Monday, November 20, 2017

Science & Technology: Steel is Playing Indispensable Role in Renewable Energy Technologies

#lovesteel: Steel and Renewables (worldsteel)

By 2030 the world must reduce its CO2 emissions by 12-14 gigatonnes if it is to meet the target of keeping temperature rises below 2 degrees centigrade. Steel is playing an indispensable role in renewable energy technologies, helping to harness the power of the wind, the waves, the sun and the earth itself for the transition to a more sustainable energy mix.

United Kingdom: Research on Using Flooded Abandoned Mine Workings as a Geothermal Heat Source

Modelling Geothermal Heat Extraction from Abandoned Mine Workings and Associated Ground Stability Issues (Quintessa)

Mines across the Scottish Central Coalfield

Quintessa are supporting an exciting new PhD research project at the University of Edinburgh, continuing our close cooperation with Chris McDermott. Fiona Todd will be investigating the practicality of using flooded, abandoned mine workings as a geothermal heat source – potentially a key supply of low-carbon energy for those cities with a long-standing mining heritage.

The large area of typical mine workings and the elevated temperature at depth, make such underground voids a potentially very efficient means of accessing the heat being generated at depth in the Earth. Her focus will be on understanding the stability of the mined caverns, looking at the coupled Thermal-Hydraulic-Mechanical (THM) behaviour of the mine supports and the potential ground-surface impact. A key source of data will be from the Clyde Gateway (Glasgow), where a complex geometry of mines exist at a range of depths; Fiona will be working closely with the BGS and the Coal Authority to take full advantage of the available data.

Portugal: 4 MW ORC Geothermal Plant Begins Operating in Azores

Exergy’s Pico Alto 4 MWe Geothermal Plant Now Powering Up Terceira Island In The Azores (News Release)


Exergy took part today at the inauguration ceremony of the Pico Alto 4 MWe geothermal power plant held in the stunning scenery of the Island of Terceira, in the Azores. The plant designed and built by Exergy and the Portuguese company CME for EDA Renováveis, owned by EDA, the Azores power utility company, is now in commercial operation providing green baseload electricity to more than 56,000 inhabitants of Terceira, meeting up to 10% of the island electricity needs..

The 4 MWe  binary plant utilizes a  high enthalpy geothermal resource, exploiting the heat available both in steam flow and geothermal brine. For this challenging project located in a remote site, in the center of Terceira Island, 1500 Km off the coast of Portugal, the  Exergy - CME Consortium supplied a turnkey solution, including the engineering and construction of the gathering systems, the air cooled ORC unit equipped with Exergy Radial Outflow Turbine and all balance of plant equipment.

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Friday, November 17, 2017

Germany: Talk on Geothermal Potential of Turkey and the Black Sea Region

Geothermisches Potential der Türkei - Geothermal potential of Turkey and the Black Sea region - Rolf Schiffer (Society of Petroleum Engineers)

Thursday, November 23, 2017, 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM CET, Mercure Hotel Hannover, Oldenburger Allee 1, Hannover, Germany

Rolf Schiffer 
The presentation (in German) will show the potential and development of the geothermal market in Turkey, which currently is one of the most dynamic geothermal energy markets worldwide.

In addition, an overview of the geothermal potentials and the activities in the Black Sea bordering states will be given.

Furthermore, possibilities for activities and chances of drilling industry and service companies in the geothermal energy market are presented and discussed.

More information........

Geothermal Energy News from Around the World

Global Geothermal News - Weekly Update


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

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

Switzerland: Geothermal District Heating Project Starts in Geneva

Major geothermal project starts in Geneva (WRS)

A large borehole is being drilled in Satigny. It will reach 650 meters down. Geologists believe the water temperature at that depth will be around 25 to 30 degrees.

There will be a further six bores drilled in the next three years. The canton hopes the new power source will cut the use of heating oil by 53 percent.

But the holes go nowhere near the depth of the ones in Basel and Sankt Gallen which were blamed for creating small earthquakes. Those were down to a depth of around 5 km.

USA, Nevada: State Gets Behind Fallon FORGE Project

Governor's office pushes for federal geothermal research lab (The Nevada Independent)


Nevada State officials pledged $1 million this week to a years-long effort to land a national geothermal laboratory near Fallon. The Fallon site is one of two locations competing to serve as the main hub for the Department of Energy’s geothermal research. The other possible site is in Utah.

The federal agency is expected to pick a site next year. Researchers have been developing the Fallon project since November 2014, when a proposal was first submitted to the Department of Energy. In late 2016, it was selected as one of two possible sites for the Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE) lab. Since then, a team of researchers from organizations and national labs, has been conducting environmental reviews, drilling test holes and working on getting federal land permits.

For utilities that buy geothermal, this could change the economic equation.

“As you go to higher penetrations of renewable energy displacing thermal plants, geothermal has a significant value. And that is you can dispatch it,” NV Energy CEO Paul Caudill said in a recent interview with The Nevada Independent. “We can use geothermal plants at night when we can’t use a solar facility. I think there is a significant value there. And as you start pushing to increase [solar] penetration on the grid, geothermal is going to become more valued.”

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Iceland: 45 MW Phase I Theistareykir Geothermal Power Plant Begins Operations

Theistareykir Geothermal power plant commissioned (Mannvit)

The 90 MW Theistareykir geothermal power plant (Courtesy Mannvit)
The 90 MW Theistareykir geothermal power plant was commissioned today. The plant is the third geothermal plant by Iceland’s Landsvirkjun. The plant's 1st phase commissioned today is 45 MW and the 2nd phase of another 45 MW will be on-line in April 2018. Today’s ceremony was attended by high ranking government and municipal officials as well as Landsvirkjun and contractor staff.

Mannvit played an important role in the project development on behalf of Landsvirkjun. Click here for more info on the Theistareykir GPP.

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From the Global Geothermal News archives:

USA, California: Community Choice Aggregation Could Offer Opportunities for Geothermal Energy in San Diego

Community Choice Energy clears hurdle in San Diego (San Diego Reader)

San Diego is close to the large geothermal energy
resources at the Salton Sea
San Diego on Thursday took another step in the lengthy process of establishing a community choice aggregation market for city residents and businesses, as the city's Sustainable Energy Advisory Board voted to send a feasibility study completed in July to the city council with a recommendation to move forward on its action points.

Under community choice, a city government or nonprofit takes over the role of buying and selling power, while the local utility maintains control and maintenance responsibility for transmission of that power, collecting a fee for doing so. Residents who wish to opt out of the program and continue buying power directly from the utility have an option to do so. Advocates say that such a choice puts downward pressure on electric costs while increasing the amount of renewable power on the grid at a rate faster than utilities are currently ramping up reliance on solar, wind, and geothermal generation.


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.

USA, Nevada: Environmental Assessment for the 45 MW Phase III McGinness Hills Geothermal Expansion Project Available for Public Comment

BLM seeks comment on geothermal project (Northern Nevada Business Weekly)

McGinness Hills Geothermal Power Plant (GRC Fieldtrip 2015 - Photo by Ian Crawford)

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Mount Lewis Field Office, has prepared and made available for public comment an Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Phase III McGinness Hills Geothermal 45 MW Expansion Project.

The first McGinness Hills geothermal plant was established in July, 2012 and has been producing renewable power. In an addendum to the McGinness Hills Geothermal Development Project, Ormat Inc. is proposing the addition of new Phase III facilities that will total approximately 42 acres.

USA, Hawaii: Geothermalist Nicole Lautze Wins Clean Energy Education & Empowerment Award

Secretary of Energy Rick Perry Congratulates 2017 Clean Energy Education & Empowerment (C3E) Awardees (DOE)

Nicole Lautze
On November 15-16, 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) co-hosted the sixth annual Clean Energy Education & Empowerment (C3E) Women in Clean Energy Symposium in partnership with the MIT Energy Initiative and Stanford University’s Precourt Institute for Energy.

At the Symposium, ten accomplished women from across many disciplines were recognized for their achievements and leadership in clean energy. U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry expressed his congratulations and gratitude via video message during the event.

Among the women recognized and receiving awards was Nicole Lautze in the Education category, an associate faculty member at the University of Hawaii Manoa, where she founded the Hawaii Groundwater and Geothermal Resources Center. She leads a team of senior scientists in the development of an updated geothermal resource assessment for the state of Hawaii.

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USA, Texas: Early Bird Registration for Geothermal Energy Conference Ends Next Week

SMU Power Plays Conference (SMU Geothermal Lab)

Early Bird registration ends November 22nd


Power Plays will advance the understanding of geothermal resources, providing you with insights into developing this clean energy reserve. Join others with expertise in field operations, project development, technology, finance, engineering and resource assessment from the geothermal, oil & gas, and renewable energy sectors to explore economic solutions for geothermal energy at the Power Plays: Drilling into Geothermal Energy Applications conference.

Early Bird registration of $325 for the 2018 SMU Power Plays conference ends Wednesday, November 22nd. Register online to take advantage of this great rate before you leave for Thanksgiving. Encourage your colleagues to register too!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

USA: FERC Could Direct Grid Operators to Compensate Resources for "Resilience Attributes"

Exclusive: Chatterjee details interim plan to save coal, nuclear plants (Utility Dive)

Language aimed at propping up the coal and nuclear power industries could also benefit other baseload generators such as geothermal energy

Data Source – EIA data.  Note: the Baseload percentage is based on the sum total of Coal, (fuels switching to) Natural Gas, Nuclear, Geothermal, 80% of Hydro and 50% of Petro+Biomass divided by total Power Sector net generation.
The acting chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is considering regulatory language that would direct regional grid operators to update their market tariffs to keep at-risk coal and nuclear generators online while FERC further considers a cost recovery proposal for baseload generation from the Department of Energy.

FERC Chairman Neil Chatterjee told Utility Dive the commission could issue a "show cause" order directing RTOs and ISOs to update their tariffs to keep plants online that provide "necessary resilience attributes," or show why they should not be required to do so. FERC would then issue a longer term rulemaking to address broader issues of resilience and market compensation.

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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:
  • Geothermal Tax Credits Included in House Tax Bill
  • What the Geo Tax Credit Extension Means for You
  • Commercial Geo Upbeat, Finding Receptive Audience
  • National Grid Geo Loop Demo in Riverhead, New York
  • Geo Systems at Cornell Tech and Google Bay View
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)

Indonesia: Call for Abstracts for ITB International Geothermal Workshop

7th ITB International Geothermal Workshop (IIGW) 2018

21-22 March 2018, Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB), Indonesia



Finance: One Hour Webinar on Developing Bankable Geothermal Power Projects

IRENA Webinar: Development of Bankable Geothermal power projects

Wednesday, Nov 22, 2017 5:00 AM - 6:00 AM PST

Supporting the Global Geothermal Alliance’s Action Plan, the webinar will be held on Wednesday November 22, 2017 at 1pm GMT.

In less than one hour, discover insights and recommendations to develop bankable geothermal power projects on Nov. 22. Experts in the field will discuss best practices to assist project developers in developing bankable geothermal power projects. The  discussion will be followed by questions from participants.

Addressing project uncertainties and challenges, the IRENA Project Navigator supports and guides project developers in the development of geothermal power projects in a manner that can be understood and audited by financiers to facilitate the access to renewable energy financing. The newly released geothermal guidelines describe bankability requirements in nine progressive stages to develop, finance, construct, and operate a geothermal power plant.

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Finance: USD 50 Million in Loans Available for Renewable Energy Projects

ADFD, IRENA Open New Round of Funding for Renewable Energy Projects, Invite Applications (News Release)

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), in partnership with the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD), is inviting applications for renewable energy projects in developing countries. Within the framework of the ADFD-funded US$350 million (AED1.285 billion) IRENA/ADFD Project Facility, the current funding round of US$50 million in concessional loans marks the sixth of seven annual cycles.

The projects selected for the fifth funding cycle will be announced in January 2018.

Applications for the sixth cycle will be accepted until 17:00 GST on February 15, 2018.  Apply here........

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Germany: Important Meeting on Geothermal Energy at COP23

High-Level Roundtable on “Geothermal in the Global Energy Transformation: What way forward?”

16 November 2017, 14:30-16:00, IRENA Pavilion, Bonn Zone, Bonn, Germany



Building on the renewed momentum, the event will gather high-level representatives to examine how geothermal energy can play a role in the achievement of decarbonisation goals and in the implementation of nationally determined contributions (NDCs).

The event will also offer an opportunity to discuss how the Global Geothermal Alliance can further contribute to facilitating the exchange of experiences and best practices, mobilising finance to unlock geothermal investments and providing modern and sustainable energy services for all countries.

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USA: Hope for Geothermal Energy in Tax Bill Amendments

Amendments to Senate Tax Bill by Dean Heller

Sen. Dean Heller
Contrary to reports that "orphaned tech" like geothermal energy was not being considered in the current Tax Bill by the US Congress, Sen. Dean Heller (R) of Nevada has suggested amendments that would level the playing field for geothermal power.

Heller Amendment #3 to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act - Technologies for Energy Jobs and Security Act

Provides parity for geothermal power with solar power, allowing a 30 percent investment tax credit for commercial geothermal projects that begin construction during calendar years 2017, 2018, and 2019—phasing down to 26 percent for projects in 2020, 22 percent for 2021, and returning to the prior rate of 10 percent after December 31, 2021.

Heller Amendment #4 to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act - To provide a level playing field for geothermal power by reinstating a 30-percent credit rate for geothermal energy property.

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Philippines: EDC Brings Leyte Geothermal Power Plants Back Online After Earthquake

Earthquake hits EDC’s nine-month profit (Sun.Star)

Energy Development Corp. (EDC), the country’s largest geothermal and wind energy company, yesterday said consolidated recurring net income attributable to equity holders of the parent fell 6.5 percent to P6.6 billion for the first nine months of 2017, from P7 billion in the same period last year.

In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange, the company said it had been impacted by the magnitude 6.5 earthquake that hit Leyte island last July 6. During the earthquake, EDC’s Leyte business unit, the largest of the company’s operating units, was generating at almost 540 MW.

All major units have been brought back to service, except for two 60 MW units in its Mahanagdong geothermal plant.

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Spain: 50 Hour Course on Surface Geothermal Exploration

GeoTenerife Field School - Surface Geothermal Monitoring

22-28 March 2018, Tenerife (Canary Islands, Spain)

GeoTenerife is delighted to co-organise this week-long surface geothermal exploration training course with the Canary Island Volcanology Institute (INVOLCAN) and the University of La Laguna. There are a maximum of 40 places available, which will be granted on a first come, first served basis.

The course is aimed primarily at earth science graduate students, but PhD students and Postdocs are also welcome to apply. The week will include 50 teaching hours and participants will earn 2 ECTS from La Laguna University. All teaching and materials will be in English.

The aim of this course is to introduce graduate students to geophysical and geochemical methods used on surface geothermal exploration by alternating lectures with practical laboratory and field activities. Lessons will be given by researchers having an international scientific background and first-hand experience on Geothermal Exploration.

The prerequisites for attending this course are skills in Earth Sciences, as well as knowledge of Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry.

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USA, California: GreenFire Energy Gets Shell Support for Demo Closed Loop Geothermal Power Project

Shell GameChanger™ program to provide financial support for GreenFire Energy demonstration project (News Release)

World’s first demonstration of closed-loop geothermal power generation

Coso California geothermal field
(Courtesy GreenFire Energy Inc.)
GreenFire Energy Inc. today announced that the Shell GameChanger™ program has agreed to provide financial support for GreenFire’s demonstration of closed-loop geothermal power generation at a currently inactive well in the Coso California geothermal field.

GreenFire Energy Inc.’s innovative ECO2G™ geothermal well retrofit technology will enable geothermal project owners to generate power from idle or marginal wells at low risk and attractive cost per MWh. Success in geothermal well retrofits will eventually enable GreenFire to develop large-scale ECO2G projects in other locations.

New Zealand: Geothermal Test Rig Can Help Solve Scaling Issues

Initial trials confirm heavy scaling potential at Ohaaki geothermal site (Heavy Engineering Research Association)


The Materials Test Rig was installed at Ohaaki Thermal Kilns near Taupo, North Island earlier this year as an outcome of our Above Ground Geothermal and Allied Technologies (AGGAT) program, with generous fabrication support from some of our members.

Currently undergoing commissioning works, early trials on the rig have confirmed significant scaling potential from the geothermal resource available on site.

Dr Sadiq J. Zarrouk, geothermal engineering expert from University of Auckland also went on to state that these magnetite scales are formed due to a combination of corrosion and scaling effects, which are a common occurrence and unfortunately unavoidable.

“The best thing to do is to clean the pipes thoroughly every time the rig is shut down or isolate them from oxygen and silica by mothballing. However, the extent of damage to pipe thickness is within the designed corrosion allowance.”

“In any case, I believe the AGGAT Geothermal Test Rig will remain an asset for the geothermal community for many years to come,’ he said.

Climate Change: New Report Highlights Rapid Deployment and Falling Costs of Clean Energy

World Energy Outlook 2017 (International Energy Agency)


Four large-scale shifts in the global energy system set the scene for the World Energy Outlook 2017: the rapid deployment and falling costs of clean energy technologies, the growing electrification of energy, the shift to a more services-oriented economy and a cleaner energy mix in China, and the resilience of shale gas and tight oil in the United States.

These shifts come at a time when traditional distinctions between energy producers and consumers are being blurred and a new group of major developing countries, led by India, moves towards centre stage.

How these developments play out and interact is the story of this year’s Outlook.

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Vietnam: Time to Study Geothermal Energy Potential - Minister

Deputy Minister urges geothermal research (Viet Nam News)

(Courtesy CIA.gov)
Việt Nam’s national energy development plan does not include geothermal sources, but a senior official said yesterday that it was time to study their potential in the country.

Nguyễn Linh Ngọc, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE), was speaking at a conference held in the capital city on geothermal energy in the Asia-Pacific region.

Ngọc said that small-sized hydropower plants provide 70 per cent of the total country’s total energy output, leaving biogas/biomass a distant second at 14 per cent, while renewable energy, including solar and wind energy, both account for about 6 per cent.

Meanwhile, geothermal energy has remained a complete no-show. Feasibility studies were only recently conducted in the central provinces of Quảng Bình and Quảng Trị.

USA: Argument for Geothermal Energy as a “Resilient” Generating Technology

What’s ‘Resilience’ When it Comes to Power? (POWER)

The Department of Energy (DOE)-generated notice of proposed rulemaking at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), aimed at rescuing coal and nuclear power generation from the vagaries of competitive markets by raising the idea of paying out-of-market prices for “resilient” generating technologies, rests on the idea of rewarding power plants that have a 90-day supply of fuel on site. The idea is that these plants – coal and nuclear as DOE framed it – are available when other generating technologies – specifically natural gas and renewables – are somehow knocked out during a blackout or other major grid perturbation.

It’s not only a bogus concept from the beginning – blackouts in the U.S. have overwhelmingly been a result of a grid collapse, not generating plant failures – but it ignores a number of other realities about power generation.

Another fallacy in the DOE plan is that it ignores important generating technologies that are at least as resilient as nukes and coal, arguably more so.

Then there is geothermal, where the fuel supply can be measured in geological time. In its comments, the Geothermal Energy Association (GEA) noted that its resources are “not currently deployed in markets within the scope of the Department of Energy’s proposed rule.” But that could change, as western U.S. energy markets are moving toward a wider spread of competitive bidding for supply. The spread of the California ISO’s energy imbalance market is an example.


From the Global Geothermal News archives:

Thailand: Export–Import Bank Supports Geothermal Power Plant Projects in Japan

EXIM Thailand Provides Financial Facility to Thai Luxe Enterprises Plc. Pioneering Geothermal Power Plant Business in Japan (ThaiPR.net)


EXIM Thailand signed a financial facility agreement worth 2,205 million yen or approximately 661.50 million baht with Thai Luxe Enterprises Plc. to support the company's investment in eight geothermal power plant projects with a total capacity of 1,000 kW in Beppu, Oita Prefecture, Japan's largest source of hot springs.

The company has planned power sales to Kyushu Electric Power Company at a tariff rate of 40 yen/unit over a 15-year term.

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France: Geothermal District Heating Network in Paris Suburb to Start Next Month

Travaux. Feu vert pour la géothermie à Dammarie-lès-Lys - Works. Green light for geothermal energy in Dammarie-lès-Lys (actu.fr)


Les tests effectués par l’opérateur Géodalys au mois de novembre ont été passés avec succès et donnent le feu vert pour la première saison de chauffage. Géodalys et Engie réseaux vont mettre en route début décembre cette production de chaleur, issue de l’eau pompée en profondeur.

(From Google Translation) Tests carried out by the operator Géodalys in November were successful giving the green light for operations in the first heating season. The Geodalys and Engie geothermal district heating networks will start up in early December.

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Netherlands: Scottish Company Wins Contract to Drill Four Additional Geothermal Wells

KCA Deutag Secures Land Drilling Contracts for Five Rigs (ScandOil)

Scottish based International drilling and engineering contractor KCA Deutag has announced that its land drilling operation has been awarded new contracts for five rigs with a combined contract value of USD 48 million.

In Europe the T-700 which recently completed two geothermal wells in the Netherlands has also won a 5-month contract for an additional four wells with the same client. This is the group’s sixth contract in the European geothermal drilling market in recent years, and an area which offers substantial growth opportunities for the group as Europe seeks to increase its renewable energy generation.

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From the Global Geothermal News archives:

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - Netherlands: Drilling of Two Geothermal Wells to Start This Month

Kenya: KenGen to Diversify Into Selling Geothermal Steam

KenGen diversifying to selling steam and drilling services (Kenya Broadcasting Corporation)

The Kenya Electricity Generation Company (KenGen) is diversifying its business to selling geothermal steam and commercial drilling services apart from its core business of electricity generation.

The company plans to set up a subsidiary that will oversee its non-core activities that are proving to be critical revenue streams.

The subsidiary will also offer consultancy services for players in geothermal, mining as well as oil in Kenya and the region.

The cost of generation is pushing the company to diversify into other potentially new revenue streams.

KenGen chairman Joshua Choge says the company is setting up a fully owned subsidiary to undertake commercial ventures such as sale of steam which could be used in homes or green house farming.

Philippines: New Zealand to Continue to Share Geothermal Energy Knowledge

PH, New Zealand expand trade cooperation on geothermal energy (Manila Bulletin)

The Philippines and New Zealand have decided to extend their cooperation on the development of the country’s geothermal resources, a move that was formalized on the sidelines of the 31st ASEAN Summit and related meetings being held now in the country.

(Courtesy CIA.gov)
Energy Chief Alfonso Cusi confirmed yesterday that the Department of Energy (DOE) has just signed an amended memorandum of agreement (MOA) with New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Trade on cooperation related to geothermal power resources.

The amendment will now pave the way for the continuous exchange of experiences and technical assistance in the field of geothermal energy exploration, development and utilization through capacity building and share of information, knowledge and current trends on geothermal energy.

Monday, November 13, 2017

USA, Nevada: Governor's Office of Energy Backs Geothermal Energy Project

GOE Supports Geothermal Innovation and Technology With $1 Million Grant (News Release)

The Nevada Governor's Office of Energy has announced $1 million in support of research near Fallon that will allow scientists and engineers to develop, test, and accelerate breakthroughs in enhanced geothermal technologies and techniques.

The funding will go to the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) and will allow for geothermal drilling at the Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE) site, a groundbreaking U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) research project that builds on Nevada's history of innovative geothermal development.

The Fallon team will use Governor's Office of Energy funds to prepare for the competitive FORGE effort for designation as the final site for the headquarters of the nation's future underground geothermal field laboratory.

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USA, Washington: Geothermal Energy Featured at Rock Mechanics/Geomechanics Symposium

52nd US Rock Mechanics/Geomechanics Symposium (ARMA)


24-27 June 2018, Seattle, Washington, USA

The U.S. Department of Energy will participate in the 52nd U.S. Rock Mechanics/Geomechanics Symposium June 24-26, 2018, in Seattle, Washington. The conference, organized by the American Rock Mechanics Association (ARMA), will focus on exciting advances in geothermal exploration and production. The Geothermal Technologies Office's Enhanced Geothermal Systems Program Lead, Lauren Boyd, and Research Fellow, Dr. Zachary Frone, will chair a professional track at the symposium.

Additionally, ARMA organizers are currently accepting abstract submissions on the following:
  • Geomechanics in: geothermal, petroleum engineering, civil engineering, and mining engineering; 
  • Geology and geophysics; 
  • Fracture mechanics; 
  • Induced/triggered seismicity; 
  • Numerical/analytical/constitutive modeling. 
To submit an abstract go to: http://armasymposium.org/

Key dates:
  • December 1, 2017–Abstract submittal
  • January 20, 2018–Notification to authors
  • March 1, 2018–Paper submittal
Geothermal topics should be submitted to the ARMA meeting under the “interdisciplinary” theme. To ensure that your abstract is assigned to the correct session(s) in the “Invited” section, please add this email: zachary.frone@ee.doe.gov

USA, Nevada: 65 kWe Micro-Geothermal Energy Generator Shipped to Japan

ElectraTherm Ships Power+ Generator to Japan (News Release)

Fuel-Free, Emission-Free Power at Second Micro-Geothermal Site

ElectraTherm of Reno, Nevada, USA has announced shipping a Power+ Generator® to a geothermal site in Japan. This marks the second Power+ Generator in Japan utilizing geothermal heat to generate fuel-free, emission-free electricity. The Power+ runs off low-temperature geothermal steam, and the power generated is sold to the local utility at an attractive feed-in-tariff rate for renewables.

“There is a great potential for these micro-geothermal sites across Japan and we look forward to each unit we deliver progressing the market further,” said John Fox, Managing Director of ElectraTherm.

“Japan offers an attractive feed-in-tariff rate for geothermal at 40 Yen/kW (~$.33/kW), which makes these baseload renewable energy projects attractive.”

ElectraTherm utilizes Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) and proprietary technologies to generate 65kWe gross of electricity at this site. The Power+ Generator captures low-temperature heat at 116˚C and 45.4 m3/hr flow rate.

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Colombia: Two Day Geothermal Energy Conference in Manizales

Reunión Nacional de Geotermia (ACEG)

ACEG - The Colombian Professional and Student Association in Geosciences/Geothermal Energy, has announced the Reunión Nacional de Geotermia - the national geothermal meeting for Colombia.

5-6 December, 2017, Manizales, Colombia

USA, Texas: Converting Coal Plants to Geothermal Power - One Day Workshop

Pre-conference Workshop - Coal and Geothermal: A Path Forward (SMU)

January 10, 2018, SMU Geothermal Laboratory, Dallas, Texas, USA


While many U.S. power plants are modern combined cycle natural gas plants, the largest capacity production is still generated by coal plants, many of which are near the end of their useful life. Rather than close these plants altogether, impacting U.S. baseload capacity and employment, this workshop provides a path forward to an emissions free, yet still baseload power source: geothermal energy at the same site. The conversion would utilize the coal plants’ existing physical footprint, their connectivity to the grid, their water output, and their skilled personnel.

The pre-conference workshop will bring together coal plant owners and operators, experienced below and above ground engineers, key technology and service companies, finance and investment bankers, and regulatory agencies to realize the steps for successfully transitioning coal fired power generation plants to geothermal power.

Workshop enrollment is by application. Participants will be expected to ‘roll up their sleeves’ and help work out approaches for moving coal to geothermal plant conversion from the drawing board to completed projects. Workshop registration of $795 includes complimentary access to the Power Plays conference, January 10-11, 2018. A limited amount of expense reimbursement is available to qualified participants.

Enrollment is limited, so please respond today. Email geothermal@smu.edu.

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Antarctica: New Map Shows Geothermal Heat Below Continent

Antarctica's warm underbelly revealed (BBC News)


This is the best map yet produced of the warmth coming up from the rocks underneath the Antarctic ice sheet.

This "geothermal heat flux" is key data required by scientists in order to model how the White Continent is going to react to climate change.

If the rockbed's temperature is raised, it makes it easier for the ice above to move. And if global warming is already forcing change on the ice sheet, a higher flux could accelerate matters.

The map was made by researchers at the British Antarctic Survey and is published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters.

New Zealand: Work Begins on 28 MW Ngawha Geothermal Power Station Expansion

Full steam ahead for Ngawha power station expansion (NZ Herald)

The 28 MW power plant is due to be completed in June 2021.

(Courtesy NZ Herald)
Work has begun on an ambitious geothermal power project which could produce all the electricity the Far North needs.

Lines company Top Energy, which already operates two geothermal power plants totalling 25 Megawatts (MW) at Ngawha, east of Kaikohe, gained consent earlier this year for a two-stage expansion which could eventually boost capacity to just over 80 MW.

Earthworks preparing the geothermal well drilling site have now begun on farmland bought by Top Energy near Ngawha Prison. Drilling itself is due to start early next year.

Providing a viable geothermal resource is found, the next stage will be earthworks for the power station itself. Stage 1 of the project, building a 28 MW power plant, was due to be completed in June 2021.

New Zealand: Mercury Reports Successful Maintenance at Nga Awa Purua Geothermal Power Station

Millions spent on massive geothermal power station shut down (Waikato Times)

While a shutdown of the power station usually takes 20 days, this time it only took 15 days.

Rotokawa Geothermal Field Manager Mike Stevens, with one of the spare rotors.
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Shutting down a geothermal power station is not as simple as flicking a switch. Taupō has been hosting an extra 230 contractors for the scheduled maintenance shut down at Mercury's Nga Awa Purua Station on Rapids Road.

The power station was shut down on October 27 and all the working parts checked and replaced, if worn. It was back up and running again on November 10.

About $2 million was spent on the maintenance work, in addition to lost revenue of up to $250,000 for every day it was out of action.

Netherlands: 264 MW of Geothermal Projects Apply for Renewable Subsidy

Netherlands accepts applications for 3.2 GW of solar in second round of 2017 SDE+ program (PV magazine International)


Netherlands Enterprise Agency (Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland – RVO) announced that it has received a total of 5,783 applications with a combined capacity of 5.3 GW for the second round of its 2017 SDE+ (Stimulering Duurzame Energieproductie) program for large-scale solar and renewable energy power projects.

Of these projects 264 MW was allocated to geothermal projects.

The SDE+ compensates for the difference between the price of renewable energy and the market value of the energy supplied. Subsidies are allocated for periods of 8, 12 or 15 years depending on the maximum number of full load hours for each technology.

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Global: 41st GRC Annual Meeting Best Geothermal Energy Presentations Announced

Best Geothermal Energy Presentations of 2017 Announced

The GRC has added all the papers associated with the technical session presentations to the GRC Geothermal Library.

The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) has announced the outstanding technical presentations from the global geothermal energy community for 2017.

The selections were made in each of the GRC Technical Sessions held in early October at the 41st GRC Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, the world’s largest annual geothermal energy event. The judging criteria included the technical content, the quality of the visual aids and the presenter’s ability to communicate the subject matter. Over 220 presentations were made totaling over 75 hours over three days. More than 1,000 attendees came to the GRC Annual Meeting and GEA GeoExpo+ from 35 different countries around the world.

The winning presentations in each session are:

Friday, November 10, 2017

Geothermal Energy News from Around the World

Global Geothermal News - Weekly Update


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

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

Canada: Exploratory Drilling Underway at Yukon Geothermal Energy Project

Partnership to assess geothermal resources (Government of Yukon)


The Ta’an Kwäch’än Council, Da Daghay Development Corporation, in partnership with the Yukon Geological Survey, is undertaking a study of geothermal heat flow in the Whitehorse area. The multidisciplinary study will provide some of the information needed to assess potential geothermal energy opportunities in the territory. One component of the project involves drilling a deep monitoring well to directly measure ground temperature.

Drilling of the well is underway at a site about three kilometres west of the Takhini Hot Springs on Settlement Land of the Ta’an Kwäch’än Council. Down-hole temperatures will be monitored for up to a year in partnership with the Da Daghay Development Corporation to determine geothermal gradient in this location.

Funding for the project is through the Government of Yukon and the Government of Canada.

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USA, Idaho: California Will Value Geothermal Energy Again as a Baseload Renewable - US Geothermal

US Geothermal's (HTM) CEO Douglas Glaspey on Q3 2017 Results - Earnings Call Transcript (Seeking Alpha)


"At WGP Geysers our final design engineering for the plant continues and we’ve received bids for all of the major pieces of equipment, which allow us to improve the accuracy of our capital cost estimates.

"The key to success at Geysers is our ability to get a PPA and that is our number one focus. As new request for offers come out in California we will be submitting the project to them. There is no fixed schedule of when the numerous offtakers will be asking for power, but we track them all and will respond when our project fits the request.

"As we’ve progressed our engineering and operating cost estimates, we’ve enabled to sharpen our pencil on PPA price and remained confident that we will be successful. The California market is ever-changing and in general we see it moving back toward valuing baseload renewable energy as they increase our overall renewable energy procurement moving toward their 50% RPS requirement. We’re in a great position at the Geysers. We’re the only geothermal project that has the Cal-ISO interconnection approval in the entire state of California."

Iceland: Field Enhancement Efforts Increase Generation at Reykjanes Geothermal Power Plant to 76 MW

Alterra Power Announces Results For The Quarter Ended September 30, 2017 (News Release)

Canadian geothermal energy company Alterra Power Corp. reports its financial and operating results for the quarter ended September 30, 2017. Highlights for the quarter and subsequent period include:

Geothermal field improvement at Reykjanes: Recent field enhancement efforts (including wellhead cleaning and adjustments to turbine pressure and reservoir levels) have resulted in increased generation.

The company expects further increases in plant output in 2018 from the drilling of planned new wells and well work-overs.

Generation at Reykjanes has been above budget all year except for a plant maintenance outage in September, which resulted in lower than forecast generation during the quarter. The plant is currently generating at 76 MW, the highest output level since second quarter 2016.

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Science & Technology: Geothermal Energy Technical Papers Now Available



The 2017 GRC Transactions are now available for free download by members on the GRC Geothermal Library: click here for a list of the articles.

To download the 2017 GRC Transactions or email citation lists, please sign in as a GRC member. Non-members can join the GRC or order individual articles.

All GRC PDFs from 2016 and earlier, plus several thousand additional non-GRC PDFs, are available for free download by everyone without signing in.

Science & Technology: Geothermal Powered Carbon Capture Plant Operating at Hellisheidi

Climate change: Plant captures CO2 out of the air (BBC Click)

Technology that can capture carbon dioxide directly from the air on a commercial level has been developed.

The carbon removal plants are powered using waste heat and electricity, producing "negative emissions" - removing more carbon dioxide than they put out.

BBC Click speaks to Climeworks' Valentin Gutknecht to find out more.


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Italy: Video of Exergy ORC Geothermal Energy Plants Around the World

Exergy Plant References 2017

Discover Exergy's plant around the world for efficient green power generation.


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Exergy is a frequent exhibitor at the GRC Annual Meeting and Expo - the world's largest annual geothermal energy event. Next year's meeting will be from October 14-17 in Reno, Nevada, USA.

Climate Change: Electrification of Industrial Processes Based on Renewable Technologies May Offer Greater Potential for CO2 Emissions Reduction - Report

Renewable Energy for Industry (International Energy Agency)

From green energy to green materials and fuels

This report considers a variety of current and forthcoming options to increase the uptake of renewables as one possible way to reduce industry sector energy and process carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.

Electrification of industrial processes, if based on renewable technologies, may offer greater potential for CO2 emissions reductions. This would entail continued electrification of energy for motion and force, still far from being completed, and electrification of heat and steam production via a series of technologies.

This report reveals the promises, but also the limits, of direct industrial uses of renewable heat (solar, geothermal) or biomass. Renewable electricity has much greater potential, directly or through the formation of synthetic fuels or hydrogen-carriers – hydrogen being used in industry as feedstock, process agent or energy.

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

USA, Idaho: Resource Estimate at San Emidio II Geothermal Project Between 25 and 47 MW After Flow Test

U.S. Geothermal Inc. Reports Third Quarter 2017 Results and Updates 2017 Guidance (News Release)

U.S. Geothermal Inc. announced today its financial and operating results for the third quarter of 2017, ended September 30, 2017, updated guidance for 2017 and highlighted notable achievements in the third quarter of 2017.

Highlights:
  • 20th consecutive quarter of positive Cash Flow from Operations and EBITDA
  • Achieved increased generation at Raft River; expected to provide approximately $1 million increase in revenue in 2018
  • Completed multi-well flow test at San Emidio II; results continue to support resource estimate of 25 MWs (at P90) to 47 MWs (at P50)
  • El Ceibillo development project awarded two grants during the third quarter of 2017
"Although we experienced mechanical issues at two of our operating plants that negatively impacted gross profit by approximately $1.2 million, we also had non-recurring costs that impacted our results for the first nine months of 2017," said Douglas Glaspey, Interim Chief Executive Officer. "Our plants are performing well as we enter our best quarter of the year for historical generation, and we are optimistic that we will deliver results within the guidance range that we have updated today."