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

The organizing committee of European Geothermal PhD Days (EGPD)-2020 is excited to announce the 11th EGPD, which is going to be held for the first time in Turkey, with the hospitability of Pamukkale University in Denizli, Western Turkey. The event will take place on 24th to 26th of February 2020 at the Geothermal Application and Research Center of the Pamukkale University.

The EGPD 2020 offers a unique chance to the participants to see the UNESCO World Heritage Site ‘Hierapolis-Pamukkale’ and an engineering excellence-awarded-geothermal power plant owned by Zorlu Energy.

The EGPD as a European (but not only!) event has proven its importance in a decade following its establishment. The three-day event traditionally starts with the oral presentations of keynote speakers, introductions of each participant with two to three minutes of talk and poster sessions. It continues with an off-campus excursion to a geothermal energy related site on the last day.

All participants must submit an abstract and present their projects as posters during the conference. You are welcome to register and submit the abstracts for your posters through the form here: http://www.pau.edu.tr/egpd2020/en.

If you have any questions or need any assistance, you can contact the EGPD team at egpd2020@pau.edu.tr.

In May 2020, the GFZ will host the Cermak7 conference:

7th International Meeting on Heat Flow and the Geothermal Field
May 12-14, 2020 in Potsdam, Germany

The meeting, which is organized under the auspices of the International Heat Flow Commission (IHFC: ihfc-iugg.org) both as conference and workshop, provides a unique opportunity for researchers, students and industry experts to discuss recent results and developments in heat-flow determination and interpretation, experimental petrophysics, geothermal exploration and lithosphere studies.

On behalf of the local organization committee and the International Heat Flow Commission (IHFC), we are pleased to invite you to the Cermak7 conference.

The registration is open now and limited to 70 participants. You are cordially invited to register and to submit abstracts.

Please check the website:
http://cermak7.ihfc-iugg.org
for detailed information.

Surrounded by forests and lakes and rich in historical castles and cultural attractions, Potsdam is looking forward to welcoming you to the Cermak7 meeting in May 2020!

On behalf of the local organization committee,
Sven Fuchs, Ben Norden, Andrea Förster, Sascha Brune, Angela Spalek, Birgit Schöbel

Questions to: cermak7@gfz-potsdam.de

The final conference of GEMex will serve as a platform to present and discuss results from the projects and to learn about other researches and projects related to the topics of superhot geothermal sources (SHGS) and hot EGS. Contributions are encouraged and welcome addressing any of the aspects associated with the investigation, development and/or exploitation of such geothermal resources in any part of the world.

Event admission is free of charge. For registration to the GEMex Final Conference, please register online until January 24, 2020.

Dates

  • 1st of November 2019 Conference registration and abstract submission open
  • 15th of December 2019 Abstract submission closes
  • 17th of January 2020 Notification of accepted authors (fast-track notification for non-European submissions)
  • 24th of January 2020 Registration closes

More info on this event Final Conference 18-19/02/2020 – Potsdam (GER) here

Calling All Geothermal Musicians And Music Lovers: Prepare yourselves for the WING Battle of the Bands at WGC 2020

WING members Atli Björn Þorbjörnsson and Ann Robertson-Tait invite you to show off your musical talents at the WING Battle of the Bands, which will be held at on Thursday evening (30 April 2020) in Reykjavik.  We know that there are many geothermal people who are into music and like to perform.  Therefore, we humbly request that you

PREPARE FOR BATTLE IN REYKJAVIK!

Because we know it’s difficult to travel with lots of music gear, Atli came up with some great ideas to simplify the process and maximize participation.  Atli and his band Black Box will organize and provide the following to make it easier for you to join the fun:

  • A great venue for this momentous event (Atli is evaluating 3 options at the moment)
  • Amplifiers for guitars, keyboards etc.
  • Instruments that you can “borrow” (temporarily), including guitars, basses, keyboards and drums
  • Mic stands and microphones
  • Black Box, which will be the “house band” for this event
  • Volunteering all or part of Black Box to support your performance – for example:
    • If you are a singer, just bring yourself and your mic (or use one of Atli’s)
    • If you have some instruments but not all, Black Box can fill the gaps
    • If you just play one instrument, you can sub yourself into Black Box

Let’s maximize the number of people and bands that get up on stage and ROCK THE HOUSE! There is no requirement to ONLY play rock music – we welcome all musical styles – just DO YOUR THING, whatever it is!

Here are your next steps:

  • Rehearse – Either on your own or together with your musical friends/band members, get some tunes together and decide what you’d like to perform.
  • Ask for what you need – Don’t be shy – tell Atli what support you need (gear, musicians, etc.) and what songs you’d like to play so Black Box can be ready for your performance.
  • Spread the word – We are expecting maximum fun at this event, so the more the merrier!
  • Prepare to dance – We are certain that you will want to kick up your heels after 4 days of technical sessions and networking, so bring your dancing shoes!
  • Contact us today – We are here to answer your questions: atli@axlaw.is | ann1@slb.com

GET READY FOR A FANTASTIC SHOWAT THE WING BATTLE OF THE BANDS!

Registration will open in January 2020

4th Annual Power Tech Africa 2020 is a 2-day program that is being hosted on 30th – 31st January 2020 inNairobi, Kenya. This conference-cum-exhibition focuses on the future of Renewable Energy in Africa with further discussions about electrification in Kenya, Digitization in the power sector, future of Energy Storage and Supply chain challenges in executing Renewable Energy projects in Africa. It also discusses the potential for geothermal energy Sector in Uganda with renewable energy’s role in Tanzania, Rwanda, Ghana & Kenya. It’s a platform to discuss and debate best practices which can be instrumental in developing the energy sector in the region. This program will witness about 100 global companies in renewable energy sector displaying their key innovations and game changing products.

The focus of the program will be on the following topics:

  • Identifying the potential of renewable sources in the Sub-Saharan Regions – Wind, Solar, Tidal Wave, Geothermal, Gas
  • Implementation of Smart Grid / Off–Grid technology projects using renewable energy for better and reliable power transmission
  • Sources of capitalizing renewable power projects & Exploring Foreign Direct Investment policies for better project implementation
  • Hybrid Energy System : Spurting opportunities for energy market

 To get further details kindly send us an email to aditi@bricsaconsulting.com or contact Ms. Aditi Jain on +91 22 4880 3430

To download the conference agenda, kindly click on the below-given link:

Download Conference Agenda

The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy of Korea (MOTIE) invites you to the Korea International Renewable Energy Conference (KIREC Seoul 2019), which will take place on 23–25 October 2019 at COEX in Seoul, Republic of Korea.

The Korean government has formulated the 3rd Energy Basic Plan, the Renewable Energy 2030 Action Plan and the Hydrogen Economy Roadmap. In particular, Korea has established a goal to boost the share of renewable energy to 30~35% from its current 7% by 2040 and to increase the share of hydrogen in the final energy supply to 5% by 2040.

With its ambitious national drive for energy transition, MOTIE and SMG are hosting the 8th International Renewable Energy Conference (IREC). KIREC Seoul 2019 will provide a global platform for ministers, mayors, high-level decision makers, experts, specialists and thought leaders, as well as private sector players and civil society, to discuss and share their vision, experience and solutions to accelerate the global uptake of renewable energy.

The IGA will be there to demonstrate success stories on renewable heating and cooling, direct use of (deep) geothermal and geothermal to power. We thank our partner REN21 for their commitment to keep renewable energy as a priority of change.

http://www.kirec2019.kr/

IEA Geothermal in conjunction with Grupo ICE and the German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ) is pleased to be putting on this Central America Geothermal Workshop. It is open to all but particularly if you are from Central or South America.

Please visit the IEA Geothermal website for further information and registration.