Friday, February 23, 2018

United Kingdom: Jersey Company to Work with Mannvit on Innovative Geothermal Drilling Technology

Strada Energy and Mannvit sign Agreement (LinkedIn)

Rod Williams, CEO at Strada Energy

Strada Energy, the Jersey (a self-governing dependency of the United Kingdom) based geothermal project development company has today entered into a services agreement with Mannvit from Iceland to provide engineering and other technical services for Strada’s deep well geothermal district heating and electricity generation projects. 

Strada Energy utilises the patented drilling technology from Strada Drilling who are able to drill deep wells in hard rock up to 75% cheaper and faster then utilising conventional drilling technology. This technology opens up the opportunity to develop geothermal energy district heating and electricity generation applications across Scandinavia and Northern Europe.

Nicaragua: Feasibility Studies for Additional 105 MW Geothermal Power Projects Announced

Anuncian estudios de factibilidad de tres proyectos de generación geotérmica - Feasibility studies for three geothermal generation projects announced (El Nuevo Diario)


El presidente ejecutivo de la Empresa Nicaragüense de Electricidad (ENEL), Ernesto Martínez Tiffer, indicó este miércoles que en las próximas semanas tienen previsto iniciar los estudios de factibilidad de tres proyectos de generación de energía con fuentes geotérmicas ubicados en el volcán Cosigüina, Casita-San Cristóbal y volcán Mombacho.

El funcionario explicó que la expectativa es que en cada uno de esos puntos se establezca una planta con una capacidad de generación de 35 megavatios. El objetivo es  que dentro de seis años se puedan agregar al sistema de interconectado nacional un total de 105 megavatios producidos en esas tres nuevas generadoras geotérmicas.  

(From Google translation) The executive president of the Nicaraguan Electricity Company (ENEL), Ernesto Martínez Tiffer, said Wednesday that in the next few weeks they are planning to start feasibility studies for three geothermal power  projects located in the Cosigüina volcano, Casita- San Cristóbal and Mombacho volcano regions.

The official explained that the expectation is that each of these locations will host a plant with a generating capacity of 35 megawatts. The goal is that within six years a total of 105 megawatts produced in these three new geothermal power plants can be added to the national grid. 

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USA, California: Three Day Conference on Transport of Unsaturated Groundwater and Heat Codes

TOUGH Symposium

8-10 October, 2018, Berkeley, California, USA


A symposium on applications and enhancements to the TOUGH ("Transport Of Unsaturated Groundwater and Heat") codes for multiphase fluid, heat, and chemical transport will be held at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), October 8–10, 2018. The TOUGH Symposium 2018 will consist of oral and poster presentations. Depending on demand/interest, “short courses” on select TOUGH codes will be offered immediately preceding and/or following the symposium.

The purpose of the symposium is to bring together users of the TOUGH family of codes (which includes TOUGH2 (and TOUGH3), iTOUGH2, TMVOC, TOUGHREACT,TOUGH-FLAC, TOUGH+, TOUGH2-MP, and many others) for an open exchange on applications and recent code enhancements.

Abstract submission is open and will close on Wednesday, April 18, 2018.

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Kenya: GRC Board Member Comments on Geothermal Energy Development

Geothermal Energy Grows in Kenya (New York Times)

Gene Suemnicht -
CEO, Chief Geologist EGS
Kenya has pushed hard to harness its geothermal capabilities. It generated 45 megawatts of power with geothermal energy in 1985 and now generates about 630 megawatts; nearly 400 megawatts of that production has come online since 2014.

“No matter how you cut it, that is a significant amount of generation in the geothermal world,” said Gene Suemnicht, chief executive of EGS (also a GRC Board member), a California-based geothermal consultancy that has worked in Kenya.

From a geological perspective, Kenya’s geothermal conditions are ideal.

“The amount of volcanism is amazing,” Mr. Suemnicht said. “It’s in the center of the action. Rift settings have very high potential for geothermal. Most geothermal development occurs in tectonically active areas on Earth.”

Southeast Asia: Geothermal Energy is Major Player in Region

Renewable Energy Market Analysis: Southeast Asia (IRENA)

Geothermal Energy Highlights:

Geothermal capacity has been deployed since the 1970s; over 2.5 GW was installed in 2000, increasing to 3.4 GW in 2016. The Philippines, the world’s second-largest producer of geothermal electricity after the United States, leads the region with nearly 2 GW deployed in 2016. Capacity in the Philippines remained largely stable between 2000 and 2016, with much of the regional growth coming from Indonesia, where capacity rose from 525 MW to 1,534 MW in the same time frame. Recently, Malaysia has also forayed into geothermal energy: its first plant is scheduled to be operational by May 2019.

Overall, geothermal is the only technology that has seen a slight increase in weighted average investment costs, from USD 2,937/kW in 2014 to USD 3,185/kW in 2016. Geothermal costs are highly dependent on the quality and quantity of the resource (and associated economies of scale) and the technological options chosen to develop a site. The observed increase in investment costs of 8% is most likely because of the quality of sites being developed in 2014 and 2016.

The weighted average LCOE of geothermal projects increased slightly from USD 0.06/kWh in 2014 to USD 0.064/kWh in 2016, a 7% increase in LCOE mirroring almost one to one the observed increase in investment costs during
the period.

Weighted average geothermal capacity factors declined slightly from 86% in 2014 to 84% in 2016, most likely in line with the development of more challenging projects in the region.

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Chile: Geothermal Powers the Renewable Energy Revolution at 4,500 Meters Above Sea Level

Generating Green Energy in a Chilean Desert (New York Times)

Nice video including a look at South America’s First Geothermal Power Plant at Cerro Pabellón.

United Kingdom: Scottish Geoenergy Observatory Will Research Geothermal Energy

UK Geoenergy Observatories (British Geological Survey)


The UK Geoenergy Observatories project was formerly known as the Energy Security and Innovation Observing System for the Subsurface (ESIOS).

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

The BGS has worked with the wider geoscience community to identify two preferred geological locations. The first research field site will be in the Thornton area (Cheshire) and will focus on shale gas and carbon capture and storage (CCS). The second research field site will be in Glasgow, Scotland and will focus on geothermal energy.

According to a blog by the Geological Society of London, Geothermal energy may be a sustainable and scalable heat source. But we need to understand more about heat transfer, subsurface chemistry, biology and water movement to find out whether we can scale up geothermal energy safely and sustainably.

Iceland: Delivery of 15 MW of Geothermal Power Modules Will Begin Soon

Conditions fulfilled in Icelandic geothermal deal (News Release)

The key pre-conditions of Climeon's deal with Icelandic Heat power operator Varmaorka (owned by CP Energy) have been met. Delivery of the first seven modules will now begin. At the same time Baseload Capital Sweden AB has agreed to fund the first phase of the deal, enabling Climeon to focus on production and delivery

Per the agreement, first reported in August 2017, Varmaorka will buy 100 modules from Climeon, an order with a total value of more than EUR 30 Million. The first phase of the order consists of seven modules, and delivery will start in the second quarter 2018.

The modules will be distributed across 10 to 15 individual sites and installed over a period of 30 months. The total installation, providing 15 MW of electricity, is enough to power 25,000 Icelandic households.

New Zealand: Project Will Identify Areas of Greatest Potential for Development of Direct Use of Geothermal Heat and Some Electrification

Major study on geothermal potential to get underway in May (News Release)

A research project aiming to define opportunities for developing geothermal heat supply at likely prospects along the length of the West Coast will get underway in May.

Project leader GNS Science has secured enough funding to make a start on the six-month project that aims to identify the areas of greatest potential for development of geothermal heat for direct use such as in horticulture, hot pools, accommodation facilities, and industrial applications. The possibility of small scale electricity generation will also be considered.

The main output of the project will be a report that describes and ranks prospects for geothermal heat supply development. Its aim is to identify up to four prospects for detailed investigation in subsequent stages. The study area will range from Fox Glacier to Murchison and extend to places such as Lake Brunner. 

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Science & Technology: Method Offers Better Tracking of the Trajectory of Magma

A Novel Way to Track Magma Flow (EOS)

Sparse seismic data can accurately predict volcanic eruptions.

In contrast to traditional methods, seismic amplitude ratio analysis (SARA) requires only the background amplitude of seismic waves to locate where an earthquake originates. Although previous studies have shown that the method can complement the traditional approach and reveal the path of traveling magma, it has never been directly compared with such a high-resolution set of traditional sensors. 

Using just 15 stations, the team was able to track the magma’s trajectory with remarkable accuracy, they report. The SARA technique also revealed new dynamics in the magma’s flow. The technique could help scientists track volcanic activity in settings where there aren’t many monitoring stations, the team says. 

Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, https://doi.org/10.1002/2017JB014660, 2018)

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(Thanks to GRC Member Marcelo Lippmann, Staff Scientist (retired) at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory for the submission.)

Thursday, February 22, 2018

USA: News from the Geo Heat Pump Industry

Heat Exchange Industry News (Geothermal Exchange Organization)


The latest GEO Industry News is now available from the Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO).

Headlines and features in this month’s edition include:
  • Geothermal Heat Pump Tax Credits Reinstated!
  • EPAct 179D Geothermal Tax Incentive Renewed
  • The Value of GEO Membership - Show Your Support
  • Keith Swilley Leaves GEO Board
  • New York Reforming the Energy Vision
  • Massachusetts Geothermal Rebates Made Easy
The Geothermal Exchange Organization, is a 501(c)(6) non-profit trade association based in Springfield, Illinois, USA that advocates the environmental, energy efficiency and economic benefits of geothermal heat pump systems for heating and cooling applications in residential, commercial, and institutional buildings in the USA.

GEO Industry News (PDF)

Netherlands: Sweet Pepper Grower to Utilize 70 Degrees Celsius Geothermal Resource

Hoogweg Paprikakwekerijen zoekt warmte op grote diepte
 - Hoogweg Paprikakwekerijen seeks warmth at great depth (Omroep Flevoland)

Hoogweg Paprikakwekerijen (Hoogweg Sweet Pepper Growers) in Luttelgeest is woensdagmiddag begonnen met boren naar warm water in diepe grondlagen. Het water wordt gebruikt om kassen te verwarmen. Op die manier kan het bedrijf flink besparen op het gebruik van aardgas.

In totaal worden drie putten geboord van 2 kilometer diep. Eén van de putten wordt gebruikt om het water van zo'n 70 graden omhoog te pompen. Dat water verwarmt de kassen. Als het afgekoeld is naar zo'n 20 graden, gaat het water via de twee andere putten terug naar de bodem in om weer opgewarmd te worden. Hoogweg investeert twintig miljoen euro in het project. 

(From Google Translate) Hoogweg Paprikakwekerijen  has started drilling for hot water in deep layers in Luttelgeest on Wednesday afternoon. The water is to be used to heat greenhouses. In this way the company can save a lot on the use of natural gas. 

In total, three wells will be drilled to a depth of 2 kilometers. One of the wells is used to pump up the water at about 70 degrees Celsius. That water heats the greenhouses. When it has cooled down to about 20 degrees, the water goes back to the reservoir via the other two wells to be warmed up again. Hoogweg has invested twenty million euros in the project.

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New Zealand: Community Aims to Harness 120 Degrees Celsius Geothermal Resource

Gloriavale invests in geothermal Alpine Fault study (Stuff)

Gloriavale, a community in Haupiri on the West Coast of the South Island in New Zealand, has given $20,000 towards a study into harnessing geothermal activity on the Alpine Fault. 

Scientists drilled a borehole nearly 900 metres deep along the Alpine Fault near Whataroa, on the West Coast, and found water temperatures of 120 degrees Celsius. The community, which sits near the Alpine Fault at Haupiri, was interested in the geothermal activity as a business opportunity. 

It is understood the community has already bought a drill to access hot water deep underground. 

GNS Science is now seeking funding to come up with ways of using the water. 


From the Global Geothermal News archives:

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Download the GRC Bulletin - Geothermal News!

The GRC Bulletin - from the Geothermal Resources Council - Download your copy today!

Geothermal energy news from around the world - since 1972

After 45 years of printed publication the voice of the Geothermal Resources Council - the GRC Bulletin - has transitioned to the newest technology.

As of the January/February 2018 issue, the magazine is only available as a PDF file online.

In the future the new digital GRC Bulletin will only be available online - for members only - on the GRC Geothermal Library website.

However, the GRC is allowing access to the first all digital issue for free! Click on the link below.
Navigate through the issue by clicking on an extensive array of links. All the ads link to the advertisers' websites - please pay them a visit! Please note, this is a GRC Member benefit. In the future the GRC Bulletin will only be available to GRC Members only. Join the GRC today to make sure you get your copy of the GRC Bulletin.

Climate Change: African Nations Need to Diversify Energy Supply, Avoid Reliance on Hydropower

African nations urged to avoid hydropower reliance (Reuters)

African nations need to diversify energy supply, particularly countries reliant on hydropower, industry experts said at an energy conference in Johannesburg on Wednesday.

The region has been affected by severe droughts in recent years, affecting not only food security but also energy supply in countries that make heavy use of hydropower.

Low rainfall in Kenya, where electricity generation capacity is mostly from hydroelectric and geothermal sources, pushed the country to generate more electricity using costly diesel last year.

"You need a mix that allows you to mitigate those types of issues," said George Njenga, GE Power's regional executive for sub-Saharan Africa.

USA: Opportunity for Energy Infrastructure Deployment on Tribal Lands

Department of Energy Makes Up To $11.5 Million Available for Energy Infrastructure Deployment on Tribal Lands (News Release)

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced up to $11.5 million in new funding to deploy energy infrastructure on tribal lands. This funding through the DOE Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs will support Native American and Alaska Native communities interested in harnessing their vast undeveloped energy resources.

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) builds on efforts to strengthen tribal energy, economic infrastructure resource development, and electrification on tribal lands. This is also the first time that DOE’s Office of Indian Energy is issuing a FOA on an entirely fuel and technology neutral basis. This will expand the potential for tribes to use the particular resources available to them, and is consistent not only with an all-of-the above energy policy, but also with the principles of tribal sovereignty and self-determination.

The full FOA is available Here. An informational webinar will be held February 27, 2018, to provide potential applicants with more information. To learn more about the programs and projects within the Office of Indian Energy visit Here.

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Europe: Electricity Market Re-Design Could Boost Renewable Energy

MEPs take big step towards energy market reform (Euractiv.com)

European Lawmakers took a step towards new EU electricity market rules on Wednesday (21 February), during a vote on two draft reports by EPP MEP Krišjānis Kariņš that form the tail-end of the European Commission’s 2016 Clean Energy Package.

Industry and energy committee (ITRE) MEPs voted in favour of strict rules for so-called capacity mechanisms, which will no longer be eligible for subsidies as of 2020 for new infrastructure and as of 2025 for existing plants.

Philippe Dumas, European Geothermal Energy Council (EGEC) Secretary General, said: “The Electricity Market Design is not only about technologies that are market ready today.It must also be about technologies that will be key market components tomorrow. Recognising the special role of innovative technologies such as geothermal systems is crucial for a sound, cost-efficient and renewable based electricity system tomorrow”

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Europe: EU Details Initiative for Global Leadership in Deep Geothermal Energy

New SET-Plan Implementation plans have been endorsed (News Release)

The Strategic Energy Technologies Information System (SETIS) of the European Commission has approved two new Implementation Plans including an "Initiative for Global Leadership in Deep Geothermal Energy." 

Targets of the Declaration of Intents (DOI):
  1. Increase reservoir performance resulting in power demand of reservoir pumps to below 10% of gross energy generation and in sustainable yield predicted for at least 30 years by 2030;
  2. Improve the overall conversion efficiency, including bottoming cycle, of geothermal installations at different thermodynamic conditions by 10% in 2030 and 20% in 2050;
  3. Reduce production costs of geothermal energy (including from unconventional resources, EGS, and/or from hybrid solutions which couple geothermal with other renewable energy sources) below 10 €ct/kWhel for electricity and 5 €ct/kWhth for heat by 2025; 
  4. Reduce the exploration costs by 25% in 2025, and by 50% in 2050 compared to 2015;
  5. Reduce the unit cost of drilling (€/MWh) by 15% in 2020, 30% in 2030 and by 50% in 2050 compared to 2015;
  6. Demonstrate the technical and economic feasibility of responding to commands from a grid operator, at any time, to increase or decrease output ramp up and down from 60% - 110% of nominal power. 

Netherlands: Trias Westland Geothermal Project to Settle for a 2.7 Kilometer Well

Trias Westland to become Lower Cretaceous project (T&A Survey Group B.V.)

The Triassic layer, located at a depth of 4 kilometers, turned out not to be suitable for cost-effective heat recovery. 

Trias Westland will realize a geothermal project in the Lower Cretaceous layer, which is located at a depth of approximately 2.7 kilometers. Other Westland geothermal projects also extract their heat from this layer. The Triassic layer, located at a depth of 4 kilometers, turned out not to be suitable for cost-effective heat recovery. The Lower Cretaceous layer instead, or more specifically the Delft sandstone layer, appears to be even better than originally thought.

At the end of next week, Trias Westland will carry out  the Lower Cretaceous reservoir production test. The exact temperature in this layer will then be known and the project team will develop a plan to connect  as many greenhouse enterprises as possible to  geothermal heat from the Lower Cretaceous.

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From the Global Geothermal News archives:

United Kingdom: Conference to Discuss Advances in Soft Stimulation Methods in Enhanced Geothermal Systems

DESTRESS Mid-Term Conference

5 April, Glasgow, United Kingdom

Everyone interested in soft treatments in boreholes is invited to join the DESTRESS - Demonstration of soft stimulation treatments of geothermal reservoirs - Mid-Term conference. The DESTRESS community will present relevant insights into the project and discuss preliminary research results.

DESTRESS stands for a promising and future-oriented approach to demonstrate soft stimulation methods of EGS. We focus on solutions for the exploitation of underground heat which are economical, sustainable and environmentally responsible.

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Science & Technology: Video on the Benefits of Geothermal Heat and Waste Heat Recovery

6 things to know about heat power (Heat Power)

(Video 1:00 Minute)
  1. Heat Power consists of two sources of energy
                       ~ Industrial Heat Power – Waste heat recovery
                       ~ Geothermal Heat Power – Heat from earth
  2. Heat power is an energy baseload – it is not an intermittent energy source. It runs 24/7 regardless of weather, day or night. 
  3. Heat power, together with solar, wind, hydro, tidal and storage can provide the whole world with clean, renewable energy.
  4. Heat power can be utilized at temperatures from 70 degrees Celsius.
  5. Heat Power is cost efficient 
  6. Heat power doesn’t demand a lot of space – it is space efficient

Netherlands: Minister Suggests More Time to Request Production License for Geothermal Projects

Wetsaanpassing moet aardwarmtewinning stroomlijnen
 - Law amendment must streamline geothermal energy extraction (Nieuwe Oogst)

(Courtesy CAI.gov)
Minister Eric Wiebes van Economische Zaken en Klimaat (EZK) wil de Mijnbouwwet aanpassen om de winning van aardwarmte te stroomlijnen.

(From Google translation) Minister Eric Wiebes of Economic Affairs and Climate (EZK) wants to adjust the Mining Act to streamline the extraction of geothermal energy.

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Kenya: Kengen Wants to Add 1,745 MW Geothermal Energy Over 7 Years

KenGen says to add extra 1,745 MW to grid by 2025 (Reuters)


State-run Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) plans to add 1,745 MW of electricity from geothermal sources by 2025, part of a government push to end power generation from fossil fuels. 

“You are aware that going forward, the government policy which all generators including KenGen and including independent power producers, is to eliminate generation from fossil fuels,” Moses Wekesa, Business Development Director, said during a visit to KenGen’s geothermal plants last week.

United Kingdom: Tender Offered for Supplying Generating Equipment at United Downs Deep Geothermal Power Project

Geothermal Engineering Ltd launch Tender for a geothermal electricity generating plant at the United Downs Deep Geothermal Power (UDDGP) project. (News Release)

Geothermal Engineering Ltd (GEL) has launched a Tender for the provision of a geothermal electricity generating plant capable of producing up to 3.15 MW of net power at the United Downs Deep Geothermal Power project located near Redruth in Cornwall.

The project is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund and will be the first geothermal power project in the UK. The site is located at the United Downs Industrial estate, near Redruth in Cornwall. The closing date for the Tender is the 6th of April 2018.

For further information and a Tender pack please contact Jonathan Beynon: jonathan.beynon@geothermalengineering.co.uk

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Japan: Government to Streamline Geothermal Power Development Process

Japan's famed hot springs called on to share the steam (Nikkei  Asian Review)

Government getting serious about geothermal power generation

Japan's geothermal resources are abundant. Only two other countries -- the U.S. and Indonesia -- have more. The country is sitting on 23.47 million kW of geothermal-sourced current but is only using about 530,000kW.

The government, which intends to triple geothermal power generation to around 1.5 million kW from current levels, intends to do more.

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry will revise its relevant guidelines during fiscal 2018 to allow geothermal power developers to simultaneously move ahead with their written and actual environmental impact assessments.

METI hopes this will result in halving the amount of time these assessments need to two years.

The ministry will also double the number of spots where it conducts environmental and resource surveys, then publicize promising geothermal power candidate locations.

These measures together with new boring technology could allow geothermal plants to be brought online in a decade, down from 14 years.

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Commonwealth of Dominica: Progress on Geothermal Power Project

Energy Minister Ian Douglas says negotiations with DOMLEC are almost done re geothermal energy (Q 95 FM)

Minister for Energy Ian Douglas says negotiations with Dominica Electricity Services Limited (DOMLEC) is almost complete, as the parties discuss geothermal energy.

Dominica is expected to build a small geothermal plant with the hopes of a reduction rate in electricity for consumers.

Douglas says the Government has invested over $100 million dollars into the geothermal energy program.

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Guatemala: Flow Tests to Begin at Mita Geothermal Project

John Robins, Executive Chairman, Bluestone Resources Inc. Discusses Exploration and Development of their High-Grade Gold & Geothermal Projects (Metal News)

The Mita Geothermal project is a renewable energy asset that has a 50 year license to build and operate a 50 megawatt geothermal plant. According to Mr. Robins, in the next month or so, they are going to start a very steady flow of news from their drilling and they will be making a production decision within 12 months from now.

According to Mr. Robins "We're lucky we inherited a project that has a 50 year license to build and operate a 50 megawatt geothermal plant. They have not done enough drilling to demonstrate 50 megawatts of capacity yet. But the belief is that with further exploration, that's a distinct possibility. "

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From the Global Geothermal News archives:

Friday, February 16, 2018

Kenya: "Geothermal energy.... is an eco-friendly, renewable and reliable source that can reduce consumers’ utility costs by up to 50%.”

Geothermal to cut consumer power bills by half (Business Today)

KenGen Managing Director and Chief Executive
Officer, Mrs Rebecca Miano
Power consumers are set for better times following KenGen’s announcement that the 158-megawatt Olkaria V geothermal power plant will be operational next year as scheduled.

KenGen Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Mrs Rebecca Miano says the power plant whose construction began in January 2017 and several other green energy projects at different stages of procurement will ensure Kenyans benefit directly from reliable, clean and affordable electricity.

“Our focus is on geothermal energy, which is an eco-friendly, renewable and reliable source that can reduce consumers’ utility costs by up to 50%,” she said during a media tour of the Olkaria V project site in Naivasha.

Happy Chinese New Year to the Global Geothermal Energy Community!

Happy Chinese New Year (新年快乐) to our members and partners!

We’re starting out the Year of The Dog  by wishing you wealth and prosperity as we spend 2018 working with the global community to expand geothermal energy around the world.

"The Bulldog" by Andrew Tiedeman. 9,000' Geothermal Test Hole 82-36. Located at NAS Fallon, Nevada. Dog is Odin. Taken October 2013. Drilling contractor Barbour Well. Honorable Mention 2014 GRC Photo Contest

USA, California: Invitation to Comment on Changes to Statewide Geothermal Regulations

Division of Oil, Gas & Geothermal Resources - Statewide Geothermal Regulations

Notice of Public Workshop / Notice of Public Comment Period


On February 16, 2018 the California Department of Conservation, Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) publicly released pre-rulemaking draft regulations (Discussion Draft) for the purpose of receiving public input on the development of updates to Statewide Geothermal Regulations. 

This public comment period is part of an informal, pre-rulemaking process to develop regulations, and all interested parties are encouraged to participate.

Public comment can be submitted through March 30, 2018, by 5pm.


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Science & Technology: Video of Geothermal Powered Bitcoin Mining in Iceland

Inside Iceland's Bitcoin Farm

Cool temperatures and abundant renewable energy, especially geothermal energy, provides an ideal environment for crypto-currency manufacturing.

(Video 2:24 Minutes)

Philippines: Job Vacancies with Philippine Geothermal Production Company

Employment Opportunities with Philippine Geothermal Production Company

Philippine Geothermal Production Company, Inc. is looking for engineers and geologists (graduated 2017 and graduating 2018) for its PED+ Program.
Philippine Geothermal Production Company, Inc. (Philippine Geothermal) is a Filipino corporation operating the Tiwi steam fields in the province of Albay and the Mak-Ban steam fields in the provinces of Batangas and Laguna. It is owned by Allfirst Equity Holdings, Inc. (60 percent), an affiliate of SM Investments Corporation, and Chevron Geothermal Philippines Holdings, LLC (40 percent).

Tiwi and Mak-Ban are the result of a successful partnership between Philippine Geothermal’ s predecessor and the National Power Corporation that began in 1971, when a 2.5 kW government experiment was transformed into the first commercial geothermal power project in Southeast Asia, and led to the birth of the geothermal industry in the Philippines. The Tiwi and Mak-Ban geothermal fields supply steam to third-party-owned power plants with a total installed capacity of 692 MW.

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Germany: Geothermal Power Plant will be Built on Oil and Gas Infrastructure

Climeon wins breakthrough geothermal order in Germany (News Release)

Swedish company Climeon has received its first major order for a geothermal power plant in Germany, and its first order that will operate on original oil and gas infrastructure from the Bavarian energy provider Geoenergie Kirchweidach (GEK).

On November 29 2017 Climeon entered a Letter of Intent with GEK and today GEK decided to proceed and placed the order value of over EUR 5 Million. The order marks an important step in replacing fossil fuels with a sustainable geothermal baseload.

The modular Climeon Heat Power system will work in conjunction with the heating and it is estimated that the first phase will annually deliver 14 000 MWh of electricity to the grid. The order is for 16 modules, with an option for GEK to order additional modules in a second phase to expand the production to more than 20 000 MWh annually.

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Kenya: 158 MW Olkaria V Geothermal Power Plant Project On Track

KenGen’s plan to add 158 MW geothermal capacity on course (K24 TV)

Olkaria II flow test 2, by Patrick Walsh. Active flow test during construction of the 4th addition to Ormat's Olkaria III complex in Kenya.  Taken in November 2015. GRC Photo Contest 2016.

Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) has assured it is on course to add 158 MW from Olkaria V geothermal power plant next year as originally planned.

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Rebecca Miano who spoke during a tour of the Olkaria V project site in Naivasha disclosed that manufacturing of Olkaria V equipment abroad, mainly in Japan and Germany, is on schedule with several equipment already tested in readiness for shipment to Kenya.

Miano said all earth-works at the site are complete and the main activity in progress is subsurface ground stabilisation to create a strong foundation. The next site activity will be the construction of concrete foundations for erecting the powerhouse and mounting the generation equipment.

USA: Report - "Geothermal lacks strong policy support and faces high development costs

Clean energy delivers for America—more jobs, increased economic growth, greater energy productivity and fewer emissions (Business Council for Sustainable Energy)

The 2018 edition of the Sustainable Energy in America Factbook – produced for the Business Council for Sustainable Energy by Bloomberg New Energy Finance, provides up-to-date, accurate market information about the broad range of industries — energy efficiency, natural gas and renewable energy— that are contributing to the country’s move towards cleaner energy production and more efficient energy usage.

After building no new geothermal plants in 2016, the U.S. added the 24 MW Tungsten Mountain plant in 2017. Unlike many other renewable resources, geothermal projects have long project completion periods of 4-7 years. In addition, the technology lacks strong policy support and face high development costs. These factors contribute to the low build volumes.

Another key area of activity within U.S. geothermal is hybridization – the combination of geothermal with another technology to enhance output. Two such facilities by Enel Green Power began operation in 2016. The first was at its
Stillwater plant in Nevada, where photovoltaic and solar thermal have been integrated into the geothermal plant. The second project added a hydroelectric generator into an injection well at Enel’s existing Cove Fort geothermal power plant in Utah.

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Turkey: Exergy to Supply 12.6 MW Alasehir ORC Geothermal Power Plant

Exergy Signs New Contract With GCL ND Enerji A.S. For a 12.6 MWe Geothermal Power Plant (News Release)

Exergy has added a new geothermal project to its portfolio. The Italian company has recently signed a new contract in Turkey with GCL ND Enerji A.S. for a 12.6 MWe geothermal power plant.

Located in Alasehir, Manisa region, the plant will exploit a medium enthalpy resource at approximately 150°C to generate 12.6 MWe of electricity from an ORC system equipped with Radial Outflow Turbine technology and utilizing an air cooled condensing system.

Some of the power plant components will be manufactured domestically in Exergy’s Turkish workshop based in Izmir and thanks to an exclusive partnership with NIDEC ASI for the supply of the generators. Made-in-Turkey production will allow GCL to benefit from an additional total incentive of 2cent USD/kWh on top of the basic feed-in-tariff rate of 10.5cent USD/kWh, thus the increase of 19% in revenue for the client.

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Education: $15,000 in Awards Available for Students in the Global Geothermal Energy Community

2018 Geothermal Resources Council Scholarships Announced (News Release)

Total of $15,000 in educational awards to be given to six students in the global geothermal energy community

The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC), a non-profit educational association dedicated to the promotion of geothermal energy and associated technologies around the world, is pleased to announce the availability of the 2018 GRC Scholarship Awards.

To qualify for one of these awards a student must be a GRC member (student memberships are only $5 per year) as well as be a student in an accredited academic institution. 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:

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Education: Some Interesting Facts About Geothermal Energy

5 Things to Know About Geothermal Power (EERE/GTO)

Midnight Heat, by Hreinn Hjartarson, Husavik, Iceland.
GRC Photo Contest 2017 - Honorable Mention
Here are some interesting facts about geothermal energy.
  1. Baseload energy - it’s always on: Geothermal power plants produce electricity consistently, running 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The power output of a geothermal power plant is highly predictable and stable, thus facilitating energy planning with remarkable accuracy. Geothermal power plants are also an excellent means of meeting baseload energy demand, or the minimum level of demand on an electrical grid during a 24-hour period.
  2. Geothermal energy can heat, cool, and generate electricity: Geothermal energy can be used in different ways depending on the resource and technology chosen—heating and cooling buildings through geothermal heat pumps, generating electricity through geothermal power plants, and heating structures through direct-use applications. While geothermal power generation is mainly concentrated in the western U.S., these applications will help expand geothermal energy use geographically.
  3. Over 100 years of geothermally sourced energy: The first ever geothermal plant was set up in Larderello, Italy, in 1904. Steam from that geothermal source was used to turn a small turbine which powered five light bulbs. Today, the U.S. leads the world in geothermal power generation, providing more than 3.7 GW to the national grid. In fact, the first modern geothermal district heating plant was developed in 1892 in Boise, Idaho. DOE supports direct-use efforts, striving to heat more homes and reduce more energy bills.
  4. The largest geothermal plant in the world is located in California: The Geysers Geothermal Complex located north of San Francisco, California, is comprised of 18 power plants and is the largest geothermal installation in the world.  DOE funding at Calpine Corporation’s Caldwell Ranch site at the Geysers is a first-ever reopened abandoned steam field, validating universally applicable technologies.
  5. Geothermal can be closer than you think: Research funded by the Geothermal Technologies Office seeks ways to tap into geothermal resources across the nation. Traditionally, geothermal resources are most accessible in the western states, from Colorado and New Mexico up to Utah, Nevada, Idaho and Oregon. However, with the development of enhanced geothermal systems (EGS) technologies and additional research in deep direct-use (DDU) capabilities, geothermal energy will potentially be accessible across the country.

Kenya: Royalty for Geothermal Producers Proposed

Kenya Proposes Royalty for Geothermal Producers in Energy Bill (BNA News)

(Courtesy CIA.gov)
Kenya will introduce a royalty for geothermal power producers under a proposed new law.

Fees would be levied at a rate of 1 percent to 2.5 percent of revenue generated from the energy source within the first decade of a geothermal license being issued, according to the draft Energy Bill presented to lawmakers Feb. 14. The levy will then climb to between 2 percent and 5 percent, the bill states.

Eastern Caribbean: Big Potential for Geothermal Energy Development

Montserrat’s Geothermal Energy “gold mine”? (Montserrat Reporter)

Bruce L Cutright of Thermal Energy Partners (TEP) of Texas suggests that Montserrat’s accessible geothermal energy resource is potentially 100 MW.

An initial development would be likely to be 3-5 MW. (Montserrat’s current peak electrical load is a bit over 2 MW.)

Mr. Cutright also indicated that in neighbouring Nevis, TEP has helped to identify a geothermal resource of 100 – 400 MW and is working with the Government of Nevis in a partnership to develop geothermal energy there. (Official sources there suggest 300 MW and there are indications that some estimates are as high as 650 MW.) The proposed initial plant size there is to be 9 MW. 

Encouraged by developments in Nevis, the Government of St Kitts-Nevis is also looking to develop identified resources in St Kitts and to explore interconnectivity with Nevis as well as possibilities for export. Such export will require undersea power cables, which will therefore be within a few dozen miles of Montserrat.

A September 3rd 2016 Carib Journal article indicates that the Government of Antigua and Barbuda has also signed a memorandum of agreement with TEP towards developing a Organic Rankine Cycle geothermal plant with ten million watts of capacity.

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Tuesday, February 13, 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:
  • GRC Annual Meeting & Expo - 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.
  • Global Geothermal News - Weekly Summary. Receive a weekly newsletter of news highlights from the global geothermal energy community.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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.

France: Conference Includes Deep Geothermal Energy Discussions

GeoEnergy Days (Pole-Avenia)

3-5 July 2018, Pau, France


The event will consist in exhibits, B2B meetings, conferences & business tours, and offer a unique opportunity to the 500 expected participants to share skills and experiences, develop partnerships and grow business with and within the geo-energy industries (upstream oil & gas, deep geothermal energy, geological storage + minerals & mining for the energy transition).

The 2018 edition will focus on Business export and Water in the geoenergy industries.

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USA: White House Request for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy a 66 Percent Decrease from 2017 Budget

Trump seeks clean energy cuts, $2 billion nuclear spending boost for Energy Dept. (Washington Post)

The Trump administration’s fiscal 2019 budget might never become law, but it’s a declaration of intent, and it would reshuffle priorities at the Energy Department, boosting outlays on nuclear security and slashing spending on renewables and energy efficiency.

Overall, the administration is asking Congress for $30.6 billion for the Energy Department, a 1.3 percent increase from fiscal 2017. That includes $1.6 billion added to the department’s budget after a last-minute spending deal was reached in Congress last week.

At the same time, the administration is asking for deep cuts elsewhere, especially in the agency’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. The budget requests $696 million for that program, a 66 percent cut from the 2017 budget. That number includes $120 million added back after the recent two-year budget accord. The budget deal two weeks ago also meant that OMB restored $1.2 billion to science programs that would have been cut deeply.


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Education: Geothermal Energy in the Philippines

Nice Graphic from Meralco Power Academy

Good overview of geothermal energy in the Philippines from the Meralco Power Academy based in Pasig, just outside Manila.



Spain: Potential of Geothermal Energy to Power ​Canary Islands

​Canary Islands Exploring Potential of Underground Geothermal Energy (Canary Islands Report)

The Tenerife Government is proposing that the Spanish Government undertakes drilling exploration to identify the potential of geothermal energy in the Canary Islands, and the only region in Spain where this could possibly exist, but requires around 20 million euros to explore the subsoil.

This motion is presented with the support of all political groups represented in the Tenerife Government, but similar initiatives are being simultaneously presented in Gran Canaria and La Palma, because these three islands specifically have previously made joint efforts to evaluate the geothermal potential of the Canary Islands with direct involvement, but with little success in support from the Spanish Government.

It is suggested that three drilling sites should be sufficient for Tenerife geothermal energy exploration with a third of these costs covered by the island government, one third covered by a private initiative that has an interest, and the need for state aid to cover the final third of costs.

Netherlands: Oil & Gas Workshop Includes Discussion of Geothermal Energy Collaboration

Oil & Gas Reinvented Community
 
6 March 2018, Feyenoord Stadium, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Connecting Industries is the first event in a series of three events within the overall 2018 annual theme ‘System Integration’. We think that recognizing the shared purpose that our industries have in the energy sector and triggering innovative collaboration among them is a first step to take position in a changing energy landscape for us all. Central to our upcoming event, therefore, is the question how we can successfully connect industries and create more value throughout the energy supply chain.

In the afternoon the Connecting Industries theme opens with talks on opportunities for the process industry and potential for Electrification, Automation and Digitalization (Power-to-X). Thereafter, members get together to discuss and work on recent developments in the regular Working Group meetings on Digital Oil & Gas, Offshore Energy, CC(U)S, Geothermal Energy and the Young Professionals.

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Science & Technology: Accurately Measuring Geothermal Flow

Striving For Perfection: Flow Energy Partnership Improves Geothermal Energy Production (New Release)

(Courtesy Sierra Instruments, Inc.)
Geothermal power companies need a water flow meter to accurately measure the  movement of the geothermal resource out of the ground and then back in - critical for assessing the efficiency of energy production.

To solve this water flow measurement problem, the energy company contacted, Elekon, one of Sierra Instruments, Inc.’s partners in Turkey. They originally specified an an electromagnetic flow meter to measure the water before it travels back into the earth to be reused.  However, Elekon’s,  Robert Benbanaste (CEO/Owner of Elekon), noticed right away that the pipeline size was too large for an inline electromagnetic flowmeter (over 48” for the line size). Robert had the perfect solution for this application. Sierra’s 241i insertion vortex flow meter.

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United Kingdom: Pilot Hole Drilled at Cornish Geothermal Power Project

United Downs Deep Geothermal Project - Update

GeoScience Limited has provided an update on the United Downs Deep Geothermal Project in Cornwall, England, the first geothermal power project in the UK.

In the week beginning Monday 12th February the project will be drilling a 200m pilot hole to confirm that there are no unrecorded mine workings that would interfere with the deep drilling. This hole will be drilled by a small track-mounted rig over three days from Monday to Wednesday, working during the day only.

Site preparation work proper will begin in the last week of February or the first week of March. This work will also be carried out during daytime working hours only and will involve the removal of waste, levelling the surface, creating concrete pads, constructing drilling cellars, providing power, water and waste infrastructure, installing fencing, gates and lighting.  We will also install temporary site offices.

The work will be completed towards the end of April and we expect to move the drilling rig onto the site at the beginning of May, either just before or just after the bank holiday.

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Iceland: Expansion of Bitcoin Mining Offers Opportunities for Geothermal Energy

How Iceland became the bitcoin miners’ paradise (The Guardian)

The island nation is the first to use more electricity on mining crypto-curriencies than on its households – thanks in part to its magma-fuelled power plants.

Bitcoin’s price may be down more than 50% from its highs in December, but no one has told Iceland, where the cryptocurrency and its offspring are reshaping the economy.

According to Johann Snorri Sigurbergsson, an employee of the energy company HS Orka, Icelandic cryptocurrency “mining” is likely to double its energy consumption to about 100 megawatts this year. That is more than households use in the nation of 340,000 people, according to the national energy authority.

Why is Iceland so popular? The answer is simple: location, location and volcanoes. Volcanoes provide Iceland with a cheap and abundant form of renewable energy. Geothermal and hydroelectric plants abound on the island, driving down the wholesale cost of power, which lets bitcoin miners make higher profits as they run their computers 24/7, 365 days a year.

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