Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Djibouti: French Company Equipping Lake Assal Geothermal Power Project

Developing Geothermal Energy in Djibouti (Vallourec)

Vallourec is delivering oil country tubular goods (OCTG) solutions for the Geothermal Energy project in Djibouti.

Lake Assal is a saline lake, 155 meters below sea level, situated in central-western Djibouti at the top of the Great Rift Valley. The geothermal potential of the area, known for its seismic and volcanic activity, has been studied for many years and now the drilling campaign to capture this energy is under way!  

The project in the Fiale Caldera area of Lake Assal consists of drilling 4 exploration wells for a new geothermal power plant, set to come on-line in 2021. The power plant will have a total capacity of 50 MW. Vallourec is supplying OCTG and VAM® Field Service to the project. The Fiale project is managed by the Project Management Unit under the authority of Electricity of Djibouti, EDD. It is financed by the World Bank, the African Bank for Development, OPIC, French Agency for Development, GEF and ESMAP.

Ethiopia: Geothermal Sector Seeks Domestic and International Investors

Ethiopia: Authority Seeks Investors in Geothermal Development (

Ethiopian Energy Authority said that it has been tirelessly working to utilize country's energy potentials whilst maximizing the involvement of potential local and foreign investors in the sector.

Geothermal Resource Development Director with the Authority Tesfaye Kassa told The Ethiopian Herald that consolidated efforts are underway to lure investors with the desirable capital, technology and expertise in the geothermal development.

Investors could maximize their profitability in furthering their engagement in geothermal sector that enable them to produce electricity without interruptions and harm in the environment, the Director recommended.

Netherlands: European Geothermal Conference to be Held at The Hague

European Geothermal Congress 2019 (EGEC)

11-14th June 2019, The Hague, Netherlands

The European Geothermal Energy Council (EGEC), in cooperation with Stichting Platform Geothermie, BodemenergieNL, and the main event sponsor Energie Beheer Nederland B.V. (EBN) are pleased to announce the 2019 edition of the European Geothermal Congress (EGC).

Organised every 3 years by EGEC, the European association representing the geothermal sector, EGC is the largest geothermal congress in Europe. Hosting a combination of events for all the geothermal sector, EGC is a unique opportunity for stakeholders from all parts of the sector, whether academic, industrial, financial, policy-making, or societal, to come together and to learn, finding new ways to progress.

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Kenya: GDC Boosts Geothermal for Food Production

Geothermal Energy Will Boost Kenya’s Food Security (GDC)

Geothermal Development Company (GDC) will utilize geothermal energy to boost food security in Kenya, the Managing Director & CEO Eng. Johnson P. Ole Nchoe has reaffirmed.

The CEO has noted that GDC will strongly support the use of geothermal energy in food production and processing. He said this in Iceland at the ongoing 4th Icelandic Geothermal Conference.

In his presentation, Direct Use of geothermal energy for food security, the CEO pointed out the Loita Plains, Nakuru and the Baringo-Silali Geothermal Block as having great potential food production using geothermal technologies.

“Geothermal will be a key enabler for the BIG4 Pillars. Direct use of geothermal will support the pillar on food security,” the CEO explained.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Indonesia: KS Orka Commencing Commissioning of 15 MW First Phase of Sorik Marapi Geothermal Power Project

KS Orka - From Spud-In to Commissioning in 18 months (LinkedIn)

Eiríkur Bragason, CEO at KS Orka

KS Orka is commencing with commissioning of the first phase in Sorik Marapi Indonesia only 18 months after Spud-In. The first phase is 15 MW but further phases will follow shortly. From pad C the project team aims for producing close to 55 MW. KS Orka is developing three geothermal projects in Indonesia.

From the Global Geothermal News archive:

United Kingdom: Good Animation of the Deep Geothermal Energy Process

United Downs Deep Geothermal Power project (University of Plymouth)

What is deep geothermal energy?
Find out more about the United Downs Deep Geothermal Power project, exploring public perceptions of geothermal power in Cornwall........

United Kingdom: Geothermal Energy Pioneer Professor Paul Younger Passes

Professor Paul Younger - A Tribute (University of Glasgow)

Professor Paul Younger, who held the University of Glasgow's Rankine Chair in the School of Engineering, has died peacefully at the age of 55.

Professor Paul Younger
Professor Younger was an internationally-renowned hydrogeologist and environmental engineer.

He was a member of staff at the University of Glasgow from August 2012 to March 2017, when he took early retirement. In addition to his academic focus on energy engineering he was a member of Court and served on the University Estates Committee.

Latterly his academic focus had been on geothermal and other aspects of water-related renewable energy, and the elimination of pollution and carbon emissions in the energy sector. During the construction of the University’s district heating scheme in 2014/15, he was a member of the project board and championed the exploitation of the system as a teaching resource for engineering students.

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USA, Nevada: U.S. Geothermal is Now Part of Ormat

Ormat Closes Acquisition of U.S. Geothermal (News Release)

Ormat Technologies, Inc. has announced that it has closed the previously announced acquisition of U.S. Geothermal, Inc. for a total consideration of approximately $110 million, comprising approximately $106 million funded in cash by the company to acquire the outstanding shares of common stock of U.S. Geothermal, Inc., and approximately $4 million, funded from available cash of U.S. Geothermal, Inc., to cash-settle outstanding in the money options to acquire outstanding shares of U.S. Geothermal, Inc.

As a result of the acquisition, Ormat now owns and operates U.S. Geothermal's three power plants at Neal Hot Springs, Oregon, San Emidio, Nevada and Raft River, Idaho with a total net generating capacity of approximately 38 MW. In addition, Ormat now owns development assets held by U.S. Geothermal, which include a project at the Geysers, California; a second phase project at San Emidio, Nevada; a greenfield project in Crescent Valley, Nevada; and the El Ceibillo project located near Guatemala City, Guatemala.

The operating assets sell power under existing power purchase agreements at favorable price terms for the electricity, with an aggregated contract capacity of 55 MW. Ormat plans to improve the acquired operating assets and implement synergies and cost reductions which are expected to improve profitability of the operating projects by approximately 50% during 2019.

Ormat has put in place a comprehensive integration plan to assure continuous operation of U.S. Geothermal's assets. The company is pleased to retain a number of U.S. Geothermal employees and welcome them to Ormat.

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Ormat Technologies, Inc. will be exhibiting at the GRC Annual Meeting & Expo, 11-14 October, Reno, Nevada, USA.

Science & Technology: New Drilling Technology Expands Engineered Geothermal Reservoirs in Hard Deep Rocks

Boring technology makes for deeper and safer wells (Science Business)

A patent-pending technology developed at ETH Zurich could make for more efficient fracture networks in deep gas, oil and geothermal wells.

Thermal borehole enlargement through thermal spallation can be used to bore deep wells for gas, oil or geothermal exploitation in hard rock. It could also boost the efficiency of new wells and recovery of abandoned wells.

The shape of the borehole can be optimised in order to enhance the subsequent stimulation process.

The creation of deep reservoirs for gas, oil and geothermal energy extraction is impeded by insufficient stimulation. Direction and extension of the created fractures are complex to control and, therefore, large stimulated and interconnected fracture networks are difficult to create.

In order to reduce the project failure risks and increase the reservoir productivity, we developed a technology to control the creation of engineered reservoirs in hard deep rocks.

USA: Geothermal Steam to Provide 4,960 MW Generating Capacity by 2021 - FERC

98% of new U.S. electrical generation in January and February came from wind and solar power (Solar Power World)

Geothermal steam provides 3,830 MW and will add another 1,130 MW by 2021.

U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)’s latest Energy Infrastructure Update (with summary statistics for January and February 2018) also reveals that the total installed capacity of renewable energy sources now provides over one-fifth (20.39%) of total available U.S. generating capacity. Combined, wind and solar alone exceed one-tenth (10.18%) of installed capacity–a share greater than either nuclear power (9.11%), hydropower (8.49%) or oil (3.64%). Geothermal steam provides 0.32% of total generating capacity with 3.83 GW.

The report also estimates proposed Generation Additions and Retirements by March 2021. Geothermal Steam is proposed to add 24 units for an additional  1,130 MW of capacity.

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Monday, April 23, 2018

USA: Call for Rejection of RD&D Budget Cuts for Geothermal Technologies

Federal Energy RD&D: Building on Momentum in Fiscal Year 2019 (Information Technology & Innovation Foundation)

In this report, we first describe the key role of the federal government in the U.S. energy innovation system. We then provide a high-level overview of both DOE’s overall budget and its RD&D budget. The bulk of the report drills down into the programs and subprograms that make up DOE’s RD&D budget, detailing what would be put at risk by the administration’s proposal, and opportunities that might be realized through its expansion. The following is an excerpt from the sub-report on Federal Energy R&D: Geothermal Technologies:

In addition to the current U.S. installed capacity of geothermal energy of over 3.8
gigawatts (GW), there is a vast source of untapped energy just waiting to be realized: an estimated 30 GW of hydrothermal plus more than 100 GW of geothermal energy through EGS. The geothermal industry operates in a harsh subsurface environment in which unique technical and operational challenges must be overcome to realize this potential.

Foremost among these challenges is the resources essentially being “out of sight” at a depth of anywhere from two to five kilometers, thus requiring new exploration technologies and tools to reduce the near-term cost and risk of development. DOE has set an ambitious goal of reducing the cost of electricity from newly developed geothermal systems from 22.4 cents per kilowatt-hour ($0.224/kWh) in 2014 to $0.06/kWh by 2030. Meeting this target (for both hydrothermal and EGS resources) requires R&D to harness lower-temperature
resources more effectively, develop improved methods to stimulate new EGS resources, and characterize and model subsurface stress and other reservoir properties. Reductions in R&D funding threaten to delay or even derail the progress DOE has already made toward these targets.

USA: Funding Opportunity for Advancing Geothermal Drilling Technologies

Department of Energy Announces $14.5 Million to Advance Geothermal Drilling Technologies (News Release)

Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $14.5 million in new funding to advance geothermal energy development. The Efficient Drilling for Geothermal Energy (EDGE) funding opportunity announcement (FOA) will focus on geothermal drilling in support of accelerating the research and development of innovative geothermal energy technologies in America.

“Advancing research in geothermal drilling technologies will help harness the heat beneath our feet to expand our domestic energy resources,” said Daniel Simmons, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. “Geothermal is a reliable, baseload renewable energy source with firm and flexible operation, allowing it to provide a range of essential services that contribute to our nation’s grid stability and resiliency.”

Geothermal energy represents a clean, efficient, and nearly inexhaustible domestic energy resource. The U.S. currently has an installed geothermal capacity of more than 3.8 gigawatts (GW), and there is an estimated 100 GW or more of additional potential geothermal development accessible in undiscovered hydrothermal and enhanced geothermal systems. Technological innovation is necessary to economically convert these resources into cost-effective energy services. DOE’s Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO) supports early-stage research and development (R&D) to achieve these necessary technological breakthroughs.

The EDGE FOA aims to continue and expand GTO’s R&D in geothermal drilling by covering three topic areas:
  • Topic Area 1 focuses on early-stage R&D projects to reduce common delays in drilling operations like lost circulation, stuck pipe, unstable wellbores, and other issues that take time away from deepening the hole, typically referred to as non-drilling time.
  • Topic Area 2 focuses on early-stage R&D projects in innovative drilling technologies that improve the rates of penetration for drilling geothermal wells.
  • Topic Area 3 focuses on exploring innovative approaches and models to accelerate the transfer of geothermal drilling and related technologies from the laboratory into the real world by focusing on building partnerships that will increase adoption of nascent technology and improving knowledge transfer in the geothermal industry. 
The application process will include two phases: a Concept Paper phase and a Full Application phase. Applicants must first submit a Concept Paper by 5 PM ET on May 31, 2018 to be eligible to submit a Full Application.

More information on the EDGE FOA can be found on the EERE Funding Opportunity Exchange. For more information on the Geothermal Technologies Office, visit their website HERE.

Japan: ElectraTherm Commissions 65 kWe ORC Geothermal Power Plant

ElectraTherm Commissions Heat-to-Power Generator at Micro-Geothermal Site in Japan (News Release)

ElectraTherm of Reno, Nevada, USA, has commissioned a Power+ Generator® at a geothermal site in the northern part of Japan. The geothermal heat forms an onsen (hot spring) where the local community has enjoyed bathing at this natural resource for centuries. The Power+ installation offers another resource to the community.

ElectraTherm utilizes the Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) and proprietary technologies to generate up to 65 kWe of electricity at the site. The Power+ Generator captures low temperature heat ranging from 77°C to 116˚C and flow rates up to 45.4 m3/hr. Unlike other renewable sources, geothermal heat is baseload, providing a continuous flow of hot water and therefore power generation capabilities 24/7. The geothermal resource captures hot water —  the fuel used by the Power+ to drive the ORC cycle and turning ElectraTherm’s twin screw power block, driving an electric generator to make clean electricity.

Finland: Drilling at 40 MWth Espoo Geothermal District Heating Project Reaches Final Depth of 6,400 Meters

New world record at St1’s geothermal drilling site! (LinkedIn)

by Mika Wiljanen, CEO at St1 Oy Finland and St1 Norge AS Norway

The first well in the Otaniemi project has now been drilled to the final depth of 6.4 km on Saturday evening and we have shown the world that deep wells can be drilled into Scandinavian granite in cooperation with St1 and partners. Our goal is to build industrial scale heat plant running on geothermal energy.

To date, three deeper wells have been drilled for research use; in Russia 12.3 km, in Germany 9.1 km and in Sweden 6.96 km. Our well is the deepest well ever drilled for energy production, a world record in its kind.

Production manager Tero Saarno's German influence from a drilling contractor took a supremacy at the emotional a world record moment, but in close crew this is how it goes. Congratulations to the whole drilling team!

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From the Global Geothermal News archives:

USA, California: Candidate for Governor of Golden State Sees Advantages of Geothermal Energy at First Hand

Lt. Governor Newsom Visited Shrinking Lake In CA That Is Posing Public Health Risks & Harming Local Ecosystems (News Release)

"Investing in geothermal energy production in Imperial County can help reinvigorate the local economy and contribute to the state's renewable energy portfolio."

Prior to Thursday's State Lands Commission meeting in Palm Springs, Lt. Governor Newsom visited Imperial County to observe the environmental, ecological, and public health challenges that have resulted from the shrinking of the Salton Sea, California's largest lake. Lt. Governor Newsom also visited a local geothermal plant to learn about geothermal power and how renewable energy development on state lands contributes to California's renewable energy goals, while also stimulating Imperial County's economy.

Adjacent to the Salton Sea are geothermal plants that hold leases with the State Lands Commission, on which the Lt. Governor is a voting member. Imperial County has some of the highest-producing geothermal wells in the world, reflecting the region's great potential for renewable energy development. In 2016, geothermal energy accounted for about 4% of California's electricity, and about 20% of in-state renewable generation. Investing in geothermal energy production in Imperial County can help reinvigorate the local economy and contribute to the state's renewable energy portfolio.

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Friday, April 20, 2018

Global Geothermal Photo Contest Announced

The Geothermal Resources Council Announces 2018 Amateur Photo Contest (News Release)

The 39th Amateur Photo Contest winners will be announced at the GRC Annual Meeting in Reno, Nevada, USA.  

Midnight Heat, by Hreinn Hjartarson, Husavik, Iceland. Honorable Mention, 2017 Photo Contest.

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

The winners will be announced at the GRC Annual Meeting & Expo being held in Reno, Nevada,  USA from October 14-17.

The first place winner will receive $150, second place - $100, and third place - $75. Honorable Mention photos will receive certificates.

Photographs on any subject related to geothermal energy can be submitted such as geothermal energy production, Enhanced Geothermal systems (EGS), direct use and geothermal heat pumps. These can include photos of well testing, drilling, operation of geothermal equipment, newly developed equipment, or plant operation, construction of a geothermal plant or plant site, and geological areas or surface manifestations (holding potential for geothermal exploration or development). New this year are acceptance of "GIFs" - short animated movies of a few seconds each.

More information on the GRC Amateur Photo Contest, including a submission form, can be found on the GRC website. The deadline for submissions is August 24, 2018.

United Kingdom: Deep Geothermal Potential of the UK

Keeping warm: deep geothermal potential of the UK (EPSRC)

Jon Gluyas and Charlotte Adams discuss  recent National Centre for Energy Systems Integration (CESI) research which looks at how the UK’s heat supply can be decarbonized and national energy security improved.

Two recent papers to emerge from CESI examine the potential to decarbonize the UK’s heat supply and simultaneously improve national energy security.

The article by Gluyas et al on ‘Keeping warm: a review of deep geothermal potential of the UK’ examines how much heat could be extracted from sedimentary basins and granite bodies while Adams and Gluyas article on ‘We could use old coal mines to decarbonize heat – here’s how’ looked at the resource potential of ultra-low enthalpy heat in abandoned flooded coal mines. 

A very conservative estimation indicates that at current levels of heat use there is an absolute minimum of 100 years heat supply from these sources. Moreover, such heat sources have a near zero carbon footprint.

USA: DOE Announces USD 2 Million Funding for Geothermal Energy Research

Energy Department Announces Nearly $12 Million in Small Business Research and Development for EERE (EERE/GTO)

As part of last week's $99 million announcement by the U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry for Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) research and development projects, the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) will manage seven new projects across seven states, totaling $7 million in funding. Two projects involve geothermal energy research:

E-Spectrum Technologies, Inc., San Antonio, TX
$985,773 for a Near-Real-Time Electromagnetic Data-Link for Geothermal Downhole Instruments

This effort proposes a high-temperature electromagnetic tool to provide wireless, near-real-time access to geothermal well downhole data in reservoirs up to 300°C. The proposed effort will leverage existing electromagnetic data transmission technology used for oil and gas exploration to provide a cost-effective means to characterize underground environmental variables such as bit vibration, downhole temperature, and pressure conditions. This capability will minimize risks associated with developing geothermal energy as a viable power source.

Olympic Research, Inc., Port Townsend, WA
$1,009,468 for Controlled-Porosity Ceramic Materials for High Temperature Downhole Applications

Advanced geothermal energy production is challenged by the harsh thermal and chemical environments posed by fluids produced in geothermal wells. This technology introduces a novel method of forming high performance ceramic components in place to extend the operating life of the well components.

Make Sure of Your Booth at the Geothermal Energy Event of the Year

GRC Annual Meeting & Expo

14-17 October, 2018, Peppermill Resort Spa Casino, Reno, Nevada, USA

28 exhibitors have signed up for the geothermal energy event of the year:

AMSA, Inc. GeothermEx
BS&B Safety Systems, LLC Horizon Well Logging
C-FER Technologies (1999) Inc. Indar Electric
Case M&I Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems
Coastal Technologies Inc. NALCO Water
Cooling Tower Depot Nevada Division of Minerals
Croll-Reynolds & Tsurumi Pump Ormat Technologies, Inc.
Dewhurst Group, LLC POWER Engineers, Inc.
EvapTech, Inc. PowerChem
Expro Group Quantec Geoscience Limited
Fuji Electric Seequent
Gardner Denver Nash Sinclair Well Products
GEODEEP Thermochem, Inc.
Geothermal Resources Council U.S. Bureau of Land Management

In conjunction with the prestigious Annual Meeting, the GRC will also host an expo in which companies can promote projects, equipment, services, and technology to leading geothermal energy scientists, producers, renewable energy industry stakeholders, regulators, utilities, and key associated business leaders around the world.
Contact Ann Lay Email:, Phone: (530) 758-2360 ext. 100 if you have any questions.

Kenya: Geothermal Fills the Gap as Hydropower Becomes More Intermittent

As drought saps hydropower, steam may keep Kenya boiling along (The Star, Kenya)

In February, Kenyans awoke to news that has become an annual ritual: Authorities were considering temporarily shutting down hydropower dams, the country’s largest source of electricity.

The reason was the one given each dry season for the last four years – too long without rain had left too little water in reservoirs to turn the turbines and generate power.

Kenya Power, the national electricity utility, has so far always managed to avoid a full shutdown, instead turning off just a few turbines at a time. But to make up the gap it has turned to more expensive – and polluting – diesel generators to keep the country plugged in.

Now, however, another clean source of power may help fill the gap: Geothermal power.

United Kingdom: Vacancy as Community Relations Manager at United Downs Geothermal Power Project

Community Relations Manager (United Downs Deep Geothermal Power Project)

The United Downs Deep Geothermal Power project is seeking to appoint a Community Relations Manager who will be responsible for implementing policies with respect to community liaison and public relations.

​The role will include developing and maintaining relationships with the public, community leaders and media representatives and ensuring that the project’s engagement with the local community is managed effectively and transparently.

The role is expected to be 35 hours per week but hours can be flexible to suit the right candidate.​

The initial contract will be for a period of 12 months, commencing as soon as possible. A possible extension to the contract will be discussed during the last 3 months, depending on progress of the project.

Salary will be in the range £22 to £25k, depending on experience.

For further information please download this PDF.

Science & Technology: Better Location of Boreholes Helps Geothermal Well Drilling

Optimized Positioning of Geothermal Boreholes Reduces Seismicity (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)

When constructing geothermal systems for the extraction of heat from underground hot water reservoirs, optimal positioning of the boreholes can considerably reduce seismicity. This is the result of induced seismicity studies by scientists of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

Induced seismicity means shocks caused by human activities. Based on the change of water pressure in the rock (pore pressure) and the mechanical stresses in the rock, the researchers modeled changes of the stress field as a result of the injection and extraction of fluids, e.g. gases or liquids.

B. Müller, F. Schilling, Th. Röckel, and O. Heidbach: Induced Seismicity in Reservoirs: Stress Makes the Difference. Erdöl Erdgas Kohle, DOI: 10.19225/180106

USA, Idaho: U.S. Geothermal Shareholders Vote for Merger With Ormat

U.S. Geothermal Shareholders Vote Overwhelmingly for Merger With Ormat (News Release)

At the special meeting of shareholders of U.S. Geothermal Inc. held on April 19, 2018, the shareholders of the company:

  1. adopted and approved the Agreement and Plan of Merger entered into on January 24, 2018, among U.S. Geothermal, Ormat and OGP Holding, and the transaction contemplated by the merger agreement, pursuant to which U.S. Geothermal would become a wholly owned subsidiary of Ormat; 
  2. approved the proposal to adjourn the special meeting, if necessary or appropriate, to solicit additional proxies to adopt and approve the merger agreement; and 
  3. approved on an advisory basis the compensation that may be paid or become payable to the Company’s named executive officers as a result of the merger.
13,236,961 shareholders voted for the merger with Ormat, 715,398 against.

Norway: Company Provides Equipment that Can Withstand the Most Extreme Geothermal Conditions

Measuring devices for the world’s most extreme environment (News Release)

Norwegian research scientists are contributing to the development of the world’s hottest geothermal well in a non-volcanic area. The goal is to exploit the inexhaustible supply of heat from the interior of the Earth, and this calls for equipment that can withstand the most extreme conditions.

An international research team recently completed a three-year EU project called DESCRAMBLE (Drilling in dEep, Super-CRitical, AMbients of continentaL Europe). Together, the project team has drilled a test well in a geothermal field in Tuscany in Italy. The Italian company Enel Green Power, a global producer of green energy, is heading the project, with SINTEF, one of Europe’s largest independent research organisations, as its research partner. Together they are attempting to harness the natural forces found three kilometres closer to the Earth’s core.

The measuring equipment SINTEF has developed as part of this project is a so-called “wireline logging tool” that can measure downhole temperatures and pressures. Such measurements are crucial in the search for the extremely energy-rich supercritical water. Temperature and pressure data indicate when the drill bit has entered a zone containing such water, and the well’s geothermal properties (both the maximum temperature and temperature changes caused by drilling) will tell us how much energy the well can produce.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

The Geothermal Energy Magazine - Now Available Online

Now Available - GRC Bulletin - Vol. 47, No. 2, March/April 2018

The latest GRC Bulletin has been published. Produced by the Geothermal Resources Council since 1972, the Bulletin is the voice of the global geothermal energy community.

In this issue:
  • Inside Geothermal: 12 pages of geothermal energy news from around the world.
  • Temperature Recovery after Long-term Injection: Case History from Soda Lake, Nevada, by James Lovekin, et al.
  • Corporate Focus - GeothermEx and Cyrq Energy.
  • Geothermal History in the Making - a hot, dry rock geothermal energy program in 1977.
  • Adventures Within the Geothermal Community - A Q&A with Cary Lindsey.
The GRC Bulletin is only available online to GRC members. To make sure of your copy join the GRC today!

Global Geothermal Energy Photo Contest to Launch Soon!

A Global Geothermal Energy Photo Collection - Free to use, courtesy of the Geothermal Resources Council

The 39th Geothermal Photo Contest will be announced next week

Just under 7,000 photos are available for re-use in the GRC Flicker photo collection.

Images at various sizes can be re-used for various purposes - just reference the Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) when you do.

Of particular interest are the entries in the annual GRC Geothermal Photo Contest:

Italy: Geothermal Energy is a Big Draw for Tourists in Tuscany

In Tuscany, Tourism is Geothermal (Enel Green Power)

Tuscany is one of the Italian regions that is most known and loved by tourists from around the world. For a few years now, thanks to a collaboration between Enel Green Power and local authorities, alongside the cities full of art, the breath-taking scenery and culinary delights, the geothermal district is one of the most appreciated destinations in the region.

“Geothermal tourists” are schoolchildren, organised groups from Italy and abroad and local residents, all curious about this context – the geothermal industry – deeply rooted in the territory for two centuries now.

Enel Green Power’s Larderello Geothermal Plant was the first in the world to use the heat of the earth to produce green and renewable energy. Today, it’s the centre of a vast complex with a museum and many parks and nature trails.

Science & Technology: Video on Benefits of Geothermal Power

Geothermal Heat Power (Heat Power)

(Video 2:02 minutes)

Producing clean electricity 24/7 independent of weather conditions provides a renewable and sustainable energy base-load and a reliable, affordable complement to other renewable energy resources such as wind, solar, hydro, storage, tidal and biomass. More information at

Iceland: 40th Session of the United Nations University Geothermal Training Programme Opens

The 40th session of the UNU-GTP

The 40th session of the United Nations University Geothermal Training Programme (UNU-GTP) opened on Tuesday 17th of April. The Director, Lúdvik S. Georgsson led the opening ceremony and gave a speech about the work and history of the UNU-GTP and welcomed the new group of Fellows.

This year 24 UNU Fellows from 14 countries are participating in the six month specialised courses. The Fellows come from Bolivia 1, China 2, Djibouti 1, Ecuador 1, El Salvador 1, Ethiopia 2, Indonesia 3, Kenya 5, Nevis 1, Philippines 1, St. Lucia 1, Tanzania 2, and Zambia 1. This is the first time a representative from St. Lucia has participated in the Six Month Programme.

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Netherlands: 60-63°C Geothermal Waters from 2,114 Meter Deep Well to Heat Dutch Greenhouses

Züblin Spezialtiefbau schließt zwei geothermische Tiefbohrungen in den Niederlanden erfolgreich ab - Züblin Spezialtiefbau successfully completes two geothermal deep wells in the Netherlands (Strabag)

The production well was drilled up to 2,114 meters vertical depth and the injection well drilled to 1,859 meters vertical depth.

Die Pumpversuche erbrachten mit Förderraten von bis zu 400 m³/h bei Thermalwassertemperaturen von 60-63°C den Nachweis eines sehr potenten geothermischen Reservoirs, welches mit Fertigstellung der Heizzentrale und eines Zwischenspeichers Anfang 2018 an ein bestehendes Nahwärmenetz angeschlossen wurde.

Durch das Anschließen der geothermischen Heizzentrale an das Wärmenetz eines niederländischen Energieproduzenten können die Pflanzen-Setzlinge in den Gewächshäusern CO2-neutral gezüchtet werden. Geplant ist die Nutzung des Wärmenetzes von Wayland Energy für insgesamt 15 Gewächshäuser in Bergschenhoek und Bleiswijk.

(From Google Translate) With pumping rates of up to 400 m³/h and thermal water temperatures of 60-63°C, the pumping tests provided proof of a very potent geothermal reservoir, which was connected to an existing local heating network at the beginning of 2018 with the completion of the heating system and a buffer.

By connecting the geothermal heating center to the heating network of a Dutch energy producer, the plant seedlings in the greenhouses can be grown CO2-neutral. The plan is to use Wayland Energy's heating network for a total of 15 greenhouses in Bergschenhoek and Bleiswijk.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

United Kingdom: 1.5 MWth Geothermal District Heating Project Proposed for Historic Bath City Buildings

Bath Abbey to be heated by the hot springs of the Roman baths (Telegraph)

The Roman Baths with Bath
Abbey in the background.
Photo by Ian Crawford (2017)
First it was the Celts, who worshipped at the waters bubbling up from beneath the surface of the earth, then the Romans, who created a complex of baths and steam rooms to harness the power of the sacred springs.

Now 21st century engineers are to use the water from the same hot springs beneath the city of Bath to heat its medieval abbey.

Builders will shortly begin work on an underfloor heating system using the waters from the springs which supply the historic Roman baths.

The scheme, being funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, envisages 1.5 megawatts of continuous energy being produced, enough to heat the church and surrounding buildings, as well as the Romans Baths and Pump Room complex itself.

Indonesia: Star Energy Issues Green Bond to Further geothermal Energy Development

Star Energy Geothermal Wayang Windu publishes a green bond for US $ 580 million (Business Insight)

Wayang Windu geothermal power plant (PLTP) operator, Star Energy Geothermal (Wayang Windu) Ltd (SEGWW), has recently completed an environmental bond offering or green bond worth US $ 580 million. The subsidiary of Star Energy Group Holdings Pte Ltd has set a coupon of 6.75 percent.

The bonds will be issued as of April 24. With a 15-year tenor, the notes will mature on April 24, 2033. The first coupon payment is scheduled for October 24, 2018.

Refinancing through bank loans is a Star Energy strategy because it requires quick funds to acquire two of Chevron's geothermal assets, namely Salak geothermal field and Darajat geothermal field. In March 2017, Star Energy completed the $ 2.3 billion acquisition through a consortium with AC Energy (Ayala Group's Philippine energy business arm) and Thailand Electricity Generating PCL (EGCO) power producer.

Policy: Geothermal Power Should Increase to 227 GW by 2050 to Help Mitigate Climate Change - IRENA

Global Energy Transformation: A Roadmap to 2050 (IRENA)

The REmap Case 2050 target for geothermal energy is 227 GW

Renewable energy needs to be scaled up at least six times faster for the world to meet the decarbonisation and climate mitigation goals set out in the Paris Agreement, says Global Energy Transformation: A Roadmap to 2050.

The total share of renewable energy must rise from around 18% of total final energy consumption (in 2015) to around two-thirds by 2050. Over the same period, the share of renewables in the power sector would increase from around one-quarter to 85%, mostly through growth in solar and wind power generation.

Global Energy Transformation: A Roadmap to 2050. April 2018, ISBN: 978-92-9260-059-4.

Finance: Report Identifies Key Barriers and Highlights Policy Options to Boost Geothermal Energy Deployment

Renewable Energy Policies in a Time of Transition (IRENA)

This report, prepared jointly by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the International Energy Agency (International Energy Agency (IEA) and the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21), identifies key barriers and highlights policy options to boost renewable energy deployment.

After reviewing current policies and targets worldwide, it examines sector-specific policies for heating and cooling, transport and power, as well as measures for integrating variable renewables. An updated policy classification and terminology list can serve as a global reference for renewable energy policy instruments.

Supporting Geothermal Power by Reducing Risk

Global potential for geothermal energy is estimated at 70 to 80 GW. However, because of several barriers, only 15% of the potential capacity is being harnessed globally. One key challenge relates to the high risks and upfront costs associated with exploration, as well as overall project development costs, which occur over a relatively longer period of time.

To reduce the risks associated with geothermal development, several policy approaches and instruments have been successfully applied globally, including: full government development of the resource; cost-sharing between the government or donors and the private sector to mitigate risk; use of insurance instruments and loan guarantees; and application of other fiscal incentives (e.g. tax and import duty exemptions). Key features enabling successful implementation of geothermal projects under various policies include: sufficient capacity within the private sector to implement projects through a multistage (and time-consuming) process; development of transparent and clear criteria to select project development partners; and provision of clear information
on risk capital to be mobilised.

Kenya, Turkey and Nicaragua have been successful in reducing risk through government-supported early-stage drilling with project development undertaken by the private sector. The Geothermal Risk Mitigation Funds for Africa and the Geothermal Development Facility for Latin America are supported by several
donors and providing co-funding for early-stage exploration and certain project development costs. The facility also provides further risk mitigation through allowing for conversion of the co-funding into a full grant (with no further financial obligation) in cases where drilling is unsuccessful.

Italy: Enel Announces Award for Mercury and Sulphurized Hydrogen Reduction System for Geothermal Power Plants

Geothermal: Innovation Comes from an Alliance between Business and Research (News Release)

A winner has been chosen for the challenge launched by Enel Green Power to identify innovative solutions to use at geothermal plants. The winner of the 15,000-euro prize is Luigia Lona, a researcher-entrepreneur with “an innate instinct to search for solutions”.

“An innate instinct to search for solutions” and the belief that “true, effective innovation comes from the close relationship between research, application and business”. These are the two key factors that inspired Luigia Lona to participate in and win the challenge launched by Enel Green Power to make Mercury and Sulferized Hydrogen Reduction (AMIS) systems in EGP geothermal plants more effective.

The winning idea involved a change in the last stage of the AMIS cycle, where soda is used to regulate the level of acidity in the liquid solution coming from the H2S reduction process. Specifically, the change involves halving the entry of soda in the scrubber and introducing a system that allows for the optimisation of the quantity of soda consumed for different sections.

Kenya: GDC Ensures Fuel Supply for Drilling at Lake Baringo – Silali Geothermal Project

GDC, NOCK In Fuel Supply Partnership For Drilling Activities (News Release)

Geothermal Development Company (GDC) and the National Oil Corporation of Kenya (NOCK) this morning signed an agreement which will see the latter supply diesel for drilling and water pumping activities for the Lake Baringo – Silali Geothermal Project.

The brief ceremony which took place at Nock’s Kawi House offices, was overseen by Managing Director & CEO Eng. Johnson P. Ole Nchoe and his Nock counterpart Ms. MaryJane Mwangi.

The MD said that the deal will ensure proper supply of fuel to expedite the drilling process for GDC.

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Philippines: 12 MW Second Unit of Maibarara Geothermal Power Plant Awarded Certificate of Compliance

MGI gets COC for Pampanga power station (Business Mirror)

Maibarara geothermal plant (Courtesy PetroEnergy)
Maibarara Geothermal Inc. (MGI) has secured a Certificate of Compliance (COC) for its 12 MW Maibarara-2 power station in Santo Tomas, Batangas.

This is MGI’s second geothermal facility approved by the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) last April 16.

Maibarara-2 construction was essentially completed last year along with the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market registration and grid communication protocol requirements set by the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines.

Individual plant-equipment testing started in early-2018, culminating in the synchronization and first delivery of power to the Luzon grid on March 9.

Early this month, the ERC conducted a thorough inspection of Maibarara-2, leading to the eventual COC approval, PGEC Energy Trading Head Dave P. Gadiano said.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Turkey: Invitation to Participate in Turkish Geothermal Risk Sharing Mechanism

Expression of Interest - Turkey Geothermal Risk Sharing Mechanism

The Turkey Geothermal Risk Sharing Mechanism (RSM) Unit within the Development Bank of Turkey (TKB) is now asking for a simple expression of interest from potential Beneficiaries to participate in the RSM for exploratory geothermal drilling. The expression of interest only needs to state the name and contact person of the company and the potential area in question.

More detailed description on data requests will be provided at the application workshop, but eligible Beneficiaries need to fulfill in general the following qualification criteria:
  • Hold a valid exploration license.
  • Having finished surface exploration, including geological-, geophysical- and geochemical exploration.
  • If wells are already available, provide the information from the wells.
  • Having constructed initial Conceptual Model (simple or extensive)
  • Having selected drilling targets and well design.
  • Having created a business model.
As environmentally sustainable geothermal utilization is one of the key objective of future geothermal development, CO2 emission of successful projects need to be below 583 g/kWh, unless acceptable mitigation measures are suggested.

Expression of interest shall be sent to: and

United Kingdom: Vacancy as Research Assistant at United Downs Geothermal Power Project

Research Assistant (Media Framing of Deep Geothermal Energy)

United Downs Geothermal Power project (UDDGP)
Closing Date:  Midnight Monday 14th May 2018

This research post will explore public perception and communication of geothermal power, geothermal technologies and the subsurface environment. It will provide support to the element of the project focusing on media framing of geothermal energy. You will be required to carry out literature-based work and undertake content and sentiment analysis, focusing particularly on social media coverage. It will also analyse how messages are ‘read’ by ‘receivers’ through using eye tracking technology. You will also work closely with industrial partners and other stakeholders involved in delivering the project.

You will be working with Professor Alison Anderson and Professor Iain Stewart, Director of the Sustainable Earth Institute (SEI) as part of the Sustainable Earth Institute.

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USA, California: Conference on Energy in the Golden State

Develop Profitable Strategies at the 6th Annual California Energy Summit (Infocast )

15-17 May, Redondo Beach, California

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The California energy market is at the center of a maelstrom of change that will have profound impacts on strategic directions and opportunities for utilities, power producers, preferred resources providers and customers on multiple fronts. Only those organizations that fully understand the complex, confusing and constantly changing California energy market will be able to develop strategies to profit.

California Energy Summit 2018 will bring policy-makers together with utility, IPP, energy storage and finance executives to provide the latest information on the opportunities and threats in California, and discuss potential strategies for the future.

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Netherlands: Trias Westland Geothermal Project Drilling Nears Reservoir

Trias Westland geothermal project reached clay-layers above reservoir (Amsterdam Petroleum Geoscience)

Monday April 16th the wellsite geologists of T&A Survey/AmsterdamPG have established that the claylayers situated above the reservoir of the Trias Westland geothermal project have been reached. Next, the borehole will be stabilized with a cement liner, in order to allow the drilling of the last trajectory, which will go through the geothermal reservoir.

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Iceland: 5 MW Bjarnarflag Geothermal Power Plant Construction Contract Signed

Construction contract signed for 5 MW Bjarnarflag geothermal power plant (LinkedIn)

Deilir Technical Services of Kópavogur, Iceland and Green Energy Geothermal of London, United Kingdom, have signed a construction contract for a 5 MW geothermal power plant at Bjarnarflag in Iceland.

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Canada: Delivery of Three 150 kW Climeon Modules to Valemount Project to be Made before End of Year

Valemount’s – and Canada’s – first geothermal power plant on the way (The Rocky Mountain Goat)

The latest news about Valemount’s geothermal project came out of Sweden.

Swedish clean energy company Climeon (pronounced “climb on”) announced that Natural Resources Canada funded the purchase of three 150 kW Climeon Modules, which will become Canada’s first geothermal power plant once installed. Climeon modules are used to turn heat into electricity and they are revolutionizing the way geothermal projects unfold. The three modules cost 1 million euros or $1,541,000 CAD. Delivery is planned for the end of 2018.

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Mexico: Two Day Conference on Geothermal Energy in Latin America

5th Geothermal Congress for Latin America and the Caribbean (GEOLAC)

July 17-18, 2018, Mexico City, Mexico

Co-hosted by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and The World Bank, and featuring high level participation from SENER, this year’s event will gather governments, utilities, multilaterals, developers and capital providers to map the role of geothermal across LAC’s rapidly changing energy matrix, showcase emerging opportunities for investment, pinpoint regional obstacles, and highlight new sources of funding.

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Monday, April 16, 2018

Finance: Geothermal Energy Favors Well in External Cost Comparison

Accounting for The Full Cost of Electricity (News Release)

The market price of generating electricity doesn't necessarily account for the social and environmental impacts of its generation, says the Organisation for Economic Co‑operation and Development Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) in its new report The Full Costs of Electricity Provision.

"What this report reveals is that the notion of "electricity cost" that we often use today, the levelised costs of electricity (LCOE), is just a part of a much bigger picture. While LCOE is a useful tool to compare the costs of baseload technologies in regulated systems, it leaves out many decisive aspects of the costs of electricity. In particular, the grid‑level system costs and the social costs that are not captured by LCOE are too important to be ignored any longer" said NEA Director‑General William D. Magwood, IV, at the report's launch.

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Indonesia: PT Supreme Energy Boss Reaffirms Commitment to Geothermal Energy Projects

Supramu Santoso: It’s Challenging, but We Stick in Geothermal (TheInsiderStories)

TheInsiderStories interviews President and CEO of PT Supreme Energy Supramu Santoso.

Q: How is the progress of Supreme’s Business? We will start the construction of geothermal plants in June this year and targets the operation in 2020. It takes around three years. The project capacity is 91 megawatt.

Q: It is your first project? No, we earlier drilled some geothermal wells, but we should continue to drill around 13 wells. We currently have three geothermal concession in West Sumatra, South Sumatra, and Lampung.

Q: How much is the potential power capacity of the project? Around 80 megawatts in West Sumatra project.

Q: How about the other projects? In South Sumatra project, we will start drilling in July this year. For Lampung project, we hope we can build a road to the project this year.

Q: How much is the total capacity of the project? We do not know. It depends on. It is difficult to estimate. In the past, we expected around 600 megawatts for the three projects but the exploration result is different. So we do not dare to estimate, we hope to discover around 200 megawatts.

Q: Do you have a project that already in production phase? The West Sumatra project will (come) on stream on 2019, (with) approximately 86 megawatt of gross production.

Q: The renewables business faced many obstacles, but are your company stick in this industry? When we first entered the geothermal industry, it was very promising. The energy demand projected to grow around 9% per year while the oil and gas production dropped. In addition, Indonesia has huge geothermal sources. So, I was thinking that it’s a good investment, but it is not easy.

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