Tuesday, August 20, 2019

United Kingdom: One Day Geothermal Symposium in London

7th London Geothermal Symposium (Geological Society)

5th November 2019, Burlington House, London, United Kingdom

By Tony Hisgett from Birmingham, UK -
Burlington House, Uploaded by tm, CC BY 2.0,
The UK’s geothermal resources could supply enough low carbon heat for a century. Concerns over increasing global temperatures have led several Local Authorities to declare a climate emergency. This presents an opportunity to progress geothermal projects across the UK. The UK has made significant progress in decarbonising its electricity supplies over the past decade however decarbonising heat remains a significant challenge. UK geothermal could help meet this challenge because it aligns well with current government support for heat networks and will become an increasingly important energy source if the government consultation regarding a moratorium on new gas connections post 2025 is adopted.

The abstract deadline for this conference is 30 September 2019. Please submit abstract contributions to conference@geolsoc.org.uk

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Science & Technology: Panel Discussion on "Accelerating Geothermal Lithium Extraction Technology" Will be Highlight of GRC Annual Meeting & Expo

Overview of Direct Lithium Extraction (DLE) from Geothermal Brines (FinFeed)

The idea is simple: high temperature, lithium-rich brine from a reservoir deep within the Earth is pumped to the surface, heat is removed from the brine and used to drive a turbine to produce electricity, and lithium is extracted from the brine to produce lithium chemical products like lithium hydroxide using advanced direct lithium extraction (DLE) technology.

The brine is then re-injected elsewhere into the large reservoir where it is re-heated. A number of these resources exist around the world including the Salton Sea in California, USA, and the Upper Rhine Valley in Germany. Below is a schematic of a geothermal lithium plant using a combined cycle-type system for electricity production.

A number of developers are currently working on building geothermal-lithium plants in the Salton Sea including greenfield play Controlled Thermal Resources. Others have expressed interest in integrating DLE into existing geothermal plants including EnergySource, Berkshire Hathaway Energy, and Ormat Nevada, however they are famously secretive about their plans.

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Ormat Nevada will be exhibiting at the GRC Annual Meeting & Expo from 15-18 September, and EnergySource, Berkshire Hathaway Energy and Controlled Thermal Resources are sponsors and will be present  at the Palm Springs Convention Center in Southern California, USA. 

In addition, there will be a panel discussion on "Accelerating Geothermal Lithium Extraction Technology"  on Monday afternoon at the GRC Annual Meeting & Expo.

USA: The Golden State Leads the Country in Geothermal Jobs

California - America’s Clean Energy Economy Juggernaut (E2)

The geothermal sector in California employs 2,491 out of a national total of 8,526 - that is just under 30% of geothermal jobs in the USA

With nation-leading public policies like the Low Carbon Fuel Standard and Renewables Portfolio Standard, California, with its more than half a million workers across clean energy industries, remains far and away the nation’s shining example of clean economic prosperity.

Across all states, California supports one out of every seven U.S. clean energy jobs, four out of every ten U.S. solar energy jobs,  and one more than one out of every four U.S. renewable generation jobs. In fact, California’s is home to more renewable generation jobs than the next top six states combined and twice as many energy efficiency jobs as the no. 2 state (Texas). Read More........

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Monday, August 19, 2019

Geothermal Event! Spaces Filling Up Fast for Supercritical and Superhot Geothermal Resources Workshop

GRC Workshop - Supercritical and Superhot Geothermal Resources

Saturday, September 14, 8am-5pm
Palm Springs Convention Center, Palm Springs, California, USA
Cost: $375 (GRC Member), $475 (Non-Member), $175 (Student)

Organized by Wilfred Elders (Professor Emeritus, UC Riverside), with instructors from USA, Japan, and Iceland.
Flow testing the hottest well in the world. Krafla Power Station, Iceland. Well IDDP-1 at Krafla hit 900°C hot magma at 2.1 km depth. Since the well has been flow tested several times, photo from 9 August 2011, 10°C at 40 bar, 3150 KJ/Kg, -35 MWe. - Gudmundur O. Fridleifsson. 2011 GRC Photo Contest.
There is increasing interest in supercritical and superhot geothermal systems as wells penetrating such reservoirs could potentially yield an order of magnitude more power than that currently produced from typical geothermal wells. Such resources are likely wherever young volcanic rocks occur at drillable depths.


Wilfred Elders, University of California, Riverside, USA; Susan Petty, Alta Rock Energy USA; Samuel Scott, Reykjavik University, Iceland. Ingólfur Ö Þorbjörnsson, Iceland GeoSurvey, Iceland; Matthew Uddenberg, Stravan Consulting LLC, USA. Tatiana Pyatina, Brookhaven National Lab., USA; Hiroshi Asanuma, AIST, Japan. Þorleikur Jóhannesson, Verkis, Iceland,

  • Enthalpy and Flow Characteristics of Supercritical Fluids and Their Reactions With Crustal Rocks & Their Worldwide Potential. Wilfred Elders
  • Modeling Supercritical Systems Associated With Igneous Intrusions. Samuel Scott
  • Economics of Supercritical Geothermal Resources. Matthew Uddenberg
  • The Iceland Deep Drilling Project, Phase 1, Drilling Into Magma. Wilfred Elders
  • The Iceland Deep Drilling Project, Phase 2, Drilling Into a 600o Supercritical System. Wilfred Elders
  • The Japan Beyond The Brittle Project. Hiroshi Asanuma
  • Challenges of Drilling, Logging, and Completing High Temperature and Pressure Wells. Susan Petty
  • Casing, and Expandable Couplings For Hot Wells. Ingólfur Ö Þorbjörnsson
  • Very High Temperature Casing Cements. Tatiana Pyatina
  • IDDP Fluid Handling and Power Production Issues. Þorleikur Jóhannesson
  • The Newberry Crater, Oregon Superhot System. Susan Petty
  • Utilizing Supercritical Systems To Produce Flexible And Integrated Combinations Of Electricity, Hydrogen, and Minerals. Wilfred Elders
  • Panel Discussion: Overview and Prospects For The Future. Moderated by Wilfred Elders
Ample time will be provided for workshop participants and presenters to engage in discussion to explore select topics in more detail.

Space is limited; early enrollment is recommended.

New Zealand: Record Annual Geothermal Generation for Mercury

Mercury rises to challenge with strong FY2019 result (Scoop)

Mercury produced a strong result under unusual weather and market conditions in its financial year to 30 June 2019, Chief Executive Fraser Whineray said today.

Announcing Mercury’s annual results, Mr Whineray said that the overall performance of the business was even more pleasing than last year’s record earnings, as Mercury executed a number of key strategic moves to position the company for long-term sustainable growth.

Annual geothermal generation set a record, reaching 2,896GWh, coinciding with record high annual spot prices caused in part by gas supply and thermal generation constraints from October 2018.

“Our assets were prudently managed through challenging weather and wholesale market conditions. High geothermal availability (97.7%), as the only renewable energy source that is not weather dependent, maximised the opportunity of historically high spot prices,” said Whineray.

Iceland: Interview on Geothermal Applications for Icelandic Biotech Company

Interview with Dr. Lilja Kjalarsdóttir (Saga Natura) | GGW2018 (Geothermal Research Cluster - GEORG)

Dr. Lilja Kjalarsdóttir, COO of Saga Natura was interviewed by Dr. Amel Barich, Project Manager at the Geothermal Research Cluster (GEORG) during the 2nd GEORG Geothermal Workshop in November 2018.

An exciting and insightful discussion about the future of geothermal energy and the coupling of renewable energies with biotechnology.

(Video 9:15 Minutes)

United Kingdom: More Enthusiasm for United Downs Deep Geothermal Power Project

Why renewable energy pioneers are steaming ahead by digging a 5km hole in Cornwall (Inews)

Inside the hole, water will be superheated by the planet to 190C to produce renewable steam

Sandwiched between a scrapyard and a roofing supplier on an industrial estate outside the Cornish town of Redruth, lie two circular grids sunk in the ground. They conceal a little-known feat of engineering – the deepest hole ever dug on British soil.

Plunging to a depth of just over 5km through layer upon layer of obdurate Cornish granite, shaft UD-2 has taken seven months of painstaking drilling to create.

At the bottom of the borehole – the deepest of two drilled on the site and equivalent to 16 of London’s Shard skyscraper laid end-to-end – is the holy grail sought by its creators: a constant flow of water superheated by the surrounding rock to 190C.

Once the flow is harnessed to a turbine power plant it is strongly hoped that the project – United Downs Deep Geothermal Power (UDDGP) – will provide the first electricity in the United Kingdom to be generated from the perpetual heat of the Earth’s core.

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United Kingdom: Enough Geothermal Energy in Abandoned Coal Mines to Heat 180 Million Homes

Minewater touted as an alternative energy solution (Financial Times)

Advocates of using minewater for heating regard it as having particularly significant potential after the UK set the ambitious goal earlier this year of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

A quarter of all UK homes and businesses, some 9m buildings, and most of its largest cities outside London sit on former coalfields. Coal mining, which employed 1.25m people at its peak, powered the British economy for well over a century but the last deep mine closed in 2015.

One of its underground legacies is the warrens of galleries through which run an estimated 2bn cubic metres of water, heated by surrounding rocks to 12-16 degrees Celsius.

The Coal Authority, which estimates there is enough geothermal energy in coal mines to heat 180m homes, is preparing a minewater energy “heat map” of Britain.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

GRC Annual Meeting & Expo - Geothermal Event App!

Geothermal Energy Event - We've Got an App for That!

The GRC is again providing an event app for the GRC Annual Meeting & Expo. It is now available to download to an iPhone, Android or Windows Smartphone, tablet or laptop computer giving event attendees better access to information and networking.

The mobile app allows the GRC to post more information online and avoid print costs.

Did you know you can advertise on the GRC Event App? Contact Chi-Meng at Cmoua@geothermal.org for more information.

We strongly encourage you to download the mobile guide to enhance your experience at the GRC Annual Meeting & Expo.

You'll be able to plan your day with a personalized schedule and browse exhibitors, maps and general show info. You can browse all the essential information even without internet access.

Start off by downloading the container "Attendify" app, then search for "GRC Annual Meeting & Expo".

After a simple download and installation the app can be personalized with your own schedule and notes on activities. When you sign-in to the app you will be able to interact with other attendees and build an on-site network. Attendees will also be able to post their own photos and comments to the app for all to see on the "activity stream".

Scan this QR Code
The App is a work in progress, updates are loaded as information becomes available and your feedback is encouraged as you get familiar with it. All questions and feedback can be sent to Ian Crawford at icrawford@geothermal.org.

Download the app now!.......
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Saturday, August 17, 2019

Geothermal Event: Exciting Destination for GRC Annual Meeting & Expo in 2019

Palm Springs, California to Host 43rd GRC Annual Meeting & Expo in 2019 (News Release)

More than 1,000 attendees from around the world are expected at the largest annual meeting of the global geothermal energy community

The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) has announced the venue for the next GRC Annual Meeting & Expo. The 43rd edition of the geothermal energy event will be held in Palm Springs, California, USA, from September 15-18.

Come and help the geothermal community speak with one global voice. In addition to the high-quality presentations of the Technical Sessions there will be workshops, fieldtrips, an expo and numerous networking opportunities.

Palm Springs has a new dynamic downtown with stylish hotels, new fashionable restaurants, new chic shops and boutiques, new fun entertainment venues as well as welcoming public spaces for gathering, celebrating and relaxing.

With 360 days of sun-kissed weather and gorgeous scenery, Palm Springs is like no place else and experiencing a comeback as Hollywood's playground with a growing nightlife, burgeoning art scene and edgy vibe.

The surrounding area is a natural paradise with mountains and box canyons just outside of town and the Joshua Tree National Park just 12 miles away. Farther afield the cities of Los Angeles and San Diego are only two hours from Palm Springs.

The GRC Annual Meeting & Expo will be held in the Palm Springs Convention Center and the contracted hotels are either connected to the convention center or just a short walk away.

For more information about next year’s 43rd GRC Annual Meeting & Expo in Palm Springs, California, USA, from September 15-18, visit www.geothermal.org/meet-new.html or call (530) 758-2360.

Friday, August 16, 2019

Save-the-Date! High-Temperature Well Cementing Workshop - Jointly Presented by GRC and the SPE

Joint GRC-SPE Workshop

High-Temperature Well Cementing
“Exploring Geothermal and Oil and Gas Synergies”

March 30 - April 1, 2020
Wyndham San Diego Bayside, San Diego, California, USA

Download the Flyer (PDF)...........

The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) together with the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) are organizing a workshop on high-temperature cementing. 

Geothermal wells experience high temperatures at very shallow depths and are required to cement casing across the entire length of each casing string set in the well. The large temperature variations over the lifecycle of thermal oil recovery wells, and the very high temperatures of high-pressure/high-temperature (HP-HT) oil & gas wells drilled to ever greater depths, continue to push cement selection and placement technologies. All of these environments pose unique challenges to successful well completion. Cementing is crucial to ensure proper well integrity for the life of production and injection wells in these HT applications.

The GRC and the SPE have decided that a joint workshop would enable both industries to share their experiences, technologies, technical procedures and best practices on this important aspect of well completion. The workshop will highlight cement formulae and slurry blends, placement methods, remedial procedures and result evaluations. Case studies will be discussed and analyzed.

All drilling personnel, both geothermal and oil & gas drilling and production engineers, well-site supervisors, cementing engineers and interested personnel are welcome to attend and participate.

If you would like to chair any of the sessions, then please contact us. We would like to have two chairs for each session, one from the geothermal industry and one from the oil & gas industry. The chairs for each session will be required to assist the committee in obtaining presenters. Please volunteer.

Please contact us if you are interested in presenting in a session at the workshop. If you have a case history that you would like to present and would interest the attendees, please feel free to inform us and plan to present.

Please plan to attend.

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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.......

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

United Kingdom: "Permeability is Promising" at United Downs Geothermal Power Project Wells

United Downs Deep Geothermal Project - Drilling Progress (GEL)

The deep drilling work was begun in November 2018 and is now complete with the injection well reach over 2,000m and the production well going to a depth in excess of 5,000m. Both wells intersected the fault at the predicted depth and the temperature at the bottom of the deeper well is around 190C, which is also as expected.

Downhole measurements have confirmed that there are lots of natural fractures and early indications are that the permeability is promising.

Geothermal Engineering Limited is now ready to begin the evaluation stage of the project. During this stage, a series of measurements and hydraulic tests to evaluate the fault structure will be undertaken to make sure the wells are in good condition, and to evaluate the amount of geothermal energy that can be sustainably harnessed.

At the start of September, the first part of this work will begin with the removal of a temporary downhole packer from UD-1. This will allow the onsite team to carry out some more downhole ‘logging' measurements and attempt to collect some sidewall cores.

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St Vincent and the Grenadines: First Well at Geothermal Project Encounters Permeability Problems

Permeability not yet found – Reykjavik Geothermal local head (Searchlight)

While the first well drilled at the geothermal exploratory site at Bamboo Range was a success in relation to the heat that was found, the drilling team has not yet found the permeability they are looking for.

Earlier this week, Reykjavik Geothermal’s Thorleifur Finnsson told SVGTV that during the exploration process, the drilling team expects to drill three wells. He said while drilling the first well, they went down 2700 metres, which is 200 to 300 metres more than they thought they would need to in order to find the desired heat. Finnsson said the wells have been named Number One, Number Two and Number Three and drilling has now begun on well Number Three and well Number Two will be drilled last.

He said, there is also a possibility that they will revisit well Number One.

From the Global Geothermal News archives:

USA, Nevada: Steamboat Hills Geothermal Plant Enhancement Commences

South-Reno Geothermal Plant Expansion Begins (ThisIsReno)

(Courtesy ThisIsReno)
Ormat Technologies has launched an expansion project at its Steamboat Hills geothermal plant in Reno — an expansion that will reduce the plant’s visibility on the hillside just south of The Summit Sierra shopping center.

The expansion involves the installation of a new geothermal plant that can produce 30 megawatts of electricity. The new plant replaces an existing 10-megawatt system.

Kyle Snyder, senior director for business development at Reno-based Ormat, said the new facility will be air-cooled and will use a technology that will eliminate water consumption.

As a result, the steam flume that’s sometimes visible on cold days from the existing plant’s cooling tower no longer will be a feature on Reno’s southern horizon.

Construction, which began this summer, is scheduled for completion early next year.

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USA: Legislation Would Extend Tax Credits for Investments in Qualified Renewable Energy Production Including Geothermal

Renewable Electricity Tax Credit Equalization Act introduced in House (News Release)

Congresswoman Elise Stefanik
Today, Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) and Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (NY-21) introduced the bipartisan Renewable Electricity Tax Credit Equalization Act, which extends tax credits for investments in qualified renewable energy production, including closed-loop biomass, open-loop biomass, geothermal, municipal solid waste, qualified hydropower, and marine and hydrokinetic. The bill also eliminates the arbitrary 50 percent reduction of the production credit for these baseload technologies to incentivize development of all renewable energy technology.

Tax incentives for electricity produced from closed-loop biomass, open-loop biomass, geothermal, municipal solid waste, qualified hydropower facilities, and marine and hydrokinetic facilities expired two years ago, while other renewable technology received extensions.

Renewable baseload technologies play an indispensable role in maintaining a reliable and functioning electrical grid system; They also support the integration of additional wind and solar electricity into the grid. The Renewable Electricity Tax Credit Equalization Act levels the playing field and provides certainty to spur necessary investments in clean energy:
  • Extends both the production tax credit (PTC) and the election to take the investment tax credit (ITC) to be available for qualified facilities on which the construction begins before 2025.
  • Equalizes the treatment of renewable technologies by eliminating the arbitrary 50 percent reduction of the PTC for these technologies.

USA, Utah: Employment as Director of Real Estate at Cyrq Energy

Vacancy - Director of Real Estate - Cyrq Energy

Location: Salt Lake City, Utah

Purpose: The Director of Real Estate will be responsible for acquisition, disposal, and maintenance of Cyrq Energy properties as well as maintenance and interpretation of all real estate related agreements. The individual will plan, direct, and supply land knowledge and leadership to meet corporate goals and objectives.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

USA: Energy Tax Credit Legislation will be a "Top Priority for Congress" - Geothermal Should be Included

US Senate panel vows legislation after review of temporary energy tax credits (SP Global)

The U.S. Senate Committee on Finance plans to put together legislation soon regarding energy tax credits, including many that have expired or are set to do so soon, after a committee task force finished a review of the incentives that involved gathering feedback from industry.

Among other things, the task force heard strong support for an investment tax credit, or ITC, for stand-alone energy storage projects, while renewable groups advocated for the extensions of an offshore wind power and a federal solar energy ITC. The review was aimed at finding a long-term solution on the tax breaks, the temporary status of which has been a source of uncertainty for the power industry.

In May, the committee formed several task forces, including one focused on energy, to examine dozens of temporary tax provisions that have expired since late 2017 or will end after 2019 without further authorization from Congress. The energy task force evaluated 12 such temporary tax policies, including for electricity produced from certain renewable resources such as geothermal energy, open- and closed-loop biomass power, incremental hydropower projects, and marine and hydrokinetic renewable energy sources.

"The next step will be to put together a legislative package based on the proposals that the task forces received, the areas of consensus among the task force members and continued bipartisan discussions," Senate Finance Committee Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, (Contact Info.......) said Aug. 13. "Taxpayers deserve predictability and clarity, and they haven't received either for far too long on temporary tax policy."

Grassley said the legislation will be a "top priority for Congress" when lawmakers return in September following a month-long summer recess.

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USA, Nevada: Reno Approves Funding for Geothermal Powered Pool

City of Reno Approves Pledge for Moana Pool (KTVN)

The regular host city for the GRC Annual Meeting & Expo could build a swimming pool complex heated by the same geothermal resource as the Peppermill Resort Spa Hotel.

The City of Reno says the Reno City Council has approved a $9 million pledge with the William N. Pennington Foundation toward the construction of a pool at Moana Springs Park.

They said the new 35-meter aquatic center is estimated to cost around $18 million. They said the City will continue to fundraise to reach this goal together with the Sierra Nevada Community Aquatics.

They said the aquatic center is expected to have an outdoor water play area, geothermal soaking pools and a meeting room as part of its design.

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From the Global Geothermal News Archives:

Poland: Construction Progresses at Toruń Geothermal District Heating Project

Polish priest in hot water (Politico.eu)

The government’s energy plans encourage geothermal heating, which pleases a key political ally.

[The Polish] government backs Tadeusz Rydzyk's geothermal plans; construction work on the plant in Toruń started this January. The 40 million złoty plant, to be operated by a subsidiary of Lux Veritatis called Geotermia Toruń, will be financed partly from EU funds, as well as an 8.5 million złoty government loan and a 19.5 million złoty subsidy from the government's environmental fund.

The hot water will flow to Rydzyk's media university, his church of the Sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin Mary Star of the New Evangelization and St. John Paul II, as well as to the city.

Geothermal energy uses the natural heat from deep within the earth to either generate electricity or for district heating. It doesn't generate much in the form of greenhouse gases, and is environmentally friendly. In Toruń, it involves drilling more than 2 kilometers below ground to tap into water naturally heated to about 64 degrees.

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From the Global Geothermal News archives:

Philippines: Geothermal Energy Powers EDC to Record Profits

Power sales fuel First Gen Q2 profit surge (BusinessWorld  Online)

First Gen Corp. subsidiary Energy Development Corp. (EDC) recorded recurring earnings from its geothermal, wind and solar platform of $49 million, higher by 48% from the previous year as its Unified Leyte and Tongonon geothermal plants continued to normalize their operations after the damage brought by a typhoon in December 2017.

The five (5) geothermal service contract areas where EDC’s geothermal production steam fields are located are:
  • Tongonan Geothermal Project 
  • Southern Negros Geothermal Project 
  • Bacon-Manito Geothermal Project 
  • Mt. Apo Geothermal Project 
  • Northern Negros Geothermal Project 
The company, through its subsidiaries Green Core Geothermal Inc. (GCGI) and Bac-Man Geothermal Inc. (BGI) secured three (3) Geothermal Operating Contracts covering power plant operations:
  • Tongonan Geothermal Power Plant (with a twenty-five (25) year contract period expiring in 2037, renewable for another twenty-five (25) years)
  • Palinpinon Geothermal Power Plants (with a twenty-five (25) year contract period expiring in 2037, renewable for another twenty-five (25) years)
  • Bacon-Manito Geothermal Power Plants (with a twenty-five (25) year contract period expiring in 2037, renewable for another twenty-five (25) years) 
The  company also holds Geothermal Service Contracts (GSC) for the following prospect areas:
  • Balingasag Geothermal Project (with a five-year pre-development period expired in 2017, granted extension until 2019; 25-year contract period expiring in 2037, renewable for another twenty-five (25) years) 
  • Mt. Zion 2 Geothermal Project (with a five-year pre-development period expiring in 2020, 25-year contract period expiring in 2040, renewable for another twenty-five (25) years) 
  • Amacan Geothermal Project (with a five-year pre-development period expiring in 2021, 25-year contract period expiring in 2041, renewable for another twenty-five (25) years)

USA, California: EnergySource Files a Patent for Lithium Extraction from Geothermal Brine Process

System and Process for Recovery of Lithium from a Geothermal Brine (USPTO)

United States Patent Application: 20190248667 / Assignee: EnergySource Minerals LLC

This invention relates generally to a system and process for recovery of select minerals and lithium from a geothermal brine. The system and process are configured for the sequential recovery of zinc, manganese, and lithium from a Salton Sea Known Geothermal Resource Area brine.

The system and process includes: 1) an impurity removal circuit; then 2) a continuous counter-current ion exchange (CCIX) circuit for selectively recovering lithium chloride from the brine flow and concentrating it using a CCIX unit; and then 3) a lithium chloride conversion circuit for converting lithium chloride to lithium carbonate or lithium hydroxide product.

EnergySource is a sponsor of the GRC Annual Meeting & Expo, 15-18 September at the Palm Springs Convention Center in Southern California, USA. 

A two-day field trip from the GRC Annual Meeting & Expo will visit the Imperial Valley on September 18 & 19 with a planned stop at the EnergySource facility at Hudson Ranch, the location of the John L. Featherstone geothermal power plant.

Global: Calendar of Geothermal Energy Events

Geothermal Energy Calendar from the Geothermal Resources Council

6th China International Geothermal Energy Technology & Equipment Exhibition & 11th Chinese GSHP Conference & Exhibition 2019 
18-20 August, Beijing, China

3rd International Geothermal Conference GEOHEAT 
3-6 September, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Russian Federation

1st Conference on Geophysics for Geothermal and Renewable Energy Storage
15-18 September, Palm Springs, California, USA

Energy Policy Research Conference (Energy Policy Institute) 
29 September - 1 October, Boise, Idaho, USA

1st Philippine Geothermal Conference (National Geothermal Association of the Philippines) Beyond Conventional: Low-Medium-Enthalpy Geothermal Resources and Applications
2-3 October, Manila, Philippines

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

European Geothermal Workshop 2019 - Characterization of Deep Geothermal Systems
9-10 October, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany

Earth Science Week - American Geosciences Institute
13-19 October, USA

Demonstration of deep geothermal in Europe – MEET H2020 technical workshop (MEET project) 
23 October, 9am-7pm, Palais des Congrès, Arcachon, France
Workshop is free

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

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

1st Canadian Geothermal Students Day 
21-22 November 2019, Québec City, Québec, Canada

Joint EAGE/BVG/FKPE Workshop on Borehole Geophysics and Geothermal Energy
22 November, Munich, Germany

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

4th National Geothermal Conference - RENAG - Colombian Geothermal Association (AGEOCOL)
25-28 November, Medellin, Colombia

Global Geothermal Energy Summit 2019 (ACI)
27-28 November, Florence, Italy

COP 25 - Climate Change Conference
2-13 December, Santiago, Chile

American Geophysical Union - Annual Fall Meeting 
9-13 December, San Francisco, California

GeoTHERM - Expo & Congress

Joint GRC-SPE Workshop - High Temperature Well Cementing
“Exploring Geothermal and Oil and Gas Synergies”
30 March - 1 April, 2020, San Diego, California, USA

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

Geothermal Resources in Sedimentary Basins Conference
9-10 September, 2020, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

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

China: International Geothermal Energy Technology & Equipment Exhibition is Next Week

6th China International Geothermal Energy Technology & Equipment Exhibition & 11th Chinese GSHP Conference & Exhibition 2019

18-20 August, 2019, Beijing, China

Geothermal energy is a kind of renewable energy with large reserves, wide distribution, clean and environmental protection, stable and reliable. It plays an important role in the development of clean energy in the future.Vigorously promoting the development and utilization of geothermal energy is of great practical and long-term strategic significance to China's energy structure adjustment, climate change, air pollution control and ecological civilization construction, as well as the people's aspiration for clean energy use and a better life.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Geothermal Event! Spaces Filling Up Fast for Enhanced Geothermal Systems Workshop

GRC Workshop - New Frontiers in EGS Technology

Friday & Saturday, September 13 & 14
Palm Springs Convention Center, California, USA
Cost: $650 (Member), $750 (Non-Member), $225 (Student)

Organized by:
  • Sabodh K. Garg, Ph.D., Vice-President and Principal Reservoir Engineer, Geologica Geothermal Group, Inc.
  • Azadeh Riahi, Ph.D., Senior Engineer, Itasca Consulting Group
  • William M. Rickard, PE, President and Principal Engineer, Geothermal Resource Group, Inc.
  • Will Pettitt, Ph.D., Executive Director, Geothermal Resources Council
Download the Flyer (PDF).........

High-temperature geothermal resources are the manifestations of cooling magmatic intrusions, which are vertically zoned. Beneath the low-permeability cap and the hydrothermal circulation volume, there exists a zone of limited permeability where meteoric fluid does not circulate freely, and thus engineering intervention is required to enhance permeability and fluid circulation.

It is estimated that roughly 90% of the geothermal power resource reside in Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS). While realization of EGS development on the 100+ GWe scale would make EGS a significant component of the renewable energy portfolio, numerous technological challenges remain in accessing and characterizing, creating, monitoring, operating, and sustaining engineered reservoirs.

Development of cost-effective EGS technology is critical to the long-term viability of the world-wide geothermal industry. This workshop is the third in a series of EGS-focused workshops sponsored by the GRC (previously held in 2012 and 2016), focusing on the latest research findings and practical experiences in geothermal reservoirs. The workshop instructors are experts from geothermal and petroleum industry, academic institutions, and U.S. national laboratories.

In addition to formal presentations, ample time will be allowed for questions/discussion between participants and workshop presenters.

Spaces are filling up fast! Sign-up now!

More Information..........

Kenya: Contract Signed for Steam from 105 MW Menengai Geothermal Project

Menengai Geothermal Steam Payment Agreement (GDC)

USA, California: Geothermal Energy Helps Reduce Greenhouse Gases in Golden State

Governor Newsom announces climate pollution continues to drop below 2020 target while state’s economy grows (California Air Resources Board)

Latest California greenhouse gas inventory shows alternative energy surpasses fossil-powered electricity

Governor Gavin Newsom today announced that greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in California continued to fall ahead of schedule in 2017 as the state’s economy grew ahead of the national average, according to the California Air Resources Board’s latest state inventory of climate-changing emissions.

The data also shows that for the first time since California started to track GHG emissions, the state power grid used more energy from zero-GHG sources like solar and wind power [and geothermal] than from electrical generation powered by fossil fuels. In addition, the data demonstrates that emissions from the transportation sector did not rise as fast as in previous years.

Emissions from electricity generation made up about 15 percent of 2017 statewide greenhouse gas emissions. In 2017, those emissions fell nine percent from 2016, the largest decline of any economic sector. A large increase in zero-emission energy resources drove the reduction. Those clean sources powered 52 percent of all California’s electricity consumed in 2017.

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Indonesia: 80 MW Muara Laboh Geothermal Power Project to Start Operations Next Month

PT Supreme Energy targets start of 80 MW Muara Laboh geothermal plant by September 2019 (Energy Central)

Indonesian energy company PT Supreme Energy reports that it targets the Muara Laboh Geothermal Power Plant (PLTP) located in Solok Selatan Regency, West Sumatra Province, to operate commercially (COD) in September 2019.

The company reached a tariff agreement with PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN) in May of this year.

USA: GRC Members to Lead Women in Geothermal Group

NREL Experts Give Added Steam to Geothermal Industry (NREL)

NREL’s Kate Young and Caity Smith Are Part of a Team Selected to Chair International Geothermal Industry Women’s Advocacy Group

Caity Smith
NREL’s Geothermal Laboratory Program Manager Kate Young and Operations Manager Caity Smith (both GRC Members) are members of the U.S. team selected as the new global chair of Women in Geothermal (WING), an international nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote the education, professional development, and advancement of women in the geothermal industry. The WING U.S. team includes 10 women and “WINGmen” from the geothermal industry, hailing from government, academia, and the private sector.

New Zealand: Employment Opportunity as Senior Geothermal Reservoir Engineer in Taupo

Vacancy: Senior Geothermal Reservoir Engineer (Contact Energy)

Location: Wairakei, Taupo, New Zealand
Deadline: August 21

You will use your extensive reservoir engineering experience to provide technical leadership to our team of engineers and scientists.  You will be responsible for the development of conceptual models of the geothermal system, resource development strategy, reservoir surveillance and performance monitoring.  You will also assist with the development of reservoir models to guide our future development strategy. 

Applications close Wednesday 21st August. For more information please feel free to contact our Talent Team at resourcingteam@contactenergy.co.nz

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Indonesia: 55 MW Lumut Balai Geothermal Power Plant to Start Commercial Operations Next Month

Pertamina Geothermal pastikan PLTP Lumut Balai beroperasi September - Pertamina Geothermal ensures that Lumut Balai PLTP operates in September (Kontan.co.id)

Setelah dua kali mundur dari target, PT Pertamina Geothermal Energy (PGE) memastikan Pembangkit Listrik Tenaga Panas Bumi (PLTP) Lumut Balai Unit-1 bisa beroperasi komersial (Commercial Operation Date/COD) pada awal September 2019.

(From Google Translate) After two withdrawals from meeting the target, PT Pertamina Geothermal Energy (PGE) has ensured that the Lumut Balai Unit-1 Geothermal Power Plant (PLTP) could operate commercially (achieve the Commercial Operation Date / COD) in early September 2019.

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From the Global Geothermal News archives:

Iceland: Employment Opportunity as Director of the Geothermal Training Programme of the United Nations University

Position of Director of UNU-GTP open for application (UNU-GTP)

At the end of 2019, the current director Lúðvík Georgsson, is leaving his position as per the Government law for retirement age. Orkustofnun (the National Energy Authority of Iceland) is therefore advertising the position of a new Director of the Geothermal Training Programme of the United Nations University (UNU-GTP), open for application.

A special committee will evaluate the applicants according to a qualification scheme.

A written application, along with attachments should be sent to Orkustofnun, Grensásvegi 9, 108 Reykjavík, or at ods@os.is, no later than 2nd September 2019.

Further information, please contact:

Dr. Guðni A. Jóhannesson, General Director of Orkustofnun
Lúðvík S. Georgsson, Director of UNU-GTP

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

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

Fieldtrips from Geothermal Resources Council Annual Meeting  (News Release)

Spaces are filling up fast for these popular excursions from the GRC Annual Meeting & Expo 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 facility 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.

Latin America: Geothermal Development Facility for Latin America - End of Fourth Call for EOI

Call for Expressions of Interest #4 for Geothermal Development Facility for Latin America Ends August 29th (News Release)

El Fondo de Desarrollo Geotérmico (GDF) dará por terminado su cuarta llamada a Expresiones de Interés (EOI) el próximo 29 agosto de 2019 a las 23:59 (EST). Estamos muy interesados en conocer tu proyecto. Puede ser el inicio de grandes oportunidades para tu proyecto y el desarrollo de Latinoamérica.

Si deseas acceder a la (EOI) Expresión de Interes, debes completar la (Pre-EOI), para la cual encontrarás el link a continuación. Recuerda que la Pre-EOI siempre está abierta.

¡Apresúrese, incluya esta oportunidad en su presupuesto de 2020!
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The Geothermal Development Facility (GDF) for Latin America will terminate its fourth call for Expressions of Interest (EOI) on August 29, 2019 at 23:59 (EST). We are very interested in knowing your project. It can be the beginning of great opportunities for your project and the development of Latin America.

If you wish to access the (EOI) Expression of Interest, you must complete the (Pre-EOI), for which you will find the link below. Remember that the (Pre-EOI) is always open.

Hurry up, include this opportunity in your 2020 budget!
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Geothermal Event! Party at The Air Museum!

You Are Invited To.....

........join the geothermal community on a night of fun at the Palm Springs Air Museum.

Featuring Music by The Flusters!

"Palm Desert quartet the Flusters gained some notoriety in 2016 when they were one of the local bands added to the Coachella lineup. Since then — besides remaining one of the sharpest-dressed bands out there — they’ve toured nationally and cultivated a retro/modern sound they call “Dreamsurf,” which is the title of their debut album.

 The foursome (singer-guitarist Dougie VanSant, guitarist-vocalist Danny White, bassist-vocalist Mario Estrada and drummer Daniel Perry) play an affecting mix of hyper-romantic guitar-pop that at times sounds like Morrissey giving a concert out of the back of a Woody at a beach party". - Kevin Bronson // Buzzbands L.A.

Register for the event when you register for the GRC Annual Meeting and Expo. Cost includes drinks, food and live entertainment!

Thank you to our sponsors:

Italy: Construction on New Geothermal Plant in Umbria to Start in November

Geotermia, inizio lavori previsto per novembre - Geothermal energy, start of work scheduled for November (La mia città News)

L'inizio dei lavori per l'impianto geotermico di Bolsena - Castel Giorgio previsto per novembre unisce la politica locale e regionale. (From Google Translate) The start of work for the Bolsena - Castel Giorgio geothermal plant planned for November unites local and regional politics.

L’amministratore di Geotermia Italia Spa Diego Righini, che per lunedì alle 18 ha annunciato un incontro con i cittadini di Castel Giorgio, ha ribadito che l’impianto geotermico sarà “Il primo al mondo a impatto zero, con zero rischi sismici e zero contagio delle acque superficiali”.

The manager of Geotermia Italia Spa Diego Righini, who announced a meeting with the citizens of Castel Giorgio for Monday at 6 pm , reiterated that the geothermal plant will be "The first in the world with zero impact, with zero seismic risks and zero 'infection' of surface waters”.

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Finance: Corporations Continue to Favor Renewable Power Purchase Agreements

Clean energy PPAs hit 8.6GW (reNews)

US corporations bought 5.95GW of green electricity in 2019 according to new figures

Corporates purchased 8600 MW of clean energy in the first half of the year, up from 7200 MW in the same period of 2018, according to new market research from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF).

Overall, 2019 is on track to be bigger than 2018 for corporate power purchase agreements (PPAs) globally, with the US accounting for 69% of the activity, BNEF’s corporate energy market outlook for the second half of 2019 found.

US corporations bought 5.95GW of clean energy in 2019, closing in on the 2018 total, according to the outlook.

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Indonesia: VP Says that Progress in Geothermal Power Development in Past Decade has Been "Very Slow"

Indonesia needs $15bln investment to meet geothermal target by 2025 (Zawya)

(Courtesy CIA.gov)
Indonesia may require an estimated $15 billion in investment to meet its target of reaching 7.2 gigawatts (GW) of geothermal power capacity by 2025 and is studying ways to reduce project costs, an energy ministry official said on Tuesday.

The capacity would be an increase from less than 2 GW of geothermal power currently, the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources' Director General of Renewable Energy F.X. Sutijastoto told reporters at a conference on geothermal energy.

Earlier at the conference, Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla said during a speech that progress in geothermal power development in the past decade has been "very slow" and the dependency on coal power has caused air pollution around the capital Jakarta.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Germany: Voting for International Geothermal Association Board Ends September 30

IGA Board Of Directors Election 2020-2023 (News Release)

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

Following the IGA 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:

Abraham, Sam
Li, Kewen
Aguilera, Pablo
Manzella, Adele
Ayling, Bridget
Matsuda, Koji
Bignall, Greg
Matthiasdottir, Kristin Vala
Bjarnason, Bjarni
Meier, Peter
Blair, Andy
Morata, Diego
Brogle, Sylvain
Olivar, Maria Victoria M.
Brotheridge, Jane
Omenda, Peter
Capuano, Louis
Oyama, Hiroshi
Caranto, Joeffrey A.
Prieto, Angela
Casimiro Espinoza, Emigdio
Rotich, Abel
Chandrasekhar, Varun
Sabin, Andy
Darma, Surya
Sangin, Sepehr
Falcone, Gioia
Schmidlee, Virginie
Guglielmetti, Luca
Siratovich, Paul
Hajto, Marek
Suryantini, Ninik
Harskamp, Bob
Svalova, Valentina
Hillbrand, Gudrun
Szita, Gabor
Huenges, Ernst
Tingshan, Tian
Izquierdo-Montalvo, Georgina
Utami, Pri
Jahrfeld, Thomas
Verdoya, Massimo
Jalilinasrabady, Saeid
Wielenga, Jelle
Kaya, Eylem
Wissing, Lothar
Kiryukhin, Alexey
Yasukawa, Kasumi
Letvin, Amelia Ida
Zemedkun, Meseret

Please cast your vote here: https://www.geothermal-energy.org/igamembers/

If you are a member of an Affiliated Organization like the Geothermal Resources Council (GRC), please contact your coordinator and get your IGA ID (log-in & password) to be able to access the IGA Voting Platform.

If you are a corporate, institutional or individual member, you will receive your login credentials from the IGA Team.