Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Ethiopia: Aluto-Langano Geothermal Plant Will Generate 75 MW from Eight Wells

Aluto-Langano Geothermal Expansion Comes to Life (Addis Fortune)

The plant is expected to generate 75 MW of energy from eight wells

The overdue expansion of the Aluto-Langano Geothermal Plant is going to get a fresh start following the recently announced tender by the Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP) to hire a contractor for the project and procure rigs to drill the wells.

Located on the Aluto volcanic complex of the Ethiopian Rift valley, close to the eastern mountain between Lake Langano and Ziway, some 200 Km southeast of Addis Ababa, the plant is expected to generate 75 MW of energy from eight wells.

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Canada: Alberta Town Repurposing Oil & Gas Wells for Geothermal Energy

Why a Small Alberta Oil and Gas Town is Pursuing Geothermal Power (DeSmog Canada)

(Google Maps)
Like many towns across Alberta, the landscape around Hinton is a pincushion of oil wells. At the bottom of some of the deeper wells, temperatures can reach upwards of 120 degrees Celsius, and that geothermal heat could be about to spur the town on to its next energy windfall.

A plan is underway to pump water up from deep underground, capture the heat it brings to the surface, then re-inject that water into the ground. The captured heat could warm a dozen municipal buildings or even eventually provide electricity.

“That’s attainable, that’s not a huge technical challenge. The question is at what cost,” Jonathan Banks, a research associate in geoscience at the University of Alberta, told DeSmog Canada.

The town recently got $1.2 million in federal and provincial grants to explore the feasibility of the project, known as a Front-End Engineering and Design, or FEED, study. That should be complete by the end of the summer.

“If the FEED study shows that the project is viable…we could start building the system in the fall of 2018,” Banks says, cautioning that there are a number of unknowns, such as an uncertain regulatory process.

A big part of why newly elected town councillor Dewly Nelson thinks the oil-friendly residents should welcome geothermal to town? It all runs on the same infrastructure and knowledge as the oil and gas industry, making it an excellent way to make use of existing oilfields and some of the workers who have been hit by low oil prices.

“If it ever really takes off on a large scale in Canada, it will be because of oil and gas,” he says.

From the Global Geothermal News archives:

France: Second Well Completed at Cachan Geothermal District Heating Project

Subhorizontal Geothermal Well Architecture - A Proven Concept

A second subhorizontal well successfully completed and tested at Cachan (Paris Basin, France)

The second subhorizontal geothermal well has been completed on the Paris suburban Cachan site for its customer Dalkia (EDF Group).

The well, which will serve as the injection unit of the local Geothermal District Heating doublet, is similar in design to the production well achieved in late December 2017, recorded as a world premiere in geothermal well engineering. It features an open-hole drain, 8"1/2 in diameter and 1,005 m long (against 1,001 m for the first well).

Targeted at a nominal 450 m3/h productive/injective performance, the new doublet managed by a Dalkia/City of Cachan JV (Dalkia operator), will replace two existing, 34 years old, doublets, both cumulating 350 m3/h capacity.
The concept, pioneered by GPC Instrumentation Process (GPC IP), opens attractive perspectives for geothermal development in densely populated areas undergoing moderate to poor (by geothermal standards) reservoir performance.

News submitted by Pierre Ungemach & Miklos Antics (GRC Member)

From the Global Geothermal News archives:

El Salvador: Opportunity to Visit Different Types of Geothermal Plant

Visit Geothermal Plants in El Salvador (Columbian Geothermal Association - AGEOCOL)

3-7 June, 2018

Indonesia: Employment Opportunity at West Sumatra Geothermal Power Project

Vacancies at Muara Laboh Geothermal Power Project (LinkedIn)

Supreme Energy Indonesia, a pioneer of Geothermal exploration & Development in Indonesia, is currently on the search for national talents to fill current opportunities for the future of our Operations & Maintenance org. in Muara Laboh, West Sumatera.

If you or someone you know is looking for their next career move in the renewable energy sector, please reach out to me directly through Linkedin, or via email at recruitment@supreme-energy.com
  1. I&C Engineer - The ideal candidates should have a minimum 5 years of similar experience with a degree in Electrical or Instrument Engineering. 
  2. Electrical Engineer - The ideal candidates should have a minimum 5 years of similar experience with a degree in Electrical Engineering. 
  3. Mechanical Engineer - The ideal candidates should have a minimum 5 years of similar experience with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. 
  4. Civil Supervisor The ideal candidates should have a minimum 5 years of similar experience with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.
  5. Maintenance Mechanical Supervisor - The ideal candidates should have a minimum 8 years of similar experience with 3 years of supervisory level and a degree in Mechanical Engineering.  

USA, Washington: Four to Five, 1,600-Foot-Deep Wells to be Drilled in Exploring for Potential Geothermal Power Plants

Washington volcanoes could become power plants (KING5.com)

Could Washington generate electrical power from the Earth’s heat near its volcanoes? That’s what will be explored early this summer as the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) drills four to five, 1,600-foot-deep wells to begin locating potential geothermal power plants.

“Our hope is that, as you go down into the Earth, these will show an elevated temperature,” said GRC Member Alex Steely, Ph.D. a DNR Geologist who is working on the project. He calls them “temperature gradient” wells.

Several of the wells will be drilled near Baker Lake, off of US 20 south of Mt. Baker. On a generally clear day with little wind, we can be reminded of the steaming vent at the summit reminding us that Baker is a volcano.

The other wells will be drilled about 15 miles northwest of Mount St. Helens. That steam generated by a hot vent that runs miles below the mountain and a reminder that hot rocks and molten magma are not far below the surface whether a volcano is erupting or not.

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Science & Technology: Patent Awarded for Method for Producing Power from Two Geothermal Heat Sources

Method and apparatus for producing power from two geothermal heat sources (USPTO)

United States Patent #9,920,749 - Awarded March 20, 2018 to Ormat Technologies, Inc.

A method for producing power from two geothermal heat sources includes: 
  • separating a first geothermal fluid from a first geothermal heat source into geothermal vapor comprising steam and non-condensable gases, and geothermal brine; 
  • supplying the geothermal vapor to a vaporizer; 
  • vaporizing a preheated motive fluid using heat from the geothermal vapor, wherein the heat content in the geothermal vapor exiting the flash tank is only enough to vaporize the preheated motive fluid in the vaporizer; 
  • expanding the vaporized motive fluid in a vapor turbine producing power and expanded vaporized motive fluid; 
  • condensing the expanded vaporized motive fluid to produce condensed motive fluid; and 
  • preheating the condensed motive fluid in a preheater using heat from a second geothermal fluid from a second geothermal heat source having a lower temperature and salinity content that the first geothermal fluid, thereby producing the preheated motive fluid, make-up water and heat-depleted geothermal brine.

Philippines: Bacman Geothermal Power Plant Can Supply less than 1 MW to Customers

Renewable energy for all Filipinos (Manila Bulletin)

Jay Joel L. Soriano, Energy Development Corporation's business unit head for Negros Island

Geothermal energy, as opposed to wind or solar for that matter, is — in our view — the holy grail of RE technologies. It does not depend on the seasons. It does not depend on the time of day. It also does not depend on weather conditions. In other words, properly managed, geothermal can supply clean, uninterrupted power day or night, rain or shine, all year round. And we are blessed to have this energy source in our very own country, a privilege common only to a limited number of countries.

Our Bacman Geothermal Business Unit in Bicol is a part of the Retail Competition and Open Access or ROCA program with the approval of its Retail Electricity Supplier (RES) license. Through Bacman’s RES, we are now able to directly contract with contestable customers with demand below 1MW.

Apart from our preventive maintenance programs to ensure that our power plants are always in good condition, we have invested time and effort to make our facilities typhoon resistant so that they can withstand strong Yolanda-type typhoons, which have become the “new normal” due to climate change. While the upfront investments may seem huge, we believe that the increased reliability and avoidance of future damage will result in lower operational costs in the long run.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Geothermal Event - Call for Abstracts

GRC Annual Meeting 2018 - Call for Abstracts

Geothermal Resources Council Annual Meeting will be held Oct. 14-17 in Reno, Nevada, USA.  The deadline for abstract submission is Friday, March 30th, 2018.

The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) has issued a call for abstracts for the world’s biggest geothermal energy conference of the year taking place October 14-17, 2018, in Reno, Nevada, USA at the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino. The 42nd GRC Annual Meeting will showcase the world-wide availability of a clean, dependable renewable energy that is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, providing both flexible and baseload power production.

The GRC Annual Meeting is the industry’s largest annual gathering of leading geothermal energy scientists, producers, renewable energy industry stakeholders, regulators, utilities, and key associated business leaders. The four-day event will offer technical, policy, and market conference sessions, educational seminars, tours of local geothermal and renewable energy projects, and numerous networking opportunities.

USA, Utah: Video on Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy Site at Milford

FORGE: Exploring Utah's Potential for Enhanced Geothermal Systems - Part Two (Utah Governor's Office of Energy Development)

Part Two of the Utah Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE) series explores the technology behind enhanced geothermal systems, and the State's leadership on discovering Utah's potential for driving this innovation forward. (Also see Part One.....)

Indonesia: Important Regional Geothermal Energy Conference in Jakarta

6th Indonesia International Geothermal Convention and Exhibition (IIGCE)

5-8 September 2018, Jakarta Convention Center, Indonesia

The growing interest in geothermal energy, its importance in future energy supply, and the need to accelerate its development make it very compelling to host a comprehensive industry forum which promotes and advances broader collaboration and innovation amongst geothermal’s stakeholders. To meet this objective, Indonesian Geothermal Association (INAGA)’s Annual Scientific Meeting will host The 6th Indonesia International Geothermal Convention and Exhibition (IIGCE) 2018, to be held from 5-8 September 2018 at Jakarta Convention Center.

With this year’s theme “Empowering Geothermal for Indonesia’s Energy Sustainability”. We proudly encourage you to be part of the region’s premier event in Geothermal industry and benefit from its advanced programs.

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St. Kitts and Nevis: Testing Measures Well Temperature Readings of Over 400 Degrees F at Nevis Geothermal Power Project

Geothermal Test Well Confirms Sustainable Reservoir Of Geothermal Energy On Nevis (Nevis Pages)

Update: Over the weekend the team reported 491 deg F at a depth of 2,990 ft. 

A team from the United States of America (USA) based GeothermEx - a GRC Member Company - contracted by the Nevis Renewable Energy International (NREI) to determine the status of the geothermal test well at Hamilton, says their findings confirm the requisite temperature and flow necessary for a sustainable supply of geothermal energy on Nevis.

As of Monday March 19, 2018, the tests results at Hamilton continue to hold steady with surface reading temperatures of 255 degrees Fahrenheit; steam temperatures of 411 degrees and well temperature readings of over 400 degrees.

According to Bruce Cutright, CEO of NREI, a subsidiary of Thermal Energy Partners, LLC, said the testing operations at Hamilton are completed. Though the drilling plan was to go to 4000 feet, they entered the geothermal reservoir which has a capacity exceeding 5 megawatts of energy before. Drilling for the production wells on the site are expected to begin late this summer.

Kenya: Consultants Confirm 105 MW Resource at Menengai Geothermal Power Project

Consultant Assures CS of Menengai Steam Availability For 105 MW (GDC Blog)

Consultants from West Japan Engineering Consultants (West Jec) of Fukuoka, Japan, have confirmed that Geothermal Development Company (GDC) has enough steam for the set up of 105 MW power plants in Menengai. In a meeting held at the Ministry of Energy office at Nyayo house, the team reported their findings, further paving way for the set up of the Menengai power plants by independent power producers.

The meeting was attended by the Energy Cabinet Secretary Hon. Charles Keter, PS Dr. Eng Joseph Njoroge, CAS and PS Renewable Energy Prof. Colleta Suda, GDC MD & CEO Eng. Johnson P. Ole Nchoe as well as GDC Senior managers.

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USA, California: Community Choice Energy Summit Offers Opportunities for Geothermal Energy

Community Choice Energy Summit

April 24 - 26, 2018, La Jolla, California

With dozens of LA County, beach, inland and desert cities at varying stages along the “Community Choice Energy (CCA) On-Ramp”, a vast amount of load is set to change hands, with potential to impact the entire West Coast energy market.

This 2018 Community Choice Energy Summit delves deeper into renewable power planning, procurement and financial strategies, initiatives for developing local energy resources and projects, and emerging advanced methods including customer analytics, energy portfolio risk management, and DERs. This year’s sequel also features a special session designed to provide executives from working CCAs, and Mayors, City Managers and Committee/Task Force Chairs from prospective CCAs, an opportunity to network and share insights, best practices and concerns, and a panel focused just on Southern California CCAs and municipalities.

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

Indonesia: Chinese Company to Jointly Develop Simbolon-Samosir Geothermal Project

Kaishan to jointly Develops Simbolon-Samosir geothermal project (News Release)

Zhejiang Kaishan Compressor Co Ltd has announced that the company’s holding subsidiary KS Orka Renewables Pte Ltd, has signed a "Simbolon-Samosir Geothermal Project Shareholders Agreement" with PT Optima Nusantara Energi (ONE) to jointly develop the geothermal project.

According to the shareholder agreement signed by both parties, KS Orka and ONE agreed to establish the special purpose entity PT Samosir Geothermal Power to jointly develop the Simbolon-Samosir geothermal project, including: exploration, exploitation and development of geothermal resources; design, engineering, procurement, financing , Construction, testing, operation, ownership, management, operation and maintenance of geothermal field facilities and power plants from WKP regional energy; use of geothermal energy production in WKP areas, and sale of electricity to PLN based on project companies and PPAs that PLN will conclude.

The Simbolon Samosir WK is located in five Regencies in North Sumatra province, namely Samosir, North Tapanuli, Humbang Hasundutan and Dairi, North Sumatra province.

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From the Global Geothermal News archives:

St. Lucia: Public Consultations Inform On Geothermal Power Project

No geothermal plant in Saint Lucia! . . . yet (The Star Newspaper)

(Courtesy The Star Newspaper)
Panorama Environmental, Inc. of San Francisco completed an Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) for potential geothermal energy exploration in Soufriere in February 2018. The Department of Sustainable Development, within the aforementioned ministry, on Thursday March 15, 2018, hosted its fourth leg of public consultations at the Castries City Hall to explain the findings of the ESIA. Previously, discussions were held in communities in Soufriere which will be directly impacted by any geothermal exploration.

Although consultant Susanne Heim of Panorama Environmental, Inc., along with Aloysiaus Barthelmy who is the local geothermal technical coordinator and Mark Lambrides, a senior energy specialist from World Bank, said that by following World Bank regulations to prevent noise pollution and to sustain human and social rights, as well as keeping international standards of maintaining air and water quality, project coordinators promise a better outcome than the last recorded geothermal exploration phase. It was also constantly mentioned by Barthelmy that the last project was handled “by the British” as opposed to the World Bank this time around.

Kenya: JICA Loan to Rehabilitate 51 MW at Olkaria I Geothermal Power Plant

Kenya looks into large-scale geothermal power generation (ESI Africa)

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a loan agreement with the government of Kenya in Nairobi to provide a Japanese Official Development Assistance (ODA) loan of up to JPY 10.077 billion ($94 million) for the Olkaria I Units 1, 2 and 3 Geothermal Power Plant Rehabilitation Project.

JICA said in a statement that the project will rehabilitate units 1–3 (15 MW each) of the existing Olkaria I Geothermal Power Plant to approximately 51 MW (17 MW each) in the Olkaria geothermal field in Nakuru County in central Kenya.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Algeria: Geothermal Heat Helps Grow Zucchinis in the Desert

First batch of zucchinis from the Touggourt geothermal complex (horti daily)

The first batch of “Gloria" zucchinis, out of the geothermal complex of Touggourt, destined for export, left the port of Oran yesterday, towards Europe.

According to Mr. Taha Derbal, General Director of the National Office of Irrigation and Drainage (ONID) this is the first vegetable produced by the pilot mega-complex of ONID, using geothermal energy in agricultural production. Located in Touggourt, in the province of Ouargla, this complex was built by ONID, in cooperation with the Spanish company Alcantara.

This complex, the first of its kind in Algeria, uses the heat produced by deep drilling for agricultural production; an optimal yield with highly added value. This technique makes it possible to obtain the ideal conditions for the production of early vegetables.

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Switzerland: Overview of European Geothermal Phd Days Conference

European Geothermal Phd Day 2018 in Zurich (Blog Post)

By Martin Bloemendal, KWR Watercycle Research Institute

Every year Phd students working on geothermal energy gather to have a short informal conference. This year the ETH in Zurich is the host of the 9th edition. With about 80 participants the conference attracts a stable number of researchers from countries all over Europe and beyond. With 5 people from Delft we were one of main contributing Universities. 

Presentations and posters cover a wide range of topics regarding geothermal energy. From the high enthalpy systems for power production all the way to the Ground source heat pumps and from technical work on simulation and field studies up to governance and management studies. Traditionally the conference is closed with a field trip; to a geothermal power plant.

Some general views on key developments that were presented:
  • New drilling methods. Mankind has always used rotary drilling methods. With the trend towards more and deeper boreholes in more solid rocks, the demand for contactless drilling increases. Promising developments were shown on sonic, laser and waterjet methods.
  • New concepts combining CO2 storage in geothermal reservoirs and recovery for power production
  • New (composite) materials and monitoring methods to ensure well integrity.

Iceland: Construction of New 5 MW Bjarnarflag Geothermal Power Plant Begins

Construction at Bjarnarflag project in Iceland under way (Green Energy Geothermal International)

Bjarnarflag geothermal power plant
(Courtesy Landsvirkjun)
In March 2017, Green Energy Geothermal (GEG), headquartered in London, UK, was awarded a contract to design, manufacture and supply a replacement back-pressure turbine and generator for the Bjarnarflag geothermal power plant of Icelandic national power company Landsvirkjun in Iceland. The plant has been in operation since 1969 and is now being updated.

While the old plant has seen a decrease in production, it has been a reliable and important source of power for the Myvatn region in the North of Iceland.

Constructi­on work is now und­erway, with sufficient arrangements to make sure there is no in­ter­f­erence with rela­ted acti­vities in the area, which particularly concerns the operati­on of the local heating plant and the supp­ly of water to the geothermal spa operation at Myvatn.

From the Global Geothermal News archives: 

Germany: Heat from Bavarian Geothermal Power Plant Boosts Tomato Production

Acreage of Strabena tomato doubled (FreshPlaza)

Through the use of geothermal energy, vegetable producer Steiner has been distinguishing itself for several years with its sustainable production, high product quality and exclusive supply to the regional Rewe branches. Despite the excellent position on the market, continuous development is the main focus of the Bavarian producer. Four years after the opening of the first geothermal-heated greenhouse area of 11.4 hectares, the greenhouse complex now consists of more than 20 hectares.

The idea of sustainable, regional vegetable cultivation was implemented in 2014 in Kirchweidach in Upper Bavaria on 11.4 hectares under glass. Since then, the family-owned Steiner company has been producing tomatoes, peppers and strawberries - with geothermal energy and photovoltaics, without fossil fuels. The high number of sunshine hours in the Chiemgau, the unique proximity to the local geothermal plant, as well as the many years of experience of this family of growers are the pillars of successful production.

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From the Global Geothermal News archives:

Kenya: Japan Funds Rehab of Olkaria Geothermal Power Plants

Government signs a loan agreement with Japan (Hivisasa)

Olkaria III flow test, by Patrick Walsh. Active flow test during construction of the 4th addition to Ormat's Olkaria III complex in Kenya.  Taken from the top of Olkaria Hill in November 2015.
The Kenyan government today has signed a loan agreement with Japan for Olkaria 1, 2 and 3 Geothermal Power rehabilitation project amounting to Ksh 9.53 billion.

Speaking during the signing ceremony, Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich said the rehabilitation of the power plants will enhance the current power producing gross capacity from 45 to 50.7 MW. 

Thursday, March 15, 2018

USA, Nevada: Video from Fallon FORGE Project

Fallon FORGE Educational & Partnership Video (Sandia Energy & Climate)

The FORGE project (Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy) is an initiative of the US Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) – specifically, the DOE Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO).

The Fallon FORGE team is dedicated to reducing global reliance on fossil fuels and actively demonstrates this by communicating the benefits of research that stimulates the commercial development of Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS).

United Kingdom: Thanks to Geothermal Energy "Penzance is going to get its own Blue Lagoon!"

Penzance lido to be heated by geothermal energy (BBC News)

Work has begun to create the first lido in the UK to be heated by geothermal energy. 

An artist's impression of the final geothermal heated
section of the Jubilee Pool.
Drilling has started at Jubilee Pool, Penzance, Cornwall to make a geothermal well which will draw up water that has been heated deep underground. The heat will then be transferred to water in adjacent pipes which carry water to the pool.

Referring to Iceland's geothermal spa, pool user Jenna Fisher said: "Penzance is going to get its own Blue Lagoon!"

Engineers are drilling down to 1.4 km (0.8 miles) below the surface where temperatures reach up to about 35C (95F).

From the Global Geothermal News archives:

Science & Technology: Swedish Renewable Energy Company Explains Geothermal Energy Business in Video

Climeon's clean technology and geothermal energy (Climeon AB)

Geothermal power can revolutionize the way we see renewable electricity. It's the only renewable source of energy that can produce a base-load of electricity 24/7. Geothermal has the potential to replace the world's entire fossil fuel based electricity production.

USA, Nevada: 45 MW McGinness Hills Geothermal Expansion to be Completed by Year End

Ormat to expand Austin geothermal complex (Elko Daily)

McGinness Hills Geothermal Power Plant
(GRC Fieldtrip 2015 - Photo by Ian Crawford)
An expansion underway at the McGinness Hills Geothermal Facility near Austin will make the Ormat Technologies Inc. complex the largest geothermal power generating facility in the state, and the largest located on Bureau of Land Management property.

The Bureau of Land Management, Mount Lewis Field Office, completed its analysis of Ormat Inc.’s proposal for an expansion to its McGinness Hills Geothermal Facility on Jan. 18. The decision of record allows operations to begin at the Phase III project site, and construction is expected to be completed in December 2018.

Commercial production at the McGinness Hills Geothermal facility began in July 2012, and Ormat completed a second phase in 2015. The first two phases gave the complex a generating capacity of 86 megawatts, and power from phases I and II feeds the Nevada Energy grid. Once Phase III is completed, generating capacity is expected to increase to 134 MW. Phase III will contribute power to the Southern California Public Power Authority.

From the Global Geothermal News archives:

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

USA: Future Bright for Renewable Energy Financing Legislation

Stars aligning for MLP Parity Act, says key Republican senator (Recharge)

The ability for US renewables companies to qualify as master limited partnerships could prove helpful in the post-PTC world

The Master Limited Partnerships Parity Act, a bill that would allow US renewables companies to adopt the tax-advantaged Master Limited Partnerships (MLP) structure, stands a good chance of becoming law this year, says Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski, chair of the powerful Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

“There’s a growing group of supporters for moving forward on [MLPs], to allow for this financing opportunity within the renewables sector,” Murkowski said Wednesday at the Renewable Energy Policy Forum, hosted by the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE).

The MLP Parity Act would expand the structure to companies working with a range of renewables technologies, from the increasingly mature wind and solar sectors to more nascent opportunities like marine and geothermal energy.

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USA, Massachusetts: GRC Members Have Plans to Repurpose Abandoned Oil & Gas Wells for Geothermal Energy

Eden GeoPower: The Future of Geothermal Energy (Greentown Labs)

One of the major obstacles to geothermal power is high costs associated with drilling geothermal wells. At the same time, millions of dollars are spent to plug depleted oil/gas and unused injection wells every year. The founders of Eden GeoPower recognized the potential for these non-producing wells to solve two problems at once by transforming them into energy sources for geothermal power. The power generated from these sites could then be used to either replace diesel generators in ongoing oil field operations or be sold to the grid in power purchase agreements.

Eden GeoPower was founded in April 2017 by GRC Members Paris Smalls and Ammar Alali. Both are in the process of earning their PhDs from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in geophysics. They are currently working towards partnering with governments across the globe on retrofitting wells to provide sources of low cost and reliable electricity, as well as on projects to desalinate water in abandoned oil wells.

Turkey: Turcas Petrol Commits to Geothermal Energy Development

Turcas Petrol to double geothermal capacity in mid term (Anadolu Agency)

(Courtesy Turcas Petrol AS)

Turkish company Turcas Petrol AS plans to double its geothermal installed capacity in the mid term, Turcas Petrol CEO said on Wednesday.

During Anadolu Agency energy desk's hosting of Batu Aksoy, the CEO of Turcas Petrol, he said that geothermal investors are awaiting details of a replacement of the current Turkish Renewable Energy Resources Support Mechanism (YEKDEM).

He underlined the importance of seeing an innovative mechanism in order that investors can take a serious and strong position for future undertakings.

Aksoy said that a vital request from lawmakers on the YEKDEM mechanism is to see sustainable support from Turkey's Energy and Natural Resources Ministry.

Currently, YEKDEM offers a feed-in tariff of $0.073 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) for wind and hydropower projects, $0.105 for geothermal facilities and $0.133 for solar energy and biomass thermal plants.

However, Turkey’s Energy and Natural Sources Minister Berat Albayrak announced on Nov. 1, 2017 that the YEKDEM mechanism would not meet the demand from the clean energy sector, and would not continue after 2020.

Iceland: Geothermal Energy as a Tourist Attraction

How geothermal energy is powering tourism in Iceland (Business Destinations)

Hellisheiði Power Plant in Iceland serves as a window for the world to see how geothermal energy is being harnessed to power a modern economy

About a 20-minute drive from Reykjavik, surrounded by mossy hills and active volcanoes, lies one of Iceland’s most impressive tourist attractions. Hellisheiði Power Plant has become popular not just for its spectacular setting within the Hengill geothermal area, but as a place for visitors to learn about the pioneering activities at the forefront of geothermal power production.

Tourists are invited to witness the process first-hand by visiting Hellisheiði Power Plant, which hosts the popular Geothermal Exhibition and employs on-site staff to provide tours and answer questions.

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USA, California: Public Scoping Period for Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan Will Close March 22

BLM Begins Scoping Process to Consider Amendments to Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (environmentguru.com)

The public scoping period will close on March 22, 2018, 15 days after the last public meeting.

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) recently issued a notice of intent to review the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP) for potential burdens on domestic energy production in California.

The BLM issued the notice on February 2, 2018, in response to Executive Order (EO) 13783, “Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth.” EO 13783 was issued on March 28, 2017, and requires the heads of federal agencies to review all existing agency actions that “potentially burden the development or use of domestically produced energy resources.”

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Geothermal Event! - Make Sure of an Expo Booth Now!

GRC Annual Meeting & Expo 2018 - Exhibitor Registration Now Open!

Geothermal Resources Council Annual Meeting will be held Oct. 14-17 in Reno, Nevada, USA.

The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) has announced the opening of registration for Exhibitors at one of the world’s largest geothermal energy conferences of the year taking place October 14-17, 2018, in Reno, Nevada, USA at the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino. The 42nd GRC Annual Meeting & Expo will showcase the world-wide availability of a clean, dependable renewable energy that provides grid stability 24 hours a day through both flexible and baseload power production.

The GRC Annual Meeting & Expo is the industry’s must attend networking gathering for leading geothermal energy scientists, producers, renewable energy industry stakeholders, regulators, utilities, and key associated business leaders. The four-day event will offer technical, policy, and market conference sessions, educational seminars, tours of local geothermal and renewable energy projects, and numerous networking opportunities.

Nearly 1,000 attendees participated in the 2017 GRC Annual Meeting from 35 different countries around the world, highlighting the GRC’s role in connecting the global community. More than 75 exhibitors spanning the range of geothermal interests, with new technologies and emerging opportunities in the industry, were on display.

With increasing interest in geothermal as a reliable source of renewable energy around the world, the GRC is looking ahead to an even stronger international attendance in 2018.

If your company has a strong interest in promoting its projects, equipment, services, and technology through a booth or sponsorship, contact Anh Lay at (530) 758-2360 or alay@geothermal.org.

For more information about the GRC Annual Meeting & Expo in Reno, Nevada, USA, visit www.geothermal.org/meet-new.html or call (530) 758-2360.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

USA: Renewable Energy Groups Express Concern Over DOE Budget Cuts

Letter from ACORE and other Renewable Energy Groups

The American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) and other renewable energy groups including the Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) have submitted a joint letter to the U.S. Congress expressing serious concern regarding proposed cuts to the Department of Energy (DOE)’s budget for FY19 and encouraging continued current funding levels for vital DOE programs in FY18 appropriations:

Dear Chairmen Cochran and Frelinghuysen and Ranking Members Leahy and Lowey,

We write to express the serious concern of the U.S. renewable energy industry regarding proposed cuts to the Department of Energy (DOE)’s budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019, and to encourage you to continue current funding levels for vital DOE programs in FY 2018 appropriations.

At a time when global competitors are drastically increasing research and development funding for renewable energy technologies, the Administration has proposed cutting more than $1.9 billion from programs supporting energy innovation and deployment, a 43 percent decrease from current annualized funding levels. The proposed budget includes a $1.3 billion (66 percent) cut to the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) and an elimination of the Advanced Research Programs Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) program.

We believe that such cuts in FY 2018 or FY 2019 would seriously jeopardize America’s leadership in cutting-edge research on clean energy technologies and harm our country’s overall competitiveness in a rapidly growing global industry that presents a multi-trillion-dollar business opportunity.

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Geothermal Event - Call for Abstracts

GRC Annual Meeting 2018 - Call for Abstracts Issued

Geothermal Resources Council Annual Meeting will be held Oct. 14-17 in Reno, Nevada, USA.  The deadline for abstract submission is Friday, March 30th, 2018.

The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) has issued a call for abstracts for the world’s biggest geothermal energy conference of the year taking place October 14-17, 2018, in Reno, Nevada, USA at the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino. The 42nd GRC Annual Meeting will showcase the world-wide availability of a clean, dependable renewable energy that is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, providing both flexible and baseload power production.

The GRC Annual Meeting is the industry’s largest annual gathering of leading geothermal energy scientists, producers, renewable energy industry stakeholders, regulators, utilities, and key associated business leaders. The four-day event will offer technical, policy, and market conference sessions, educational seminars, tours of local geothermal and renewable energy projects, and numerous networking opportunities.

United Kingdom: Conference to Discuss Advances in Soft Stimulation Methods in Enhanced Geothermal Systems

DESTRESS Mid-Term Conference

5 April, Glasgow, United Kingdom

Everyone interested in soft treatments in boreholes is invited to join the DESTRESS - Demonstration of soft stimulation treatments of geothermal reservoirs - Mid-Term conference. The DESTRESS community will present relevant insights into the project and discuss preliminary research results.

DESTRESS stands for a promising and future-oriented approach to demonstrate soft stimulation methods of EGS. We focus on solutions for the exploitation of underground heat which are economical, sustainable and environmentally responsible.

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United Kingdom: Decommissioned Oil or Gas Platforms Could be Repurposed to Produce Geothermal Energy

Geothermal power: an alternate role for redundant North Sea platforms? (Offshore Magazine)

Natural energy source could also enhance oil recovery

Traditionally, once an oil or gas field reaches the end of its productive life, its production platform is decommissioned. The structure may be removed and taken ashore for recycling/reuse, or part of the platform may remain on the seabed, perhaps creating an artificial reef. However, another alternative is becoming a more viable option – re-using the platform to extract geothermal energy. If applied to redundant platforms in the North Sea, this could create a whole new industry employing thousands of workers in new productive jobs in the offshore and onshore support sectors.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Germany: Presentations from Asia Geothermal Symposium Now Available

Asia Symposium

(Wikipedia Commons)
On the 28th of February 2018, the International Geothermal Association (IGA) together with the International Energy Agency - Geothermal Technology Collaboration Programme (IEA Geothermal TCP) and the Exhibition Centre Offenburg offered a Asia Symposium with distinguished Asian and international experts. The Symposium was held one day prior to the GeoTHERM 2018.

Every year, the GeoTHERM expo & congress partners with a country or region which is presented as Guest of Honour. For 2018, the Exhibition Centre Offenburg is delighted to welcome the countries of Asia as Guests of Honour.

Presentations from the symposium have been made available:

Science & Technology: Discovery of Liquid Water Deep in Earth's Mantle has Implications for Geothermal Models

There Is Liquid Water Over 400 Miles Below Earth’s Surface (Motherboard)

A new type of ice found in diamonds suggests pockets of liquid water exist deep in Earth’s mantle.

A new report published today in Science suggests that pockets of liquid water may exist up to 500 miles beneath Earth’s surface—far deeper that previous estimates. This conclusion was reached after scientists discovered a rare form of crystallized water known as ice VII in diamond samples recovered in Africa and China. These ice VII samples are the first time this form of crystallized water has been seen in nature and led the International Mineralogical Association to declare ice VII as a new type of mineral.

The discovery sheds new light on the how heat, rock, and water interact within the Earth’s mantle, the 1,800 mile-thick crust that accounts for the bulk of our planet’s volume. Scientists hope that a better understanding of the processes at work deep beneath Earth’s surface will result in more accurate geothermal models, which, among other things, can help predict earthquakes with greater accuracy.

USA: Lithium and Other Minerals Sourced from Geothermal Brine are Critical to the Nation’s Security and Economic Prosperity

The Importance of Minerals (The White House)

On December, 20, 2017, President Trump issued Executive Order 13817, A Federal Strategy to Ensure Secure and Reliable Supplies of Critical Minerals (Critical Minerals Executive Order). The Trump Administration has just released two important documents that support the Executive Order, the Draft List of Critical Minerals and Assessment of Critical Minerals: Updated Application of Screening Methodology, which will help ensure that the United States has an adequate and affordable supply of minerals that are vital to our Nation’s security and economic prosperity.

Philippines: 12 MW Maibarara Geothermal Power Plant Unit II Connected to Grid

Maibarara Geothermal puts power plant online (Business Mirror)

Maibarara Geothermal Inc. (MGI) successfully commissioned last week the 12-MW Maibarara Geothermal Power Plant-2 (M2), the first geothermal facility to be put up under the current administration.

The power facility was synchronized to the Luzon grid on March 9.

“M2 was put online at 12:04 p.m. on March 9, marking, as well, its first export of power to the Luzon grid. After its synchronization to the grid, the M2 unit is currently undergoing a series of capability and reliability tests,” MGI Power Plant Manager Paul Elmer C. Morala said. “During these tests, the ERC [Energy Regulatory Commission] will conduct a technical inspection as part of the commission’s requirements for the issuance of a COC [certificate of compliance]. Commercial operations of M2 will follow with the COC award.”

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Commonwealth of Dominica: More Funding for 7 MW Geothermal Power Project

Word Bank to fund geothermal project in Dominica (NationNews)

The World Bank says it will provide  more than US$17 million towards the development of a geothermal plant for Dominica.

The bank’s Operations Officer, Karlene Francis, speaking at the launch of the Climate Resilience Execution Agency for Dominica (CREAD) on Friday, said the Washington-based financial institution is committed to assisting the hurricane battered island in its drive to promote the use of renewable and resilient energy.

Dominica has already announced plans to establish a seven megawatt geothermal plant that is estimated to cost US$40 million.

“The bank is also working with the Dominica Geothermal Development Company to prepare a geothermal risk mitigation project,” she said, adding it will support the development of a seven megawatt geothermal power plant that will displace diesel generation and reduce electricity costs in the country.

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Taiwan: Geothermal Power Project to Go Ahead in Yilan County

CPC, Taipower to develop geothermal energy in Yilan (Taipei Times)

CPC Corp, Taiwan (CPC, 台灣中油) and Taiwan Power Co (Taipower, 台電) are on March 21 to sign a cooperation agreement to harness geothermal energy at Renze Hot Spring (仁澤溫泉) in Yilan County, the Chinese-language Liberty Times (sister publication of the Taipei Times) reported yesterday, citing sources at the Ministry of Economic Affairs.

Under the cooperation plans, CPC would drill one or two wells near the hot spring to conduct tests, the newspaper said, adding that if the tests are successful, the state-run refiner would hand over the project to Taipower, which would be tasked with generating geothermal power.

USA, California: Geysers Geothermal Association Spring Dinner

GGA Spring Dinner

Thursday, March 15, 2018, Charlie’s Restaurant, 1320 19th Hole Drive, Windsor CA, 6:30 pm.

Guest Speaker: Henry Veizades is the Owner/President of Veizades & Associates in San Francisco, CA.  Veizades & Associates has specialized in Geothermal Power Generation Systems since 1981 having performed many projects in The Geysers, Salton Sea, Coso Hot Springs, Turkey, Indonesia, Kenya and Central America. Henry will talk about the various types of geothermal power development and systems throughout the world.

Cost: GGA Member Price: $40 | Non-GGA Member Price: $46.

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USA, California: Legal Settlement Promises to Open Up Geothermal Energy Development around Salton Sea

IID, CAISO settlement promotes local renewable energy development (News Release)

Imperial Irrigation District (IID) and the California Independent System Operator  (CAISO) announced last week the two parties have reached a settlement that ends existing litigation between them.

As a result, more climate-friendly energy from the IID service area can be delivered to the rest of California. 

“For IID, this has always been about ensuring basic fairness, a level playing field and protecting our balancing authority and our ratepayers for the sustained benefit of the region,” said Kevin Kelley, IID general manager. 

As part of the settlement, CAISO has agreed to upgrade one of IID’s power lines (S-Line) that will allow more electricity to flow from the Imperial Valley to other markets. CAISO has also agreed to do more to help promote geothermal development, a priority for the district, in the Salton Sea Known Geothermal Resource Area. 

Both parties also agreed to establish a local coordination working group to address important issues that may arise in the future. 

Resolving the dispute gives the parties a common platform to move forward on issues that both agencies care about, Kelley added. 

Located in what is considered  the “renewable energy capital of the world” IID can serve as a conduit for renewable energy development in the west, helping California meet its aggressive renewable energy and climate goals while creating added economic development and job opportunities in a region that desperately needs them. 

Friday, March 9, 2018

Science & Technology: Gas Permeability up to Five Times Higher than Water Permeability in Basalts and Andesites

Permeability of volcanic rocks to gas and water (Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research)

Laboratory experiments indicate that gas permeability is two to five times higher than water permeability in basalts and andesites.  These results have important implications for fluid flow and therefore the distribution and build-up of pore pressure within volcanic systems.

Source: M.J. Heap et al., 2018. Permeability of volcanic rocks to gas and water”. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 54(1), pp. 29-38. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jvolgeores.2018.02.002

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

Science & Technology: Designing Geothermal Drill Bits for Extreme Temperatures

Engineering Bits for Drilling Down Close to the Magma (Society of Petroleum Engineers)

Cutters showing the wear from two drilling runs in tough basalt while drilling a geothermal well in Iceland. Source: SPE 189677.

One of the hottest wells ever was drilled last year in Iceland, with a bit and mud motor from Baker Hughes surviving temperatures as high as 426°C.

It was the second attempt to drill a really deep geothermal well after the first abruptly ended half way to its target depth. In fairness to the hardware, it worked right up until it drilled into the magma. It is now displayed in a museum run by HS Orka, the Icelandic power company behind the project.

“We were able to pump water until the magma let it go,” said Ari Stefansson, power plant manager for HS Orka, who was the drilling manager for the project covered in a paper delivered this week at the IADC/SPE Drilling Conference in Fort Worth, Texas (SPE 189677).

USA, California: Invitation to Comment on Changes to Statewide Geothermal Regulations

Division of Oil, Gas & Geothermal Resources - Statewide Geothermal Regulations

Notice of Public Workshop / Notice of Public Comment Period

On February 16, 2018 the California Department of Conservation, Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) publicly released pre-rulemaking draft regulations (Discussion Draft) for the purpose of receiving public input on the development of updates to Statewide Geothermal Regulations.

This public comment period is part of an informal, pre-rulemaking process to develop regulations, and all interested parties are encouraged to participate.

Public comment can be submitted through March 30, 2018, by 5pm.
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