In an interview with REN21’s Katie Findlay, IGA Executive Director Dr. Marit Brommer spoke about potential for the geothermal sector to benefit from lower upfront costs and new partnerships with the oil and gas sector.

You can read the full interview here:

Three days full of inspiring conversations!

We would like to announce the IGA online geothermal event #StayEngaged that takes place on 2-4 June 2020 followed by the Annual General Meeting and Board of Directors Meeting where the new leadership team will be installed.

More info and registration here: #StayEngaged

We at the IGA are delighted to embark on this journey and work with Parhelion and partners on the ‘GeoFutures – GreenInvest’project. We are active in 64 countries around the globe and serve our 6000 members through 35 affiliated country organisations. East Africa is a key region and offers an unlimited potential for harnessing the geothermal resource. Mobilising insurance underwriting capital to de-risk geothermal investment opportunities is crucial to see the actual projects implemented on the ground. We are looking forward to build the expertise in East Africa and simultaneously to engage in conversations with the wider geothermal sector to see the results transferred in other key geothermal markets and regions as well.


Press contact:
Dr. Marit Brommer, IGA Executive Director
E-Mail: marit@lovegeothermal.org


P4G news: https://p4gpartnerships.org/partnership/geofutures-greeninvest

The IGA announces a change in the leadership team effective June 7, 2020.

Bonn, 18 May, 2020. The IGA will have a (virtual) annual general meeting on June 7 where we will see new board members taking their seat for their upcoming board term 2020-2023. The new leadership team will consist of:

  • Ms Andrea (Andy) Blair – President
  • Ms Pri Utami – Vice President
  • Ms Jane Brotheridge – Secretary
  • Mr Gabor Szita – Treasurer

In an interview with Mrs Blair she says „I am proud to serve the IGA for the coming 3 years as we continue to be a strong advocate for our industry, our people and our planet.

I want to send a clear and concise message to the world that geothermal is more than just a simple substitute for other energy sources, it can change how people live for the better. Geothermal energy can help provide solutions to some of the world’s greatest problems: access to water, poor food supply, climate change, unemployment, lack of diversity, poverty and the marginalisation of indigenous peoples. I will engage with global leaders and participate in conversations about the role geothermal can play in decarbonisation and increasing prosperity. We must be heard.“

The IGA is looking forward to welcoming Andy Blair as incoming President jointly with her leadership team on board and wishes them every success in their new roles.


Contact details:
Dr. Marit Brommer – IGA Executive Director
E-Mail: marit@lovegeothermal.org

The Geothermal Paper Database has been updated with the Country Updates 2020, presented at the virtual event, and includes 18,771 technical papers as of today.

Please find the Database here: Geothermal Paper Database


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Despite the postponement of the World Geothermal Congress 2020 to May 2021, the organisers have decided to host a WGC virtual event. on April 27, 2020 – and feature the global updates on Geothermal Power Generation and Geothermal Direct Use.

The Organising Committee of the World Geothermal Congress 2020 in Reykjavik, Iceland, in conjunction with the International Geothermal Association (IGA), will be hosting a virtual event on Monday, 27 April 2020 – The same time as the opening ceremony was originally scheduled for. As the highly anticipated WGC in Reykjavik, Iceland had to be postponed to May of next year, work has continued in trying to connect the global geothermal community and provide some well-deserved distraction in these challenging times to all of us. The event will be streamed on the WGC website and will feature presentations on the Global Update Papers on Geothermal Power and Geothermal Direct Use respectively as well as an address from the President of Iceland, the Organising Committee and the IGA.

“While we were forced to postpone WGC 2020 due to the circumstances around the world, we are grateful for the understanding and continued support by registrants and sponsors for the decision to postpone the event by a year. So, we wanted to engage with the global geothermal community and thought organising a virtual event featuring the papers with global geothermal updates is a great way to do that. These updates highlight the great progress that our industry has made in the past few years and I think set a great stage for discussions next year in Reykjavik, namely, on the direction of our industry. We are honoured that the President of Iceland continues his support, also showing the level of commitment the government of Iceland has for geothermal.” so Dr. Bjarni Pálsson, Chair of the WGC 2020 Organising Committee and Head of Geothermal at Icelandic national power company Landsvirkjun.

Time of the event: Monday, April 27, 2020 – 2pm Icelandic time

Other time zones: 11pm (Tokyo), 9pm (Jakarta), 5pm (Nairobi), 4pm (Berlin), 10am (New York), 7am (San Francisco), 2am +1 day (Auckland)

Draft Agenda:

  • WGC2020 Organising Committee – Dr. Bjarni Pálsson & Hidda Thorsteinsson
  • Address by the President of Iceland, Guðni Th. Jóhannesson
  • Address by the President and Executive Director of IGA, Alexander Richter & Dr. Marit Brommer
  • Address by Prof. Roland Horne, Chair of the WGC2020 Technical Committee
  • Global Geothermal Power Update – Gerald Huttrer
  • Global Geothermal Direct Use Update – Dr. John Lund
  • Address by Dr. Juliet Newson, Chair of WGC 2020 Steering committee, Fríða Ómarsdóttir, GRÓ Geothermal Training Program & incoming IGA President Andy Blair

The event will be streamed on the WGC 2020 website.

After the event the papers of the global updates on power and direct use, as well as 88 country updates will be made available for download in the Paper Database of the IGA.

On 18-19 February 2020, the final conference of the European-Mexican cooperation GEMex Project took place at the GFZ. The coordinators of the project, Aída López-Hernández (Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo, UMSNH) and David Bruhn (Helmholtz-Centre Potsdam, GFZ) welcomed 125 guests from 15 different countries. They were greeted not only by the administrative director of GFZ, Dr. Stefan Schwartze, but also by the Mexican Ambassador to Germany Rogelio Granguillhome Morfín.

During the two days of the conference, almost all project partners presented their results from 3.5 years of research on Enhanced Geothermal Systems and Superhot Geothermal Systems. Since the conference was open to the public, the 72 contributions were presented to interested stakeholders and the wider geothermal community as well as project partners from 30 different research institutions and geothermal associations.

The conference demonstrated the effort the consortium dedicates to the integration of results from the different disciplines of geology, geochemistry, geophysics and various modelling approaches in order to reach the two ultimate project goals. First, to better understand the superhot geothermal system in Los Humeros in order to propose a concept for the utilisation of this geothermal resource additional to the conventional resources. Second, to design a stimulation test in Acoculco in order to develop a concept for a first Engineered Geothermal System in Mexico.

The conference proceedings are online and the full conference contributions can be downloaded from the GEMex website.

Find more information about the project here: http://www.gemex-h2020.eu/index.php?lang=en

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. 

We added a new connector session and further webinars are currently planned! Please register to our newsletter in order to stay on top with our current online course programme.

Note: For the connector session “Geothermal State of Play” only a few free seats are still available!

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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/