Monday, September 25, 2017

Global: Free Article from the GRC Bulletin - The Voice of the Geothermal Energy Community

The Latest News from the Geothermal Resources Council (GRC)

Free article from the GRC Bulletin - Volume 46, No. 5 - September/October 2017 

The Bulletin will be available free-of-charge at the GRC Annual Meeting & GEA GeoExpo+ from October 1-4 in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) has made available the latest GRC Bulletin, a voice of the global geothermal energy industry, published continuously since 1972.

The Bulletin is free with GRC Membership or subscribe (PDF) to six issues a year for $90 in the USA or $140 worldwide.

The GRC has generously provided 10 pages from the latest issue for free! However, the full issue is 40 pages!

In this issue, there is an article on Accelerating Geothermal Development in Indonesia and on the Great Potential for Geothermal in Utah, the location for thisyear's GRC Annual Meeting & GEA GeoExpo+ . Also, there are 10 pages of geothermal news from around the world.

Join the GRC or subscribe to get the complete issue.

United Kingdom: Tender for Drilling Rig for 2.5 - 4.5 Thousand Meter Deep Wells at Cornish Geothermal Project

Geothermal Engineering Ltd issues Tender for a deep drilling rig at the United Downs project, Cornwall UK (News Release)

Geothermal Engineering Ltd (GEL) has launched a Tender for the provision, management and maintenance of a suitable drilling unit to drill two geothermal wells in a hard rock environment. The wells will both required directional drilling and are to be drilled to different vertical depths: 2,500m and 4,500m. The project has all permitting in place and the wells are to be drilled in April 2018.

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 27th of October 2017.

For further information and a Tender pack please contact Peter Ledingham: ledingham@geothermalengineering.co.uk

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Netherlands: Geothermal Energy Projects "Reaching a Tipping Point"

Geothermal financing developments (International Law Office)

(Courtesy CIA.gov)
Although once considered too great a risk from a technical, financial and legal perspective, geothermal energy is now a rising trend – at least in the Netherlands.

The number of geothermal energy projects in the Netherlands is rapidly increasing and the developments seem to be reaching a tipping point. One such project is Trias Westland, a geothermal project initiated by 49 greenhouse companies which aim to heat their greenhouses in a renewable manner and against stable costs. Trias Westland will be the first project to carry out drillings in the Triassic at a depth of four kilometres to retrieve heat.

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France: Geothermal Energy Developer Increases Investment in Renewables

ENGIE issues for EUR 2 billion of bonds, of which EUR 1.25 billion in Green Bond (News Release)

To support its ambitious development strategy in renewable energies and energy efficiency, ENGIE, a French multinational electric utility company, issued yesterday its third Green Bond for a total of €1.25 billion. With this transaction, the total amount of bonds issued by ENGIE in Green Bond format since 2014 reaches €5.25bn, confirming the Group’s commitment to play a leading role in the energy transition whilst supporting the development of the green finance.

The proceeds of this bond will be used to finance the Group’s growth in renewable energy or energy efficiency projects, and in natural resources preservation projects, as well as R&D investments in such areas and equity participations in projects of the social impact ENGIE fund “Rassembleurs d’Energies”.

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From the Global Geothermal News archives - Articles on ENGIE..........

Japan: Gas Producer Increases Interest in Renewable Energy Including Geothermal

Inpex boosts renewable energy efforts (LNG World News)

(Courtesy Inpex)
Japan’s LNG developer and stakeholder, Inpex, has decided to set up renewable energy and power business unit starting October 1. 

The establishment of a new company unit is in line with its growth targets and will enable it to carry out the renewable energy initiatives, Inpex said on Monday.

The company is currently engaged in geothermal and photovoltaic power generation projects, technological development concerning a variety of renewable energies and studies on other power generation businesses.

In order to further strengthen these business initiatives from a medium- to long-term perspective and pursue business development opportunities, the company will re-establish the existing new business planning unit as a new and independent organization, renaming it the renewable energy & power business unit.

The new business planning unit, currently a subdivision of the corporate strategy & planning division, will be transformed into a standalone organization and renamed the renewable energy & power business unit.


El Salvador: Great Potential for Geothermal Energy in Region

Geothermal, A Hot Topic In El Salvador (IRENA)

Central American countries seek to bring geothermal to the forefront of future energy development plans



“Central America holds some of the world’s most promising geothermal resources, that if utilised can help the region secure and deliver, inexpensive electricity while stimulating low-carbon economic growth,” said Gurbuz Gonul, Acting Director of Country, Support and Partnerships at IRENA, on the occasion of the first Regional Geothermal Workshop in Central America last month.

Friday, September 22, 2017

USA, New Mexico: State Wants More Geothermal Energy

PNM seeks more solar, wind and geothermal (Albuquerque Journal)

Public Service Co. of New Mexico’s 2018 renewable energy plan calls for 50 more megawatts of solar energy, plus higher output from current wind and geothermal resources.

The company submitted the plan to the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission this summer to comply with the state Renewable Portfolio Standard, which requires public utilities to derive 20 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2020, up from 15 percent now.

Argentina: Plans to Build 10 MW Geothermal Power Plant in Andes Province

Conoce proyecto geotérmico Copahue de Argentina - Meet the Copahue geothermal project in Argentina (Energia Limpia)

ADI-NQN is looking for investors interested in carrying out the operation of the geothermal field for a period of 25 years through a concession contract. The first phase will be for a 10 MW modular plant increasing to 30 MW in the second phase.


El proyecto consiste en la construcción de una central geotermoeléctrica a partir del aprovechamiento de los vapores endógenos obtenidos del campo geotérmico “Las Mellizas de Copahue”, la perforación de los pozos necesarios para alimentar la planta y la construcción de una línea de transmisión que vincule el área del yacimiento geotérmico con la Estación Transformadora más cercana que se integre al Sistema Eléctrico Nacional.

(Google Translation) The project consists of the construction of a geothermal power plant from the exploitation of the endogenous vapors obtained from the geothermal field "Las Mellizas de Copahue", the drilling of the wells necessary to feed the plant and the construction of a transmission line linking the area of ​​the geothermal reservoir with the nearest Transformer Station that is integrated to the National Electrical System. 

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Geothermal Energy News from Around the World

Global Geothermal News - Weekly Update


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

Click on the links to view the whole story and other news stories on Global Geothermal News.

GRC Annual Meeting & GEA GeoExpo+ - Geothermal Event!

1 Week to the Geothermal Energy Event of the Year!


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GRC Annual Meeting & GEA GeoExpo+ - Geothermal Event

Over 75 Hours of Presentations at Geothermal Energy Event





Pacific: Geothermal Energy is a Promising Option for Island States

SPC promotes geothermal energy as a catalyst for sustainable economic development in the Pacific (News Release)

Among the renewable energy options that are available in the Pacific Islands region, geothermal energy has been identified as a promising option states the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC).

Eight Pacific Island countries and territories – PNG, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), and American Samoa – are geologically-located along active tectonic margins where shallow heat sources underlie geothermal reservoirs that can be assessed and utilised for electrical power generation. 

Developing these geothermal resources will enhance the diversity of the region’s energy mix and help build energy security in the most populated countries: Fiji, PNG, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu.

Kenya: Video on Japan's Involvement in Geothermal Energy

Geothermal Power for Kenya's Economic Growth (Prime Minister's Office of Japan)



Takahiro Miyamoto worked in cooperation with Kenyan engineers on a geothermal power plant, which now generates 18% of Kenya’s energy supply. Japan's efforts have helped reduce the cost of energy for all Kenyans while contributing to economic stability and growth for the country.

Europe: Geothermal Energy - a Good Fit for Island Communities

Unlocking the potential of geothermal energy in islands (EGEC)


European islands often face significant challenges when it comes to energy supply and energy costs. Due to geographic location, small economies of scale, and limited or absent interconnection to the mainland or to other islands, many islands are still heavily dependent upon costly imported fossil fuels to generate electricity or to meet their heating and cooling needs.

To tackle this issue, the European Commission is now launching the Clean Energy for All Europeans Islands Initiative, which aims to accelerate the clean energy transition on islands, ensuring secure and cheap energy to their citizens, and create local jobs.

Taiwan: Feed In Tariff for Geothermal to be Increased by 5%

Taiwan sets tentative 2018 feed-in tariffs for renewable energy (Digitimes)

Courtesy CIA.gov)
Taiwan's Bureau of Energy (BOE) has set tentative feed-in tariffs for renewable energy in 2018 increasing the rate for geothermal energy.

The feed-in tariff for geothermal will be 5.1956 NT$/kWh an increase of 5.11% on 2017 rates.

Before finalizing feed-in tariff rates, BOE will hold a public hearing to collect opinions from all parties concerned in early November.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

GRC Annual Meeting & GEA GeoExpo+ - Things to do at Geothermal Event

The Ultimate Salt Lake Guide for Meeting-Goers (Visit Salt Lake)


Where to Get Great Coffee
There are many wonderful and charming cafes in the city, but these Salt Lake coffee shops are taking beans to a new level.

Where to See Live Music
Salt Lake is known for being the place to see awesome bands in intimate settings.

Get Out & About Via Light Rail
Odds are you're car-free. No biggie. There's a ton of fun stuff to see and do right off the Trax line.

The Best Late-Night Eats
Need a bite late at night? Here's where we recommend noshing.

A Guide to Vintage & Thrift Shopping
Spend your breaks browsing Salt Lake's funky treasure troves.

Hikes & Bike Rides Accessible from Downtown
Need to move your legs after some long hours in meeting rooms? Here are some super quick ways to get outside and see Salt Lake's surrounding beauty.

The Ultimate Guide to Salt Lake Breweries
Salt Lake breweries win a LOT of awards. Come find out why.

The Downtown Bar Crawl
Want a more complete picture of Salt Lake's nightlife scene? Try these walkable watering holes near the convention center.

The Lively 2nd & 2nd District
Spend a free hour or evening exploring one of SLC's cooler corners.

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USA: News from the 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:
  • Why We Fight - GEO President's Message
  • Bloomberg: Lapsed Tax Credits Hurting Geo
  • Whisper Valley Develoment Depends on Geo
  • Highlights of Several U.S. Geo Installations
  • PLUS More Industry News and Announcements
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)

USA: Internships at Department of Energy Laboratories

Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI) (DOE)

The Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI) Program is now accepting applications for the 2018 Spring Term. Applications are due October 2, 2017 at 5:00 PM ET.

The Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) program encourages undergraduate students to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers by providing research experiences at the Department of Energy (DOE) laboratories. Selected students participate as interns appointed at one of 17 participating DOE laboratories/facilities. They perform research, under the guidance of laboratory staff scientists or engineers, on projects supporting the DOE mission.

How to Apply.........             Apply for Internship........

Canada: Site C Hydro Inquiry Finds That Geothermal Energy is Viable Alternative

British Columbia Utilities Commission Inquiry - Respecting Site C - Preliminary Report (British Columbia Hydro and Power Authority)


The Panel finds that geothermal is potentially a viable alternative and we do not agree with BC Hydro that geothermal should be excluded from consideration as part of its alternative portfolio.

Geothermal is a mature technology as can be seen by looking at the record of countries such as Iceland. While it is possible there is no potential in BC, BC Hydro does not provide persuasive evidence this is the case. BC Hydro’s experience of drilling for 30 years at Meager Creek yet being unsuccessful perhaps demonstrates there is low to no potential at Meager Creek, but BC Hydro provides no evidence that this experience should be extrapolated to the whole province.

We note Deloitte’s assessment that 250 MW of potential capacity are available at the reference capital cost of $7,300/kW, with another 750 MW potentially available at $8,800/kW.

Download the Report (PDF)...........

GRC Annual Meeting & GEA GeoExpo+ - App Available for Geothermal Event

Download the App for the Geothermal Energy Event of the Year


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

USA: GRC Member Surveys the Geothermal Energy Industry - Part Three

Geothermal Insights III: Visions and values for the future (LinkedIn)

by William Harvey, P.E., Project Engineer at POWER Engineers (GRC Member)

We see that geothermal is in a knife fight with other generation types just based on LCOE, and can still fare well at selected locations, today. But LCOE should not be the whole story, and geothermal advocates often point to the high capacity factors and relative insensitivities to diurnal or environmental variations that geothermal has, touting its baseload power capability.

Does that deserve a premium? Well, it depends on the entities managing the power grid, and their plans for managing the integration of intermittent resources such as solar and wind with baseload/dispatchable resources such as hydro, fossil, biomass or geothermal. If the penetration of intermittent renewables is high, then the dispatchable resources must ramp up or down rapidly during periods such as dawn or dusk.

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GRC Annual Meeting & GEA GeoExpo+ - Event App Updated!

Geothermal Energy Event - We've Got an App for That!

Information on Opening Session Speakers Now Available

The GRC is again providing a Mobile app for the GRC Annual Meeting & GEA GeoExpo+. It is now available to download to an iPhone, Android or Windows Smartphone, tablet or laptop computer giving event attendees better access to information and networking.

The mobile app also allows the GRC to post more information online and avoid print costs.

Did you know you can advertise in the GRC Event App? Contact Anh Lay at alay@geothermal.org for more information.

We strongly encourage you to download the mobile guide to enhance your experience at the GRC Annual Meeting & GEA GeoExpo+. You'll be able to plan your day with a personalized schedule and browse exhibitors, maps and general show info. You can browse all the essential information even without internet access.

After a simple download and installation the app can be personalized with your own schedule and notes on activities. When you sign-in to the app you will be able to interact with other attendees and build an on-site network. Attendees will also be able to post their own photos and comments to the app for all to see on the "activity stream".

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The App is a work in progress, updates are loaded as information becomes available and your feedback is encouraged as you get familiar with it. All questions and feedback can be sent to Ian Crawford at icrawford@geothermal.org.

Download the app now!.......                     Web Version.........

USA, California: Call for Papers for Society of Petroleum Engineers Meeting

2018 SPE Western Regional Meeting - Call for Papers


Present Your E&P Knowledge to Peers at the Western Regional Meeting. Submit a paper proposal by 5 October

Plan to participate at the 2018 SPE Western Regional Meeting as a technical expert. You still have time to submit a paper proposal and share your innovations, lessons learned, and technical expertise with E&P peers. The Call for Papers process is open until 5 October.

Submit a Proposal........

Under the theme "Emerging Technologies for Maximizing Recoveries," the event is expected to have more than 80 technical presentations related to thermal, conventional, and unconventional operations in the Western Region. If selected, you will present your paper at the conference on 22–27 April 2018 in Garden Grove, California.

View the following links for instructions and resources to help you submit a proposal.
Don't delay! Submit your paper proposal by Thursday, 5 October.

Science & Technology: Leapfrog Geothermal to Showcase Products at Geothermal Energy Event

Visualise in 3D how time affects your geophysical data - Trial Leapfrog Geothermal 3.4 today

Leapfrog Geothermal will be exhibiting at the GRC Annual Meeting and GEA GeoExpo+ 1-4 October in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Demonstrating our ongoing commitment to delivering the very best 3D geological modelling solution we’ve released Leapfrog Geothermal 3.4. Crafted to provide clarity and understanding in the geothermal life cycle, it helps reduce risk from exploration to field operation.

Visualise micro-seismic data over time in 3D and significantly improve your understanding. Simply drag the slider and watch it change over time in the 3D environment.

See why Leapfrog Geothermal is rapidly becoming the software of choice among the top ten global operators by visiting their booth at the GeoExpo+.

Leapfrog Geothermal will be exhibiting at the GRC Annual Meeting and GEA GeoExpo+ 1-4th October in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Canada: Plan to Retrofit Oil & Gas Wells for Geothermal Energy

Pilot project in geothermal energy comes to Hinton, AB (UAlberta)

Research associate Jonathan Banks.
Photo credit: John Ulan
A UAlberta research partnership to retrofit Oil & Gas wells near Hinton has the potential to provide megawatts of power to the local community.

It’s the latest project to investigate the use of geothermal energy.

“We pump hot water from underground using wells, use the heat to create power, and then inject the cooled water back into the ground at another local site, where it will heat up again,” explained Jonathan Banks, research associate in the University of Alberta’s Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences.

Long-term, the project has the potential to provide hundreds of megawatts of power to the community using geothermal energy.

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Indonesia: Employment Opportunity at North Sumatra Geothermal Power Project

PT Sorik Marapi Geothermal Power Project - Commercial Manager Vacancy


KS Orka is looking for an experienced Commercial Manager to join their Indonesian management team.

This is an expatriate position and will report directly to the President Director.

The candidate should have professional qualifications, preferably in Law, and have EPC and drilling contract experience. Experience working in South East Asia will be an advantage.

If you feel you may fit these high level criteria, please reply and a position description will be provided to suitable candidates. Contact us at: info@ksorka.com

Sorik Merapi 240 MW is one of the largest greenfield projects in Indonesia. KS ORKA is the 95% owner and developer of the project. Drilling works are progressing with two drilling rigs at the site.

From the Global Geothermal News archive:

Chile: Enel Green Power Wants to Grow Geothermal Energy in the Country

Starace: Enel pondrá el acento en crecer en geotermia en Chile - Starace: Enel will put the accent on growing in geothermal energy in Chile (Latercera)

El hito que la semana pasada concretó el brazo renovable de la italiana Enel, Enel Green Power, al inaugurar Cerro Pabellón -la primera planta geotérmica de Chile y Sudamérica, que impulsa en conjunto con la estatal Enap-, no es la única tarea que la eléctrica europea quiere desarrollar en Chile. De hecho, la firma ya está pensando en seguir creciendo en el desarrollo de esta tecnología en el país. Así lo indicó el CEO de Enel, Francesco Starace (en la foto), quien en su rápida visita a Chile delineó algunos de los pasos que quiere concretar en esta línea.

(Google Translation) The milestone made last week by Enel Green Power's renewable arm Enel Green Power in inaugurating Cerro Pabellón - the first geothermal plant in Chile and South America, jointly promoted by state-owned Enap - is not the only project the European power company wants to develop in Chile. In fact, the firm is already thinking of continuing to grow this technology in the country. Enel's CEO, Francesco Starace (pictured), on a quick visit to Chile, outlined some of the steps he wants to take.

Philippines: EDC Achieves Management Systems Standard for Southern Negros Geothermal Power Plants

EDC environmental management receives new ISO certification (Manila Bulletin)

EDC Negros Island Geothermal Business Unit Head Jay Joel L. Soriano (2nd from right) and Senior Manager Vicente D. Omandam (right) receive the ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management Systems certificate from TUV Rheinland Senior Manager for Sales and Marketing, Ms. Maria Luna Z. Villacrusis (2nd from left), and Senior Systems Manager Melody O. Mokamad (extreme left).
Geothermal leader Energy Development Corporation’s (EDC) has just been conferred its ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management System certification for its Southern Negros Geothermal Project (SNGP) in Valencia, Negros Oriental, under the certifying body, TÜV Rheinland.

ISO 14001:2015 is the revised management systems standard that responds to latest trends in identifying and managing environmental risks and impact and includes the stakeholders’ expectations.  It likewise requires the implementation of initiatives related to sustainable resource use and climate change mitigation.

The certification covers SNGP’s 222.5 MW Palinpinon-1, Palinpinon-2, and Nasulo power plants and its support facilities.  It is valid for three years, subject to an annual surveillance audit. 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

GRC Annual Meeting & GEA GeoExpo+: Exhibit at the Geothermal Energy Event of the Year

Exhibitors at the GRC Annual Meeting & GEA GeoExpo+


As of today, 73 Exhibitors have signed up to present their products and services at the geothermal energy event of the year.

3JTech
AMSA, Inc.
American Furukawa, Inc.
Boart Longyear
BS&B Safety Systems, LLC
C-FER Technologies
CGG Electromagnetics (Italy) Srl
Case M&I
Coastal Technologies, Inc.
Cooling Tower Depot, Inc.
Dewhurst Group
DOSECC Exploration Services (DES)
Egesim & Atlas Copco
EthosEnergy
EvapTech Inc
Exergy SpA
Expro
Fuji Electric Co., Ltd.
Gardner Denver Nash
Gefco
Geothermal Energy Association (GEA)
Geothermal Resources Council (GRC)
Geothermal Resource Group, (GRG)
GeothermEx
Horizon Well Logging
Hudson Products Corporation
Iceland Geothermal Cluster
Indar Electric, S.L.
International Cooling Tower USA, Inc.
John M Phillips
KMS Technologies
Kuster Company
Leapfrog Geothermal
Major Drilling

Mill Man Steel
Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems
Nalco Company
Nevada Division of Minerals
Ormat Technologies, Inc.
Paul Graham Drilling
Phoenix Geophysics
Pioneer Petrotech Services, Inc.
PM International Suppliers, LLC
POWER Engineers, Inc.
REED Electric & Field Service
PowerChem Technology
Quantec Geosciences, Ltd.
REXA
Resource Cementing
Rotork Controls Inc.
Sandia National Labs
Schlumberger Limited
Scientific Drilling International
Sinclair Well Products
SPX Cooling Technologies, Inc.
Thermochem, Inc.
TIMET
TIX-IKS
TNG Energy Services
Torishima Pump Mfg. Co., Ltd.
Toshiba
Turboden
U.S. DOE Geothermal Technologies Office
U.S.-East Africa Geothermal Partnership
Utah FORGE
Veizades & Associates, Inc.
Webco
Wieland Thermal Solutions
Women in Geothermal (WinG)
WWT International 
For more information about the GEA GeoExpo+ please visit the GEA website.

Exhibitors register for the trade show..........

Italy: Hot Zone Located Below Campi Flegrei Caldera

Scientists locate potential magma source in Italian supervolcano (Phys.org)

Scientists have found the first direct evidence of a so-called 'hot zone' feeding a supervolcano in southern Italy that experts say is nearing eruption conditions.


Campi Flegrei is a volcanic caldera to the west of Naples that last erupted centuries ago.

The area has been relatively quiet since the 1980s when the injection of either magma or fluids in the shallower structure of the volcano caused a series of small earthquakes.

Using seismological techniques, scientists have now pinpointed the location of the hot zone where hot materials rose to feed the caldera during this period.

The study was led by Dr Luca De Siena at the University of Aberdeen in conjunction with the INGV Osservatorio Vesuviano, the RISSC lab of the University of Naples, and the University of Texas at Austin. The research provides a benchmark that may help predict how and where future eruptions could strike.

USA, Idaho: Boise to Expand Geothermal District Heating Network

City of Boise hoping to obtain additional water shares for Geothermal Heating District (Idahonews.com)

The City of Boise posts plaques on the buildings
around town that use geothermal energy.
COURTESY CITY OF BOISE
The City of Boise is looking to expand its use of geothermal heating by twenty percent.

The City has applied for a junior water right that would allow for an additional 75-million gallons of geothermal water per year, making the total water right 385-million gallons.

The goal is to add two or three large buildings each year to the grid which equates to roughly 10-million gallons of geothermal water.

The number of government and commercial buildings using geothermal heat is 91 with over 5-million square feet being heated.

Buildings most recently added to the Geothermal District are the new Marriott hotel downtown, the Idaho State Historical Building, and Jack’s Urban Meeting Place.

Canada: Hinton Gets Low Down on Geothermal District Heating Project

GYPSD gets the skinny of Hinton’s geothermal venture (Edson Leader)

The Town of Hinton’s geothermal venture could mean that Grande Yellowhead Public School Division Schools gain a new heating source.

Hinton Mayor Rob Mackin spoke with the Grande Yellowhead board of trustees about the project. 

He explained that the plan will be to use deep wells to take heat from the earth and use it to produce power as well as heat. He said geothermal energy is used seemingly around the world but not so much in Canada.

“It’s done everywhere except Canada, which is interesting,” Mackin said.

Iceland: Video on Geothermal Deep Drilling Project

Iceland Experiments with Volcanic Energy (Voice of America)


Iceland is often called the land of ice and fire. It has plenty of ice and glaciers, but is also a geothermal hotspot of bubbling hot water cauldrons, geysers and volcanos. Harnessing all that energy is something Icelanders have been doing for generations, but they're about to take that concept one step further. VOA's Kevin Enochs reports.

Turkey: Toshiba to Aid Zorlu in Developing Geothermal Energy Projects

Toshiba signs package deal agreement for geothermal power projects in Turkey (Energy Business Review)

Toshiba has entered into a package deal agreement (PDA) with Turkey-based Zorlu Energy Group for geothermal power generation projects.

As per terms of the PDA, Toshiba will study steam flow, pressure levels and other factors in three locations where Zorlu is planning to build geothermal power plants by October 2020. These include the Kizildere IV, Tekke Hamam and Kizildere V schemes, each with an expected output of 40 MW.

If the survey results are in line with the agreed terms and conditions, Toshiba will exclusively negotiate with Zorlu to supply steam turbines and generators (STGs) for geothermal power plant to be developed in Turkey.


Toshiba will be exhibiting at the GRC Annual Meeting & GEA GeoExpo+ from October 1-4 in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.

United Kingdom: Geothermal Waters from 2km Deep to Heat Innovative Scottish Project

Scotland to get its first deep geothermal heating system providing cheap renewable energy (The Independent)

Developers say the heat 'beneath our feet' will help reduce fuel poverty

Scotland’s first deep geothermal heating system – which will use the warmth emanating from the Earth’s magma-filled mantle – is to go ahead after the Scottish Government awarded a £1.8m grant, the developers have announced.

A 2km deep well is to be drilled next year to enable water to be heated by the surrounding rocks, pumped back up again and then into properties in Kilmarnock.

Engineering firm Arup, which is involved in the project, said the renewable energy source would help reduce fuel poverty by providing heating at below market rates to homes being built at the former Johnnie Walker bottling plant, which is being redeveloped.

The site, called Halo Kilmarnock, will also include a new enterprise centre, an urban park, social housing for rent and leisure facilities.

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Ethiopia: 20 MW Corbetti Geothermal Plant in Operation in October

Ethiopia: Corbetti to Generate Power Next Month (AllAfrica.com)


The first phase of Corbetti Geothermal project is to start generating 20 MW of electricity next month. The Geothermal project is located in Corbetti town in Oromia Regional State.

Having a planned total electric generating capacity of 500 MW, the project is estimated to cost around four billion dollars. The equity financing of the project is funded by Reykjavik Geothermal, an Iceland based company that mainly works on energy development projects.

The company had signed a framework agreement with Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP) in October 2013. The agreement was facilitated by Power Africa initiative, an initiative which works on increasing the power generation of the continent through Independent Power Producers.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Be a Geothermal Ambassador!

GRC Ambassador Program Workshop

Sunday, October 1, 1-5pm, Salt Palace Convention Center - Cost: $150

The use of renewable energy is growing, with states continuing to increase their renewable portfolio standard requirements. Though solar and wind are nationally recognized as renewable resources, geothermal lags behind in social awareness and acceptance.

The GRC is starting an Ambassador Program to:

  • Expand awareness of geothermal energy as a significant player in the global race for clean energy
  • Accelerate development and deployment of geothermal as clean, domestic, power and heat by increasing interest and boosting investor and purchaser confidence.

Geothermal Ambassadors will be a team of technically knowledgeable people, skilled in presenting, who will deliver the same, consistent message. The first year of the program is focused on communicating with power purchasers, power industry regulators, and local, county and state governments in the United States.


USA, Nevada: New Logo for Geothermal Energy Company

Ormat Launches New Corporate Branding Strategy and Website (News Release)

Ormat Technologies, Inc. today launched a new corporate branding strategy, highlighting its mission to become a leading global renewable energy company by maintaining its leadership in the geothermal market and expanding into new markets and technologies. 

Following a significant and strategic rebranding process, Ormat launched its new website www.ormat.com, reflecting a cohesive new array of branding elements, including a modernized logo.

Ormat’s modern corporate branding is the culmination of the transformation started in mid- 2014. After 50 years of building an established and strong brand as a leader in the geothermal industry, the new generation of senior leadership outlined an updated strategy and defined the company’s mission statement.


Ormat Technologies will be exhibiting at the GRC Annual Meeting & GEA GeoExpo+ in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA from October 1-4.

GRC Annual Meeting & GEA GeoExpo+ - SPX Products Showcased at Geothermal Energy Event

SPX to Demonstrate Recent Developments in Cooling Technologies
at GRC Annual Meeting & GEA GeoExpo+ (News Release)

Visit Booth #113 to learn about the latest product and service offerings from SPX Cooling Technologies and SPX Heat Transfer

SPX Cooling Technologies, Inc., a full-line, full-service industry leader in the design and manufacture of cooling towers and air-cooled heat exchangers, and sister company, SPX Heat Transfer, LLC, will showcase several innovative technologies at the GRC Annual Meeting & GEA GeoExpo+, October 1-4, 2017, in Salt Lake City. 

In Booth #113, SPX Cooling Technologies will feature new Marley® cooling tower advances, while SPX Heat Transfer will showcase the Ecolaire® Advanced Direct Contact Condenser (ADCC™). Both companies will also feature OEM components including the new M Series Cooling Tower Geareducer® and a range of aftermarket services.

Honduras: 35 MW Platanares Geothermal Power Plant Begins Operation

Comienza operaciones primera planta geotérmica en Honduras (La Prensa)

The 35 MW Platanares geothermal plant is now operating with final tests being carried out by Ormat Technologies.

Con una inversión de 200 millones de dólares comenzó sus pruebas de operación el parque geotérmico Platanares, en el municipio de La Unión, Copán, con una capacidad instalada de 35 megavatios.

Costa Rica: Award for Geothermal Energy Pioneer Alfredo Mainieri Protti

Global Geothermal Leaders Recognize Costa Rican for Lifelong Commitment (The Costa Rica Star)

The U.S.-based Geothermal Resources Council (GRC), a global leader in the field, has honored the late Costa Rican scientist Alfredo Mainieri Protti during its awards ceremony that honors the best and brightest of the global geothermal energy community, said the non-profit group this week.

Mainieri Protti’s geothermal research which began in Costa Rica in the 1970s, allowed for the development of the Miravalles I, II, III, IV and V; the Las Pailas I and II, as well as the future Borinquen I and II geothermal plants.

The GRC awards will be presented at the GRC Annual Meeting at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, October 1-4.

The recipients of these awards have a lifetime of achievement in the geothermal academic, scientific and commercial communities, said the council. The GRC Awards recognizes the contributions of these individuals to educational institutions and the geothermal community around the world.

A representative of Alfredo Mainieri Protti will receive the GRC Special Citation Award, “For his lifelong pioneering work and enduring achievements in Costa Rica’s geothermal power development.”

Belgium: Third Well to be Drilled at Mol Geothermal Energy Project

Daldrup & Söhne AG receives order for third geothermal drilling in Belgium (News Release)

The drilling technology and geothermics specialist Daldrup & Söhne AG has been commissioned to drill the third of five possible geothermal doublets for Belgian company Vito N.V., Mol. Work is projected to start in October 2017 and should be concluded within four months. 

The client is planning to connect to an aquifer that has a temperature of around 120 Celsius and is located at a depth of up to 5.000 meters, with the geothermal energy to be used to produce heat and energy.

Daldrup had successfully sunk the first two geothermal drillings for Vito in 2015/2016. They were the first deep geothermal doublets ever drilled in Belgium. The thermal water has a temperature of 120 Celsius, which enables Vito to carry out its plan to use the thus generated thermal energy to heat a large office complex as well as other projects.

Global: Geothermal Energy Photos of the Year

Winners of the 2017 Geothermal Photo Contest Announced (News Release)

The 38th Amateur Photo Contest winners will be on display at the GRC Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.

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

1st Place:
Northern lights over a well protection dome in Hellisheidi and the Nesjavellir power plant
Bastien Poux, Pontoise, France.

2nd Place: 
The Geothermal Cloud
Victor Hernan Abarca Gonzalez, Berlin, Germany.

3rd Place: 
Hells Kitchen 2
Darrell Cornett, El Centro, California, USA.

All 100 entries can be seen on the GRC Flicker website and will be showcased at the GRC Annual Meeting & GEA GeoExpo+ being held at the Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA from October 1-4.

The winners will be presented with prizes at the GRC Annual Meeting. The theme for this year’s meeting is Geothermal Energy: The Power to Do More.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Geothermal Energy News from Around the World

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Science & Technology: Understanding Heat Flow (and Earthquakes) in Pacific North West

Revising an Innovative Way to Study Cascadia Megaquakes (EOS)

Researchers probe natural environments near subduction zones to decrypt underlying mechanisms of major earthquakes.

The Cascadia subduction zone. Credit: NASA/ISS
Along the west coast of North America, the Cascadia subduction zone stretches more than 1,000 kilometers from Vancouver Island to Cape Mendocino, Calif. It produced a magnitude 9 megathrust earthquake about 300 years ago, one of the biggest quakes in world history.

Scientists know that Cascadia will produce another earthquake at some point in the future; the question is how soon. The odds of it happening in the next 50 years are 1 in 3. The Federal Emergency Management Agency projects that Cascadia’s next megathrust earthquake will cause thousands of deaths and injuries and leave millions in need of shelter, food, and water.


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