Tuesday, June 25, 2019

USA: $450,000 Awarded to Three Geothermal Research Programs

Department of Energy Announces 2019 Technology Commercialization Fund Projects (DOE/EERE)

Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced over $24 million in funding for 77 projects supported by the Office of Technology Transitions (OTT) Technology Commercialization Fund (TCF). With matching funds from the private sector, these projects will advance the commercialization of promising energy technologies and strengthen partnerships between DOE’s National Laboratories and private sector companies to deploy these technologies to the marketplace.

The geothermal energy projects awarded are:
  • Argonne National Laboratory: Ultra-Fast and - Thick Boriding of Geothermal Casing to Enhance Reliability, $150,000. Controlled Thermal Resources Inc., El Centro, Calif.
  • Idaho National Laboratory: Computer Programs for Analysis of Thermally Reactive Tracer Tests in Geothermal Reservoirs, $150,000. Geothermal Scientific Inc., Tustin, Calif. National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Denver, Colo. Ormat Inc., Reno, Nev.
  • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory: Extending Magnetic Core Shell Nanoparticle Extraction Technology to Cesium and Antimony Removal from Geothermal Brines in New Zealand, $150,000. GEO40 Limited, Taupo, New Zealand

USA, California: Opportunity for Geothermal Energy Community to Influence Research Policy in Golden State

California Energy Commission Seeks Comment on Preliminary Draft Research Roadmap (CEC)

Webinar: Friday, June 28, 2019, 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

The California Energy Commission will host an online webinar June 28 to collect public comments on a plan for future research on innovative clean energy technologies.

The webinar on the preliminary draft research roadmap begins at 10 a.m. Participation is by WebEx only.

In 2018, the Energy Commission contracted with the technology and management consulting firm Energetics Inc. to develop a roadmap for prioritizing future Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) investments. The opportunities should focus on increasing the cost competitiveness, performance, flexibility, and reliability of utility-scale renewable energy generation in California. The investments will benefit investor-owned utility electric ratepayers.

The Energy Commission invests about $130 million annually through the EPIC program for scientific and technological research to accelerate the transformation of the electricity sector to meet the state’s energy and climate goals.

The research roadmap will cover topics and performance indicators in the following areas: Solar power, Land-based wind, Offshore wind, Bioenergy, Small hydropower, Geothermal, Grid infrastructure and Energy storage.

Webinar presentations and discussions will address each area. Public input should be submitted though the Energy Commission’s electronic commenting page by July 12. The agenda, preliminary roadmap, and a technical assessment will be posted to the Research Idea Exchange docket before the workshop.

The draft roadmap is scheduled to be available for comment this winter. Plans call for the roadmap to be published by mid-2020.

Australia: Low-Temperature Sedimentary Aquifer Geothermal Meeting District Heating and Cooling Needs

Powered from the ground up (EcoGeneration)

.... Energy consultants realised they were standing not far above an absolutely massive body of water that never deviates from 23°C. In that situation, slashing energy costs is as simple as pumping water from 155m underground through a heat exchanger and sending the warmed water 165m back down below via a second bore about 250m away.

This method of exchanging energy with the Earth’s crust is called low-temperature sedimentary aquifer geothermal, and so far it’s keeping everyone happy at the 80-bed Montgomery House nursing home in Perth.

About 10 years ago there were high hopes for geothermal projects where super-hot water drawn from as far as 5km underground would drive turbines for industrial use, but enthusiasm faded over the years despite extravagant investment. There are plenty of successful applications that use the same basic concept on a less ambitious scale, says Dr Ian Brandes de Roos, a principal hydrogeologist with Perth-based Rockwater Consultant Hydrogeologists. The majority of municipal swimming pools in Perth are heated by geothermal energy, for example, with bores running to about 1km.

“Sedimentary basins are the quiet achievers of the geothermal industry and the low-carbon solutions space,” he says. “We see an energy future with a whole bunch of complementary technologies, and geothermal for heating and cooling of larger facilities is a really important part of the mix.”

Science & Technology: Harvesting Geothermal Heat from Rail Tunnels

Researchers precisely quantified convection heat transfer in rail tunnels (Tech Explorist)

Whenever there is a temperature difference, heat transfer occurs. Heat transfer happens in several ways in rail tunnels, for instance, when trains accelerate or brake, they produce heat that warms the surrounding air. That hot air is then mixed with other air in the tunnel and with heat radiating from the ground. Until now, engineers have been unable to accurately calculate the amount of heat present in the air of the tunnel.

Now, a team of researchers at the Soil Mechanics Laboratory (LMS) of Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) has found a solution for this. They have precisely estimated the convection heat transfer coefficient, and this could pave the way for innovative applications involving so-called energy tunnels that can supply energy to build environments.

The geothermal heat-recovery system would be cheap and energy-efficient to install, according to the researchers. It has a lifespan of between 50 and 100 years, with only the heat pumps having to be replaced every 25 years. Once equipped, heat from the tunnel would cover up to 80% of the heating needs of local apartments throughout winter, with the shortfall preferably coming from other renewable sources.

But what makes geothermal systems like these unique is that they work in summer too. “The tunnel would act like a highly reliable, year-round heating and air-conditioning system,” says Margaux Peltier, a scientific assistant at the LMS, whose Master’s research forms the basis of the article.


Numerical investigation of the convection heat transfer driven by airflows in underground tunnels, by Margaux Peltiera, et al. Applied Thermal Engineering, Volume 159, August 2019,  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.applthermaleng.2019.113844

Science & Technology: Krafla Magma Testbed Will help Understand Supercritical and Superhot Geothermal Resources

Planning an International Magma Observatory (Eos)

A planned project will drill into a magma reservoir in Iceland that has never erupted to the surface, giving scientists a fresh look at Earth’s underground “plumbing.”


Beginning in 2014, an international group of scientists and engineers developed a plan, the Krafla Magma Testbed (KMT), to conduct long-term exploration of Krafla’s rhyolite magma reservoir and its surrounding hydrothermal envelope.

Our intent is to build surface facilities and subsurface magma portals where independent research teams can conduct experiments. The levels of funding required and the “user facility” organizational structure make such infrastructure analogous to that for telescope arrays and particle accelerators.

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A special workshop on Supercritical and Superhot Geothermal Resources will be held on Saturday, September 14 at the GRC Annual Meeting & Expo in Palm Springs, California, USA. Cost: $375 (Member), $475 (Non-Member), $175 (Student). Organized by Wilfred Elders (Professor Emeritus, UC Riverside), with instructors from USA, Japan, and Iceland.

Monday, June 24, 2019

Philippines: Geothermal Energy Companies Complete Consolidation

AC Energy completes acquisition of Phinma Energy (Philippine Star)

AC Energy Inc., the energy platform of Ayala Corp., has completed the acquisition of Phinma Energy Corp. from the Del Rosario family for P6.3 billion.

In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange yesterday, AC Energy said it has acquired the combined 51.48 percent stake of Philippine Investment Management (Phinma) Inc. and Phinma Corp. of the Del Rosario family, in Phinma Energy.

Phinma Energy wholly owned Phinma Power Generation Corp., Phinma Renewable Energy Corp., CIP II Power Corp., One Subic Power Generation Corp. and One Subic Oil Distribution Corp.

It also owns 60 percent of Phinma Solar Corp., 50.74 percent of Phinma Petroleum and Geothermal Inc., 30.65 percent of Palawan Exploration and Production Corp., 45 percent of South Luzon Thermal Energy Corp. (SLTEC) and 25 percent of Maibarara Geothermal Inc.

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From the Global Geothermal News archives:

Belgium: Partially Completed Balmatt Geothermal Power Plant Producing 4-5 MW

Update - Deep Geothermal Central Balmatt Site (VITO)

Before the start of the summer holidays the Balmatt team has made an overview of the results of the operation of the deep geothermal plant in Mol. Without becoming too technical, we would like to share the most important facts.

  • Since the partial completion of the plant on 14th May 2019, it has operated for 16 days cumulatively, with a last joint period of 10 days. This means about 46 % up-time. Hence, the project team has succeeded in a relative short period of time to define a “modus operandus” where 24/7 green heat has been produced.
  • The buildings of VITO/SCK/Belgoprocess are heated through the heat network with geothermal heat and the remainder of the heat has been used to produce electricity. With the current operational parameters and a production temperature of 121°C above-ground, the Balmatt central produces about 4-5 MW, or in total 1.7 GWh. The water is re-injected at 55-60°C.
  • The Traffic Light System or TLS, part of our safety system, was not activated during the operational period of the plant. The reasons for shutting down the plant were problems with seals in the above-ground circuit or external factors, such as a drop of voltage on the general electricity network.
  • On Sunday 23rd June 2019, 2 days after terminating the longest operational period, an induced earthquake has occurred close to the injection well MOL-GT-02 with a magnitude Ml=2.1 The project team and partners are further investigating the data from the own seismometer network to better characterize this event. You can also follow these and other data of the TLS yourself via https://vito.be/nl/vito-seismometernetwerk-onderzoekt-aardbevingen.
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Greece: New Legislation Will Boost Geothermal Energy Development - Report

Briefing - Geothermal Energy in Greece (Watson Farley & Williams)

(Courtesy CIA.gov)
This briefing focuses on the newly issued Law 4602/2019 that sets out the main principles for the exploration, exploitation and management of Greece's geothermal potential which constitutes an integral part of the National Energy and Climate Plan for 2030 submitted to the European Commission, and sets out the national strategy for the coming years.

The investment potential of geothermal energy is tremendous, especially as power generation from this source is still in its infancy. Big national players such as PPC Renewables already hold exclusive exploration, exploitation and management rights in specific target areas, and are in search of strategic partners that will assist them in building geothermal power plants, naturally after securing the consensus of local communities.

Greece clearly intends to take advantage of its geothermal fields, and promote its new Renewable Energy Sources (RES) sector. Modern technology and the stable legislative frameworks created favour investments in geothermal activities, and act as a tool to enable the transition of the country to clean energy.

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Japan: Orix Corp to Conduct Excavation Survey for Geothermal Energy Resources in Aomori Prefecture

ORIX to Commence Excavation Survey in Kazamaura Village and Aomori City, Aomori Prefecture for Geothermal Power Generation Business (News Release)

ORIX Corporation today announced that it will commence excavation survey to verify commercial feasibility of the geothermal power generation business in both Kazamaura village, Shimokita county and Aomori City, Aomori Prefecture.

ORIX has conducted surface survey in Shimokita country's Kazamaura village and Aomori City. After obtaining approval from the local community, and with the geothermal resource survey subsidy for 2019 sponsored by Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC), an independent administrative agency, ORIX will conduct excavation survey to check for geothermal resources.

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Japan: Toshiba Wins Award for Alasehir 1 Geothermal Power Plant Turbines and Generators

Toshiba Wins "Best/Most Efficient Main Equipment Award" for Geothermal in the Renewable Energy Power Plants Category at Turkey's ICCI Energy Awards (News Release)

Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions Corporation (Toshiba ESS) is pleased to announce that Zorlu Energy’s 40 MW Alasehir 1 Geothermal Power Plant, where Toshiba ESS supplied steam turbines and generators and that started commercial operation in 2015, got a prize in the Renewable Energy Power Plants Category at Turkey’s ICCI Energy Awards. In addition to Alasehir, Toshiba ESS has supplied geothermal generating equipment to Zorlu Energy’s Unit 1 and 2 at Kizildere III.

At the same time, Toshiba ESS has won the “Best/Most Efficient Main Equipment Award”, which was newly established this year. The ceremony was held in the WOW Convention Center in Istanbul on May 28.

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Sunday, June 23, 2019

Geothermal Event! Four Exciting Fieldtrips from GRC Annual Meeting & Expo!

Fieldtrips from Geothermal Resources Council Annual Meeting Announced (News Release)

Popular excursions from the GRC Annual Meeting & Expo in Palm Springs, California, USA.

The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) has announced more details of events at the world’s largest annual geothermal energy conference in Palm Springs, California, USA.

In addition to the main event of the GRC Annual Meeting & Expo taking place September 15-18, 2019, there will be a grand total of four fieldtrips before and after the conference.

Just before the start of the conference two half-day trips will offer a chance to relax and enjoy the fantastic scenery and culture of the Palm Springs area. On Saturday, a three hour off-road ride in a Jeep will take you into the California Desert, along the San Andreas fault-zone through slot canyons and a natural palm oasis. On Sunday morning, a two-mile hike into the Palm Canyon will visit a special place for the Agua Caliente (Hot Water) Band of Cahuilla Indians among the trees in a beautiful palm oasis.


Just after the end of the GRC Annual Meeting & Expo on September 18, a two-day fieldtrip will take advantage of a rare opportunity to explore operations, volcanic geology and hydrothermal features of the Coso geothermal field located at the China Lake Naval Air Warfare Station, California. This tour will also include a visit to GreenFire Energy’s experimental project demonstrating closed-loop geothermal power production technology using both water and supercritical CO2 as working fluids.

Also departing on Wednesday, September 18 another two-day fieldtrip will visit the Imperial Valley, home to the world renowned Salton Sea geothermal field. In addition to stops at the John L. Featherstone and Heber geothermal power plants, there will also be up-close observations of quaternary volcanoes, mud volcanoes, hot springs and an actively spreading mud pot! The valley has become a significant hot spot for renewable energy – with production from geothermal, solar, wind and biofuel – and possibly soon to be one of the most important regions for lithium mining.

More information on the fieldtrips, including more detailed itinerary and cost, can be found on the GRC Website at https://geothermal.org.

Friday, June 21, 2019

USA: GRC Urges Extension of Expired Federal Tax Credits Benefiting Geothermal Energy


Today the GRC Policy Committee submitted, on behalf of the Geothermal Resources Council (GRC), the following written comments to the U.S. Senate Finance Committee’s Energy Temporary Tax Policy Task Force:

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Dear Chairmen Grassley and Neal and Ranking Members Wyden and Brady,

The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) kindly urges Congress to immediately pass legislation to extend the expired federal tax credits benefiting geothermal energy.

The tax credits have remained lapsed since the end of 2017, creating confusion for the numerous industry sectors that utilize these incentives to support deployment of clean energy solutions. The continued uncertainty also undermines the effectiveness of these incentives and stands as a needless barrier to additional job creation and economic growth.

As the professional association for the geothermal industry and community, the GRC can attest to the vital importance of the tax credits to the success of geothermal energy business. Our industry needs an extension of the expired tax credit — two years retroactive (2018-19) and ideally at least two years forward (2020-21). The tax credits provide a predictable market signal for project development, which in turn leverages private investment and promotes job creation and local economic benefits across the country.

We strongly support the Tax Extender and Disaster Relief Act of 2019 introduced on February 28 by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and Ranking Member Ron Wyden. We applaud them for including an extension within “Section 107. Credit For Electricity Produced From Certain Renewable Resources”, specifically Section 107(a)(3), which benefits geothermal energy. We urge the Senate to take up this bill as soon as possible and for the House to follow suit expeditiously. Quick action on this issue is critical. Once the extenders package is passed, we look forward to a discussion on the long-term future of geothermal energy incentives.

Geothermal power is a critical source of renewable electricity for U.S. households and businesses as we transition to a clean energy future. It is affordable, reliable and plays a critical role in maintaining a functioning electric grid – due to its position as flexible, renewable, baseload resource that can complement other intermittent renewable resources. Extension of the expired tax credits will play an important role in continuing the development and support of our industry.

The GRC is a non-profit professional association for the geothermal industry and community in the USA and abroad. We were founded in 1972 and are headquartered in Davis, California. We have over 1,300 members from around the world and are working to advance our industry by supporting the development of geothermal energy resources through communication of robust research, knowledge and guidance.

We thank you for your consideration. We are available to answer questions and discuss further at your convenience.

Respectfully,

Paul Thomsen, GRC Policy Committee Chair
Will Pettitt, PhD, GRC Executive Director

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.


Europe: News from Geothermal Deep Drilling Research Group



In the 2nd newsletter of the DEEPEGS project, we present the progress of the project, which is in its fourth and final year and many impor­tant discoveries have been made that will in future impact the geothermal sector.

Check out our second newsletter with a lot of interesting information on:
  • Vendenheim demonstration site
  • Preparation for the IDDP-2 flow testing
  • Laboratory prototype tests
  • Enhancement of the injectivity/productivity index of the Vendenheim wells
  • Seismic activity monitoring on demonstration sites
  • CSEM survey on demonstration sites
We also shared our status on the challenges the team encountered.

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USA: GEO Act would establish public-private partnerships to improve the collection of geothermal data and reduce drilling risk

Cortez Masto, Wyden Introduce Geothermal Energy Opportunities (GEO) Act (News Release)

U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez
Masto (D-Nev.)
U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today introduced the Geothermal Energy Opportunities (GEO) Act with Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.). The GEO Act promotes the growth of geothermal energy by developing stronger public-private partnerships, reducing barriers to leasing public land for geothermal energy use where certain energy extraction activities are already permitted, and promoting the direct development and deployment of geothermal heat pump technologies among large-scale facilities and buildings.

Geothermal energy provides clean, renewable, low-carbon energy in the United States and around the world. Nevada is a leader in the use of renewable energy and one of the highest producers of this type of energy in America.
  1. The GEO Act establishes public-private partnerships to improve the collection of geothermal data and reduce drilling risk.
    Poor geothermal resource maps and the related challenge of finding “hot spots” deep underground create financial risks for the use of this technology; the GEO Act reduces future drilling risk through a competitive, cost-shared grant program administered by the Department of Energy (DOE).
  2. This legislation reduces barriers to obtaining leases for geothermal energy development by allowing oil and gas leaseholders to co-produce geothermal energy without going through an additional competitive lease process.
    It would also allow for rapid expansion of already identified geothermal resources without additional delays and ensure taxpayers fair market value for the resource.
  3. The GEO Act promotes geothermal heat pumps and direct use of geothermal energy by establishing a pair of programs at the DOE to promote the development and deployment of this technology both at the Department of Energy and among local entities.
    This bill would create a research program conducted by the DOE and a second grant program for states and local governments, universities, and non-profits to promote the use of geothermal energy.
  4. This bill ensures the federal government prioritizes the development and use of public geothermal energy.
    It would require the Bureau of Land Management to identify high-priority areas for new geothermal development and set goals for the Secretary of Interior to approve more than 15,000 megawatts of new geothermal energy and for the Director of the United States Geological Survey to identify sites capable of producing 50,000 megawatts of geothermal power by 2025.
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USA: "Regulatory reforms alone could double geothermal capacity" - Sen. Lisa Murkowski

Sen. Murkowski: Geothermal Brings the Heat for America's Energy Future (News Release)

Sen. Lisa Murkowski
Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, today chaired a hearing to examine opportunities and challenges for advanced geothermal energy development in the United States.

Murkowski opened by highlighting the capabilities of geothermal energy.

"Whether it is used for heating our homes or keeping the lights on, geothermal provides clean and always-on energy that requires no external backup," Murkowski said. "We often hear about concerns with wind when it stops blowing, and solar when the sun's not out. You won't hear a similar concern with geothermal. These resources are constant and reliable. There is no such thing as fluctuating, intermittent earth heat, and that's a big advantage."

USA: "Geothermal is on a path to becoming a widely available renewable energy source, a "50-state" solution - EERE Assistant Secretary

GeoVision: Senate Energy Committee Issues Testimony From DOE Assistant Secretary Simmons (News Release)

Daniel R. Simmons
The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee issued the following testimony by Daniel R. Simmons, assistant secretary for energy efficiency and renewable energy at the Department of Energy, at a hearing to examine opportunities and challenges for advanced geothermal energy development:

"Geothermal is on a path to becoming a widely available renewable energy source, a "50-state" solution. As Secretary Perry said just last month, "There is enormous untapped potential for geothermal energy in the United States. Making geothermal more affordable can increase our energy options for a more diverse electricity generation mix and for innovative heating and cooling solutions for all Americans." This comment accompanied the release of the GeoVision report on May 30, 2019. We know there is more that geothermal can do for this country, and how to get there is outlined in the GeoVision report.

USA: "Geothermal provides clean and always-on energy that requires no external backup" - Sen. Murkowski

Senators see reliability benefits of geothermal (E&E News - Subscription)

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee geothermal backers yesterday championed the renewable technology's potential as a critical piece in producing reduced-carbon, reliable power.

The comments came during a Senate Energy and Natural Resources (ENR) Committee hearing on geothermal energy — the first such hearing held in front of the committee since 2006 in a sign of the technology's growing prominence to help further unleash renewables.

"Whether it is used for heating our homes or keeping the lights on, geothermal provides clean and always-on energy that requires no external backup," ENR Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) said in her opening statement.

"These resources are constant and reliable," she added. "There is no such thing as fluctuating, intermittent earth heat. And that's a big advantage."

The hearing followed the recent release of a Department of Energy report on the potential for a twenty-sixfold increase in the deployment of the technology by 2050 with the right permitting reforms and innovation improvements through research and development.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Finance: Renewable Energy is Expanding in the Power Sector - Report


The evidence from 2018 clearly indicates that renewable power is here to stay. Solar photovoltaics (PV) and wind are now mainstream options in the power sector, with an increasing number of countries generating more than 20% of their electricity with solar PV and wind. This is good news. But current trends show that bolder policy decisions are needed across all sectors of energy end-use to make our energy systems sustainable.


Geothermal energy is harnessed for the generation of electricity and for various thermal applications, including space heating and industrial heat input. Total geothermal energy output in 2018 was estimated at 630 PJi, with around half of this in the form of electricity (89.3 TWh). Estimates of thermal energy consumption (also known as “direct use”) are more uncertain than those for electricity, due to data collection challenges. Some geothermal plants produce both electricity and heat for various thermal applications.

An estimated 0.5 GW of new geothermal power generating capacity came online in 2018, bringing the global total to around 13.3 GW. Turkey and Indonesia remained the leaders for new installations and accounted for about two-thirds of the new capacity installed.3 Other countries that added capacity in 2018 (ordered by scale) were the United States, Iceland, New Zealand, Croatia, the Philippines and Kenya. Click here for the chapter on Geothermal Power and Heat.......

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Europe: Report on Combined Geothermal Power and Metal Extraction Technology Pilot Projects

CHPM2030 Deliverable D6.2 - Report on Pilots (CHPM2030)


This report, compiled from 6 documents, presents
  1. An evaluation framework that facilitates the investigation of study areas for Combined Heat Power and Metal (CHPM) extraction technology; 
  2. The description of areas from 4 countries, concerning their CHPM potential and characteristics: Cornwall in South West England, Portuguese Iberian Pyrite Belt, Beius basin and Bihor mountains in Romania, Nautanen and Kristineberg in Sweden; 
  3. An European outlook for CHPM prospective locations, covering 24 countries.

Climate Change: "EFG Believes Geothermal Energy (Both Shallow and Deep Geothermal), CO2 capture and Mineral Extraction are Part of the Answer"

Position paper on energy transition - European Federation of Geologists

Europe is accelerating the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy. In 2015, the European Commission launched the Energy Union strategy to boost energy security, creating a fully integrated internal energy market, improving energy efficiency, decarbonising the economy and supporting research innovation and competitiveness. Furthermore, the EU ratified the Paris Agreement on climate, targeting an increase of the global temperature no higher than 1.5 degrees Celsius and Member States are required to draft 10-year National Energy & Climate Plans (NECPs) by the end of 2019 outlining how they will meet the new 2030 targets for renewable energy and for
energy efficiency.

Ambitious targets mean in-depth planning from both stakeholders and policy makers. The European Federation of Geologists (EFG) is a professional organisation representing more than 45,000 geologists across Europe. The Federation’s main aims are to contribute to a safer and more sustainable
use of the natural environment, to protect and inform the public and to promote more responsible exploitation of natural resources. Based on the expertise that professional geologists provide, EFG believes geothermal energy (both shallow and deep geothermal), CO2 capture and mineral extraction are part of the answer to meet the aforementioned targets.

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Science & Technology: Award to Develop Ruggedized Communication Technology for Enabling Geothermal Directional Drilling

Ozark IC Wins SBIR Funding for Venus Surface and Geothermal Exploration (Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center)

Fayetteville, Arkansas-based Ozark Integrated Circuits has received a $205,000 Department of Energy Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I award to create ruggedized communication technology for enabling high-temperature directional drilling. 

“In this Phase I project, we will apply our high-TRL Silicon on Insulator integrated circuitry and packaging technologies, currently being used for turbine engine control applications, to enhance state-of-the-art drilling systems. The system will operate for extended times at 250oC. This will be accomplished by effectively designing a high-temperature communication system,”  said Dr. Matt Francis, CEO of Ozark IC. 

“Technology that provides improved exploitation of subsurface resources presents a tremendous opportunity to improve our world.  Geothermal resources, in particular, could provide gigawatts of carbon-free base load, with obvious economic and societal benefits,” said Dr. Ian Getreu, Ozark IC’s director of business development and strategic partnership.

A high-temperature drilling telemetry system provides a clear capability for accessing subsurface resources. “The first application of this technology to improve high-temperature drilling using silicon on insulator technology can quickly enable access to a tremendous amount of enhanced geothermal systems resources at temperatures up to 250oC.  When combined with other silicon carbide technologies already under development by Ozark IC, access to deeper resources will become possible,” said Francis.

Science & Technology: The Many Uses of Geothermal Energy

Good Graphic from the DOE GeoVision Report


USA, New York: The Cornell University Hybrid System Using Geothermal Energy for both Heating and Electricity

Hybrid energy system could slash campus greenhouse emissions (Cornell University)


A hybrid system using geothermal energy for both heating and electricity could reduce campus greenhouse emissions around 25% more than using it just for heating, potentially bringing Cornell close to its goal of carbon neutrality, according to new research.

A study led by Fengqi You, the Roxanne E. and Michael J. Zak Professor in Energy Systems Engineering in the Smith School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, proposed two hybrid energy systems based on Cornell’s Ithaca campus, using geothermal energy in combination with other sources.

Germany: Nominees for International Geothermal Association Board of Directors Announced

Election for IGA Board of Directors 2020-2023

The election for the International Geothermal Association ( IGA) Board of Directors will start on 30 June 2019 and run until 30 September.

The IGA has announced that following the Board’s decision on ensuring gender balance and equality almost 40% of current candidates are female. Click here to watch a video about nomination process.

You can vote for up to 25 of 50 candidates from 23 countries:


Switzerland: Canton of Vaud Plans for 20 Geothermal Power Plants by 2050

Waadt setzt auf Geothermie - Vaud relies on geothermal energy (Bluewin)

Die Waadt setzt künftig verstärkt auf Energie aus Erdwärme. Die Regierung geht davon aus, dass bis 2050 rund 20 Geothermiekraftwerke auf Kantonsgebiet entstehen werden. Der neue Kataster listet 43 Gemeinden im Waadtländer Mittelland mit geothermischem Potenzial auf.

(From Google Translate) In the future, Vaud will increasingly rely on energy from geothermal energy. The government estimates that by 2050 around 20 geothermal power plants will be built in the canton. The new cadastre lists 43 communities in the Vaud Mittelland with geothermal potential.

Hungary: Government Plans a Geothermal Guarantee Fund

Hátszelet kaphat a geotermia - You can get a geothermal look (Világgazdaság)

(Courtesy CIA.gov)
Hamarosan a kormány elé kerül a geotermikus garanciaalap létrehozásának terve, a föld hőjét az eddiginél jobban kellene hasznosítani a távfűtésben, de szükség lenne új energiatároló-mintaprojektekre is – mondta a Világgazdaságnak Kaderják Péter energiaügyekért és klímapolitikáért felelős államtitkár.

(From Google Translate) Soon, the government plans to set up a geothermal guarantee fund, the heat of the earth should be utilized better than before, but new energy storage projects would also be needed, says Péter Kaderják, State Secretary for Energy and Climate Policy.

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East Africa: Funds Available for Renewable Energy Projects Including Geothermal

Pan-African financier to fund green energy projects in east Africa (Xinhua)

Pan African financier, Trade and Development Bank (TDB), plans to fund green energy projects in east Africa, officials said on Tuesday.

Michael Awori, executive of lending operations at TDB told Xinhua in Nairobi that his organization has received lines of credit from a number of institutions including Export-Import Bank of China for onward lending to support various green projects in East Africa.

"We are looking to finance renewable energy projects so as to increase our energy portfolio with a heavy focus on geothermal, solar, wind and hydropower," Awori said during the Kenya roadshow for the upcoming second edition of the Africa Investment Forum.

Climate Change: Global Partnership Announced to Accelerate Low-Carbon Energy Transition

UNDP and IRENA Join Forces to Advance Low-Carbon Energy Transition (UNDP)

UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner & Francesco La
Camera, Director-General of IRENA (Courtesy UNDP)
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) announced a global partnership today to accelerate low-carbon energy transition and offer concrete steps to achieve sustainable development.  

Under the cooperation, the organizations will explore joint initiatives aimed at accelerating the implementation of the Agenda 2030, and stimulating renewable energy investments in developing countries.

Global - Submit Your Best Geothermal Energy Photos

The Geothermal Resources Council  2019 Amateur Photo Contest - Submit Your Best Shots Now!

The winners will be announced at the GRC Annual Meeting in Palm Springs, California, USA.

The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) is pleased to announce this year’s Amateur Photo Contest. The purpose of the contest is to showcase quality photography featuring geothermal energy around the world.

The winners will be announced at the GRC Annual Meeting & Expo being held in Palm Springs, California, USA from September 15-18.

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

Photographs on any subject related to geothermal energy including geothermal energy production, EGS, direct use and geothermal heat pumps can be submitted. This includes photos in the areas of exploration, drilling, well testing, research and development, power plant construction, operation, and maintenance, geological features or geothermal manifestations.

For the 2019 photo contest, GRC is helping to raise awareness of the community benefits of geothermal energy through providing honorable mention awards for photos that help demonstrate two specific categories: Diversity - Celebrating inclusivity in the geothermal industry and Community - Providing positive interaction and impact on communities.

More information on the GRC Amateur Photo Contest, including a Submission Form, can be found on the GRC website [www.geothermal.org]. The deadline for submissions is August 2, 2019.

USA: Latest Update from the Geothermal Technologies Office

Geothermal Technologies Office - Quarterly Update: June 19, 2019

Dr. Susan Hamm, Director, Geothermal Technologies Office


The Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO) held its second Quarterly Update of 2019, presented by GTO Director Dr. Susan Hamm. The webinar focused on keeping the geothermal community fully updated on progress at the U.S. Department of Energy, with Dr. Hamm highlighting ongoing efforts within GTO.
The Quarterly Update included:
  • an outlook on GTO’s Fiscal Year 2020 budget;
  • a wrap-up of this year's Geothermal Student Competition;
  • a discussion of the recently released GeoVision report; and
  • a demonstration of the new GeoVision Scenario Viewer.
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There will be more presentations from the Geothermal Technologies Office at the GRC Annual Meeting & Expo, 15-18 September at the Palm Springs Convention Center, Palm Springs, California. 

USA: Podcast Includes Discussion on the Tremendous Potential for Geothermal Energy

Will Geothermal Ever Boom Like Fracking? (Greentech Media)

On this week’s Energy Gang podcast: We look at a U.S. government plan to reinvigorate geothermal.

It’s been a decade since the fracking boom reshaped U.S. energy markets — so will we ever use our drilling prowess to create a similar geothermal boom?

That’s the hope. The Department of Energy just released a massive new report revisiting America’s potential in conventional hydrothermal, enhanced geothermal, direct use and ground-source heat pumps. The potential is enormous. But it’s just sitting there, largely untapped.

On this week's Energy Gang podcast, we’re going to open up DOE’s report and see which borehole it takes us down.

Finance: The World Will Get Half Its Power From Wind, Solar by 2050

New Energy Outlook 2019 (BloombergNEF)

Deep declines in wind, solar and battery technology costs will result in a grid nearly half-powered by the two fast-growing renewable energy sources by 2050, according to the latest projections from BloombergNEF (BNEF). In its New Energy Outlook 2019 (NEO), BNEF sees these technologies ensuring that – at least until 2030 – the power sector contributes its share toward keeping global temperatures from rising more than 2 degrees Celsius.

Findings:
  1. Wind and solar make up almost 50% of world electricity in 2050 – “50 by 50” – and help put the power sector on track for 2 degrees to at least 2030. 
  2. A 12TW expansion of generating capacity requires about $13.3 trillion of new investment between now and 2050 – 77% of which goes to renewables. 
  3. Europe decarbonizes furthest, fastest. Coal-heavy China and gas-heavy U.S. play catch-up.
  4. Wind and solar are now cheapest across more than two-thirds of the world. By 2030 they undercut commissioned coal and gas almost everywhere. 
  5. Consumer energy decisions such as rooftop solar and behind-the-meter batteries help shape an increasingly decentralized grid the world over. 
  6. Batteries, gas peakers and dynamic demand help wind and solar reach more than 80% penetration in some markets.
  7. Coal continues to grow in Asia, but collapses everywhere else and peaks globally in 2026.
  8. Gas-fired power grows just 0.6% per year to 2050, supplying system back-up and flexibility rather than bulk electricity in most markets. 
  9. Making heat and transport electric lowers emissions. The challenge is scale.
  10. To keep an electrified energy sector on a 2-degree trajectory, we will need to deploy additional zero-carbon technologies that are dispatchable and economic running at low capacity factors, or technology that can capture and sequester emissions at scale.

USA: Important Hearing on Opportunities and Challenges for Advanced Geothermal Energy Development in the U.S.

Full Committee Hearing to Examine Geothermal Energy Development (Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources)

June 20 2019, - Recording now available
Room 366, Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, DC.


The purpose of the hearing is to examine opportunities and challenges for advanced geothermal energy development in the United States.

The hearing will be webcast live on the committee’s website, and an archived video will be available shortly after the hearing concludes. Witness testimony will be available on the website at the start of the hearing.

Opening Remarks

Witness Panel 1

Monday, June 17, 2019

Geothermal Event! Register Now!

Registration Opens for GRC Annual Meeting & Expo (News Release)

Special deals for early birds and students at prestigious geothermal energy event

Registration is now open for the biggest annual geothermal energy event of the year. The GRC Annual Meeting & Expo will bring together geothermal companies, academics, financiers, policy leaders, students, and other individuals to attend or exhibit at the event, to be held September 15-18 in Palm Springs, California, USA.

Early birds who register before July 31 pay only $980 as Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) members or $1,180 if non-members. The non-member registration includes GRC membership through 2020. Students with a current identification card from an accredited institution pay just $150 which also includes GRC membership through 2020.

In addition to the prestigious Technical Program, the three-day registration to the GRC Annual Meeting & Expo includes an Opening Reception on Sunday evening, the Opening Session on Monday morning, a Network Reception on Tuesday, the GRC Expo and lunch on all three days.

Registration is available from the GRC website at www.geothermal.org. A Program complete with a Registration Form is available to view and download. However, the GRC recommends online registration through a secured connection. The link is available on the front page of the GRC website at www.geothermal.org.

This is the premier gathering to learn about the latest developments in geothermal energy. Last year, the GRC Annual Meeting & Expo hosted over 1,000 attendees from 34 different countries.

The GRC Annual Meeting will offer technical, policy, and market conference sessions, educational seminars, tours of local geothermal and renewable energy projects, and numerous networking opportunities.

The Expo features a unique opportunity for leaders in the geothermal energy sector to showcase their projects, equipment, services and state of the art technology to the geothermal community. Reserve your booth now! There were more than 100 exhibitors at last year’s trade show.

The GRC Annual Meeting & Expo 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.

Room reservations can now be made on the GRC website at www.geothermal.org. A discounted room rate is available until August 21, so early reservations are recommended.

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

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

Friday, June 14, 2019

Geothermal Event! Program Now Available - Registration is Open

GRC Annual Meeting & Expo - Program


Chile: Enel Gets Go-Ahead to Add 30 MW Capacity at Cerro Pabellón Geothermal Plant

USD 200mn geothermal plant expansion gets environmental nod (BNamericas)

The Geothermal Cloud, by Victor Hernan Abarca Gonzalez, Berlin, Germany. Production test at Cerro Pabellon, Chile, May  2016. Second Place GRC Photo Contest 2017.

Chile’s environmental watchdog SEA has approved the USD 200mn expansion of Enel’s Cerro Pabellón geothermal plant.

In a meeting Friday morning in the northern city of Antofagasta, authorities gave the go-ahead to expand South America’s first geothermal plant to enter operations.

Enel Generación subsidiary Geotérmica del Norte, in charge of the expansion, told BNamericas it is preparing to begin construction in 3Q 2019.

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Global: Register Now for the Geothermal Energy Event of the Year

GRC Annual Meeting & Expo - Registration Now Open!


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Belgium: VITO Spin-Off Aiming for Ten Geothermal Power Plants Over the Next Ten Years

Kempense ondernemers pompen miljoenen in eerste Belgisch geothermiebedrijf
- Kempen entrepreneurs pump millions into the first Belgian geothermal company (de Tijd)

(Courtesy CIA.gov)
Soudal-oprichter Vic Swerts investeert samen met twee andere ondernemers 3,8 miljoen euro in Hita, een spin-off van de onderzoeksinstelling VITO. De komende tien jaar wil het tien geothermiecentrales ontwikkelen, voor een totaal bedrag van 230 miljoen euro en de verwarming van 400.000 woningen.

(From Google Translate) Soudal founder Vic Swerts and two other entrepreneurs are investing 3.8 million euros in Hita, a spin-off from the VITO research institute. Over the next ten years, it wants to develop ten geothermal power plants for a total amount of 230 million euros and the heating of 400,000 homes.

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Germany: Croatian Company Helps Build Holzkirchen Geothermal Project

In Germany at The Deepest Hydrotermic Project - Geothermal source at the depth of 5,100 m! (HELB)

(Courtesy HELB)
Croatian company HELB's experts have started another successful co-operation with Turboden.

Project in question is an investment of Geothermie Holzkirchen GmbH, for the construction of a geothermal power plant in a town south of Munich, which feeds the local grid of renewable electric energy and provides clean thermal energy for households connected to the district heating network.

HELB's part of the project includes commissioning of the entire geothermal power plant 3.4 MW, a total of about 1,500 signals, and testing the function of not only the vent and control but also the function of the safety of PLCs which at any moment of anomaly should stop the energy. 

Holzkirchen is currently the southernmost and deepest hydrothermal geothermal project in Germany. The two wells drilled in 2016 and 2017 reached final depths of approx. 5,100 m (vertical) with a drilling distance of up to 6,084 m. The geothermal plant in Holzkirchen is to be operated with a temperature of approx. 155°C and a production rate of approx. 55 l/s.


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Kenya: Geothermal Power Plant Featured on New Bank Note

Kenya releases new series of bank notes (Coin World)


President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya introduced a new five-note currency series on June 1. The rollout occurred at a Madaraka Day celebration, the anniversary of independence from Great Britain in 1963.

The red 50-shilling note has a “green energy” theme highlighting wind power, geothermal power, and solar power. 

Ethiopia: Kengen Wins Contract to Provide Geo-Scientific Survey and Drill Eight Wells at Tulu Moye Geothermal Operations

KenGen bags new Sh5.2bn geothermal tender in Ethiopia (Business Daily Africa)

(Courtesy CIA.gov)
Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen)  has won a Sh5.2 billion tender to drill geothermal wells in Ethiopia, marking the second win in the landlocked country in under four months.

Business development director at KenGen Moses Wekesa said it has reached an agreement with an independent power producer (IPP), Tulu Moye Geothermal Operations Plc, located in the eastern region of Ethiopia, to drill wells and offer geo-scientific survey.

“We bid and the first bidder fell off. We were the second best evaluated bidder. The IPP has now engaged us in discussion. We have negotiated and settled,” said engineer Wekesa during the recent energy debate convened by QLand Energy Communications Consultancy.

“We will be providing geo-scientific survey and drilling eight geothermal wells. One geothermal well costs about Sh650 million.”

This will be the second such tender for KenGen in the horn country after it announced February that it has won part of a Sh7.6 billion contract to supply geothermal drilling services to the Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP).


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