Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Geothermal Energy Technology May Reverse Climate Change (TechBullion)

 


In our current climate dilemma, many methods and strategies for producing energy have arisen in the past few years. The crazy thing is that geothermal energy has the potential to be more effective than all of them.

Thursday, January 7, 2021

Ecotricity Strikes UK Geothermal First (reNEWS.biz)

 


Ecotricity is to buy the electricity generated by Geothermal Engineering's United Downs demonstration project in Cornwall under a power purchase agreement (PPA), the first time that geothermal electricity will be produced and sold in the UK.

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Electricity, Heat and Lithium: Geothermal Offers New Hope for Old Mining County (EURACTIV.com)

 


A project in Cornwall, England, is building on the county’s history of tin mining, looking to restore jobs and boost the local economy by developing a new geothermal plant that will produce electricity, heat, and, hopefully, lithium.

CIT Serves as Coordinating Lead Arranger for $323 Million Geothermal Financing (PRNewswire)

 

CIT Group Inc. announced that its Power and Energy business served as coordinating lead arranger on a $323 million refinancing of the Coso Geothermal power facility in Southern California.

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Thursday, December 17, 2020

Does Geothermal Energy Have A Future Under The Biden Administration? (Forbes)

 


The Biden Administration – due to take office January 20th, 2021 – is expected to turn political rhetoric into political action when it comes to the nation’s resource use and energy management.

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

New Opportunities and Applications for Closed-Loop Geothermal Energy Systems

 


Enormous resources of geothermal energy remain untapped. Closed-loop geothermal may be the solution.

Balancing Energy Supply and Demand by Underground Thermal Energy Storage


Exploring the challenges of balancing variations in energy supply, as well as demand, and the integration of renewable energy sources into the energy infrastructure.

Geothermal Rising Co-Hosts Virtual Workshop on High-Temperature Well Cementing and Integrity

 


Geothermal Rising and the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) joined forces to host this two-part workshop. Join our mailing list to hear more details.

In Memoriam

 


Geothermal Rising and the entire community remember Randy Allen Normann and Maren Teilman.

Herbert Hoover, Gold, and Geothermal Rising

 


Exploring the many parallels between minerals exploration and geothermal.

If Oil and Gas Becomes Geothermal, What Does Geothermal Become?



Does the geothermal industry have its eyes wide open about what real and sustained oil and gas engagement in geothermal — geothermal energy at oil and gas scale — would look like?

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Geothermal Energy Looks to Expand Reach in the United States

 




The geothermal energy industry is set to become a powerful source of employment, especially for those in the oil and gas industry who have lost their jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Geothermal Rising Student Committee Participates in the First Virtual Geothermal Rising Annual Meeting and Expo

 


The Geothermal Rising Student Committee put together a series of events to ensure student engagement alongside the annual meeting & expo.

Launch of Geothermal Rising: Using the Earth to Save the Earth

 



For our industry to truly rise to its potential, we need to make a change. And that’s just what we’ve done.

A Letter from the Guest Editor

 


This issue of the Bulletin contains papers intended to encourage discussion regarding the expanding opportunities for geothermal research and development.

Friday, December 11, 2020

Old Wells Could Generate Geothermal Energy to Power Offshore Platforms (Offshore Engineer)

 


The group, The Aquarius North Sea Geothermal Consortium, is “actively” working with North Sea operators to see if old wells could be used to generate geothermal energy for existing platforms.

Friday, December 4, 2020

The New 'Gold Rush' for Green Lithium (BBC)

 


Lithium is crucial for the transition to renewables, but mining it has been environmentally costly. Now a more sustainable source of lithium has been found deep beneath our feet.

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Could Geothermal Energy Become the ‘Sexy’ Renewable? (Power Mag)



Geothermal is an often-overlooked and even disregarded renewable energy resource. While new wind and solar energy projects garner headlines nearly every day, geothermal is rarely sighted in news feeds.

Friday, November 20, 2020

Puna Geothermal Venture Goes Back Online (Big Island Video News)

 



Two and a half years after the eruption of the KÄ«lauea volcano on the Lower East Rift Zone, the geothermal power plant is back in operation.

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Kenya to Intensify Search for Further Geothermal Wells (Global Times)

 


Kenya will intensify the search for more geothermal energy resources with continuing exploration in 11 fields and the drilling of three new geothermal wells is expected to help generate a further 760 MW of electricity, energy ministry officials said.

Friday, November 6, 2020

KenGen Opens Bids for Olkaria Geothermal Power Plants Upgrade (ESI Africa)




The Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) has applied for financing from the KfW Bankengruppe (KfW) and intends to undertake upgrading of Olkaria IV and Olkaria IAU 140MW geothermal power plants in order to increase the power output and improve steam efficiency.

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Friday, October 30, 2020

Small Steps: Ten Years of Geothermal Power in Iran (PowerTechnology)


 

Perhaps best known for its oil production and membership of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), Iran has rarely featured in discussions about the cutting edge of renewable power. In the near future however, that could be set to change.

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Rystad Energy: Geothermal Power On the Rise (Energy Global)

 


According to Rystad Energy, installed geothermal capacity is forecast to expand in the next five years as energy companies diversify into alternative markets, driven by the accelerating energy transition. 

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Geothermal, Another Form Of Renewable Energy, Set To Dramatically Expand In Coming Years (IBT)

 


Geothermal power — the generation of steam energy produced by heat emanating from molten core — will sharply increase in production and usage over the next five years.

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Geothermal: Digging Beneath the Surface (JPT)

 


Geothermal energy is potentially the largest source of energy in the world today—with energy supply potential vastly more than the global total of oil and natural gas combined.

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Salute to Farmers: Farm in Buhl to Take Advantage of Geothermal Resources (KMVT.11)

 



Geothermal resources aren’t just for hot springs. One farm in Buhl, formerly Onsen Farm and now under new management, is taking advantage of the geothermal resources in the area.

Friday, September 25, 2020

Get a Sneak Peek Inside #GRCAM2020 with a Deep-dive Demonstration

 


Virtual conferences have become the new normal in the year 2020. If you haven't already heard, for this year's annual meeting we made the decision to join the ranks of those who have moved from the convention hall to the Internet. Most of us have probably been a part of some sort of virtual event before in one way or another, but for those of us who have not, the whole concept can be slightly intimidating and overwhelming.

GRC always puts our members and the geothermal community at the center of every decision that we make, and we want to ensure everyone that we're here to help. That is why we have created a FREE Virtual Experience Webinar to give attendees a sneak peek into the digital platform GRC will be using for the 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting & Expo!

The webinar will take place on Wednesday, September 30, 2020, at 11:00 AM PT and will provide a deep-dive demonstration on the ins-and-outs of how to use the platform, utilize special features like 1-2-1 facetime opportunities and live chat rooms, and how to interact with the speakers, exhibitors, sponsors, and other attendees.

The webinar will also navigate through the interactive Expo Hall - which is built on a cutting-edge video game platform! At the end of this live webinar, there will be a Q&A session, so all of your questions will be answered.

This webinar is perfect for those who have already registered for the GRC Virtual Annual Meeting & Expo and those who have not yet registered but have a general curiosity about the Annual Meeting. If you are hesitant about attending the meeting because of the new digital format, we highly encourage you to sign up for this webinar that will hopefully but your mind at ease.

Watch this video to learn more about the virtual experience and click here to register for the Virtual Experience Webinar.

First Canadian Geothermal Plant is A Step Closer Through DEEP Earth Energy (Hydrogen Fuel News)

 



DEEP Earth Energy Production Corp is getting ready to start the horizontal well drilling required in order to construct the first Canadian geothermal plant. This will be the first energy facility of its nature in the country. The drilling will begin before the close of the month.

Thursday, September 17, 2020

VIDEO: Puna Geothermal Officials Take Questions Online

 



Puna Geothermal Venture plans to restart initial power generation in September. On Wednesday, company officials met with the community online.

Sunday, September 6, 2020

City of Unalaska Inks Power Purchase Agreement for Geothermal Power (ALTENERGYMAG)

 


The Ounalashka Corporation and Chena Power signed a 30-year power purchase agreement, (PPA), with the City of Unalaska on August 31, 2020 for 30MW of geothermal produced electrical energy. 

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

SLB Agrees to Create Geothermal Company (Rigzone)

 


Schlumberger New Energy, a new Schlumberger (NYSE: SLB) business, and Thermal Energy Partners (TEP) have agreed to create STEP Energy; a geothermal project development company.

Thursday, August 27, 2020

$500,000 to Develop Fort Nelson Geothermal Prospects (Alaska Highway News)

 


The provincial government is granting the Fort Nelson First Nation $500,000 to continue developing its geothermal prospects in northeast B.C.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Frontier Markets Turning to Geothermal Energy (Petroleum Economist)

 


In pursuit of alternatives to oil and gas production, certain developing countries are turning to the exploration and development of volcanically active hotspots.

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Start-up Aims to ‘Anchor’ Aberdeen in Geothermal Industry (Energy Voice)

 


Tech-Terra managing director and founder Brian Archer believes his newly created company can have a “meaningful impact on the energy transition”. His ambition is to “anchor” the Granite City in geothermal and “get oil and gas companies interested”.

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Why Attend the GRC 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting & Expo?



Click the video above to discover why you need to attend the GRC 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting & Expo, taking place on October 18 – 23. This year’s virtual meeting will deliver 6 days of content-rich technical sessions in an all-new, on-demand, fully-virtual experience. This is the must-attend event for professionals from all aspects of the geothermal industry to learn about the latest scientific advancements, hear the newest research, and seamlessly connect with other attendees representing industry, academia, NGOs and government institutions. 

Geothermal Energy is Surging — Battered Oil and Gas Companies Should Take Advantage (Utility Dive)



Geothermal power plants currently account for a small portion of U.S. electricity generation, but a surge is underway. Three companies in January alone signed contracts to build new geothermal plants in California, spurred by the state's renewable-energy initiative, recent cost reductions, and the long-term value gained by geothermal's 24-7 electricity generation.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Petrolern LLC Awarded D.O.E. Grant for Real-Time Subsurface Monitoring (Petrolern LLC)




Petrolern LLC, an Atlanta-based technology company, has been awarded a $1.2 million grant from the United States Department of Energy (D.O.E.) to further develop and commercialize its state-of-the-art machine learning-based technology for real-time acquisition, compression, transmission, and processing of large subsurface datasets.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Engie Team Targets Geothermal Innovation (Renews.biz)



Engie is working with Huisman Geo, EBN and TNO to investigate whether a new drilling technique can make the production of geothermal heat from thin earth layers economically feasible.

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Comments Sought on Potential Parcels for Geothermal Leasing (PV Times)



The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public review of an Environmental Assessment for three parcels of public land nominated for lease in the Oct. 20 Competitive Online Geothermal Lease Sale. Read More

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Cyrq Energy Seeks Geothermal ‘Moonshot’ at Cascades Volcano (Bloomberg Law)



Cyrq Energy Inc. is seeking a geothermal energy “moonshot” on the slopes of Mt. Baker, a volcano in Washington State where the company hopes to refine drilling technology that could help spread geothermal power across the U.S.

Thursday, July 2, 2020

GRC 2020 Annual Meeting Goes Fully Virtual!




It is with great excitement that we announce an all-new, fully-virtual experience for GRC’s 2020 Annual Meeting & Expo! The meeting will take place on October 18 – 23, 2020 in an online, on-demand format that will allow attendees from around the globe to access the meeting’s robust technical program and network with other attendees and companies. For more details, please read this letter from the GRC President and Executive Director.


Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Message from the GRC Executive Director: June 2020




The geothermal industry can play a significant, and possibly even healing role, by offering solutions to some of these big-picture geopolitical circumstances.

Geothermal Power Purchase Agreements on the Rise



Solar and wind power are on the rise, but what do populations do when the sun sets? The beginning of 2020 ushered in a wave of Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) for geothermal energy as a solution.
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Steamboat Hills Geothermal Power Plant Enhancement in Nevada Begins Commercial Operation (GLOBE NEWSWIRE)



Ormat Technologies Inc. announced that the enhancement of its Steamboat Hills geothermal power plant located near Reno, Nevada is complete and achieved commercial operation on June 6, 2020. 

Monday, June 29, 2020

The Value of Geothermal in California



Alora Bartosz and Paul Thomsen from Ormat Technologies Inc. discuss geothermal's economic value over the life of long-term purchase agreements. The value remains competitive as California and the region move to higher penetrations of renewable energy.

In Memoriam




G. Martin Booth, III, co-founder and President of Geothermal Development Associates (GDA) for nearly 41 years, has passed away at the age of 85.
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Sprinkled Like Paprika, The Thermal Waters of Hungary



Sue Hodgson gives a colorful, yet detailed account of the geothermal resources of Hungary -- from its history to the culture surrounding it, to how its people are utilizing it today.
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GRC and Earth Science Week



GRC has been asked to provide an additional 10,000 copies of our Geothermal Energy Educational Poster, to be included in this year's school educational packets, as part of the Earth Science Week Toolkit.

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