Thursday, November 21, 2019

United Kingdom: Plans for Enhanced Geothermal System at Eden Project

Digging into Eden Project’s Hot Rocks energy plans (New Civil Engineer)


The aim of the project titled Hot Rocks is to eventually sink two wells, one to provide heat for the project itself and another to provide power.

The engineering work has been overseen by EGS Energy, which has experience on commercial scale geothermal projects in both Cornwall and worldwide. 

EGS operations director Tony Bennett said it was the ideal place to take advantage of the potential for geothermal energy: “One of the big advantages of the Cornish granite is that it contains a certain level of radioactive minerals, which are giving off heat all the time. That means that the heat flow within the Cornish granite is higher than you get elsewhere in the UK.”

The well is drilled over 4km deep where the rock temperature is up to 190oC bid. Water injected down the will be returned to the surface at closer to 175oC.

A key to the technique is that the rock also has fissures within it.

Bennett explains: "The [soil] structure we are targeting has got the right orientation as it's very steeply inclined, we believe it'll comprise fractures .. therefore, will have a lot more pathways that the water will be able to flow through."

The first well will be drilled in a staged approach with a narrowing diameter as it deepens. The final open hole diameter will be 216mm.

If the trials are successful,  the Eden Project could form the bedrock for further geothermal plants in the UK.

South Africa: Discovery of Hotspot Could Lead to Geothermal Energy Development

Geologists uncover geothermal energy potential in South Africa (ESI Africa)

Location of study area and relevant geological features. (Courtesy Authors)
The discovery of gases released from deep beneath the earth’s crust could help to explain Southern Africa’s unusual landscape, a study suggests.

Scientists have long puzzled over why areas such as South Africa’s Highveld region are so elevated and flat, with unexpectedly hot rocks below the surface.

Hotspots are known to generate volcanic activity in Hawaii, Iceland and Yellowstone National Park.

Geologists have revealed that carbon dioxide-rich gases bubbling up through natural springs in South Africa originate from a column of hot, treacle-like material – called a hotspot – located deep inside the earth.

In South Africa, the hotspot pushes the crust upwards, generating the distinctive landscape, which consists mostly of tablelands more than one kilometre above sea level, the researchers say.

This also explains why rocks beneath the region are hotter than expected – a property that could be harnessed to generate geothermal energy.


Noble gases confirm plume-related mantle degassing beneath Southern Africa, by S. M. V. Gilfillan, D. Györe, S. Flude, G. Johnson, C. E. Bond, N. Hicks, R. Lister, D. G. Jones, Y. Kremer, R. S. Haszeldine & F. M. Stuart.  
Nature Communications volume 10, Article number: 5028 (2019)

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

USA: Geothermal Capacity Factor Averages 76% the Highest Among Renewable Energy Technologies

Nearly half of U.S. geothermal power capacity came online in the 1980s (EIA)

Geothermal energy has been used to generate electricity in the United States since the early 1960s. The United States has 2.5 gigawatts (GW) of operating geothermal capacity, about half of which came online in the 1980s. EIA expects three plants with a combined capacity of 115 megawatts (MW) to come online in 2020. Nearly all U.S. geothermal capacity is located in California and Nevada.


Geothermal is similar to other renewables in that it does not consume fuel to generate power, which means relatively low operation and maintenance costs, and it typically has low emissions of criteria pollutants. However, geothermal is different from other renewable technologies because it is not dependent on seasonal factors such as precipitation, wind resources, or exposure to the sun (solar insolation) and it provides a constant source of energy.

As a result, geothermal power plants tend to have high and relatively flat capacity factors throughout the year. Geothermal capacity factors in the United States averaged 76% in 2018, the highest among renewable energy technologies.


Geothermal technology is geographically limited to areas with suitable hydrothermal reserves. The technology also has relatively high capital costs and carries investment risk because of long project lead times and payback periods. In the 1980s, about 100 MW of geothermal capacity was added each year. Since then, geothermal installations have slowed because of geographical limitations, declining wholesale electricity prices, and declining costs for other renewable technologies.

Geothermal sites for power generation typically have high temperatures, relatively shallow depths, and naturally occurring underground hydrothermal reserves in permeable rock. A 2008 U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) study estimated a total U.S. resource potential of 9 GW of electric power generation from identified hydrothermal sites and up to an additional 30 GW from unidentified hydrothermal sites.

Most of this identified resource potential is in the western part of the United States. About 94% of the current U.S. geothermal generating capacity is in California and Nevada. Five other states—Hawaii, Idaho, New Mexico, Oregon, and Utah—also have geothermal power plants. The three new geothermal generators expected to come online in 2020 are in California and Nevada.

Currently, 25 states and the District of Columbia include geothermal as an approved resource to meet their Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS). Since 1980, geothermal power plants have also received the support of a federal 10% investment tax credit (ITC), and they were eligible to receive a $0.023 per kilowatthour production tax credit (PTC) in lieu of the ITC from 2005 to 2017.

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Germany: Call to Develop Geothermal District Heating Networks from Deep Resources

Industry associations call for masterplan to boost deep geothermal energy (Clean Energy Wire)


Germany needs a masterplan for deep geothermal energy in order to reap the technology's unused potential to lower CO2 emissions from heating, four industry associations have said in a joint paper.

The 37 deep geothermal plants in operation today produce 1.2 terawatt hours (TWh) of climate neutral heat per year. The Leibniz Institute for Applied Geophysics (LIAG), however, estimates that deep geothermal energy - mostly using boreholes that are 2,000 to 3,000 metres deep - has the potential to provide Germany with 100 TWh of heat per year by 2050 – almost 17 percent of the country's expected demand for heating at the time. 

Channeling geothermal energy through the country's district heating network would be a "logical" and efficient path – and could in the future replace coal-fired heating, write the German Association of Local Utilities (VKU), German Renewable Energy Federation (BEE), the German Geothermal Association (BVG) and Energy Efficiency Association for Heating, Cooling and CHP (AGFW). The associations propose that the current framework conditions for geothermal energy should be developed in order to make projects more attractive.

USA, California: Grant Funding Opportunity for R&D on Geothermal Energy and Lithium Co-Production

GFO-19-303 - Geothermal Energy Overcoming Technology Hurdles and Enabling Recovery of the MinerAl Lithium (Geothermal) (California Energy Commission)
The purpose of this solicitation is to fund applied research and development, and technology demonstration and deployment projects that meet the following objectives:
  • Develop and demonstrate technologies, tools, and strategies to improve the productivity and flexibility of existing geothermal facilities;
  • Develop and demonstrate technologies to recover lithium from geothermal brine;
Funded projects will help improve production and flexibility of existing geothermal facilities and demonstrate the economic capture of lithium from geothermal brines. The projects will increase the overall economic value of existing or future geothermal projects through integration of emerging technologies and added value from lithium recovery operations from geothermal brine, which in return will ensure higher penetration of non-intermittent renewable energy in California and provide a range of benefits, including grid stability, reliability, and resiliency. 

Voting for New Members of the Geothermal Resources Council Board of Directors Ends Next Week

GRC Board 2020-2021 Term of Office - Ballot Ends Next Week (News Release)

Each year members of the global GRC community are asked to deliberate and then vote on a finite number of candidates for the GRC Board of Directors. Those with the most votes are then sworn onto the Board starting early the next year.

The GRC 2019 Nominations Committee and GRC Board of Directors have approved 13 candidates for the 2020-2021 term of office.


Members of the GRC can now vote for no more than 4 candidates. All ballots must be "Submitted" and "Confirmed" by 11:55 p.m. on November 30, 2019. All GRC members should have received an invitation to vote online or by mail.

Board of Directors Candidate Statements (PDF).........

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

USA, California: Workshop on Geothermal Energy and Lithium Co-Production

Pre-Application Workshop - GFO-19-303 Geothermal Energy Overcoming Technology Hurdles and Enabling Recovery of the Mineral Lithium (Geothermal) (California Energy Commission)
 
Wednesday, December 4, 2019, 10am - 5pm
California Energy Commission, 1516 9th Street, Sacramento, CA  95814

Energy Commission staff will hold one Pre-Application Workshop to discuss the solicitation with potential applicants. Participation is optional but encouraged. Applicants may attend the workshop in-person, via the internet, or via conference call on the date and at the time and location listed.  

USA, Washington D.C.: GRC Executive Director Represents Geothermal Energy on The Hill

The Growing Role of Renewable Energy in the U.S. Energy Mix (EESI)


(Video 1:29:44 Hours)

Will Pettitt
Executive Director, Geothermal Resources Council (GRC)
View Video | Download Slides
  • Geothermal energy results from the heat generated by Earth; it is converted to electricity or used directly.
  • There is no doubt that geothermal energy will be a huge success in the near future. We will need renewable and clean sources of energy that are always on, no matter the time or the weather—sources like geothermal energy, which supplies energy continuously.
  • One of the benefits and challenges of geothermal is that it is completely hidden from us underground (that means it has a low profile, but it also easily overlooked).
  • Geothermal industry types:
    • Extraction of hydrothermal hot water from deep underground to generate power.
    • Direct use of cooler hydrothermal hot water
    • Geothermal heat pumps that cool or heat individual buildings or houses
    • Enhanced geothermal systems can be used in locations that would not normally be suitable for geothermal energy, but they are still in the research phase
  • California will have 60 percent renewable energy by 2030, and other states will follow.
  • In the United States, California is the largest producer of geothermal energy.
  • Geothermal energy provides a flexible baseload and can provide resilience, reliability, and stability as we transition to renewable energy.
  • Geothermal power production creates quality jobs and contributes to local economies near the resources. For every two megawatts of geothermal development, five quality jobs are created.
  • Geothermal is a facilitator of other, intermittent renewables. The renewable power industries can collaborate for the benefit of everybody.
  • A recent study by the Department of Energy stated that geothermal energy could provide over 60 gigawatts of power, which would be over 10 percent of U.S. electricity demand.
  • The Geothermal Resource Council supports the Geothermal Energy Opportunities (GEO) Act, The Advanced Geothermal Innovation Leadership (AGILE) Act of 2019, and the Enhancing Geothermal Production on Federal Lands Act.
  • Geothermal developers are looking at ways to increase the value of geothermal plants. One way to achieve this is through co-production of minerals. Lithium, for example, is found in geothermal brines, especially in the Imperial Valley in California, and it could potentially be recovered from the brine. The demand for lithium, used in lithium-ion batteries (for smartphones, laptops, electric vehicles, energy storage…), is expected to increase significantly over the next 10 years.
  • The geothermal industry is helping build a future where geothermal power and heat can be rolled out across the nation as a critical source of renewable energy.
Download audio file of briefing (MP3)
Archived briefing notice

Science & Technology: Geothermal is "carbon-free, renewable, and efficient"

Tech Breakthrough Could Spark A Geothermal Energy Boom (OilPrice.com)

"Geothermal Drilling", by Vilhjálmur Guðmundsson, Reykjavik, Iceland. Honorable Mention GRC Photo Contest 2019.
Geothermal energy is often billed as one of “the cleanest energy sources” --and with good reason. It’s carbon-free, renewable, and efficient. Even those stoic anti-hyperbolists over at the United States Department of Energy sing its praises, saying, “this vital, clean energy resource supplies renewable power around the clock and emits little or no greenhouse gases -- all while requiring a small environmental footprint to develop.”

Luckily, there has recently been an important breakthrough in the field of geothermal energy exploration and finding those geothermal hotspots (so to speak) thanks to a team of research scientists from the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, based in Potsdam.


From the Global Geothermal News archives........

USA, Washington D.C.: Advanced Geothermal Innovation Leadership Act (AGILE) Advances out of Committee

U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources

Business Meeting to Consider Pending Nominations and Legislation


The business meeting was held on Tuesday, November 19, 2019, at the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C.

The purpose of the business meeting was to consider pending nominations and legislation.

Agenda Item 17: S. 2657, a bill to support innovation in advanced geothermal research and development, and for other purposes. (Sen. Murkowski, R-AK)
Passed by voice vote (Sen. Lee recorded as no)

Joint staff amendment in the nature of a substitute

Geothermal Event! Register for Your Expo Booth Now!

Spaces Are Limited, Register For Your Booth Now!


The Geothermal Resources Council is pleased to invite you to exhibit at our annual geothermal energy conference.

The conference will be held from October 18-21, 2020 at the Peppermill Resort Spa & Casino in Reno, Nevada.


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

We look forward to your participation in this exciting event.

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USA, Washington D.C.: Hope for Geothermal Energy in Draft of Growing Renewable Energy and Efficiency Now (GREEN) Act



This draft legislation is a comprehensive approach to tackling climate change by using the tax code to extend and expand renewable energy use and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

You can click here to read the discussion draft of the GREEN Act and click here to view a section-by-section of the legislation.


Selections pertaining to geothermal from the section by section analysis of the discussion draft:
The production tax credit (PTC) for geothermal energy is revived and extended through the end of 2019. Separately, geothermal is made eligible for a higher investment tax credit under § 48 starting in 2020. See sec. 102 of the discussion draft.
The investment tax credit (ITC) for geothermal energy property is modified to match the credit timeline for solar energy property. Therefore, the ITC for geothermal energy property is 30% through the end of 2024. The ITC then phases down to 26% in 2025, 22% in 2026, and 10% thereafter. Geothermal will not be eligible for the PTC after 2019. See § 101 of this discussion draft.
“The geothermal industry is helping build a future where geothermal power and heat can be rolled out across the nation as a critical source of renewable energy for U.S. households and businesses as we transition to a clean energy future.

The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) can attest to the vital importance of tax credits to the success of geothermal energy business, and strongly supports and applauds the leadership shown by the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures, and Chairman Mike Thompson, in drafting the Growing Renewable Energy and Efficiency Now (GREEN) Act.

The GREEN Act would retroactively extend the Production Tax Credit (PTC) through 2019 for geothermal, which otherwise expired at the end of 2017, and extends the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) at 30% for geothermal plants through the end of 2024. These tax credits provide a predictable market signal for project development, which in turn leverages private investment and promotes job creation and local economic benefits across the country.”

Will Pettitt, PhD, FGS
Executive Director, GRC

Croatia: 16.5 MWe Velika Ciglena Geothermal Plant Officially Unveiled

Croatia’s first geothermal power plant Velika 1 officially unveiled (News Release)

Tomislav Ćorić (left) and Muharrem Balat (right), photo by Maks Petković
Croatia’s first geothermal power plant, the 16.5 MW Velika 1 in Ciglena near Bjelovar, has been officially unveiled in a ceremony attended by Croatian Minister of Environmental Protection and Energy Tomislav Ćorić and Muharrem Balat, Chairman of the Board of Turkey’s MB Holding, which owns the plant. Europe’s biggest binary power plant was built in an investment of HRK 325 million (around EUR 43.7 million).

The Velika 1 geothermal power plant was put into operation in December 2018, and has been operating at full capacity since March 2019, supplying electricity to almost the entire city of Bjelovar. The plant’s core technology was produced by Italy’s Turboden, while domestic suppliers and contractors accounted for over 68% of the total investment, according to the Croatian Renewable Energy Sources (OIEH) association.

Project manager Dragutin Domitrović said that Velika 1 has a power purchase agreement with the Croatian Energy Market Operator (HROTE) for 10 MW of installed capacity, which corresponds to the average consumption of 29,000 Croatian households.

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From the Global Geothermal News archives:

Monday, November 18, 2019

Iceland: The New 600 kW Flúðir Geothermal Power Plant

New small-scale Geothermal Power Plant (EFLA)

From the site of the new power plant at Kópsvatn,
near Flúðir in South part of Iceland. (Courtesy EFLA)
In the south part of Iceland, near Flúðir, a new power plant was commissioned in the beginning of 2019. The power plant is based on binary cycle, that has an organic working fluid in a Rankine cycle. EFLA was the main consultant in the project, with regards to geothermal and mechanical engineering. 

The installed capacity for the power plant is 600 kW in the first phase, and the second phase plans to extend the power plant to 1.2 MW. The electricity is distributed to the local net.

The electricity is generated with four Climeon units. The units are connected in serial and lower the temperature of the geothermal water from 115°C to 80°C. The geothermal water has therefore temperature that is well suited for district heating system.

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From the Global Geothermal News archives:

USA, Utah: New Video on Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy

A New Future For Geothermal: The Utah FORGE Project (Seequent)

The Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE), is a project designed to test research, new tools, and technology that can be used for developing enhanced geothermal systems.

Croatia: Tender Announced for Geothermal Exploration in Virovitica Area

Croatian AZU Announces Tender for Exploration of Geothermal Waters (Montel Energetika.net)

The Croatian Hydrocarbon Agency (Agencija za ugljikovodike – AZU) has announced a public tender to select the most suitable bidder for the exploration of geothermal waters in the Virovitica 2- exploration area.

The chosen bidder will receive a permit for the extraction of geothermal water for energy purposes, states a press release from AZU.

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USA, California: High-Temperature Well Cementing and Integrity Workshop - Register Now!

Registration Now Open for High-Temperature Well Cementing and Integrity Workshop  (News Release)

“Exploring Geothermal and Oil & Gas Synergies”

Join us for the Joint GRC-SPE Workshop

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

The draft agenda, abstract submission, hotel reservations, and more, can be found on our new dedicated website at https://cement.mygeoenergynow.org/

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

Registration is Now Open!

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. Our joint workshop will enable both industries to share their experiences, technologies, technical procedures and best practices on this important aspect of well completion.

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

Save $100 by registering before March 1, 2020.
  • GRC or SPE Member: $990
  • Non Member: $1,090
In addition, by booking and staying at the Wyndham San Diego Bay Hotel under the GRC room block, the GRC will refund your workshop registration by $50 per night for up to 3 nights booked/paid. Make your reservation........

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Canada: Lithium Extraction Pilot Plant Sources Geothermal Brine from Leduc Reservoir in Alberta

E3 Metals to scale up testing with large lithium-enriched brine sample (JW Energy)

(Courtesy E3 Metals)
Calgary-based E3 Metals says it has collected the largest sample to date of lithium-enriched brine from its project in Alberta.

The 20,000-litre sample was collected from the Leduc Formation in what the company calls its Central Clearwater Resource Area.

The work was completed with assistance from a local oil and gas operator with whom E3 Metals has been actively collaborating since 2017, the company says.

E3 says the sample is required to support the continued testing and scale up of its proprietary direct lithium extraction process over the next 12 months.

The company has delineated an inferred resource estimate of 6.7 million tonnes of lithium carbonate equivalent from brine in the Leduc Formation, which now ranks Alberta as having one of the largest lithium resources in the world.

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From the Global Geothermal News archives:

Science & Technology: Direct Thermal Charging Cell for Converting Low-Grade Waste Heat to Usable Electricity


Dr. Tony Shien-Ping Feng of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Hong Kong (HKU) and his team invented a Direct Thermal Charging Cell (DTCC) which can effectively convert heat to electricity, creating a huge potential to reduce greenhouse effects by capturing exhaust heat and cutting down primary energy wastage.

Low grade heat is abundantly available in industrial processes (80 to 150°C), as well as in the environment, living things, solar-thermal (50 to 60°C) and geothermal energy. 

Dr. Feng said: "Efficient low-grade heat recovery can help to reduce greenhouse gas emission but current technologies to convert this heat to electricity is still far from optimum. DTCC yields a conversion efficiency of over 3.5%, surpassing all existing thermo-electrochemical and thermo-electric systems, which is either too costly or complicated, or too low in efficiency for everyday applications. DTCC is a revolutionary design with great potentials in smart and sustainable energy devices."


More information: Xun Wang et al, Direct thermal charging cell for converting low-grade heat to electricity, Nature Communications (2019). DOI: 10.1038/s41467-019-12144-2

India: 500 kW Pilot Geothermal Power Project at Puga Hot Springs to Start Next Year

Geothermal project to come up in Ladakh (The Tribune)

A 500 kW geothermal pilot project at Puga hot water springs in Leh district of the Ladakh Union Territory would come up by November end next year.

Nawang Thinless Lonpo, coordinator of the project said Puga hot water springs alone has a potential of generating 80 MW of geothermal energy.

He added that engineers from the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation comprising Peeyush Kumar, Uday Shankar and Ahsan Absar ex-Director, Geological Survey of India, visited Puga hot water springs on Thursday.

The engineers also held a meeting with Gyal P Wangyal, chief executive councillor, LAHDC, and discussed about exploration of geothermal energy from Puga Changthang. The engineers apprised Wangyal that the Government of India has asked the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation to harness geothermal energy from Puga and other potential areas in the Union Territory


From the Global Geothermal News archives:

Kenya: Geothermal Development Company Receives GRMF Funding for Baringo-Silali Exploration

GDC gets Sh1.9b funding boost (Standard Digital)

Geothermal Development Company (GDC) has received a boost for its drilling operations after the Geothermal Risk Mitigation Facility (GRMF) awarded the government a grant of Sh1.9 billion.

The funds are meant for geothermal exploration in the larger Baringo-Silali block.

Currently, GDC is drilling for geothermal steam at Paka. In August, the company struck a successful first well that confirmed the area as productive.

The entire Baringo-Silali project is estimated to have 3,000 MW of geothermal steam.


From the Global Geothermal News archives:

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Global: Opportunity to Advertise in the Geothermal Energy Magazine

Advertise In The GRC Bulletin

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

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

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

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

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

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

Advertising Rate Sheet.............

Friday, November 15, 2019

USA, Washington: GRC Executive Director Gives Briefing on Geothermal Energy in DC

The Growing Role of Renewable Energy in the U.S. Energy Mix (EESI)

The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) and the Clean Energy and Technology Staff Association (CETSA) held a briefing on the state of play for renewable energy and energy storage technology in the United States. Renewable energy technologies now account for a substantial portion of the U.S. energy portfolio. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, renewable energy generated 17 percent of total energy in 2018, and projections indicate this percentage will continue to grow.

Will Pettitt, Executive Director, Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) gave a briefing on the potential for geothermal energy in the renewable energy mix. He gave his presentation from hour 19:28 to 35:08 of the recording.

Download his slide presentation........


 (Video 1:59:42 hours)

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.

Turkey: European Geothermal PhD Day Conference in Denizli

European Geothermal PhD Days (EGPD 2020)

24-26 February, 2020 
Pamukkale University, Denizli, Western Turkey

The Turkish geothermal energy market has seen an incredible growth in the last 10 years. The market continues to be one of the hottest geothermal markets in the world with its 1498 MWe installed capacity. During the organization, Turkey, a member of 1 GW Country Club, as host country will be our address to observe the reflections of industrial growth on academic studies, as well.

This year, we offer a unique chance to the participants to see the UNESCO World Heritage Site ‘Hierapolis-Pamukkale’ and an engineering excellence-awarded-geothermal power plant owned by Zorlu Energy.

EGPD is an organization which has proven its importance in a decade following its establishment. The three-day event traditionally starts with the oral presentations of key-note speakers, introductions of each participant with 2 to 3 minutes of talk and poster sessions. It continues with an off-campus excursion to a geothermal energy related site on the last day. We are looking forward your valuable participation!

All participants must submit an abstract and present their projects as posters during the conference. You are welcome to register and submit the abstracts for your posters through the form on our website.

If you have any questions or need any assistance, you can contact us at egpd2020@pau.edu.tr.

Looking forward to meeting you there!

New Zealand: Employment Opportunity as Geothermal Power Plant Operators

Vacancy - Power Plant Operators - Eastland Group

Te Ahi O Maui geothermal station.
(Courtesy Eastland Group)
Location: Kawerau & Whakatāne New Zealand
Applications Close: 1st Dec 2019

We're currently looking for operators to join our Kawerau-based team, to operate and maintain our two geothermal plants.

Te Ahi O Maui is New Zealand's first major renewable power plant in nearly four years. It synched to the national grid on 1 October 2018, and is generating around 25MWe. Geothermal Developments Ltd (GDL), our other geothermal power plant, is generating 8MWe.

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

Philippines: Mount Apo Geothermal Power Plants Back Online After Earthquake

EDC’s Kidapawan geothermal power plants back online (Business Mirror)

Geothermal leader Energy Development Corporation’s (EDC) Mount Apo Geothermal Power Plants are now back online, with its 54.24 MW M2  power plant successfully synchronized to the grid on November 12 and its 54.24 MW M1 power plant’s return to service today, following the strong earthquake that hit Kidapawan City and other parts of Mindanao on October 31.

The timely return-to-service of both power plants was made possible by the round-the-clock work of EDC as well as its contractors, and the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP), and the National Power Corporation (NPC).


From the Global Geothermal News archives:

Germany: Holzkirchen Geothermal Power Plant to Officially Open this Saturday

Von Oskar von Miller bis zur Geothermie - From Oskar von Miller to geothermal energy (Merkur.de)

Eine Hilfe für die Holzkirchner Gemeindewerke ist hierbei die Geothermie-Anlage, die am Samstag offiziell eröffnet wird. „Durch den Generator können wir Schwankungen abmildern“, erklärt Götz. Nicht zuletzt leiste der Markt Holzkirchen mit der Geothermie und weiteren erneuerbaren Energiequellen „einen Beitrag zur Umstellung der Stromzusammensetzung in der Region“.

(From Google Translate) A help for the Holzkirchner Gemeindewerke here is the geothermal plant, which will be officially opened on Saturday. "The generator allows us to mitigate fluctuations," explains Götz. Last but not least, the Holzkirchen market is making "geothermal energy and other renewable energy sources a contribution to the conversion of electricity in the region".

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Poland: Pilot Geothermal District Heating Project to Start in Pyrzyce

Geotermia pomoże w walce ze smogiem? Rusza pilotaż w Pyrzycach - Geothermal energy will help fight smog? Pilot starts in Pyrzyce (Biznes Alert)

Wypracowanie w Pyrzycach modelowego programu wykorzystania zasobów geotermalnych jako narzędzia wsparcia lokalnej społeczności w walce z niską emisją jest celem porozumienia zawartego między NFOŚiGW, spółką Geotermia Pyrzyce, gminą Pyrzyce, WFOŚiGW w Szczecinie oraz Pełnomocnikiem Premiera ds. programu „Czyste Powietrze”. Dokument, inaugurujący projekt „Laboratorium Pyrzyce”, podpisano 14 listopada w Dniu Czystego Powietrza.


(From Google Translate) The development of a model program in Pyrzyce to use geothermal resources as a tool to support the local community in the fight against low emissions is the purpose of the agreement concluded between the NFEPWM, Geotermia Pyrzyce, the commune of Pyrzyce, WFOŚiGW in Szczecin and the Prime Minister's Plenipotentiary for the Clean Air program. The document, inaugurating the project "Pyrzyce Laboratory", was signed on November 14 on Clean Air Day.

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USA, Washington: GRC Executive Director to Give Briefing on Geothermal Energy in DC


Friday, November 15, 2019, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM (EST)
Room 2167, Rayburn House Office Building

Please RSVP to expedite check-in: https://www.eesi.org/111519cetsa#rsvp
Live webcast (connection permitting) will be streamed at: www.eesi.org/livecast

The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) and the Clean Energy and Technology Staff Association (CETSA) invite you to a briefing on the state of play for renewable energy and energy storage technology in the United States. Renewable energy technologies now account for a substantial portion of the U.S. energy portfolio. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, renewable energy generated 17 percent of total energy in 2018, and projections indicate this percentage will continue to grow.

This briefing will provide an overview of innovations in renewable energy and energy storage, not only in solar and wind power, but also in geothermal power, hydropower, and sustainable biomass. Briefing panelists will share first-hand knowledge from federal agencies and industry to provide the most up-to-date information on the role of renewable energy in the country’s energy mix. The briefing speakers are:
Clean energy technologies have demonstrated vast potential in the American energy space and are leading to consumer savings, cleaner air and water, and more sustainable resource consumption. America's energy landscape is rapidly changing, raising highly important questions related to issues such as storage, natural resources, the expansion of renewable energy, and the development of carbon capture technologies. To successfully address these questions, it is more important than ever to foster a network of collaboration and information sharing. Better planning of America's energy usage will contribute to enhanced preservation of our public lands and environmental safety, protecting and improving the lives of Americans for years to come.

The briefing is co-hosted by the Clean Energy and Technology Staff Association (CETSA). CETSA, founded in 2018, is a bipartisan and bicameral staff association with 95 members. CETSA is dedicated to promoting the education and adoption of clean energy technologies, and aims to promote collaboration and networking amongst like-minded Congressional staffers committed to the expansion and adoption of clean energy technology within America's energy systems.

This event is free and open to the public.

Global: Calendar of Geothermal Energy Events

Geothermal Energy Calendar from the Geothermal Resources Council

SDG Short Course IIV on Exploration and Development of Geothermal Resources (UN-GTP and KenGen)
19-21, November, Munich, Germany
https://www.der-geothermiekongress.de/kongress-2019/der-geothermiekongress.html

1st Canadian Geothermal Students Day 
21-22 November, Québec City, Québec, Canada
https://canadiangeothermal.wixsite.com/cgsd

Joint EAGE/BVG/FKPE Workshop on Borehole Geophysics and Geothermal Energy
22 November, Munich, Germany
https://eage.eventsair.com/boreholegeophysics2019/event-overview

41st New Zealand Geothermal Workshop (NZGW) 
25-27 November, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
https://nzgeothermal.org.nz/

4th National Geothermal Conference - RENAG - Colombian Geothermal Association (AGEOCOL)
25-28 November, Medellin, Colombia
https://renagcolombia.wixsite.com/2019

Global Geothermal Energy Summit 2019 (ACI)
27-28 November, Florence, Italy
https://www.wplgroup.com/aci/event/global-geothermal-energy-summit/

COP 25 - Climate Change Conference
2-13 December, Madrid, Spain
https://unfccc.int/COP25

American Geophysical Union - Annual Fall Meeting 
9-13 December, San Francisco, California
https://www2.agu.org/en/Fall-Meeting

GT'2020 Türkiye Jeotermal Kongresi
5-6 February, 2020, Ankara, Turkey
https://geothermalturkey.org/

Geothermics for Petroleum Engineers (IGA Academy)
5-6 February, 2020, Aberdeen, Scotland, UK
https://www.geothermal-energy.org/event/geothermics-for-petroleum-engineers/

Stanford Geothermal Workshop - 45th Annual
10-12 February, 2020, Stanford, California, USA
https://geothermal.stanford.edu/events/workshop

GEMex Final Conference (GEMex Project)
18-19 February, 2020, Potsdam, Germany
http://www.gemex-h2020.eu/

Geothermal Production Technology (IGA Academy)
4-5 March, 2020, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
https://www.geothermal-energy.org/event/geothermal-production-technology/

GeoTHERM - Expo & Congress
5-6 March, 2020, Messe, Offenburg, Germany
https://www.geotherm-offenburg.de/de/geotherm_messe_kongress_geothermie

Joint GRC-SPE Workshop - High Temperature Well Cementing
“Exploring Geothermal and Oil and Gas Synergies”
30 March - 1 April, 2020, San Diego, California, USA
https://geothermal.org/cementing.html

9th ITB International Geothermal Workshop 2020
1-2 April, 2020, Bandung, Indonesia.
https://geothermal.itb.ac.id/

World Geothermal Congress 2020
27 April - 1 May 2020, Reykjavik, Iceland
www.wgc2020.com/

Geothermal Regulations, Legislations and Incentives (IGA Academy)
6-7 May 2020, Basel, Switzerland
https://www.geothermal-energy.org/event/geothermal-regulations-legislations-and-incentives/

The 7th International Meeting on Heat Flow and the Geothermal Field
(GFZ German Research Centre for Geoscience)
12-14 May, 2020, Potsdam, Germany
http://www.ihfc-iugg.org/meetings/2020-potsdam

Geothermal Resources in Sedimentary Basins Conference
9-10 September, 2020, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
http://gssb2019.com/

Geothermics for Petroleum Geoscientists (IGA Academy)
16-17 September, 2020, London, UK
https://www.geothermal-energy.org/event/geothermics-for-petroleum-geoscientists/

44th GRC Annual Meeting & Expo
18-21 October 2020, Reno, Nevada, USA
www.geothermal.org/meet-new.html

Eighth Africa Rift Geothermal Conference (ARGeo-C8)
2-8 November, 2020, UNEP headquarters, Nairobi, Kenya
http://theargeo.org/

COP 26 - Climate Change Conference
9-20 November, Glasgow, Scotland, UK
https://unfccc.int/

Geothermal for Heating and Cooling (IGA Academy)
18-19 November, 2020, Warsaw, Poland
https://www.geothermal-energy.org/event/geothermal-for-heating-and-cooling/

45th GRC Annual Meeting & Expo
3-6 October, 2021, San Diego, California, USA
www.geothermal.org/meet-new.html

Thursday, November 14, 2019

USA, California: High-Temperature Well Cementing and Integrity Workshop - Register Now!

Registration Now Open for High-Temperature Well Cementing and Integrity Workshop  (News Release)

“Exploring Geothermal and Oil & Gas Synergies”

Join us for the Joint GRC-SPE Workshop

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

The draft agenda, abstract submission, hotel reservations, and more, can be found on our new dedicated website at https://cement.mygeoenergynow.org/

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

Registration is Now Open!

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. Our joint workshop will enable both industries to share their experiences, technologies, technical procedures and best practices on this important aspect of well completion.

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

Save $100 by registering before March 1, 2020.

  • GRC or SPE Member: $990
  • Non Member: $1,090

In addition, by booking and staying at the Wyndham San Diego Bay Hotel under the GRC room block, the GRC will refund your workshop registration by $50 per night for up to 3 nights booked/paid. Make your reservation........

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New Zealand: Geothermal Power Plant Begins to Supply Heat for Wood Pellet Production

Contact Energy and Nature’s Flame heating up this summer (News Release)

(Courtesy Nature’s Flame)
Contact Energy and Nature’s Flame have today turned on the system that provides geothermal energy to the wood pellet manufacturing plant based in Taupō.

Contact and Nature’s Flame began construction on a new heat plant and supporting pipeline infrastructure in July 2019, and the system has now been established as fully operational.

Contact’s Chief Generation and Development Officer James Kilty, says the plant starting to operate is a good news story for the benefits of geothermal energy.
“Contact now provides direct heat energy from our geothermal facilities to the Nature’s Flame plant which dries wood fibres for wood pellet production. The wood fibres are a carbon neutral alternative to fuels such as coal, gas and oil. So we are helping to replace an emissions heavy energy source with an environmentally friendly alternative, all while using a renewable energy source.”

“We are thrilled by the outcome of this deal with Contact. With our new energy supply system getting to operational status, we are able to increase to 100% of capacity, creating new jobs in the Taupō region. We are now receiving 18MW of heat continuously, which is fuelled by a low carbon renewable source,” says John Goodwin, Nature’s Flame Operations Manager.

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Philippines: DOE to Finalize Stable Pricing System for Renewable Energy by End of year

DOE mulls stable pricing system for renewable energy (SunStar)

(Courtesy CIA.gov)
The Department of Energy (DOE) is pushing for a pricing system for renewable energy (RE) to further boost investment interest in the sector.

Energy Undersecretary Felix William Fuentebella said the government’s Green Energy Pricing Program (Gepp) aims to establish “stable pricing” in the RE sector so that investors would be encouraged to generate more green power.

He said the pricing system is necessary to push investors to develop indigenous power sources.

Under the program, the DOE is planning to set a ceiling price for RE players to attract investors and promote competition in the industry.

He said the agency is expected to release the final rules and guidelines for the Gepp by the end of this year after all consultations are done nationwide.

USA, Washington D.C.: GRC Members Give Evidence in Water and Geothermal Power Hearing

Hearing: Water and Geothermal Power: Unearthing the Next Wave of Energy Innovation (House Science, Space, and Technology Committee)


(Video 1:46:36 Hours)

Witnesses:
  • Dr. David Solan, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Renewable Power, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy - Testimony.......
  • Dr. Bryson Robertson, Co-Director, Pacific Marine Energy Center, Associate Professor, Civil and Construction Engineering, Oregon State University - Testimony.......
  • Dr. Joseph Moore, Manager, Utah Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE), Research Professor, University of Utah - Testimony.......
  • Ms. Maria Richards, Director, Geothermal Laboratory, Roy M. Huffington Department of Earth Sciences, Southern Methodist University - Testimony.......
  • Mr. Sander Cohan, Director, Innovation, Enel Green Power North America, Inc. - Testimony.......

Philippines: Energy Development Corporation Reports Good Revenue from Geothermal Power Plants

First Gen recurring earnings increases by 21% to US$217million in the first three quarters of 2019 (News Release)

First Gen Corporation continues to trailblaze the path of leading the Philippines into a decarbonized future. The Lopez Group‘s energy company reported a recurring net income attributable to equity holders of US$217 million (Php11.3 billion) in the first three quarters of 2019 from the operations of its 3,492 MW clean and renewable portfolio. This was a 21% or US$37 million (Php1.9 billion) jump from its US$180 million (Php9.4 billion) in earnings from the same period in 2018.

Energy Development Corporation (EDC) contributed recurring earnings from its geothermal, wind, and solar platform of US$67 million (Php3.5 billion) in the first nine months of 2019, better by US$14 million (Php0.7 billion) in comparison to US$52million (Php2.7 billion) in 2018.

EDC’s Leyte and Negros geothermal plants performed better due to lower outages and higher average selling prices. Recall that a portion of EDC’s operating assets in Leyte was damaged by Typhoon Urduja in December 2017, which was fully restored in the third quarter of 2018.

EDC’s geothermal, wind and solar revenues accounted for US$547 million (Php28.5 billion) or 34% of First Gen’s total consolidated revenues in the first three quarters of 2019. Of the US$547 million, 94% can be attributed to the geothermal platform while the remainder is from the wind and solar projects.

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Publications: GRC Member Co-Authors New Book on Low-Temperature Energy Systems with Applications of Renewable Energy

Low-Temperature Energy Systems with Applications of Renewable Energy (Elsevier)

Authors: Andriy Redko, Oleksandr Redko, Ronald DiPippo

Low-Temperature Energy Systems with Applications of Renewable Energy investigates a wide variety of low-temperature energy applications in residential, commercial, institutional, and industrial areas. It addresses the basic principles that form the groundwork for more efficient energy conversion processes and includes detailed practical methods for carrying out these critical processes.

This work considers new directions in the engineering use of technical thermodynamics and energy, including more in-depth studies of the use of renewable sources, and includes worked numerical examples, review questions, and practice problems to allow readers to test their own comprehension of the material.

With detailed explanations, methods, models, and algorithms, Low-Temperature Energy Systems with Applications of Renewable Energy is a valuable reference for engineers and scientists in the field of renewable energy, as well as energy researchers and academics.

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