Friday, January 12, 2018

Geothermal Energy News from Around the World

Global Geothermal News - Weekly Update


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

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Netherlands: Another Dutch Town Shows Interest in Geothermal Energy

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

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

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

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

Leyte town welcomes geothermal exploration (mb.com.ph)


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Working Together Toward Better Volcanic Forecasting (EOS)

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

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


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

Thursday, January 11, 2018

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

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

31 January - 2 February, Nairobi, Kenya

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


From the Global Geothermal News archives:

Republic of Ireland: Successful Commencement of the ‘Geo-Energy for the 21st Century' Project

Geoscience Ireland: successful EU COSME application for Geo-Energy Study (GI)

Geoscience Ireland (GI) is delighted to announce the commencement of the ‘Geo-Energy for the 21st Century’ (Geo-Energy Europe) project. This collaborative project is funded by the European Commission’s Competitiveness of Enterprises and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (COSME) programme. Pole AVENIA, the French geoscience cluster with which GI signed an MoU in 2017, lead the application and was supported by GI and 6 other European counterparts.

The objective of the project is to enhance – through a transnational cluster – European geo-energy SMEs performance and competitiveness, in all industries which utilise subsurface energy for the project. The creation of this European Strategic Cluster Partnership (ESCP), coupled with the development and implementation of a roadmap, acts as an internationalisation strategy to help this ESCP go international (ESCP-4i), as encouraged by the COSME “Clusters Go International” call for projects.

USA: Update on Projects from the Geothermal Technologies Office

Geothermal Technologies Office: Quarterly Update

To keep the geothermal community – including industry, academia, national labs, and other stakeholders – fully updated on progress within the U.S. Department of Energy’s Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO), a quarterly update presented by GTO Director Dr. Susan Hamm with an introduction by Dr. Timothy Unruh, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Renewable Power was held this morning.

  • Peer Review - more than 60 presentations covering currently funded projects were given at the Peer Review session in November. The Peer Review final report should be published in Spring 2018. Click here for a complete roster of presentations and posters.
  • Drilling RFI - Identifying Opportunities to Address Barriers for Lowering the Cost and Risk of Geothermal Drilling. Responses are due by January 22.
  • FORGE Downselect - Phase II B/C downselect to occur this spring and summer. 
  • EGS Collab - Drilling operations have recently concluded at Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF) in South Dakota. Stimulation and flow testing will commence in Spring 2018.
  • Play Fairway Analysis - Phase III exploration drilling commences this year to test the ability of a Play fairway Analysis approach to discover new, viable resources.
  • Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Update:
    • Topic: Permeability Manipulation and Fluid Control - Deadline was December 2017. 10 proposals received. Selections to be made in early February.
    • Topic: Technology Transfer Opportunity/Dispatchable Geothermal - Deadline was January 8, 2018. 14 proposals received. Selections to be made TBD.

Indonesia: Drilling of Wells at 86 MW Rantau Dedap Geothermal Project to Begin Mid-Year

Supreme Energy to start drilling geothermal wells at Rantau Dedap (RambuEnergy)

PT Supreme Energy Rantau Dedap, a subsidiary of PT Supreme Energy, said it will start drilling geothermal wells in Rantau Dedap in Muara Enim, South Sumatera in the middle of this year.

Supramu Santoso, Chief Executive Officer of Supreme Energy, was quoted by Bisnis Indonesia daily as saying that the company expects to secure financing in March this year, that will allow the company to start the drilling activities.

In the first phase, the company plans to develop geothermal power plant with an installed capacity of 86 MW, supported by 12-16 geothermal wells. The drilling is scheduled to last for one year.

The company has signed power purchase agreement (PPA) with state electricity company PLN in November 2017. Based on the deal, PLN will buy electricity from the power plant at a tariff of 11.76 cent USD per kWh.

Greece: PPC Seeking Investors for Four Geothermal Power and Heating Projects

Greek firm set to develop CHP, geothermal, hydro and wind projects (decentralized energy)

A Greek renewables firm is seeking partners to develop a biomass-fired combined heat and power (CHP) plant along with four geothermal plants.

PPC Renewables, a subsidiary of Greek utility PPC, announced in December that it is seeking investors for four geothermal power and heating projects in Greece, with a deadline of March.

In the works are three 5 MW geothermal power plants and an 8 geothermal power MW plant. Potential partners are expected to finance, build and operate the plants as well as owning a majority stake in the subsidiary firm that will be created for the project. The company website lists exploration on Milos – Kimolos in the Polyaigos islands group, Nisyros island, Lesvos island and at Methana peninsula (on the mainland).

According to PPC, six firms have passed the first phase of the selection process including France’s Storengy, Singapore’s KS Orka, Turkey’s Zorlu Enerji Elektrik Uterim, Greece’s Helector and Terna Energy and Enel Green Power Hellas, the Greek arm of Italy's Enel Green Power. 

USA, Nevada: The Peppermill is a Great Location for a Geothermal Event!

Get in hot water on a winter weekend escape to Reno (Los Angeles Times)

The Peppermill Resort Hotel is the location for the 2018 GRC Annual Meeting & Expo - Book your room now


Most of the big hotel-casinos in Reno have well-appointed rooms, but the Peppermill Resort Hotel ups the ante with a wide choice of spacious suites. The whole place is heated geothermally with water sourced 4,400 feet underground, directly beneath the hotel. That’s also the source of the hot water that flows out of the taps. Don’t worry, though: The boiling hot water is significantly cooled before being pumped to the guest rooms.

Although not visually exciting, the free tour of the Peppermill’s heating plant is a good way to learn how geothermal energy works. The hotel saves more than $2 million each year by not using the plant’s giant boilers to heat water.

Two-hundred years ago, where Steamboat Hot Springs now stands, Native Americans were using super-heated mud bubbling from the ground to treat various ailments. Now guests can relax and rejuvenate here in seven indoor soaking tubs, five large enough for couples. The water, which surges into a holding tank at 215 degrees, is cooled to between 85 and 115 degrees before being pumped into the mission-style building. Because this is Nevada, there are trace amounts of gold and silver in the water, but it’s the silica that is good for hair and skin. One-hour soaks cost $25 per person or $45 per couple. Some of the tubs are handicap accessible.

Ethiopia: Consultancy Services Required for Geothermal Sector Institutional Capacity Building Needs Assessment

Request for Expression of Interest - Individual Consultancy Services

Ethiopia Geothermal Sector Development Project - Consultancy Services for Geothermal Sector Institutional Capacity Building Needs Assessment

Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP) has received a credit from the International Development Association (IDA) towards the cost of Ethiopia Geothermal Sector Development Project and intends to apply part of the proceeds towards eligible payments for the Consultancy services of Geothermal Sector Institutional Capacity Building Needs Assessment.

The individual consultant will carry out the capacity building needs assessment of the geothermal sector particularly the Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Electricity, the Ethiopian Electric Power, the Ethiopian Energy Authority and the Geological Survey of Ethiopia. Expressions of interest must be delivered in a written form to the address below in person or by mail or by email
by 22 January.

USA: Geothermal Technologies Office Update Today

Geothermal Technologies Office: Quarterly Update

1:00-2:00 PM EST, Thursday, January 11, 2018

To keep the geothermal community – including industry, academia, national labs, and other stakeholders – fully updated on progress within the U.S. Department of Energy’s Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO), we're pleased to announce the first of a series of quarterly updates presented by GTO Director Dr. Susan Hamm. Dr. Hamm will update attendees on a range of topics, including:
  • Project updates
  • Drilling RFI information
  • GeoVision progress
  • Collaboration and outreach
The presentation will close with an open Q&A session. These quarterly updates will help GTO stay connected with the community and its concerns.

We look forward to having you join us. Join WebEx meeting
Call-In # +1-415-527-5035 US Toll - Due to limited space we ask that you please utilize one link/line per location.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

USA, Nevada: Postdoc Opportunity at Great Basin Center for Geothermal Energy

Postdoctoral Scholar - University of Nevada

Great Basin Center for Geothermal Energy, Reno, Nevada

The Great Basin Center for Geothermal Energy (GBCGE) within the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology (NBMG) at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) invites applications from qualified candidates to fill a postdoctoral scholar position.

The GBCGE has received funding for a cooperative project with the US Department of State that aims to strengthen the capacity of foreign countries to develop their geothermal energy resource base. The project will involve capacity-building activities in several foreign countries and the USA, including delivering workshops and presentations, meeting foreign government stakeholders, peer to peer exchanges, provision of technical advice, and conducting geothermal resource assessments in country.

The post-doctoral scholar will be working in this project with other team members, and is integral to project success. They will also be joining a vibrant, motivated team in the GBCGE who are dedicated to geothermal science, education and knowledge transfer, and increasing our understanding of the geothermal resource potential in the western USA and abroad. Application deadline is 10th February 2018.

More Information...........                   Announcement Flyer (PDF)...........

USA, Nevada: New Production Well to be Drilled at San Emidio Geothermal Facility

BLM Approves Production Well For San Emidio Geothermal Facility (News Release)

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Winnemucca District, Black Rock Field Office has approved a proposal submitted by US Geothermal Nevada LLC (USGN) to drill a new geothermal production well at the San Emidio Geothermal Facility. No new surface disturbance on BLM administered public lands will occur for this project since the well pad, and access to the well pads are all pre-existing and previously permitted.

The San Emidio Geothermal Facility is located 90 miles northeast of Reno and 12 miles south of the town of Gerlach, Washoe County, in the San Emidio Desert basin. The operation is currently a 14.7 megawatt binary cycle geothermal plant that has been producing reliable green energy since 1987. The facility sits on 40 acres of joint private land and BLM administered lands.

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From the Global Geothermal News archives:

Science & Technology: Webinar on Modeling Used in Geothermal Resource Exploration

Webinar - Case study of 3D potential-field modelling to help evaluate a geothermal prospect (Geosoft)

A challenging, data-rich, GM-SYS 3D modelling study

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EST, Thursday, January 25, 2018

This webinar from Geosoft of Toronto, Canada, will demonstrate how to successfully integrate gravity and magnetic data with other geophysical data and detailed geologic measurements.

Potential field methods are useful in geothermal resource exploration because they often highlight structures (fault or fracture zones, or geologic contacts) that may play a role in guiding geothermal fluids in the subsurface.

This case study will illustrate the steps used to take advantage of the diverse data sets to integrate them into a detailed GM-SYS 3D model. The presentation shows how to take advantage of possibly lesser-known Oasis montaj features such as Tilt Derivate depth-to-source, building GM-SYS 3D models from GM-SYS profile models, and using constraints for GM-SYS 3D models.

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Argentina: Exploration for Geothermal Resources in Andean Province Begins

Geothermal potential of the province of Mendoza is being evaluated

National and Provincial organizations have agreed to cooperate in the development of mining activities in the western Argentine province of Mendoza.

As part of this joint effort, the evaluation of the geothermal potential of the region has already began.

Mendoza y Segemar cooperarán para conocer el potencial geológico de la provincia (News Release)

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

Sweden: Geothermal Energy Firm Creates Project Financing Company

Climeon owners set up geothermal project finance firm (Renewables Now)

(Courtesy Climeon)
The owners of Swedish clean-tech vendor Climeon AB have created a project financing company to accelerate global geothermal heat power projects, Climeon announced today.

Family-owned investment firm Gullspang Invest AB, LMK Forward AB, part of LMK Industri, and Stockholm-based investor Blue AB are jointly investing SEK 60 million (USD 7.3m/EUR 6.1m) in the new company called Baseload Capital. Climeon will be taking part through a minority holding of up to 20%, according to the announcement.

Baseload Capital will be investing mainly in geothermal energy, participating in projects both with equity and loans. The purpose of the new firm is to accelerate business opportunities for Climeon.

USA, Nevada: State Utility Looking for Up to Additional 330 MW Renewable Energy

2018 Renewable Energy Request for Proposals (NV Energy)

NV Energy is seeking up to 330 megawatts of additional long-term renewable energy to advance its commitment to clean energy for Nevada.

This 2018 Renewable Energy Request for Proposals also provides bidders the opportunity to propose supplemental battery energy storage systems that deliver at least 25 megawatts in short-term capacity. Details can be found in the 2018 Renewable Energy RFP Protocol Document, but key highlights are:
  • Deadline for bids is February 2, 2018;
  • Projects can range in size from 35 megawatts up to 330 megawatts;
  • Supplemental battery energy storage systems of at least 25 megawatts can be proposed in addition to renewable energy projects;
  • Projects must be capable of delivering energy to serve load in NV Energy’s retail service territory;
  • The projects must be approved by the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada; and
  • Project proposals must allow for one of the following commercial operation dates:
    • On or before December 31, 2020 for at least 35 megawatts, but optional pricing is requested for a May 1, 2020 commercial operation date; or
    • On or before December 31, 2021 for up to an additional 295 megawatts, but optional pricing is requested for a May 1, 2021 commercial operation date.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

USA, California: Vacancy as Executive Director of Geothermal Resources Council

Employment Opportunity - Executive Director - Geothermal Resources Council

The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) is a non-profit corporation comprised of over 1,500 members from around the world. It was established primarily to advance geothermal development through education, outreach and dissemination of research.

GRC is recruiting to fill the vacant Executive Director role. The successful applicant must be an experienced, confident, team-oriented leader who performs the following functions:


Kenya: Exploration to Start Soon at Suswa Geothermal Power Project

Firm to set up geothermal plant (Daily Nation)

Chinese company  Zhejiang Kaishan Compressor Co. will begin exploration and drilling for geothermal power in Narok County in the next month.

The company’s president, Mr Kevin Cao, accompanied by his geologist and Energy ministry officials, were among a delegation that held a meeting with Narok Governor Samuel Tunai on Tuesday to discuss the prospect before the announcement was made.

Speaking after the meeting, Mr Tunai said the company got the green light to drill steam wells in the Suswa South-Magadi-Shompole steam fields.


From the Global Geothermal News archives:

Argentina: Exploration About to Begin at Socompa Volcanic Geothermal Project

Exploración en el Volcán Socompa - Exploration in the Socompa Volcano (SEGEMAR)

(Courtesy SEGEMAR)
Durante la segunda quincena de enero se iniciarán las operaciones de exploración, programadas para el 2018, del Proyecto Geotérmico Volcán Socompa, en el marco de compromisos tomados con la empresa del estado provincial Recursos Energéticos y Mineros Salta (REMSA).

Los cuales consisten en extender las grillas de prospección geofísica a detalle, mediante tecnología Magneto Telúrica. Con los objetivos de descubrir anomalías geoeléctricas asociadas a acuíferos someros, techos de reservorios profundos de fluidos, estructuras profundas que controlen el sistema geotermal y dar comienzo a la ubicación, en profundidades significativas de la cámara y plumas magmáticas del volcán, como fuentes de calor del potencial campo geotermal. También actuará una misión de hidrogeólogos, que definirán los sitios para muestreo de aguas termales, aguas frías de alimentación hídrica al sistema y sectores para el muestreo de alteraciones hidrotermales.

(From Google Translation) Exploration will begin in the second half of January, for the Socompa Volcanic Geothermal Project, within the agreement made with the provincial state company Salta Energy and Mining Resources (REMSA). 

The agreement consists of extending the geophysical prospecting grids in detail, using Magneto Telluric technology. The objective is to discover geoelectrical anomalies associated with shallow aquifers, roofs of deep reservoirs of fluids, deep structures that control the geothermal system and pinpoint the location, in significant depths of the chamber and magmatic plumes of the volcano, as heat sources of the potential geothermal field. Hydrogeologists will also define the sites for thermal water sampling.

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USA, California: Yesterday, Geothermal Energy Was the Number One Renewable in the Golden State

Geothermal Energy Tops Wind and Solar in California...Again

Yesterday in California, geothermal energy was the biggest provider of electricity from renewable resources to the CAISO grid, with over 23,000 MWh. Winds produced 10,184 MWh, solar energy (PV and thermal) peaked around midday and only supplied 10,794 MWh.

From the Global Geothermal News archives:

Science & Technology: Innovative Fluid Could Help Expand Fractures in Enhanced Geothermal Systems

StimuFrac™: "Green" Fracking Fluid Can Be Used Virtually Anywhere (PNNL)

Non-toxic chemical reaction is anticipated to save water, money, and time for geothermal and oil and gas applications

Scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in Washington developed an environmentally friendly “green” fracking fluid, called StimuFrac™. Rather than using large volumes of water and an immense amount of pressure to create fractures underground, this green fracking fluid relies on a safe chemical process to do the hard work.

What’s in the secret sauce? A chemical reaction that occurs when poly(allylamine) and carbon dioxide (CO2) are combined.

Think of the popping candy Pop Rocks© that “pop” when the ingredient COcomes into contact with your mouth. In a similar fashion, CO2 is added to the green fracking fluid and then reacts with the poly(allylamine) expanding in volume and creating pressure in addition to what already occurs during conventional hydraulic fracturing.

Not only could PNNL’s StimuFrac™ use significantly less water compared to conventional hydraulic fracturing methods—making it more environmentally friendly—it is expected to also significantly reduces costs. The additional pressure created when using PNNL’s fluid means less mechanical pressure is required, potentially less water is used, and fracturing can be done more quickly. All of these factors combined could reduce operating costs by 60 percent while increasing permeability up to 10,000 times compared to conventional fracturing methods.

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United Kingdom: Scottish and Danish Companies Team Up to Develop Geothermal Heat Projects in Great Britain

Geoop signs memorandum of understanding with Townrock Energy (News Release)

David Townsend, Founder & Managing Director at TownRock Energy (right) and a representative from Geoop sign the MOU (Courtesy Geoop)
Danish company Geoop has signed a memorandum of understanding with Townrock Energy of Aberdeen, Scotland to jointly promote green energy, develop projects and support initiatives in Britain regarding geothermal energy. A special focus will be on geothermal heat projects for district heating or similar larger consumer bases.

Geoop has been looking for geothermal energy projects with solid economic cases that will support the long-term visions of changing heat energy supplies to a low carbon source.


From the Global Geothermal News archives:

USA, California: GreenFire Energy Preparing to Demonstrate ECO2G Geothermal Power Generation Technology at Coso

GreenFire Energy prepares to launch full-scale geothermal power generation technology (Drilling Contractor)

(Video 4:23 Minutes)

Current conventional geothermal production is limited to permeable rock, but only 2% of geothermal resources in the US are within permeable formations, Joseph Scherer, President and CEO of GreenFire Energy, said at the IADC DEC Technology Forum in Houston on 15 November. The rest of the resources lie in impermeable rock, called hot dry rock.

To access these resources, GreenFire Energy is preparing to demonstrate ECO2G, a geothermal power generation technology, on an inactive well in Coso, California. The system circulates supercritical CO2 and other refrigerants in a closed-loop system to access geothermal resources that cannot be developed with existing geothermal technology. It can be also retrofitted into existing unproductive or marginal wells to produce 1 to 3 megawatts of power, and when developed to full scale, could be used in new wells to create competitively priced utility-scale power. Watch DC’s video with Mr Scherer to learn more about the system.

USA, California: Successful Trial Runs of Ultra-Low-Grade Geothermal Heat Engine

PwrCor to Deliver its First Geothermal Powered Engine (News Release)

New Breakthrough Heat to Power Technology

PwrCor, Inc., a cleantech energy technology company launching advanced and disruptive solutions for the Waste-Heat-to-Power, Geothermal, and Solar Thermal markets, today announced that the manufacture, initial testing, and trial runs of its first engine have been completed successfully.

The engine is built to operate using ultra-low-grade heat from a geothermal source. This marks a key milestone to provide clean, “green” electrical power to the Surprise Valley Hot Springs Resort in Modoc County, CA. The engine was designed and constructed at Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, Texas, and is the first of its kind that deploys the company’s proprietary technology. The engine is continuing to go through the company’s rigorous preparatory testing regimen before its scheduled shipment to California later this month.

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Monday, January 8, 2018

USA, Nevada: Opportunity as Geothermal & Solar Electrical Technician

Geothermal & Solar Electrical Technician (Enel Green Power)

Fallon, Nevada, Enel Green Power North America, Inc.

Electrical Technician is responsible for supporting the installation, testing, and troubleshooting of medium voltage (13.8kV and below) and station service electrical equipment such as motors, and motor controls, switchgear, transformers, voltage regulators, electrical protective devices, main and auxiliary generators, lighting power supplies, electrical cranes, and battery support systems.

This position will be responsible for troubleshooting and overhauling such equipment in addition to calibration, maintenance and repair of all power plant related instrumentation. This position reports to the Manager, Geo/Solar Electrical Maintenance.

USA: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Rejects DOEs Grid Resiliency Proposal

Trump-appointed regulators reject plan to rescue coal and nuclear plants (Washington Post)


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Monday unanimously rejected a proposal by Energy Secretary Rick Perry that would have propped up nuclear and coal power struggling in competitive electricity markets.

The independent five-member commission includes four people appointed by President Trump, three of them Republicans. Its decision is binding.

Perry’s proposal favored power plants able to store 90 days fuel supply on site, "unlike renewable energy" (sic) or natural gas plants.

FERC said that while it had not used the term “resilience,”  it had pursued policies that would “ensure the uninterrupted supply of electricity in the face of fuel disruptions or extreme weather threats.”

China: Regions with Rich Geothermal Resources to Replace Coal Heating "as Soon as Possible"

China to boost shallow geothermal power heating to curb coal use in winter (EnergyWorld)

China will boost shallow geothermal energy heating in smog-prone Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei and nearby regions, the state planner said in a statement on Monday, in a bid to curb coal use during winter as part of Beijing's fight against air pollution

Geothermal energy contained in terrain and waters less than 200 metres underground, with temperatures below 25 Celsius (77 Fahrenheit), is encouraged to power heating systems in buildings

The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) asked regions with rich geothermal resources to replace coal heating "as soon as possible"

Some budgetary fund from central financial authorities will be allocated to support construction of geothermal projects

The NDRC has also asked local authorities to open the urban heating market and encourage private capital to invest in geothermal projects.

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Indonesia: Geothermal Energy Supplies 5% of Nation's Renewable Electricity

Renewable energy production exceeds 2017 target (Jakarta Post)

(Courtesy CIA.gov)
The Indonesia Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry has announced that, as of December 2017, renewable energy contributed to 12.62 percent of the total national electricity supply, exceeding the 2017 state budget target of 11.96 percent.

“The energy mostly comes from hydropower plants and geothermal energy plants,” ministry spokesman Agung Pribadi said as reported by tribunnews.com on Monday.

He added that hydropower plants contributed to 7.27 percent of the renewable energy produced, followed by geothermal power plants at 5 percent and other sources at 0.25 percent.

Meanwhile, as of November 2017, geothermal power plants produced 11.560 GWh, while other renewable energy resources produced 579 GWh.

Canada: Vancouver Conference Includes Geothermal Energy Topics

Resources for Future Generations
Premier Conference On Energy • Minerals • Water • The Earth

June 16-21, Vancouver Convention Center, Vancouver, BC, Canada

The program includes a number of sessions dedicated to geothermal energy:
  • EN10: Geothermal Solutions for Northern Regions, Mines and Other Remote Areas 
  • EN11: Geothermal Energy in the 21st Century 
  • EN12: New Innovations in Geothermal Exploration 
  • EN8: The Role of Geoenergy Test Beds in Developing Future Energy Systems 
Submit your abstract by January 15.........            Register.........

USA: Deadline for Geothermal Energy-Powered Desalination Project is Today

SBIR/STTR Funding Opportunity: Forward Osmosis Desalination

Letter of intent is due by 5:00 PM Eastern on Monday, Jan. 8, 2018. 

The Energy Department’s Geothermal Technologies Office seeks to partner with a small business to commercialize a novel desalination process - Forward Osmosis (FO) - driven by low-enthalpy geothermal heat. This Technology Transfer funding opportunity encourages small businesses to propose a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) project that leverages this desalination technology that has been developed at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL).

Researchers at INL have developed a process that harnesses natural osmotic forces to extract freshwater from wastewater in a forward osmosis (SPS FO) process.

This award-winning INL technology could be utilized in applications where minimization of wastewater volumes or zero liquid discharge is important, and where the concentration of water sources containing economically valuable materials is targeted. While the target application for commercialization is flexible, the low grade heat must come from a geothermal source.

A mandatory letter of intent is due by 5:00 PM Eastern on Monday, Jan. 8, 2018.

More information on this opportunity can be found at https://science.energy.gov/sbir/funding-opportunities/ (Topic 11A of funding opportunity DE-FOA-0001771).

Geothermal Energy Association Joins the Geothermal Resources Council

Geothermal Resources Council and Geothermal Energy Association Members Overwhelmingly Vote for Unification (News Release)

The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) and the Geothermal Energy Association (GEA) are excited to announce their unification. Combining the GRC and GEA strengthens the voice of our industry with a single organization devoted to advancing the science, education, and development of renewable geothermal energy resources.

Members of both organizations voted on the decision to unify and the results were overwhelmingly in favor. They will benefit from an increased value for their dues and improved networking relationships as the geothermal community moves forward together.

The activities of the GEA will be transitioned into the GRC in early 2018. One of the key activities is already underway through the establishment of a special committee, the GRC Policy Committee. This committee will focus on educating and lobbying leaders at state and federal levels to expand their knowledge about the geothermal industry. The committee will also assist the geothermal community in its awareness of opportunities to expand renewable energy projects, building a stronger platform for the entire U.S. energy grid. All members are encouraged to join in this new effort.

"Together, the now unified GRC and GEA can advance the geothermal community in more ways to connect with the larger energy industry and create a clean environment for future generations to enjoy," stated Maria Richards, President of the GRC Board of Directors.

Doug Glaspey, President of the Board of Directors for the GEA said, "The members of GEA look forward to working within a single organization to advocate for and advance sound geothermal law and policy that will expand our industry. The unification of our two organizations will allow us to pursue this mission in the most efficient manner possible."

The GRC will continue as a non-profit, 501(c)3 corporation serving as the professional educational association for the international geothermal community, as a focal point for continuing professional development through outreach, information transfer and education services.

The GRC's Policy Committee will file an annual 501 (h) election, which allows them to conduct legislative and regulatory advocacy. An additional membership fee to join the Policy Committee will raise the funds for their activities. This provides the GRC with a mechanism to keep their primary members’ dues and funding completely separate.

The headquarters for the unified organization will be in Davis, California and operate under the name “Geothermal Resources Council” until further discussion of a possible name change is completed.

For information on the GRC and the new Policy committee, please contact Estela Smith at 530-758-2360 or grc@geothermal.org.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Canada: Recognition for Valemount Geothermal Project

Six Natural Resource Projects in Canada That Got it Right in 2017 (DeSmog Canada)

We’ve gathered a list of some of the projects we want to fist-bump this year. We’re not suggesting they’re perfect; any large extractive project comes with an environmental cost. But these are projects that rise above the rest in their efforts to minimize that cost.



The Geyser

Valemount, B.C’s Geothermal Project

The town of Valemount, B.C., is sitting on an endless supply of heat and power — and it’s in the final stages of doing something about it. The town has been working on a plan for years that would allow it to first develop a hot spring, then develop a community geothermal plant to meet the town’s existing energy needs and, eventually, use that energy and heat for other uses as well, like heating a greenhouse, brewing beer or melting ice on the streets.

“It has the potential for being a really ticketable showcase to show the world what can be done with geothermal,” owner of the local Three Ranges brewery Michael Lewis told DeSmog Canada in 2016.

So far, the project’s proponent, Borealis Geopower, has secured rights to develop geothermal in Valemount but has yet to receive drilling permits. Exploratory drilling is the next step Borealis will take to identify just how hot the geothermal potential is beneath the town. But if Valemount’s local hot spots are any indication, there’s likely a wealth of clean, sustainable and cheap energy just below the surface.

Geothermal Energy News from Around the World

Global Geothermal News - Weekly Update


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

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Science & Technology: Innovative Workflow to Assess Geothermal Reservoir Performances

From Phenomenological Studies to Well Layout Optimization: Innovative workflow to assess geothermal reservoir performances

by Mathieu Jb., Garcia H. M., Siffert D., Espitalier J.

Jean-Baptiste Mathieu presented the poster at a PhD student conference at Strasbourg University.


Finance: Manufacturing Analysis on Geothermal Power Plant Turbines

A Win for Global Value Chain and Manufacturing Analysis on Geothermal Power Plant Turbines (CEMAC)

By Sertaç Akar, CEMAC Analyst

I had the pleasure of attending the 41st Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) Annual Meeting recently to give a presentation "Global Value Chain and Manufacturing Analysis on Geothermal Power Plant Turbines," which highlighted Clean Energy Manufacturing Analysis Center (CEMAC)'s analysis work in this area. Little did I know, the GRC would later announce that my presentation was among the winners for best technical presentation!

To understand more about the opportunities to improve and expand the geothermal power market, CEMAC developed a manufacturing analysis methodology of geothermal power plant turbines including materials, manufacturing equipment, machining process and cost model.



Global Value Chain and Manufacturing Analysis on Geothermal Power Plant Turbines. Akar, Sertac; Augustine, Chad; Kurup, Parthiv; Mann, Margaret. Geothermal Resources Council Transactions, Volume 41, 2017.

USA: Federal Report Estimates Additional 1,610 MW of Geothermal Energy in Next Two Years

Renewable Energy Shines, Coal Dims In New Federal Report (Clean Technica)

The update reports 3.80 GW of geothermal steam in the USA or 0.32% of total capacity.  Also included is an estimate of another 1,610 MW of proposed geothermal steam energy capacity from an additional 32 units by December 2020. 


The latest Energy Infrastructure Update from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), issued on January 3 for November 2017, covers generation units with a capacity of 1 megawatts (MW) or more. It’s packed full of good news for natural gas and renewables, but not for coal.

Within the next three years (by December 2020), FERC anticipates the retirement of 74 coal power generation units with an installed capacity of 20,650 MW.

The update reports 3.80 GW of geothermal steam in the USA or 0.32% of total capacity.  Also included is an estimate of another 1,610 MW of proposed geothermal steam energy capacity from an additional 32 units by December 2020.

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Germany: Guide to Geothermal Energy Exploration in Baden-Württemberg

Geothermie: Leitfaden "Wie kommt die Wärme an die Oberfläche?" - Geothermal Energy: Guide "How does the heat get to the surface?" (ee-News)

Geothermie als Energiequelle verknüpft die Nachhaltigkeit der erneuerbaren Energien mit der Versorgungssicherheit von konventionellen Kraftwerken. Doch die Wärme in mehreren hundert Metern Tiefe zuverlässig zu erschliessen, stellt eine technische Herausforderung dar. Eine sichere Nutzung der Geothermie erfordert eine detaillierte Planung und Überwachung. Wie dies im Detail aussieht steht nun im Leitfaden „Tiefe Geothermie“ des Landes Baden-Württemberg, den ein internationaler Arbeitskreis unter Leitung des Karlsruher Instituts für Technologie (KIT) herausgegeben hat.

(From Google Translation) Geothermal energy as an energy source links the sustainability of renewable energies with the security of supply of conventional power plants. However, reliably exploiting heat at several hundred meters depth poses a technical challenge. The safe use of geothermal energy requires detailed planning and monitoring. More detail in the guide "Deep geothermal energy" of the state of Baden-Württemberg, which has been issued by an international working group under the direction of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).

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Fiji: Request for Expressions of Interest for Resistivity Surveys and Development of a Conceptual Model for Two Geothermal Sites

Procurement Notice - e-Consult: Development of Geothermal Power in Fiji

Resistivity Survey in the Labasa and Savusavu areas of Vanua Levu, Republic of Fiji

Deadline: 18 January 2018     DB Reference Nº: WB92-01/18    Loan No.: BB - Bank Budget TF0A2559

The World Bank has just issued a Request for Expressions of Interest for resistivity surveys and a development of a conceptual model for two geothermal sites in Fiji. 

The World Bank invites expressions of interest from qualified consulting firms to undertake a Resistivity Survey in the Labasa and Savusavu areas of Vanua Levu, Republic of Fiji.

Qualified consulting firms are invited to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to undertake a resistivity survey in the Labasa (Part 1) and Savusavu (Part 2) areas of Vanua Levu, Republic of Fiji. The objective of the assignment is to conduct further investigations into geothermal energy resources with a view to identifying drilling targets for exploration well(s) leading to a pilot project for development.

Should your firm be interested in submitting an EOI, please login (or register your company) into the WBG eConsultant2 system at: https://wbgeconsult2.worldbank.org/wbgec/index.html and access the Selection # 1254433. Submission of EOI will be closed on January 18, 2018 (EST), any submission after this will not be considered.

Thanks to Thrainn Fridriksson at the World Bank for the information.

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Thursday, January 4, 2018

Canada: GRC Student Member Wins for Geothermal Energy Infographic

Indonesia is really hot: A look at untapped potential (UBC)

By Kevin Fan, University of British Columbia and GRC Member

Would it surprise you to know that Indonesia, the world’s 4th most populous country, possesses one-third of the total estimated geothermal energy in the world?

Despite its abundance, the country only uses 6% of this energy source, which converts the Earth’s underground heat energy into electricity. When I discovered this, I teamed up with my friend Sang to try to figure out the root causes, existing solutions, and opportunities available in resolving this missed opportunity.

Through the University of Oxford’s Map the System challenge, we created an infographic and accompanying written analysis [published in the September/October GRC Bulletin - see reference below], and presented our findings. Our team wound up in 3rd place at the Canadian finals in Calgary, won $500, met a host of inspiring students dedicated to pursuing global issues, and became eligible to apply for up to $10,000 of funding for more in-depth field research on this issue.


Accelerating Geothermal Development in Indonesia: Addressing Underutilization of Geothermal Energy. Kevin Fan, University of British Columbia and Sang Nam, McGill University. GRC Bulletin, Vol. 46, No. 5. September/October 2017.

USA, California: Golden State a Leader in Renewable Energy

California Ahead of Renewable Energy Goals, data shows (CEC)

California’s leadership role in advancing the use and availability of renewable energy continues as evidenced by results of a California Energy Commission report which estimates that 30 percent of the state’s electric energy currently comes from renewable energy sources.

The state’s progress with renewables is also evidenced by data from the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) which shows renewable energy penetration of as much as 40 percent.

Chile: ENEL Adds PV Solar and Energy Storage to Cerro Pabellón Geothermal Plant

Chile, on the Frontier of Innovation (Enel Green Power)

Cerro Pabellón geothermal plant in the Atacama Desert (Courtesy Enel Green Power)
At the Cerro Pabellón geothermal plant in the Atacama Desert, we’ve installed a system that integrates photovoltaic generation with a hybrid energy storage system based on a lithium ion battery and hydrogen storage. This allows us to provide clean energy to the plant’s base camp 24/7.

Cerro Pabellón, the first geothermal plant in all of Latin America, has added a smart grid connected to a renewable plant and to an energy storage system that provides constant electricity to the small village of Ollagüe and, since January 2017, also a hybrid system that integrates a solar plant with a lithium ion battery and hydrogen storage.

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Southeast Asia: General Electric Promotes Geothermal Energy for ASEAN States

Rumbling Mt Agung Highlights Immense Geothermal Power That Lies Beneath The Earth (GE Reports)

Mt Agung’s potential eruption on the island of Bali, provides a timely opportunity to take a closer look at the incredible power, and untapped energy, that lies beneath the earth’s crust, and how it could be used. It also highlights the geothermal power energy potential in the member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).


Philippines: World Bank Could Help Leyte Geothermal Power Plants Recover from Earthquake

IFC may extend $90m debt to Philippines’ Energy Development Corp (Deal Street Asia)

Cracks caused by the magnitude 6.5 earthquake in July 2017 are visible in Barangay Tongonan, Ormoc City in Leyte. In the background is steam coming from the geothermal power plants run by Energy Development Corp. Photo courtesy of Cathy Ig-agao Pabganiban
The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private lending arm of  the World Bank, is considering extending a loan of $90 million to Energy Development Corporation (EDC), an integrated geothermal steam and electric power producer in the Philippines.

The loan would help with capital expenditures including the balance of work related to the recovery of service of the geothermal power plants in Leyte that were affected by the July 2017 earthquake, according to IFC’s disclosure.

Some of the proceeds will go towards supporting the company’s capital requirement and other corporate purposes for existing geothermal operations in 2018.

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