Friday, July 20, 2018

Global Geothermal Photo Contest

The Geothermal Resources Council 2018 Amateur Photo Contest

The 39th Amateur Photo Contest winners will be announced at the GRC Annual Meeting in Reno, Nevada, USA.  

Northern Lights Over a Well Protection Dome in Hellisheidi and the Nesjavellir Power Plant [First Place GRC Photo Contest 2017] by Bastien Poux, Pontoise, France.

The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) is pleased to announce this year’s Amateur Photo Contest. The purpose of the contest is to showcase quality photography featuring geothermal energy around the world.

The winners will be announced at the GRC Annual Meeting & Expo being held in Reno, Nevada,  USA from October 14-17.

The first place winner will receive $150, second place - $100, and third place - $75. Honorable Mention photos will receive certificates.

Photographs on any subject related to geothermal energy can be submitted such as geothermal energy production, Enhanced Geothermal systems (EGS), direct use and geothermal heat pumps. These can include photos of well testing, drilling, operation of geothermal equipment, newly developed equipment, or plant operation, construction of a geothermal plant or plant site, and geological areas or surface manifestations (holding potential for geothermal exploration or development). New this year are acceptance of "GIFs" - short animated movies of a few seconds each.

More information on the GRC Amateur Photo Contest, including a submission form, can be found on the GRC website. The deadline for submissions is August 24, 2018.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

USA: Listen In for Updates from the Geothermal Technologies Office

Geothermal Technologies Office: Quarterly Update - July 2018

Thursday, July 19, 2018, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM PST

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO) is pleased to announce the third installment of quarterly updates presented by GTO Director Dr. Susan Hamm on July 19, 2018. 

In an effort to keep the geothermal community fully updated on progress at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Dr. Hamm will highlight ongoing efforts within GTO. Additionally, Dr. Hamm will be joined by Kevin Lynn, Grid Integration Director at DOE. Mr. Lynn will touch on the Grid Modernization Initiative and how geothermal fits into that picture.

This quarterly update will touch upon a range of topics, including:
  • FY 2018 Funding Opportunities 
  • FORGE Site Selection 
  • Play Fairway Analysis Drilling Activities 
  • EGS Collab Update 
  • International Efforts 
  • Waterless Stimulation Projects 
The presentation will close with an open Q&A session. We look forward to having you join us.  Register............

Feel free to submit questions ahead of the Quarterly Update via the GTO mailbox. Please email questions to geothermal@ee.doe.gov with the subject line “Q3 Question”.

Three Months to Geothermal Energy Event of the Year

GRC Annual Meeting & Expo - A Geothermal Event!

Three Months to go!

Geothermal’s Role in Today’s Energy Market

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


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.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Global: Become a Member of the Geothermal Resources Council

Support your geothermal energy association - Join the GRC!

As of December 31, 2017 the membership of the GRC stood at 1,176 including 217 student members. Membership is drawn from 44 countries around the world.

Members of the GRC come from around the world
The GRC membership is open to any person, organization, agency, or company. The membership advantage includes access to:
  • International Geothermal Association (IGA) Membership - through the GRC's affiliation with the International Geothermal Association (IGA), all GRC Members are automatically members of the IGA, which offers discount registration to its World Geothermal Congress events (every 5 years), quarterly IGA News and a special discount rate for the international publication, Geothermics.
  • GRC Annual Meeting & Expo - discounted registration for the largest annual geothermal energy conference and trade show in the world.
  • GRC Bulletin - (6 issues) official worldwide industry trade publication of the Geothermal Resources Council, the Bulletin is the definitive voice for geothermal energy development and production.
  • GRC Membership Roster and Registry of Geothermal Services & Equipment - a unique publication that provides business, consulting and research contacts throughout the international geothermal community.
  • Online GRC Library - More than 40,000 catalogued items, free downloads of premium content.
  • Education Program - special meetings, workshops, and conferences on a broad range of topics pertaining to geothermal exploration, development and utilization at a discount to members.
  • The GRC Policy Committee - An add-on option for GRC members who want to fund advocacy work at the U.S. state and local level.
Additionally, GRC members receive a discount on advertising and exclusive first-access space consideration in all GRC publications. For more information about advertising, please contact Anh Lay at alay@geothermal.org.


New members can also contact GRC at grc@geothermal.org or (530) 758-2360 for further information.

USA, Nevada: Registration Opens for Geothermal Golf Tournament

Registration Opens for Annual Charity Golf Tournament at Geothermal Resources Council Annual Meeting (News Release)

Popular networking event for the geothermal energy industry in Reno, Nevada, USA. 

Sunridge Golf Club 
The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) has announced more details of events at the world’s largest annual geothermal energy conference, being held this year at the Peppermill Resort Spa & Casino in Reno, Nevada, USA, October 14-17, 2018.

Just before the start of the GRC Annual Meeting & Expo, the GRC Annual Charity Golf Tournament will take place October 14 at the Sunridge Golf Club in Carson City, south of Reno. Registration for the tournament is now open.

This year the proceeds from the tournament will go to the GRC Scholarship Fund. Last year the event helped to support six students in the geothermal energy community.

At 4,700 feet elevation, the Sunridge Golf course is a pleasure for golfers of any skill level to play. The course will challenge you while providing a relaxing, picturesque backdrop of the Sierra Nevada.

More details of the tournament can be found on the GRC website at www.geothermal.org. Download the GRC Annual Charity Golf Tournament Brochure and fill out a registration form which can be mailed or faxed to the GRC office. Online registration is also available.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Make Sure of Your Booth at the Geothermal Energy Event of the Year

GRC Annual Meeting & Expo - A Geothermal Event!


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

55 exhibitors - so far - have signed up for the geothermal energy event of the year:

EXHIBITOR EXHIBITOR
AMSA, Inc. Mill Man Steel Inc.
A.W. Chesterton Company Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems & Turboden
BS&B Safety Systems, LLC NALCO Water
CGG Multi-Physics Nevada Division of Minerals
CICESE Ormat Technologies, Inc.
C-FER Technologies (1999) Inc. PCC Metals Group
Case M&I PM International Suppliers
Coastal Technologies Inc. Paul Graham Drilling & Resource Cementing
Cooling Tower Depot Phoenix Geophysics Ltd.
Croll-Reynolds & Tsurumi Pump Pioneer Petrotech Services Inc.
Dewhurst Group, LLC POWER Engineers, Inc.
EnergyNet PowerChem
Ethos Energy Group Quantec Geoscience Limited
EvapTech, Inc. Rexa, Inc.
Exergy Scientific Drilling
Expro Group Scovan
Fuji Electric Seequent
Gardner Denver Nash Sinclair Well Products
GEODEEP Suez Renewable
Geologica Geothermal Group Thermochem, Inc.
Geothermal Resources Council TIX-IKS Corporation
Geothermal Resource Group TNG Energy
GeothermEx Toshiba
Horizon Well Logging U.S. Bureau of Land Management
Iceland Geothermal Veizades & Associates, Inc.
Indar Electric Well Analysis Corporation

In conjunction with the prestigious Annual Meeting, the GRC will also host an expo in which companies can promote projects, equipment, services, and technology to leading geothermal energy scientists, producers, renewable energy industry stakeholders, regulators, utilities, and key associated business leaders around the world.
Contact Ann Lay Email: alay@geothermal.org, Phone: (530) 758-2360 ext. 100 if you have any questions.

Finance: Webinar on Maximizing Bankability of Geothermal Energy Projects

Webinar: Maximise bankability of geothermal projects (TÜV SÜD)

19 July 2018, 9am CEST, 3pm SGT, 12:00 AM PST


Making the right investment decision starts with understanding all the risks.

The high upfront costs and risks involved in exploration and drilling for geothermal energy has often deterred investments, dampening the growth of the stable and clean energy resource. As governments and international organisations offer more incentives to harness geothermal power, potential investors and planners need to ensure that they make the right investment decisions.

This starts with a comprehensive analysis of all the risks involved in a geothermal project from conception to operation and ensuring that they are accounted for in the financial projections.

TÜV SÜD recommends adopting a risk-based approach during feasibility studies and technical due diligence to maximise the bankability of a geothermal project.

In this live webinar, our experts will guide you through the risk-based methodology we adopt and real case studies of the geothermal risks that we have mitigated. Register now and don’t miss the opportunity to ask your own questions live!

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Australia: Invitation to Provide Information on Geothermal Projects Down Under

Census of Australian Geothermal Projects (AGA)


The Australian Geothermal Association (AGA) is conducting a census of Australian geothermal projects to more accurately and effectively highlight the positive aspects of this renewable energy industry. Relevant projects include direct-use applications (eg. pool heating in Perth, Barramundi farms in Victoria etc.), hot springs and spa, ground source heat pump projects at the residential and commercial scale and electricity generation (e.g. Birsdville & most recently in Winton Qld).

The AGA is reaching out to relevant people and organisations involved in geothermal projects for assistance to achieve as comprehensive coverage of projects as possible.We trust that all contributing professionals will benefit from the census and all players of the industry are invited to participate.

Download the easy-to-fill census form.......... Initially only 10 key components of information are required to  for each project. The census forms are due by end of September and preliminary results will be presented at the Australian Geoscience Council Convention 2018 to be held in October in Adelaide.

​Completed census forms can be emailed to AGA at: australiangeothermal@gmail.com

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Science & Technology: Methanol Produced by Geothermal Power Now Running British Cars

Your car could soon be powered by the fury of Icelandic volcanoes (Wired.co.uk)

Road to Methanol: Iceland’s Carbon Recycling International has pioneered a way to produce methanol fuel using renewable energy and waste CO2. A nearby geothermal power station supplies CO2 and electricity to the methanol plant and mineral-rich water to the famous Blue Lagoon spa [above]. Courtesy Carbon Recycling International.
Icelandic methanol made with waste CO2 from the power plant that supplies hot water to Blue Lagoon is already being blended with gasoline in the UK

To make it, the Carbon Recycling International (CRI) plant uses waste CO2 from the nearby Svartsengi geothermal power station that supplies hot water and energy to surrounding communities and waste water to the Blue Lagoon – postcard-perfect hot geothermal pool popular with bathers from around the globe.

Instead of releasing the CO2 directly into the atmosphere like most other power stations, contributing to greenhouse gas emissions, some of Svartsengi's gaseous waste is turned into methanol. The total amount of the Icelandic methanol now in the UK is enough to power 40 cars for a year.


Opinion: China is Leading in Direct Use Geothermal District Heating

U.S. lagging in geothermal energy as China and others pull ahead (Axios)

Jeff Tester, Professor of Sustainable Energy Systems at Cornell University’s College of Engineering and Chief Scientist for Cornell’s Earth Source Heat initiative.

(Courtesy CIA.gov)
Less than a decade after it began its program to deploy geothermal energy on a massive scale, China now has the largest amount of geothermal district heating of any country in the world, providing a cleaner, more environmentally friendly way to heat communities and to mitigate the poor air quality that results from burning coal.

In the U.S., indigenous geothermal resources are well distributed and abundantly available at the right temperatures for heating buildings and water. Developing geothermal resources for district heating now would provide the U.S. with a viable and sustainable long-term replacement for fossil fuels.

USA, Washington: Geothermal Exploratory Drilling at Mount Baker Site to Begin in September

Geothermal testing to be done near Baker Lake (goskagit.com)

(Courtesy Washington Geological Survey)
The state Department of Natural Resources plans to drill this year near Mount Baker north of Baker Lake.

Alex Steely, geothermal project manager for the agency’s Washington Geological Survey, said drilling will likely be done at the Mount Baker site in September after drilling is completed at a site near Mount St. Helens — an effort that is expected to begin this month.

Two holes will be drilled near each volcano. Each 2-inch-wide, 1,600-foot-deep hole — about the size of a water well and as deep as about two and a half Space Needles — will take about two weeks to drill.

Temperatures will be taken in the drilled holes to determine how much geothermal energy is available.

If the holes drilled this summer show geothermal energy with temperatures above 100 degrees, additional drilling, temperature testing, rock analysis and mapping would be needed to determine the size and shape of the geothermal resource before a power plant could potentially be built in the area.


From the Global Geothermal News archives:

Monday, July 16, 2018

Employment: Geothermal Data Manager in Reno, Nevada

Research Scientist: Geothermal Data Manager (GBCGE)

The Great Basin Center for Geothermal Energy (GBCGE) within the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology (NBMG) at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) invites applications from qualified candidates to fill the position of Geothermal Data Manager. The successful candidate will be joining a vibrant, motivated team in the GBCGE who are dedicated to geothermal science and increasing our understanding of the geothermal resource potential in the Great Basin and the western USA.

Description of Position: This position will be responsible for collecting, compiling, cataloguing, maintaining and publicly-disseminating information related to Nevada's geothermal resources, including geotechnical reports, well datasets, geological, geophysical and hydrological data, and core samples from geothermal drilling in Nevada. This will include new geothermal data generated by ongoing geothermal exploration, development, and research. A major goal of this position is to facilitate future scientific breakthroughs, resource exploration, and sustainable development of Nevada’s geothermal resources by ensuring that various user groups can access the most up-to date, quality-controlled geothermal geoscientific datasets and information.


GRC Member on a Geothermal Trip of a Lifetime - Part Two

Journey Through Iceland's Geothermal Mecca (National Geographic)

Explore a surreal landscape shaped by volcanoes, wind, water, and ice with National Geographic Explorer Andrés Ruzo  (a GRC Member and GRC Scholarship awardee) .

Geothermal energy fully saturates every aspect of Iceland, so much so that when you turn on the tap in some places, you get hot water directly from the earth. Steam plumes are a surprisingly common sight in the country, from hot springs, pools, fumaroles, and even geothermal power plants. I absolutely love that Iceland’s capital city got its name from the steam plumes its founders saw rising from around the bay—Reykjavík means “steamy bay.” The name captures the essence of life in Iceland, and, since arriving in the country, I was impressed with how many regular Icelanders told me that life there would not be possible without geothermal.

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GRC Member on a Geothermal Trip of a Lifetime - Part One

A Scientist's Voyage From the Peruvian Amazon to Nordic Iceland (National Geographic)

Join National Geographic Explorer Andrés Ruzo (a GRC Member and GRC Scholarship awardee) on an exhilarating expedition to the land of fire and ice.

Geothermal scientist Andrés Ruzo is a restless spirit whose passion for science and adventure inspire him to always go further, dig deeper, and discover what’s next. In celebration of his thirst for endless exploration, National Geographic and Coors Light launched Ruzo on an epic journey and invited him to share his experiences with other explorers. In the first of four photo essays, follow Ruzo as he prepares for his trip and talks about what sparked his interest in the wild, rugged, and cold land of fire and ice—Iceland.

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USA: GRC Corporate Member Updates Website

Thermochem Launches New Website (New Release)

Long-time supporter of the Geothermal Resources Council has a new look!


Thermochem is excited to announce the launch of our new website: www.thermochem.com.  As a leader in geothermal energy testing services, process and resource consulting, specialized technologies and equipment, we have long been proud of the quality of our services, products, and customer relationships, and how they have each evolved over time. Please visit the site to see the latest updates to our facilities, team bios, project case histories with an interactive map, downloadable brochures and data sheets on our services and products, and our comprehensive publication list.

Thermochem will be exhibiting at the GRC Annual Meeting & Expo from 14-17 October at the Peppermill Resort Spa & Casino, Reno, Nevada, USA.

Mexico: Two Day Conference on Geothermal Energy in Latin America Begins Tomorrow

5th Geothermal Congress for Latin America and the Caribbean (GEOLAC 2018)

Global Geothermal News is pleased to be a Lead Content Partner and the Geothermal Resources Council as a Partner for the GEOLAC conference.


In the wake of a record year for GEOLAC in 2017, the 5th Geothermal Congress for Latin America and the Caribbean (GEOLAC 2018) will take place in Mexico City on July 17-18, 2018.

Prices for solar and wind PPAs are smashing records region-wide. How is this impacting geothermal development? Are governments valuing geothermal appropriately given its ability to deliver firm capacity? What impact will the flow of new funds from the multilaterals have on the competitiveness of geothermal?

Working alongside our co-hosts at the World Bank Group and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), GEOLAC 2018 will gather key stakeholders – governments, utilities, multilaterals, developers, capital providers, and other providers of expertise – to explore opportunities for increased geothermal output, tackle obstacles to development, promote the exchange of knowledge and expertise, and facilitate vital new meetings and relationships.

Ultimately, GEOLAC will serve to catalyze the development of world-class geothermal projects in Latin America & the Caribbean.

View the agenda........        Register now...........

St. Kitts and Nevis: Tests Indicate High Permeability at Nevis Geothermal Power Project

Promising Developments on the Island of Nevis (LinkedIn)

Matt Uddenberg, owner at Stravan Consulting LLC

Thermal Energy Partners (TEP) has provided details on their successful drilling efforts on the Island of Nevis. GeothermEx has confirmed that the resource drilled by TEP is economically viable and has the potential to supply market competitive power to island residents and industries.

Injection testing of TEP’s first exploration well demonstrated that the resource is highly permeable. TEP has not disclosed test results, but they reportedly indicate high injectivity, meaning very little pressure will be needed to inject water into the well. The high injectivity and productivity encountered by this exploration well mean that TEP can expect to flow and inject large amounts of geothermal brine from each well it drills, reducing the size and expense of the wellfield.

The reservoir temperature, at 492 °F (255 °C), is quite high compared to recently developed geothermal resources in the United States, where reservoir temperatures are typically 300 to 350 °F. At 492 °F, TEP will be able to build a steam turbine and capitalize on higher conversion efficiency.

USA: Opportunity to Provide Geothermal Energy Drilling Training

Request For Proposal – Drilling Training: Cementing for Geothermal Applications and Geothermal Fishing Operations

United States Agency for International Development
RFP Closing Date: Aug 3, 2018


The United States Energy Association (USEA) is inviting prospective organizations or individuals through this Request for Proposal (RFP) to submit proposals for two trainings for geothermal drilling operations; one on principles of cementing and one on fishing operations. This is an activity implemented by USEA, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) as part of the Power Africa Initiative.

Questions regarding this RFP are due by 17:00 hours EDT on Wednesday, July 25, 2018. Please send all questions via email to Ms. Caity Smith, Senior Program Coordinator, at csmith@usea.org Responses to all questions will be sent to all parties and posted on the USEA website no later than Friday, July 27, 2018.

Proposals are due by 17:00 hours EDT of the closing date. Please forward your proposal in soft copy (PDF form) to Ms. Caity Smith, Senior Program Coordinator, at csmith@usea.org

Friday, July 13, 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.

Publications: New Geothermal Book

Geothermal Energy, Heat Exchange Systems and Energy Piles (ICE Themes)

Edited by Kenneth Gavin and William Craig

Geothermal Energy, Heat Exchange Systems and Energy Piles (ICE Themes) focuses on topics from high temperature geothermal energy extraction, to lower temperature situations at ground surface and shallow depths. Providing broad international coverage, the chapters encompass field observations on sites in several countries as well as computational and laboratory studies. Ground conditions vary from hard rock to chalk, loess to London Clay.

Key features of this book include:

  • international case histories on geothermal energy extraction
  • coverage of geothermal resource exploration, characterisation and evaluation
  • design and assessment of energy piles.

This book, which has been edited by two leading experts in the field, is an ideal resource for engineers and researchers seeking an overview of the latest research in this exciting area.

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Mexico: Two Day Conference on Geothermal Energy in Latin America is Next Week

5th Geothermal Congress for Latin America and the Caribbean (GEOLAC 2018)

Global Geothermal News is pleased to be a Lead Content Partner and the Geothermal Resources Council as a Partner for the GEOLAC conference.


In the wake of a record year for GEOLAC in 2017, the 5th Geothermal Congress for Latin America and the Caribbean (GEOLAC 2018) will take place in Mexico City on July 17-18, 2018.

Prices for solar and wind PPAs are smashing records region-wide. How is this impacting geothermal development? Are governments valuing geothermal appropriately given its ability to deliver firm capacity? What impact will the flow of new funds from the multilaterals have on the competitiveness of geothermal?

Working alongside our co-hosts at the World Bank Group and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), GEOLAC 2018 will gather key stakeholders – governments, utilities, multilaterals, developers, capital providers, and other providers of expertise – to explore opportunities for increased geothermal output, tackle obstacles to development, promote the exchange of knowledge and expertise, and facilitate vital new meetings and relationships.

Ultimately, GEOLAC will serve to catalyze the development of world-class geothermal projects in Latin America & the Caribbean.

View the agenda........ Register now...........

Indonesia: GRC Workshop on Integrated Subsurface Analysis to Optimize Decisions in Geothermal Exploration

GRC Workshop Before 6th Indonesia International Geothermal Convention and Exhibition (IIGCE)

3-4 September 2018, Jakarta Convention Center, Indonesia


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USA, New Zealand: Collaboration to Advance Geothermal Energy

Energy Coming Out of the Ground (DesignNews)

Geothermal energy has great worldwide potential: A new collaboration between the US and New Zealand intends to expand its use.

(Courtesy CIA.gov)
The new collaboration agreement between the US and New Zealand is wide-ranging. In addition to accelerating the availability of geothermal technologies worldwide, it also looks to examine areas of interest such as induced seismic activity and mineral recovery.

(Courtesy CIA.gov)
The proposed areas of joint development and improvement include “…modeling tools, mineral recovery, direct use applications, and supercritical geothermal systems,” according to the US Department of Energy (DOE) release. “This new research partnership with New Zealand will connect experts from both countries to collaborate on a mutually beneficial basis to advance and accelerate the development of geothermal technologies,” said Timothy Unruh, deputy assistant secretary for renewable power at the DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE).

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Europe: New Factsheet on Potential of Geothermal as a Flexible Renewable Energy

Geothermal as a key flexible player in the European energy market (EGEC)


The Electricity Market Regulation considers renewable power production only as a source of instability, due to the variable or intermittent production of PV and wind technologies. It introduces Capacity Remuneration Mechanisms for dispatchable or flexible generation able to provide grid services to stabilize an electricity market with high renewable penetration. Yet, the debate ignores the potential of flexible renewable production, i.e. geothermal, to provide such grid services.

Djibouti: GRC Board Member Updates on the Fiale Geothermal Power Project

Fiale Geothermal Project, Djibouti-President's Visit (LinkedIn)

Dan Hoyer, Ph.D., P.E., Senior Consultant at Veizades and Associates, Inc.


I got to meet the President and many of his ministers. US and French Ambassadors. Fun to be a part of with some anxious moments like 110 F and the generator stopped working, stop the PA system and the AC in the tent.

Was not my responsibility but still, hoping the event was going to right. Helped to re wire the PA into the Rig...no AC but it worked!

USA; Variable Renewable Energy Sources Creates Many Challenges for System Planning and Grid Operations

New Resource Shows Challenges and Advances in Renewable Energy Integration (EERE)


Variable renewable energy (VRE) sources—i.e., those that are fluctuating in nature, like wind and solar—are the fastest growing sources of electrical capacity in the United States. As wind and solar photovoltaic costs continue to fall dramatically, more operators are deploying these energy sources, but their ever-changing nature creates many challenges for system planning and grid operations.

Last month, the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy released the 2016 Renewable Energy Grid Integration Data Book, which sheds some light on questions about how power system operators handle the uncertainty that comes with VRE sources of power. The data book tracks how much VRE power is going onto the grid and highlights the experiences to date.

USA: NREL Releases Updated Annual Technology Baseline for Electricity Generation

Updated Baseline Cost and Performance Data for Electricity Generation Technologies (NREL)

The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has released the 2018 Annual Technology Baseline (ATB), updating a key source of reliable electricity generation technology cost and performance data used to support and inform electric sector analysis in the United States. 

Now in its fourth year, the ATB documents technology-specific information on a broad spectrum of electricity-generation technologies, including wind, solar, geothermal, hydropower, biopower, coal, natural gas, and nuclear.

Geothermal technology cost and performance projections will be more extensively updated upon completion of the Geothermal Vision Study. Until then, the projections are based on those documented in 2017 ATB - Geothermal, with the following changes:
  • The dollar year was updated from 2015 to 2016 with 1.3% inflation.
  • Technology-specific financial assumptions are included, as for other technologies in 2018 ATB, using data from Wall 2017.
Reference: Wall, A. M., Pl Dobson, H. Thomas (2017). "Geothermal Costs of Capital: Relating Market Valuation to Project Risk and Technology." Geothermal Resources Council Transactions, v. 41. https://www.geothermal-library.org/index.php?mode=pubs&action=view&record=1033704.

Djibouti: Lac Assal Geothermal Power Project Goes Ahead

Djibouti starts project to develop geothermal power (Reuters)

Djibouti is developing one of its three major geothermal sites in the northern Lac Assal region to produce power after securing $50 million in funding from the World Bank and other financiers.

The Horn of African nation now has installed capacity of about 120 megawatts (MW) and the new plant aims to add 50-100 MW when completed.

Djama Ali Guelleh, director general of state-run Electricity of Djibouti, said at a ceremony on Wednesday to launch the project that it was going ahead after two years of studies and surveys conducted with Iceland Drilling Company.


Croatia: Tender Opened for Operation of Four Geothermal Resources

Croatia invites bids for operation of four geothermal water deposits (See News)

(Courtesy CIA.gov)
Croatia's Hydrocarbon Agency (CHA) has said it called a tender for the operation of four geothermal water deposits for energy purposes, the country's environment ministry said.

The agency aims to select the best bidder for the exploration of geothermal waters in the "Slatina 1", "Slatina 2", "Slatina 3" and "Slatina 4" areas, the ministry said in a statement last week.

The object of the tender includes the entire procedure for issuing a licence for the exploration of geothermal waters and the permit for obtaining geothermal waters, the ministry said.

The four deposits are located in the municipalities of Sopje, Cadjavica, Crnac and Nova Bukovica in Virovitica-Podravina County, north Croatia, the ministry added.

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Philippines: EDC Earmarks Capital Expenditure for Geothermal-Drilling Activities

EDC to raise P11.5 billion for bilateral loans, capex (Business Mirror)

Energy Development Corp. (EDC) will raise P11.5 billion via bilateral term loans to refinance loans and fund its capital expenditure (capex).

The bulk of the capex has been earmarked for geothermal-drilling activities.

The company is the largest geothermal producer in the country. It has a total installed geothermal capacity of 1,457 megawatts (MW).  

The EDC operates five geothermal plants in Leyte. These are the 112.5-MW Tongonan, 125-MW  Upper Mahiao, 232.5-MW Malitbog, 180-MW Mahanagdong power plants and the 51-MW optimization plants.

In Negros Island EDC operates two geothermal steam field projects and two geothermal plants under Bac-Man Geothermal Inc. These are the two units of Panlipinon geothermal facility (112.5 MW and 60 MW) and the 49.4-MW Nasulo geothermal plant.

The EDC also operates one geothermal steamfield project in Mindanao, which delivers steam to two EDC-owned geothermal power plants on Mount Apo which have capacities of 52 MW and 54 MW.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Mexico: Possible Geothermal Energy Resource Discovered off Baja California

Geothermal energy potential found in deep waters off Los Cabos (Mexico News Daily)

Scientists say the energy could power Cabo San Lucas, San José del Cabo

Deep waters located off the coast of Los Cabos have high geothermal energy potential that is capable of meeting the electricity needs of the twin resort cities of Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo, according to scientists at the National Autonomous University (UNAM).

After searching for more than 10 years, a research team from the Department of Natural Resources at UNAM’s Institute of Geophysics has located a deep-sea deposit containing hydrothermal vents or “sea chimneys” off the southern coast of the Baja California peninsula.

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USA: Reference Manual for Green Taxes Updated

Green Tax Incentive Compendium: Federal and State Tax Incentives for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency ( Robinson+Cole)

Jerome L. Garciano of Robinson+Cole has updated his Green Tax Incentive Compendium which includes information about incentives in the USA for geothermal projects. The July 2018 version includes recent extensions of the investment tax credit for certain technologies, the 45L tax credit and the 179D tax deduction..

The volume presents certain U.S. federal and state tax incentives promoting the renewable energy and energy efficiency industries. Each section outlines the basic features and regulatory requirements for a tax program which provides financial incentives for clean technology development through renewable energy and energy efficiency projects.

Green Tax Incentive Compendium: Federal and State Tax Incentives for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (PDF)

Canada: Interview with Director, President & CEO of the DEEP Geothermal Energy Project in Estevan

Mining for heat: Saskatchewan’s geothermal project (Mining and Energy)

Kirsten Marcia is leading DEEP Geothermal’s groundbreaking project

DEEP Geothermal’s project is located near Estevan, Saskatchewan. It is a hot sedimentary aquifer (HSA) more than 3,000 metres deep at the base of Williston Basin. DEEP and SaskPower signed a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) in May 2017, committing to moving the project forward. The long-term goal is to build up to 200 megawatts of geothermal power-producing facilities to meet SaskPower’s demand for renewable energy.

About a year ago, DEEP received Canada’s first-ever geothermal PPA. This is significant for the project because, as they move into construction, it’s a requirement of any institutional lender that they have a customer. SaskPower has committed to the project.

The next steps for the project will be drilling and completing the initial two production and injection wells. This will allow them to refine their resource assumptions to satisfy the requirements for the bank. Afterwards, they can complete the final stages of the design work and move into construction. It will be about a year to complete the bankable feasibility study. Construction will be another 1.5 years.

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Mexico: Ministry Expects Additional 750 MW Geothermal Energy by 2029

Mexico building out geothermal capacity (Business News Americas)

(Courtesy CIA.gov)
Mexico's energy ministry had issued 24 exploration permits and six production permits for geothermal energy as of last week.

Production permits have been issued for the 570 MW Cerro Prieto plant, which provides 40% of the electricity of Baja California state, the 10 MW Tres Virgenes plant also in Baja California, the 225 MW Los Azufres and the 80.4 MW Los Humeros fields. All four are held by federal utility CFE. 

The 35 MW Domo San Pedro plant was developed by Grupo Dragón, while an additional permit has been issued for CFE's 25 MW Cerritos Colorados project in Jalisco.

Mexico currently has 920 MW of geothermal capacity and the ministry expects an additional 750 MW by 2029. Of that, 100 MW will come from the Volcán Ceburuco field in Michoacán and 75 MW from Cerritos Colorados. There are also plans to expand the capacity of some existing fields, principally Cerro Prieto by 100 MW, Los Humeros by 54 MW, Domo San Pedro by 50 MW and Los Azufres by 25 MW.

Of the 24 exploration permits, five have been issued for the state of Jalisco, four each for Michoacán, Nayarit and Baja California, three for Puebla, two for Guanajuato, one for Baja California Sur and one for Chiapas.

USA, Nevada: Registration Opens for Geothermal Golf Tournament

Registration Opens for Annual Charity Golf Tournament at Geothermal Resources Council Annual Meeting (News Release)

Popular networking event for the geothermal energy industry in Reno, Nevada, USA. 

Sunridge Golf Club 
The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) has announced more details of events at the world’s largest annual geothermal energy conference, being held this year at the Peppermill Resort Spa & Casino in Reno, Nevada, USA, October 14-17, 2018.

Just before the start of the GRC Annual Meeting & Expo, the GRC Annual Charity Golf Tournament will take place October 14 at the Sunridge Golf Club in Carson City, south of Reno. Registration for the tournament is now open.

This year the proceeds from the tournament will go to the GRC Scholarship Fund. Last year the event helped to support six students in the geothermal energy community.

At 4,700 feet elevation, the Sunridge Golf course is a pleasure for golfers of any skill level to play. The course will challenge you while providing a relaxing, picturesque backdrop of the Sierra Nevada.

More details of the tournament can be found on the GRC website at www.geothermal.org. Download the GRC Annual Charity Golf Tournament Brochure and fill out a registration form which can be mailed or faxed to the GRC office. Online registration is also available.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

France: GEO-Energy Europe Partners Have Successful Geothermal Energy Conference



The GEO-Energy Europe partners met for the third time last week in Pau, southwestern France, taking advantage of hosting partner and GEE project coordinator POLE Avenia’s major event, the GeoEnergy Days, to combine their project meeting on Thursday July 5, and organized B2B meetings with national & international participants among the 300 GeoEnergy Days attendees on July 3-4.

Funded under the European Competitiveness of Enterprises and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (COSME) program, the GEO-ENERGY EUROPE project consists in building a transnational cluster on geo-energy and help the partners’ SMEs internationalize on the world deep geothermal energy markets. It started on January 1, 2018 for a duration of 2 years and involves 8 partners from 7 EU and COSME participating countries: POLE AVENIA (coordinator) and GEODEEP in France, EGEC in Belgium, Geoplat in Spain, GeoEnergy Celle in Germany, CAPES in Hungary, JESDER in Turkey and Geoscience Ireland.

Science & Technology: Interview on First-Ever Commercial Oilfield Geothermal Facility

EnergyCast, Episode 37, Hydrocarbon Heat, University of North Dakota

UND Professor Will Gosnold and his team developed the first-ever commercial oilfield geothermal facility in North Dakota. They used a binary cycle system, and were lucky because the naturally occurring water in these oilfield formations was relatively fresh.


The project is often mischaracterized as being "co-production," meaning hydrocarbons were produced at the same time geothermal energy was being produced. That was not true in this case but Dr. Gosnold says it is possible.

I have long said that oilfield operators could do more to maximize efficiency. Rather than haul generators carrying Saudi-pumped oil to produce domestic oil, they could be generating power locally.

Dr. Gosnold and I also spoke about the need to marry upstream oilfield operations with electric utilities to make these projects happen. Hopefully now that this technology is proven, we will see more of these partnerships.

Europe: Miklos Antics is New President of European Geothermal Energy Council

The new EGEC President (News Release)

Miklos Antics
EGEC, the European Geothermal Energy Council, has appointed Miklos Antics of GPC Instrumentation Process (GPC IP), as its new President.

The appointment comes after the tragic loss of EGEC president Ruggero Bertani last month. The board meeting unanimously approved the nomination of Miklos Antics, who has been member of the EGEC board since 2004 and has served as EGEC vice-president since 2013.

Commenting on the appointment, the new president said: “I’m looking forward to serving as President, as well as continuing the valuable work, by building on the achievements inherited from my predecessors, in fostering geothermal development and highlighting the important role of geothermal in the energy transition”.

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Austria: Directional Controlled Vertical Geothermal Well to be Drilled up to 2750 Meters

Joint Venture Wins Contract for Geothermal Well in Austria (Renewable Energy Magazine)

The joint venture of Züblin Ground Engineering and Huisman was awarded a contract for the delivery of a geothermal well in Mehrnbach, Ried im Innkreis, Austria. 

The company GRB Geothermie Ried Bohrung GmbH, a subsidiary of Energie Ried GmbH, Energie AG Wärme GmbH and Nahwärme Mehrnbach GmbH  & Co KG, contracted the joint venture for drilling and completion of the geothermal well TH3.1 via a day rate based contract.

The directional controlled vertical well is planned to be drilled up to a depth of 2610 m to 2750 m in order to exploit the Upper Malm reservoir. The abandonment of the old well TH3 and the conductor installation for the new well have already been performed by Züblin earlier this year.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Canada: Geothermal Energy Innovator Views a Positive Future for Geothermal Energy in Alberta

Interview with President of Terrapin Geothermics (TheFutureEconomy.ca)

Sean Collins, President,
Terrapin Geothermics.
As part of its collection of interviews with thought-leaders on the future of Canada’s economy TheFutureEconomy.ca interviewed Sean Collins, President, Terrapin Geothermics.

What is the future of geothermal energy in Canada and is Alberta particularly well positioned?

We started Terrapin Geothermics a year and a half ago with the belief that the market for renewable energy in Canada is expanding rapidly and that we need to recognize the need for baseload renewables.

Even in Alberta’s latest renewable auction, all 600 MW of electricity went to large wind projects, and wind’s intermittent nature is a significant grid management challenge. Over the next three to five years, a market for baseload renewables will significantly develop and geothermal is one of the most intelligent ways we can fill that gap. While some Canadian provinces such as British Columbia, Quebec and others have a great hydro resource they can tap into, Alberta and Saskatchewan have low hydro resources. So we see a market opportunity in pioneering a stable baseload form of power generation that also taps into Alberta’s legacy abilities in drilling, reservoir engineering and reservoir management. We are very optimistic about the future of this industry and are happy to be one of the first private developers pushing aggressively for its development.

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Canada: Local Group Plans Hot Pool from Valemount Geothermal Resources

Hot and enterprising: getting recreational with geothermal (The Rocky Mountain Goat )

Borealis GeoPower is drilling test holes for geothermal heat and power on Kinbasket Reservoir and in the meantime a local society is preparing to take advantage of their work should it prove up.

If Borealis GeoPower is successful, the company will develop a power plant and provide opportunities for other heat users, but the local Valemount Geothermal Society has something else in mind.

The society has just received a temporary license of occupation from the land tenures branch and their intention is to develop a commercial hot pool.

United Kingdom: Geothermal Energy is Key to Revitalizing the Cornish Economy

Cornwall drills to get off the rocks (The Times)

A poverty-stricken county is reviving itself with geothermal energy and space tech

As the holiday season in Cornwall hits its peak at the end of August, a fleet of 75 lorries will wind its way along the A30, the main trunk road west to Land’s End.

The juggernauts will carry the components of a huge drilling rig from Finland — part of an ambitious £18m project to bring mining back to Poldark country. Not for tin, however, like the hero of the BBC’s Sunday night drama; this rig will test for geothermal energy at the Porthtowan Fault near Redruth.

From drilling deep into the earth in search of energy-rich hot rocks to flying thousands of miles above it, Cornwall’s plans to boost its economy are nothing if not ambitious.

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USA, Hawaii: Ormat Re-Affirms its Commitment to Re-Open Puna Geothermal Venture

Puna Geothermal Venture faces challenges amid uncertainty (Star Advertiser)

A May 23 satellite photo of the PGV site.
©2018 DigitalGlobe, A Maxar Company via AP
As a Puna geothermal plant enters its third month of a lava-triggered shutdown, its parent company affirmed its commitment to re-opening the facility and has told the 30 full-time workers they will remain on the payroll for at least a year.

But even under the best of circumstances — if the lava flowing through the plant property were to stop today — the 38-megawatt Puna Geothermal Venture facility likely wouldn’t resume providing power for at least a few years.

Friday, July 6, 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: DOE Announces $4.3 Million Funding for Geothermal Energy R&D to Advance Waterless Stimulation Technologies

GTO Announces Waterless Stimulation Lab Call Selections (News Release)

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO) announced the selection of three projects to receive up to $4.3 million in funding via a Lab Call to conduct early-stage research and development to advance state-of-the-art waterless stimulation technologies applied to geothermal wellbores.

The selected projects include:
  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory – Foam Fracturing Study for Stimulation Development of Enhanced Geothermal Systems
  • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory – Responsive Fracturing Fluids for Enhanced Geothermal Systems
  • Sandia National Laboratories – POT (Pressure, Orientation, & Timing) for Anhydrous Energetic Stimulation
The most commonly applied wellbore stimulation technology, hydraulic fracturing, relies heavily on water-based fracturing fluids due to the general availability and low cost of water as well as its capability for proppant transport. DOE is interested in developing stimulation methods that require little to no water – reducing the usage needed for geothermal progress and easing constraints on water consumption. In addition, there are crosscutting applications with oil and gas, where there is growing concern with the amount of water disposed after similar operations have been completed.