IGA reaches out to you, our member, and asks for your help in filling out the Market Study Survey, which main aim is to find out how good the Global Geothermal Community is in using Social Media and Marketing Techniques.

Let us work together on improving the visibility of geothermal energy.

For the English version go to: https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4615286/Social-Media-Usage-Market-Research-Survey

For the Spanish version go to: https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4684669/Investigaci-n-de-mercado-sobre-el-uso-de-las-Redes-Sociales-en-la-industria-geot-rmica

Special thanks to Geoenergy Marketing Services for creating this survey and their desire to unite the voice of geothermal.

Please find an Interview with Bob Harskamp, Business Development Manager at Well Engineering Partners and our newest Member in the IGA Board of Directors, online at:
https://www.geothermal-energy.org/about/people/bod-interviews/interview-with-bob-harskamp/

Interviews with (almost) every Member in the IGA Board of Directors can be found here:
https://www.geothermal-energy.org/about/people/

 

 

The Geothermal industry fear risks for investment in Italy. The italian government is putting 10,000 jobs at risk and jeopardizing green investment by cutting support to geothermal energy.

Please find the full press release from EGEC and IGA here:

The Geothermal industry fear risks for investment in Italy_PR14112018

 

 

 

The call for abstracts for the World Geothermal Congress 2020 was launched by the Technical Committee, chaired by Roland N. Horne, and the deadline (January 31, 2019) is now approaching.

The author instructions are on the web at http://www.wgc2020.com. The list of themes is grouped into four main subjects, as follows:

General
Keynote
Country Updates
Environmental Aspects
Policy, Legal and Regulatory Aspects
Economics and Financing
Sustainability and Climate Change
Case Histories
Societal and Cultural Aspects
Business Strategies
Geothermal Education

Geoscience
Exploration
Geology
Geophysics
Geochemistry
Hydrogeology
Resource Assessment
Geomicrobiology

Engineering
Drilling and Completion Technology
Reservoir Engineering
Injection Technology
Field Management
Production Engineering, Steam Gathering Systems
Power Generation
Corrosion and Scaling
Direct Use
Geothermal Heat Pumps

Cross‐cutting
EGS ‐ Enhanced Geothermal Systems
Big Data and Data Analytics
Software for Geothermal Applications
Health, Tourism and Balneology
District Heating
Agriculture
Advanced Technology (Magma, Geopressure, etc.)
Integrated Energy Systems, Cascaded Uses
Minerals Extraction and Processing
Other

More info: http://www.wgc2020.com/

Dear Geothermal Community,

we are happy to announce that the majority of our membership has voted positively on the extension of the current board term for six months. We would like to thank each one of you who casted the vote and found the time to participate in this important decision.

The new board will be elected in 2019 to take seat at WGC2020 so to align with the upcoming World Geothermal Congress. As usual, we are getting ready for the elections and looking forward to meet new, dynamic, proactive, diverse and inspiring people that will drive IGA with energy and zest.

So, get yourself nominated!

With best wishes,
Marit Brommer
Executive Director

We are happy to announce that from now on, all IGA Members can get the GEOTHERMICS Journal for a heavily discounted price.

For the year 2018 the subscription rate to a combined print and electronic subscription to the Journal is 133 $ for individual members and 305 $ for corporate/institutional members. Please, notice, that the member subscription rate does not include any sales or similar taxes required by law, which may be billed by the Elsevier as appropriate.

Please, follow the steps below in order to get the GEOTHERMICS Journal for the reduced price:

  • Step 1: Contact Elsevier Team at emeasocieties@elsevier.com for a proforma invoice and mention the special rate for Geothermics Journal:
    $133 – for individual members
    $305 –  for corporate/institutional members
  • Step 2: Wait for the Elsevier Team to send you the proforma invoice.
  • Step 3: Provide a payment and confirm payment has been sent and applied to your account in order to receive the online registration instructions per email.
  • Step 4: Wait for the online registration instructions per email. Please, notice that your e-mail address will be uploaded in the system for journal’s access via Science Direct.

Members can also reach Elsevier Team by phone:
Telephone: (+1) 877 839 7126
Telephone: (+44) (0)1865 843434

 

The IGA invites its membership to cast their vote on extending the current Board Term by a period of 6 months to April 2020 so as to coincide with the World Geothermal Congress 2020 where the new Board will begin their term at the AGM held at that time. The following addendum will be appended to the Bylaws.

ADDENDUM – Notwithstanding Article 8.g, the Board may, by written resolution passed by a majority of the total number of Directors at that time, extend the term of the current Directors (for the avoidance of doubt, that is from 31 October 2016 to 31 October 2019) by a period of six months to April 2020 so as to coincide with the World Geothermal Congress 2020 where the new Board will begin their term at the AGM held at that time.

If you are an Institutional, Corporate or Indvidual member of the IGA, we sent an information e-mail with detailed information. Please contact support@lovegeothermal.org in case you didn’t receive it.

If you are an IGA member via your National Association, please ask your Coordinator for further information.

IGA Bylaws (pdf, 175 KB)

The new Assistant or Associate Professor is expected to conduct research into scientific challenges in the field of geothermal science and engineering, for example in geothermal reservoir characterisation, reservoir and production engineering, e.g. the understanding of breakthrough mechanisms of thermal and chemical fronts in relation to subsurface heterogeneities, the interaction of geothermal fluids with rocks and technical installations, or the thermal and mechanical fracture development in reservoir rock. In addition to these subsurface-related challenges there are numerous scientific and engineering questions emerging from geothermal energy production in the Netherlands. These involve, for example, drilling technology, optimisation and up-scaling of geothermal operations, as well as other economic, legal and policy aspects.

https://vacature.beta.tudelft.nl/vacaturesite/permalink/48788/?lang=en

https://www.academictransfer.com/en/48788/assistant-or-associate-professor-of-geothermal-engineering-tenure-track/

The university of Geneva announces two new 2-years Post Doc positions within the GEo-Energy/Reservoir and Basin Analysis Group related to Geothermal Exploration and Reservoir Characterisation:

 

by Michal Kruszewski (GZB)

In General

Poland is one of the central European countries with high geothermal potential and strong interests from government as well as local authorities. The country has only low-enthalpy resources, connected in most cases with the Mesozoic sedimentary formations. Six geothermal district heating plants are currently in operation in Poland i.e. Podhale region since 1994, Pyrzyce since 1996, Mszczonów since 2000, Uniejów since 2001, Poddębice since 2012 and Stargard since 2012, with total installed capacity of 76 MWth and heat production of 227 GWh. The most attractive direct applications of geothermal energy in Poland are space heating, balneotherapy, recreational, aquaculture and other minor uses. Geothermal waters with temperatures ranging from 20 to 100°C and flow rate of up to 150 l/s are being produced from geothermal wells with total depths between 1 to 3 km. Most of deep geothermal installations are based on doublet systems, with an exception of Mszczonów and Poddębice district heating plants, where thermal water mineralization is below 500 mg/l. Ground Source Heat Pump (GSHP) industry, established in Poland several years ago, is in constant development and experienced immense progress since 2013, with 500 MWth installed capacity and 714 GMh of heat production as for 2015.

News

At the end of September 2017 local authorities of Szaflary, Koło, Lądek Zdrój, Sochaczew and Sieradz municipalities received large subsidies (in total 46 mln EUR) from Polish National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management (NFOŚiGW) in order to investigate and explore geothermal resources in various areas in Poland. The deepest planned exploratory well Bańska PGP-4 will be drilled in Szaflary (southern Poland) municipality with target depth of 5.3 km. The well will investigate potential resources of geothermal waters in Podhale region. It will be the fourth production well in the area and the deepest in the field. Well temperatures are expected to reach temperature of 130°C, which is around 40°C higher than temperatures from the typical wells in area drilled to 3 km depth. Such temperature will allow not only for district heating but also create possibility of electricity production, which was not yet investigated in Poland.  The new well is planned to start production by the end of November 2020 and will also provide new insights about geology and reservoir conditions below current production intervals. The well will the deepest geothermal well in Poland and one of the deepest in Europe.


Fig. 1. Wellhead of geothermal well in southern Poland in Podhale area (source: geotermia.pl)

Another geothermal investment is planned in Lądek-Zdrój (south-western Poland) municipality. A 2.5 km deep exploratory well will be used for district heating, balneotherapy, bathing and snow melting purposes in cascade application. It is expected that geothermal energy development in southern Poland will help to mitigate the smog and air pollution problem, which is caused by outdated heating systems, heavy traffic and economy’s dependence on coal.

One of the shallowest wells is also planned in the area of Sochaczew (central Poland) with final depth of 1.4 km for district heating purposes. Another exploratory well GT-1 is expected to be drilled in municipality of Koło, which is regarded as one of the most promising geothermal areas in Poland with plans for geothermal power plant, and Sieradz (both located in central Poland). Production well in municipality of Sieradz is planned to provide heat to around 20 thousand inhabitants in the nearby area. Final well depth would amount to 1.5 km. Such depth will allow for producing thermal water with temperatures of around 65°C and flow rate of approximately 34 l/s. Drilling operations are scheduled to be finished by the end of November 2018.

In September 2017, new directional “S”-type well GT-1 bis was drilled and connected to the Pyrzyce geothermal district heating plant, which now owns 5 wells, in north-western Poland with its final depth of 1.8 km, geothermal water temperature of 66°C and flow rate of approximately 56 l/s.

Great part of the funds from NFOŚiGW were received for establishing geothermal heating plant in city of Toruń (northern Poland). Attempts to create geothermal heating plant there were kick-started in 2008, however failed to receive any subsidies from polish government that time.

Future

Poland is the motherland of petroleum industry, where in 1853 first oil well was drilled in Bóbrka (southern Poland) municipality, near Krosno and year later first oil refinery was established. In 1900, Poland was the third biggest oil producer in the world. Currently, many of these oil and natural gas wells are abandoned (or/and negative) and located nearby residential or industrial areas. This creates perfect opportunity to extract geothermal heat from already drilled petroleum wells. First project of such kind was attempted in Sucha Beskidzka (southern Poland), where well Jachówka-2K, primarily created for oil production, was drilled to final depth of approximately 4.3 km. Only small tributaries of natural gas were discovered and well was reconstructed for borehole heat exchanger. Due to poor insulation of inner column, project did not achieved satisfactory results. Currently, research works are ongoing in order to improve insulation properties of inner column and increase efficiency of borehole heat exchangers. In the future such technology, which currently is being look at in countries such as Canada, might provide great deal of renewable heat to polish inhabitants and help to significantly improve air quality.

Poland has also contributed to many European programs on various geothermal aspects from shallow to deep geothermal, in order to exchange experience and learn from other, more advanced in geothermal heat and electricity production countries such as Iceland. The outcome of such projects shall enable for polish geothermal industry to develop and also draw attention of the public. The trend of progress in geothermal heat pump industry is scheduled to continue in very near future in Poland with much more bigger scale projects, with multiple borehole heat exchanger installations, as well as smaller scale investments in private housing. As it was mentioned before, Poland has also great potential for lunching first geothermal power generation plants in areas such as Koło or Szaflary.


Author Contact: michal.kruszewski@hs-bochum.de