In this hike through the digital world, IGA Technical Director Gregor Rumberg will show the many facets of digital developments and how to utilize in many scales from personal to large business.
Topics (among others) will include an introduction to Information Systems and current trends, tools and security, and showcase the benefits of the implementation of concepts from Business Informatics to facilitate the activities of all Geothermal Stakeholders. 

Dear geothermal community,

It is with a heavy heart that we have to announce the postponement of the World Geothermal Congress 2020 in Reykjavik, Iceland, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, until next year.

This decision was taken after engaging with various stakeholders; geothermal associations, our sponsors and exhibitors and most importantly, after consulting with the relevant authorities in Iceland. Further to these discussions, it is foreseeable that the hosting of WGC 2020 this spring in Iceland would have been impossible.

As you are all aware, the COVID-19 pandemic and its implications have been grave and the escalation worldwide in recent weeks and days is very worrying. Both the Organising Committee of WGC 2020 and the International Geothermal Association (IGA) have been monitoring the situation and reviewing all available options. This decision now has not been an easy one, however the health and safety of everyone involved is our first priority.

The preparation for WGC 2020 has been ongoing for almost 6 years now, with thousands of geothermal colleagues; authors, reviewers, sponsors, exhibitors and of course all those already registered, contributing towards making WGC 2020 the largest World Geothermal Congress to date. We feel that by postponing rather than cancelling WGC 2020 outright, we are safeguarding all their hard work. The new date of May 21 – 26, 2021 in Reykjavik, Iceland, is the best solution we have at hand under these unprecedented circumstances. While setting the new date, we have had to account for various limitations such as the availability of Harpa, the Conference Centre, accommodation, religious holidays and of course avoiding conflict with other major geothermal events.

We will strive towards ensuring the Congress program will have only minimal revisions and all the speakers will retain their already allocated slots and all the sponsors and exhibitors will maintain their chosen locations in Harpa and all non-technical events will maintain their designated times and venues.

We sincerely hope that you understand our decision and continue to support WGC 2020 under the circumstances. We acknowledge that for some of you, the new date may not be ideal, but we hope you will be able to participate in the World Geothermal Congress in Iceland next year. The Organising Committee of the World Geothermal Congress is working hard to implement this postponement of WGC 2020 and will communicate with all concerned in due time to make these changes go as smooth as possible.

We will do our utmost to ensure that next year in Reykjavik will be the greatest World Geothermal Congress ever! And last but not least, the Organising Committee and the IGA send their heartfelt support to all those affected in one way or another by COVID-19.

With warm regards,

Alexander Richter
President IGA

Bjarni Pálsson
Chairman Organizing Committee


More information and Q&A:
https://www.wgc2020.com/postponement_of_wgc2020_faq/

The Exhibition Center Offenburg postpones the international trade fair and congress GeoTHERM. Due to current developments and the high proportion of international guests at GeoTHERM, the Exhibition Center Offenburg has reassessed the situation. “This decision was not an easy one for us. Our customers, partners and the entire trade fair team have prepared this event with great commitment”, says Sandra Kircher, Managing Director of the Exhibition Center Offenburg.

“We discussed the situation every day on the basis of the dynamic development. And have now come to the conclusion that we cannot hold GeoTHERM this week, especially in view of the high level of internationality”, explains Supervisory Board Chairman and Mayor Marco Steffens the decision.

Exhibitors and visitors will receive further information in the next few days.

Join the biggest 2020 power conference in India on 11-12 February 2020.

What to expect:

  • Perfect Platform to discuss and deliberate Current opportunities & challenges
  • Thematic sessions covering wide scope for the Sector Energy Transitions
  • Best in class, Domestic & International experts to give talks
  • Nationwide Insight into the Power Sector

Find out more about the event: http://www.elekore.com/ipc-2020/index.html

HELLO GEOTHERMAL MUSICIANS!
TIME TO REGISTER FOR WING WGC 2020 BATTLE OF THE BANDS

It’s quick and easy –
Start here: https://forms.gle/6X7zzfxwYz36GAYk6
Then . . . .
1) Fill in your basic information
2) Tell us what you need to support your performance (musicians, singers, gear, etc.)
3) Tell us how you can lend your musical skills to support other performers
4)That’s it!

Questions? Atli and Ann have answers!
atli@axlaw.is ann1@slb.com

Stay tuned in February 2020 for Episode 4: Musicians’ Exchange

GEOHeat is an annual international geothermal conference held in September in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Russia.
Kamchatka is a land of hot springs, geysers, volcanoes and valleys. The Flora and fauna of Kamchatka are very rich and unique. this place is picturesque and September in Kamchatka is a symphony of color.
The goals of the conference are to distribute scientific and industrial information concerning the current state of geothermal science, technology, and its industry; to share knowledge and results in theory, methodology, technology and applications of geothermal science; to bring together scientists, researchers, engineers, students and managers interested in geothermal science; to promote geothermal innovations; provide a forum to exchange ideas on the exploration, development and use of geothermal resources; And, to encourage international communication and collaboration.

Download Flyer: GEOheat_2020.pdf (pdf, 5 MB)

The Geothermal Volcanology Workshop 2020 will be held from 03 to 08 September 2020 in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Russia.

Topics of scientific sessions:

  • Magma-hydrothermal systems
  • Hydrothermal systems in volcanic areas
  • Seismicity in geofluid volcanic and hydrothermal systems with active faults
  • Magmatic feeding systems of active volcanoes
  • Modeling the natural state and exploitation of geothermal reservoirs, applications to reserves estimation, feasibility study & investment
  • Relationships among geothermal energy, magmatism, metallogeny, secondary mineralization and permeability
  • Production geothermal reservoirs and hard-to-recover hydrocarbon formation conditions
  • Mechanism of geysers and other cyclic phenomena in hydrothermal systems
  • Diagenetic alteration of host rocks by hydrothermal fluid circulation

Abstracts

Abstract submission is until May 1, 2020.

Abstract submissions should be 0.5 page or less, 12 point Times New Roman, 1-inch margins, and include title, author(s), author(s) affiliation, author(s) email, and abstract text. Please do not include any graphics.

Please submit your abstract via e-mail GeothermalVolcanology2020@gmail.com

Accommodations and Registration Information

Information regarding accommodations and registration will be coming soon. Please check the Geothermal Volcanology Workshop 2020  website periodically for updates.

http://www.kscnet.ru/ivs/conferences/GeothermVolc2020/indexEN.html

http://www.kscnet.ru/ivs/conferences/GeothermVolc2020/index.html

VISA FOR INTERNATIONAL PARTICIPANTS 

All those from outside Russia who would like to participate in Geothermal Volcanology Workshop-2019 must plan to apply for Russian visa well in advance. An invitation letter is required for your visa application. So that we can provide the letter, please fill out the questionnaire below and send it together with an electronic copy (JPEG) of the two first pages of your passport to Oxana Evdokimova evdokimova@kscnet.ru as soon as possible.

QUESTIONNAIRE FOR GETTING AN OFFICIAL LETTER OF INVITATION 

  1. Full name (last, first, middle)
  2. Date of birth (date, month, and year)
  3. Place of birth (town/city/locality, region/province/state, country)
  4. Sex (female/male)
  5. Citizenship/Dual Citizenship
  6. Permanent residence ( town/city, region/province/state,  country)
  7. Passport number, date of issue/expiration
  8. Authority issued the passport
  9. Institution (full title) and address
  10. Position
  11. Telephone number, e-mail, fax
  12. Clear and readable copy of the first two pages of the passport in JPG format
  13. Dates of stay in RF
  14. Purpose of stay (full title of the workshop, field work or project)
  15. City where Russian Consulate is located and where you are planning apply for RF visa
  16. Cities to be visited in RF

Key Dates

  • Abstract Submission (1 page):  NOW OPEN
  • Abstract Submission Closes:  May 1, 2020
  • Notification of Abstract Acceptance:  June 1, 2020
  • Extended Abstract Submission (up to 4 pages):  July 1, 2020
  • Early Registration Deadline:  TBD
  • Welcome Reception: September 03, 2020 (Location: TBD)
  • Geothermal Volcanology Workshop 2020:  September 04-05, 2020
  • Field Trips: September 03, September 06-08, 2020

Field Trips will be offered depending on demand. Please indicate your interest(s) via e-mail.

Additional Information:

You can find Proceedings Geothermal Volcanology Workshop 2019 http://www.kscnet.ru/ivs/conferences/GeothermVolc2020/PROCEEDINGS-2019.pdf

Please email geothermalvolcanology2020@gmail.com

The early-bird registration phase for the World Geothermal Congress 2020 ends on Jan 15, 2020.

The WGC 2020 will take place from 27 April – 1 May 2020 at Harpa Reykjavik Concert & Conference Centre and will bring the entire geothermal community together under the theme of Connect to the Source.

You can register here: https://www.wgc2020.com/registration-and-info/

Marit Brommer, the IGA Executive Director attended the COP25 in Madrid, Spain:

“Although COP25 may not have resulted in the needed commitment from our political and industry leaders, as IGA we feel that our voice was heard. The geothermal sector is keen to continue to push the need for energy system transformation and is grateful for the outreach opportunities through strong and strategic partnerships provided by the REN Alliance and the European Commission at high-level events such as COP25 in Madrid where our joint messages are amplified. We call for #collaboration as the key to get the necessary deployment of renewable energy technologies on the ground. We look forward to collaborating with all our partners and members in 2020 to get the necessary commitments at #COP26 in Glasgow.”

Marit Brommer, the IGA Executive Director

A recent Australia-wide census by the Australian Geothermal Association (AGA) showed that geothermal energy is already making a useful contribution to the Australian energy mix; direct-use geothermal is a successful and growing industry. Geothermally generated electricity can also play a role in Australia’s energy transition, but to achieve progress it is critical that government policy acknowledges and supports this potential.

The Australian geothermal industry experienced a sustained surge in activity from 2000-2013 focussed on developing innovative technologies with huge potential. Although these efforts were not commercially successful, more conventional approaches to generating electricity with geothermal energy remain viable. For example, a new geothermal power plant was recently commissioned in Winton, Queensland. The 310 kW plant is currently the only operating project in Australia, although a similar geothermal power plant in Birdsville, Queensland provided over 20 years of reliable service until it was decommissioned recently. These two successful projects demonstrate that lingering perceptions that geothermally generated electricity is not possible in Australia are inaccurate.

The rapidly expanding role of wind and solar PV is creating issues with intermittency and maintaining system stability of our electricity networks. Geothermal energy can provide around the clock, low emission, sustainable, synchronous base-load power that will help stabilise networks as they integrate increasing amounts of solar PV and wind generation. Geothermal power generation has a small surface footprint, creates ongoing local jobs and does not require backup power or storage. Multiple recent evaluations conclude that geothermal power – particularly Hot Sedimentary Aquifer (HSA) projects that use well established, proven technologies – can be cost competitive with conventional fossil fuel generation as well as solar PV and wind generation when energy storage costs are included. These HSA projects can utilise low-medium sub-surface temperatures (<170oC) close to existing markets. Previous efforts focussed primarily on a different type of geothermal power – high temperature resources in Engineered Geothermal Systems (EGS); however, most of the potential resources identified at that time were very remote from markets or the technical, commercial and logistical challenges were substantially underestimated. Although EGS remains an area of active research internationally, significant technology advances are required before it becomes commercially viable in Australia.

Development of HSA geothermal projects generally requires the use of binary power plants. This technology has been operating reliably for many years, but recent improvements in the power conversion efficiency have greatly enhanced the commercial potential of power generation from moderate temperature geothermal sources that are present in some more easily accessible parts of Australia.

HSA geothermal energy requires a geologically and geographically favourable setting with proximity to an appropriate market (either local or network access) to ensure commercial viability; however, the market need not be large. In remote areas, such projects could provide baseload generation capacity to displace diesel generators cost effectively or improve grid performance. The Winton and Birdsville projects mentioned previously are two examples. Multiple studies conducted in recent years highlighted that government funded pre-competitive studies aimed at identifying and quantifying Australia’s geothermal sources would be an effective way to stimulate commercial investment into geothermal power.

For additional information regarding these conclusions and recommendations, the reader is referred to a white paper recently completed by the AGA.

Please contact the AGA for more details:
https://www.australiangeothermal.org.au
australiaingeothermal@gmail.com
Mark Ballesteros – mark@earthconnect.com.au
Martin Pujol – MPujol@rockwater.com.au