Friday, May 26, 2017

United Kingdom: Good Overview of Geothermal Energy in Great Britain

From the outside looking in: the risk, the money, & the public: UK Deep (onshore) Geothermal (LinkedIn)

Dave Waters, Geoscience Consultant and Director at Paetoro Consulting UK Ltd


Public perceptions of geothermal energy are typically of bubbling hot springs and exotic landscapes and steaming pipes in places like Iceland, New Zealand, and the US. In fact, geothermal has moved on a lot since the earliest power stations, and has been seriously investigated in the UK since the oil shocks of the seventies.

Anyone reviewing the subject will probably be surprised by the number of past projects, proposed projects, and the body of excellent work done by BGS, DECC, and many individual companies in the UK. The industry has moved into a much more modern era, where steam is not necessarily a pre-requisite, and where the footprint of geothermal technologies can be discretely scaled to be as large or small as requirements demand.

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Greece: Floriculture Project Using Geothermal Heat to Open Near Kavala

Floriculture investment with the use of geothermal field to be inaugurated on Saturday (ANA-MPA)


One of the most important investments in floriculture will be inaugurated on Saturday east of the city of Kavala.

Its operation is completely based on the use and exploitation of the geothermal field of Eratini in the municipality of Nestos.

The inauguration will held in the presence of Agriculture Minister Vangelis Apostolou, East Macedonia and Thrace regional governor Christos Metios, local officials and professors of agricultural school of universities of northern Greece.

The investment "selecta one" is the result of the unification of 'selecta hellas' subsidiary of the German company 'selecta one' with the Greek companies "Agrohoum" and Agroflora".

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France: 73°C Geothermal Waters from 1,800 Meters Deep Powers New District Heating System in Paris Suburb

La géothermie gagne Tremblay-en-France - Geothermal energy wins Tremblay-en-France (Construction Cayola)

La nouvelle géothermie du réseau de chauffage urbain de Tremblay-en-France a été inaugurée ce matin. 80% des besoins énergétiques nécessaires pour chauffer les 10 000 habitants seront couverts par la valorisation de la géothermie.

[Google translation] The new Tremblay-en-France district geothermal heating network was inaugurated this morning. 80% of the energy needs needed to heat the 10,000 inhabitants will be covered by the use of geothermal energy.

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USA, Oregon: Video Interview at Neal Hot Springs Geothermal Power Plant

Boise company's business is heating up (KTVB)

A Boise company's focus is on a resource deep underground, but it may just be scratching the surface of its business potential.

"We're always in hot water it seems like, but hot water for us is a good thing," said U.S. Geothermal, Inc. President and Chief Operating Officer Doug Glaspey with a grin.  "This was a hayfield when we first got here in 2005. We drilled our first well in 2006," added Glaspey as he gestured from a hillside overlooking the company's Neal Hot Springs Geothermal Power Plant a few miles outside Vale, Oregon.



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Belgium: Cities in North-East Band Together to Form Deep Geothermal Energy Taskforce

Noord-Limburgse taskforce geothermie - North Limburg geothermal taskforce (Engineeringnet.be)

De burgemeesters van Bocholt, Bree, Hamont-Achel, Hechtel-Eksel, Lommel, Meeuwen-Gruitrode, Neerpelt, Overpelt en Peer zetten samen met VITO, INFRAX, NUHMA, EnergyVille en POM-Limburg een taskforce op die er de mogelijkheden van diepe geothermie gaat onderzoeken.

The mayors of Bocholt, Bree, Hamont, Hechtel, Lommel, Meeuwen-Gruitrode, Neerpelt, Overpelt Peer together with VITO, infrax, NUHMA, EnergyVille and POM Limburg have established a task force to investigate the potential of deep geothermal energy. 

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Latin America: 13 Applicants Selected to Complete Call for Proposals for Geothermal Development Facility

Results for the Call for Expressions of Interest - GDF

Courtesy Geothermal Development Facility

The German government's KfW Development Bank in conjunction with the European Union launched the €55 million Geothermal Development Facility (GDF) for Latin America to focus on early stage development of 350 MW of installed geothermal power capacity in Latin America over the next ten years.

An Expression of Interest was sought in January 2017, to which 25 parties submitted information. In this two-step process, GDF is now announcing that it has now selected 13 applicants to complete Call for Proposals. Final grant approvals for the selected proposals should be finalized in the 4th quarter of this year.

It is anticipated that late this year a second Expression of Interest will be initiated where new applicants and some of those that weren’t selected in the first round will apply.

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USA: Funding for Supercritical CO2 Projects Could be Slashed

On Trump’s Chopping Block: The Most Important Climate Solution You’ve Never Heard Of (InsideClimate News)

Supercritical CO2 promises a quantum leap in greenhouse gas reduction, with benefits for coal power, nuclear and solar. Trump’s budget threatens to choke it off.

Credit: Sandia National Laboratories
Cutting-edge labs have been making steady progress for at least a decade on a little-known technology that promises to generate much cleaner and cheaper electricity, with gains for solar, nuclear and fossil fuels alike.

The technology, rarely mentioned outside the world of advanced energy R&D, is called "supercritical carbon dioxide," or SCO2. It may be the world's most obscure silver bullet, but it promises the kind of quantum leap so desperately sought for steep reductions in greenhouse gas emissions as countries try to deal with climate change.

What fired up this interest was partly supercritical CO2's "all-of-the-above" factor—its broad utility for nuclear, fossil, solar, biomass and geothermal operations turning heat into electricity. It offers to do all this much more efficiently, and at much lower cost, than is now possible.

Global: Call for Geothermal Award Nominations - Deadline is June 16

The GRC Awards - Seeking the Best in Global Geothermal

The winners will be announced at the GRC Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.

Last year's winners - from left to right: Accepting on behalf of Dale Merrick - Joe LaFleur, Wilfred Elders, Anna Carter, Aroha Campbell, Dan Hoyer, John Pritchett and Paul Spielman

The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) has announced the opening of nominations for this year’s GRC Awards. The awards recognize distinguished colleagues in the geothermal community from around the world and have been a highlight of the geothermal calendar since the late 1970’s.

The winners will be honored at the GRC Annual Meeting being held in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA from October 1–4. The theme for this year’s meeting is Geothermal Energy: Power to do More.
  • The Joseph W. Aidlin Award recognizes outstanding contributions to the Geothermal Resources Council and to the development of geothermal resources. 
  • The Geothermal Pioneer Award is given for outstanding achievements in the development of geothermal resources. It recognizes the pioneering efforts of members of the geothermal community who have made lasting contributions to the industry, worldwide.
  • The Henry J. Ramey, Jr. Geothermal Reservoir Engineering Award recognizes outstanding achievements in the field of geothermal reservoir engineering.
  • The Ben Holt Geothermal Power Plant Award honors outstanding achievement in the field of geothermal power plant design and construction.
  • The Special Achievement Award recognizes special or outstanding achievements in any aspect of geothermal energy development and related areas.
The recipients of these awards often have a lifetime of achievement in the academic, scientific and commercial geothermal communities. These awards are considered among the most prestigious in the geothermal community.

More information on the GRC Awards, including a nomination form, can be found on the GRC website. The deadline for nominations is June 16, 2017.

Iceland: Video - Carbon Capture at Hellisheidi Geothermal Power Plant

Turning CO2 into stone in Iceland (Al Jazeera)




One hundred percent of Iceland's electricity needs are generated from renewable sources, including geothermal energy. With the aim of cutting emissions even further, a unique carbon capture system called CarbFix is being pioneered at the Hellisheidi geothermal power plant in western Iceland.

Carbon dioxide emissions are captured, mixed with water and injected into the ground. Through this process, the CO2 is transformed into a mineral called calcite within just six months. This solid form of CO2 storage is seen as one of the most effective ways of preventing the gas from entering the atmosphere.

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Kenya: The Great Value of Geothermal Energy as a Natural Resource

Opinion - Geothermal is green and cheap (The Star)

Olkaria III flow test, by Patrick Walsh. Active flow test during construction of the 4th addition to Ormat's Olkaria III complex in Kenya.  Taken from the top of Olkaria Hill in November 2015.

I wrote some months back of how when I was in Australia for the AfricaDownUnder annual conference hosted by the Australia-Africa Mining Industry Group in 2015, I met an energy expert who told me that in his estimate, the potential value of Kenyan geothermal energy is far greater than that of the oil reserves and other mineral resources.

And that far from being just a facilitator of the emerging mining sector in Kenya, geothermal energy was actually a far greater resource than any coal or oil or natural gas that we might hope to discover and exploit.

Iceland has used its geothermal resource and the cheap power it produces to become one of the world’s top aluminium smelting centres.

Iceland has no bauxite (aluminium ore) of its own. But its geothermally-generated electricity is so cheap that bauxite is shipped to Iceland for processing, and aluminium shipped back to global markets.

This example reminds us that geothermal energy is a natural resource in its own right, no different from oil or coal – and it is something we have plenty of.

Ethiopia: 75 MW Aluto Langano Geothermal Expansion Project Almost Complete

Ethiopia to launch geothermal project (Xinhua)

Aluto Langano Geothermal Power Plant
(Courtesy BGR.Bund.De)
Ethiopia is preparing to launch a 75-MW Aluto Langano Geothermal project to tap into the country's geothermal potential, the Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy (MoWIE) said Thursday.

According to a statement by Bizuneh Tolcha, Communications Director of MoWIE, the World Bank has already provided financial assistance of about 126 million dollars. 

A separate project supported by the U.S. government that aims to produce 1,000-MW geothermal energy has yet to start operations beset by technical, legal and financial issues.

Turkey: Ormat Sets Up Turkish Geothermal Power Plant Equipment Subsidiary

Turkey to produce 'made in Turkey' geothermal equipment (World Bulletin)

The newly-inaugurated OrmaTurk company will bring a lot of geothermal plant equipment know-how to the Turkish geothermal industry, the U.S.-based parent company's Chief Executive said Tuesday.

During the International Geothermal Conference (IGC Turkey 2017), Chief Executive Officer Isaac Angel of parent company, Ormat Technologies, in an exclusive interview spoke about the new Turkish company's structure and its planned contribution to the country's geothermal energy sector.

"We are probably the biggest power plant provider in Turkey over the last 10 years with a 52 percent share of all operations in Turkey. We will also support another 11 power plants during 2017 and 2018," Angel said.

He explained that in Turkey, Ormat Technologies Inc. does not operate power plants but provides technical support and builds power plants for Turkish developers.

"Yesterday OrmaTurk started its operations as a Turkish company 100 percent owned by Ormat Technologies. The employees are Turkish, including the management," he said, and added that because of geothermal potential in the Turkish market, their investment in the country was made with strong confidence.

USA: Growing Contribution of Renewable Energy to U.S. Power Capacity

Energy storage and renewables beyond wind, hydro, solar make up 4% of U.S. power capacity (EIA)

At the end of 2016, 195 utility-scale geothermal generating units totaling 3.7 GW were in operation


Beyond the main sources of electricity generation capacity in the United States that have recently been discussed in a series of Today in Energy articles, additional amounts of utility-scale capacity are provided by technologies such as hydroelectric pumped storage, batteries, flywheels, and renewable fuels other than hydro, wind, and solar. These sources collectively accounted for 4% of the electricity generating capacity in the United States in 2016.

At the end of 2016, 195 utility-scale geothermal generating units totaling 3.7 GW were in operation. The largest group of geothermal generating units, a complex located in Northern California called the Geysers, has 943 megawatts (MW) of generating capacity, more than a quarter of the national total.

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Canada: West-Central Alberta Has Geothermal Energy Potential - Report

Geothermal study final report received by council (Hinton Parklander)

Hinton Council heard a presentation about geothermal reservoirs in Alberta at the regular council meeting on May 15.

Jonathan Banks, a research scientist from the University of Alberta spoke to council about the final report into the analysis of the best geothermal reservoirs for commercial development in the province.

The study found that Hinton has sites with sufficient temperature and depth to allow for future development as either electrical or thermal energy generating projects.


Canada: Video on Saskatchewan Deep Geothermal Energy Project

DEEP harnessing geothermal resources for clean energy (Global News)

Deep Earth Energy Production (DEEP) is looking turn geothermal resources into clean energy to help power Saskatchewan. DEEP president and CEO Kirsten Marcia explains the process.

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

2017 Geothermal Resources Council Scholarships - Deadline is May 26 (News Release)

GRC Scholarship applications are due this Friday, May 26, 2017, but we will be accepting applications until Tuesday, May 30th. 

Some of the winners of the GRC Scholarships in 2016. From left to right: Gudni Rosenkjaer, Jeff Cullen, Erin Camp, and Jon Golla
The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC), a non-profit educational association dedicated to the promotion of geothermal energy and associated technologies around the world, is pleased to announce the availability of the 2017 GRC Scholarship Awards.

To qualify for one of these awards a student must be a GRC member (student memberships are only $5 per year) as well as be a student in an accredited academic institution. Selection of recipients will be based upon a variety of factors, including the individual’s academic record, student activities, geothermal industry experience, and career goals.

The following awards are available:
  • Two (2) GRC Undergraduate Scholarship Awards of $1,500 – to be eligible for one of these awards, the candidate must be a third or fourth year undergraduate majoring in engineering or geosciences at the time of the award (Fall 2017). 
  • Three (3) GRC Graduate Scholarship Awards of $2,500 – to be eligible for one of these awards, the candidate must be enrolled in a graduate-level program in engineering or geosciences at the time of the award (Fall 2017). 
  • One (1) Student Geothermal Project Award of $4,500 – selection of recipient will be based primarily upon the creation and description of a geothermal-focused project, though other factors such as the individual’s academic record, student activities, geothermal industry experience, and career goals will factor into the determination as well. The project can represent a variety of academic subjects, including, but not limited to, geosciences, engineering, and economics. The primary requirement is that the project be focused on some aspect of geothermal power production, geothermal direct use applications or geothermal heat pumps. 
Applications must be received by May 26, 2017 to be considered.
For application instructions and other details see the announcement on the GRC website at: www.geothermal.org/students.html

Please direct questions regarding the scholarship awards to: Brian Schmidt, bschmidt@geothermal.org or 530-758-2360, ext. 107

New Zealand: One Day Geothermal Workshop

NZGA Seminar - Pulse of the NZ Geothermal Industry

27th June, 2017, Wairakei Resort, Taupo


Russia: Oil & Gas Wells in Western Siberia Can be Repurposed for Geothermal Energy

Scientists eye building geothermal power plants in Siberia (TASS)


Scientists of the Novosibirsk-based Institute of Oil and Gas Geology and Geophysics are studying thermal waters in the north of West Siberia as an alternative energy source, said laboratory head Dmitry Novikov, who is in charge of the project.

He said many northern settlements have infrastructure for the construction of geothermal power plants. He said deep wells had been drilled in many Siberian regions in the Soviet times in search for oil and gas.

"If no hydrocarbons were found, we got thermal water sources there," he said.
According to Novikov, the transformation of these wells into power stations will not require much spending.

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USA, West Virginia: A Geothermal Resource Can be Mined Under this Appalachian State

Renewable Energy Provides More Options for Mountain State (The Exponent Telegram)

From coal to natural gas, Appalachia has been the backbone of America’s energy production for nearly two centuries. Now, energy experts are trying to work with renewable resources to make more efficient use of that energy.

The Public Service Commission of West Virginia estimates roughly 16.6 percent of the state’s energy stems from renewable resources. While that may be a small percentage of the state’s total energy generated, renewable resources are helping all forms of energy become more efficient, officials say.

Though not yet widely used in West Virginia, there is a great source of geothermal energy sitting under the Mountain State. While examining previously overlooked oil and gas data, researchers at Southern Methodist University in Dallas recently found several hot patches of earth, some as hot as 200 degrees Celsius, that sit only 5 kilometers under the surface of the Mountain State.

“We were aware that there were hot springs along the faults in West Virginia, and there was a basic understanding that there could be some sort of higher elevated areas, but we had never had the resources to be able to go back out and look at the deeper data until we had this project from Google that allowed us to bring in the oil and gas data,” said Maria Richards, geothermal lab coordinator at SMU.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Science & Technology: How Geothermal Fluids Flow Through Fractured Rocks

The science of hot fluids in cracked rocks (Voxy.co.nz)

Dr Cécile Massiot
Research by a Victoria University of Wellington PhD graduate has improved understanding of how underground hot fluids flow through fractured rocks, which will help in the development of geothermal energy.

A study by Dr Cécile Massiot, who graduated last week with a PhD in Geophysics, focused on determining the nature of the cracks-or fractures-that control the circulation of fluids in the Earth’s crust.

"There are myriads of fractures underground, but a common challenge in geosciences is mapping where they are, how big they are, and which ones actually serve as pathways for fluids," says Dr Massiot.

"Identifying the characteristics of those fractures that guide fluids is critical for the exploration and management of geothermal renewable resources, which currently accounts for nearly a quarter of New Zealand's electricity supply."


Global: Over 180,000 Employed in Geothermal Energy Industry

Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review 2017 (IRENA)

Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review 2017 presents the status of renewable energy employment, both by technology and in selected countries, over the past year. In this fourth edition, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) finds that renewable energy employed 9.8 million people around the world in 2016 – a 1.1% increase over 2015. 

Geothermal Energy employed about 182,000 worldwide. 

USA, Nevada: Paul Thomsen Rejoins Ormat Technologies

Nevada utility regulator Paul Thomsen resigns (Utility Dive)

Rejoins Ormat Technologies as Executive Director of Government and Regulatory Affairs

Paul Thomsen at a GRC Annual Meeting Opening Session
Nevada Public Utilities Commissioner Paul Thomsen has resigned from the agency, and his last official day was last week, according to local news station KTVN 2.

In an email from Ormat last week it was announced that Paul Thomsen would re-join the company as Executive Director of Government and Regulatory Affairs.

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USA: President's Budget Request Slashes Geothermal Technologies Spending

U.S. Department of Energy FY 2018 Budget Justification

The Budget provides $12.5 Million in FY 2018 for Geothermal Technologies, $58.5 Million below the FY 2016 Enacted level

The President’s Budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 requests $28.0 billion for the Department of Energy (DOE) to make key investments in science and technology innovation that support its missions in nuclear security, basic scientific research, energy innovation and security, and environmental cleanup.

The FY 2018 Request provides $2.2 billion, $2.4 billion below the FY 2016 Enacted level, for energy programs that enhance U.S. security and economic growth through transformative science, technology innovation, and market solutions to meet the Nation’s energy challenges.

$636 million is targeted for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, $1.4 billion below the FY 2016 Enacted level, focusing on early stage R&D to support American energy independence and domestic job-growth.

The Budget provides $12.5 Million in FY 2018 for Geothermal Technologies, $58.5 Million below the FY 2016 Enacted level, supporting GTO’s Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS) collaborative effort, bringing together National Laboratory-led teams, academia, and industry to conduct early-stage R&D that explores the fundamental relationships between seismicity, stress state, and permeability to validate and verify models, providing feedback to inform the next stage of EGS research.

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Mexico: ENGIE and Reykjavik Geothermal to Jointly Develop Geothermal Projects

Mexican Ministry of Energy awards three geothermal exploration permits (News Release)

Mexico's Ministry of Energy (SENER) has issued three exploration permits to ENGIE, a global energy company, and Reykjavik Geothermal, an Icelandic geothermal development company.

These permits authorise their holders to spend three years exploring geothermal resources located in three zones, each measuring 150 km2, in Sangangüey (in the state of Nayarit) and in Cerro Pinto and Las Derrumbadas (in the state of Puebla).

This major step forward in the development of geothermal energy in Mexico follows the signature of a cooperation agreement on December 7, 2015 between ENGIE, through its wholly owned subsidiary Storengy, and Reykjavik Geothermal, geared towards obtaining and jointly developing Mexico's concessions and geothermal exploration permits.

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Science & Technology: Special Edition of European Geologist Magazine on Geothermal Energy

Geothermal – The Energy of the Future

Latest Edition of European Geologist – The journal of the European Federation of Geologists

Germany: New Master's Degree Program in GeoThermics/GeoEnergy

TUM launches new degree programs (News Release)

The Technical University of Munich (TUM) will offer eight new courses of study in the upcoming winter semester. The programs unite several subjects in the study of sustainable technologies and the relationship of technology and natural sciences to society. Among them is a new Master's degree program in GeoThermics / GeoEnergy.

Southern Bavaria offers especially favorable geological conditions for the use of geothermal energy. The objective of the GeoThermics / GeoEnergy program is to provide students with research-related education in preparation for the growing market in the field of geoenergies. It teaches comprehensive expertise ranging from locating geothermal energy sources to exploration methods all the way to use in energy technologies. The knowledge involved can also be applied in many other topic areas dealing with deeper subterranean geology. The joint degree program is offered by TUM and FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg as a part of the Geothermal Alliance Bavaria. Application deadline: July 15

Indonesia: Five Geothermal Working Areas With Potential Capacity of 330 MW on Offer Through Regular Tender

Indonesia energy ministry to offer 12 geothermal working areas this year (Rambu Energy)


The Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry (ESDM) plans to offer 12 geothermal working areas (WKP) to investors this year through regular tender and direct offer.

The ministry said five of the twelve working areas will be auctioned through regular tender, while seven of them will be offered directly to the state owned energy companies, namely PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN), PT Geo Dipa and PT Pertamina.

The five WKPs are WKP Muara Bulung in Southeast Sulawesi with potential capacity of 20 MW, Oka Iliange WKP in West Nusa Tenggara with potential capacity of 20 MW, Joilolo WKP in North Maluku with potential capacity of 60 MW, Simbolon Samosir WKP in North Sumatera with capacity of 220 MW and Sirung WKP located in Alor Island in East Nusa Tenggara with potential capacity of 10 MW.

The five working areas have total potential capacity of 330 MW. Director for Geothermal at the Directorate for New, Renewable and Energy Conservation Yunus Saefulhak said his office is still drafting regulation for the geothermal WK auction, which is expected to be issued in June this year.

France: New Geothermal District Heating Plant in Paris Suburbs

Nouvelle centrale de géothermie à Villejuif: un joyau de l’énergie verte - New geothermal power plant in Villejuif: a jewel of green energy (94 Citoyens)


De couleur cuivre et argent, ses cheminées qui s’élancent désormais depuis la rue Jean-Baptiste Baudin à Villejuif semblent rendre un hommage posthume au sculpteur roumain Constantin Brancusi. Opérationnelle depuis janvier et inaugurée le 15 mai prochain, la nouvelle centrale du réseau de géothermie de Chevilly-L’Haÿ-Villejuif, le plus grand d’Europe, constitue un modèle d’énergie renouvelable et économique. Visite en avant-première avec son directeur, Michel Andrès.

[Google translation] Copper and silver in color, the chimneys that now run from the Rue Jean-Baptiste Baudin to Villejuif seem to pay a posthumous homage to the Romanian sculptor Constantin Brancusi. Operational since January and inaugurated on May 15, the new Chevilly-L'Haÿ-Villejuif geothermal power station, the largest in Europe, is a model of renewable and economical energy. Visit in preview with its director, Michel Andrès.

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Switzerland: Swiss Voters Choose to Grow Renewables at Expense of Nuclear

Swiss vote in in favor of gradual nuclear phaseout (Deutsche Welle)

Swiss voters have gone to the polls in a referendum on the government's plan to move from nuclear power to renewables. Results suggest that a majority favors the plan, which critics claim is too expensive.

Although the plan does not lay down a clear timetable for phasing out the plants, it does envisage increasing reliance on hydraulic power and solar, wind, geothermal and biomass energy sources, as well as reducing energy consumption and improving energy efficiency.

Its targets are ambitious, with the aim being to cut the average energy consumption per person per year by 43 percent by 2035 as compared with levels in 2000.

Friday, May 19, 2017

GRC Annual Meeting & GEA GeoExpo+

Less than Five Months to the Geothermal Energy Event of the Year!


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Europe: New Report Measures Slight Increase in Geothermal Energy Capacity

The State of Renewable Energies In Europe - Edition 2016 - 16th EurObserv’ER Report


According to EurObserv’ER, European Union-wide installed geothermal electricity capacity has risen slightly (by 4 MW) to 993.6 MW. Net capacity, the maximum capacity presumed to be exploitable, is put at 837.1  MW (2 MW more). Gross electricity output production increased in 2015 to 6,615  GWh, compared to 6  303  GWh in 2014.

EurObserv’ER notes that Germany is the only country to have increased its geothermal capacity when the Grünwald/Laufzorn geothermal plant came on stream (adding 4.3  MW). The country’s installed geothermal capacity rose to 31 MW at the end of 2015 (net capacity of 26 MW), according to AGEEstat.

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United Kingdom: Continuing Interest in Importing Electricity from Icelandic Geothermal Power Plants

Could British homes be powered by Icelandic volcano? (The Guardian)

Courtesy International Continental Scientific Drilling Program
Commercial interest is growing in plans to harness geothermal energy from Iceland’s magma lakes and use it to supply the UK and Europe

Harnessing the power of Iceland’s volcanoes to provide energy to British homes is one of those ideas that resurfaces every few years, but sounds too good – or whacky – to be true.

However, interest from a clutch of international companies in a geothermal project in northern Iceland suggests the idea is not just achievable but commercially viable too.

Scientists working on the Krafla Magma Testbed plan to drill more than 2km below the Earth’s crust into a molten magma lake, starting a process they say could see the UK receiving energy from Iceland’s volcanoes within 20 years.

Malaysia: First Geothermal Plant to Come on Stream by 2019 Will be Private Sector Project

Malaysia first geothermal plant is private sector project, no cost to govt (Astro Awani)


Malaysia's first geothermal plant which is set to come on stream by 2019 in Tawau is the private sector project, developed by Tawau Green Technology Sdn Bhd, according to Energy, Green Technology and Water (Kettha) Minister Datuk Seri Maximus Johnity Ongkili.

He said the project will keep zero-cost to the government and that the opposition should stop questioning the project and its cost.

The developer has already signed the Power Purchase Agreement with Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd (SESB). The power plant at Apas Kiri, which is the first renewable and sustainable project of its kind in Malaysia will supply 30 MW to the SESB grid.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Iceland: Vacancy as Post-Doc Researcher in Data Fusion for Geothermal Reservoirs

Postdoctoral Researcher in Data Fusion for Geothermal Reservoir Characterization (Storf.is)

The position is for two years and the successful applicant will be based at Reykjavík University in Iceland. The application deadline is June 15, 2017.

The group for Operations Research and Subsurface Modelling (ORSM) is looking for a post-doctoral researcher to join the project Data Fusion for Geothermal Reservoirs.

The purpose of this project is to improve the accuracy of reservoir models by developing methods to constrain these models to data from different geophysical and geological surveys, and field production data.

Inversion algorithms and Bayesian inference techniques such as Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) will be used to construct an ensemble of geologically plausible models, that are consistent with available data for hydrothermal systems.

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GRC Annual Meeting & GEA GeoExpo+ - Geothermal Workshops Announced

Workshops Announced for Geothermal Resources Council Annual Meeting (News Release)

Two workshops before the GRC Annual Meeting & GEA GeoExpo+ in Salt Lake City, Utah. 


The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) has announced more details of events at the biggest geothermal energy conference of the year at the Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.

In addition to the main event of the GRC Annual Meeting & Geothermal Energy Association (GEA) GeoExpo+ taking place October 1-4, 2017, there will be two workshops before the conference.

The Geothermal Resource Decision Workshop will be held on Friday & Saturday, September 29 & 30 and will focus on building realistic geothermal resource conceptual models to support decision risk assessments of well targeting and resource capacity. 

The Operations & Maintenance workshop will be held on Saturday, September 30 and will give attendees a forum to share lessons learned within the industry that can help improve the bottom line of every operating plant, and potentially make new plants more competitive with natural gas, wind and solar alternatives.

USA: Baseload Renewables Urge DOE to Level the Playing Field

Grid review splits renewable energy providers (National Wind Watch)

Several renewable energy groups are urging Energy Secretary Rick Perry to use a contested grid study to consider how their industries are not receiving the same benefits as wind, natural gas and other technologies.

Critics see DOE’s review of grid reliability and subsidies as a potential threat to the federal wind tax credit, especially since study leader Travis Fisher has questioned its value and the broader benefit of renewable energy mandates (Global Geothermal News, April 17).

But the groups behind the letter – which represent renewable industries providing baseload power – are targeting the DOE study as a way to address what they say are unfair policies at the state and federal level.

The National Hydropower Association, the American Biogas Council, the Geothermal Energy Association, the Energy Recovery Council and the Biomass Power Association said they were “very encouraged” by DOE’s action to assess the grid.

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New Zealand: Discovery "a wonderful scientific finding that could be commercially very significant for New Zealand"

Alpine Fault drilling: 'What we encountered was really quite extreme' (Radio New Zealand)


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Researchers working on the Westland Deep Fault Drilling Project have drilled nearly 900 metres down into the alpine fault at Whataroa in Westland, looking at how the fault looks and sounds before an earthquake.

(Video - 4:40 Minutes)

The research, lead by GNS ScienceVictoria University of Wellington and the University of Otago, was published today in the international journal Nature.

Victoria University researcher John Townend, one of the lead scientists on the project, told Nine to Noon 40°C temperatures would be normal at 800 metres below the surface, but the team recorded temperatures three times that - about 120°C.

Similar geothermal temperatures were normally found at depths greater than three kilometres.

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Philippines: MakBan Geothermal Power Plant to Supply Electricity to Nestlé

Nestlé taps AboitizPower to supply renewable energy to Batangas plant (Business Mirror)


Nestlé Philippines Inc. has tapped Aboitiz Power Corp. to supply renewable energy (RE) to its manufacturing facility in Lipa, Batangas.

“The partnership between AboitizPower and Nestlé Philippines is a testament to the shared commitment of both companies to continually look for better and sustainable solutions to reduce their carbon footprint and protect the environment in a more sustainable manner,” Nestlé Philippines Technical Director Peter Winter said.

The partnership was formally sealed on May 3.

Under the partnership, Aboitiz will source RE from the MakBan Geothermal Power Plant of AboitizPower subsidiary, AP Renewables Inc. (APRI).

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:
  • President's Message - Never Give In!
  • GEO Video Highlights Tax Credits and Jobs
  • U.S. Rep. Hollingsworth Visits Geo-Flo
  • U.S. Rep. Russell Impressed with Gulfport Geo
  • U.S. Rep. Upton Visits Big Geo Job in Michigan
  • Yale Announces Renewable Thermal Alliance
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)

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

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USA, California: New Community Choice Aggregation Will Be Biggest in Golden State

San Jose City Council approves new community choice energy plan, the largest in California (The Mercury News)


San Jose on Tuesday became the largest California city to launch “community choice energy” — an alternative electricity provider that environmentalists say will save money and reduce pollution linked to climate change.

The City Council unanimously approved the new utility program, San José Clean Energy (SJCE), at Tuesday’s council meeting. The “CCE” program would begin next spring and would be among eight statewide that offer residents an alternative to traditional utilities like Pacific Gas & Electric.

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Community Choice Aggregation in California - An Opportunity for the Geothermal Industry [July/August 2016 Bulletin] by Paul Brophy, Past-President, Geothermal Resources Council, and Vice-Chair, Business Operations Committee, Sonoma Clean Power.

Global: Geothermal Not on Track to Meet 2025 Target - IEA

Tracking Progress: Renewable power (IEA)


Renewable power capacity additions continued to reach new record highs in 2016, driven by cost reductions and policies aimed at enhancing energy security and sustainability and improving air quality. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA) Medium-Term Renewable Energy Market Report 2016, onshore wind and solar PV are expected to drive the majority of renewable capacity growth over the next five years. They are also the only two technologies on track to reach 2DS targets. 

Other renewable technologies are not on track to reach their 2DS targets. For geothermal, pre-development risks remain high overall, and drilling costs have been increasing over the last decade. 

Some policies could also address technology-specific challenges. These policies could include improved policies tackling pre development risks for geothermal energy.

Europe: More than 100 Geothermal Power Plants with Installed Capacity of About 2.5 GWe - Report

European geothermal energy needs regulatory certainty to sustain its steady growth (News Release)

EGEC, the European Geothermal Energy Council, has published the sixth edition of its annual study evaluating the development of the geothermal sector in Europe. In conjunction with the release of the report, EGEC has also unveiled its new logo and website.

The report shows that over the last five years (2012-2016), the use of geothermal energy, particularly for heat, has slowly but steadily increased across Europe.

In Europe, there exist more than 100 geothermal power plants, with an installed capacity that amounted to around 2.5 GWe in 2016 (of which 1 GWe is in the EU), producing some 15 TWh of electrical power every year. It is believed that the installed capacity on the continent will grow to around 3 GWe in 2020, with this major increase linked to the rapid growth of the Turkish market.

New Zealand: Promising Geothermal Resource Discovered on South Island

The sleeping dragon: Researchers find blazing heat beneath the Southern Alps (Stuff)

Extreme hydrothermal conditions at an active plate-bounding fault, Rupert Sutherland et alNature (2017) doi:10.1038/nature22355


Researchers have found some of the most extreme underground conditions anywhere on Earth beneath the Southern Alps, including temperatures similar to that of an active volcanic zone.

The surprise discovery could have economic implications for the area, and may give clues as to the conditions of a major fault prior to a significant rupture.

An international research team has discovered "extreme" geothermal conditions deep beneath the mountains, according to research published in the Nature journal on Thursday.

Temperatures measured near the surface were similar to those found in active volcanic zones such as Taupo – yet there are no volcanoes in Westland.

The research team – led by GNS Science, Victoria University of Wellington and the University of Otago, comprising more than 100 people from 12 countries – drilled a borehole nearly 900 metres deep at a site near Whataroa in Westland.

At 630m deep, they measured water temperatures of 100 degrees Celsius, hot enough to boil. They expected temperatures of less than 40C.

Drilling further, they determined the borehole's geothermal gradient – how quickly temperature rises as you go deep into the earth – was unlike any known active fault in the world.

Canada: Good Graphic of Proposed DEEP Geothermal Power Plant

SaskPower looking into potential geothermal power project (Regina Leader-Post)

DEEP Earth Energy Production Corp.'s prototype design for what the company is looking to build as a geothermal power plant at Estevan. The turbine technology the company plans to use is called organic rankine cycle and the plant would be similar in size to a farm Quonset. PHOTO PROVIDED BY DEEP EARTH ENERGY PRODUCTION CORP
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Switzerland: New Energy Law Would Grow Renewables at Expense of Nuclear

Swiss energy law aims to boost renewables, ban new nuclear plants (Reuters)

Switzerland votes on Sunday on a new energy law, titled "Energy Strategy 2050," that includes billions of Swiss francs in subsidies to support new renewable supplies and energy efficiency, while banning new nuclear power plants.

Highlights of the law are below:
  • Aims to increase solar, wind, biomass and geothermal energy output from 2,831 gigawatt hours (GWh) now, or just 4.3 percent of Swiss generation, to 11,400 GWh by 2035.
  • Bans new nuclear power plants ahead of the eventual phase out of Switzerland's five plants, with the first closing in 2019.
  • Hikes charges on electricity users to raise 480 million Swiss francs a year to subsidise energy production from solar, wind, biomass, geothermal and water power.
  • Elevates renewables to "national interest" status, helping them overcome legal challenges over a project's environmental or aesthetic impact.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Finland: Companies to Collaborate on Deep Geothermal Energy Development

Rototec Oy and Robit Oyj Deepen Their Co-Operation (News Release)

Rototec Oy of Pirkkala, Finland, and Robit Oyj of Lempäälä, Finland, have signed a comprehensive co-operation and delivery agreement. The target of the collaboration is to advance the utilization of geothermal energy both in Finland and Scandinavia.

The agreement contains also product development in co-operation to meet the industry's development trends, such as increasingly deeper geothermal boreholes.

The agreement is a continuum for the companies' existing co-operation being even more comprehensive.

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USA, Idaho: Vacancy as Hydrogeologist at Idaho Geological Survey

Hydrogeologist

University of Idaho, Boise, Idaho, USA


The Hydrogeologist position is the technical lead for hydrogeologic, geothermal energy, and groundwater research at the Idaho Geological Survey (IGS).

The Hydrogeologist is versed in groundwater modeling, the design and monitoring of groundwater networks, the collection and interpretation of hydrogeologic/groundwater data, the characterization of aquifers, and geothermal resource development.

The Hydrogeologist solicits funds from external research grants, develops and administers budgets, supervises staff involved in hydrogeology-related projects, and publishes and presents research results.

Necessary field skills include, but are not limited to, measuring water levels in wells, collecting groundwater samples, conducting aquifer tests, and supervising well installations and drilling operations.

As an IGS representative, the Hydrogeologist develops close working relationships with state and federal agencies, industry, and other non-governmental stakeholders involved with Idaho water and geothermal resources.

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USA: Patent Awarded for Process Removing Silica from Geothermal Brine

Treated geothermal brine compositions with reduced concentrations of iron and silica (United States Patent and Trademark Office)

A patent filed in February 2014 has been awarded to its inventors Stephen Harrison and John Burba, III who were then employed by Simbol Inc. of Pleasanton, California, USA.

This invention relates to treated geothermal brine compositions containing reduced concentrations of iron and silica compared to the untreated brines. 

Exemplary compositions of the treated brine contain concentration of silica ranging from 0 to 80 mg/kg and concentration of iron ranging from 0 to 300 mg/kg. Exemplary compositions of the reduced silica and iron brines also contain reduced concentrations of elements like arsenic, barium, lead, and lithium.

USA: California Continues to Reign as Top Clean-Tech State

California Reigns as Top Clean-Tech State (Clean Edge)

Clean Edge, a clean-tech research and indexing firm, today released its annual U.S. Clean Tech Leadership Index which tracks and ranks the clean-tech activities of all 50 states and the 50 largest metro areas in the U.S. – from EV and renewables adoption to patent and investment activity. A free downloadable summary report is available at www.cleanedge.com.

As the Trump administration works relentlessly to dismantle climate and environmental protections and forwards a pro-fossil-fuel, climate-change-denial narrative, this year’s Index shows that states and cities are playing an outsized role in the expansion of clean energy, transportation, and energy efficiency.

California continues to dominate the Index, coming in first in the Technology and Policy categories, second in Capital, and no lower than second in any of the seven Index subcategories. The undisputed king of solar energy (and of geothermal energy) among the states, California received more than 27,000 gigawatt hours (GWh) of utility-scale and distributed solar power alone in 2016. That’s more than five times the amount generated in Arizona, the state with the second-most solar production, and enough to power more than four million California homes for a year. The nation’s most populous state has more than 1.2 million registered electric and hybrid vehicles, and garnered more than $9.5 billion in clean-tech venture capital in the last three years.