Saturday, September 22, 2018

Put Your Geothermal Knowledge On Display For A Chance of Prizes

GRC Mixer - Trivia Night! - Put Your Geothermal Knowledge on Display for a Chance of Prizes

Presented by the GRC Student Committee

Monday, October 15: 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Peppermill Resort Spa & Casino, Reno, Nevada, USA.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Nigeria: Conference on the Untapped Potential of Geothermal Energy

FG Needs To Utilise Untapped Geothermal Energy For Socio-Economic Development – Minister (The Eagle Online)

The Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Alhaji Abubakar Bwari, says for the Federal Government to provide the enabling environment for business to thrive, it must look at the untapped potential of geothermal energy.

Bwari said this in Abuja on Thursday at the Nigerian Mining and Geoscience Society and the Nigerian Geological Survey Agency discourse series on ‘Geothermal Energy; an Untapped Potential’.

USA: Tapping Geothermal Energy to Advance New Energy Storage Applications

Geothermal Technologies Could Push Energy Storage Beyond Batteries (NREL)

Compressed-air storage in gas wells, geothermal energy in cold-climate communities, and geothermal-solar hybrid technology could offer new options for energy storage.

Three new projects at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will tap geothermal energy to advance new energy storage applications as part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Grid Modernization Initiative. The newly funded projects will explore unconventional uses of geothermal technologies to improve grid reliability, resilience, and security.

The Department of Energy's Geothermal Technologies Office announced eight new projects via the Beyond Batteries Lab Call. NREL will be leading two of these projects and will be supporting a third.

GRC Annual Meeting & Expo - Four Geothermal Fieldtrips Available

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

Popular excursions from the GRC Annual Meeting & Expo in Reno, Nevada, USA.

A GRC Fieldtrip in Nevada, 2015.
The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) has announced more details of events at the world’s largest annual geothermal energy conference in Reno, Nevada, USA.

In addition to the main event of the GRC Annual Meeting & Expo taking place October 14-17, 2018, there will be a grand total of four fieldtrips before, during and after the conference.

From October 12-14, there will an opportunity to visit one of the best-studied Quaternary calderas in the world. The fieldtrip will highlight the volcanic history of the Long Valley Caldera in eastern California and the evolution of the geothermal system, including spectacular overviews of the caldera and the eastern Sierra Nevada crest.

On Sunday, October 14, a short three-hour fieldtrip will visit Ormat’s Steamboat Geothermal Power Plant Complex, located just south of the city of Reno, which currently produces enough renewable energy to meet the residential electrical needs of the city of Reno.

During the GRC Annual Meeting & Expo, attendees will get a number of opportunities to tour the geothermal direct use heating system of the host hotel, the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino, the only resort in the United States whose heating source is totally provided from geothermal energy produced on the immediate property.

On the day after the GRC Annual Meeting & Expo there will be a day-long fieldtrip travelling south from Reno to visit the southern Gabbs Valley in western Nevada, where state geologist Jim Faulds will demonstrate how a blind geothermal system was recently discovered through application of play fairway analysis.

More information on the fieldtrips, including more detailed itinerary and cost, can be found on the GRC Website at

USA, California: Vacancy as Field Chemist at Geothermal Energy Company

Field Chemist - Thermochem

Thermochem is the world leader in testing, engineering, consulting services, specialty instrumentation and equipment supply, focused primarily on the renewable geothermal power sector.

Under general supervision assists with field projects, performs sampling functions and maintains field equipment.

United Kingdom: Lecture on the Potential for Geothermal Heat from Abandoned Coal Mines

NEIMME Lecture: Can Abandoned Mines Heat our Future? (The Mining Institute)

25 September 2018, 6-7pm - Free
The North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers (NEIMME)
Speaker: Charlotte Adams, Durham University

Our declining coal industry means that as deep mines were abandoned, water pumps were turned off and the worked areas flooded with water which now lies at temperatures of around 12 to 20°C.

Spread the previously mined coal over the entire UK land surface and there would be a layer of coal around 5 cm deep. The extracted coal has left void space underground, and allowing for subsidence, we estimate that there are around 2 billion cubic metres of water within flooded, abandoned coal mines. Using heat pumps, we can upgrade the temperature of this water to provide useful temperatures for space heating. The beauty of this concept is that because many villages, towns and cities were developed due to the coal deposits beneath them, there is good correlation between areas of heat demand and abandoned coalfields. It is estimated that the resource potential of the UK could provide heat for around 700,000 homes.

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New Zealand: Using direct use geothermal “just completes the picture for customers”

Geothermal energy key to business sustainability (SunLive)

(Courtesy Sequal Lumber)

A Kawerau-based company believes it’s found a niche in the sawn lumber export market.

Sequal Lumber, says it’s found a way to tap into geothermal energy while providing a unique customer experience in a sustainable fashion.

The sources its wood from sustainable forests, and head of sales and marketing, Rhys Arrowsmith says knowing the wood is dried in an environmentally friendly manner using direct use geothermal “just completes the picture for customers”.

Without the geothermal, and the company’s strong relationship with geothermal supplier Ngati Tuwharetoa Geothermal Assets, Rhys says the options would be as a green mill not drying product, or having to use waste residue or fossil fuels for the energy supply for kiln drying.

“While the geothermal came later for our business it was always on the horizon and has natural synergy with our ethos. It has proven to be a great enabler. We are very lucky to have the geothermal asset on our doorstep here at Kawerau.”

Greece: Two Geothermal Energy Projects in Advanced Planning

Lesvos, Methana the launch pads for geothermal projects (energypress)

The brown circles denote the locations of the geothermal
projects that PPC Renewables are planning.
PPC Renewables plans to start developing two of four geothermal fields to which the company holds exclusive exploration and utilization rights with ventures on the island of Lesvos and on Methana, a peninsula in northeast Peloponnese.

These starting choices, where geothermal exploration work is believed to be imminent, have a purpose. Locals on Milos and Nisyros, two other spots also being eyed, both object to geothermal development. Back in the 1980s, islanders on Milos strongly reacted against a geothermal development plan, fearing its environmental impact. However, PPC Renewables officials are now hoping this resistance of the past will ease once islanders are fully informed of technological advancements in the sector.

Besides Lesvos and Methana, PPC Renewables also intends to develop geothermal fields on Nisyros, as well as the island complex of Milos, Kimolos and Polyaegos, the Aegean Sea’s largest uninhabited island.

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Iceland: United Nations University Geothermal Training Programme Fellows to Present Projects

UNU Fellows of the Six Month Training Programme introduce their final projects (UNU-GTP)

Monday, 26 September 2018, Reykjavík, Iceland

On Monday, 26 September 2018, the United Nations University (UNU) Fellows of the Six Month UNU Geothermal Training Programme (UNU-GTP) will introduce their final projects.

The lectures will begin at 9:00 in Víðgelmir at Orkustofnun, Grensásvegi 9, IS-108 Reykjavík, Iceland. This is a good opportunity for those interested in geothermal science and engineering in developing countries to find out the latest research in the respective fields.

The lectures are open to everyone and the schedule will be published soon.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Japan: New Toyota Fund Will Target Geothermal and Other Renewable Energies

Toyota to chip in for $270m renewables fund (Nikkei Asia Review)

Automaker eyes clean energy to power zero-emissions factories

Toyota Motor will be a key investor in a Sparx Group renewable-energy fund announced Wednesday, aiming to reduce carbon emissions from its auto factories and dealerships.

The Mirai Renewable Energy Fund will aim to raise 30 billion yen ($267 million) in capital, with Toyota supplying 10 billion yen. Sparx will manage the fund from November and solicit other investors.

The fund will target a variety of facilities, such as solar, wind, biomass and geothermal power plants. Rather than investing in existing facilities, it will target new ones to be involved in from the initial stages. Power generated may be sent to Toyota factories or dealerships.

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United Kingdom: Video on Geothermal Energy Research Field Sites

UK Geoenergy Observatories (UKGEOS)

(Video 6:51 Minutes)

The UK Geoenergy Observatories project will establish new centres for world-leading research into the subsurface environment. The knowledge they generate will contribute to the responsible development of new energy technologies both in the UK and internationally.

The British Geological Survey has worked with the wider geoscience community to identify two preferred geological locations. The first research field site will be in the Thornton area (Cheshire) and the second research field site will be in Glasgow, Scotland.

The research field sites will allow independent, rigorous and replicable observations of subsurface processes. The UK Geoenergy Observatories will stimulate research on underground energy technologies that will answer vital questions about how they affect the environment.

Asia: Geothermal Energy Remains Largely a Sleeping Giant

Asia's untapped geothermal potential could be key to region's energy sustainability (Asian Power)

Landmark projects in Indonesia and the Philippines are paving the way, but investor and regulatory roadblocks remain.

Geothermal energy remains largely a sleeping giant due to roadblocks affecting and coming from various stakeholders. For Michael Barrow, director general of the private sector operations department of the Asian Development Bank, an obstacle for geothermal development is that private players are more exposed to risks that may not be attractive or even feasible for any businesses. He cited Indonesia as an example, explaining that private sector investors in a project are responsible for exploring and maintaining geothermal wells and are, therefore, fully exposed to geothermal risks.

This also applies to lenders like ADB, according to Barrow. “This means that, as lenders, we need to pay special attention to geothermal-specific risks on top of the usual construction/operation and maintenance risks for the power plant hardware,” he said.

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GRC Annual Meeting & Expo: Make Your Hotel Reservations Now!

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Peppermill Resort Spa & Casino
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New Zealand: Vacancy as Geothermal Reservoir Engineering Research Fellow

Research Fellow – Geothermal Reservoir Engineering (University of Auckland)

The University of Auckland is New Zealand’s largest university and houses the country’s most successful Engineering Faculty. The Department of Engineering Science (DES) are seeking a talented Research Fellow to work on a project in geothermal reservoir modelling technology.

The successful appointee will work as part of a research group developing a new generation of geothermal reservoir modelling technology. This research has interests in the integration of geoscience and production data, uncertainty and parameter estimation and advanced numerical methods for geothermal modelling. Working closely with Professor Rosalind Archer, the appointee will have flexibility to define the scope of the project in a way that best compliments their own knowledge and skills in alignment with both the group and the broader portfolio of Geothermal Institute research.

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Kenya: Exploration Drilling at Baringo-Silali Geothermal Project to Commence in November

Baringo-Silali Project To Transform Region To An Economic Hub (News Release)

Energy Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) Hon. Simon Kachapin has said that the development of the Baringo-Silali Geothermal Project will have a huge impact in transforming the region into an economic hub. Speaking when he toured the project Hon. Kachapin lauded the progress saying soon investors will be flocking to the region once the drilling operations and later power generation starts.

We are on course in the development of the Baringo-Silali Project. The completion of the water points will allow Geothermal Development Company (GDC) to commence exploration drilling in November,” said  MD & CEO Eng. Johnson P. Ole Nchoe.

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From the Global Geothermal News archives:

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

United Kingdom: Vacancy as Research Fellows in Geothermal Energy at Heriot-Watt University

Two Lyell Research Fellows (tenure track) in Applied Geoscience

Closing date: 17 October 2018 
Salary: £40,792–£48,677 
Location: The Lyell Centre, School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society, Edinburgh, Scotland

In order to extend the Geoenergy Research Group within the Lyell Centre of Earth and Marine Science and Technology, Heriot-Watt University invites applications for two Lyell Research Fellow (tenure-track) positions to support our growing research activities in the topical areas of:
  1. Geothermal Energy - enhanced geothermal systems, aquifer thermal energy
  2. Carbon/Energy Storage – permanent storage of CO2; intermittent storage of e.g. hydrogen, compressed air, thermal energy
  3. Subsurface Monitoring and Risk Assessment – with application to unconventional reservoirs, carbon/energy storage, geothermal energy, etc.

Armenia: Progress at 30 MW Geothermal Power Plant Project

Chinese Company Planning to Build 30-50 MW Geothermal Plant in Armenia (Armenia Energy News)

Swiss-based division of Chinese company SUMEC Group Corporation - Sumec GeoPower AG has announced plans to build a geothermal power plant in Armenia. The plant's planned capacity will be from 30 to 50 MW.

Armenia's partner in developing geothermal energy is the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), a division of the World Bank, which in 2016 signed an agreement on the geothermal exploration drilling program.

Works on the development of a feasibility study for the construction of a geothermal power plant "Karkar" have been carried out since 2017. Its implementation in mid-July was discussed by the Minister of Energy Infrastructures and Natural Resources of Armenia Artur Grigoryan and Czech Ambassador Petr Mikiska.

Deputy Minister of Energy Infrastructures and Natural Resources of Armenia Hayk Harutyunyan also spoke about the most important role of this project. "This is a unique source of renewable energy, which does not depend on weather or other conditions. It always works, and this is its value for our energy system." he stressed.

From the Global Geothermal News archives:

France: Minister Impressed by Geothermal District Heating Project

Cachan : pour François de Rugy, la géothermie, c’est de « l’écologie concrète »
 - Cachan: for François de Rugy, geothermal energy is "concrete ecology" (Le Parisien)

The new minister visits the geothermal district heating
project in the Paris suburb. 
« C’est une illustration de ce qu’est l’écologie concrète, félicite le ministre. Ici, les habitants sont acteurs de la transition écologique rien qu’en étant raccordé à la géothermie. » Après les différentes explications, François de Rugy (Ministre d’Etat, Ministre de la transition écologique et solidaire) ne voit que des avantages : « C’est un bon exemple. Ça offre un bénéfice écologique, c’est économiquement viable grâce à la délégation de service public et il y a un aspect social car les logements sociaux sont raccordés et le coût de l’énergie est moins cher et maîtrisé », lâche le ministre. Le prix pour la période de chauffe de 2019 devrait ainsi baisser de 3 % selon l’Ademe, qui subventionne 30 % des 19 millions d’euros du projet.

(From Google Translate) "This is an illustration of concrete ecology, congratulated the minister. Here, the inhabitants are actors in the ecological transition just by being connected to geothermal energy. After a lot of explanations, François de Rugy (Minister of State, Minister of Ecological and Solidarity Transition) sees only advantages: "This is a good example. It offers an ecological benefit, it is economically viable thanks to the application of public services and there is a social aspect because social housing is connected and the cost of energy is cheaper and controlled, "said the minister. The price for the heating period of 2019 should fall by 3% according to the Ademe, which subsidizes 30% of the 19 million euros cost of the project.

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Philippines: ABB to Upgrade 6 Units at Palinpinon 1 & 2 Geothermal Power Plants

ABB lands multi-million-dollar clean energy project in the Philippines (News Release)

ABB, headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland has won a multi-million-dollar order from Energy Development Corporation (EDC), and its subsidiary Green Core Geothermal, Inc. for a major retrofit to upgrade six clean energy geothermal units at Palinpinon 1 and Palinpinon 2 power plants in Valencia, Negros, the Philippines. ABB will also deliver a new Control System Integration (CSI) solution for these plants and an area control center facility.

The plants have a total capacity of approximately 200 MW, running with Fuji-make turbines and were initially commissioned in 1983 and completed in the mid-1990s. The aim of the project is to deliver a modern control system integrated across all plants that can be easily upgraded over time to take advantage of the latest digital technology as it develops.

The new solution will increase operational and maintenance efficiency and assist management decision-making by providing improved access to better operational information. It will also facilitate central control and remote monitoring of the power plants and steam fields from one location.

The scope of the contract includes the conversion of a mechanical electro-hydraulic governor to a digital version and the replacement of the existing low-pressure turbine hydraulic equipment with a new a high-pressure solution. ABB will also provide performance calculation and comprehensive cyber security solutions to protect the customer’s assets.

At the heart of the solution will be ABB Ability™ Symphony® Plus, part of the ABB Ability™ digital portfolio, the company’s unified, cross-industry digital offering, extending from device to edge to cloud.

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Monday, September 17, 2018

Indonesia: New Book Gives Good Overview of Geothermal Energy in the Archipelago

GEOCAP Handbook: GEOCAP contribution to the Geothermal development of Indonesia (GEOCAP)

F.D. van der Meer, S. Satar, T. den Hartog, University of Twente 

The GEOCAP Handbook for Geothermal Development. GEOCAP is a bilateral program between Indonesia and the Netherlands that has been running since 2013 as a public-private partnership involving universities, knowledge institutes and companies from both countries.

The prime objective of GEOCAP was to contribute to the development and uptake of geothermal resources in Indonesia particularly in the new to be developed areas outside of Java.

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Denmark: Additional Injector Well Connected at 7 MWth Thisted Geothermal Plant

Thisted-5 Well Finalization (News Release)

Composite intervention rig-up.
(Courtesy WellPerform)
During 2017 WellPerform of Holte, Denmark, took part in the planning and execution of drilling the geothermal well Thisted-5 in northern Denmark. In October 2017, the well was completed and initially made into a production well to ensure sufficient cleanup.

During the summer of 2018 a well intervention was completed, and the well went into its final stage and was turned into an injection well. This was done by retrieving the production pump and installing a composite tie-back casing.

Thisted-5 was added to the geothermal plant in Thisted as a second injector, as the injection pressure had increased over the past in Thisted-3 and now started to become troublesome for the operational costs. 

The well will be brought into the geothermal circuit of the Thisted plant as an injector at the end of September 2018.

From the Global Geothermal News archives:

Iceland: GRC Member's View of Geothermal Energy Heritage

Geothermal Heritage II: Iceland (LinkedIn)

by William Harvey, P.E., Project Engineer at POWER Engineers (GRC Member)

The uninformed might consider a geothermal project a colorless assemblage of piping and equipment. However, close scrutiny of the plants can reveal different national characters and capabilities. Last year we composed a three-part series discussing our impressions of the trajectory of the geothermal industry: past, present and future. We are turning from that now to examine individual countries and how each "seasons" its projects in certain ways. The first article was on Turkey. Now let's turn to Iceland.

Gathered here are some highly subjective and qualitative observations when dealing with natives as well as some things that seem enjoyable or notable. Hopefully everyone realizes that this is an "outsider's perspective," collected during my expat time there. Despite my living and working there for some years everyone kindly accused me of being more "Norwegian-ish" (whatever that means) rather than adapting easily to the Icelandic rhythm of life. Probably meant I expected the trains to run on time, despite a dearth of trains. As for Turkey, apologies are offered in advance if this contains misinterpretations of history or local customs.

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Science & Technology: New Turbine Design Projected to be 40% More Efficient than Current ORC Systems

RadMax Collaborating on New Power Cycle Technology Device to be part of PNNL R&D project (News Release)

REGI U.S., Inc. of Washington State, USA and its wholly owned subsidiary, RadMax Technologies, Inc. are pleased to be working with a Department of Energy national laboratory.  Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)’s research project is funded by DOE’s Geothermal Technologies Office. It is the first of several projects currently being jointly pursued by RadMax Technologies and PNNL.

RadMax is supporting the PNNL, in Richland, WA to develop and demonstrate a new, reduced cost energy system. PNNL’s patent-pending Harmonic Adsorption Recuperative Power (HARP) system implements a new non-condensing thermodynamic cycle projected to be 40% more efficient than commercially available organic Rankine cycle (ORC) systems, when paired with a suitable low temperature heat source.

RadMax will design and build an axial-vane, rotary gas expander that will operate in the 1-to-2 kW range.

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Chile: Enel Chile Monitors and Manages its Renewable Plants from One Control Room

EGP's New Control Room Inaugurated in Santiago de Chile (News Release)

Today, Enel Chile inaugurated its Renewable Energy Control Room in the company’s headquarters in Santiago offices, where it will monitor and manage its renewable plants in the South American country.

Able to manage all 4.7 GW of renewable power installed in Chile, the new Control Room in Santiago is the country’s largest in the energy sector and also the only one able to control all four renewable energy sources: hydropower, solar, wind and 48 MW of geothermal.

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Philippines: Geothermal Developer Could Extend Tender Offer Period

EDC gets nod to extend tender offer period for another 20 days (

The Philippines Securities and Exchange Commission extended the tender offer period of geothermal power producer Energy Development Corp. (EDC) by another 20 days.

EDC said the SEC allowed the company to extend the tender offer period for an additional 20 business days from Oct. 22, 2018, if an extension would be necessary or desirable in order to complete the tender offer.

The tender offer period is targeted to commence from Sept. 25 to Oct. 22 and is subject to a minimum of 1.162 billion common shares being tendered and eligible for acceptance by EDC through the tender offer.

The tender offer will reduce the percentage of shares held by the public to less than 5 percent from 10.9 percent and in turn, allow a voluntary delisting of the company, subject to PSE approval.

From the Global Geothermal News archives:

Ethiopia: "Private and Public Sector Can Do More Together in Developing Geothermal Resources" - World Bank

Ethiopia needs to build institutional capacity to tap geothermal resources: Energy Forum (The Reporter Ethiopia)

Energy experts advised the Ethiopian government to build its institutional capacity to tap into the huge geothermal energy resources.

At a consultative workshop organised by the World Bank yesterday a team of geothermal experts stated that the country should set up the right institutions, regulatory body and human resource that can enable the country to tap into its enormous geothermal energy potential. The experts said that though Ethiopia has the potential to generate 10,000 MW of electricity from its vast geothermal resources found in the east Africa rift system it has not yet reached development stage unlike its neighbor Kenya which is generating 650 MW from geothermal resources. Though Ethiopia started exploring its geothermal potential in the 1970s the country’s geothermal sector is at its infant stage.

Canada: Update from Valemount Geothermal Project

Geothermal power update: explorers assess next moves (The Rocky Mountain Goat)

Borealis GeoPower won the right to explore the Canoe Reach for geothermal power in 2010. Since then they have explored the area and did some drilling in the area this past summer.

“We are now assessing [the fieldwork],” said Alison Thompson, of Borealis.  “We remain active on the project.”

The company received a permit to drill for geothermal heat in under the brand new Geothermal Resources Act in early June. The company also won a $1.5 million dollar grant from the federal government to show how geothermal power development could help remote communities switch off diesel generators and create economic returns by using geothermal heat to cultivate associated industries.

The grant went towards purchasing three state of the art geothermal generating units which can affordably turn minimal differences in temperature into power.

The project is the first of its kind in Canada, and if successful Valemount could be home to Canada’s first geothermal power plant and a model for other sites in Canada.

USA: Opportunity for Geothermal Energy Industry to Help Innovate Hydropower

Funding Available: Innovative Design Concepts for Standard Modular Hydropower and Pumped Storage Hydropower (DOE/EERE/GTO)

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Water Power Technologies Office (WPTO) recently released a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) worth up to $9 million for innovations that reduce cost and maximize the value of new stream-reach (i.e. greenfield) hydropower development and pumped-storage hydropower. For this particular FOA, WPTO is interested in reaching out to a broader audience with expertise in foundation design, boring, tunneling, and other advanced geotechnical techniques to leverage innovations from the geothermal industry.

The first topic area seeks to stimulate innovative facility designs for small, low-head hydropower plants that incorporate a combination of foundation, passage, and generation modules. Modules are defined as individual standardized units that can be used to construct a more complex structure. Transformational innovation is desired specifically in the foundation modules, which anchor passage and generation modules to the streambed and banks. Applicants should propose novel methods of designing and installing foundation modules using low-cost geotechnical approaches. Examples of innovative geotechnical approaches include methods that minimize dewatering during construction, avoid the use of cofferdams, and enable construction and access from a single abutment (i.e., left or right stream bank).

The second topic area is targeting applications for new use-cases that address key barriers and suggest opportunities for successful deployment of pumped-storage hydropower. Concepts of interest include configurations, layouts, and technical designs that can markedly reduce costs of deployment and operation (e.g., time to commissioning) and expand siting opportunities through non-traditional applications.

More information and application guidelines..........

Friday, September 14, 2018

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.

USA: Spending Bill Gives Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy a 2.5% Boost

Congress sends Trump energy spending bill that includes healthy boost for science (Science Magazine)

The DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) which includes the Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO), could see an increase in federal funding.

The U.S. Congress today sent President Donald Trump a 2019 spending bill that boosts funding for the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) basic research efforts—and rejects deep cuts to the department’s applied research programs that the White House had proposed.

The White House had called for an even bigger cut to applied energy research supported through DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE), a 70% whack to $696 million. Instead, the bill—which the House of Representatives approved today and the Senate passed yesterday—gives EERE a 2.5% increase to $2.379 billion.

USA, New York: Seismic Survey to Begin at Cornell Enhanced Geothermal System Project

Cornell to conduct Earth Source Heat seismic survey Sept. 21-25 (Cornell Engineering)

A vibroseis truck similar to this one will be on campus beginning Sept. 21 to perform a seismic survey on campus and in the towns of Ithaca and Dryden, as part of Cornell's plans to implement Earth Source Heat.
Cornell University in upstate New York is taking the next step in pursuit of eliminating its carbon footprint over the next two decades.

From Sept. 21-25, faculty and students from Cornell Engineering will be conducting geological characterization of rock formations under campus and adjacent land to establish baseline seismicity, as part of the university’s study of Earth Source Heat (ESH), a proposed enhanced geothermal system to heat the Ithaca campus.

As part of its goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2035, Cornell is exploring ESH as a way to reduce its energy footprint – just as Lake Source Cooling eliminated the use of refrigerants to cool campus, reducing reliance on fossil fuels, keeping more than 10,000 metric tons of CO2 from entering the atmosphere annually, and cutting energy costs by 86 percent.

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United Kingdom: Crowd-funding for Geothermal-Heated Jubilee Pool Raises More than Enough

It's official - Penzance will be home to the UK's first geothermally-heated pool (Cornwall Live)

Penzance is home to the UK's largest seawater lido, and it's just about to become even more of an attraction than it already is.

Earlier this year, an ambitious project to create a geothermal-heated spa at Jubilee Pool was given planning approval.

The move means the pool will be open all year round, with drilling having already started to reach the hot rocks which will heat the water - however this was paused to enable better traffic flow during the summer holidays.

A Crowdfunder was put together to raise funds for the ground-breaking project, and it's just reached its minimum target of £350k - meaning the plan will definitely go ahead.

But the team hopes to raise another £150k before the end of the month to make sure the new facilities are even better than planned with the addition of indoor hot showers, improved changing areas and disabled facilities.

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Indonesia: Pt Barito Pacific Revenue Boosted by Income from 875 MW Star Energy Geothermal Assets

Pt Barito Pacific TBK Announced Results For The Period Ended 30 June 2018 (News Release)

The Pt Barito Pacific TBK (BRPT) results include the consolidation of Star Energy’s financials following acquisition of 66.67% stake in Star Energy (SEG) on 7th June 2018.

In June 2018, the company completed IDR 8.9 trillion Rights Issue, anchored by the major shareholder, Mr. Prajogo Pangestu, contribution of IDR .7 trillion. The successful acquisition of 66.67% ownership interest in SEG, includes a controlling stake in three geothermal assets (Wayang Windu, Salak and Darajat) with a total installed capacity of 875 MW.

EBITDA contribution from geothermal operations that were boosted by SEG’s
acquisition of Salak and Darajat geothermal assets netted by the decline in EBITDA from petrochemical business.

Through Star Energy, BRPT operates the largest geothermal company in Indonesia, which is also the third largest geothermal company in the world.

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Put Your Geothermal Knowledge On Display For A Chance of Prizes

GRC Mixer - Trivia Night! - Put Your Geothermal Knowledge on Display for a Chance of Prizes

Presented by the GRC Student Committee

Monday, October 15: 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Peppermill Resort Spa & Casino, Reno, Nevada, USA.

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GRC Annual Meeting & Expo - A Geothermal Event!

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GRC Annual Meeting & Expo - A Geothermal Event!

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Geothermal’s Role in Today’s Energy Market

14-17 October, 2018
Peppermill Resort Spa Casino, Reno, Nevada, USA

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Nearly 1,000 attendees came to the 2017 GRC Annual Meeting and Expo from 35 different countries around the world, highlighting the GRC’s role in connecting the global community. With increasing interest in geothermal as a reliable source of renewable energy providing both flexible and baseload power production around the world, the GRC is looking ahead to an even stronger international attendance in 2018.

Germany: Geothermal Energy Should Replace Coal to Reduce Use of Carbon

Geothermie statt Kohle - Erdwärme kann einen bedeutenden Beitrag zum Kohleausstieg leisten - Geothermal energy instead of coal - geothermal energy can make a significant contribution to the carbon leakage (Geothermie)

Existing Coal-fired heating plants and the
areas of potential geothermal resources.
Der Kohleausstieg ist aus Klimaschutzgründen erforderlich und unumgänglich. Die Erzeugung von Strom und Wärme muss dann durch Erneuerbare Energien ersetzt werden. Besonders im Hinblick auf die Wärmeerzeugung kann die Geothermie einen bedeutenden Beitrag leisten und in geothermisch nutzbaren Regionen die Wärmebereitstellung aus Kohle durch Geothermie ersetzen.

(From Google Translate) Reduction of carbon is required for climate protection reasons and is inevitable. The generation of electricity and heat must then be replaced by renewable energy. Especially in terms of heat generation, geothermal energy can make a significant contribution, and in geothermal regions, the heat supply from coal can be replaced by geothermal energy.

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Europe: Good Overview of Geothermal Energy Production

Installed capacity for electricity and district heating in 2017 (EGEC)

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Global: All 66 Entries in Geothermal Energy Photo Contest

GRC Photo Contest 2018 - All the Entries

GRC 2018 - Photo Contest

The winners will be announced and all photos will be on display at the GRC Annual Meeting & Expo being held 14-17 October at the Peppermill Resort Spa & Casino, Reno, Nevada, USA.

Science & Technology: Bacteria that lives in Geothermal Zones Could Have Antibiotic Properties

New protein from geothermal microorganism could aid fight against antimicrobial resistance (Royal Society of Chemistry)

Wonderful Champagne Pool. By Budi Kristianto. Thermal hotsprings, Waitapou Thermal Wonderland, New Zealand. GRC Photo Contest 2018.
Antimicrobial resistance is one of the biggest threats to global health and the race is on to find new molecules with antibiotic properties. One way scientists try to find these molecules is to study proteins produced by microorganisms themselves, as the bacteria often uses these to fight off other competing bugs.

Scientists analyse the microorganism’s genetic make-up – its genome – looking for sequences of code that correspond to types of proteins known to have antibiotic properties. One group of such proteins are called lanthipeptides that have a particular structure known to be effective at fighting off bacteria. 

Researchers in New Zealand recently applied this process, known as ‘genome mining’, to a strain of Thermogemmatispora – a type of bacteria that lives in extreme conditions in the heated soil of New Zealand’s Taupo geothermal zone. They discovered a new type of lanthipeptide, called tikitericin, which they believe is part of the microorganism’s host defence system. 

Netherlands: One Year Position as Post-Doc Researcher on Enhanced Geothermal Systems Project

Postdoctoral position on Semi-analytic coupled modelling of Enhanced Geothermal Systems (Utrecht University)

The Department of Earth Sciences at Utrecht University seeks a postdoctoral researcher to work for at least 12 months in DESTRESS, a major EU H2020 programme on Enhanced Geothermal Systems.

The goal of DESTRESS is to demonstrate the feasibility of so-called “soft stimulation” – geothermal productivity enhancement while minimizing induced seismicity. The field demonstration experiments in the programme require underpinning by modelling. The postdoc will work on fast, semi-analytical tools, intended to capture the main physics determining fault friction and seismogenic slip but simplified to the extent that calculations are fast. This will facilitate sensitivity analyses aimed at mapping the range of outcomes due to uncertainties or operational choices, providing the possibility to employ ensemble-based data assimilation to constrain those uncertainties.

We envisage starting with existing modelling tools that address poro-elasto-plastic reservoir behaviour and fault failure, by evaluating the stress path due to injection. The technology then needs to be extended to include thermal effects, stimulation, and induced seismicity. The tool will be tested on a soft stimulation treatment performed in Pohang (South Korea).

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

USA, Nevada: Employment Opportunities in Geothermal Energy Working at Ormat

Vacancies at Ormat

Drilling Engineer Reno, Nevada
This position is responsible for the planning, directing and coordination of drilling activities to include preparation and implementation of drilling engineering programs. This position is also responsible for regulatory agency approvals and preparation of the drilling budget to include controlling expenditures and justifying variances. Apply........

Intern - Drilling Engineer Reno, Nevada
Assist drilling engineering staff with planning, coordination, and analysis of drilling activities. This may include assisting with preparation of drilling programs and planning workflows, reviews of historical drilling reports, drilling data and statistical analysis for efficiency and optimization opportunities, and observations of drilling operations. Apply.......

Plant Operator - Elko, Nevada
The primary responsibility of a Plant Operator is to ensure that the operation of the power plant is safely and efficiently carried out in accordance with plant safety procedures and standard operating procedures.  Apply........

Plant Operator - Fernley, Nevada
The primary responsibility of a Plant Operator is to ensure that the operation of the power plant is safely and efficiently carried out in accordance with plant safety procedures and standard operating procedures. Apply........

Ormat will be exhibiting at the GRC Annual Meeting & Expo from 14-17 October in Reno, Nevada, USA. In addition there will be a fieldtrip to the Steamboat Hills geothermal field from the meeting.

Indonesia: University of Twente to Help Survey for Geothermal Energy Resources on Flores Island

University of Twente, Universitas Gadjah Mada and Pt. Apg Have Signed A Collaboration Agreement (ITC)

The Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) of the University of Twente has joined up with the Faculty of Engineering of the Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) and the commercial Indonesian LiDAR services provider PT ASI Pudjiastuti Geosurvey (PT. APG) to fly an airborne survey over areas with geothermal potential near Bajawa, Flores Island in East Nusa Tenggara Province of Indonesia.

The main goal of the survey is to acquire for the first time in Indonesia a combined airborne dataset of high precision LiDAR terrain data with surface temperature data to map surface expressions of the underlying geothermal potential.

Europe: Opinion - "The geothermal sector has a timeframe of no longer than 5 to 8 years to prove its competitiveness against solar and wind energy."

Interview with János Szanyi, Coordinator of the EFG Panel of Experts on Geothermal Energy (European Federation of Geologists - EFG)

János Szanyi
János Szanyi is an assistant professor at the University of Szeged in Hungary 

How would you define the role of geothermal energy in Europe’s energy mix today? The importance of the heating and cooling sector is bigger than that of the electricity generation sector. It derives from the geological background so this situation reflects reality. The problem is the too small portion of geothermal sectors from the energy mix, which are deeply under the potential except for few countries.

How do you evaluate future perspectives for the geothermal energy sector? The geothermal energy is one of the greenest resources with a very low CO2 emission level. Due to the Research & Development investments, the exploration/exploitation risks and drilling costs will be reduced in the deep geothermal sector. Furthermore, the new technologies in the oil and gas sector are improving the geothermal sector as well.

How do you see the future role of geoscientists in your field of expertise, for example, 20 years ahead from now? The geothermal sector has a timeframe of no longer than 5 to 8 years to prove its competitiveness against solar and wind energy. So, the technical breakthrough will have to take place in the next 10 years, otherwise geothermal will be far behind the other renewables.

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Chile: Geothermal can Help Replace 5,000 MWe of Coal-fired Electricity Generation

Geotermia en Chile 2.0: segundas partes sí son buenas - Geothermal in Chile 2.0: second parts are good (El Mostrador)

by Diego Moratam Ph.D., Director del “Centro de Excelencia en Geotermia de los Andes, CEGA” Departamento de Geología, Universidad de Chile.

La retirada del carbón de nuestra matriz energética es una excelente noticia acompañada de un complejo ejercicio.¿Cómo vamos a reemplazar la abundante energía que nos proporciona el carbón hoy? El sistema eléctrico nacional tieneinstalados unos 23.800 MWe, de los cuales unos 11.000 MWe son de fuentes renovables, y 12.800 MWe de fuentes norenovables, que incluyen algo más de 5.000 MWe de generación de electricidad a carbón. Lo difícil de reemplazar alcarbón es que esta fuente entrega energía todo el día, todo el año, y no todas las energías son capaces de hacer esto. Lasolar no puede aún, la noche es un gran tema. La hidroeléctrica depende mucho de los cambios de estación y losclimáticos. El disel y el gas pueden, pero Chile mayoritariamente exporta estos insumos no renovables y la propuestadel Presidente Piñera es de llegar al 2050 con una matriz 100% renovables.

(From Google Translate) The removal of coal from our energy matrix is ​​excellent news but raises an important question. How are we going to replace the abundant energy that coal provides us today? The national electricity system has some 23,800 MWe installed, of which some 11,000 MWe are from renewable sources, and 12,800 MWe from non-renewable sources, which include slightly more than 5,000 MWe of coal-fired electricity generation. The hard part of replacing coal is that this source delivers energy all day, all year, and not all energies are capable of doing this. Solar can not yet, the conditions at night is important. A hydroelectric plant depends a lot on seasonal changes and climatic changes. Diesel and gas can deliver energy all day but Chile mainly exports these non-renewable resources and President Piñera's proposal is to reach 2050 with a 100% renewable matrix.

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