Thursday, July 2, 2020

GRC 2020 Annual Meeting Goes Fully Virtual!




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


Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Message from the GRC Executive Director: June 2020




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

Geothermal Power Purchase Agreements on the Rise



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



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

Monday, June 29, 2020

The Value of Geothermal in California



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

In Memoriam




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



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



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

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Message from the GRC President: June 2020




We can’t erase COVID, feed all the world’s hungry, or quickly silence the vulgarities that apparently now pass for political speech. But we can stay true to our principles, do our jobs, be good to one another, and lead by example.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Geothermal Energy Capacity Set for Strong Growth in Europe (Renewables Now)



Geothermal energy capacity, both for electricity and heating/cooling, is set for robust growth in Europe in the coming years if favourable policy framework is in place, according to a market report released earlier this week.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2020

MIT-Born Quaise Raises $6 Million in Round Led by the Engine to Access Geothermal Energy (Pulse 2.0)



Quaise, a company that is pioneering millimeter-wave drilling technology for accessing deep geothermal energy, announced it raised $6 million in a seed round of funding. This round of funding was led by The Engine — which is a venture firm that had spun out of MIT.

Thursday, June 11, 2020

The 2020 Annual Meeting Technical Program is Going to be Better than Ever!


With the deadline for submissions having closed on May 27, we received more than 150 papers and posters for the GRC Annual Meeting and Expo being held on October 18-21, 2020. These excellent submissions span a wide range of topics of interest to the global geothermal industry and renewable energy policymakers.

With major advances in Europe to use renewable resources for space heating, and the U.S. following closely behind, our hottest topic this year is direct usedistrict heating and heat pumps. To maintain equilibrium, the Superhot session will explore the other end of the temperature spectrum. We will explore these topics further in a panel discussion of pathways and policies toward the wider application of direct use geothermal heat, and a pre-conference short course on heat pump technology.

A first for this year, more than a dozen papers will discuss the use of machine learning in resource exploration and power plant operation. Exploration in Canada has really taken off in the last few years, and these results will be reported in the special session Geothermal in Canada – Moving Forward! A special session entitled Advanced Materials for Drilling and Completion will primarily explore advances in geothermal cement and cementing technology – does this spell the beginning of the end for the OG Portland cement?

Our special sessions will mix with our essential topics, including exploration and resource assessmentgeologygeophysics and reservoir engineeringcountry updates for the U.S., Uganda, and Turkey, and some interesting finance and policy discussions.

Will Osborn
2020 Technical Program Co-Chair

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Indonesia to Get $300M Loan for Two Geothermal Plants in Java (GCR)



The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will lend Indonesia $300m to help expand its geothermal power generation capacity by 110 megawatts in Java, the country’s largest electricity grid.

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Geothermal Industry Wants Piece of Green Deal Recovery Package (Renewables Now)


The European Geothermal Energy Council (EGEC) has asked for the geothermal industry to be included in EU's Green Deal Recovery plan.
In a letter to Frans Timmermans, executive vice-president for the Green Deal, and Kadri Simson, Commissioner for Energy, the Belgium-based non-profit organisation said the package should encourage investment in all renewable energy sectors.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

DJIBOUTI: AfDB Grants US$ 3.22 Million for Geothermal Project Around Lake Assal (Afrik21)



A geothermal exploitation project around Lake Assal is receiving US$ 3.22 million in financing from the African Development Bank (AfDB). The project will eventually produce 50 MWe in two phases.

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Monday, May 18, 2020

First Geothermal Independent Power Producer in Ethiopia (ESI Africa)


The African Development Bank has welcomed a decision by the Trust Fund Committee of the Clean Technology Fund (CTF), one of two funds within the Climate Investment Funds (CIF), to extend a $10 million concessional senior loan for the development of the 50MW Tulu Moyo Geothermal Power Plant project in Ethiopia.

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In Memoriam: GRC Remembers Two Members





Two members of the geothermal sciences and GRC community passed away early this year. GRC shares the legacies of John Wilson Pritchett, a pioneer geothermal scientist, and Constance "Connie" Parks-Karl, a champion of women's roles in male-dominated fields.

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Can the Fly Ash, Metakaolin and Silica Flour in Light-Wellbore Cement Slurries Prevent Alkali-Silica Reactivity of Glass Microspheres?



Cementing is a required process for drilling and completing any types of wellbores, those producing geo-fluids, or used for injection of waste fluids. The cementing process is completed by pumping the cement down through a casing string, then back up between the formation and casing where the cement forms bonds between the two and seals off fluid flow in this area. The hydrated cement slurries used in the wellbore construction are expected to maintain their integrity throughout the life span of the well, often at high temperatures and pressures as well as being exposed to geochemically aggressive fluids. Loss in cement integrity can lead to fluid migration through the cement, as well as structural issues that result in costly workovers during service life of the well, and would increase complexity of permanent plugging and abandonment of the well as well. 

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California Banks on Lithium Extraction and Geothermal Holds the Key





“California has the potential to be the leading supplier of lithium in the world,” said California Energy Commission Chair David Hochschild. It’s a bold statement from the state level, but one that is backed by both a growing demand for the metal and the development of new geothermal extraction technologies.

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Transformational Change Comes to the Geothermal Resources Council




This industry magazine has been published since 1972, and has been a backbone of the geothermal industry. Since then it has been providing relevant news for our members, valuable technical articles, and information on the latest innovations in our industry. Over the years, the Bulletin has changed formats many times; though we moved away from a printed format two years ago, we are still continuing the tradition of informing our members, community, and public in the most accessible way.

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Successful Well Design and Remedial Cementing by Top Squeeze Method at Steamboat, NV, USA


Ormat drilled well 42A-32 in the Steamboat field in 2018 to support injection at its Steamboat complex. Injection well 42A-32 was drilled to replace existing injection well 42-32 in the Steamboat field. Geologic conditions present at the well location include an unconfined NCG (non-condensible gas) entrained steamzone above a highly fractured and permeable reservoir. Well 42-32 had issues with lost circulation, lack of cement returns on the intermediate casing string, and later during its operating life, the well had cement and casing corrosion requiring multiple scab liners. As a result, the well operated for less than 10 years.

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Monday, May 11, 2020

Growing Geothermal Industry in Canada Supported by Canadian Oil Service Sector (Hydrogen Fuel News)





The Canadian Oil Service Sector has teamed up to provide the growing geothermal industry in Canada with support through a new alliance. This alliance will promote development in this renewable energy and create jobs for former oil workers.

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Monday, May 4, 2020

Munich Taps into Geothermal Power to Widen District Cooling Grid (Recharge News)


Munich utility Stadtwerke München (SWM) is investing €80m ($87m) to expand its climate-friendly district cooling network with pipelines carrying cold air from a geothermal plant in the southern district of Sendling to a grid supplying inner-city clients.
The 20-kilometre-grid so far had been fed by the cold from underground streams and ground water in the area, and pushes down electricity consumption for cooling by 70%. SWM’s geothermal plants so far produce power and heat for the district heating system of Germany’s third-largest city.
The cold pipeline under the ‘Cool City 2.0’ plan from the Sendling geothermal plant to the inner city will be 5kms long and is expected to be built by the end of next year.

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Global: Geothermal Magazine Now Available

GRC Bulletin - January/February 2020


GRC Bulletin - Vol. 49 No 1 - January February 2020 from Geothermal Resources Council

Global: Geothermal Magazine Now Available

GRC Bulletin - January/February 2020

Volume 49, No. 1 of the internationally-renowned geothermal energy magazine is now available - Usually only available as a benefit for GRC Members only it can be downloaded for free for a short time only!

In this issue:
  • President’s Message, by Andy Sabin
  • Executive Director's Message, by William Pettitt
  • Communication from the GRC, by Ian Crawford
  • Inside Geothermal: North America, Central & South America, Australasia, Asia, Africa, Europe, Education, Science & Technology, Climate Change, by Ian Crawford
  • Plaine de Garonne Energies (PGE): A New Geothermal District Heating in Bordeaux, France, by Delphine Patriarche, et al
  • Geothermal Energy in the Era of Artificial Intelligence, by Luis Ruano
  • The Vikings & Geothermal Iceland, by Susan Fox Hodgson
  • An Introduction to the GRC Student Committee: Progress and Plans for 2020, by the GRC Student Committee
  • In Memoriam - Brian Berard, Mike Shook and John Pritchett  
  • Publications, Websites, Videos & Maps
  • Calendar of Events
Over sixty (60) pages of essential news and information is immediately available to GRC members only. Don't miss out! Become a GRC Member and be informed.

United Kingdom: Testing About to Begin at United Downs Deep Geothermal Power Project

Update from United Downs Deep Geothermal Power Project (UDDGP)

We have now finished constructing a water storage pond that will allow us to carry out further tests on our deep well UD-1. We need this facility to store water that we produce from the well so that it can be allowed to cool and analysed before either being re-injected or disposed of offsite.

We are in the process now of mobilising a ‘workover’ drilling rig to the site in late March to remove a temporary downhole packer from UD-1, carry out some more downhole ‘logging’ measurements, attempt to collect sidewall cores and carry out the production test.

The workover rig is much smaller than the one we used for drilling the wells; about half the mast height and less equipment on the ground, but it will still be worth seeing and we will hold a public drop-in session while it is here.

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Netherlands: Geothermal Heat Lab Opens in Rijswijk

Rijswijk Centre for Sustainable Geo-energy geopend - Rijswijk Center for Sustainable Geo-energy opened (News Release)

Innovatielab RCSG biedt bedrijfsleven mogelijkheden onderzoek aardwarmte - Innovation lab RCSG offers business opportunities to research geothermal heat

Op donderdag 5 maart 2020 is het ‘Rijswijk Centre for Sustainable Geo-energy’ (RCSG) geopend. Het RCSG is een uniek fieldlab waar aardwarmteprojecten op ware schaal getest kunnen worden. Aardwarmte kan een belangrijke rol spelen in de energietransitie; in 2050 kunnen we met aardwarmte in een kwart van de warmtebehoefte in Nederland voorzien. Om die ontwikkeling te versnellen, hebben het Ministerie van Economische Zaken en Klimaat, Energie Beheer Nederland, Provincie Zuid-Holland, Gemeente Rijswijk en TNO het RCSG opgericht.

(From Google Translate) The 'Rijswijk Center for Sustainable Geo-energy ' (RCSG) was opened on Thursday 5 March 2020 . The RCSG is a unique field lab where geothermal heat projects can be tested on a real scale. Geothermal heat can play an important role in the energy transition; in 2050, geothermal energy will provide a quarter of the heat demand in the Netherlands. To speed up this development, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate, Energy Management of the Netherlands, Province of South Holland, Municipality of Rijswijk and TNO have set up the RCSG.

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Turkey: GMK Enerji Announces New Geothermal Power Plant Project

New Geothermal Power Project Announced in Denizli Province (GMK Enerji)

GMK Enerji of İzmir, Turkey has announced that a new geothermal power plant will be installed at Emirler Enerji Elektrik Üretim Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş.'s operating license in the Sarayköy district of Denizli province.

An agreement for power plant design, mechanical and electrical balance of plant (BOP) projects, automation projects and Owner's Engineering services contract has been signed between Emirler Energy and GMK Energy for Emirler GEPP.

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Nicaragua: Production at San Jacinto Geothermal Power Plant Bounces Back after Well Expansion

Polaris Infrastructure Announces 2019 Year End Results (News Release)

(Courtesy Polaris Infrastructure)
Polaris Infrastructure Inc., a Toronto-based company engaged in the operation, acquisition and development of renewable energy projects in Latin America, is pleased to report its audited financial and operating results for the year ended December 31, 2019.  

Highlights include delivering a consolidated 570,934 MWhrs (net) from the geothermal facility in Nicaragua (the "San Jacinto facility") and hydroelectric facilities in Peru, compared with a consolidated 548,510 MWhrs (net) in 2018.

During the three months period ended December 31, 2019, the San Jacinto facility produced 59.9 MW average (net), compared to 64.9 MW average (net) in the same quarter of 2018 and compared to 60.2 MW average (net) for the third quarter of 2019.  The decrease in San Jacinto's net power generation was mainly the result of the fact that well SJ 12-5 had only been online since April 2018 and geothermal fields can take between 12 to 18 months to stabilize after new large wells are brought into production. 

During the first half of 2019, San Jacinto production benefited from lower than expected downtime and additional steam flows resulting from new wells connected in the first half of 2018; however, over the second half of the year production at the plant decreased due to expected natural decline coupled with cyclical behavior in certain wells, compared to 2018. We are noticing a stabilization in the field and production in the first quarter to date has marginally increased from the third and fourth quarters of 2019.

USA, California: High-Temperature Well Cementing and Integrity Workshop - Discount on Hotel Rooms Ends March 15

High-Temperature Well Cementing and Integrity Workshop (News Release)

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

The reserved room block at the discounted rate is now available until March 15 - Make your reservation now!


Given the ongoing news coverage around the Coronavirus (COVID-19), and questions around US travel and events, we want to touch base on the upcoming GRC/SPE High-Temperature Cementing Workshop.

At this time, we are not planning to cancel or reschedule the Workshop.

In addition to monitoring guidance from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), we have checked in with the broader convention and event industry, and it appears most events around our Workshop time-frame are still moving forward as planned. We have also been informed of the proactive measures of heightened cleanliness and sanitation steps by our host facility, The Wyndham Bayside Hotel, San Diego, California. All of this information has led us to our current position: our Workshop is still on as planned.

Of course, we understand everyone’s circumstances are different, so please use your best judgment to determine if you should attend the Workshop. If anyone can not come due to the virus or travel restrictions they should let us know asap.

We will continue to monitor the situation regarding COVID-19 closely and send regular updates as appropriate. If you have questions around workshop attendance, please let us know. If you would like to learn more about the spread of the virus and protective measures, International SOS provides some excellent resources.


USA, Texas: More Information about the New Geothermal Entrepreneurship Organization

University of Texas Initiative Goes Deeper on Geothermal (National Driller)

Jamie C. Beard, Esq.,
Executive Director, GEO
Imagine a “green” energy future. Now imagine an army of drillers from the oil and gas industry working hard to make that future a reality.

That’s the concept driving the new Geothermal Entrepreneurship Organization (GEO) in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. GEO started last year with a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. It aims to be an “integrator” for deep, high-pressure geothermal systems in Texas and beyond. The group seeks to foster the development and commercialization of technologies that effectively and inexpensively drill to depths up to 30,000 feet and in temperatures over 350 degrees. Meeting that goal means the feasibility of powering grids anywhere in the world through geothermal energy, not just in hot spots where requisite temperatures sit relatively close to the surface.

To find out more, we spoke with Jamie Beard, executive director of GEO, and Eric van Oort, a professor in the Hildebrand Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering and a co-investigator for the group.

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From the Global Geothermal News archives:

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Kenya: Menengai Geothermal Steam Used for Drying Cereals

Geothermal firm instals Africa’s first steam cereals dryer (The Star)

Geothermal Development Company (GDC) has installed the first facility in Africa that uses steam to dry cereals.

The semi-commercial dryer at the Menengai Geothermal project has the capacity to dry 20 tonnes of cereals per day. It was funded by the Icelandic International Development Agency.

GDC managing director Johnson ole Nchoe said the corporation will pilot the viability of the drier and then scale it up for commercialisation. Nchoe invited the private sector to consider venturing into direct uses of geothermal energy, arguing it helps to cut costs of energy and reduces emissions.

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Poland, Iceland: Presidents Agree to Cooperate on Geothermal Energy

Poland, Iceland to work together on geothermal energy: president (Polskie Radio)
 
Poland's Andrzej Duda and Iceland's
Guðni Th. Jóhannesson during a joint
news conference in Warsaw on Tuesday.
Photo: PAP/Paweł Supernak
Poland and Iceland are ready to explore opportunities to work together in tapping into geothermal energy, the Polish president has said.

Andrzej Duda was speaking after talks with his visiting Icelandic counterpart Guðni Jóhannesson in Warsaw on Tuesday.

Duda told reporters that Poland had “huge deposits of geothermal energy,” while Iceland was a European leader in harnessing such energy.

"There are major prospects for cooperation in this area," Duda declared.

He also said that geothermal energy was an important source of potential supplies for Poland as the country sought to modify its energy mix in favour of renewables in line with the European Union’s climate protection policy.

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Norway: Opportunity for Researcher in Simulation of Governing Processes in Superheated and Supercritical Geothermal Systems

Employment - PhD position in applied and computational mathematics – porous media (University of Bergen)

There is a vacancy for a PhD position in applied and computational mathematics at the Department of Mathematics. The position is for a fixed-term period of 3 years with the possibility of a 4th year with compulsory other work (e.g. teaching duties at the Department).

The position is part of the project ‘Simulation of governing processes in superheated and supercritical geothermal systems: mathematical models, numerical methods and field data. (SiGS)’, financed by the Research Council of Norway and Equinor.

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Education: Latest Issue of International Journal of Geothermal Research and its Applications

Geothermics - Volume 85 , May 2020

Under the auspices of the Geothermal Resources Council, The International Geothermal Association and the CNR-Instituto di Geoscienze e Georisose

Global: 2020 GRC Geothermal Scholarship Awards Announced

Geothermal Resources Council Announces Scholarships (News Release)

Total of $14,000 in educational awards to be given to eight students in the global geothermal energy community

Some of last year's winners.
The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) is pleased to announce the availability of the 2020 GRC Scholarship Awards.

To qualify for any of these awards a student must be a GRC member (student memberships are only $20 per year). Selection of recipients will be based upon a variety of factors, including the individual’s academic record, student activities, geothermal industry experience, and career goals.

The following awards are available:
  • Five (5) Marcelo Lippmann Graduate Scholarship Awards of $2500 – to be eligible for one of these awards, the candidate must be enrolled in a graduate-level program at an accredited academic institution at the time of the award (Fall 2020). If selected, each recipient is required to submit a paper on his/her research (or research progress) to be published in the GRC Transactions and deliver results at the meeting as either a poster or oral presentation. If the recipient presents in the year of the award then the full $2500 is awarded at that time; if the recipient defers to present/publish the following year then $750 is withheld until the following year when the recipient presents.
  • Three (3) GRC Undergraduate Scholarship Awards of $500 – to be eligible for one of these awards, the candidate must be a third or fourth year undergraduate at an accredited academic institution at the time of the award (Fall 2020). 
Applications must be received by May 15, 2020 to be considered.
For application instructions and other details see the announcement on the GRC website at: https://geothermal.org/students.html#scholarships

Please direct questions regarding the scholarship awards to: Brian Schmidt, bschmidt@geothermal.org or 530-758-2360, ext. 104

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

USA, California: High-Temperature Well Cementing and Integrity Workshop Still On as Planned

High-Temperature Well Cementing and Integrity Workshop (News Release)

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

Still on as planned.


Given the ongoing news coverage around the Coronavirus (COVID-19), and questions around US travel and events, we want to touch base on the upcoming GRC/SPE High-Temperature Cementing Workshop.

At this time, we are not planning to cancel or reschedule the Workshop.

In addition to monitoring guidance from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), we have checked in with the broader convention and event industry, and it appears most events around our Workshop time-frame are still moving forward as planned. We have also been informed of the proactive measures of heightened cleanliness and sanitation steps by our host facility, The Wyndham Bayside Hotel, San Diego, California. All of this information has led us to our current position: our Workshop is still on as planned.

Of course, we understand everyone’s circumstances are different, so please use your best judgment to determine if you should attend the Workshop. If anyone can not come due to the virus or travel restrictions they should let us know asap.

We will continue to monitor the situation regarding COVID-19 closely and send regular updates as appropriate. If you have questions around workshop attendance, please let us know. If you would like to learn more about the spread of the virus and protective measures, International SOS provides some excellent resources.


Global: Opportunity for Students to Serve the Geothermal Community

GRC Seeking Students for 2020 Student Committee (News Release)

The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) is looking for dedicated students to represent their peers on a student committee that will have a direct say in association matters. The Student Committee is a legitimate committee of the GRC Board of Directors and provides a voice for the student members of the GRC.

From this committee, one student will be selected to act as student representative to the Board of Directors. This representative will attend all board meetings with travel expenses paid by the GRC.

The student committee consists of current students worldwide that are interested in renewable energy, particularly in the geothermal industry. Any student of any curriculum is invited to join; it is not only for science based majors.

Advantages of being on the GRC Student Committee:
  • Direct interaction with leaders of the geothermal industry.
  • A platform to develop or present ideas to the GRC and the geothermal industry.
  • Assist in advancing the industry for future development.
Expectations for members of the GRC Student Committee:
  • Average time dedication is 5 hrs per month.
  • Attend monthly conference calls with the student committee.
  • Contribute to discussions and projects.
  • Participate in sub-committee duties and responsibilities:
    1. Annual Meeting Sub-committee – Help organize, set up, staff, and develop student events at the GRC Annual Meeting held every fall.
    2. Article Sub-committee – Write geothermal articles from a student perspective to be published in the bi-monthly GRC Bulletin.
    3. Fund Raising Sub-committee – Develop ways to fund raise for future student activities and events.
    4. Chapters / Bylaws Sub-committee – Maintain standard practices for students and student chapters. Assist student chapters in various activities from formation to fundraising and beyond.
If you are interested please email Anh Lay at alay@geothermal.org with your contact information and a copy of your current student ID with a valid date or class schedule. You must be a student member of the GRC (cost of membership is $20). The first 2020 Student Committee conference call will be in April.

Global: Geothermal Photo Contest

The Geothermal Resources Council 2020 Photo Contest (News Release)


Winners will be announced at the GRC Annual Meeting in Reno, Nevada, USA. 

The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) is pleased to announce this year’s Geothermal Photo Contest. The contest serves to showcase the talent of the geothermal community as well as the beauty and intrigue found in every aspect of the geothermal industry.

The winners will be announced and prominently displayed at the GRC Annual Meeting & Expo being held in Reno, Nevada, USA from October 18-21.

Geothermal provides our communities long-term jobs and economic benefits while supplying low-cost, low-impact energy with innovative technologies. For the 2020 photo contest, GRC is soliciting submissions in 3 categories that help raise awareness of the benefits of geothermal energy:
  • Jobs: Providing long-term, wage earning jobs
  • Low Impact: Providing low geographic impact, water use & emissions
  • Innovation: Showcasing research & development of new technologies
Awards will be presented to the winners at the GRC Annual Meeting. Winners of each category will receive $100. The award checks will be drawn from a U.S. bank.

More information on the GRC Geothermal Photo Contest, including a Submission Form, can be found on the GRC Annual Meeting & Expo website.

The deadline for submissions is July 31, 2020.

United Kingdom: Government Plans Changes to the Renewable Energy Contracts for Difference (CfD) Scheme

UK proposes CfD structure changes, reintroduces onshore wind and solar (Renewables Now)

(Courtesy CIA.gov)
The UK government on Monday unveiled certain changes it plans to make to the Contracts for Difference (CfD) scheme, including reopening the process to established technologies such as onshore wind and solar photovoltaic (PV).

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) released a consultation that invites views on the structure of the next allocation round, which is expected to open in 2021. Some of the amendments include: making changes to the competition structure design; extending the delivery deadline until March 31, 2030; classifying floating offshore wind as a separate technology with a distinct administrative strike price; and excluding new coal-to-biomass conversions from future rounds of the scheme.

The current structure design of the scheme involves grouping the competing technologies in two pots, categorising them as “established” and “less-established.” Pot 1 includes: onshore wind and solar PV above 5 MW; energy-from-waste projects with combined heat and power (CHP); hydro above 5 MW but below 50 MW; coal-to-biomass conversions; landfill gas and sewage gas. Pot 2, in turn, is dedicated to offshore wind; remote island wind above 5 MW; wave; tidal stream; advanced conversion technologies (ACT); anaerobic digestion (AD) above 5 MW; as well as dedicated biomass with CHP and geothermal.

One proposal is to keep this structure, only excluding coal-to-biomass conversions from Pot 1 and adding floating offshore wind in Pot 2. However, there is also an alternative option that involves the creation of a third pot to include only offshore wind.

In this case, Pot 1 will include: onshore wind and solar PV above 5 MW; energy from waste with CHP; hydro between 5 MW and 50 MW; landfill gas and sewage gas. Pot 2 will concern less established technologies such as: ACT; AD above 5 MW; dedicated biomass with CHP; floating offshore wind; geothermal; remote island wind above 5 MW; tidal stream; and wave. As already mentioned, the third plot will be dedicated to offshore wind.

Sweden: Large Geothermal District Heating Network Planned for Malmö

E.ON to build deep geothermal power plants to heat Swedish homes (ReCharge)

E.ON plans to drill five to seven kilometres into the ground at Malmö to tap into maximum temperatures of 160 degrees Celsius to be fed directly into the district heating network of Sweden’s third-largest city.

The German utility is currently investigating the geological conditions through test boreholes. If all goes according to plan, the plant will supply the renewable heat to district heating customers from 2022.

E.ON hopes to have built five geothermal power plants in Malmö by 2028, each with an installed capacity of 50MWth (thermal megawatt).

“E.ON’s goal is to supply Swedish customers with 100% renewable and recovered energy. With deep geothermal energy, we’re tapping into a new energy source that can ensure renewable production in the long term,” E.ON Sweden chief executive Marc Hoffmann said.

“Deep geothermal energy is resource-efficient, emission free, noise-free and space saving, making it one of the best solutions for urban energy systems of the future.”

E.ON claims its pilot project is among Europe’s first geothermal power plants to extract geothermal energy from depths of several kilometres on an industrial scale.

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USA, Washington DC: Geothermal Resources Council Joins Support for the American Energy Innovation Act.

To The Members of The United States Senate

[Latest Action: Senate - 03/02/2020 Cloture on the motion to proceed to the measure invoked in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 84 - 3.]

We are writing to urge you to support S. 2657 the American Energy Innovation Act.

Our diverse organizations recognize and agree that climate change is an important national priority that demands Congressional attention. While we may not agree on everything, we believe there is much common ground upon which all sides of the debate can come together to begin to address climate change, promote American technological leadership, and foster continued economic growth. In particular, there is a growing consensus that the development and
commercialization of new technologies are important factor s that will determine how quickly and at what cost greenhouse gas emissions can be reduced.

The American Energy Innovation Act will help to do just that. It is the culmination of extensive efforts by a bipartisan group of senators, led by the Energy and Natural Resources Committee to develop practical legislative solutions that will accelerate these breakthroughs and enable adoption of lower emitting and more efficient technologies. More will need to be done to meet the climate challenge, but thanks to their leadership and commitment, Congress now has its best opportunity in more than a decade to enact significant energy legislation.

Accordingly, we strongly urge you to support this bill and we stand ready to work with you to ensure ultimate enactment of climate and energy innovation legislation in 2020.

Sincerely,

Geothermal Resource Council, and the following companies:


Monday, March 2, 2020

USA, Nevada: Good Video Explaining Geothermal Energy near City of Reno

Video - Steamboat geothermal facility near Reno (BLM Nevada on Twitter)

There will be a field trip to the Steamboat geothermal facility from the 2020 GRC Annual Meeting & Expo, October 18-21 at the Peppermill Resort Spa, Reno, Nevada. 

USA, Washington DC: "Reforms included in current legislation – could yield a “26-fold” increase in the amount of geothermal energy"

Opinion: A Look at How Geothermal Fits in the Renewable Energy Puzzle (AAF)

By Dan Goldbeck, a Senior Research Analyst for Regulatory Policy at the American Action Forum.

Despite relatively minimal use currently, geothermal energy has some important benefits: As a natural, renewable energy source it is cleaner than fossil fuel plants while also being more reliable than other renewables such as wind and solar.

Geothermal plants face a unique set of challenges, however: They are geographically limited and bring higher per-unit capital costs than the usual baseload plants, and the regulatory hurdles under the current permit process can take up to a decade to complete.

Research suggests that a greater commitment to researching more advanced technologies in concert with regulatory consolidation – reforms included in current legislation – could yield a “26-fold” increase in the amount of geothermal energy produced in coming decades.

"Geothermal will never be the panacea for our energy and environmental concerns—but neither will any other energy source for that matter. In an implicit acknowledgment of this reality, an announcement last week from the AGILE Act’s primary sponsors, Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Joe Manchin (D-WV), now sets up the bill to be a vehicle for the AEIA, which includes areas such as nuclear energy, battery storage, and carbon capture. Considering, however, that geothermal is relatively cleaner than such baseload sources as coal and gas and relatively more reliable than more ubiquitous “clean” sources such as wind and solar, it has the potential to become a more substantial piece of the nation’s energy portfolio. Additional research efforts and policy reforms, including those in current legislation, can help unlock that potential."

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USA, Washington DC: Budget Estimate for Advanced Geothermal Innovation Leadership Act

S. 2657, AGILE Act of 2019 - Cost Estimate (Congressional Budget Office)

The bill would:
  • Reauthorize and amend geothermal energy research and development (R&D) programs administered by the Department of Energy
  • Amend various Bureau of Land Management (BLM) activities related to geothermal energy
  • Require the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to update its assessment of geothermal resources
  • Modify the definition of renewable energy pertaining to certain energy requirements for federal buildings
Estimated budgetary effects would primarily stem from:
  • Authorizing appropriations for geothermal energy R&D programs through fiscal year 2024
  • Requiring BLM and the USGS to undertake new activities related to geothermal energy
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Legislative Information:   Available From Congress.gov

St Vincent and the Grenadines: ADFD Video of Geothermal Power Project

The La Soufriere Geothermal project - Saint Vincent (Abu Dhabi Fund for Development - ADFD)


(Video 1:00 Minute)

The La Soufriere Geothermal project once operational will generate 60% of the country’s electricity needs and will reduce the consumption of fossil fuels by 17 million liters per year, significantly improving lives and protecting the unique environment of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

From the Global Geothermal News archives:

Science & Technology: Geothermal Power Plant Supports Algae Production Facility

Algaennovation (Mannvit)


Algaennovation micro-algae in Iceland is producing feed for small fish. Mannvit is the engineering firm that has worked with Algaennovation on installing their state-of-the-art facility in Iceland.

Algaennovation is a company that has been developing new technologies for growing micro algae. Mannvit worked on the engineering for the construction of the company's facilities located in Geothermal Park ON at the Hellisheidi geothermal industrial park.

Mannvit is responsible for all engineering design, control systems engineering, procurement and project management for the production facility. The production will initially be sold as feed for fish farming, but production could be developed for human consumption. The project is a very positive step towards further utilization of the energy used by ON at the Hellisheidi Geothermal Power Plant, where Algaennovation buys hot and cold water, electricity and carbon dioxide for the production. The production is an important step towards a waste to value cycle and sustainability in Iceland.

The production process has a negative carbon footprint, meaning it uses CO2 for the algae growth and as a result, more CO2 goes into the production of the biomass than it releases into the atmosphere.

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Indonesia: New Renewable Energy Legislation Will Not Include Geothermal - For Now

New regulation on pricing of renewable energy awaits President’s approval (The Jakarta Post)

President Joko “Jokowi’ Widodo
(Wikipedia Commons)
President Joko “Jokowi’ Widodo is expected to soon sign the long-awaited government regulation on renewable energy, which will, among other things, fix the formula of the feed-in tariff in a bid to improve the investment climate in the renewable energy sector, a senior energy official has said,

“The draft was sent last week, “he was quoted as saying by bisnis.com. He was reluctant to elaborate on the content of the proposed regulation, but said it would regulate the feed-in tariff of electricity produced from renewable energy sources sold to state-owned electricity company PLN, except that of geothermal.

“The pricing policy for geothermal energy will be regulated under a different regulation,” he said, adding that the regulation on geothermal and other renewable energy would be issued to improve the investment climate in the renewable energy sector so that there would more investors interested in producing clean energy in the country.

Canada: Study Concludes Clarke Lake Gas Field Could Generate Tens of Megawatts of Geothermal Electrical Power

Estimating parasitic loads related to brine production from a hot sedimentary aquifer geothermal project: A case study from the Clarke Lake gas field, British Columbia (Science Direct)

Geothermal power development requires significant to decreasing parasitic loads. Developers often ignore the pumping power necessary to circulate geothermal fluids, leading to an erroneous calculations of power potential. 

We present a workflow for calculating the pumping power for wells in a geothermal field and apply it to the Clarke Lake Gas field in the northeast British Columbia as a case study. 

The combination of a thick, highly porous formation and subsurface water temperatures in excess of 110 °C make this field one of the most promising areas for geothermal development in Western Canada. The pumping parasitic loads for the field, calculated from the stabilized reservoir pressure and hydrogeological properties listed for the wells, varies significantly with reservoir temperature and depth from the ground surface to the water column. The parasitic loads related to production pumping requirements range from 2% to 60% with a mean of 21% and a standard deviation of 14%. We then revised previous gross power potential estimates for the Clarke Lake gas field base on our calculated parasitic loads. 

Our results suggest that, despite significant parasitic loads, the Clarke Lake gas field could still net tens of megawatts of electrical power over a multi-decade production period.