Friday, January 19, 2018

Philippines: AC Renewables Inc. is New Name for Ayala Group Renewable Energy Business

Ayala scales up RE bid with new holding firm (

The Ayala group yesterday announced it was restructuring its energy business with the creation of a holding company named AC Renewables Inc.

In a statement, Ayala Corp. said the restructuring would also result in the renaming to ACE Thermal Inc. of their holding firm related to conventional power projects.

In 2016, AC Energy began to expand regionally with its first two investments in Indonesia: Sidrap wind and Salak-Darajat geothermal plants.

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From the Global Geothermal News archives:

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

Climate Change: Last Year Was One of the Hottest Three Ever Recorded

2017 was the hottest year on record without El Niño boost (Guardian)

Data shows the year was also one of the hottest three ever recorded, with scientists warning that the ‘climate tide is rising fast’

2017 was the hottest year since global records began that was not given an additional boost by the natural climate cycle El Niño, according to new data. Even without an El Niño, the year was still exceptionally hot, being one of the top three ever recorded.

Science & Technology: New Study Finds Geothermal Heat at Depth in Western USA

New details emerge on temperature, mobility of earth's lower crust in Rocky Mountains (Science Daily)

A research team has mapped the temperature and viscosity of earth's lower crust for the first time.

Temperature plays a fundamental role in determining the strength, thickness, and buoyancy of the lower crust. A research team led by Colorado State University has mapped the temperature and viscosity of the lower crust for the first time and found that, under much of the western United States, the layer is hot enough to be near its initial melting point and, therefore, quite runny.

This new research shows that significant regions of the lower crust have little strength, and that over several million years, could lead to many mountains in the western U.S. being flattened.

United Kingdom: Cornish Geothermal Project has New Web Prescence

New Website for United Downs Deep Geothermal Power Project

GeoScience Limited has just launched the official United Downs Deep Geothermal Power project website. The website will keep you informed of the activities happening on site, educational resources and be a source of relevant information.

Science & Technology: Video on Orebody-Enhanced Geothermal Systems Project

CHPM2030 Presentation (CHPM2030)

(Video 2:26 Minutes)

CHPM2030 aims to develop a novel and potentially disruptive technology solution that can help satisfy the European needs for energy and strategic metals in a single interlinked process. Working at the frontiers of geothermal resources development, minerals extraction and electro-metallurgy the project aims at converting ultra-deep metallic mineral formations into an “orebody-Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS)” that will serve as a basis for the development of a new type of facility for “Combined Heat, Power and Metal extraction” (CHPM).

Indonesia: Government Plans to Add 250 MW Installed Geothermal Power Capacity in 2018

Renewable Energy Indonesia: Rising Geothermal Power Capacity (Indonesia Investments)


The Indonesian government aims to add 250 MW to the nation's installed geothermal power plants' production capacity in 2018. 

Based on data from Indonesia's Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry, Indonesia's geothermal power capacity stood at 1,808.5 MW at the end of 2017, below the government's target of 1,858.5 MW. 

By 2025 the Energy Ministry targets to have raised the nation's geothermal production capacity to 5,000 MW. This year the figure is targeted to rise to 2,058 MW supported by the Ulubelu Unit 4 (55 MW), Karaha Unit 1 (30 MW), and the Sorik Marapi Modular (20 MW). Provided there are no natural disasters, the Energy ministry is convinced that its production target for 2018 can be achieved.

United Kingdom: Welsh Town Could be Heated by Geothermal Waters from Abandoned Coal Mine

Caerau Coal Mine Gets £6.5m Investment (BQ Live)

A new initiative to use underground mine-water to warm homes in Bridgend has been given £6.5m of funding from the EU and £2.2m from the UK and Welsh Government.

Water in the underground former Caerau colliery has been naturally heated by the earth and, as a geothermal source of energy, Bridgend County Borough Council is investigating ways in which it could be extracted using heat pump technology and a network of pipes.

The scale of the scheme will be the first of its kind in the UK and would use existing radiators to heat homes without mine-water ever entering residents’ properties.

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From the Global Geothermal News archives:

Greece: Island of Santorini Studying Feasibility of 5 MW Geothermal Power Plant

Σαντορίνη: Επενδύσεις στη γεωθερμία και τη διαχείριση απορριμμάτων - Santorini: Investments in geothermal and waste management (EPT)

Για τη γεωθερμία, το επόμενο βήμα θα είναι η διεξαγωγή επιφανειακών ερευνών και γεωτρήσεων για τη διερεύνηση του γεωθερμικού δυναμικού του νησιού. Υπάρχουν ήδη, ωστόσο, μελέτες του Ινστιτουτο Γεωλογικων & Μεταλλευτικων Ερευνων (ΙΓΜΕ) που έχουν εντοπίσει πεδίο χαμηλής θερμοκρασίας στη νότια Σαντορίνη. Όπως επεσήμανε ο κ. Μοναχολιάς η γεωθερμία είναι η πιο αξιόπιστη λύση για την ηλεκτροδότηση της Σαντορίνης (αλλά και γενικά των νησιών που διαθέτουν τέτοια πεδία), καθώς σε αντίθεση με τα αιολικά και φωτοβολταϊκά είναι διαθέσιμη 24 ώρες το 24ωρο. Επίσης, μπορεί να χρησιμοποιηθεί για ηλεκτροπαραγωγή, θέρμανση, ψύξη, αφαλάτωση θαλασσινού νερού και χρήση για θερμά λουτρά – spa.

(From Google Translation) For geothermal, the next step will be to conduct surface surveys and drilling to investigate the geothermal potential of the island. There have been studies by the Institute of Geology & Mineral Exploration (IGME) that have identified a low temperature field in southern Santorini. As Monachoias pointed out, geothermal energy is the most reliable solution for the electrification of Santorini (as well as other islands with such resources), unlike wind and photovoltaic geothermal is available 24 hours a day. It can also be used for power generation, heating, cooling, seawater desalination and in hot springs.

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Canada: Famous Environmentalist Urges Use of Geothermal Energy

Large dams fail on consideration of climate change, Indigenous rights - David Suzuki (Victoria News)

Canada not on track to meet its mid-century greenhouse gas emission reduction targets

Despite Natural Resources Canada’s identification of enormous geothermal resources in Canada, this power source has scarcely been considered, except for shallow heat pumps for individual dwellings and buildings

Many oil and gas wells in Western Canada reach hot water, which might be used either directly or to map underground isotherms that allow efficient drilling for geothermal power. Expertise for drilling geothermal wells already exists in the oilpatch, facilitating the transfer of jobs from old fossil fuel technology to less carbon-intensive industries.

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USA, Nevada: BLM Aiding Geothermal Energy Projects at Tungsten and Dixie Meadows

BLM coordinating Dixie Valley geothermal project (Nevada Appeal)

With plans for restoration underway at Tungsten Mountain, the Bureau of Land Management of the Carson City District is coordinating geothermal projects in Dixie Valley, according to an update presented at the Board of Churchill County Commissioners meeting on Wednesday.

The BLM received more than $1.1 million for repair work from damages at the Tungsten fire site east of Fallon in August. The fire burnt 16,755 acres by the time it was contained in early September.

BLM projects include the Dixie Meadows Mitigation Project involving renewable energy, with plans of building a 20-megawatt geothermal site at Tungsten Mountain, said Acting District Manager Colleen Dulin.

From the Global Geothermal News archives:

Climate Change: Bipartisan Group of more than 100 Members of Congress Urges Action

Climate Change Is National Security Risk, Congress Members Warn (Eos)

The Trump administration’s recently released National Security Strategy differs sharply from Obama’s strategy, which identified climate change as a top strategic risk to the country.

A bipartisan group of more than 100 members of Congress has urged U.S. president Donald Trump to recognize climate change as a national security risk, and they called on him to reconsider this “omission” from the administration’s National Security Strategy issued on 18 December 2017.

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

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Invitation to Consult on Development of Geothermal Energy and other Renewable Energy Resources

Procurement Notice - BIH-RFP 003-18 Study on Renewable Energy Sources with Focus on Biomass, Geothermal Energy and Concentrated Solar Power in BiH (UNDP)

Deadline: 12 February, 2018

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) seeks a professional service provider for development of Study on Renewable Energy Sources with Focus on Biomass, Geothermal Energy and Concentrated Solar Power in BiH.

All legal entities that are registered and interested in the provision of the abovementioned services are invited to obtain RFP documents and to submit their proposals for a Study on Renewable Energy Sources with Focus on Biomass, Geothermal Energy and Concentrated Solar Power in BiH.

USA, Nevada: BLM Approves 48 MW Ormat Phase III Expansion of McGinness Hills Geothermal Plant

The Decision Record (DR) allows operations to begin at the Phase III project site. 

McGinness Hills Geothermal Power Plant
(GRC Fieldtrip 2015 - Photo by Ian Crawford)
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Mount Lewis Field Office, has completed its analysis of Ormat Inc.’s proposal for an expansion to their McGinness Hills Geothermal Facility. 

This newest expansion is being referred to as ‘Phase III’ and will consist of access roads, a pipeline, a power plant, wells and transmission line. 

Total new disturbance for this expansion is estimated at 42 acres, as the majority of work will be completed on the previously analyzed ‘Phase I’ and ‘Phase II’ footprint.

USA: News from the Geo Heat Pump Industry

Heat Exchange Industry News (Geothermal Exchange Organization)

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

Headlines and features in this month’s edition include:
  • GEO 2017 - The Year in Review 
  • Right-of-Way sets Geothermal Precedent 
  • New York Geo Providers Team Up to Lower Cost
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)

United Kingdom: "The consequences of developing a substantial part of the UK’s geothermal resource are profound"

Keeping warm: a review of deep geothermal potential of the UK

Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part A: Journal of Power and Energy. By JG Gluyas, CA Adams, JP Busby, J Craig, C Hirst, DAC Manning, A McCay, NS Narayan, HL Robinson, S Watson, R Westaway, PL Younger. Article first published online: January 9, 2018

The UK must decarbonise heating for it to meet its commitments on emissions reduction. UK heat demand can be met from ultra-low-carbon, low enthalpy geothermal energy.

Here we review the geothermal potential of the UK, comprising a combination of deep sedimentary basins, ancient warm granites and shallower flooded mines. A conservative calculation of the contained accessible heat in these resources is 200 EJ, about 100 years supply.

Presently only one geothermal system is exploited in the UK. It has been supplying about 1.7MWT (heat) to Southampton by extracting water at a temperature of 76 ℃ from a depth of 1.7 km in the Wessex Basin.

Like Southampton, most of the major population centres in the UK lie above or adjacent to major geothermal heat sources. The opportunity for using such heat within district heating schemes is considerable.

The consequences of developing a substantial part of the UK’s geothermal resource are profound. The baseload heating that could be supplied from low enthalpy geothermal energy would cause a dramatic fall in the UK’s emissions of greenhouse gases, reduce the need for separate energy storage required by the intermittent renewables (wind and solar) and underpin a significant position of the nation’s energy security for the foreseeable future, so lessening the UK’s dependence on imported oil and gas. Investment in indigenous energy supplies would also mean retention of wealth in the UK.

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Science & Technology: Steam Separator Designed to Cool Geothermal Water from 140 – 100°C

Innovation: Steam Separator (Bakker Geothermal Services)

The geothermal heat produced by this process will be used in the production of vegetables, fruit, plants and flowers.

Trias Westland is the first Dutch initiative to explore geothermal energy at a depth of more that 4,000 meters. Drilling and pumping water from this depth brings a lot of challenges to surface and one of them is the high temperature of the water.

Exploration and research has learned that the expected water temperature will be approximately 140°C. Producing the water with this temperature to surface brings more than one problem, but one of the biggest problems is that the surface reservoir, or water basin, is not resistant to temperatures above 80°C. So the water must be cooled.

Due to the expected high testflow of approximately 300 m3/hour in combination with the high temperature, there was no turnkey solution in the currently available equipment used during the well-tests, to cool the test-water from 140 – 80°C.

Bakker Oilfield Supply, through its division Bakker Geothermal Services started an innovation process in cooperation with SNN, to develop a Steam Separator designed to cool the water from 140 – 100°C.

Netherlands: Two Day Workshop on Oil & Gas and Geothermal Energy Collaboration

Geothermal Cross Over Technology Workshop Part II

Abstract Submission Deadline is on February 16th, 2018

18-19 April, Utrecht, Netherlands

The American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) and the International Geothermal Association (IGA) wishes to connect the oil & gas to the geothermal sector and explore the synergy between the two to unravel the opportunities and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of both industries.

Partnerships between the oil & gas and geothermal sector are not rooted deeply yet, however now is the time to jointly develop a vibrant community of integrated research and development, information exchange, and creating value-based projects together. This joint community has the unique opportunity to leverage the experience of the oil & gas industry over the last century, share the technical knowhow on drilling geothermal prospects in deep and hot wells, innovate dual-play concepts, in order to put the vision of global policy makers to scale up geothermal development into action.

Ethiopia: Investment Group Doubles Funding Commitment to Corbetti Geothermal Power Project

InfraCo Africa increases its commitment to Ethiopia’s first private geothermal project to US$30 million (News Release)

InfraCo Africa, part of the Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG), announced on 18 January that a shareholders’ agreement has been signed with Berkeley Energy for the 520 MW Corbetti geothermal project. The agreement doubles InfraCo’s equity commitment to the project to $30m; $25m equity finance and $5m in standby equity, representing around 20% of the funding required to begin the drilling of up to six exploration wells this year and building a 10-20 MW pilot plant in 2019.

Following the pilot project, a second phase will raise senior debt for the drilling of a further 9-13 wells and a 50 MW commercial power plant. Depending on the success of the first two phases, further phases could expand capacity to more than 500 MW over a period of around a decade and at a cost of roughly $2bn.

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Canada: Government Announces $200 Million Expression of Interest to Expand Renewable Energy Sources

Canada Supports Next Wave of Emerging Renewable Power (News Release)

Submit your expression of interest application by February 11, 2018

Investments in innovative emerging renewable technology will contribute to diversifying Canada's energy sources and ensure we retain our position as a world leader in the development of the next wave of renewable energy. They will also create good jobs for Canadians and ensure our communities are healthy and productive places to live.

Canada's Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable Jim Carr, today announced the launch of a $200 million expression of interest for the innovative Emerging Renewable Power Program to expand renewable energy sources available to provinces as they work to reduce emissions from their electricity sectors while establishing new green industries in Canada.

The funding, which is part of the Government's investment of $21.9 billion over 11 years to support green infrastructure under the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change, will help drive Canada's efforts to build a clean economy by expanding commercially viable, investment-ready, renewable power technologies, such as tidal, geothermal and offshore wind.

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Latin America: Geothermal Resources Council Office Opens in Colombia

Geothermal Resources Council Announces New Latin American Office (News Release)

The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) has created a representative office in Latin America (GRC-LATAM). A member of the GRC, Dewhurst Group, LLC (DG) will host the regional headquarters from their office in Bogota, Colombia.

The focus of the GRC-LATAM will be geothermal development and support for Latin America, bringing geothermal education and outreach to the region. The main goals for this office will be to expand GRC membership, provide services in Spanish, and support meetings and forums within the region. The GRC-LATAM will provide a bridge to help developers and prospective investors with Latin American geothermal development.

Activities within the GRC-LATAM began on January 1, 2018.

Contact Information
Coordinator: Jaider Quintero
Address: Cll 127a #7-19, Bogotá, Colombia.
Phone: +57 (1) 805-3288

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Kenya: KenGen Geothermal Energy Projects On Track

Update from KenGen

An update on power projects, including geothermal energy, from Kenya Electricity Generating Company Limited (KenGen), the leading electric power generation company in Kenya.

Kenya: GDC Confirms 2 Companies Set to Break Ground for Menengai Geothermal Project in March

Boost for Menengai as first IPP set to hit ground (News Release)

Geothermal Development Company (GDC) has confirmed the ground-breaking ceremony for the first of the three power plants to be constructed by Independent Power Producers (IPPs) at the Menengai Geothermal Project is set to be held in March this year.

Quantum East Africa Power Limited will be breaking ground for the first 35 MW power plant followed by Sosian Menengai Geothermal Power Limited (SMGPL)

This will be a key milestone for GDC as it happens hot on the heels of government’s assurance of its support for Menengai.

Speaking recently during the Annual Staff Review Meeting in Nairobi, GDC Managing Director & CEO Eng. Johnson P. Ole Nchoe assured staff that with accelerated project timelines and delivery, he is confident that by March 2018, the first IPP will hit the ground. 

“Both IPPs have already received their Letters of Support and we trust that we will have banks on board to provide Letters of Credit. In addition, our steam gathering system is 90% complete and by March all should be done,” he said. 

The three IPPs licensed by GDC include Orpower 22 Limited, Sosian Menengai Geothermal Power Limited (SMGPL) and Quantum East Africa Power Limited. 

Education: Beginner's Level 4 Week Course in Geothermal Energy - In Spanish

Introducción a la Geotermia (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México)

Taught by:  Dra. Rosa María Prol Ledesma, Investigadora Instituto de Geofísica UNAM

Este curso está enfocado en introducir a las técnicas de exploración en Geotermia a profesionistas (de todas las Ingenierías y Licenciaturas en Geociencias, Ambientalistas, Economistas y carreras afines) interesados en las energías limpias. Les proporcionará información científica y técnica sobre las bases y nuevas corrientes para fomentar el interés en la energía geotérmica.

El curso incluye temas de frontera en Geología, Geoquímica, Geofísica aplicados a la Exploración de recursos geotérmicos, conceptos básicos de la geotermia y su utilización. Enrollment starts 29 January.

Education: Great Geothermal Energy Outreach in Spanish

Geotermia (PRH CeMIEGeo Geotermia)

Entrevista con la Dra. Rosa María Prol Ledesma. Aprende más sobre geotermia en el MOOC introducción a la geotermia........ 

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New Zealand: Aussie is Amazed by Kiwi Geothermal Energy!

Ted Talks To: Geothermal Energy in New Zealand (KPMG Australia)

In this video series, Ted Surette, KPMG Australia's Leader of Energy & Natural Resources, provides insight into industry issues and transformation that affects the resource sector.

New Zealand is a beautiful country uniquely positioned on a series of tectonic plates. Whilst the constant movement of the earth’s crust has helped shape the incredible scenery of this small nation, it also provides a fantastic opportunity comes to energy generation. From the Taupo region of New Zealand’s North Island, Ted explores the usage of geothermal steam to produce 18 percent of the country’s energy needs.

Guatemala: Flow Tests to Begin at Mita Geothermal Project

Bluestone Resources Commences Flow Test Program at the Mita Geothermal Project (News Release)

Bluestone Resources Inc. of Vancouver, British Columbia, has provided an update regarding the permitted Mita Geothermal project located adjacent to Bluestone's Cerro Blanco Gold project in Guatemala. 

Bluestone's Board of Directors has approved a flow test program to further test select geothermal wells with the goal of upgrading the confidence level of the known geothermal reservoir. The data collected will provide the basis for the development strategy going forward. 

Flow testing is expected to commence in February and be completed by the end of March. In preparation for the testing, construction of the necessary infrastructure has already commenced with the installation of pipelines, pumps, sumps, downhole logging equipment, and monitoring equipment.

According to their website, Bluestone expects Phase 1 to include the installation of a 2 to 3 MW geothermal turbine for power generation. This initial power would be used by the Cerro Blanco gold project for potential mine development, including dewatering and ventilation. A Phase Two would include the development of a 12 MW geothermal power plant which could generate the balance of the power required for operations.

Taiwan: Another Island Looks to Geothermal Energy

Taiwan’s Orchid Island to turn green (Taiwan News)

Local government has reached agreement for solar and geothermal energy projects

Local leaders want to turn remote Orchid Island (蘭嶼) off Taitung County into a “green energy island,” the Liberty Times reported Wednesday.

The island, 76 kilometer from the southeast of Taiwan’s main island, is best known for its Yami indigenous population and their culture, but was also chosen by the authorities in the past to store radioactive waste from the country’s three operating nuclear power stations.

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From the Global Geothermal News archives:

Friday, December 29, 2017 - Taiwan: Drilling of Geothermal Exploration Well Begins on Green Island

Europe: EU Government Recognizes Geothermal Energy’s Essential Role in European Energy Transition

EGEC Reaction to the European Parliament plenary vote on the first half of the Clean Energy Package (News Release)

The European Parliament voted today in Plenary in Strasbourg three key files of the Clean Energy Package: the Renewable Energy Directive, the Energy Efficiency Directive and the Governance of the Energy Union Regulation. EGEC has released its comments positively welcoming the outcomes of the vote for the clean energy transition.

Although they differ on the ambition level displayed, the European Council and the European Parliament both do recognize geothermal energy’s essential role in the European energy transition. Provisions supporting geothermal technologies as a solution for the decarbonization of the heating and cooling sector, in district
heating, services or industry uses, or as the most efficient type of heat pumps, are in line with the needs of the sector.

European regulations must however also endorse the role of geothermal and other flexible renewable sources in stabilizing and decarbonizing the electricity system.

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Mexico: Conference on Addressing Climate Change Issues

World Sustainable Development Forum (WSDF)

Implementing The Paris Agreement and The SDGs

February 1-2, 2018, Hotel Intercontinental Presidente, Mexico City

Governments reached a historic agreement in Paris in 2015 to tackle the growing challenge of climate change. In the same year the UN General Assembly adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals, with clear outcomes targeted for 2030.

While governments will certainly work towards meeting their commitments both in respect of the Paris agreement and the SDGs, the urgency of taking adequate action requires grassroots initiatives involving all stakeholders.

The World Sustainable Development Forum (WSDF), which has been established in three locations of the world, is attempting to create awareness; to spread information and knowledge; and to inspire action for meeting the challenge of climate change and implementing the 17 SDGs across the globe.

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

USA: Reference Manual for Green Taxes Updated

Green Tax Incentive Compendium: Federal and State Tax Incentives for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency ( Robinson+Cole)

Jerome L. Garciano of Robinson+Cole has updated his Green Tax Incentive Compendium which includes information about incentives in the USA for geothermal projects. The January 2018 version includes recent changes from the 2017 Tax Cut and Jobs Act.

The volume presents certain U.S. federal and state tax incentives promoting the renewable energy and energy efficiency industries. Each section outlines the basic features and regulatory requirements for a tax program which provides financial incentives for clean technology development through renewable energy and energy efficiency projects.

Green Tax Incentive Compendium: Federal and State Tax Incentives for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (PDF)

United Kingdom: PhD Studentship Opportunity in Deep Geothermal Energy in Cornwall

Geological controls on upper crustal heat flow for deep geothermal energy in Cornwall, Camborne School of Mines (University of Exeter)

Location: Camborne School of Mines, Penryn, Cornwall, U.K.

The University of Exeter’s College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences, in partnership with GeoScience Ltd, is inviting applications for a NERC Industrial CASE PhD studentship to commence in September 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.

For eligible students the studentship will cover UK/EU tuition fees plus an annual tax-free stipend of at least £14,553 for 4 years full-time, or pro rata for part-time study. The student would be based in the Camborne School of Mines in the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences at Penryn Campus in Cornwall. Application deadline: 5th February 2018.

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USA, Idaho: Long History of Direct Use of Geothermal Heat in Boise

Boise’s “Geothermal Gem” (SHRA)

In 1927, Thomas Edwards tapped into the Treasure Valley’s geothermal waters in northwest Boise to extend the region’s short-growing season. Geothermal waters allowed Edwards to cultivate a prodigious amount of sweet potatoes and earned him the nickname “The Sweet Potato King.” Photo Credit: Garnette (Edwards) Monnie. Photo Date, 1935.
Since the late 19th century, Boise’s geothermal energy has been an economic and cultural driver of the city’s development. A variety of entrepreneurs capitalized on the region’s active geologic inheritance to provide Boiseans with cheap and sustainable energy and, in doing so, pioneered the first geothermal heating district in the United States. Forty years later, Boiseans continued to develop new applications for the use of geothermal water. In 1930, Thomas F. Edwards established Edwards Greenhouse, the first commercial greenhouse to use geothermal water.

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Science & Technology: Supercritical Geothermal Resources is Opportunity for Global Energy Market

Drilling for Supercritical Geothermal Resources as an Opportunity for Global Energy Market (Oil and Gas News - available only in Polish)

Geothermal resources, which currently supply only a small percent (0.3 %), might become the leading electricity producers in very near future.

Some of the main obstacles of its development are cumbersome technological progress, high expenses and investment risks.

One of the ways to revolutionize global energy market might be exploiting geothermal waters with temperature and pressure conditions below critical point of pure water (i.e. 374°C and 221 bars).

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Science & Technology: "Laser Ablation Geothermal Resonance Technology" - A Sci-Fi Concept

Mark Foster Gage: Geothermal Futures Lab (SCI-Arc Gallery)

An interesting exhibition of an idea to power the city of Los Angeles using Laser technology from a team of architects......

Lecture with Mark Foster Gage: Friday, January 26 at 6pm

Exhibition at SCI-Arc Gallery, Los Angeles, January 19 – March 4, 2018

An artist's impression of the technology (Courtesy Mark Foster Gage)
The Yale University School of Architecture and the Southern California Institute of Architecture are pleased to announce the opening of the public-access joint Geothermal Futures Lab demonstration in Los Angeles California.

The laboratory researches the use of laser ablation geothermal resonance technologies that are capable of generating up to nineteen times more power than existing geothermal energy extraction techniques.

Visitors can observe this prototype laser extraction process live as it showcases a method through which it will be possible to increase California’s reliance on sustainable geothermal sources of power from its existing state of 6% today to 68% by 2022.  Using the laser ablation geothermal resonance techniques, an array of ten para-frictional mechanisms along the San Andreas fault already functions to extract, daily, a total 2 million kilowatt-hours of sustainable geothermal power each day which currently powers the greater downtown Los Angeles area.

† None of the above scientific information is true, although the exhibition and collaboration are real. Please visit us at the SCI_Arc gallery to learn more and see the non-functioning, but incredible giant gold prototype machine and its associated components.  For additional information visit the gallery in person or learn more about this para-fictional project at: This is an architectural public service announcement to be more aware of your reality and develop a healthier skepticism for information presented without proper journalistic or scientific verification, especially from architects. 

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Science & Technology: Research on Creating Geothermal Reservoirs in Sandstone

Drilling for heat deep down below (TU Delft)

(Courtesy TU Delft)
The deeper you go into the ground, the hotter it gets. Richard Bakker, a researcher at the Geoscience & Engineering department at the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), knows all about this. He has previously conducted research on volcanoes, but is currently working on geothermal energy. In other words, using the heat from the subsurface to generate sustainable energy. 

"You do not simply dig for energy," explains Bakker. "There must be water in the subsurface at a depth where the temperature is just right."

"Unfortunately, geothermal energy cannot yet be successfully used everywhere because not all rock types in the subsurface allow the water to flow equally well. This is the case in large parts of Europe where sandstone layers predominate. These layers are not permeable enough to allow sufficient water to pass through." Bakker is therefore studying the precise properties of this rock and whether it can be made more permeable by drilling holes in it. He does this as part of the SURE project in the Geoscience & Engineering lab at TU Delft.

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Denmark: Presentation Highlights Similarities Between Petroleum and Geothermal Industries

WellPerform Geothermal Presentation at SPE Young Professionals Forum (News Release)

Green is the new Black

On the 9th of January 2018, WellPerform presented to a very engaged SPE Young Professionals forum at Nørrebro Bryghus in Copenhagen.

The presentation “Green is the new Black” provided a general overview of geothermal energy, the history and current status of geothermal in Denmark, as well as a brief technical introduction to the planning and execution of the recently finalised Thisted-5 geothermal injection well in Northern Denmark.

The presentation furthermore aimed towards showing the similarities between the petroleum industry and the geothermal industry, and the possibilities for petroleum professionals that are interested in switching to a “greener” career.

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From the Global Geothermal News archives:

Netherlands: Well Test at Trias Westland Geothermal Project Scheduled for Mid-February

Geothermal drilling is approaching Triassic layer! (Amsterdam Petroleum Geoscience)

(Courtesy T&A Survey/Studio Zwemmer)
The Trias Westland drilling project at Naaldwijk, in the Netherlands, has reached a depth of approximately 3,600 meters. 

After some setbacks in December, the work is now proceeding relatively smoothly. And there is good news: the first measurements show that the Lower Cretaceous layer has a lot of potential for regular geothermal projects. 

In mid-December the second section of the drilling up to 2,500 meters depth was completed without major problems, except for a worn drill bit due to the presence of flint. The casing has been placed in the borehole and firmly cemented. 

The well test in the Triassic layer is now scheduled for mid-February. 

From the Global Geothermal News archives:

Indonesia: Asian Development Bank Case Study on 80 MW Muara Laboh Geothermal Power Project

Muara Laboh Geothermal Power - Case Study (ADB)

The project will develop, operate, and maintain geothermal steam resources and an 80 MW power generation unit in the Liki Pinangawan Muara Laboh concession area.

This project involves a $70 million loan from Asian Development Bank (ADB) with $19.25 million Clean Technology Fund (CTF) concessional financing and a $20 million parallel loan funded through Leading Asia's Private Sector Infrastructure (LEAP) Fund.

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Science & Technology: The Promise of Deep Direct-Use Geothermal

Using Deep Geothermal to Heat and Cool Buildings and Reduce Energy Bills (EERE)

You might not realize it, but beneath our feet lies a source of heat that can be tapped to provide heating and cooling to both residential and commercial buildings, replacing current, large-scale systems with a renewable and domestically sourced energy. The application, Deep Direct-Use (DDU), is an emerging technology that has been underutilized in the U.S., and if feasible, could result in greater opportunities for geothermal resource development and high energy cost savings throughout the country.

One exciting example of DDU technology advancement is taking place in West Virginia where researchers are evaluating the feasibility of harvesting heat from geothermal resources and using it directly to heat or cool buildings. West Virginia University (WVU), one of six DOE awardees selected in 2017 to work on DDU technology, is evaluating the feasibility of creating the first geothermal direct-use heating and cooling system in the Eastern U.S. This system could sustainably heat and cool up to 250 buildings on nearly 2,000 acres of the campus, an estimated savings of up to $1 million annually in heating and cooling costs.

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Finance: Global Investment in Renewable Energy Up 3% in 2017

Clean Energy Investment Trends, 2017 (BNEF)

Annual figures from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF), based on its world-leading database of projects and deals, show that global investment in renewable energy and energy-smart technologies reached $333.5 billion last year, up 3% from a revised $324.6 billion in 2016, and only 7% short of the record figure of $360.3 billion, reached in 2015.

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Finance: Geothermal Energy Can Provide Very Competitive Electricity - IRENA

Renewable Power Generation Costs in 2017 (IRENA)

Renewable energy has emerged as an increasingly competitive way to meet new power generation needs. This comprehensive cost report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) highlights the latest trends for each of the main renewable power technologies, based on the latest cost and auction price data from projects around the world.

By the end of 2016, geothermal global cumulative installed capacity was still relatively modest at 12.6  GW and was surpassed in installed capacity terms by offshore wind in that year. Geothermal electricity generation is a mature, baseload generation technology that can provide very competitive electricity where high quality resources are well-defined. The LCOE of conventional geothermal power varies from USD 0.04/kWh to around USD 0.13/kWh for
recent projects. 

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USA: Trump Administration Could be a Boost for Geothermal Energy

Trump raises the thermostat for geothermal energy (Washington Examiner)

Flow test at Theystareykir, Iceland.
By Bastien Poux, Pontoise, France.
Honorable Mention GRC Photo Contest 2017
The Trump administration is looking to carve out a place for geothermal energy in its energy abundance agenda, starting several initiatives to help the undervalued renewable resource expand beyond the volcanic Pacific region.

The Trump administration is brainstorming ideas that could help the industry, particularly in expanding its use eastward, where geothermal is more difficult to tap because there is less volcanic activity than in the Pacific Ring of Fire.

The Energy Department’s request for information, called “Identifying Opportunities to Address Barriers for Lowering the Cost and Risk of Geothermal Drilling,” said the agency “is specifically interested in information on defining major challenges in geothermal drilling and identifying opportunities in research and development and process improvement, including opportunities to collaborate on best practices with other drilling industries.”

Friday, January 12, 2018

Geothermal Energy News from Around the World

Global Geothermal News - Weekly Update

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

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Netherlands: Another Dutch Town Shows Interest in Geothermal Energy

Rondetafelgesprek over geothermie in stad - Roundtable discussion about geothermal energy in the city (AD)

De Amersfoortse gemeenteraad laat zich dinsdagavond in een rondetafelgesprek bijpraten over geothermie. Dit is een techniek waarbij aardwarmte aan diepere aardlagen wordt onttrokken. Er kunnen woonwijken mee worden verwarmd.

(From Google translation) The Amersfoort city council will be talking about geothermal energy in a roundtable discussion on Tuesday evening. This is a technique in which geothermal energy is extracted from deeper layers of earth. Residential areas can be heated.

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Philippines: Mayor Expects Economic Benefits if a Geothermal Resource is Discovered

Leyte town welcomes geothermal exploration (

The local government here is open to geothermal exploration in its mountain areas.

The exploration area lies next to the mountains of Kananga town and Ormoc City, which are the prime sources of geothermal energy for the Energy Development Corporation (EDC).

Carigara Mayor Eduardo Ong said on Thursday they expect economic benefits for the town if a geothermal source is discovered.

He said he is willing to support geothermal exploration because geothermal energy is clean, renewable, and can provide stable power 24 hours a day.

It also relies heavily on healthy forests to recharge the geothermal reservoir, thus forests can at the same time be preserved.

At 107,625 hectares the EDC Leyte Geothermal Production Field is the country’s biggest geothermal project and the world’s biggest wet steam field.

Iceland: Two Turbines at Hellisheiði Power Plant Down Because of Fire

Fire in Iceland's largest geothermal power plant, Hellisheiðarvirkjun (Icelandmag)

 (CourtesyJóhann K Jóhansson)
Two of the seven turbines which produce electricity at the Hellisheiði Power Plant are out of service after a fire broke out in the power plant. Hellisheiði power plant is the largest geothermal power plant in Iceland, and the third largest world-wide. 

Fire engines from all nearby towns were sent to the power plant at noon after a fire broke out in the main station house. Two of the seven turbines at the station short circuited when the fire broke out, as well as one pump which supplies the Capital Region with 10% of its hot water. The extent of the damage is not yet clear, nor when the station can return back to full capacity.

Nobody was in danger and the station was evacuated immediately when the fire was detected. 

Science & Technology: Detecting the Signs of an Impending Volcanic Eruption

Working Together Toward Better Volcanic Forecasting (EOS)

A National Academies report highlights challenges and opportunities in volcano science.

Montserrat Drilling Site on the Flank of the Soufriere Volcano, Bastien Poux, EGS, Inc.
On average, more than 60 volcanoes erupt every year. Although volcanic eruptions can be amazing natural phenomena, they can also have devastating effects on the landscape, atmosphere, and living beings, and these effects can extend over great distances. Data from many types of instruments, combined with a basic understanding of how volcanoes work, can provide an important means of safeguarding lives and property by detecting the signs of an impending eruption and forecasting its size and duration.

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

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Kenya: Workshop on Geothermal Financing and Risk Mitigation in East Africa

Regional Workshop on Geothermal Financing and Risk Mitigation in Africa (IRENA)

31 January - 2 February, Nairobi, Kenya

The workshop will aim to identify the main barriers that African countries face for financing geothermal projects and disseminate best practices and innovative models to finance operations including geothermal risk mitigation mechanisms.

In addition, it will serve as an opportunity to familiarize the participants with the geothermal technical guidelines developed by IRENA’s Project Navigator, with a focus on project development risks.

The event is expected to gather participants from governments, utilities and relevant public authorities of the African countries interested in deployment of geothermal energy.

In addition, international organizations, local and regional financing institutions as well as industry representatives will be invited.

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USA, California: Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant to Begin Shutting Down in Six Years

Nuclear power receives its death sentence in California: Regulators vote to shut down Diablo Canyon (San Diego Union Tribune)

The last remaining nuclear power plant in California will begin shutting down operations in six years, after state regulators Thursday unanimously approved a plan outlining details of the closure.

“We chart a a new energy future by phasing out nuclear power here in California,” Michael Picker, the president of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) said prior to the 5-0 vote. “We agree the time has come.”

The decision comes after the nuclear plant’s operator, Pacific Gas & Electric, in 2016 announced an agreement with a collection of environmental and labor groups to shutter the plant that has delivered electricity since 1985.

The utility said Diablo Canyon would be uneconomical to run in the near future because of changes in California’s power grid — specifically, the growth of renewable energy sources, increased energy efficiency measures and the migration of more customers from traditional utilities to community choice aggregation (CCA) for their local electricity needs.

Supporters of nuclear energy said closing Diablo Canyon will cause the state to use more natural gas — a fossil-fuel — in order to replace the electricity generated by the plant.

“I’m sorely disappointed the CPUC has neglected the ratepayers and the environment,” said Gene Nelson, government liaison with Californians for Green Nuclear Power. “Solar and wind cannot be counted on…They’re subject to random interruptions.

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