Tuesday, October 22, 2019

United Kingdom: Durham Energy Institute Recommends Greater Use of Geothermal

Releasing Our Geothermal Potential (Durham Energy Institute)

Mining the UK’s geothermal potential: towards a local carbon neutral heating solution

Over half of UK energy demand is used to produce heat. Most of this is produced using gas. We currently import more than half of the gas we use. This raises concerns about climate change and future energy security. We need to find alternative sources of low carbon heat.

Our recommendations:
  1. The Government must urgently develop a clear strategy for decarbonising heat supply as a key element of its plans to meet the UK’s carbon reduction plans under the Climate Change Act and Paris agreement commitments. 
  2. Review local and national planning policy to include geothermal for all new developments where possible 
  3. License geothermal in a similar way to oil and gas to attract investment and reduce development risk 
  4. Extend Contracts for Difference to cover large heat schemes as well as electricity generation projects 
  5. Develop new regulation for heat so that heat markets can develop whilst consumers are protected.

Australia: There is a Geothermal Power Plant Down Under! - Again!

Winton Geothermal Power Station Commissioned (gTET)

Green Thermal Energy Technologies has announced the commissioning of the  Winton geothermal power station in Queensland, Australia.

From the Global Geothermal News archives:

Germany: 4.3 Garching Geothermal Power Plant Plans to be Commissioned in Summer 2020

Atlas Copco to Provide Turbine for Garching Geothermal Project in Bavaria, Germany (World-Energy)

Silenos Energy GmbH intends the utilisation of the heat for the district heating network of up to 6.9 MW thermal to an external heat supply operator.

The power plant with a capacity of 4.3 MW will be equipped by Strabag Umwelttechnik GmbH with a turbine from Atlas Copco. The commissioning should take place in August / September 2020 and be used with Isobutane as working fluid. “So far, we are on schedule with the project and expect to produce the first electricity in one year,” explains Christian Steinbauer.

Science & Technology: Innovative Drilling Company Provides an Update - Video

HyperSciences Fall 2019 - Drilling Update (HyperSciences)

(Video 2:16 Minutes)

From the HyperSciences website: HyperDrill™ is our oil & gas and geothermal drilling solution. With financial commitment by one of the world’s largest upstream oil & gas companies we have developed a drilling solution that increases rate of penetration by up to 10x that of existing drilling technology. Funded and Sponsored by Shell Game Changers for 2+ years.

Our Geothermal solution leverages the performance benefits of HyperDrill, the ability to reach deep geothermal energy deposits, and our patent-pending thermoelectric power generation technology to provide cost-effective and scalable clean energy in the measure of MegaWatts.

From the Global Geothermal News archives:

United Kingdom: British Geological Survey Calls for More Research into Geothermal District Heating Schemes

Climate change: Cardiff study says ground-water could heat homes (BBC News)

Natural water in the ground could be used as a low-carbon heat source in many towns and cities, according to research from the British Geological Survey (BGS).

A three-year-study examined the environmental impact of a ground-water heating scheme. Data was gathered from a natural ground-water system below Cardiff.

The BGS are now calling for more research to see if similar technology could be used on a larger scale. BGS said their findings confirmed that a small quantity of heat from a very large volume of water could provide low-carbon heating for many UK towns and cities.

United Arab Emirates: Possible Use for Geothermal Heat in Dubai for Desalination

Use of Geothermal Energy to be Studied by Dubai (Industry Reporter)

Dubai aims to begin manufacturing electricity from heat energy – its latest move during a strategy to get a minimum of 25 % of power from renewable sources by 2030.

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) is requesting proposals for an early-stage feasibility study on heat energy and its use in domestic power generation, particularly for water desalination, The National reported on Monday.

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Iceland: Fish Farming Plant Powered by Geothermal Heat Opens

Iceland’s largest aquaculture centre opens (Fish Farmer Magazine)

(Courtesy Arctic Fish)
A huge new aquaculture breeding and hatchery centre has opened for business in the west of Iceland, on a remote fjord more than 250 miles from the capital Reykjavik.

The £25 million (ISK 4 billion) Arctic Fish owned facility covers 10,000 square metres near the small fishing harbour of Tálknafjörður, where the company is currently engaged in a major expansion of its salmon farming operations.

Managing director of the centre, Sigurður Pétursson, told an audience at the opening ceremony that the plant uses geothermal heat and was the only water recovery operation of its type in the world.

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Poland: Geothermal Tender Auction Set for December 12

Poland sets dates for Q4 renewables tenders (Renewables Now)

(Courtesy CIA.gov)
The Energy Regulatory Office (URE) in Poland has published a timetable for the renewable energy auctions to be held this quarter.

Onshore wind and solar projects with capacities of more than 1 MW will compete on December 5 for long-term power sale contracts. Offshore wind, geothermal, bioliquids and hydropower projects bigger than 1 MW will bid on December 12.

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Global: Introducing the Candidates for the Next Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) Board of Directors

GRC Board of Directors - Nominees for 2020-2021 Term

The next election of the GRC Board of Directors will begin on November 1st.

Candidate #1 out of 13: Kelly Blake, Division Director of the Navy Geothermal Program Office (GPO)

USA, California: Geothermal Resources Council Southern California Section Meeting

Meeting of the SoCal Section of the Geothermal Resources Council

14 November, 3pm, Stockmen’s Club, Brawley, Imperial County, California

Our highlighted presentation will be from Charlene Wardlow, the Geothermal Program Manager and District Deputy for the CA Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR), who will recount her experience, including images and video, during the 2018 Hawaiian volcanic eruption when she participated in a joint task force and was onsite while lava overran a portion of the Puna Geothermal Venture wellfield and facility.

There, of course, will be some snacks on offer and the bar is adjacent to the meeting room, so there are no excuses. We have yet to confirm a sponsor for this meeting, if you or your company is interested, please contact Section President Jon Trujillo (Jon.Trujillo@calenergy.com) or me ASAP. We will send out an agenda and confirmation of our meeting sponsor prior to the meeting.

Another topic of discussion is the establishment of a leadership team for the SoCal Section and next year’s calendar of meetings and other events.

Please RSVP to mary@geothermalresourcegroup.com. If you don’t get a chance to confirm, don’t worry, we’ll let you in. There is no charge to attend the meeting.

We encourage you to join the GRC!

Iceland: Invitation to Form a Music Group at the World Geothermal Congress

Prepare yourselves for the WING Battle of the Bands at WGC 2020

Contact us today. We are here to answer your questions. 
atli@axlaw.is or ann1@slb.com

Monday, October 21, 2019

USA, Colorado: Event Focuses On Providing Clean Energy to Smart Cities in Africa

12th Annual Energy Africa Conference (The Global Commerce Forum)

Smart Cities in Africa and Business Opportunities

Transforming the African economy by providing accessible, affordable, sustainable, and reliable energy solutions to every citizen.

November 14-15, 2019, Denver, Colorado, USA

Cities occupy only 2% of the land mass and yet they consume over 67% of electricity and account for more than 70% of the carbon emissions. As cities become “smart” they are significantly reducing their carbon footprint by employing clean energy, and leveraging technologies for energy and operational efficiency, transportation, waste management and communication. 

This year, the Energy Africa Conference in collaboration with the African diaspora, under the theme, “Smart Cities and Energy Solutions” will present the African Smart Cities and the inherent business opportunities. The Conference will focus on current and upcoming smart cities to highlight energy solutions and the inherent business opportunities. 


United Kingdom: Eden Geothermal Project Has New Website

New Website for The Eden Geothermal Project -


Science & Technology: Video Explanation of the Geological Challenges of Geothermal Energy

Geology and Geothermal Energy (TWI Ltd)

Catalina Sanchez-Roa from University College London (UCL) speaks on the geological challenges of geothermal energy.

Netherlands: Dutch Government Initiates the ‘Netherlands Seismic Campaign for Geothermal Energy'

SCAN scouts the Dutch subsurface for future geothermal opportunities (Geodrilling International)

To accelerate the development of geothermal energy projects, the Dutch government has initiated the ‘Netherlands Seismic Campaign for Geothermal Energy' (Seismische Campagne Aardwarmte Nederland (SCAN)). SCAN will complete a map of the Dutch deep subsurface as much a possible by filling in the blank spots, and by doing so help support the future determination of geothermal potential.

Separate researches into, for example, safety, deep geothermal exploration and other relevant topics will also be carried out to further the understanding of geothermal energy exploitation.

Finally, scientific drilling will possibly take place during the final stages of the programme to help confirm and supplement the measured data to gain an even better understanding of the subsurface in these areas.

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From the Global Geothermal News archives:

Honduras: U.S. Trade and Development Agency Celebrates Successful Platanares Geothermal Power Plant Project

Honduras: Platanares Geothermal Power Plant (USTDA)

Less than 20 years ago, more than half of Honduras’ electricity was produced by hydroelectric facilities exceedingly vulnerable to irregular rainfall. The country also relied on environmentally unsound diesel-run power plants that are expensive to operate and insufficient to meet the country’s growing electricity demand. In collaboration with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) partnered with the Government of Honduras and funded a study to develop the geothermal potential at the Platanares field in western Honduras.

Through detailed market, technology and economic analyses, the USTDA/IDB study concluded that the Platanares site could support a 35-megawatt geothermal power generation facility. As a result, the Government of Honduras awarded concession rights to Electricidad de Cortes S.A., a local power generation company that signed a contract with Nevada-based Ormat Technologies, Inc. to build and operate the facility.

During the plant’s development phase, Ormat leveraged the expertise of the U.S. geothermal sector by sourcing goods and services from more than 70 U.S. suppliers across 17 states. In 2018, the plant received $135 million in financing from the U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) and was inaugurated as the first utility-scale geothermal power facility in Honduras. Now in operation and supplying power to an estimated 100,000 homes every day, the Platanares geothermal plant represents a major success in Honduras’ goals to expand energy access and diversify its energy mix to include clean and renewable energy sources.

Europe: Combined Geothermal Heat, Power and Metal Extraction Project - Final Results

The Combined Heat, Power and Metal extraction CHPM2030 project has finished, but now the final impact factsheet is available! This document concisely summarises the project outcomes during the years, providing a timeline of development of the Consortium. Many of the project results were already presented at CHPM2030 Final Conference in the framework of the EuroWorkshop “Geology and the energy transition” on 23 May 2019 at the Science Centre of Delft University of Technology (the Netherlands).

Read the full Impact Fact sheet below, or download it here.

United Kingdom: Employment Opportunity as Project Manager at Eden Geothermal Project

Vacancy: Project Manager - Eden Geothermal

Salary – up to £70,000pa
2 year fixed term contract initially

Wanted: project manager extraordinary to bring 10 year dream into reality!
Eden Geothermal has secured funding to start developing its geothermal site at the Eden Project in Cornwall. We need a truly excellent project manager to bring the project in on time and on budget. Do you have the skills, the cool head and the sound judgement to help us? Oil and gas, or renewables experience essential. Full details on the position are in the job description below.

For more information about the project, please visit www.edengeothermal.com
Please apply using the application form below and return completed application forms to info@edengeothermal.com

The closing date for this position is 6pm on 5 November 2019

Job Description                              Application Form

Greece: 10 MW Geothermal District Heating Network to Go Ahead in Alexandroupolis

Αλεξανδρούπολη: Φθηνή ενέργεια και θέρμανση από τη γεωθερμία! - Alexandroupolis: Cheap Geothermal Energy and Heating! (Ethnos)

Η θερμική ισχύς του πεδίου υπολογίζεται περίπου σε 10 MW εκ των οποίων τα 9 MW θα χρησιμοποιούνται για την τηλεθέρμανση θερμοκηπίων σε τρεις αγροτικές περιοχές. Το υπόλοιπο 1 MW θα χρησιμοποιηθεί για την τηλεθέρμανση 22 δημοτικών κτιρίων καθώς  και όλων των οικημάτων του Χωριού SOS για το οποίο ο Δήμος έχει αναλάβει την παροχή θέρμανσης. Το συνολικό μήκος του δικτύου τηλεθέρμανσης θα είναι 18 χιλιόμετρα.

Οι τελευταίες αντλήσεις που έγιναν στην περιοχή έδειξαν πως το νερό έχει φτάσει σχεδόν στους 97 βαθμούς Κελσίου. Το στοιχείο αυτό είναι σημαντικό αφού δίνει νέες δυνατότητες και προοπτικές για την εκμετάλλευση του πεδίου.

(From Google Translate) The thermal power of the field is estimated at about 10 MW of which 9 MW will be used for district heating in three rural areas. The remaining 1 MW will be used to heat 22 municipal buildings as well as all SOS Village buildings for which the Municipality has provided heating. The total length of the district heating network will be 18 km.

Recent pumping in the area showed that the water has reached almost 97 degrees Celsius. This is important as it gives new opportunities and prospects for exploiting the field.

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Kenya: Geothermal Power from Olkaria to Solve Power Outage Problems in West

Olkaria geothermal line to be ready in April (Business Daily)

The Kenya Electricity Transmission Company (Ketraco) says its Olkaria - Lessos- Kisumu line will be completed by April, ending power outages that have plagued the western region.

At the moment, the region relies on an 80kV transmission mostly fed by weather-dependent Sondu Miriu and Turkwel hydro-power stations and costly imports from neighbouring Uganda.

The 300 kilometre high-voltage-220 kilovolt (kV)/400kV line under construction is to transmit “cheap, reliable, green and renewable energy” from Naivasha.

“The line evacuates power from the geothermal generation in Olkaria, connecting to national grid. Once the line is complete and energised it will significantly solve the power outages and cost issues,” said Ketraco Land Economist Charles Oguoko.

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Finance: Geothermal Capacity Anticipated to Grow to 18 GW by 2024 - IEA

Booming Green Power Not Enough to Meet Climate Targets, IEA Says (Bloomberg)

Electricity capacity from renewable energy is set to expand by as much as 50% in the next five years, bolstered by government support and falling costs. But more would be needed to slow down warming of the globe, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said.

Those gains represent an increase of about 1,200 gigawatts from 2018 to 2024, equal to the total installed capacity in the U.S., according to a report published Monday by the Paris-based institution. Countries are adding more clean power as a key part of efforts to de-carbonize energy supply, but it’s still not fast enough, said the organization that advises rich nations on energy policy.

Geothermal capacity is anticipated to grow 28%, reaching 18 GW by 2024, with Asia responsible for one-third of global expansion, mainly through projects currently under construction in Indonesia and the Philippines, followed by Kenya, whose cumulative geothermal capacity is set to overtake Iceland’s during the forecast period. Pre-development-stage risks continue to be an important challenge, impeding the rapid development of untapped geothermal potential.

Friday, October 18, 2019

Geothermal Energy News from Around the World

Global Geothermal News - Weekly Update (Geothermal Resources Council)

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

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

Education: Good Video Explaining Geothermal Energy

Could Earth's Heat Solve Our Energy Problems? (Real Engineering)

(Video 13:47 Minutes)

Education: American Society of Mechanical Engineers Publishes Geothermal Energy Poster

Good Graphic on Geothermal Energy from The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

USA, California: Employment Opportunity as Geothermal Production Engineer at The Geysers

Vacancy - Geothermal Production Engineer - The Geysers (Calpine)

Calpine’s Geothermal Production Analysis group develops views of production trends for the world’s largest operating geothermal field, The Geysers in Northern California. Relying heavily on input from the broader Geysers operations team, the production analysis group builds models to project output from the existing field, analyze the impacts of long-term capital investment options, and optimize near-term production decisions.

The Production Engineer will work as part of the Geothermal Production Analysis team in analyzing production and injection data, developing data-management improvement recommendations, conducting reservoir and steam gathering system performance evaluations for optimum field development.

The ideal candidate will have had experience in data-driven analytics for reservoir and production optimization. We are particularly interested in individuals who have experience translating the outputs of analytical tools into field operations.

More Information and Apply........

Science & Technology: Mantle Plume Brings High Geothermal Heat to Yellowstone

What happens under the Yellowstone volcano? (Phys.org)

Yellowstone National Park in the USA, with its geysers and hot springs, is a major attraction for tourists. However, especially in times of little news, the media often focuses on the Yellowstone supervolcano, which last erupted about 630,000 years ago. Inevitably then, the question of the underlying geological structures will be posed.

A recent study by Bernhard Steinberger of the German GeoForschungsZentrum and colleagues in the USA helps to better understand the processes in the Earth's interior. The paper will soon appear in the journal Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems published by the American Geophysical Union. It is based on modelling the Earth's mantle.

According to the model, beneath the Yellowstone volcano lies a so-called mantle plume: a chimney-like structure that reaches thousands of kilometres deep to the border of the Earth's core and mantle. The origin of the plume lies under the Baja California, more than a thousand kilometers southwest of the national park. Evaluations of earthquake waves had already suggested something like this, but the idea of such a "mantle plume" did not fit in with the movement of the Earth's lithospheric plates.

More information: B. Steinberger et al, Yellowstone plume conduit tilt caused by large‐scale mantle flow, Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems (2019). DOI: 10.1029/2019GC008490

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Latin America: Geothermal Development Facility Invites Call for Proposals

The Fourth Call for Proposals (CFP) is now open (GDF Latin America)

The Geothermal Development Facility for Latin America’s (GDF) has announced the opening of the fourth call for proposals.

The Fourth Call for Proposals (CFP) is now open. You may submit your application anytime between now and Midnight (23:59) Greenwich Mean Time (GMT -5) of November 26, 2019.

All those applicants that have been accepted in Expression of Interest (EOI) 4 are eligible to make a proposal for CFP 4. Those applicants that were accepted in previous EOIs are also eligible to apply in CFP 4.

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Kenya: Call for Papers for Eighth Africa Rift Geothermal Conference

Eighth Africa Rift Geothermal Conference (ARGeo-C8)

26th October-1st November 2020
UNEP headquarters, Nairobi Kenya 

Iceland: Invitation to Form a Music Group at the World Geothermal Congress

Prepare yourselves for the WING Battle of the Bands at WGC 2020

Women in Geothermal (WING) members Atli Björn Þorbjörnsson and Ann Robertson-Tait invite you to show off your musical talents at the WING Battle of the Bands, which will be held at on Thursday evening (30 April 2020) at the World Geothermal Congress (WGC 2020) in Reykjavik. We know that there are many geothermal people who are into music and like to perform. Therefore, we humbly request that you prepare for battle in Reykjavik!

Contact us today. We are here to answer your questions. 
atli@axlaw.is or ann1@slb.com

Get Ready for a Fantastic Show at the WING Battle of the Bands!
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Canada: National Geology Survey Starts With Geothermal Energy Exploration

Earth scientists push ambitious project to map Canada’s geology (Nature)

(Courtesy CIA.gov)
EON-ROSE (Earth-system Observing Network-Réseau d’Observation du Système Terrestre) organizers have begun the project with a series of smaller studies .... while they seek full funding. Another study took place this summer, when researchers from the Geological Survey of Canada and Geoscience BC descended on Mount Meager, which is in southern British Columbia and is Canada’s most recently active big volcano. Their goal was to explore whether its volcanic warmth — which heats groundwater up to 240 °C — could be tapped for geothermal energy.

In July, geologists travelled around the mountain on helicopters to install instruments similar to those envisioned for EON-ROSE. The researchers are crunching the preliminary data now, aiming to see where permeable rocks channel Mount Meager’s volcanic heat towards the surface. Future studies in other parts of Canada could help geologists find new sources of geothermal energy — such as in the remote Arctic, where residents often rely on imported diesel, says Stephen Grasby, a geochemist at the Geological Survey of Canada in Calgary who led the work.

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From the Global Geothermal News archives:

New Zealand: Ngāwhā Geothermal Power Station to Jump Start Innovation and Enterprise Park

Ngāwhā business park could create more than 500 jobs, Far North Holdings says (New Zealand Herald)

Glasshouse horticulture, graphite production, timber drying, house construction, honey, native leaf teas and manuka oil extraction are among the industries which have so far shown interest in a proposed industrial park near Kaikohe.

Council-owned company Far North Holdings (FNH) is developing plans for Ngāwhā Innovation and Enterprise Park on what is currently a dairy farm near Ngāwhā Springs, and says it could create more than 500 jobs.

The park's location is across State Highway 12 from a geothermal power station being built by Top Energy and due to start producing electricity in mid-2020. Low-cost power direct from the new plant is one of the attractions touted for the industrial park.

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From the Global Geothermal News archives:

Commonwealth of Dominica: Concept Design for 7 MW Geothermal Power Project Completed

Geothermal Energy plant fully funded according to Minister Ian Douglas (Dominica News Online)

Photo Credit: Nixon George, Quick Link
 Productions via DGDC
Minister for Energy Ian Douglas is giving the public the assurance that the government has all the funding required for the construction of the long-awaited Geothermal Energy Plant in the Roseau Valley.

The Dominica Geothermal Development Company (DGDC) in collaboration with the Ministry of Trade, Energy and Employment conducted testing of the well in that area recently.

Douglas said the concept design for the geothermal plant has been completed including the revised route for the re-injection pipeline from Laudat to Wotten Waven and Trafalgar.

USA, California: Calpine Announces Funding Plan for Operations at The Geysers Geothermal Field

Geysers Power Company, LLC Announces Senior Secured Notes Offerings (News Release)

Geysers Power Company, LLC (GPC), an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Calpine Corporation and the owner of 13 Geysers geothermal power plants and related assets, today announced that it intends to offer Senior Secured Notes, Series A, due 2039 and Senior Secured Notes, Series B, due 2039 in a private placement to qualified institutional buyers pursuant to Rule 144A under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), and to non-U.S. persons outside the United States pursuant to Regulation S under the Securities Act.

The notes and related guarantees will be secured equally and ratably with the indebtedness under a new seven-year senior secured revolving credit facility and a new ten-year senior secured term loan facility in an estimated aggregate principal amount of up to $320.0 million and $400.0 million, respectively (which GPC intends to enter into concurrently with the consummation of this offering) and other indebtedness that is permitted to be secured by such assets, by a first-priority lien on substantially all of GPC’s and the guarantors’ existing and future assets, subject to certain exceptions and permitted liens.

GPC intends to use the proceeds from the offerings, together with borrowings under the new term loan facility and letters of credit issued under the new revolving credit facility, to (i) fund a debt service reserve account and a major maintenance reserve account, (ii) pay costs associated with the offerings and entry into the new revolving credit facility and the new term loan facility, (iii) pay a dividend to Calpine Corporation (the majority of which Calpine Corporation intends to use to repay a portion of its existing indebtedness, and any excess funds from such dividend may be used by Calpine Corporation for general corporate purposes) and (iv) fund working capital, ongoing capital requirements and general corporate purposes of the Geysers Entities.

GPC is the single largest geothermal power producer in the United States, with a 725 MW fleet of 13 plants in operation in California. The Geysers Assets were the largest renewable energy power generation asset portfolio in California in terms of MWh of renewable electricity produced in 2018. All of the Geysers Assets are located in an area called The Geysers in the Mayacamas Mountains of northwestern California. GPC sells power, resource adequacy capacity and green attributes to wholesale customers, including electric utility companies and electric cooperatives.

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Global: Discounted Membership Available to International Members of Geothermal Association

GRC Announces New Tiered Pricing for International Members (News Release)

The Geothermal Resources Council is now offering discounted membership to members from certain countries according to World Bank classifications

The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) Board of Directors has decided to install tiered pricing for individual and retired memberships of the global geothermal association. This means that in addition to the normal rate there are two other levels of discounted rates depending on a World Bank classification of the member's country.

It is now easier for members of the international geothermal energy community from around the world to support the GRC and enjoy the benefits of association.
An online listing of countries in the second and third tiers is available on the GRC website at:  http://my.geothermal.org/docs/WorldBankTier2019.pdf. All countries not listed in the document are considered Tier 1.

The membership rates for 2020 for individuals are: 
  • Tier 1: $130 
  • Tier 2: $78
  • Tier 3: $39
The rates for retired individuals are: 
  • Tier 1: $65
  • Tier 2: $39
  • Tier 3: $20
The membership rate for students is just $20 a year.

More information on all the benefits of membership of the GRC including through corporate representation.......

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

United Kingdom: Opportunity to Research Geothermal Reservoir Modelling and Simulation

Vacancy - Research Associate, Geothermal Reservoir Modelling and Simulation (Heriot Watt University)

Closing date: 19 Nov 2019
Salary: £32,817–£40,322
Location: Institute of Geoenergy Engineering, School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure & Society, Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland

You will join the GWatt project, which is a NERC funded project (“GWatt – Geothermal PoWer GenerATed from UK GraniTes”) with 7 partners from academia and industry and coordinated by the British Geological Survey.

This position is based in the Institute of Geoenergy Engineering (IGE) at Heriot-Watt University, part of the School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society. 

The role will require the holder to collaborate between the established GeoEnergy, Carbonate reservoir and Uncertainty quantification groups in IGE as well as the other GWatt partners bringing together knowledge from multiple disciplines in subsurface characterisation.

More Information and Apply.........

Switzerland: Drilling at Lavey Geothermal Energy Project to Begin 2021

Suisse Voyants Au Vert Pour La Géothermie À Lavey - Green Lights For Geothermal Energy In Lavey (Le Matin)

Le projet de géothermie profonde de Lavey (AGEPP) peut débuter. Il a obtenu toutes les autorisations nécessaires des cantons de Vaud et du Valais sans qu'il n'y ait eu d'opposition. La réalisation de la plate-forme de forage débutera mi-2020.

Dès mi-2021, les travaux de percement sont prévus pour une durée de cinq mois. La mise en exploitation est prévue dans le courant 2022. Pour rappel, le projet consiste à réaliser un forage jusqu'à maximum 3000 mètres de profondeur. Il permettra d?extraire de l'eau à 110 degrés avec un débit de 40 l/s. (ats/nxp).

(From Google Translate) The Lavey deep geothermal project for the AGEPP SA consortium can begin. The project obtained all the necessary authorizations from the cantons of Vaud and Valais without any opposition. The construction of the drilling platform will begin mid-2020.

From mid-2021, the drilling works are planned for a period of five months. The commissioning is planned for 2022. As a reminder, the project consists of drilling up to a maximum depth of 3000 meters. It will extract water at 110 degrees with a flow rate of 40 l / s. (ps / nxp).

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From the Global Geothermal News archives:

USA: ACORE Recommends Federal High-Penetration Renewable Energy Standard

Enacting a Federal High-Penetration Renewable Energy Standard (ACORE)

Building on Proposals to Date and Addressing Important Additional Considerations
Following the recent enactment of multiple state-level 100% clean energy standards (CES), and fueled by debate regarding a Green New Deal and other recently introduced federal legislation, policymakers and the public are increasingly interested in national initiatives to accelerate the transition to a renewable energy economy.

Participants in this conversation cite not only the need for action to avoid increasingly severe impacts from climate change, but also the opportunity for America to increase its twenty-first century global economic competitiveness, to generate good-paying jobs at home, and to provide reliable, resilient, and affordable power.

Building on the proposals described above and in the Appendix, we identify the following as important features of any federal high-penetration RES:
  • Qualifying technologies should, at a minimum, include wind, solar, hydropower, ocean, tidal, hydrokinetic, and geothermal energy.
  • The required percentage of compliant electricity should be at least 50%, on a timeline consistent with climate commitments, recommendations from scientific experts, and other policy goals.
  • Alternative Compliance Payments (ACPs) and penalties should be sufficient to achieve RES objectives.
  • A federal high-penetration RES should recognize, build upon, and not preempt successful state renewable energy standards.

Europe: Video of Webinar on Geothermal Risk Assessment

Geothermal risk assessment and de risking tools (EGEC Geothermal)

(Video 1:13:33 Hours)

The market for geothermal energy in Europe has enjoyed significant growth for the past 5 years. Today, there are nearly 300 geothermal district heating systems in operation in Europe, with a total installed capacity of about 5 GWth. Total installed power capacity is now more than 3 GWe. The power sector has doubled its capacity in 6 years. Meanwhile, the shallow geothermal sector is displaying continuous growth, approaching the threshold of 2 million units installed.

Geothermal project development has several risky components, the most important one being the resource risk. The GEORISK project works to establish risk insurance all over Europe and in some key target third countries to cover risks associated with the development and the operation of a deep geothermal plant. More info at www.georisk-project.eu

Germany: Presentations from Workshop on Reducing Risk in Geothermal Projects

GEORISK Workshop ”The right scheme for my market” (News Release)

The workshop took place October 8 in Munich, with the aim of identifying the conditions for a transition in the insurance schemes, according to market maturity for geothermal projects. The workshop aimed creating a discussion between the project partners, the members of the Advisory committee and the other participants to the workshop.

Global: Opportunity to Help the GRC Promote Awareness of Geothermal Energy

GRC Publishes RFP for Geothermal Energy Marketing Plan and Website Redevelopment (News Release)

The GRC is seeking proposals for assistance with developing a marketing plan, promotional materials and website.

The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) has issued a Request for Proposal for Assistance with a Marketing Plan and Website Redevelopment.

The GRC has a vision to raise the recognition and acceptance of geothermal energy across society. We have focused our vision on a strategy to connect with local people and companies on the ground in our industry, to bring people together in research, industry and government, and to collaborate with partner organizations, thought leaders and decision makers around the globe.

We will be developing sharp and modern public relations that reach out across society to help promote awareness of geothermal energy: from the general public and school children through to decision makers at the highest levels. We are transforming into an association that fights for geothermal energy to be mainstream and to bring our energy into the public conscience as much as other technologies because we recognize that society needs geothermal in the future transition to clean and renewable energy.

The Request for Proposal (RFP) can be downloaded from the GRC website........ 

The deadline for written questions is October 31st, 2019, for proposal submission - November 15th, 2019 and the award announcement will be made on December 31st, 2019.

Submission will only be accepted as a PDF by email to Estela Smith at grc@geothermal.org. Responsibility for ensuring delivery is the applicants. Estela can be contacted by telephone on 530-758-2360.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Global: Calendar of Geothermal Energy Events

Geothermal Energy Calendar from the Geothermal Resources Council

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

SDG Short Course IIV on Exploration and Development of Geothermal Resources (UN-GTP and KenGen)
4-25 November, Lake Bogoria and Lake Naivasha, Kenya

7th London Geothermal Symposium (Geological Society)
5 November, Burlington House, London, United Kingdom

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

Costa Rica Geothermal Workshop
11-12 November, San Jose, Costa Rica

Der Geothermiekongress 2019
19-21, November, Munich, Germany

1st Canadian Geothermal Students Day 
21-22 November, 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

GT'2020 Türkiye Jeotermal Kongresi
5-6 February, 2020, Ankara, Turkey

GeoTHERM - Expo & Congress
5-6 March, 2020, Messe, Offenburg, Germany

Stanford Geothermal Workshop - 45th Annual
10-12 February, 2020, Stanford, California, USA

GEMex Final Conference (GEMex Project)
18-19 February, 2020, Potsdam, Germany

GeoTHERM - Expo & Congress
5-6 March, 2020, Messe, Offenburg, Germany

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

9th ITB International Geothermal Workshop 2020
1-2 April, 2020, Bandung, Indonesia.

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

USA, California: Call for Abstracts for High-Temperature Well Cementing Workshop

Joint GRC-SPE Workshop: High-Temperature Well Cementing

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

Call for Abstracts - Deadline is Dec. 1

The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) together with the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) invite you to present your latest technical work in High-Temperature Well Cementing at the special joint workshop.

The topics to be covered are listed in the agenda for the workshop.....download the Flyer for more information.

Please submit your abstracts to Estela Smith at grc@geothermal.org. Call 530.758.2360 ext 102.

Deadline for submission of abstracts is December 1st, 2019.

Download the Flyer...........

Indonesia: Abstract Submission Now Open for 9th ITB International Geothermal Workshop

IIGW2020 Abstract Submission Is Now Open!! (ITB)

9th ITB International Geothermal Workshop 2020
1-2 April, 2020. Bandung, Indonesia

Present your research to colleagues from around the world at the 9th ITB International Geothermal Workshop 2020 in Bandung, Indonesia.

We welcome abstracts from any field related to Geothermal such as:

Geology; Geophysics; Geochemistry; Drilling; Reservoir Engineering; Production Engineering; Field Management; Direct Use; Economics; Environment; Regulations; Social and Humanitary.
Submit your abstract to paper-workshop@geothermal.itb.ac.id before November 11, 2019

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USA, Nevada: GRC Board Member is New Geothermal Commissioner

Nevada governor appoints three to Mineral Resource Commission (Carson Now.org)

Josh Nordquist
Earlier this month, Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak made three appointments — Robert Felder, Randy Griffin and Josh Nordquist — to the Commission on Mineral Resources.

Josh Nordquist was appointed as the Geothermal Commissioner. Josh is the Manager of US Resource Operations for Ormat Technologies, the largest geothermal electrical producer in the State. He is a member of the Geothermal Resources Council, served as Vice-President of the Geothermal Energy Association and was a member of the Nevada New Energy Industry Task Force.

The Commission on Minerals Resources is a seven-member body appointed by the governor and meets quarterly. The Commission advises and makes recommendations to the Governor and Legislature regarding the mineral policy of the State, formulates the administrative policies of the Division of Minerals and adopts regulations necessary for carrying out the duties of the Commission and Division.

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Josh Nordquist is a GRC Board member and is running again for the next term of the Board of Directors.

Indonesia: Toshiba to Supply 10 MW Small Scale Geothermal Power Plant in Central Java

Toshiba Wins Contract To Supply 'Geoportable™' For Dieng Small Scale Geothermal Power Plant In Indonesia (News Release)

Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions Corporation (Toshiba ESS) today announced that the company has won a contract with PT Inti Karya Persada Tehnik (IKPT), a leading Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) company in Indonesia, to supply a set of steam turbine and generator for Dieng Small Scale Geothermal Power Plant located in Central Java, Indonesia. 

The power plant is developed by PT Geo Dipa Energi (Persero), Indonesia's state-owned geothermal energy company. Toshiba ESS commenced the design and engineering work for the scope of supply. The power plant is scheduled to start commercial operation in March 2021.

This 10 MW-class small scale geothermal power plant will be constructed in the Dieng plateau and located near the existing Dieng Geothermal Power Plant Unit 1, which has been operating since 2002. For this new power plant, Toshiba ESS will supply 'Geoportable™'.

'Geoportable™' is a compact power generation system developed by Toshiba ESS for small scale geothermal power plants with outputs ranging from 1 MW to 20 MW. This system employs advanced technologies, for instance, leading-edge corrosive gas resistance materials, which are crucial for geothermal steam turbines, and a unique design for the steam path, which leads to high performance and reliability.

Serbia: Bogatic Geothermal District Heating Network Operating Succesfully

Neither wood, nor gas, nor coal: The first town in Europe heated from a hot lake is in - Serbia (Telegraf)

A remote heating system that uses geothermal energy instead of conventional energy sources has been put into operation in Bogatic. A source whose output is 25 liters per second, with water temperature of 75 degrees (centigrade), is now being used to heat a primary and a secondary school, a kindergarten, a court, a social welfare center, a utility company and a police station.

A huge geothermal lake [reservoir] was discovered at depths between 500 and 700 meters nearly a decade ago in this poor municipality, after which seven exploratory wells were dug. Since then, geothermal energy has only been spoken about as a great potential, wasted in the absence of ideas and resources. It's estimated that tens of millions of euros of valuable thermal energy have since evaporated.

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Germany: Good Results from Geothermal District Heating Project Near Munich

Geothermie: Neue Bohrungen geplant - Wasser heißer als bei bisherigen Quellen - Geothermal: New drilling planned - water hotter than previous sources (Merkur.de)

Ein „spektakulärer Schritt“ in Sachen Geothermie in Pullach: Bei Untersuchungen ist die Gemeindetochter  IEP auf eine mögliche Bohrstelle mit bis zu 140 Grad heißem Wasser gestoßen.

(From Google Translate) A "spectacular step" in geothermal energy in Pullach: During investigations, the community subsidiary IEP has come across a possible drilling site with up to 140 degrees hot water.

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United Arab Emirates: Possible Use for Geothermal Heat in Desert Nation

Geothermal Energy is a Good Option for UAE Study Reveals (Industry Reporter)

(Courtesy CIA.gov)
A search study is staring at the potential use of heat — the warmth made within the planet — as a replacement supply of fresh and renewable energy for the UAE.

The project that is being undertaken by researchers at UAE University (UAEU) has studied earth science sites in each Al Own and Ras Al Khaimah, examining the new water spring reservoirs and analyzing their temperatures and sizes.

This project started in January of this year with the goal of understanding the likelihood of victimization heat within the UAE, so we tend to wished to review the geothermal areas, gathering the maximum amount knowledge as potential,” explained Dr Hakim Saibi, professor of geology at UAEU, and one amongst the researchers involved in the project.

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Monday, October 14, 2019

USA, California: EnergySource Minerals Announces Commercial Lithium Extraction Initiative

Unlocking Lithium at the Salton Sea (News Release)

California-based EnergySource Minerals successfully develops lithium extraction technology platform

Geothermal Sunsets, by Sigurdur William Brynjarsson, Hafnarfjordur, Iceland.
GRC Photo Contest 2019. 
California-based EnergySource Minerals has developed a technology platform to extract battery-spec lithium from California’s Salton Sea geothermal brine.

“EnergySource Minerals has successfully completed a feasibility study for the extraction and production of lithium from geothermal brine and is now proceeding toward a commercial lithium extraction initiative called Project ATLiS,” said EnergySource Minerals CEO and President Eric Spomer.

“We have de-risked the project through an extensive engineering and piloting effort, utilizing commercially-viable techniques, while collaborating with industry-leading partners. We envision an operation that will bring meaningful growth to the domestic lithium market, right when global demand is forecast to rise dramatically.”