In the newly released MIT report, The Green Future Index 2021, our WGC 2020+1 host Iceland is at the top of the list. More importantly this is through geothermal and in particular through decades of hard work.

The Green Future Index is a ranking of 76 leading countries and territories on their progress and commitment toward building a low carbon future. It measures the degree to which their economies are pivoting toward clean energy, industry, agriculture, and society through investment in renewables, innovation, and green finance.

The full report can be found here:  https://www.technologyreview.com/2021/01/25/1016648/green-future-index/

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Bonn/Tokyo/Berlin/Stockholm, 10 March 2021 – Renewable energy organisations representing different spheres of the renewable energy community have gathered today on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Fukushima nuclear accident to emphasise that renewable energies are not only available in abundance but ready to deliver a renewable world. The combination of all renewable technologies, be it bioenergy, geothermal energy, hydropower, ocean energy, solar energy or wind power, in particular in combination with storage options, can satisfy all energy needs of mankind, be it for power, heating/cooling, transportation, or industrial processes. 

Renewables have seen tremendous growth rates and cost reduction over the past two decades, but there are still many barriers that need to be addressed for a faster renewable energy deployment to eventually achieve global 100% renewable energy. It is up to political decision-makers to create the legislative and regulatory conditions so that the renewable energy community can act as fast as needed. 

Such rapid switch towards renewables is not only a must in light of nuclear risks and the growing threats of climate change, but also the necessary response to the current pandemic situation. And it will allow those hundreds of millions of humans in unserved areas to get for the first time ever access to modern energy services. 

Speakers from the renewable energy community presented today in a joint webinar that a renewable future is a realistic vision, representing: 

Energy Watch Group, Global100RE Platform, Global100RE Strategy Group, International Geothermal Association, ISEP Japan, REN Alliance, World Bioenergy Association, World Wind Energy Association. 

Dr. Tetsunari Iida, Director of the Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies ISEP Japan: 

Ten years ago, on 11 March 2021, the Great East Japan Earthquake and Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident occurred. It is a “coincidence of global history” that it now coincides with the starting point of the 100% renewable energy initiative that is accelerating around the world.

The world has changed dramatically since 311. Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Taiwan, South Korea, China and many other countries were all shocked by 311 and shifted their focus from nuclear power to renewable energy. The next ten years will be the decade in which this perception will rapidly become the “new reality”. 311 was the “starting point” for a structural energy shift in world history.

Hans-Josef Fell, former MP, President of the Energy Watch Group and co-initiator of the Global100RE Strategy Group: 

The disasters of Fukushima and Chernobyl are urging the entire world to quickly end the use of atomic energy. Contrary to what is often claimed, nuclear energy cannot make a contribution to climate protection, but only creates immense problems with toxic radioactivity emissions, nuclear waste, atomic bomb material and the dangers of a nuclear catastrophe. In contrast, 100% renewable energies until 2030 can help achieve climate protection and a simultaneous nuclear phase-out, according to a recently published statement by a world-leading group of energy researchers from the USA, EU and Australia. 

Their research suggests that a 100% renewable energy supply, including storage systems, can provide full energy security for all of mankind by 2030 and will even be cheaper than the existing nuclear and fossil energy supply. The only requirement for implementation is the right decisions taken by decision makers both in governments and industry. All technical and economic prerequisites for a disruptive conversion of the global energy supply to 100% renewable energies are already in place. 

Hon. Peter Rae AO, President of WWEA and Honorary Chairman of the REN Alliance: 

40 years ago, the idea of developing nuclear power appealed to me as a non-polluting method of generating electricity. So I studied it. How to deal with waste and how to ensure it would not create a danger to life. Along came Chernobyl and other accidents. Storage of waste was leaving dangerous hiding places while some waste was alleged to be dumped at sea. I became more and more concerned. There were demonstrations that the existing methods were dangerous and required very strict construction and operational tolerances – up went the cost. Long delays and huge cost increases. I had visited nuclear power stations and talked to expert proponents in UK, France, US, Taiwan and Australia. The more I did the more certain I became that it was not the way to go. Then Fukushima put the dangers and cost beyond doubt. Let’s get on with the rollover to renewables. 

Dr. Marit Brommer, Executive Director of the International Geothermal Association IGA: 

The IGA is proud to work with all renewable energy associations to continuously provide a unified voice to a cleaner energy future. The Geothermal sector is proven to be a partner of choice for many locations in the world serving baseload power and clean heat to customers. We are particularly interested in the increased attention system integration gets, which underpins the importance of all renewables coming together at events such as the webinar organised by the WWEA.

Christian Rakos, President of the World Bioenergy Association: 

The IPCC has emphasized the important role of sustainable bioenergy for climate protection. Recent advances in technology allow us to use feedstock from forestry, wood processing and agricultural production in an efficient and clean way. Today, bioenergy already contributes 12 – 13% to global final energy demand. Together with other renewable energy technologies such as solar, wind, geothermal and hydropower, bioenergy can increase the contribution in a substantial way to meet the energy demands of all end use sectors and meet the international energy and climate goals. 

Stefan Gsänger, Secretary General of the World Wind Energy Association and Co-chair of the Global100RE Platform: 

The switch to a renewable energy future requires new political and economic thinking: from centralised structures with few large actors towards decentralised, participatory models with millions of communities and citizens playing an active role, not only as consumers but also as producers of energy. To make this new paradigm the predominant energy paradigm is the true challenge of the energy transformation which we as the world community are facing. If we manage this shift well and on time, billions of people across the globe, in industrialised and developing countries alike, will benefit and will face a bright future. 

The programme of the webinar and later the recordings are available at: https://wwindea.org/wweawebinar-on-10-march-ten-years-after-fukushima-renewables-are-ready-to-deliver-a-renewable-world/ 

CY Cergy Paris University (CYU, France) and the University of Neuchâtel (UniNE, Switzerland) are co-organising the 12th edition of the European Geothermal PhD Days (EGPD), which will take place virtually on 15-16th February 2021.

The theme is “Geothermics in a critically stressed crust”.

The following sessions will take place:
        – Session 1: Reservoir geomechanics and reservoir management.
        – Session 2: Earthquake mechanics.
        – Session 3: Faults characteristics and properties.
        – Session 4: Modelling of geothermal processes.

The deadline for abstracts submission is 30th November 2020 and the deadline for registration is 31st December 2020.

All necessary information is available on the website here.

The Utah Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE), funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, has recently announced that the drilling of its first highly deviated deep well has commenced. Highly deviated wells are frequently drilled for oil and gas production, but not by the geothermal industry. So, the Utah FORGE team will be the first to tackle this challenge while drilling in hot, hard crystalline granite.

Read the full press release below.

New collaborations and contributions to the development of geothermal energy in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has produced a new publication on geothermal potential. The document summarizes the main actions and key initiatives in the region in geothermal energy since 2018 and includes a summary organized by country, containing policy and regulatory framework recommendations which are the result of regional dialogues seeking to promote and develop geothermal energy.

Access the publication in English here.

Access the publication in Spanish here.

The new Geofutures Greeninvest project website has been launched.

The GeoFutures Facility is an insurance-based risk finance fund that will crowd-in international and national private sector investment into the geothermal power sector in East Africa (the “GeoFutures Facility”), with an initial focus on Kenya and Ethiopia.

GreenInvest is a grant funded initiative arising from Parhelion’s work to further develop innovative insurance products to facilitate the financing of climate sustainable enterprises.

Read about the work we do and find out more about our key partners here.

Dear Geothermal Community,

Our Geothermal Young Talents require your help. Today, we kindly ask you for your support for Javiera Chocobar, Master student in Geothermal Systems at the Hochschule Bochum (HSB), Germany and invite you to take a questionnaire, available at the following link:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScXef6weKfixtT2EYM0STTICR89BLFQzvU2vSsIWWpDzYFkJg/viewform?usp=pp_url

Please find additional information below.

Thank you for your support!

My master’s thesis focuses on determining the social aspects of geothermal exploration considered within the Plays-based geothermal exploration method proposed by Moeck et. al., (2019). This method of geothermal exploration is adapted from the oil and gas industry and is structured as follows: First, it considers that the geothermal resource assessment process begins at the geosystem scale from what is called the “basin approach”. It then follows the “Plays approach” at the regional level and ends with the “prospect approach” at the local level. Finally, all these approaches (or steps) are organized in a sequence that is represented by two inverted pyramids (Moeck et. al., 2020).

My master’s thesis will focus on determining the factors that must be considered in each dimension of the socio-economic-technical approach. For this reason, I am sharing a questionnaire with you. It will enable me to gather important information, which you will be able to provide me with as an expert in the field and thus achieve the objective of establishing the technical and socioeconomic factors in geothermal exploration based on plays.

Javiera Chocobar

The Geothermal Resources Council announced today at their annual meeting, that it has rebranded as Geothermal Rising.
The IGA congratulates its member with the new branding and looks forward to the new brand website, expected to occur in mid-Q1 2021.
The full press release can be found here:

https://mcusercontent.com/6fe4488c7728f34c46bba4588/files/4834c5ed-3300-47ad-9c84-6c299c4ecac5/Geothermal_Rising_Press_Release_Brand_Announcement_Final_1_.pdf

In this newspiece we would like to share with you the updates on MEET Project.

The MEET Project (Multidisciplinary and multi-context demonstration of Enhanced Geothermal Systems exploration and Exploitation Techniques and potentials) aims at boosting the development of Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS) across Europe in various geological contexts (sedimentary, volcanic, metamorphic and crystalline) by different means.

Read about their latest updates here.

The NGAP Webinar series spans over 3 days (October 7, 14, 21) of mini-conference (2 hrs each day) where latest topics on Digital Applications, Operational Challenges and Drilling are presented by colleagues from the Geothermal industry in the Philippines and New Zealand.


Learn how supervised machine learning helps in well output estimation, advances in online scale dissolution reduces injection wells downtime, and drilling benchmarking and technologies reduce drilling costs.

7 October, Webinar “Digital”: https://nzte.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Yn7eRM_RR6Kds_wHKYrbuQ

14 October, Webinar “Operational Challenges”: https://nzte.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_sonO4cGYT2W7MoExLcQI8Q

21 October, Webinar “Drilling”: https://nzte.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_OOT8_0s4TiiZeVRA409eyw

28 October, General Assembly Meeting: https://nzte.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_AIL8pYjHQ5GusuScN1pMjg