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Philippines: Geothermal Energy Companies Complete Consolidation

Geothermal Resources Council - Mon, 2019-06-24 23:36
AC Energy completes acquisition of Phinma Energy (Philippine Star)

AC Energy Inc., the energy platform of Ayala Corp., has completed the acquisition of Phinma Energy Corp. from the Del Rosario family for P6.3 billion.

In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange yesterday, AC Energy said it has acquired the combined 51.48 percent stake of Philippine Investment Management (Phinma) Inc. and Phinma Corp. of the Del Rosario family, in Phinma Energy.

Phinma Energy wholly owned Phinma Power Generation Corp., Phinma Renewable Energy Corp., CIP II Power Corp., One Subic Power Generation Corp. and One Subic Oil Distribution Corp.

It also owns 60 percent of Phinma Solar Corp., 50.74 percent of Phinma Petroleum and Geothermal Inc., 30.65 percent of Palawan Exploration and Production Corp., 45 percent of South Luzon Thermal Energy Corp. (SLTEC) and 25 percent of Maibarara Geothermal Inc.

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Belgium: Partially Completed Balmatt Geothermal Power Plant Producing 4-5 MW

Geothermal Resources Council - Mon, 2019-06-24 18:23
Update - Deep Geothermal Central Balmatt Site (VITO)

Before the start of the summer holidays the Balmatt team has made an overview of the results of the operation of the deep geothermal plant in Mol. Without becoming too technical, we would like to share the most important facts.

  • Since the partial completion of the plant on 14th May 2019, it has operated for 16 days cumulatively, with a last joint period of 10 days. This means about 46 % up-time. Hence, the project team has succeeded in a relative short period of time to define a “modus operandus” where 24/7 green heat has been produced.
  • The buildings of VITO/SCK/Belgoprocess are heated through the heat network with geothermal heat and the remainder of the heat has been used to produce electricity. With the current operational parameters and a production temperature of 121°C above-ground, the Balmatt central produces about 4-5 MW, or in total 1.7 GWh. The water is re-injected at 55-60°C.
  • The Traffic Light System or TLS, part of our safety system, was not activated during the operational period of the plant. The reasons for shutting down the plant were problems with seals in the above-ground circuit or external factors, such as a drop of voltage on the general electricity network.
  • On Sunday 23rd June 2019, 2 days after terminating the longest operational period, an induced earthquake has occurred close to the injection well MOL-GT-02 with a magnitude Ml=2.1 The project team and partners are further investigating the data from the own seismometer network to better characterize this event. You can also follow these and other data of the TLS yourself via https://vito.be/nl/vito-seismometernetwerk-onderzoekt-aardbevingen.
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Greece: New Legislation Will Boost Geothermal Energy Development - Report

Geothermal Resources Council - Mon, 2019-06-24 18:10
Briefing - Geothermal Energy in Greece (Watson Farley & Williams)

(Courtesy CIA.gov)This briefing focuses on the newly issued Law 4602/2019 that sets out the main principles for the exploration, exploitation and management of Greece's geothermal potential which constitutes an integral part of the National Energy and Climate Plan for 2030 submitted to the European Commission, and sets out the national strategy for the coming years.

The investment potential of geothermal energy is tremendous, especially as power generation from this source is still in its infancy. Big national players such as PPC Renewables already hold exclusive exploration, exploitation and management rights in specific target areas, and are in search of strategic partners that will assist them in building geothermal power plants, naturally after securing the consensus of local communities.

Greece clearly intends to take advantage of its geothermal fields, and promote its new Renewable Energy Sources (RES) sector. Modern technology and the stable legislative frameworks created favour investments in geothermal activities, and act as a tool to enable the transition of the country to clean energy.

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Japan: Orix Corp to Conduct Excavation Survey for Geothermal Energy Resources in Aomori Prefecture

Geothermal Resources Council - Mon, 2019-06-24 17:37
ORIX to Commence Excavation Survey in Kazamaura Village and Aomori City, Aomori Prefecture for Geothermal Power Generation Business (News Release)

ORIX Corporation today announced that it will commence excavation survey to verify commercial feasibility of the geothermal power generation business in both Kazamaura village, Shimokita county and Aomori City, Aomori Prefecture.

ORIX has conducted surface survey in Shimokita country's Kazamaura village and Aomori City. After obtaining approval from the local community, and with the geothermal resource survey subsidy for 2019 sponsored by Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC), an independent administrative agency, ORIX will conduct excavation survey to check for geothermal resources.

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Japan: Toshiba Wins Award for Alasehir 1 Geothermal Power Plant Turbines and Generators

Geothermal Resources Council - Mon, 2019-06-24 17:21
Toshiba Wins "Best/Most Efficient Main Equipment Award" for Geothermal in the Renewable Energy Power Plants Category at Turkey's ICCI Energy Awards (News Release)

Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions Corporation (Toshiba ESS) is pleased to announce that Zorlu Energy’s 40 MW Alasehir 1 Geothermal Power Plant, where Toshiba ESS supplied steam turbines and generators and that started commercial operation in 2015, got a prize in the Renewable Energy Power Plants Category at Turkey’s ICCI Energy Awards. In addition to Alasehir, Toshiba ESS has supplied geothermal generating equipment to Zorlu Energy’s Unit 1 and 2 at Kizildere III.

At the same time, Toshiba ESS has won the “Best/Most Efficient Main Equipment Award”, which was newly established this year. The ceremony was held in the WOW Convention Center in Istanbul on May 28.

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Geothermal Event! Four Exciting Fieldtrips from GRC Annual Meeting & Expo!

Geothermal Resources Council - Sun, 2019-06-23 07:30
Fieldtrips from Geothermal Resources Council Annual Meeting Announced (News Release)

Popular excursions from the GRC Annual Meeting & Expo in Palm Springs, California, USA.

The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) has announced more details of events at the world’s largest annual geothermal energy conference in Palm Springs, California, USA.

In addition to the main event of the GRC Annual Meeting & Expo taking place September 15-18, 2019, there will be a grand total of four fieldtrips before and after the conference.

Just before the start of the conference two half-day trips will offer a chance to relax and enjoy the fantastic scenery and culture of the Palm Springs area. On Saturday, a three hour off-road ride in a Jeep will take you into the California Desert, along the San Andreas fault-zone through slot canyons and a natural palm oasis. On Sunday morning, a two-mile hike into the Palm Canyon will visit a special place for the Agua Caliente (Hot Water) Band of Cahuilla Indians among the trees in a beautiful palm oasis.


Just after the end of the GRC Annual Meeting & Expo on September 18, a two-day fieldtrip will take advantage of a rare opportunity to explore operations, volcanic geology and hydrothermal features of the Coso geothermal field located at the China Lake Naval Air Warfare Station, California. This tour will also include a visit to GreenFire Energy’s experimental project demonstrating closed-loop geothermal power production technology using both water and supercritical CO2 as working fluids.

Also departing on Wednesday, September 18 another two-day fieldtrip will visit the Imperial Valley, home to the world renowned Salton Sea geothermal field. In addition to stops at the John L. Featherstone and Heber geothermal power plants, there will also be up-close observations of quaternary volcanoes, mud volcanoes, hot springs and an actively spreading mud pot! The valley has become a significant hot spot for renewable energy – with production from geothermal, solar, wind and biofuel – and possibly soon to be one of the most important regions for lithium mining.

More information on the fieldtrips, including more detailed itinerary and cost, can be found on the GRC Website at https://geothermal.org.



The GRC Annual Meeting & Expo 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.

Registration to the GRC Annual Meeting & Expo is now open. Room reservations can now be made on the GRC website at www.geothermal.org. A discounted room rate is available until August 21, so early reservations are recommended.

For more information about the GRC Annual Meeting & Expo in Palm Springs, California, USA, visit www.geothermal.org or call (530) 758-2360.

For information on how to sponsor this event, contact Estela Smith, GRC at (530) 758-2360 or grc@geothermal.org.
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USA: GRC Urges Extension of Expired Federal Tax Credits Benefiting Geothermal Energy

Geothermal Resources Council - Fri, 2019-06-21 20:43
GRC Support for Extension of the Investment Tax Credit for Geothermal Energy
Today the GRC Policy Committee submitted, on behalf of the Geothermal Resources Council (GRC), the following written comments to the U.S. Senate Finance Committee’s Energy Temporary Tax Policy Task Force:

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Dear Chairmen Grassley and Neal and Ranking Members Wyden and Brady,

The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) kindly urges Congress to immediately pass legislation to extend the expired federal tax credits benefiting geothermal energy.

The tax credits have remained lapsed since the end of 2017, creating confusion for the numerous industry sectors that utilize these incentives to support deployment of clean energy solutions. The continued uncertainty also undermines the effectiveness of these incentives and stands as a needless barrier to additional job creation and economic growth.

As the professional association for the geothermal industry and community, the GRC can attest to the vital importance of the tax credits to the success of geothermal energy business. Our industry needs an extension of the expired tax credit — two years retroactive (2018-19) and ideally at least two years forward (2020-21). The tax credits provide a predictable market signal for project development, which in turn leverages private investment and promotes job creation and local economic benefits across the country.

We strongly support the Tax Extender and Disaster Relief Act of 2019 introduced on February 28 by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and Ranking Member Ron Wyden. We applaud them for including an extension within “Section 107. Credit For Electricity Produced From Certain Renewable Resources”, specifically Section 107(a)(3), which benefits geothermal energy. We urge the Senate to take up this bill as soon as possible and for the House to follow suit expeditiously. Quick action on this issue is critical. Once the extenders package is passed, we look forward to a discussion on the long-term future of geothermal energy incentives.

Geothermal power is a critical source of renewable electricity for U.S. households and businesses as we transition to a clean energy future. It is affordable, reliable and plays a critical role in maintaining a functioning electric grid – due to its position as flexible, renewable, baseload resource that can complement other intermittent renewable resources. Extension of the expired tax credits will play an important role in continuing the development and support of our industry.

The GRC is a non-profit professional association for the geothermal industry and community in the USA and abroad. We were founded in 1972 and are headquartered in Davis, California. We have over 1,300 members from around the world and are working to advance our industry by supporting the development of geothermal energy resources through communication of robust research, knowledge and guidance.

We thank you for your consideration. We are available to answer questions and discuss further at your convenience.

Respectfully,

Paul Thomsen, GRC Policy Committee Chair
Will Pettitt, PhD, GRC Executive Director
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Geothermal Energy News from Around the World

Geothermal Resources Council - Fri, 2019-06-21 18:21
Global Geothermal News - Weekly Update (Geothermal Resources Council)


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

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    September 15-18, 2019Palm Springs Convention Center, Palm Springs, California, USA.Wednesday, June 19
    USA: Latest Update from the Geothermal Technologies Office - The webinar focused on keeping the geothermal community fully updated on progress at the U.S. Department of Energy, with Dr. Hamm highlighting ongoing efforts within GTO.

    Finance: The World Will Get Half Its Power From Wind, Solar by 2050 - To keep an electrified energy sector on a 2-degree trajectory, we will need to deploy additional zero-carbon technologies that are dispatchable and economic running at low capacity factors, or technology that can capture and sequester emissions at scale.

    Thursday, June 20
    USA: Important Hearing on Opportunities and Challenges for Advanced Geothermal Energy Development in the U.S. - The purpose of the hearing was to examine opportunities and challenges for advanced geothermal energy development in the United States.

    Finance: Renewable Energy is Expanding in the Power Sector - Report - An estimated 0.5 GW of new geothermal power generating capacity came online in 2018, bringing the global total to around 13.3 GW. Turkey and Indonesia remained the leaders for new installations and accounted for about two-thirds of the new capacity installed.

    Germany: Nominees for International Geothermal Association Board of Directors Announced - The election for the International Geothermal Association ( IGA) Board of Directors will start on 30 June 2019 and run until 30 September.

    Switzerland: Canton of Vaud Plans for 20 Geothermal Power Plants by 2050 - The new cadastre lists 43 communities in the Vaud Mittelland with geothermal potential.

    Hungary: Government Plans a Geothermal Guarantee Fund - Soon, the government plans to set up a geothermal guarantee fund, the heat of the earth should be utilized better than before.

    Climate Change: Global Partnership Announced to Accelerate Low-Carbon Energy Transition - The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) announced a global partnership today to accelerate low-carbon energy transition and offer concrete steps to achieve sustainable development.

    Friday, June 21
    USA: GEO Act would establish public-private partnerships to improve the collection of geothermal data and reduce drilling risk - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today introduced the Geothermal Energy Opportunities (GEO) Act with Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.).

    USA: "Regulatory reforms alone could double geothermal capacity" - Sen. Lisa Murkowski- "Whether it is used for heating our homes or keeping the lights on, geothermal provides clean and always-on energy that requires no external backup," Murkowski said.



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    Europe: News from Geothermal Deep Drilling Research Group

    Geothermal Resources Council - Fri, 2019-06-21 17:33
    Latest News from the DEEPEGS project 

    In the 2nd newsletter of the DEEPEGS project, we present the progress of the project, which is in its fourth and final year and many impor­tant discoveries have been made that will in future impact the geothermal sector.

    Check out our second newsletter with a lot of interesting information on:
    • Vendenheim demonstration site
    • Preparation for the IDDP-2 flow testing
    • Laboratory prototype tests
    • Enhancement of the injectivity/productivity index of the Vendenheim wells
    • Seismic activity monitoring on demonstration sites
    • CSEM survey on demonstration sites
    We also shared our status on the challenges the team encountered.

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    USA: GEO Act would establish public-private partnerships to improve the collection of geothermal data and reduce drilling risk

    Geothermal Resources Council - Fri, 2019-06-21 16:56
    Cortez Masto, Wyden Introduce Geothermal Energy Opportunities (GEO) Act (News Release)

    U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez
    Masto (D-Nev.)U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today introduced the Geothermal Energy Opportunities (GEO) Act with Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.). The GEO Act promotes the growth of geothermal energy by developing stronger public-private partnerships, reducing barriers to leasing public land for geothermal energy use where certain energy extraction activities are already permitted, and promoting the direct development and deployment of geothermal heat pump technologies among large-scale facilities and buildings.

    Geothermal energy provides clean, renewable, low-carbon energy in the United States and around the world. Nevada is a leader in the use of renewable energy and one of the highest producers of this type of energy in America.
    1. The GEO Act establishes public-private partnerships to improve the collection of geothermal data and reduce drilling risk.
      Poor geothermal resource maps and the related challenge of finding “hot spots” deep underground create financial risks for the use of this technology; the GEO Act reduces future drilling risk through a competitive, cost-shared grant program administered by the Department of Energy (DOE).
    2. This legislation reduces barriers to obtaining leases for geothermal energy development by allowing oil and gas leaseholders to co-produce geothermal energy without going through an additional competitive lease process.
      It would also allow for rapid expansion of already identified geothermal resources without additional delays and ensure taxpayers fair market value for the resource.
    3. The GEO Act promotes geothermal heat pumps and direct use of geothermal energy by establishing a pair of programs at the DOE to promote the development and deployment of this technology both at the Department of Energy and among local entities.
      This bill would create a research program conducted by the DOE and a second grant program for states and local governments, universities, and non-profits to promote the use of geothermal energy.
    4. This bill ensures the federal government prioritizes the development and use of public geothermal energy.
      It would require the Bureau of Land Management to identify high-priority areas for new geothermal development and set goals for the Secretary of Interior to approve more than 15,000 megawatts of new geothermal energy and for the Director of the United States Geological Survey to identify sites capable of producing 50,000 megawatts of geothermal power by 2025.
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    USA: "Regulatory reforms alone could double geothermal capacity" - Sen. Lisa Murkowski

    Geothermal Resources Council - Fri, 2019-06-21 16:17
    Sen. Murkowski: Geothermal Brings the Heat for America's Energy Future (News Release)

    Sen. Lisa MurkowskiSen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, today chaired a hearing to examine opportunities and challenges for advanced geothermal energy development in the United States.
    Murkowski opened by highlighting the capabilities of geothermal energy.
    "Whether it is used for heating our homes or keeping the lights on, geothermal provides clean and always-on energy that requires no external backup," Murkowski said. "We often hear about concerns with wind when it stops blowing, and solar when the sun's not out. You won't hear a similar concern with geothermal. These resources are constant and reliable. There is no such thing as fluctuating, intermittent earth heat, and that's a big advantage."
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    USA: "Geothermal is on a path to becoming a widely available renewable energy source, a "50-state" solution - EERE Assistant Secretary

    Geothermal Resources Council - Fri, 2019-06-21 16:09
    GeoVision: Senate Energy Committee Issues Testimony From DOE Assistant Secretary Simmons (News Release)

    Daniel R. SimmonsThe Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee issued the following testimony by Daniel R. Simmons, assistant secretary for energy efficiency and renewable energy at the Department of Energy, at a hearing to examine opportunities and challenges for advanced geothermal energy development:
    "Geothermal is on a path to becoming a widely available renewable energy source, a "50-state" solution. As Secretary Perry said just last month, "There is enormous untapped potential for geothermal energy in the United States. Making geothermal more affordable can increase our energy options for a more diverse electricity generation mix and for innovative heating and cooling solutions for all Americans." This comment accompanied the release of the GeoVision report on May 30, 2019. We know there is more that geothermal can do for this country, and how to get there is outlined in the GeoVision report.
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    USA: "Geothermal provides clean and always-on energy that requires no external backup" - Sen. Murkowski

    Geothermal Resources Council - Fri, 2019-06-21 15:24
    Senators see reliability benefits of geothermal (E&E News - Subscription)

    Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee geothermal backers yesterday championed the renewable technology's potential as a critical piece in producing reduced-carbon, reliable power.

    The comments came during a Senate Energy and Natural Resources (ENR) Committee hearing on geothermal energy — the first such hearing held in front of the committee since 2006 in a sign of the technology's growing prominence to help further unleash renewables.

    "Whether it is used for heating our homes or keeping the lights on, geothermal provides clean and always-on energy that requires no external backup," ENR Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) said in her opening statement.

    "These resources are constant and reliable," she added. "There is no such thing as fluctuating, intermittent earth heat. And that's a big advantage."

    The hearing followed the recent release of a Department of Energy report on the potential for a twenty-sixfold increase in the deployment of the technology by 2050 with the right permitting reforms and innovation improvements through research and development.



    DOE says geothermal energy has the potential to reach as much as 60 gigawatts by 2050, or 3.7% of total U.S. installed capacity in 2050 and as much as 8.5% of all U.S. electricity generation.

    Geothermal makes up about 0.4% of the nation's generated electricity, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

    Murkowski and ENR ranking member Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) recently visited a geothermal facility in Iceland as part of their congressional delegation trip throughout the Arctic region.

    "If the people of Iceland can harness their hot springs and underground resources to generate clean energy, it makes me think there are even more ways that we can utilize this set of climate solutions here in the United States if we support the needed research and development," Manchin said.

    While much of the hearing focused on geothermal's potential, industry representatives made sure to highlight how the technology is currently seeing successes in states like California and Nevada.

    California has sought geothermal procurements in the range of 7.5 cents per kilowatt-hour almost as "a backbone" to its push for more wind and solar, said Paul Thomsen, vice president of business development of Americas for Ormat Technologies Inc.

    "They recognize that when they take the energy value of geothermal and its capacity benefits, meaning it's there when it's night or when the intermittent resource aren't there, that it is of value to them," Thomsen said.

    "With geothermal prices going below 7.5 cents, it's absolutely commercially viable today in states that are looking for high renewable penetration rates," he added.

    Among the policy requests, senators floated ideas to better map out areas across the country that could use geothermal energy.

    They also suggested the benefit of extending an investment tax credit (ITC) that benefited geothermal as a way to help the technology.

    That ITC for geothermal expired at the end of 2017, but there may be some movement to extend the credit along with a host of other energy-related measures in a tax package.

    "All we are doing today is trying to breathe more life into the understanding of geothermal so that our colleagues will understand, at least the members of this committee will be supportive of it as the opportunity presents itself this year," said Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), who also serves on the Senate Finance Committee.

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    Finance: Renewable Energy is Expanding in the Power Sector - Report

    Geothermal Resources Council - Thu, 2019-06-20 21:50
    Renewables 2019 Global Status Report (REN21)
    The evidence from 2018 clearly indicates that renewable power is here to stay. Solar photovoltaics (PV) and wind are now mainstream options in the power sector, with an increasing number of countries generating more than 20% of their electricity with solar PV and wind. This is good news. But current trends show that bolder policy decisions are needed across all sectors of energy end-use to make our energy systems sustainable.

    Geothermal energy is harnessed for the generation of electricity and for various thermal applications, including space heating and industrial heat input. Total geothermal energy output in 2018 was estimated at 630 PJi, with around half of this in the form of electricity (89.3 TWh). Estimates of thermal energy consumption (also known as “direct use”) are more uncertain than those for electricity, due to data collection challenges. Some geothermal plants produce both electricity and heat for various thermal applications.

    An estimated 0.5 GW of new geothermal power generating capacity came online in 2018, bringing the global total to around 13.3 GW. Turkey and Indonesia remained the leaders for new installations and accounted for about two-thirds of the new capacity installed.3 Other countries that added capacity in 2018 (ordered by scale) were the United States, Iceland, New Zealand, Croatia, the Philippines and Kenya. Click here for the chapter on Geothermal Power and Heat.......

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    Europe: Report on Combined Geothermal Power and Metal Extraction Technology Pilot Projects

    Geothermal Resources Council - Thu, 2019-06-20 21:33
    CHPM2030 Deliverable D6.2 - Report on Pilots (CHPM2030)


    This report, compiled from 6 documents, presents
    1. An evaluation framework that facilitates the investigation of study areas for Combined Heat Power and Metal (CHPM) extraction technology; 
    2. The description of areas from 4 countries, concerning their CHPM potential and characteristics: Cornwall in South West England, Portuguese Iberian Pyrite Belt, Beius basin and Bihor mountains in Romania, Nautanen and Kristineberg in Sweden; 
    3. An European outlook for CHPM prospective locations, covering 24 countries.
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    Climate Change: "EFG Believes Geothermal Energy (Both Shallow and Deep Geothermal), CO2 capture and Mineral Extraction are Part of the Answer"

    Geothermal Resources Council - Thu, 2019-06-20 19:45
    Position paper on energy transition - European Federation of Geologists

    Europe is accelerating the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy. In 2015, the European Commission launched the Energy Union strategy to boost energy security, creating a fully integrated internal energy market, improving energy efficiency, decarbonising the economy and supporting research innovation and competitiveness. Furthermore, the EU ratified the Paris Agreement on climate, targeting an increase of the global temperature no higher than 1.5 degrees Celsius and Member States are required to draft 10-year National Energy & Climate Plans (NECPs) by the end of 2019 outlining how they will meet the new 2030 targets for renewable energy and for
    energy efficiency.

    Ambitious targets mean in-depth planning from both stakeholders and policy makers. The European Federation of Geologists (EFG) is a professional organisation representing more than 45,000 geologists across Europe. The Federation’s main aims are to contribute to a safer and more sustainable
    use of the natural environment, to protect and inform the public and to promote more responsible exploitation of natural resources. Based on the expertise that professional geologists provide, EFG believes geothermal energy (both shallow and deep geothermal), CO2 capture and mineral extraction are part of the answer to meet the aforementioned targets.

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    Science & Technology: Award to Develop Ruggedized Communication Technology for Enabling Geothermal Directional Drilling

    Geothermal Resources Council - Thu, 2019-06-20 19:24
    Ozark IC Wins SBIR Funding for Venus Surface and Geothermal Exploration (Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center)

    Fayetteville, Arkansas-based Ozark Integrated Circuits has received a $205,000 Department of Energy Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I award to create ruggedized communication technology for enabling high-temperature directional drilling. 
    “In this Phase I project, we will apply our high-TRL Silicon on Insulator integrated circuitry and packaging technologies, currently being used for turbine engine control applications, to enhance state-of-the-art drilling systems. The system will operate for extended times at 250oC. This will be accomplished by effectively designing a high-temperature communication system,”  said Dr. Matt Francis, CEO of Ozark IC. 
    “Technology that provides improved exploitation of subsurface resources presents a tremendous opportunity to improve our world.  Geothermal resources, in particular, could provide gigawatts of carbon-free base load, with obvious economic and societal benefits,” said Dr. Ian Getreu, Ozark IC’s director of business development and strategic partnership.
    A high-temperature drilling telemetry system provides a clear capability for accessing subsurface resources. “The first application of this technology to improve high-temperature drilling using silicon on insulator technology can quickly enable access to a tremendous amount of enhanced geothermal systems resources at temperatures up to 250oC.  When combined with other silicon carbide technologies already under development by Ozark IC, access to deeper resources will become possible,” said Francis.
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    USA, New York: The Cornell University Hybrid System Using Geothermal Energy for both Heating and Electricity

    Geothermal Resources Council - Thu, 2019-06-20 18:36
    Hybrid energy system could slash campus greenhouse emissions (Cornell University)


    A hybrid system using geothermal energy for both heating and electricity could reduce campus greenhouse emissions around 25% more than using it just for heating, potentially bringing Cornell close to its goal of carbon neutrality, according to new research.
    A study led by Fengqi You, the Roxanne E. and Michael J. Zak Professor in Energy Systems Engineering in the Smith School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, proposed two hybrid energy systems based on Cornell’s Ithaca campus, using geothermal energy in combination with other sources.
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