A two days meeting (13-14/2/2020) with the participation of interested stakeholders took place in Athens, as the GSS-VET project comes to its final stage.

Following the identification of skills needs, the scope of the GSS-VET project is to create an innovative training including work-based learning, ubiquitous learning and flipped classroom for geothermal and for solar energy system installers (EQF level 4-5). The training content is focused on technical skills but also on transversal ones, including interdisciplinary skills and ability to work effectively with people from other disciplines.

For the above an e-Learning Platform has been designed with corresponding digitalized contents. In the pilot phase which is currently running, dozens of trainers and hundreds of workers are trained, and thanks to the involvement of VET providers, sectorial organizations (including an EU umbrella), regional authorities and other associated partners, 2,500 workers will be trained by 2025.

During the first day of the Consortium meeting, there was an intensive programme including presentations about the market status and outlook as well as the training needs of the three markets covered by the project, i.e. Solar Thermal, Geothermal, and Photovoltaics. Two senior experts from the Greek Center for Renewable Energy Sources and Saving (CRES), namely Dr. Charalampos Malamatenios and Dr. Constantine Karytsas have given valuable insights for the two first markets respectively, while HELAPCO, a partner of the GSS project, has analysed the situation and trends of the PV market.

The agenda included presentations of the training material for all three technologies, a detailed presentation of the project e-platform and the Certification scheme for trainees, and concluded with a discussion on how training will continue after the end of the project. Following the current pilot phase of training, the e-platform will be open to anybody wanting to follow the courses online and be certified according to the standards set by the project.

The event was attended by various stakeholders including experts, academics from Greek Universities, people working in renewable energy markets, and/or energy providers, as well as representatives of environmental organisations and journalists.

More information about the project, as well as the presentations on RES markets status and outlook can be found at: http://gss-vet.eu/

Why and when did the Vikings come to Iceland – the land of fumaroles, geysers, thermal waters, and volcanic eruptions? And what happened next? Read an exciting story published by the Geothermal Resources Council here: 

https://geothermal.org/PDFs/Articles/20JanFeb.pdf

The GEOS department, B2R team of the Institut Polytechnique UniLaSalle in France invites applications for the position of

1 Post-Doctoral researcher (m/w/d)

starting from 1st April 2020. The position is funded within a larger EU-Horizon 2020 project for a period of 12 months.

Your duties

You will work on the “Structural characterisation of Granitic reservoir outcrop analogues using digital data capture and analysis” to contribute to the Variscan geothermal reservoir modelling in granitic and metamorphic rocks, which is part of the H2020 project “Multidisciplinary and multi-context demonstration of EGS exploration and Exploitation Techniques and potentials (MEET)”. Study area is located within the United States (Death Valley, California) territories.

Based on literature, existing maps and, where available, on own previous fieldwork, you will:

  • apply quantitative high-resolution, ground and UAV-assisted photogrammetry during field surveys,
  • proceed with the field data processing in terms of tectonic evolution, mineralogical and rock microfabric analyses, 3D-fracture network and structural modelling,
  • contribute to investigations regarding petrophysical rock properties and reservoir rock-fluid interaction in close cooperation with PhDs and Postdocs at other Universities and Institutions within the MEET-project.

It is expected that you will closely cooperate in lab work with an intensive exchange with the MEET partner Universities.

Your results will have a strong impact on the development of geothermal energy exploration in Europe!

Your profile

  • You completed a PhD, general Geosciences knowledge will be a plus
  • You are highly motivated and experienced in field work and digital field surveying
  • You are experienced in spatial data analysis (e.g. GIS) and structural 3D-modeling (e.g. Agisoft Photoscan, Metashape, Cloud Compare, Move).
  • You are fluent in spoken and written English
  • You are highly motivated to publish your results, present them at international project meetings and conferences as well as to complete a PhD-thesis.
  • You bring excellent communication skills and enjoy working in interdisciplinary and international teams.

Please send your application, including a specific motivation letter, CV and relevant certificates, all in one single pdf file, by e-mail to Ghislain Trullenque, email: ghislain.trullenque@unilasalle.fr

The application deadline is: 30.03.2020

Please, do not hesitate to contact Dr. Ghislain Trullenque at UniLaSalle (phone: +33 3 44069327, e-mail: ghislain.trullenque@unilasalle.fr) if you have any further questions.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO), in conjunction with Idaho National Laboratory (INL), is hosting the 2020 Geothermal Design Challenge™: GIS Mapping Student Competition. The design challenge focuses on a non-technical barrier to geothermal development to foster understanding and share the benefits of geothermal energy technologies. Student teams of two or three will use geographic information system (GIS) mapping to create a compelling infographic/poster or interactive map to discover potential opportunities from this renewable energy source.

High school and university teams from across the United States are invited to create a compelling infographic/poster or interactive map while considering the following questions:

  • Geothermal energy is difficult to understand because it is located underground. How can geospatial mapping increase our understanding of this important renewable energy resource? 
  • How can GIS improve how we visualize and communicate about geothermal energy?

More detailed information about the Challenge can be found at geothermalchallenge.com.

Project workshop of geo2spain, GSS-VET, Geozert and GeoTrainet at German Geothermal Congress

The availability of qualified personal is a bottleneck for the expansion of shallow geothermal energy in many countries. Specific knowledge for heting installers as well as for drilling staff or planners and designers. The workshop presents the training course approaches of the projects geo2spain, GSS-VET, Geozert and GeoTrainet. In a second part the participants are invited to an open discussion.

In “Vocational Education and Training in Europe: The GSS-VET Project” our Technical Director Gregor Rumberg will report about the latest project results, the implementation of innovative teaching methods, experiences from the international collaboration and a possible utilization on the German market.

Date: 19. November 2019, 14:00 – 17:40
Venue: Gaszählerwerkstatt Munich

Download Workshop Flyer (pdf, 0.2 MB)
Website “Der Geothermiekongress”

By Thomas Reinsch, German Research Centre for Geosciences, Potsdam, and the SURE Consortium

Radial Water Jet Drilling (RJD) is a common technology to stimulate oil and gas wells in sedimentary formations. Within the EC funded Horizon 2020 project SURE (Novel Productivity Enhancement Concept for a Sustainable Utilization of a Geothermal Resource) the radial jet drilling technology was investigated and tested as a method to increase performance of insufficiently performing geothermal wells.

The technology: Radial jet drilling uses the power of a focused jet of fluids, applied to a rock through a coil inserted in an existing well. This technology is likely to provide much better control of the enhanced flow paths around a geothermal well and does not involve the amount of fluid as conventional hydraulic fracturing, thereby reducing the risk of induced seismicity considerably. RJD shall be applied to access and connect high permeable zones within geothermal reservoirs to the main well with a higher degree of control compared to conventional stimulation technologies.

A European consortium of geoscientific and applied technical research institutions, specialized universities, a dedicated technology provider and a geothermal company investigated the technology over various spatial and temporal scales ranging from short term laboratory experiments to field scale applications.

The results show that RJD is an innovative stimulation technology with a high potential for geothermal applications, but there are some technical challenges that need to be addressed in future work.

Related publications and more information about the SURE project are available on the project website https://www.sure-h2020.eu/publications.
Contact: thomas.reinsch@gfz-potsdam.de
Detailed scientific results will be presented at the World Geothermal Congress 2020 in Reykjavik.


Set-up of RJD technology

Deflector shoe with milling assembly to perforate casings,
Deflector shoe with high pressure jetting nozzle.

Reproduced from Reinsch & Blöcher 2016.

SUREhas received funding from the European Unions Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No.654662.

GenerationS corporate accelerator and ENEL launch a call for projects in renewable energy, thermal generation and sustainable development.Best teams will get a chance to present the product to ENEL’s top management, launch a paid pilot with ENEL Group and scale up to international markets. Participation is free of any charges.

A prototype or finished products in the following spheres are welcome:  

  • Thermal Generation:  innovative technologies to provide security of equipment and personnel,  identification of behavior, solutions to increase the level of staff training, etc.
  • Sustainable Development: solutions for recycling and reclaiming waste products and water treatment systems, etc.
  • Renewable Energy (Wind Power): innovative robotic solutions, additive technologies, AI for Safety and energy storage systems, blockchain technology to guarantee that energy originates from a renewable source, etc.

See more information on the scope of selection and apply via their website: http://enel.generation-startup.ru/en/.    

Call for papers: Tracers in Deep Geothermal Systems

Contributions are now being accepted. This special issue addresses tracer investigations in geothermal systems to characterize the critical properties of geothermal reservoirs. Contributions may address new tracers or tracer test methods, and may involve single-well to multi-well tests with conservative and reactive tracers, novel tracer substances – like temperature tracing compounds and particle tracers – and environmental tracers. As tracer tests in such settings sometimes produce “strange” results and may even fail because the hydrogeological setting differs from expectations, papers addressing the reasons for anomalous results are equally welcome. Contributions utilizing chemical composition and isotope signatures to describe regional flow paths and influx from overlying and underlying strata are also sought to complement the inter-well tracer tests.

Submissions may include but are not restricted to the following topics: single-well tracer tests, multi-well tracer tests, thermal tracers, isotope tracers, thermal breakthrough, and heat exchange in reservoirs.

Guest Editors:

  •     Thomas Baumann, Technical University of Munich, Germany
  •     Mitchell Plummer, Idaho National Laboratory, USA
  •     Simone Regenspurg, Helmholtz Centre Potsdam – GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, Germany

For further details, please see the special issue website (https://geothermal-energy-journal.springeropen.com/tdgs).

The REN21 Renewables 2019 Global Status Report is now available online! It gives a comprehensive overview of the state of renewable energy. The report confirms that for the fourth consecutive year, more renewable power capacity was installed than fossil fuel and nuclear power combined

We would like to thank Rana Adib, REN21 Executive Secretary, for giving us the opportunity to be the first one to explore the Global Status Report and organizing the webinar on the ‘Global Renewable Energy Transition: Who is leading?”.

Read the full report here: http://www.ren21.net/gsr-2019/

Description:
Comprehensive overview of well testing methodologies and data analysis for the behavior assessment of reservoirs for geothermal and enhanced geothermal energy systems (EGS)

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The book was few years in the making and I am sure it will be a new significant contribution to the industry. It is very applied and covers all technical aspects of the geothermal well.

Sadiq Zarrouk, Author