Friday, September 28, 2018

Geothermal Energy News from Around the World

Global Geothermal News - Weekly Update (Geothermal Resources Council)

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

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GRC Annual Meeting & Expo - 3 Weeks to go!
October 14-17, 2018, Reno, Nevada, USA

Monday, September 24

New Zealand: Testing Begins at 28 MW Ngāwhā Geothermal Power Plant Extension Project - The company already operates a geothermal power plant at Ngāwhā — New Zealand's second largest geothermal field after the Central Plateau — producing 25 MW of power. The new plant will more than double that to 53 MW.

Bolivia: IDB Loan Could Boost Geothermal Energy Development - The multilateral said resources will promote geothermal, solar and wind power in the nation, which currently produces 80% of its electricity demand through fossil fuels.

Philippines: EDC Hopes for New Geothermal Energy Contracts in Chile and Peru- Philippines company Energy Development Corp. (EDC) plans to participate in the auctions for new geothermal contracts in Chile and Peru as part of its expansion program, a top executive said.

Tuesday, September 25

USA, California: Geothermal Energy Startup Gets Backing of Breakthrough Energy Ventures - Fervo Energy: - founded by Tim Latimer & Jack Norbeck. A startup rethinking geothermal power with the help of modern computational models and horizontal-drilling technology. Fervo hopes that the technology it is developing will cut the cost of geothermal power by some 50%.

USA, New Mexico: Position Open for Geothermal Research Department Manager at Sandia National Lab - Core to this department is leadership of Sandia’s engagement and research for the Department of Energy’s Geothermal Technologies Office and building the labs capabilities in drilling and subsurface access and sensing.

Tanzania: Government Needs $821 Million to Fund 200 MW Ngozi Geothermal Power Plant Project - The government needs some $14.1 billion (about Sh31.8 trillion) to finance 30 projects in an effort to attain an industry-driven economy, according to The Citizen calculations from figures compiled by the Tanzania Investment Centre (TIC).

Wednesday, September 26

Germany: First Well Completed at Garching Geothermal Project - "The funding test showed that we were right with our forecasts. We encountered about 125 degrees Celsius hot thermal water. As far as the output from the drilling is concerned, we were able to reach our target at 105 liters per second, "says Oliver Friedlaender, Managing Director of Silenos Energy.

Thursday, September 27

Philippines: Study on Potential of the Mati-Lupon-Tarragona Geothermal Field Set to Complete in 2021 - DoE Science Research Specialist II Joel Miguel said the study, which already started in other areas in 2017 and is targeted for completion by 2021, is intended not just to look into Mati-Lupon-Tarragona’s potential energy source, but also to update the national database and identify areas for geothermal development.

Friday, September 28

New Zealand: 25 MW Te Ahi O Maui Geothermal Power Plant Enters Commissioning Phase - Initial heating up of the plant began this week, with the first synchronisation of the plant to the national grid expected to occur in the coming days. A reliability run will follow an extensive testing regime, which is being conducted with Ormat Technologies Inc.

Global: Five Countries Now With Over 1 GW Geothermal Installed Capacity - The total global capacity stands now at 14,369 MW. While the U.S. continues to be the largest geothermal country by far, limited development activity sees countries such as Indonesia and Turkey catching most of the attention.

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