The International Geothermal Association (IGA) – as the international representation of the global geothermal energy industry – continues its efforts of promoting geothermal energy and its activities to foster geothermal development worldwide.

The past few weeks have been particularly busy. Following the move of the IGA Secretariat and its operations to Bonn, IGA attended the annual General Assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in January 2019. There IGA highlighted the important role geothermal energy can play with regards to power generation, but even more importantly in the supply of a favorable and sustainable energy solution for heating and cooling, as well in the agri-food sector.

At the annual GeoTHERM expo & congress that concluded last week in Offenburg, Germany, the International Geothermal Association (IGA) shared an update on its operations and activities during a side event organized jointly by the International Energy Agency Geothermal Implementing Agreement and IGA. The presentation highlighted IGA’s recent activities on the introduction, promotion and training on the UNFC Geothermal Resource Specifications, including workshops held in Indonesia, St Lucia in the Caribbean and Ethiopia, as well as general activities aimed to foster geothermal development worldwide.

At the GeoTHERM congress, IGA’s President Alexander Richter gave a keynote presentation sharing a status report on geothermal development today and an outlook into the future.

Today, geothermal power is generated in 27 countries with a total installed geothermal power generation capacity of 14,600 MW at year-end 2018.  With ongoing development and development ambitions the number of countries that could be producing geothermal power could increase to 82 countries.

There currently is ongoing and planned development of about 15,000 MW in power generation capacity, which would more than double the current installed capacity. Estimating development over the next 5 year period, IGA expects development of around 4,100 MW in capacity, picking up pace compared to the 4,341 MW added in the time period of 2008 to 2018. Key growth markets are Asia, Africa, Europe and North America.

It is clear that support mechanisms introduced by multilaterals, such as the World Bank, and development banks have been of help for projects getting over the big hurdles in the early stages of geothermal development, how sustainable that support is for further development will have to be seen.

So the timing of IGA’s World Geothermal Congress 2020 taking place from 27 April to 1 May 2020 in Reykjavik, Iceland, is perfect to engage the global geothermal energy community to discuss challenges and opportunities, while also highlighting what has been achieved.

To help set the global agenda, the IGA has opened the Expression of Interest (EoI) for hosting the World Geothermal Congress in 2023. More information can be found on our website where the EoI can be downloaded. Deadline for submitting the EoI is April 30, 2019.

IGA now also seeks nominations for its Board positions. Affiliated and individual members are kindly invited to forward their nominations for Board term 2020- 2023. The deadline for receiving nominated candidates is April 16, 2019.


IGA website: www.geothermal-energy.org
Website of the World Geothermal Congress 2020: www.wgc2020.com
Social Media handles: @lovegeothermal

Media Contact:
Dr. Marit Brommer, Executive Director
E-mail: marit@lovegeothermal.org
Mobile: +49 (0) 151 5984 3284

Dr. Andrew Sabin is the new President of the GRC

Davis, California, USA. The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) has welcomed Dr. Andrew Sabin as the 27th President of the global geothermal energy organization, succeeding Maria Richards. Dr. Andrew Sabin works with the Navy Geothermal Program Office in Ridgecrest, California. Andy’s career has spanned more than 30 years and has included ore deposits, geotechnical, environmental and geothermal work. He earned degrees in geology from the University of Maryland, the University of Pittsburgh and the Colorado School of Mines. Like many of his colleagues in the geothermal energy community, Andy has been a long-time member and supporter of the GRC. He also currently serves on the Board of Directors for the International Geothermal Association (IGA). According to Dr. Sabin, “If someone is fortunate enough to be employed in this industry for any amount of time, participating in and then giving back to the GRC should be an expectation. I’d encourage all leaders in this industry to motivate their peers and their employees to join and then actively participate in the GRC. The costs and the time spent each year are nominal. The potential benefits to their careers and to our industry are immeasurable.”


About the Geothermal Resources Council: The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) will be celebrating 50 years of service to the global geothermal energy community in 2022. The GRC is dedicated to advancing geothermal development around the world through education, research, and outreach. For more information, please visit www.geothermal.org.

The International Geothermal Association (IGA) seeks Expressions of Interest (EOI) from member organisations who would like to  host the World Geothermal Congress (WGC) in the year 2023.

Please download the Invitation for further Information: EOI-WGC2023 (pdf, 2,5 MB)

After five successful Application Rounds of the Geothermal Risk Mitigation Facility (GRMF) with 30 awarded projects, the Regional Geothermal Coordination Unit (RGCU) of the African Union Commission (AUC) would like to gather key facts of planned geothermal projects in Eastern Africa, in order to assess the market potential for a sixth Application Round.

The RGCU is looking for:

  • complete new geothermal projects, or
  • projects which have been rejected in the previous Applications Rounds.

The project activities can be:

  • surface studies including temperature gradient wells, or
  •  exploration drilling and testing programmes

in one of the eleven eligible GRMF countries (Burundi, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia).

Please fill the survey form until 6 March 2019 on the following link: http://185.48.158.31/limesurvey/index.php/477568?lang=en

Feel free to contact the GRMF team via the website www.grmf-eastafrica.org. The survey will take approx. 10 minutes (depending on your internet connectivity).

If the assessment for a sixth Application Round is positive, it will be announced on the GRMF website, and other channels. Furthermore, all stakeholders (including participants of this survey) as well as relevant media will be informed accordingly.

Note: All data as submitted by the participants will be kept confidential by the GRMF.

The Executive Director of the International Geothermal Association, Dr. Marit Brommer, was interviewed by Dr. Amel Barich, Project Manager at the Geothermal Research Cluster (GEORG) during the 2nd GEORG Geothermal Workshop in November 2018.

Watch the full interview now: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UbVAef56P8M

IGA members from these countries are eligible for fellowships http://www.wgc2020.com/countries_of_residence_fellowship_applications/

Abstracts need to be in before 31st January: WGC 2020

We want you! Help shape the global geothermal agenda and join the Board of the IGA. Nominations for Board Term 2020 – 2023 are now open. Get the guidelines, get nominated, and run for election. We want diversity, passion and commitment. If that sounds like you, join us! Deadline 16 April 2019 0:00 CET.


– GUIDELINES –

NOMINATION IGA BOARD 2020-2023

CRITERIA FOR ALL (NEW) NOMINATIONS

  • Be > 18 years
  • Experience in and passion for any form of geothermal energy (Power, Heat, Direct Use, Shallow Geothermal, Legislation, Finance, Economics)
  • Be a proactive, and value-driven individual who takes her/his non-executive board position serious
  • Committed to help shape the geothermal agenda and position geothermal energy in the energy transition dialogue as a renewable technology of choice
  • Experience in or willing to contribute to thought leadership and strategic direction of the Association
  • Experience in or willing to contribute to fund raising activities and other activities to attract sponsorship to the IGA
  • Adhere to our Code of Conduct & Code of Ethics

CRITERIA FOR AFFILIATED NOMINATIONS

The overarching vision of the IGA Board is to obtain a 50% gender balance in its board composition 2020 – 2023. To keep it simple and to enhance geographic spread, gender equality, and diversity of the candidates representing smaller countries, the Nomination Committee has set the following rules:

  1. All affiliates, irrespective of the size of their membership are allowed to nominate two candidates. In order to achieve the IGA Board vision we strongly recommend to put at least one female candidate on your nomination sheet;
  2. An affiliation that has a running first term member can only nominate one new member (taking into consideration the 50% gender balance criteria). For full fairness an affiliation that has a running female first term member can only nominate one male and vice versa.

CRITERIA FOR INDIVIDUAL NOMINEES

Individual members of the IGA can put themselves forward for election. In order to have a formal procedure in place which results to competent candidates with a formal check-up procedure, the IGA Nomination Committee set the following rule:

  1. If an individual IGA member is interested in self-nomination a written request needs to be sent to the Executive Director (iga@lovegeothermal.org) in order to receive a formal nomination request form with consent to use personal data for verification purposes. The form needs to be signed by 30 individuals, who must comply with the following eligibility criteria:
  2. > 18 years of age;
  3. Studying or working in the geothermal sector or in services related to the geothermal industry;

The 30 individuals will be sent an email for verification purposes to cross-check their eligibility to nominate.

Please, send us your nominations via e-mail or post.

E-mail: iga@lovegeothermal.org with the subject ‘Nomination IGA Board 2020-2023’.

Post: Charles-de-Gaulle Strasse 5, D-53113, Bonn, Germany.

TIMELINE:

Nominations have to reach the IGA Secretariat before 16 April 2019, 00:00.

All candidates are requested to provide contact details and a declaration of interest. Affiliated nominated candidates need to state their affiliated association.

Individual candidates need to provide the filled out formal nomination request which is available upon request.

At the Board Meeting #70 in Budapest (10 to 12 May 2019) sign-off of the ballot sheet will be carried out. Election for IGA Board term 2020 – 2023 will commence Quarter 3, 2019 and runs until Quarter 4, 2019.

Don’t forget to submit a paper to https://www.wgc2020.com and watch this wonderful promotional video: https://player.vimeo.com/video/311704625 .

Geothermal Resources Council Annual Meeting will be held Sept. 15-18 in Palm Springs, California, USA.

Davis, California, USA. The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) has issued a call for papers for the world’s biggest annual geothermal energy conference of the year taking place September 15-18, 2019, at the Palm Springs Convention Center, Palm Springs, California, USA.  The 43rd GRC Annual Meeting will highlight Geothermal: Green Energy for the Long Run – as a clean, dependable renewable energy, geothermal energy offers a long-term solution for the supply of low-carbon emission electricity.

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.

Over 1,000 attendees came to the 2018 GRC Annual Meeting and Expo from over 40 different countries, highlighting the GRC’s role in connecting the global geothermal energy community. With increasing interest in geothermal as a reliable source of renewable energy providing both flexible and baseload power production around the world, the GRC is looking ahead to an even stronger international attendance in 2019.

The GRC 2019 Annual Meeting planning committee will consider papers for its Technical and Poster Sessions covering a range of topics, both domestic and international: Business Development / Finance/ Market Analysis; Drilling; Direct Use / Heat Pumps; Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS); Emerging Technologies; Exploration / Resource Assessment; Field Operations / Production Technologies; Geology; Geochemistry; Geothermal Education and Community Engagement; Geothermal Energy Associated with Oil and Gas Operations; Geothermal Project Case Studies; Geophysics; Power Operations / Flexible Generation / Maintenance; Regulatory / Environmental Compliance / Policy Issues; Reservoir Engineering/ Reservoir Management/ Modeling; Sedimentary Basins; Utilities and Transmission; Country Updates (example: East African Rift / Philippines), and Regional Updates (example: Salton Sea / Basin & Range / Cascades).

In addition, there is an opportunity to submit papers in special themed topics: Advancements in Resource Development, Wellbore Construction & Completion; Diversity within the Geothermal Industry; EGS Collab Project; Experimental & Modeling Techniques for Geology, Geophysics & Hydrology; Geothermal Growth in East Africa; Geothermal Policy; Geothermal Well Integrity Technologies; Harnessing Energy & Water in the Salton Sea; Mineral Extraction From Geothermal Fluids; Modernizing Steam Controls; Production Well Automation Upgrades; Remote Sensing for Exploration & Resource Assessment; Spanish Language (Papers will be written & presented in Spanish); Statistics in Geothermal Exploration; Technology Transfer Between Oil & Gas and Geothermal Applications;  Uncertainty & Risk Analysis to Inform Geothermal Project Decisions, and Wellhead Assembly Equipment, Maintenance & Best Practices.

International participation is key to the success of the technical programs, and geothermal researchers and experts from the USA and around the world are encouraged to submit their work for consideration to be presented at the GRC Annual Meeting. 

Anyone who wants to present at the GRC Annual Meeting must submit a paper. The deadline for submission is Friday, March 15th, 2019.

Additional information about paper requirements and submission forms can be obtained by contacting the GRC at (530) 758-2360 or at www.geothermal.org.

For information on how to sponsor this event, contact Anh Lay; GRC at (530) 758-2360 X100 or alay@geothermal.org.

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


About the Geothermal Resources Council:

The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) will be celebrating 50 years of service to the global geothermal energy community in 2022. The GRC is dedicated to advancing geothermal development around the world through education, research, and outreach. For more information, please visit www.geothermal.org.

Happy 2019!

New year, new office! We are very excited about our move to Bonn – and to kick off our journey towards a sustainable future.