array and a concentrating solar field. The extra dose of solar power adds heat to the well, slows its degradation by smoothing out operational fluctuations, and stretches out its effective lifespan.

Another facility in the group of 7, the Cove Fort plant, also puts innovative technology to work with the aim of extending the lifespan of a geothermal well.

All of this is by way of saying that the US now has a fairly long roster of older renewable energy facilities that are ripe for technology upgrades that add capacity and/or improve lifespan. It’s like getting a whole new clean power plant, without having to develop a new site.

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Climate Change: Increased Use of Renewables Have Great Impact on CO2 Emissions - IEA

Global Energy & CO2 Status Report (IEA)

The latest trends in energy and emissions in 2018

This online, annual report provides a snapshot of recent global trends and developments across fuels, renewable sources, and energy efficiency and carbon emissions, in 2018.

Renewables increased by 4% in 2018, accounting for almost one-quarter of global energy demand growth. The power sector led the gains, with renewables-based electricity generation increasing at its fastest pace this decade. Solar PV, hydropower, and wind each accounted for about a third of the growth, with bioenergy accounting for most of the rest. Renewables covered almost 45% of the world's electricity generation growth, now accounting for over 25% of global
power output.

Renewable electricity generated from other technologies grew by 7%, dominated by bioenergy. Geothermal electricity increased mostly in Turkey, with some gains also seen in Indonesia and the United States.

Increased use of renewables in 2018 had an even greater impact on CO2 emissions, avoiding 215 Mt of emissions, the vast majority of which is due to the transition to renewables in the power sector.

The savings from renewables was led by China and Europe, together contributing two-thirds to the global total. Increased generation from nuclear power plants also reduced emissions, averting nearly 60 Mt of CO2 emissions. Overall, without the transition to low-carbon sources of energy in 2018, emissions growth would have been 50% higher.

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China: Four-Day Geothermal Conference in Beijing

2019 ARMA-CUPB International Geothermal Conference (ARMA)

5-8 August, 2019, Beijing, China

The Organizing Committee of 2019 American Rock Mechanics Association (ARMA) International Conference in Beijing warmly invites you to attend the conference during Aug 5-8, 2019, in Beijing, China.

The theme of the conference is “From conventional hydrothermal systems to enhanced geothermal energy: Technology Sharing with the Oil and Gas Industry”.

As the conference chairmen, it is a great honor for us to make an invitation for all of you to this exciting event, with the cordial hospitality and the warm welcome of Beijing.

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Costa Rica: A Quarter of a Century of Geothermal Production at the Alfredo Mainieri Protti Geothermal Field

Costa Rica cumple 25 años de generación geotérmica sostenible - Costa Rica celebrates 25 years of sustainable geothermal generation (La Republica.net)

Miravalles geothermal power plant, Costa Rica,
by Prof. D. Chandrasekharam. GRC Photo Contest 2010.
Este 24 de marzo se cumplió un cuarto de siglo del inicio de producción geotérmica por parte del Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE). Hoy día, el país posee la tercera capacidad instalada más grande del continente, detrás de Estados Unidos y México.

Los pozos que dieron ese primer empuje de energía siguen activos y en producción, como resultado de la visión sostenible del recurso que el ICE implementó desde el período de investigación. Se trata de la planta Miravalles I, en el Campo Geotérmico Alfredo Mainieri Protti, ubicado en Bagaces, Guanacaste.

(From Google Translate) On March 24, Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE) completed a quarter of a century of geothermal production. Today, the country has the third largest installed capacity in the continent, behind the United States and Mexico.

The wells that produced that first push of energy are still active and in production, as a result of the sustainable vision of the resource that ICE implemented since the investigation period. It is the Miravalles I plant, in the Alfredo Mainieri Protti Geothermal Field, located in Bagaces, Guanacaste.

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From the GRC Bulletin:

Commonwealth of Dominica: Two X 3.5 MW Turbines Funded for Geothermal Power Project

Funds secured for two geothermal turbines says Vince Henderson (Dominica News Online)

Senior Advisor to the Dominica Geothermal Development Company (DGDC), His Excellency Dr. Vince Henderson has said that the financing package for Dominica’s Geothermal Program has been secured.

The financing package, which includes $22 million in grants, was approved by the World Bank.

Henderson said that the technical plan for the development of the project has also been secured, “and we are now awaiting the final approval of the tender documents so that we can go to market to invite tenders for an EPC contract, which is Engineering Procurement and Construction contract, [for] the entire development of the plant.”

He said that will lead to the construction of two turbines of 3.5 megawatts each in the Laudat area in order to generate power to sell to DOMLEC.

Henderson went on to say that the DGDC late last year finalized negotiations with Dominica Electricity Services Limited (DOMLEC) on the power purchase agreement.

Croatia: More Interest in Tapping Geothermal Resources

Croatia eyes more gas and oil production, use of geothermal sources (Reuters)

(Courtesy CIA.gov)
Croatia’s tender for gas and oil exploration in the north of the country has met good initial demand from potential bidders, while it is also eying investments in geothermal electricity production, a top energy official said on Tuesday.

The tender for seven blocks in the northern Panonian region over an area of 14,272 square kilometres closes on June 28.

At the same time Croatia is running a tender for four blocks in the country’s mountainous central and southern regions which closes on Sept. 10, but more exploration there is needed.

From the Global Geothermal News archives:

Iceland: Geothermal Training Programme of the United Nations University Presentations of Graduating Fellows

Seminar of MSc and PhD Fellows (UNU-GTP)

Thursday 28 March from 13:00-16:30.

A seminar, for the presentations of the Geothermal Training Programme of the United Nations University (UNU-GTP) MSc Fellows graduating this spring, as well as presentations from two of our PhD Fellows, will be held in Vidgelmir, Orkugarður, Grensásvegi 9, Reykjavík, Iceland, Thursday 28 March from 13:00-16:30.

The presentations will start at 13:00. Each presentation is 20 min with approx. 10 minutes allowed for questions and discussions after each one.

The seminar is open to all and we strongly encourage everyone interested in the world's geothermal development to attend!

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China: 8th Annual Conference for the Development and Utilization of Deep Geothermal Energy

The Eighth Annual Conference for the Development and Utilization of Deep Geothermal Energy (CUGB)

March 26-28, 2019, China University of Geosciences, Beijing (CUGB)
Registration Fee: $500

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  1. To bring together engineers, scientists, and managers in the geothermal industry.
  2. Serve as a public forum for the exchange of ideas on the exploration, development, and use of geothermal resources.
  3. Promote research, exploration and development of geothermal energy in ways compatible with the environment in China.
  4. Cooperate with national and international academic institutions, industry and government agencies to encourage economically and environmentally sound development and bring the innovative technology to china.

Monday, March 25, 2019

United Kingdom: Casing of Well at United Downs Deep Geothermal Project Completed to Nearly 4,000 Meters

United Downs Deep Geothermal Project - Update (GEL)

We completed installing and cementing the 9 5/8''casing (steel lining) to 3995m to isolate and seal this section last week and over the weekend. This was one of the most difficult parts of the project and was completed without a hitch; sighs of relief all round. We are now getting ready to drill into the exciting 8.5" open-hole section of the well with the big fractures and high temperatures.

Drilling will continue for another 1,000m approximately, but this will depend on exactly where we intersect the target fault structure. As soon as we are sure we have drilled through it, we will stop, run further geophysical logs and then conduct a short production test. That will complete the activity on UD-1, so then we will move the rig 8m along the site and start drilling UD-2. The slower than expected drilling speeds means that we are behind our original schedule and we now expect to finish UD-2 at the end of June.

Geothermal Engineering Limited (GEL) secured funding of £10.6 million from the European Regional Development Fund to explore the geothermal resources deep beneath Cornwall.

​With £2.4 million from Cornwall Council and £5 million from private investors, the funding will allow GEL to drill two deep geothermal wells from its site within the United Downs Industrial Estate and build a 1MW - 3MW pilot power plant to demonstrate the technical and commercial viability of supplying both electricity and heat.

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Indonesia: Successful ITB International Geothermal Workshop Held

Institute of Technology Bandung (ITB) Geothermal Workshop 2019 Report (LinkedIn)

By George Barber, Country Manager Indonesia, Terra Energy & Resource Technologies (TERT), Inc.

The GRC was one of the media partners for the event
(Courtesy George Barber)
The ITB International Geothermal Workshop has been held annually since 2012 by the "Institut of Teknologi  Bandung" (Institute of Technology) which forms part of the Geothermal Master’s Program which has been running since 2008 where approximately 200 graduates have studied and have obtained a master’s degree since the inception of the master's course.

This event was held in Bandung, which is about 180 Kilometer from Jakarta via the toll road which on a good day, (early morning) can take 2 to 3 hours, although normally we can rely on anything from 3 to 10 hours, (still a little time before this will be improved) on March 18 - 22, 2019. This event has become a melting pot for the sharing of knowledge of the advantages and limitations of geothermal energy among other renewable energy in the world, especially Indonesia.  This is the 8th workshop for geothermal in ITB and is looked forward to each year, where a lot of preparation goes into this, it is hoped that this event will run for many more years to come.

Finance: Two Geothermal Energy Turbine Manufacturers Could Form a Joint Venture

Siemens, Mitsubishi Discuss Merger of Turbine Units (Power Mag)

Ready to Spin, by Ross Peden. Poihipi Geothermal Power
Station, Taupo, New Zealand. GRC Photo Contest 2011.
A German business magazine reports that Siemens is exploring options for its struggling gas turbine business, and could look to form a joint venture with Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI). Manager Magazin on March 21 said Siemens “wants to accommodate the large turbine business of the Japanese Mitsubishi Group and in the future hold only a minority.”

Turbine manufacturers including Siemens, Mitsubishi, and General Electric (GE) all have struggled in recent years as growth in renewable energy generation takes market share from fossil fuel-powered generation. Overcapacity in the turbine industry has led to strong price competition.

GE was the top producer of gas turbines in 2018, with about 33% of global orders by capacity, according to Barclays Plc. Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, a subsidiary of MHI, was next at 30%, with Siemens at 26%.

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USA, Utah: Opportunity for Geothermal Energy Developers in Beehive State

2019R Utah RFP (Pacificorp)

RFP Bids Due 19 April

This solicitation is a request for cost-competitive wind, photovoltaic (PV) solar, or geothermal renewable energy located in Utah and interconnecting with or delivering to PacifiCorp’s system.

The renewable energy resources must meet the criteria developed by the customers sponsoring this RFP, including Park City, Salt Lake City, Summit County, Park City Mountain Resort, Deer Valley Resort, and Utah Valley University (Participating Customers).

The Participating Customers are seeking to purchase renewable energy from renewable resources through Rocky Mountain Power’s Utah Electric Service Schedule 32 or Schedule 34 (or any other applicable tariff allowed by Utah laws and regulations).

Proposals for new renewable resources must demonstrate that projects will achieve commercial operation on or before December 31, 2022. The minimum project size is 20.0 MW and the maximum size should not exceed the requirements of the Participant Customers.  The project must not compromise system reliability.

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Germany: Third Well Drilled at Munich Geothermal District Heating Project

Stadtwerke München starten Pumpversuche an dritter Bohrung
 - Stadtwerke München start pumping tests on third hole (IWR)

Ducks at the Schäftlarnstraße Drill Site in Munich,
Germany. By David Lentsch. GRC Photo Contest 2018.
Die Stadtwerke München (SWM) haben die dritte von sechs Bohrungen für die Geothermie-Anlage am HKW Süd niedergebracht. Voraussichtlich ab dem heutigen Montag (25. März 2019) sollen Pumpversuche zeigen, ob Ergiebigkeit und Temperatur des Thermalwasservorkommens den Erwartungen entsprechen.

Die Ergebnisse der Leistungstests an den Bohrungen 1 und 2 waren nach SWM-Angaben bereits sehr vielversprechend: Die Temperatur war deutlich höher als erwartet, die Ergiebigkeit lag im Plan. Mit einer Leistung von 50 Megawatt und mehr soll die Geothermie-Anlage regenerative Wärme für mindestens 80.000 Münchnerinnen und Münchner liefern. Bis Ende 2019 sollen die Arbeiten an allen sechs Bohrlöchern abgeschlossen sein. Parallel dazu wird die Heizzentrale gebaut, die auch die Technik beherbergt. Nach finalen Langzeitpumpversuchen soll die Anlage dann im Jahr 2020 ans Netz gehen.

(From Google Translate) Stadtwerke München (SWM) has completed the third of six wells for the geothermal plant at HKW Süd. Probably starting today, Monday (March 25, 2019) pumping tests will show whether the yield and temperature of the geothermal water resources meet expectations.

The results of the performance tests on wells 1 and 2 were already very promising according to SWM data: the temperature was significantly higher than expected, the yield was on schedule. With a capacity of 50 MW and more, the geothermal plant is to supply regenerative heat for at least 80,000 Munich residents. By the end of 2019, work on all six wells is expected to be completed. In parallel, the heating center is being built, which also houses the technology. After final long-term pumping tests, the plant will then go online in 2020.

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USA, Hawaii: Puna Geothermal Venture Holds Successful Community Meeting

Puna Geothermal Holds Community Meeting (Big Island Video News)

(Video 26:47 Minutes)

Representatives of Puna Geothermal Venture held a community meeting Friday evening at the Pāhoa High School cafeteria, where they offered to help lava-locked residents regain access to their properties.

Ormat, the parent company of PGV, is planning to move forward with plans to resume operations on the lower East Rift Zone of Kīlauea, where the 2018 eruption of the volcano forced the company to cease operations. Lava partially inundated the facility and blocked access to the plant.

There were concerns that the meeting might be interrupted by residents opposed to the geothermal facility, but those concerns never materialized.

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USA: Enhanced Geothermal Systems Could Provide at Least 15% of the Nation's Total Electricity by Midcentury

3 Trends to Watch in Renewable Energy in 2019 (Motley Fool)

Most conversations and policies regarding carbon-free power fail to include two next-generation renewable power sources likely to emerge by 2030: offshore wind power and enhanced geothermal systems (EGS).

EGS is still in the earliest stages of development, but it has equally impressive potential. The technology involves drilling wells deep underground, circulating a fluid over naturally hot rocks, and using the steam created in a closed-loop system to spin turbines on the surface. Unlike conventional geothermal or hydrothermal resources that are dependent on existing geology in a limited number of states, EGS projects could be economical across a wide range of the country.

In fact, the Department of Energy (DOE) thinks the United States has at least 100,000 megawatts of next-generation geothermal potential -- equivalent to the nation's installed nuclear power fleet (although EGS would produce slightly less electricity than nuclear on a power capacity basis, but more than wind or solar). In 2018, the department doled out a record $16 million in grants to accelerate research, and it thinks commercially viable technology could be ready as soon as 2030.

That may sound ambitious, but much of the technology will borrow from hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") techniques developed to tap into American shale oil and gas resources. If the technology works as envisioned, then EGS could provide at least 15% of the nation's total electricity by midcentury. Yet it never shows up in long-term decarbonization projections to 2050.

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Japan: Geothermal Powered Train Starts Service in Tokyo

Train Service in Tokyo Powered Fully by Renewable Energy (Nippon.com)

The new line - marked in yellow - runs from Shimo-takaido
in the north-western suburbs towards central Tokyo.
Tokyu Corp. began on Monday a train service on its Setagaya Line in Tokyo that uses electricity generated 100 pct from renewable energy sources.

According to the railway operator, this is the first urban train service in Japan that relies entirely on renewable energy.

The Setagaya Line is now powered by geothermal and hydraulic power supplied by the Tohoku Electric Power Co. group. According to its website the company has 189 MW of geothermal energy capacity from 4 stations.

From the Global Geothermal News archives:

Kenya: Increase in Profit for GDC Due to Boost in Steam Sales from Geothermal Wells in Olkaria

GDC Posts Profit Of Sh 1.4 Billion (News Release)

The Geothermal Development Company (GDC) posted Sh 2.1 billion profit before tax for the Financial Year 2017/18. This is a sharp increase from Sh 896 million posted the previous year.

The increase in profits is attributed to a boost in steam sales from our geothermal wells in Olkaria. The steam is sold to KenGen for electricity generation.

Speaking at the same function, Dr. Eng. Joseph Njoroge, the PS Ministry of Energy, exuded confidence that with increased income GDC will scale-up its steam exploration operations. 

The PS noted that a huge chunk of Kenya’s geothermal potential is yet to be explored.  Kenya, Eng. Njoroge noted, is only exploiting 600 MW of geothermal out of a potential of 10, 000 MW.

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China: Four-Day Geothermal Conference in Beijing

2019 ARMA-CUPB International Geothermal Conference

5-8 August, 2019, Beijing, China

The Organizing Committee of 2019 American Rock Mechanics Association (ARMA) International Conference in Beijing warmly invites you to attend the conference during Aug 5-8, 2019, in Beijing, China. The theme of the conference is “From conventional hydrothermal systems to enhanced geothermal energy: Technology Sharing with the Oil and Gas Industry”. As the conference chairmen, it is a great honor for us to make an invitation for all of you to this exciting event, with the cordial hospitality and the warm welcome of Beijing.

Participants of the conference are kindly invited to submit the abstract by 22rd April 2019 through the submission system.

All the accepted papers will be available on One Petro and EI (The Engineering Index) searching. Selected papers can be transferred to Geothermics.

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Canada: Innergex Renewable Energy Offloads Geothermal Assets in Iceland

Innergex to sell its entire interest in Icelandic assets for US$304.8 million (CAN$408.8 million) (News Release)

Gleaming Clean Geothermal Energy, by
Will Osborn, Svartsengi power plant, Iceland.
GRC Photo Contest 2016.
Canadian company Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. is pleased to announce that an agreement has been reached to sell its wholly-owned subsidiary Magma Energy Sweden A.B. which owns an equity interest of approximately 53.9% in HS Orka hf for a purchase price of US$304.8 million (CAN$408.8 million) to a Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets managed European infrastructure fund, subject to customary closing adjustments.

HS Orka owns two operating geothermal facilities (Reykjanes and Svartsengi) totaling 174 MW, the 10 MW Brúarvirkjun run-of-river hydro project which is under construction, a number of prospective renewable power projects, as well as a 30% equity interest in the Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa and Resort in Iceland.

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Sunday, March 24, 2019

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Saturday, March 23, 2019

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Support your geothermal energy association - Join the GRC!

As of December 31, 2018 the membership of the GRC stood at 1,205 drawn from 44 countries around the world.

The GRC membership is open to any person, organization, agency, or company. The membership advantage includes access to:
  • The GRC Policy Committee - An add-on option for GRC members who want to fund advocacy work at the U.S. state and local level.
  • International Geothermal Association (IGA) Membership - through the GRC's affiliation with the International Geothermal Association (IGA), all GRC Members are automatically members of the IGA, which offers discount registration to its World Geothermal Congress events (every 3 years), quarterly IGA News and a special discount rate for the international publication, Geothermics.
  • GRC Annual Meeting & Expo - discounted registration for the largest annual geothermal energy conference and trade show in the world.
  • GRC Bulletin - (6 issues) official worldwide industry trade publication of the Geothermal Resources Council, the Bulletin is the definitive voice for geothermal energy development and production.
  • Global Geothermal News - Weekly Summary - All members receive a weekly summary of articles from the Global Geothermal News website.
  • Online access to the GRC Membership Directory provides business, consulting and research contacts throughout the international geothermal community.
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  • Education Program - special meetings, workshops, and conferences on a broad range of topics pertaining to geothermal exploration, development and utilization at a discount to members.
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Friday, March 22, 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.

Education: $14,000 in Educational Awards Announced by Geothermal Resources Council

Geothermal Resources Council Announces Scholarships (News Release)

Total of $14,000 in educational awards to be given to eight students in the international geothermal energy community

John Grill, Estefanía Ramírez Restrepo and Yuran Zhang
received their awards at last year's GRC Annual Meeting & Expo
The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) is pleased to announce the availability of the 2019 GRC Scholarship Awards.

To qualify for any of these awards a student must be a GRC member (student memberships are only $20 per year). Selection of recipients will be based upon a variety of factors, including the individual’s academic record, student activities, geothermal industry experience, and career goals.

The following awards are available:
  • Five (5) Marcelo Lippmann Graduate Scholarship Awards of $2500 – to be eligible for one of these awards, the candidate must be enrolled in a graduate-level program at an accredited academic institution at the time of the award (Fall 2019). If selected, each recipient is required to submit a paper on his/her research (or research progress) to be published in the GRC Transactions and deliver results at the meeting as either a poster or oral presentation. If the recipient presents in the year of the award then the full $2500 is awarded at that time; if the recipient defers to present/publish the following year then $750 is withheld until the following year when the recipient presents.
  • Three (3) GRC Undergraduate Scholarship Awards of $500  – to be eligible for one of these awards, the candidate must be a third or fourth year undergraduate at an accredited academic institution at the time of the award (Fall 2019). 
Applications must be received by May 24, 2019 to be considered.

For application instructions and other details see the announcement on the GRC website at: www.geothermal.org/students.html

Please direct questions regarding the scholarship awards to: Brian Schmidt, bschmidt@geothermal.org or 530-758-2360, ext. 104

Science & Technology: Measuring the Seasonal Variability Of Geothermal Areas Associated With Hot Dry Rock Systems

Imaging Thermal Anomalies in Hot Dry Rock Geothermal Systems from Near-Surface Geophysical Modelling (MDPI)

By David Gomez-Ortiz, et al

Convective hydrothermal systems have been extensively studied using electrical and electromagnetic methods given the strong correlation between low conductivity anomalies associated with hydrothermal brines and high temperature areas.

However, studies addressing the application of similar geophysical methods to hot dry rock geothermal systems are very limited in the literature.

The Timanfaya volcanic area, located on Lanzarote Island (Canary Islands), comprises one of these hot dry rock systems, where ground temperatures ranging from 250 to 605 °C have been recorded in pyroclastic deposits at shallow (<70 m) depths.

We conclude that the combined use of ground penetrating radar, electromagnetic induction and magnetic methods constitutes a valuable tool to locate and study both the geometry at depth and seasonal variability of geothermal areas associated with hot dry rock systems.

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Gomez-Ortiz, D.; Blanco-Montenegro, I.; Arnoso, J.; Martin-Crespo, T.; Solla, M.; Montesinos, F.G.; Vélez, E.; Sánchez, N. Imaging Thermal Anomalies in Hot Dry Rock Geothermal Systems from Near-Surface Geophysical Modelling. Remote Sens. 2019, 11, 675. https://doi.org/10.3390/rs11060675

Germany: Two Day Workshop on Characterization of Deep Geothermal Systems

European Geothermal Workshop 2019 - Characterization of Deep Geothermal Systems (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)

9-10 October 2019, KIT, Karlsruhe, Germany

This workshop aims at discussing new approaches, methods or data in the fields of deep geothermal reservoirs for energy exploitation, with a strong focus on on-going research. It proposes a platform of scientific exchange, especially between PhD students and scientists.

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USA, Hawaii: USGS Explains the Science of Volcanic Threats to Puna Geothermal Venture

Geothermal Questions Answered By USGS Ahead of Community Meeting (Big Island Video News)

image from video courtesy Mick Kalber
A public meeting will be held Friday night at the Pāhoa High & Intermediate School cafeteria, regarding Puna Geothermal Venture, although United States Geological Survey (USGS) scientists have already answered one set of pressing questions.

"PGV is located on the East Rift Zone because a small hydrothermal resource heated by past eruptions is found there. Prior to the 2018 eruption, the most recent LERZ eruptions in Puna were in the 1790s (Lava Tree State Monument), 1840 (Kaohe Homesteads through Nanawale Estates), 1955 (Steam vent area along hwy 130 to Halekamahina), and 1960 (Kapoho)—well before PGV started drilling."

Ethiopia: Update on Twelve Geothermal Risk Mitigation Facility Awarded Projects

High-level meeting between GRMF and the Ethiopian Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy (News Release)

The Regional Geothermal Coordination Unit (RGCU) of the African Union Commission (AUC) arranged a high-level meeting with the a delegation of the Ethiopian Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy (MoWIE), Ethiopian Energy Authority (EEA) and Ethiopia Electric Power (EEP) on 14 March 2019 at the AUC HQ in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, one day after the 16th GRMF Oversight Committee (OC) meeting.

During the meeting, there has been a long discussion about the current status, and main challenges of the twelve Geothermal Risk Mitigation Facility (GRMF) awarded projects in Ethiopia (see the graphic above).

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

New Zealand: 28 MW Expansion of Ngāwhā Geothermal Power Station to be Completed by October 2020

Top Energy's geothermal expansion to cut lines charges (Scoop.nz)

Courtesy Top Energy
Lines company Top Energy says a $300 million expansion of its geothermal development at Ngawha will fundamentally change the shape of its business and enable it to slash electricity costs for the region’s 64,000 residents.

The firm is on track to commission a 32-megawatt generator at its site near Kaikohe in October 2020 – eight months earlier than planned. Recent drilling has confirmed the potential of the field and, subject to further monitoring, the firm expects to proceed with another 32 MW unit on the same field after 2023.

“This is the game-changer,” says Chief executive Russell Shaw.

“We will go from being one of the highest cost regions for lines to one of the lowest. It moves us from one end of the spectrum to the other.”

Turkey: Ground-Breaking for Geothermal Greenhouse

One of the Biggest Geothermal Greenhouses of Turkey is Founded in Kırşehir with the Support of Our University (Kirsehir Ahi Evran University)

The groundbreaking ceremony of the thermal greenhouses which are planned to be one of the biggest greenhouses in Turkey was made on 19 March 2019.

Governor of Kırşehir İbrahim Akın, Deputy of Kırşehir Mustafa Kendirli, Mayor of Kırşehir Yaşar Bahçeci, Deputy Rector Prof. Dr. Mustafa Kurt and a great number of bureaucrats and investors have attended the ceremony.

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Chile: Government Wants to "Improve and Facilitate the Generation of Geothermal-based Initiatives"

Geotermia: Enviarán al Congreso proyecto de ley para perfeccionar sistema de concesiones geotérmicas - Geothermal: Bill will be sent to Congress to perfect geothermal concession system (Reporte Sostenible)

Tolhuaca geothermal prospect, Southern Chile. By Silke Lohmar, Santiago,
Chile. Flow test of Tol-4 well at Tolhuaca geothermal prospect in
Southern Chile. (7/8/2012) 3rd Place GRC Photo Contest 2013.
Como una manera de optimizar el trámite relacionado con el desarrollo de proyectos geotérmicos, la ministra de Energía, Susana Jiménez, anunció que durante este año elaborarán una estrategia nacional que identifique las principales materias y acciones que deben ser abordadas para permitir un desarrollo efectivo y limpio de los consumos térmicos en las industrias y en los hogares.

Para ello, adelantó, se encuentran próximos a enviar un proyecto de ley que mejore y facilite la generación de iniciativas basadas en geotermia: “ingresaremos al Congreso en los próximos días un proyecto de ley que perfeccionará el sistema de concesiones geotérmicas, facilitando el desarrollo de proyectos de usos directos del calor de la tierra, lo cual tendrá visibles beneficios para colegios, hospitales, edificios públicos, y rubros industriales tales como el turismo, agroindustria y minería”.

(From Google Translate) As a way to optimize the process related to the development of geothermal projects, the Minister of Energy, Susana Jiménez, announced that during this year they will develop a national strategy that identifies the main issues and actions that must be addressed to allow effective and clean development of thermal consumption in industries and households.

For this, he said, they are close to sending a bill that will improve and facilitate the generation of geothermal-based initiatives: "In the next few days we will introduce a bill that will perfect the geothermal concession system, facilitating the development of projects of direct use of the heat of the earth, which will have visible benefit for schools, hospitals, public buildings, and industrial items such as tourism, agro-industry and mining."

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Netherlands: Nice Graphic of Conventional And Ultra-Deep Geothermal Processes

Geometrie: Conventioneel En Ultra-Diep - Geometry: Conventional And Ultra-Deep (Fluids Processing)

Netherlands: Government Commits to Geothermal District Heating Projects

Overheid stapt in aardwarmteprojecten - Government enters into geothermal projects (NOS)

De overheid gaat financieel deelnemen in projecten om aardwarmte te winnen voor de verwarming van huizen en gebouwen. Het kabinet wil de komende jaren beginnen met woonwijken van het gas af halen en aardwarmte of geothermie is dan één van de belangrijke alternatieven, schrijft minister Wiebes van Economische Zaken en Klimaat in een brief aan de Tweede Kamer.

Energiebeheer Nederland (EBN), dat nu ook al deelneemt in alle olie- en gaswinningsprojecten in Nederland, zal daarom namens de overheid in geothermie stappen.

(From Google Translate) The government will participate financially in projects to extract geothermal heat for the heating of houses and buildings. In the coming years, the cabinet wants to start taking residential areas off  gas and geothermal heat or geothermal energy is one of the important alternatives, writes Minister Wiebes of Economic Affairs and Climate in a letter to the Lower House.

Energiebeheer Nederland (EBN), which already participates in all oil and gas extraction projects in the Netherlands, will therefore enter the geothermal energy sector on behalf of the government.

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Europe: Excellent Conditions for Geothermal Energy Production in Several Central and Eastern European Countries - Report

The energy transition in Central and Eastern Europe: The business case for higher ambition (The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group)

The transition towards a zero carbon economy provides Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) with significant opportunities to deliver better public health, improved quality of life and economic prosperity, as well as positive climate outcomes. Deploying low carbon, resource efficient energy solutions can deliver growth, jobs and competitive advantage.

The natural potential for renewable energy generation in the CEE region is high (including solar, wind, hydro and geothermal sources). However, much of the renewable generation potential is currently underutilised due to the protection of traditional fossil fuel industries, insufficient investment in the energy infrastructure and other considerations (such as commitment to new developments of nuclear power plants).

Nevertheless, investment in renewables is expected to increase due to the consistent downward trend of costs and ambitious EU targets for the post-2020 period. This process is expected to be further accelerated by a growing awareness of climate change and the leadership of transnational companies that are aiming to power their operations on renewables.

There are excellent conditions for geothermal energy production in several CEE countries, such as Hungary. The Hungarian government intends to stimulate investment in this sector as part of its energy policy. The first geothermal heat and power plant in Hungary was connected to the grid in late 2017 and plans for further geothermal power and heating development in Hungary were announced in 2018.

University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL). (2019). The energy transition in Central and Eastern Europe: The business case for higher ambition.  Cambridge, UK: The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Canada: Using Inactive Oil-Wells to Produce Geothermal Energy - Interview With Jonathan Banks

Geothermal oil wells (CBC)

Using inactive oil-wells to produce geothermal energy.

We'll tell you about a pilot project from the University of Alberta that's looking at ways to retrofit an entire oil and gas field in Central Alberta. Jonathan Banks is the pilot project's lead investigator. He's a researcher of Earth and Atmospheric sciences at the University of Alberta.

(Audio 6:09 minutes)

From the Global Geothermal News archives:

Canada: Geothermal Students Day in Québec City

1st Canadian Geothermal Students Day

November 2019, Québec City, Québec, Canada
Abstract submission deadline is 30 September

This meeting is the first of its kind to be organized in Canada. It aims to bring  together graduate students to post-doc fellows from Canada’s East to West coasts to discuss and share their research projects related with the field of geothermal energy.

​Our intention with this meeting is to gather students and professionals to create a network where we can help each other enhancing knowledge and technologies to improve the geothermal energy domain in Canada. Beyond inspirational speakers and students presentations, more activities are scheduled, such as a visit to the INRS Open Geothermal Lab.

The Canadian Geothermal Students Day is organized by students, for students, and is intended to take place in a relaxed and friendly environment. Participants must submit an abstract and present their research projects (oral presentations and posters) during the conference. There are no inscription fees for students willing to present their work, any other case please contact us: cgsd@ete.inrs.ca

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

GRC Annual Meeting & Expo 2019

Geothermal: Green Energy for the Long Run

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........

Exhibitor Registration Now Open! - 23 Exhibitors have signed up already!
The GRC invites 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. More Information.........

Sponsorships are now available. These are great opportunities for companies to get more exposure at the largest annual geothermal energy gathering in the world. Make the geothermal community take notice, become a sponsor now! More Information.........

Chile: Registration Opens for Geothermal Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean

GEOLAC 2019 - 6th Geothermal Congress for Latin America and the Caribbean (New Energy Events)

July 17-18, 2019, Santiago, Chile

The Geothermal Resources Council is pleased to partner with New Energy Events for GEOLAC 2019, the only annual gathering of the region’s leading geothermal stakeholders.

Registration is now open! Join governments, utilities, developers, and capital providers for the region's only annual geothermal gathering, held July 17-18 in Santiago, Chile. Geothermal Resources Council members receive a 10% discount on registration with the code GRCGEO2019. For more information or to register, please visit newenergyevents.com/geolac.

Costa Rica: Start of Operations at 55 MW Las Pailas II Geothermal Plant Brought Forward to May

Sequía obliga al ICE a adelantar entrada en operación de geotérmica Las Pailas II - Drought forces ICE to advance entry into operation of geothermal Las Pailas II (Delfino)

Pipeline in Las Pailas I, by by Paul Moya.
Taken in July 2011. GRC Photo Contest 2016.
El Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE) decidió adelantar un mes la integración de la Planta Geotérmica Las Pailas II al Sistema Eléctrico Nacional (SEN) debido a los efectos que ha tenido en la generación hidroeléctrica la sequía que atraviesa el país.

Según informó la empresa estatal mediante un comunicado, el proyecto de 55 megavatios de capacidad instalada entrará en operaciones en mayo y no en junio como se tenía inicialmente previsto, convirtiéndose en la primera planta geotérmica de Costa Rica con el 100% de sus pozos perforados con técnica direccional y no vertical.

(From Google Translate) The Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) decided to advance one month the integration of the Las Pailas II Geothermal Plant to the National Electric System (SEN) due to the effects that the drought that the country has been experiencing has had on hydroelectric generation.

According to the state-owned company, the 55-megawatt installed capacity project will start operations in May and not June as originally planned, becoming the first geothermal plant in Costa Rica with 100% of its wells drilled with Directional technique and not vertical.

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From the Global Geothermal News archives:

USA, California: Ormat Signs PPA for 16 MW from Casa Diablo-IV Geothermal Project

Ormat Signs a 25-Year PPA With SCPPA for Its Casa Diablo-IV Geothermal Power Plant in California (News Release)

Casa Diablo Geothermal Field - Hillside Overlook.
By Mark A. Hoppe, Belmower, California, USA.
GRC Photo Contest 2017
Ormat Technologies Inc. today announced the signing of a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) between a subsidiary of the Company and Southern California Public Power Authority (SCPPA). Under the PPA, SCPPA will purchase 16 MW of power generated by the expected 30MW Casa Diablo-IV (CD4) geothermal project located in Mammoth Lakes, California. SCPPA will resell the output to the City of Colton in the County of San Bernardino in Southern California.

The CD4 power plant will be the first geothermal power plant built within the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) balancing authority in the last 30 years. The 16 MW of energy deliveries under the PPA will begin no later than the end of 2021 with an extension option. The PPA is for a term of 25 years and has a fixed price of $68 per MWh. Ormat intends to sell the balance of 14 MW to other offtakers or at the spot market.

“The Colton Electric Department looks forward to taking delivery of energy from a geothermal facility as the cornerstone of our renewable resources,” said, Colton Mayor, Frank Navarro. “CD4 will be a long-term, renewable resource with no greenhouse gas emissions and will provide resource adequacy capacity and energy at an affordable price to Colton’s ratepayers. CD4 will provide almost 25 percent of Colton’s annual energy supplies. This power purchase agreement with Ormat for CD4 demonstrates Colton’s commitment to a green economy with affordable energy prices for our citizen’s while committing to zero emission sustainable resources.”

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USA, California: Next Meeting of the SoCal Section of the Geothermal Resources Council

SoCal GRC Meeting

9 April, 3:30 pm, Stockmen's Club, Brawley, California
Sponsored by Sinclair Well Products and Services. 

This meeting will feature an Industry Showcase – presenters from companies working in the area will tell us about their projects, products and services -- really highlighting the vibrancy of the Southern California Geothermal Industry.

If you are interested in participating please get in touch with Jon Trujillo or Mary Mann - there are limited speaking spots remaining.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Preview of the Next Geothermal Energy Magazine from the GRC

Coming Soon - GRC Bulletin - Vol. 48, No. 2, March/April 2019

The March/April 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 jam-packed issue:
  • President’s Message, by Andy Sabin
  • Executive Director's Message, by William Pettitt
  • Inside Geothermal: Geothermal energy news from around the world
  • FORGE Ahead - Roadmap Released, by Alexis M.W. McKittrick
  • The Utah Frontier Observatory for Geothermal Research (FORGE): Results of Recent Drilling and Geoscientific Surveys, by Joseph Moore
  • First Field Scale Test of Closed Loop Geothermal to be Conducted at Coso California, by John R. Muir
  • GeoCoat – High Performance Coatings For Aggressive Geothermal Environments, by Geo-Coat consortium
  • Geothermal History in the Making - A Single Wellhead Generator on the Big Island of Hawai'i
  • Corporate Profile - Ormat Technologies
  • Publications, Websites, Video & Maps
  • Calendar of Events
The GRC Bulletin is only available online to GRC members. To make sure of your copy join the GRC today!

USA, Ohio: New Geothermal Power Plant Design Uses CO2 to Boost Production

Can We Turn Unwanted Carbon Dioxide Into Electricity? (Ohio State University)

Researchers are developing a new kind of geothermal power plant that will lock away unwanted carbon dioxide (CO2) underground – and use it as a tool to boost electric power generation by at least 10 times compared to existing geothermal energy approaches.

The new power plant design resembles a cross between a typical geothermal power plant and the Large Hadron Collider: It features a series of concentric rings of horizontal wells deep underground. Inside those rings, CO2, nitrogen and water circulate separately to draw heat from below ground up to the surface, where the heat can be used to turn turbines and generate electricity.

The design contrasts with conventional geothermal plants, explained study co-author Jeffrey Bielicki, assistant professor of energy policy in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering and the John Glenn School of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University.

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USA, Nevada: New Legislation Would Require 50% Renewables by 2030

Nevada Senator Proposes 50% Renewable Portfolio Standard (North American Windpower)

Sen. Chris Brooks
State Sen. Chris Brooks, D-Nevada, has introduced legislation that would increase Nevada’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS) to 50% by 2030.

The bill would ensure the Silver State’s electricity providers meet at least 50% of customers’ energy needs with clean, renewable sources – including wind, solar and geothermal – by 2030.

It also sets a goal of producing electricity from zero-carbon emission resources, equal to 100% of the state utilities’ sales, by 2050. Nevada currently requires 20% of its electricity to come from renewable energy sources, with that target increasing to 25% by 2025.

Philippines: New Group Aims to Stimulate Awareness, Dialogue and Exchange of Ideas for Renewable Energy in Negros Oriental

GeoSkwela: Engaging the youth for a greener energy future (Sun.Star)

GeoSkwela is one such opportunity especially geared toward Negrense students. It is a pioneering event organized by geothermal leader Energy Development Corporation (EDC) to bring them closer to experts, academicians and inspirational figures who share in the advocacy of cleaner energy and sustainability.

It aims to continuously stimulate awareness, dialogue and exchange of ideas on this topic in line with Negros Oriental’s commitment to cleaner energy sources, primarily geothermal.

These individuals serve as mentors whose life and career experiences prove that sustainability is not only feasible or possible, but a way of life that is truly rewarding—not just for one’s self, but for others and the entire community.

The maiden GeoSkwela event was held at Silliman University on March 7, in support of the first-ever Renewable Energy Day on March 5 as declared in an Executive Order No. 22-18 by Negros Oriental Gov. Roel Ragay Degamo.