Friday, November 30, 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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Europe: Call for Greater Use of Geothermal Energy

Open Letter: European call for an increased use of geothermal energy (EGEC)

Geothermal energy is the energy stored in the form of heat below the surface of solid earth. The deeper one penetrates the interior of the Earth, the warmer it becomes. It is inexhaustible by human standards and so far, it has been used only to a limited extent for heating, cooling and the generation of electricity.

Geothermal energy is a largely CO2 free renewable energy source available at virtually every location. The technology is proven to reliably meet heating, cooling and electricity supply needs. Geothermal also promotes local economic development and job creation. It also is a significant contributor to energy security. Further deployment of this renewable resource requires a strong commitment by public authorities and the private sector. A major barrier to increased deployment of geothermal energy remains awareness of the technology. The support of public authorities plays a key role in promoting geothermal energy.

USA, Nevada: Ormat Plans Solar PV Field to Support Production at Tungsten Mountain Geothermal Power Plant

BLM Seeks Public Input For The Tungsten Mountain Solar Project (BLM)

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has completed a draft Environmental Assessment (EA) and is seeking public comments for the proposed Ormat, Tungsten Mountain Solar Project in Churchill County, Nevada. Public comments will be accepted through December 14, 2018.

The proposed project would consist of producing renewable energy to serve some, or all, of the Tungsten Mountain Geothermal Energy Facility’s parasitic power load (and is not considered a commercial or industrial scale facility).

A copy of the EA is available in the Carson City District BLM Office and on the project webpage at during the 15-day comment period. Please send written comments to: Dave Schroeder, Project Lead, Stillwater Field Office, 5665 Morgan Mill Road, Carson City, NV 89701. Comments may also be submitted electronically via the DEA webpage (under the “Contact Information” section), via email to or via fax at 775-885-6147 with the subject heading “Tungsten Mtn Solar DEA”.

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USA: Increase of 5.4% Year-on-Year for Geothermal Electricity Generation

Electric Power Monthly with Data for September 2018 ( U.S. Energy Information Administration)

Some interesting statistics for geothermal energy from the latest Electric Power Monthly from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).

In the year to date to September 2018, the USA generated 12,477 Gigawatt hours (GWh) of electricity from geothermal resources, an increase of 5.4% on last year, from 2,499.3 MW of net capacity.

For individual states:
  • California - 9,001 GWh (+2.9%) from 1,854.0 MW
  • Nevada - 2,677 GWh (+15.9%) from 498.2 MW
  • Utah - 350 GWh (+3.6%) from 73.0 MW
  • Hawaii - 240 GWh (-1.1%) from 43.0 MW
  • Oregon - 140 GWh (+6.0%) from 19.5 MW
  • Idaho - 59 GWh (-0.5%) from 10.0 MW
  • New Mexico - 9 GWh (-6.5%) from 1.6 MW
The average capacity factors for utility scale generators in 2017:
  • Nuclear - 92.2%
  • Geothermal - 74.0%
  • Landfill Gas and Municipal Solid Waste - 68.0%
  • Other Biomass Including Wood - 57.8%
  • Conventional Hydropower - 43.1%
  • Wind - 34.6%
  • Solar Photovoltaic - 25.7%
  • Solar Thermal - 21.8%
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Voting for New Members of the Geothermal Resources Council Board of Directors Ends Today

GRC Board 2019-2020 Term of Office - Ballot Ends Today

The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) Board of Directors consists of 28 elected members, plus the President, Past President and the President Elect. Every year, half of the Board’s elected members (13) are chosen by GRC members for a 2-year term.

The GRC 2018 Nominations Committee and GRC Board of Directors have approved 20 candidates for the 2019-2020 term of office.

Members of the GRC can now vote for no more than 13 candidates. All ballots must be "Submitted" and "Confirmed" by 11:55 p.m. on November 30, 2018 - today, Friday. All GRC members should have received an invitation to vote online or by mail.

Board of Directors Candidate Statements (PDF).........

United Kingdom: Open Air Geothermal Lido to Open by May 26

This is the day Jubilee Pool’s geothermal spa is due to open

It will be the UK's first open-air lido that's heated by geothermal energy

In six months’ time you’ll be able to jump into the UK's first geothermal heated lido – right here in Cornwall. Penzance's iconic open air sea pool Jubilee Pool is due to open its eagerly-anticipated heated section at the end of May 2019, it has been revealed. And the pool is going to be even hotter than first expected.

Geothermal Engineering Ltd (GEL), the company which has been drilling holes into the earth below Jubilee Pool to tap into the earth's natural heat, said it found a warm water 'geothermal vein' 410 metres deep into the rock.

The hot water will now be tapped up to heat a section Jubilee Pool all year round. Speaking to Radio 4’s Peter Gibbs, Jubilee Pool Director Susan Stuart said it’s hoped the heated pool will be open to the public by May 26 – the first weekend of the summer half term holiday.

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Turkey: Zorlu Energy has High Claims for Kızıldere 3 Geothermal Power Plant

Zorlu Energy's geothermal power plant becomes world leader in efficiency (Daily Sabah)

Kizildere Clouds, by Umut Destegul Solaroglu. Kizildere Power Plant.
Honorable Mention - GRC Geothermal Photo Contest 2018
Turkey's Zorlu Energy's Kızıldere 3 geothermal energy power plant in the Denizli province of Turkey's Aegean region has set the bar high globally in terms of its efficiency and as the largest plant in terms of combined installed capacity at 165 megawatts (MW), Ali Kındap, the general manager responsible for investments, operations and maintenance of Zorlu Energy, said yesterday.

Kındap, in an exclusive interview with Anadolu Agency (AA) during a visit to the Kızıldere 3 plant, said the plant started electricity production at full capacity this year.

The Kızıldere 3 plant has two units, one with 100 MW and the second with 65 MW of installed capacity.

He said Kızıldere 3 has the highest capacity in the world as a power plant located on a single site.

Kındap stated that Kızıldere 3, with a water temperature of 246 degrees Celsius, has the highest efficiency as ensuring high water temperature increases productivity of the plant.

"In the world, the highest percentage is 15. The reason we have 18 percent efficiency is because we use waste steam in a separate part of the plant. So, it contributes a lot to our productivity," Kındap said. This plant has set a precedent worldwide as the first in the world to use waste steam.

Europe: Geothermal News from EGEC

The EGEC Newsletter November 2018 - The Voice of Geothermal in Europe

The November issue of the European Geothermal Energy Council (EGEC) Newsletter is now available.

Click here to download. In this issue:

  • The EU moves towards a carbon neutral economy by 2050 and geothermal contribution must increase
  • High-Level Round Table on the Decarbonisation of the Heating Sector
  • Factsheet: Corporate sourcing geothermal energy
  • Geothermal industry remembers Ruggero Bertani with renaming of annual innovation award 
  • French-Dutch collaboration to develop ultra-deep geothermal energy in the Netherlands
  • Électricité de Strasbourg performs a large scale geothermal 3D seismic study in Alsace, France
  • Geothermal energy is an asset for Switzerland, according to the Swiss Federal Office of Energy
  • Prizes awarded for especially efficient geothermal plants in Germany
  • Geothermal Resource Council GRC awarded Roy Baria
  • GEOENVI: Tackling the environmental concerns for deploying geothermal energy in Europe
  • Save the date: 7th Stakeholders Meeting of the ETIP-DG and presentation of the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda for Deep Geothermal
  • GeoAtlantic Project – Promoting geothermal energy utilisation in the Atlantic Area regions

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Mexico: Government Technological Route Maps for Geothermal Energy and Heat

Mapas de Ruta Tecnológica de Energías Renovables - Renewable Energy Technology Route Maps (Secretario de Energía)

El propósito de los Mapas de Ruta Tecnológica es identificar los retos y las barreras que enfrenta el país para el aprovechamiento sustentable de las energías renovables al 2030.

(From Google Translate) The purpose of the Technological Route Maps is to identify the challenges and barriers that the country faces for the sustainable use of renewable energies by 2030.


Usos Directos del Calor Geotérmico 

USA: Amended Legislation Would Extend Production Tax Credit for Geothermal Energy

House Tax Extenders Package: Clean Energy Impacts (Clean Energy Business Network)

The legislation would extend the Production tax credit for geothermal

On Monday evening, November 26, the House Ways and Means Committee unveiled its draft of the Taxpayer First Act of 2018, which would retroactively extend several dozen tax credits that expired at the end of 2017 as well as make additional technical corrections to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (comprehensive tax reform legislation enacted in December 2017). 

The House proposal reinstates and provides a one-year, retroactive extension of expired energy tax credits. Introduction of the bill is promising in that it sets the stage for potential action on tax extenders. However, the affected energy industries are seeking multi-year extensions to provide more certainty for businesses and investors. The bill also does not address the energy technologies currently excluded from the tax code, such as storage and waste heat to power.

The legislation would extend the Production tax credit for geothermal (Sec. 45(d) and the ability to use the investment tax credit (Sec. 48) in lieu of the production tax credit through the end of 2018.

Canada: Workshop Held on Geothermal Energy in the North

Leading Thinkers On Geothermal Energy Spark Conversation in Yellowknife (Government of the Northwest Territories)

With the momentum and success of the 2018 Yellowknife Geoscience Forum to build on, the Northwest Territories Geological Survey (NTGS) hosted some of Canada’s leading minds in a full day workshop on geothermal energy in the North.

On the docket was an overview of geothermal systems, drilling technology, engineering, and the economics of geothermal projects.

It’s a topic highly-relevant to the Northwest Territories (NWT). Oil and gas reservoirs often also hold geothermal potential as the locations in which each are found share a many similarities. Given the NWT’s well-known oil and gas reserves, geothermal is a natural step in the discussion.

The event was coordinated in conjunction with Geothermal Canada, and co-sponsored by the NWT and Nunavut Association of Professional Engineers and Geologists, the NWT and Nunavut Chamber of Mines and the Government of the Northwest Territories.

St. Vincent and the Grenadines: Drilling Contract Signed for 4 Wells at 10 MW Geothermal Power Project

Iceland Drilling Company signs a new contract for geothermal project on St. Vincent, Caribbean (News Release)

St. Vincent Geothermal Company Limited (SVGCL) and Jardboranir hf. (Icelandic Drilling Company, IDC) have today, November 29th 2018, signed a drilling contract for drilling 4 wells in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The wells are intended to supply steam for the geothermal power plant SVGCL is constructing.

The project aims to deliver a 10 MW geothermal power plant to the Caribbean island nation of St. Vincent & the Grenadines (SVG), transforming its energy sector, reducing its dependency on imported diesel, and providing a new sustainable and affordable source of energy based on an indigenous resource.

The commissioning of the plant is expected to be in approximately 2 years.

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From the Global Geothermal News archives:

Europe: Geothermal Association Calls for More Heating and Cooling for Decarbonisation of the Energy System.

Heating and cooling sector to get its due spot on the decarbonisation radar (EGEC)

Meeting attendees acknowledge the importance of heating and cooling (H&C) for the decarbonisation of our energy system.

On 28 November 2018, policymakers and industry gathered at the Committee of the Regions for the High-Level Round Table on the Decarbonisation of the Heating Sector, a joint event organised by the European Commission and the Decarb Heat Initiative partners. 

The timing is right: on the very same day that the European Commission launched its Long-term Emissions Reduction Strategy, the topic of decarbonising heat received the attention it deserves. Being responsible for 50% of final energy consumption in Europe, addressing heat will be paramount for reaching a net-zero emissions economy by 2050 and needs therefore to become a policy priority for the EU.

Iceland: Geothermal Energy Helps Boost Year-Round Availability of Fresh Food

Iceland harnesses hot springs to power year-round farming (Thomson Reuters Foundation)

 (Courtesy Thomson Reuters Foundation)
Geothermal energy, which makes up a quarter of Iceland's electricity, has helped boost the year-round availability of fresh food

Iceland's volcanic origins have blessed the island of 350,000 inhabitants with abundant geothermal energy - a renewable resource that, unlike solar or wind power, is unaffected by its unpredictable weather.

Geothermal energy makes up a quarter of Iceland's electricity - all of which comes from renewable sources - and has helped boost the year-round availability of fresh food in the past two decades.

The naturally hot water is piped in to heat the greenhouses and the hot springs are also a key source power for the artificial lights that help farmers grow their crops even in winter, when the island sees barely three hours of sunlight.

USA: Top Business Leaders Urge Larger Investments in Energy Innovation

Top Business Leaders Issue New Roadmap for Federal Clean Energy R&D Funding (News Release)

Making larger investments in energy innovation will make the United States more globally competitive, increase economic prosperity, and maintain America’s energy leadership position in the world, according to a dozen top business leaders in a new report released today.

In its report, the American Energy Innovation Council (AEIC), originally founded in 2010 and now comprised of executives in the energy, technology, chemicals and aerospace industries, makes a powerful argument for a robust federal role in energy research and development funding.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

United Kingdom: Opinion - "There is considerable overlap in the technical skill-sets required to develop, execute and operate a geothermal project and that of an oil or gas development"

Geothermal energy: Is it Coming of Age? (SPE)

Distribution of the geothermally significant
Permo-Triassic sandstones displayed by depth
from shallow (red) to deep (blue). 
Have we now run out of excuses for not developing our geothermal resources?

As the UK’s hydrocarbon resources decline, geothermal energy presents as part of the solution to fill the energy void. Conveniently, there is considerable overlap in the technical skill-sets required to develop, execute and operate a geothermal project and that of an oil or gas development, and opportunity exists for both industries to draw from a shared knowledge base.

Dr Jon Busby, Geothermal specialist at the British Geological Survey discusses the potential for cutting carbon emissions for power generation and benefiting from the UK's considerable geothermal resources.

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Germany: Garching Geothermal Project - 125 Degrees Celsius Geothermal Waters at 105 Liters Per Second Meets all Expectations

Zieltiefe der zweiten Geothermiebohrung in Garching erreicht - Target depth of the second Geothermal Well achieved in Garching (Tiefe Geothermie)

(Courtesy Silenos Energy)
In Garching an der Alz hat die zweite Bohrung ihre Zieltiefe von 3.837 Metern erreicht. Die erste Bohrung wurde bereits im September abgeschlossen und erfolgreich getestet. In Garching an der Alz, the second well has reached its target depth of 3,837 meters. The first drilling was completed in September and successfully tested.

Der abgelenkte Bohrpfad legt eine Strecke von insgesamt 5.025 Metern zurück, bis er auf der Zieltiefe von 3.827 Metern angelangt ist. Die erste Bohrung im September erreichte eine Tiefe von 3.832 Metern.

Anschließende Tests ergaben, dass die Temperatur des Tiefengrundwassers mit 125 Grad Celsius durchaus zufriedenstellend ist. Auch die Schüttung von 105 Litern pro Sekunde erfüllt alle Erwartungen.

The deflected drill path covers a total distance of 5,025 meters until it reaches the target depth of 3,827 meters. The first drilling in September reached a depth of 3,832 meters.

Subsequent tests showed that the temperature of the deep groundwater at 125 degrees Celsius is quite satisfactory. The flow of 105 liters per second meets all expectations.

Italy: Video of Outreach at Piancastagnaio Geothermal Plant in Tuscany

Geothermal energy, discovering the Piancastagnaio plant in Siena (Enel Green Power)

The Piancastagnaio geothermal plant in Siena has opened to the public to tell students and citizens how renewable energy is made thanks to guided tours, educational workshops, tasting of the gastronomic excellence of the territory and games for children.

China: Sinopec Plans to Replace Coal with Geothermal Heat in 20 Cities

Sinopec vows cleaner energy mix with geothermal push (Xinhua)

China aims to increase its installed geothermal energy capacity by 500 gigawatts by 2020.

China Petrochemical Corporation (Sinopec), the country's biggest geothermal developer, vows to further develop geothermal energy nationwide and increase share of clean energy production, the China Daily reported Wednesday.

The company has replaced coal with geothermal energy in 10 cities nationwide so far, said Ma Yongsheng, president of Sinopec, during the 2018 China Geothermal Energy International Forum in Shanghai on Tuesday.

Sinopec, the world's largest refiner by volume, aims to replace coal with geothermal energy in 20 cities nationwide and boost its geothermal heating capacity to 120 million cubic meters by 2023, the newspaper said.

China aims to increase its installed geothermal energy capacity by 500 gigawatts from 2016 to 2020, according to the 13th Five-Year Plan for geothermal energy released in 2016, the first such plan in this field.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Canada: Interview with President of Geothermal and Waste Heat Company

ACTia E9 - Terrapin Geothermics with Sean Collins (Alberta Cleantech Industry Alliance)

Tune in to episode 9 of ACTia's podcast as we host Sean Collins of Terrapin Geothermics! Scaling geothermal projects, navigating the regulatory environment, and transitioning to a clean economy are just a few of the topics we cover.

Canada: Estevan Geothermal Energy Project Reaches 2,700 Meters

Positive reaction to DEEP geothermal project tour (Estevan Mercury)

(Courtesy DEEP) 
With the drilling rig having reached 2,700 metres already out of a planned 3,500 metres, the first well in a geothermal electrical power project was well underway on Nov. 23.

That’s what roughly 40 people saw when they had the opportunity to tour Deep Earth Energy Production Corp.’s (DEEP) project south of Torquay.

At the conclusion of the tour, Marcia was quite pleased with the response.

“This is a great day. We’re so excited that this project is finally underway. We’ve got such wonderful support from this community and the people that have believed this project would be a possibility,” Marcia said.

“We formed the company in 2010. And the reality is it’s made progress, but at times, it’s stalled out. We were underfunded. But now, everything is in place and there’s really nothing stopping us now.

“Things are going great. This is the best, world-class drilling expertise that we have, local and home grown.

“This is exciting. This is the first geothermal project for Canada. I love the fact it’s marrying our local technology and our local expertise, but in a brand new way. We’re taking this world-class oilfield expertise and paring it on a clean, renewable energy project. I think that’s great.”

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Switzerland: Two Day Oil & Gas – Geothermal Cross Over Technology Workshop

AAPG 3rd Hydrocarbon – Geothermal Cross Over Technology Workshop

9-10 April 2019, Geneva, Switzerland

“Making geothermal energy profitable: from subsurface uncertainties to viable business models"

Not one single country or energy company can avoid this question: what role will sustainable energy play in our future and how can we shape the transition?

The crossover from oil & gas to geothermal energy may play a key role in the journey towards sustainable use of the subsurface and a greener energy world. Yet, uncertainties on profitability and the establishment of viable business models are hindering the large-scale development of geothermal energy, especially in areas located in sedimentary basins where the geothermal gradient/ heat flow are relatively low compared to magmatic areas that comprise more traditional geothermal targets. Behind these questions lie fundamental challenges related to developing a deeper understanding of subsurface uncertainties, safe and cost-effective development and integrated systems.

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Science: Radio Program on Geothermal Energy in Cornwall and Tuscany

Heat from the Deep (BBC Radio 4)

Can we exploit the hot rock beneath the earth's crust for electricity? Peter Gibbs reports from Cornwall and Tuscany.

The heat contained in the top 3km of the Earth’s crust could power the planet thousands of times over. Despite that, less than 1% of the world’s electricity comes from geothermal energy. That may be about to change.

Near Redruth in Cornwall a 3 mile deep hole is being dug- it will be the deepest in the UK. Cold water will be pumped down to the 200 degrees hot rocks below, the hot water returning will drive turbines to provide electricity for thousands of homes. Nearby, the Eden Project and the seawater lido in Penzance are building their own geothermal plants.

But Cornwall is just the tip of the iceberg. Geothermal electricity was first produced in 1904 at Larderello in Tuscany. Today Enel Green Power supply a third of the region's electricity from natural steam and they have plans to get much bigger, exploiting an extraordinary bit of chemistry. When water goes above 374 degrees centigrade and 221 bars of pressure it becomes a supercritical fluid. This contains five times as much energy as 200 degree water, transfers energy twice as efficiently and has a lower viscosity. Overall, you can theoretically get ten times more energy than from a similar conventional borehole.

The new technology also promises more efficient geothermal energy in regions far away from geological hot spots like Iceland and Italy. The only fly in the ointment is that some techniques involve creating bigger fractures in the rocks. Experiments at Basel in Switzerland provoked an earthquake. So can the incredible potential of new-gen geothermal be exploited without provoking protests?

Listen to the broadcast........

United Kingdom: Video of Construction of the Rig at the United Downs Geothermal Project

Building The Rig for Cornwall's Geothermal Engineering Ltd Site (Soundview)

This video captures the arrival and construction of the Geothermal Engineering Ltd drilling rig to be used as part of a pilot scheme  to demonstrate the technical and commercial viability of supplying both electricity and heat.

Climate Change: Avoiding the Worst Effects of Global Warming will Require Us to Source at least 85% of Global Power from Renewables by 2050 - IRENA

Renewables are the key to a climate-safe world (IRENA)

By Adnan Z. Amin, Director-General, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

Limiting the global temperature rise to well below 2°C this century is one of the defining challenges of our age. Two thirds of greenhouse gas emissions come from energy-related sources. This makes the transition to sustainable energy the decisive factor in tackling climate change.

Renewable energy, together with energy efficiency, form the cornerstone of the world’s mitigation strategy. They represent a safe, reliable, affordable and immediately deployable pathway to a low-carbon future that can achieve over 90 per cent of the energy-related CO2 emission reductions needed to meet climate goals. Avoiding the worst effects of global warming will require us to source at least 85 per cent of global power from renewables, with a minimum of two thirds of total energy from renewable sources – wind, solar, geothermal, hydro, bioenergy and the burgeoning tidal technology – by 2050. This means that we must utilise the solutions available to stimulate systemic transformation towards a digitalised, decentralised and decarbonised energy paradigm.

Canada: Great Video of the DEEP Saskatchewan Geothermal Power Project

Deep Earth Energy Production Well 1, Torquay, Saskatchewan (Brian Zinchuk)

DEEP is developing Saskatchewan’s geothermal resources for power generation. Using its geological expertise and first-mover advantage, DEEP will harness high quality geothermal resources with existing technology to establish a long term renewable baseload power supply. DEEP’s long term goal is to develop hundreds of megawatts of baseload power facilities from small repeatable 5 megawatt (MW) power plants. Each 5 MW facility would power approximately 5000 households.

DEEP has secured a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) contract with SaskPower. This is the first PPA in Canada issued for a geothermal power facility.

DEEP is underway with a ~$8M Bankable Feasibility Study with the first of 3 Milestones now complete. DEEP is now underway with Milestone 2, which includes the drilling and testing for production, and injection zone viability. Final testing and reservoir modelling from the program will refine the assumptions made on the resource in the Prefeasibility Study and effectively outlay the best design parameters for what will be Canada’s first geothermal power generation facility.

USA, Colorado: GRC Member Has Geothermal (Areothermal?) Experiment on Mars Mission

2 Colorado School of Mines scientists helping with Mars InSight lander (FOX31 Denver)

This image was acquired on November 26, 2018.
 Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
From science museums to the big screens at Times Square, NASA’s latest Mars landing captivated the country Monday afternoon.

As the InSight spacecraft touched down on the Martian surface, cheers erupted from inside Mission Control. The same thing happened in a tiny corner of Golden.

“It was when it got down to about 80 meters that my heart started going faster and faster,” Paul Morgan said.

Morgan is the senior geothermal geologist at the Colorado Geological Survey at Colorado School of Mines. He helped design one of the instruments that will be used for experiments on the lander. Morgan began designing the probe in 2003. At the time, he says he did not know that it would ever fly on a mission.

The instrument he helped design is called the Heat Flow and Physical Properties Probe, better known as HP3. It includes a self-hammering nail about a foot long and an inch in diameter that will penetrate Mars’ surface and collect temperature readings, as well as a tether that will also measure the temperature of the Martian soil.

Djibouti: Exploiting the Potential of Geothermal Energy Will Soon Yield Returns - Minister

Power potential: Yonis Ali Guedi, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, on domestic opportunities and renewable energy (Oxford Business Group)

How can geothermal energy be further developed to diversify the energy portfolio?

Guedi: Djibouti has been harnessing the power of its geothermal resources for nearly 50 years. However, it was not until the 2013 creation of the Djibouti Geothermal Energy Development Authority that the government provided a framework to encourage this development. The newly created school of excellence aims to boost human capital capacity in the private and public spheres to support the country’s future market needs. As neighbouring Kenya is a global pioneer in geothermal exploitation, we are also building strong bilateral relations with their government to develop a strategy and provide technical training for 80 Djiboutians.

With the recent launch of geothermal drilling programmes in Djibouti – specifically in Fialé – exploiting this potential will soon yield returns. This exploration is enhanced by the involvement of multiple stakeholders, both technical and financial. The World Bank, the African Development Bank, the French Development Agency and many others actively participate in the transition to clean energy. Given the amount of financing that goes into all phases of geothermal development, international involvement is vital to the industry’s success. Djibouti has a natural geothermal capacity of between 600 and 1000 MW.

Indonesia: Government to Allow More Foreign Direct Investment in Geothermal Energy Sectors

Indonesia To Relax Foreign Investment Rules (Mondaq News Alerts)

As part of its 16th economic package, the Government of Indonesia (GOI) announced on 16 November 2018 that in order to attract further foreign investment, it intends to relax the restrictions on foreign direct investment (FDI) in certain business sectors.

There is no change in respect of geothermal power generation of up to 10 MW (maximum of 67 percent FDI) and testing and analysis of electrical installation of low/medium voltage power generation and utility installation (reserved for domestic investment).

Reportedly, 100 percent FDI will be allowed in 54 business sectors currently included in the 2016 negative list (2016 DNI) that up until now were closed or restricted for FDI including:

  • Geothermal drilling services - 95 percent
  • Geothermal operating and maintenance services - 90 percent
  • Geothermal surveying services - 95 percent

Monday, November 26, 2018

Geothermal Event - Call for Sessions for GRC Annual Meeting & Expo

GRC Annual Meeting & Expo - Call for Sessions

This is a “Call for Sessions” for the GRC Annual Meeting to be held in Palm Springs, California on September 15-18, 2019. We are inviting proposals for specific sessions at this year’s meeting. Sessions can be organized and led by up to three people, a session chair and two co-chairs. Successful session chairs will be expected to assist the technical chair to recruit authors and organize reviews. A session will include at least four papers.

The Session Proposal process is simple. Please email a Session Title and Description to Anh Lay at by January 4, 2019.

Details on the requirements of the proposal:
Session Title: Session proposals must include an informative title (20-300 characters, not including spaces) and entered in title case.

Description: The session description is limited to 250 words. The description will be used during the review process. Session descriptions will be reviewed by the GRC Annual Meeting committee for possible inclusion in the meeting. Successful session proposals will be listed on the GRC website during the draft paper submission phase to assist authors in identifying an appropriate session to submit their draft paper.

Descriptions must adhere to the following criteria:
  • Concise definition of the scientific topic. Proposals must focus on scientific results and/or their applications.
  • Explain why the session is topical and relevant.
  • Session proposals focused on a specific development program, experiment, technology, or region of expansion are encouraged.
  • Sessions in tribute of a specific person will be considered, but appropriate justification must be provided.
  • Session proposals that are deemed to be primarily advertisements of commercial products and services will not be considered.
Optional: Please include the names of any specific people that you would recruit to author a paper for this session.

A separate “Call for Papers” will be released once sessions are reviewed and selected.

Philippines: PSALM to look Again at Privatization of Unified Leyte and Mindanao 1 and 2 Geothermal Power Plants

PSALM reworks privatization package for IPP contracts (Manila Bulletin)

The assets to be covered by the consultancy work will include proposed privatization packages for the Unified Leyte geothermal plant and Mindanao 1 and 2 geothermal power plants.

With the aid of a third party consultant, state-run Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corporation (PSALM) will rework divestment packages for its remaining energy conversation agreements (ECAs) or supply contracts with independent power producers (IPP).

The company is dangling P22.6 million as professional fee to the proposed consultancy services that will be drawn up for the specified power assets. This will be integrated in the state-owned company’s 2019 budget.

The assets to be covered by the consultancy work shall include proposed privatization packages for the Caliraya-Botocan-Kalayaan (CBK) and Casecnan hydro facilities; the Unified Leyte geothermal plant; Mindanao 1 and 2 geothermal power plants and the Mindanao coal-fired power facility.

Turkey: Danish Consul Pitches for More Geothermal District Heating

Geothermal energy can cut Turkey's gas imports by 20 pct (Daily Sabah)

Turkey could cut its gas imports by 20 percent using geothermal energy, which could meet 30 percent of Turkey's heating needs for district heating, according to Danish Consul General Anette Snedgaard Galskjot.

District energy is an energy system that can provide economic and sustainable energy to an entire city or whole district using surplus energy from power plants or renewable sources.

The model used in Denmark is an example to emulate, where savings of 40 percent or more have been made for households, a level considered extremely high, Galskjot was cited by Anadolu Agency (AA) as saying.

In Denmark, 69 percent of the total population uses district heating while this percentage is close to 100 percent in Copenhagen, she said.

Denmark wants to make more advances in district heating, and Turkey is also interested in developing this system more, she explained.

Philippines: Shares of Geothermal Energy Developer will be Delisted on Thursday

EDC delisted from exchange after Nov. 29 (News Release)

Shares of Energy Development Corp. (EDC) of the Lopez Group will be delisted from the Philippine Stock Exchange on Thursday.

The PSE said its board approved EDC’s petition for voluntary delisting from the official registry of the exchange effective at the end of business hours on Nov. 29.

The trading of EDC shares is currently suspended due to the company’s failure to comply with the 10-percent minimum public ownership requirement.

EDC on Sept. 19 filed with the PSE a petition for voluntary delisting following the approval by the company’s board of directors and the acquisition, through the conduct of a tender offer, of up to 2.04 billion EDC shares. 

EDC on Oct 30 completed the tender offer that saw a total of 2.01 billion common shares bought for P7.25 apiece.

China: Tibetan Geothermal Field has Estimated Power Generation Potential of About 80 MW

Voluntary Announcement Business Updates On Development Of The Geothermal Energy Business (News Release)

This announcement is made by Beijing Enterprises Clean Energy Group Limited on a voluntary basis.

The exploration right of the Kawu Geothermal Field covers an area of approximately 105 square kilometres. The surface water temperature in the boiling spring area ranges from approximately 62°C to 86°C and there are more than 100 springs surrounding by rich sulphur, salt frost and large travertine.

Based on the geological structure and geochemistry preliminary analysis, it is estimated that the geothermal pay zone of the Kawu Geothermal Field might be at depth from 1,500 to 2,000 metres with possible temperature ranges from approximately 170°C to 240°C. The field has the characteristics of shallow burial depth of geothermal energy resource and abundant groundwater, which are supportive for the geothermal fluids collection, and is one of the developing regions with the best geothermal energy resource potential in the Tibet Autonomous Region, the PRC.

According to the "Validation Survey Report of the Proposed New Geothermal Energy Exploration Right in Kawu, Sa'gya County, the Tibet Autonomous Region" dated 10 September 2018 prepared by the Bureau of Geologic Exploration and Mineral Development of the Tibet Autonomous Region, the PRC, the Kawu Geothermal Field has an estimated power generation potential of up to approximately 80 megawatts, representing a larger scale potential geothermal energy development project in the PRC.

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Canada: Drilling Begins at 5 MW Saskatchewan Geothermal Power Project

DEEP Commences Geothermal Power Drilling & Strategic Alliance with Epoch Energy (News Release)

DEEP has also signed a power purchase agreement with SaskPower 
(Video 1:49 Minutes)

DEEP Earth Energy Production Corp. (DEEP) is pleased to announce that it has commenced drilling on the first well for its geothermal power facility, located in Southeast Saskatchewan. This drilling is required as part of the final construction engineering for a 5 megawatt (MW) power facility. Final testing results from the drilling program will refine the assumptions made on the reservoir and effectively optimize the design parameters. This will be Canada’s first geothermal facility and will be a transformative energy innovation for the Saskatchewan.

This drilling program is supported by a private placement from one of the founding partners of Epoch Energy Development, a geothermal company established to unlock heat energy in Canada. Epoch commercializes geothermal resources in partnership with municipalities, First Nations, resource companies, industry, and food growers. The investment is part of a strategic alliance between DEEP and Epoch.

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Voting for New Members of the Geothermal Resources Council Board of Directors Ends This Week

GRC Board 2019-2020 Term of Office - Ballot Ends Friday

The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) Board of Directors consists of 28 elected members, plus the President, Past President and the President Elect. Every year, half of the Board’s elected members (13) are chosen by GRC members for a 2-year term.

The GRC 2018 Nominations Committee and GRC Board of Directors have approved 20 candidates for the 2019-2020 term of office.

Members of the GRC can now vote for no more than 13 candidates. All ballots must be "Submitted" and "Confirmed" by 11:55 p.m. on November 30, 2018 - this Friday. All GRC members should have received an invitation to vote online or by mail.

Board of Directors Candidate Statements (PDF).........

Netherlands: Nine Locations Suitable for Dutch Ultra-Deep Geothermal Energy

Deze 9 locaties zijn mogelijk geschikt voor geothermie - These 9 locations may be suitable for geothermal energy (Duurzaambedrijfzeeven)

Nederland moet aardgasvrij worden. De gaskraan gaat uiterlijk in 2030 dicht; dus moeten er alternatieven gezocht worden.  Zes consortia van verschillende bedrijven gaan de Nederlandse bodem in kaart brengen om te kijken of die geschikt is voor ultradiepe geothermie. Wij zetten negen locaties op een rijtje waar onderzoek gedaan wordt naar geothermie.

(From Google Translate) The Netherlands must become free of natural gas. The gas valve will close by 2030 at the latest; so alternatives must be sought. Six consortia of different companies will map the Dutch soil to see if it is suitable for ultra-deep geothermal energy. We list nine locations where research is done on geothermal energy:

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Colombia: More Information on Colombian National Geothermal Meeting

3rd Colombian National Geothermal Meeting - Reunión Nacional de Geotermia (RENAG 18)

11-15 December, Bogotá, Colombia

Camilo Matiz, expert in Geomatics at the Colombian Geological Service will be a speaker. He has an expertise that is a standard for information in Geothermal!!

More information at

Europe: The Ruggero Bertani Geothermal Innovation Award

Geothermal innovation award renamed in honour of Ruggero Bertani (EGEC)

Deadline for applications: 9th January 2019

The annual European award for innovation in the geothermal field has been renamed in memory of Ruggero Bertani, who passed away in June 2018 at the age of 62. The award is now designated the Ruggero Bertani Geothermal Innovation Award.

Applications for the award 2019 are now open and can be submitted until 9th January 2019. Applications will be assessed on grounds of originality, innovation, reliability, reduction of emissions, and improvements in energy output. 

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Italy: Including Public Opinion in Geothermal Energy Project Decision-Making

Informazione, partecipazione e processi decisionali per una geotermia sostenibile
 - Information, participation and decision-making processes for sustainable geothermal energy (GreenReport)

Agnes Allansdottir, Researcher
on Science and Society, Siena, Italy.
Allansdottir: «È fondamentale proseguire su un cammino che almeno tenti di rendere i cittadini partecipi nei processi decisionali che riguardano il futuro del territorio» - Allansdottir: «It is essential to continue on a path that at least attempts to make citizens participate in decision-making processes concerning the future of the territory»

Ad oggi circa il 90% degli italiani afferma di essere a favore delle energie rinnovabili, ma di fatto oltre i ¾ delle contestazioni nel reparto energetico  sul territorio nazionale blocca proprio le fonti pulite. La psicologia sociale può aiutarci a comprendere quest’apparente contraddizione?

«La tradizione di ricerca in psicologia sociale può certamente aiutare a capire meglio gli atteggiamenti e gli idee, che possono apparire contraddittori, del pubblico non esperto in materia. Anche se ogni caso specifico merita di essere analizzato per le peculiarità legati al luogo, al contesto e ai bisogni delle comunità locali, un’analisi attenta agli argomenti avanzati dai pubblici coinvolti può fare emergere delle posizioni, anche inaspettate, che possono contribuire a cercare nuove soluzioni nel campo delle energie rinnovabili. Il pubblico va ascoltato attraverso strumenti sensibili alle esigenze delle comunità. Se gli italiani si dichiarano a favore delle energie rinnovabili ma l’impiego delle fonti pulite viene poi contestato siamo di fronte a una situazione di incertezza, di incomprensione e forse a una forma di incapacità di creare orizzonti condivisi».

(From Google Translate) Currently, about 90% of Italians say they are in favor of renewable energy, but in fact more than ¾ of the claims in the energy department on the national territory blocks the clean source. Can social psychology help us understand this apparent contradiction?

"The tradition of research in social psychology can certainly help to better understand attitudes and ideas, which may appear contradictory to the non-expert public in the field. Even if each specific case deserves to be analyzed for the peculiarities related to the place, the context and the needs of local communities, an analysis attentive to the arguments put forward by the public involved can result in some unexpected positions that can contribute to finding new solutions in the field of renewable energy. The public must be listened to through instruments that are sensitive to the needs of the communities. If the Italians declare themselves in favor of renewable energy but the use of clean sources is then challenged, we are facing a situation of uncertainty.

Friday, November 23, 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:
  • The GRC Policy Committee - An add-on option for GRC members who want to fund advocacy work at the U.S. state and local level.
  • International Geothermal Association (IGA) Membership - through the GRC's affiliation with the International Geothermal Association (IGA), all GRC Members are automatically members of the IGA, which offers discount registration to its World Geothermal Congress events (every 5 years), quarterly IGA News and a special discount rate for the international publication, Geothermics.
  • GRC Annual Meeting & Expo - discounted registration for the largest annual geothermal energy conference and trade show in the world.
  • GRC Bulletin - (6 issues) official worldwide industry trade publication of the Geothermal Resources Council, the Bulletin is the definitive voice for geothermal energy development and production.
  • GRC Membership Roster and Registry of Geothermal Services & Equipment - a unique publication that provides business, consulting and research contacts throughout the international geothermal community.
  • Online GRC Library - More than 42,000 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.
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

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

Thursday, November 22, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We will announce the opening of discounted hotel room reservations shortly and information on the Call for Papers will be made available before the end of the year.

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

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Technology: Happy Geothermal Thanksgiving to all our USA Members! Easy on the Turkey...

Geothermal Energy Keeps Turkeys Comfortable (Columbia Tribune)

To celebrate Thanksgiving here in the USA we re-publish this article from Global Geothermal News in 2012:

(Courtesy Wikipedia Commons)
A University of Missouri (MU) researcher is testing whether geothermal heating systems can be used to reduce utility costs for turkey farmers -- a move that eventually could lower the price of Thanksgiving dinners.

Underground heat pipes have been installed at a Cooper County test farm this summer. It’s the first application of a geothermal energy system in a commercial livestock operation, said Yun-sheng Xu, an associate research professor in MU’s College of Engineering.

Geothermal systems use the soil’s constant temperature of 55 degrees to 65 degrees to regulate the temperature of water that flows through buried tubing. The water transfers the ground’s heat into the building in the winter.

Xu’s design was cheaper to install than traditional geothermal units because the pipes were buried horizontally. Traditional geothermal systems that rely on tubes to be laid vertically require deeper -- and more expensive -- digging.

Vote for New Members of the Geothermal Resources Council Board of Directors

GRC Board 2019-2020 Term of Office - Ballot Now Open!

The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) Board of Directors consists of 28 elected members, plus the President, Past President and the President Elect. Every year, half of the Board’s elected members (13) are chosen by GRC members for a 2-year term.

The GRC 2018 Nominations Committee and GRC Board of Directors have approved 20 candidates for the 2019-2020 term of office.

Members of the GRC can now vote for no more than 13 candidates. All ballots must be "Submitted" and "Confirmed" by 11:55 p.m. on November 30, 2018. All GRC members should have received an invitation to vote online or, in the next few days by mail.

Board of Directors Candidate Statements (PDF).........

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis: Geothermal Project on Nevis Still Looking for Funding

Nevis Still Waiting On Investment For Geothermal Production (WINN FM)

The Nevis Island Administration says the geothermal project on the island remains stalled as they continue to try to find means to fund the production of the renewable energy.

Premier Mark Brantley speaking at a press conference Tuesday said some $50 to $60 million dollars would need to move the project forward.

The Premier said two sources for financing have been identified but that process might take several months to materialize if at all.