Friday, August 23, 2019

Science & Technology: Company Claims Closed Loop Geothermal System can be Implemented Across 80 Percent of the World

This Geothermal Energy System Could be Built in a Backyard (Futurism)

Canadian company Eavor Technologies is building a first-of-its-kind geothermal system in Alberta — and it could help the world finally tap into that potential.

“You can put it almost anywhere,” Eavor CEO John Redfern told CBC News. “It’s not like a windmill or solar panel… almost everything’s underground so you can literally put it in someone’s backyard.”

“It’s just a much more benign system,” Redfern told CBC News, “and it’s something that you can implement across 80 percent of the world instead of five percent of the world like traditional geothermal.”

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Geothermal Energy News from Around the World

Global Geothermal News - Weekly Update (Geothermal Resources Council)


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

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

Canada: Government Invests in Geothermal Resource Survey in Northern British Columbia

Canada Supports Clean, Renewable Energy Technologies in British Columbia (TMC news)

The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources, today announced a $1-million investment for Deh Tai Limited Partnership, the economic development company of the Fort Nelson First Nation, to assess the resource potential of several renewable energy technologies.

This assessment includes a potential geothermal electricity generation project, which involves the Saulteau First Nations' participation.

"Today's announcement is an investment in the future of our people and all our children. Having access to clean energy through geothermal is a key priority for our Nation. We are thankful to the federal government for providing the necessary financial assistance to explore this project further. Having access to geothermal will bring many benefits to our community and create security and economic benefits as we move forward for decades to come," said Chief Sharleen Gale, Fort Nelson First Nation.

Canada: 5 MW Alberta No. 1 Geothermal Power Project Announced

Canada Invests in Alberta’s First Commercial-Scale Geothermal Facility (Natural Resources Canada)

The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, today announced a $25.4-million investment in Northwestern Alberta’s first commercial-scale geothermal facility, which will generate clean energy  and create jobs. The project, Alberta No. 1, will be overseen by a partnership between Terrapin Geothermics and the Municipal District of Greenview. PCL Construction will also participate in this project.

A first in the province and among the first of its kind in Canada, the facility will generate five megawatts of electricity annually, enough to power 6,800 homes and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 20,000 tonnes per year. The project will also create new jobs during the construction and operation phases.

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

Fieldtrips from Geothermal Resources Council Annual Meeting  (News Release)

Spaces are filling up fast for these popular excursions from the GRC Annual Meeting & Expo in Palm Springs, California, USA.

In addition to the main event of the GRC Annual Meeting & Expo taking place September 15-18, 2019, there will be a grand total of four fieldtrips before and after the conference.

Just before the start of the conference two half-day trips will offer a chance to relax and enjoy the fantastic scenery and culture of the Palm Springs area. On Saturday, a three hour off-road ride in a Jeep will take you into the California Desert, along the San Andreas fault-zone through slot canyons and a natural palm oasis. On Sunday morning, a two-mile hike into the Palm Canyon will visit a special place for the Agua Caliente (Hot Water) Band of Cahuilla Indians among the trees in a beautiful palm oasis.


Just after the end of the GRC Annual Meeting & Expo on September 18, a two-day fieldtrip will take advantage of a rare opportunity to explore operations, volcanic geology and hydrothermal features of the Coso geothermal facility located at the China Lake Naval Air Warfare Station, California. This tour will also include a visit to GreenFire Energy’s experimental project demonstrating closed-loop geothermal power production technology using both water and supercritical CO2 as working fluids.

Also departing on Wednesday, September 18 another two-day fieldtrip will visit the Imperial Valley, home to the world renowned Salton Sea geothermal field. In addition to stops at the John L. Featherstone and Heber geothermal power plants, there will also be up-close observations of quaternary volcanoes, mud volcanoes, hot springs and an actively spreading mud pot! The valley has become a significant hot spot for renewable energy – with production from geothermal, solar, wind and biofuel – and possibly soon to be one of the most important regions for lithium mining.

More information on the fieldtrips, including more detailed itinerary and cost, can be found on the GRC Website at https://geothermal.org.

Netherlands: Geothermal Energy for District Heating and Greenhouse Operations Set to Boom

"Geothermal energy will become commonplace sooner than we think" (Hortidaily)

(Courtesy CIA.gov)
Although geothermal energy, biomass power plants and other alternative energy sources have received a lot of attention since the recently concluded Climate Agreement, it has been the focus of attention within the horticultural sector for much longer. 

"Actually, for years growers have kept innovating for a license to produce and energy cost reduction," says Léon Lankester of AAB. "Geothermal energy, in particular, has been increasing greatly in the last ten years and that will only further increase in the coming years."

The national ambitions are considerable. In 2050, according to the Geothermal Energy Master Plan in the Netherlands, 700 doublets must provide nearly 4 million households with geothermal energy and a total of 6 million homes with heat (now there are only 375,000). In the year 2019, there are 20 doublets in the Netherlands, most of which can be found in greenhouse horticulture areas. 

United Kingdom: Twelve Boreholes to Be Drilled at Glasgow Geothermal Research Observatory

Glasgow mine workings scheme could lead to heating for millions of homes (Herald Scotland)
An innovative project in Glasgow’s east end is investigating the potential for untapped mine water to be harnessed as geothermal energy that could be used to help heat millions of homes in the UK.

The geothermal research observatory will explore underground mine workings via 12 boreholes drilled to varying depths in Dalmarnock and Rutherglen’s Cuningar Loop.

So far, scientists have drilled four boreholes with the remaining eight partially drilled exploratory channels to be completed by autumn this year.

Alison Monaghan, geologist and science team lead for the Glasgow Geothermal Research Observatory, said: “Across the world there are already small schemes that use the technology of mine water geothermal and in the first couple of years of what we’re doing in Glasgow should have a big impact as to how more widely the technology could be used.

El Salvador: La Geo Plans to Add 80 MW Geothermal Energy Capacity

LaGeo proyecta concretar expansión en cuatro años en El Salvador - LaGeo plans to complete four-year expansion in El Salvador (La Prensa Grafica)

Esperan terminar pronto la negociación con el Banco Mundial para financiar la explotación de los pozos de San Vicente y Chinameca.

(From Google Translate) They hope to finish the negotiations with the World Bank soon to finance the exploitation of the wells of San Vicente and Chinameca.

La apuesta es sumar hasta unos 80 megavatios (MW) a la capacidad que ya tiene LaGeo, para lo que se está gestionando un financiamiento por $232 millones. Además del Banco Mundial, el funcionario dijo que hay otros organismos multilaterales que han mostrado interés.

The bet is to add up to 80 megawatts (MW) to the capacity that LaGeo already has, for which a financing of $ 232 million is being managed. In addition to the World Bank, the official said there are other multilateral agencies that have shown interest.

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From the Global Geothermal News archives:

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Geothermal Event! Final Program Available

GRC Annual Meeting & Expo

Geothermal: Green Energy for the Long Run

15-18 September, Palm Springs Convention Center, Palm Springs, California, USA



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Europe: Opinion - The Potential for Geothermal Energy

Oil Dynamics: Providing artificial lift systems for geothermal applications

Interview with Andy Limanowka, Engineering and Product Development at Oil Dynamics GmbH

How does the potential of geothermal energy differ from region to region? The potential mostly differs based on available temperatures. For example in the area south of Munich a typical producer would be 150l/s, BHT 140C, pump BHP around 1800HP and the application would be power generation, in the Netherlands a typical producer would register 70l/s, BHT 90C, pump BHP around 800HP and the application would be residential or agricultural heating.

Where do you see most potential at present and why? I would say in Europe in general and Germany or the Netherlands specifically. Europe is pioneering renewable energies and we are a German company. The Netherlands are making big strives moving away from gas towards renewables like geothermal; further the applications are easier than the German ones.

USA, Hawaii: Ormat Gets Approval for Two New Wells at Puna Geothermal Venture

PGV gets OK for new wells (Hawaii Tribune-Herald)

Applications from Puna Geothermal Venture (PGV) for two new geothermal wells have been approved, the state Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) confirmed Wednesday.

According to a DLNR spokesman, one permit was approved on Aug. 9. The second permit was approved Monday. Drilling can start drilling Sept. 20. The permits required approval from DLNR Chairwoman Suzanne Case.

But permit approval doesn’t mean that work on new wells will necessarily commence. The applications were a contingency as PGV assessed wells covered by lava during the 2018 eruption of Kilauea volcano.

Mike Kaleikini, PGV’s senior director of Hawaii affairs, said Wednesday the new wells are still under consideration.

Indonesia: Opportunity as Exploration Management Consultant for Geothermal Energy Upstream Development Project

Procurement Notice - Exploration Management Consultant - Geothermal Energy Upstream Development Project (GEUDP) (World Bank)

Deadline: 12th September, 2019
Borrower/Bid No: FAC6

The government of Indonesia has issued a request for expressions of interest in providing consulting services for the Geothermal Energy Upstream Development Project (GEUDP).
 
  • Project ID:  GEF Grant Number TF0A4086 and CTF Grant Number TF0A4089
  • Assignment Title: Exploration Management Consultant - Geothermal Energy Upstream Development Project (GEUDP) (World Bank)
The development objective of Geothermal Energy Upstream Development Project for Indonesia is to facilitate investment in geothermal power generation and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This project has two components. 1) The first component, Risk Mitigation for Geothermal Exploration Drilling, will finance a program of activities designed to support geothermal exploration drilling in Indonesia, through: (a) drilling of exploration and confirmation wells; (b) constructing access roads and other associated infrastructure to facilitate the drilling activities, at select geothermal sites; and (c) implementation of measures set forth in the Safeguards Instruments. 2) The second component, Capacity Building on Geothermal Exploration and Environmental and Social Safeguards Management, will finance a program of capacity building designed to establish an efficient and effective geothermal energy exploration and tendering program.


From the Global Geothermal News archives:

Canada: Open House at Closed Loop Geothermal Power System Demonstration Project

Eavor Technologies drives innovative geothermal system towards commerciality providing new opportunity for Alberta’s energy services sector (News Release)

Alberta Innovates and Partners invest in innovative geothermal technology

In a gathering today many were witness to the construction of the Eavor-Lite™ demonstration facility and therein a World’s first of its kind drilling operation.

Eavor Technologies Inc. has developed an innovative “made in Alberta” geothermal energy solution. In a demonstration project near Rocky Mountain House, the Eavor-Lite™ project uses existing Alberta oil and gas drilling technology and expertise to facilitate a revolutionary and unique energy system known as “Eavor-Loop™”.

The Eavor-Lite™ demonstration project is designed to showcase Eavor’s unique and proprietary design elements. The demonstration project began drilling in early August and will test the technology at near-commercial scale. The facility once complete serves as a testbed an proxy for commercial Eavor-Loop™ implementations globally.  

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From the Global Geothermal News archives:

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

USA: An Opinion on the Geothermal Technologies Office's GeoVision Report

Exporting Observations from the U.S. 2019 GeoVision Report (LinkedIn)

By William Harvey, P.E., Project Engineer at POWER Engineers

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Geothermal Technologies Office's (GTO) GeoVision Report ("GVR"), released earlier in 2019, has all sorts of tidbits that may be appetizing to international geothermalists. For the sake of interested renewable energy students or professionals that might balk at reading the entire 218 page, seemingly U.S.-focused document, here are some points for contemplation that have wider geographic applicability. Naturally it would be best to read the whole thing, so perhaps this can be an intro teaser to some of the excellent content.

Summary: The GVR provides a detailed Roadmap in Table 5-1 (see table left) describing concrete actions that would help the U.S maximize its geothermal potential. If you are a student looking for topics of study (a thesis perhaps), or young professional looking to join organizations where you can assist along these lines, a review of the GVR principles could help you match your skills to needs for your country. The GVR is a reminder how all of us are critical to the overall success of geothermal in any setting: scientists, engineers, policy makers and financiers.

Looks like the authors of the GVR (U.S. DOE GTO) will have a booth at the upcoming Geothermal Resources Council Annual Meeting; September 15-18 in Palm Springs, California. If you are like me you'll want to stop by, convey appreciation for their work, and find out what the GTO may be up to next.

Uganda: Opportunity to Bid for Drilling Services at Two Geothermal Energy Prospects

Invitation for Proposals for Drilling Service to Drill Sixteen (16) Temperature Gradient Holes at Kibiro and Panyimur Geothermal Prospects

The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development (MEMD) of the Republic of Uganda has allocated funds to be used for the acquisition of service to drill temperature gradient holes at Kibiro and Panyimur Geothermal prospects.

The Entity invites your sealed bid for the provision of drilling service to drill temperature gradient holes at Kibiro and Panyimur Geothermal prospects.
Bidding will be conducted in accordance with Open Domestic Bidding procedures contained in the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Act, 2003.

Bids must be delivered at or before 10:00 am local time on Thursday, 19th September, 2019.

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Indonesia: Geothermal Energy Companies Plan to Add More Than 1100 MW in Near Term

PLN, Pertamina to spend $3.6 billion on geothermal projects (The Jakarta Post)

(Courtesy CIA.gov)
State-owned electricity company PLN and energy company Pertamina are slated to respectively invest US$1 billion and $2.68 billion in developing geothermal power plants around the country over the next few years.

The two companies, through their namesake subsidiaries PLN Gas & Geothermal (GG) and Pertamina Geothermal Energy (PGE), provided more than one-third of the country's total 1,948 megawatt (MW) geothermal power supply last year, according to Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry (ESDM) data.

Going forward, a PLN GG director told reporters in Jakarta on Aug 14 that the company aimed to add 675 MW of geothermal capacity by 2023 in line with PLN's nine-year electricity procurement plan while a PGE director said his company planned to increase capacity by 495 MW by 2026.

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Ida Finahar, Director of Geothermal, Energi dan Sumber Daya Mineral (ESDM) - Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources in Indonesia is slated to speak at the International Session of the GRC Annual Meeting & Expo on September 16.

Kenya: KenGen Economist Calls for More Private Sector Involvement in Geothermal Energy Development

KenGen: “Private sector participation needed in geothermal development to enhance deployment of this resource” (ESI-Africa)

Exclusive interview with Anne Kiburi, Senior Economist & PPP Officer at KenGen (Kenya Electricity Generation Company). During the upcoming Future Energy East Africa conference in Nairobi in September she is addressing delegates on “The role of the private sector in geothermal development in Kenya and East Africa.”

"Kenya and East Africa have high geothermal energy potential. The resource has the potential to provide low cost and low carbon, baseload, reliable and flexible electricity. However, the development of this resource is capital intensive, especially at the preliminary phases. There is a need for private sector participation in geothermal development to enhance the deployment of this resource. Development and use of various risk mitigation tools and early mover insurances are important to support the private sector during the exploration phase.

My expectation is to create awareness on the role of the private sector in geothermal development and the opportunities available."

El Salvador: University Geothermal Exploration Laboratory Receives Donation of Equipment from JICA

UES recibe donativo de equipos para investigación de energía geotérmica
 - UES receives donation of geothermal energy research equipment (DiarioCoLatino)

Con la finalidad de desarrollar investigaciones sobre fuentes de energía limpia y renovable, la Agencia Internacional de Cooperación del Japón (JICA) donó a la Universidad de El Salvador (UES) equipos para el laboratorio de Exploración Geotérmica por Técnicas de Termoluminiscencia y Sistemas Integrados de Evaluación de Reservorios.

(From Google Translate) With the purpose of developing research on clean and renewable energy sources, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) donated equipment to the Geothermal Exploration Laboratory of the University of El Salvador (UES) for Thermoluminescence Techniques and Integrated Systems in Reservoir Evaluation.

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Canada: Hybrid Geothermal-Natural Gas Project Company Grows

Razor Energy Corp. Announces Strategic Acquisition and Second Quarter 2019 Results (News Release)

Razor Energy Corp. of Calgary, Alberta, has announced a strategic acquisition with Little Rock Resources Ltd. and its second quarter 2019 financial and operating results.

One of the near and medium-term objectives the now-larger company has announced is to develop a technically viable and commercially sustainable solution to recover geothermal waste heat.

During second quarter of 2019, Razor invested $0.8 million in the design phase of its co-produced geothermal electricity project. The company expects the capital cost of the project to be $15 to $20 million, generating 3 to 5 MW of renewable electricity, with a $5 million contribution from Natural Resources Canada’s Clean Growth Program and a $2 million contribution from Alberta Innovates.

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From the Global Geothermal News archives:

USA, Nevada: Ormat Sells Interest in 48 MW McGinness Hills Phase 3 Geothermal Power Plant

Ormat Announces Closing of $59.3 Million Partnership Transaction for McGinness Hills Phase 3 Geothermal Power Plant (News Release)

McGinness Hills Geothermal power plant, by Ian Crawford.
GRC Fieldtrip 2015
Ormat Technologies Inc. today announced that one of its wholly owned subsidiaries that owns the 48 MW McGinness Hills Phase 3 Geothermal power plant entered into a partnership agreement with a private investor.

Under the transaction documents, the private investor acquired membership interests in the project for an initial purchase price of approximately $59.3 million and for which it will pay additional annual installments that are expected to amount to a total of approximately $9 million. Ormat will continue to operate and maintain the power plant and will receive substantially all of the distributable cash flow generated by the power plant, and the private investor will receive substantially all of the tax attributes.

The McGinness Hills Phase 3 geothermal power plant, located in Lander County, Nevada, began commercial operation on December 15, 2018. The project sells its power under the 26-year Ormat Northern Nevada Geothermal Portfolio Power Purchase Agreement with Southern California Public Power Authority, which was announced in June 2017.

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Ormat Technologies Inc. will be exhibiting at the GRC Annual Meeting & Expo, 15-18 September at the Palm Springs Convention Center in Southern California, USA. 

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Colombia: Video - The Origin of Paipa Hot Springs

El origen de las aguas termales de Paipa - The origin of Paipa hot springs (ServicioGeologicoC)

(Video 6:05 Minutes)

Los vestigios de un volcán que hizo erupción por última vez hace un millón de años se encuentran en las profundidades del suelo paipano, en Boyacá. Investigadores del Servicio Geológico Colombiano estudian esa fuente que calienta las reconfortantes aguas termales de Paipa.

Conoce las historias de geólogos basadas en el libro The
Geology of Colombia. https://bit.ly/2OmqgCf

The vestiges of a volcano that erupted for the last time a million years ago are in the depths of the Paipan soil, in Boyacá. Researchers from the Colombian Geological Survey study this source that heats the comforting hot springs of Paipa. Learn the stories of geologists based on the book The Geology of Colombia.  

Geothermal Event! Hotel Room Block Discount Ends Tomorrow! Make Your Reservation Now!

Reserve Your Hotel Rooms for GRC Annual Meeting & Expo


Rooms are available starting at $150 per night but to get this discount you must book by tomorrow, August 21st.

Reservations can now be made for hotel rooms for the Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) Annual Meeting & Expo, being held in Palm Springs, California, USA from September 15-18, 2019. All the events are in one central location, at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The official hotels are either connected to the convention center or just one block away. Rooms are available starting at $150 per night but to get this discount you must book by August 21st.

The GRC has contracted with the Renaissance Palm Springs and Hilton Palm Springs hotels for a discounted block of rooms. At both hotels there is a choice of rooms with either two double beds or a king bed starting at $150 a night excluding taxes and fees. Book your room now and save.........

United Kingdom: One Day Geothermal Symposium in London

7th London Geothermal Symposium (Geological Society)

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

By Tony Hisgett from Birmingham, UK -
Burlington House, Uploaded by tm, CC BY 2.0,
https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=27908275
The UK’s geothermal resources could supply enough low carbon heat for a century. Concerns over increasing global temperatures have led several Local Authorities to declare a climate emergency. This presents an opportunity to progress geothermal projects across the UK. The UK has made significant progress in decarbonising its electricity supplies over the past decade however decarbonising heat remains a significant challenge. UK geothermal could help meet this challenge because it aligns well with current government support for heat networks and will become an increasingly important energy source if the government consultation regarding a moratorium on new gas connections post 2025 is adopted.

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

USA: The Golden State Leads the Country in Geothermal Jobs

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

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


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

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

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Monday, August 19, 2019

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

GRC Workshop - Supercritical and Superhot Geothermal Resources

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


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

Speakers: 

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

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

Space is limited; early enrollment is recommended.

New Zealand: Record Annual Geothermal Generation for Mercury

Mercury rises to challenge with strong FY2019 result (Scoop)

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

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

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

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


Iceland: Interview on Geothermal Applications for Icelandic Biotech Company

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

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

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

(Video 9:15 Minutes)

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Minewater touted as an alternative energy solution (Financial Times)

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

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

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

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

Sunday, August 18, 2019

GRC Annual Meeting & Expo - Geothermal Event App!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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Saturday, August 17, 2019

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, August 16, 2019

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

Joint GRC-SPE Workshop

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Please plan to attend.

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Geothermal Energy News from Around the World

Global Geothermal News - Weekly Update (Geothermal Resources Council)


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

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

United Downs Deep Geothermal Project - Drilling Progress (GEL)

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


From the Global Geothermal News archives:

USA, Nevada: Steamboat Hills Geothermal Plant Enhancement Commences

South-Reno Geothermal Plant Expansion Begins (ThisIsReno)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Vacancy - Director of Real Estate - Cyrq Energy

Location: Salt Lake City, Utah

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


Thursday, August 15, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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USA, Nevada: Reno Approves Funding for Geothermal Powered Pool

City of Reno Approves Pledge for Moana Pool (KTVN)

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

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

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

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

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From the Global Geothermal News Archives:

Poland: Construction Progresses at Toruń Geothermal District Heating Project

Polish priest in hot water (Politico.eu)

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

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

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

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

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From the Global Geothermal News archives:

Philippines: Geothermal Energy Powers EDC to Record Profits

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

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

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