We express our thanks to the The Universityof Auckland and our New Zealand Board Member – Sadiq Zarrouk for inviting the IGA Board to this wonderful country. We are already looking forward to the visit.
If you happen to be in Auckland on 28-29 November 2019 we invite You – Our Member – to come and join us for our Annual General Meeting, which is open to our membership. Meet our Board Members, get involved in the talks and celebrate #lovegeothermal with us.
Prior to the Board Meeting, on 25-27 November 2019, the New Zealand Workshop will take place. Don’t miss your opportunity and register now with big discounts here: https://www.geothermalworkshop.co.nz/
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At the IGA Board Meeting #70 in Budapest, Hungary hosted by the president of the Hungarian Geothermal Association, Mr Gábor Szita, the IGA Board of Directors has reviewed our activities in 2018 resulting in our first annual report, our financial budget for 2019 and the IGA work programme 2019 – 2021. Our financial situation has improved significantly over the past years with our focus on membership growth and the launch of our new corporate membership categories. The Board thanked the clear and effective leadership from the President of the IGA, Alexander Richter, and his executive committee, and is grateful for the new operational headquarter offered by the city of Bonn. The Board is keen to focus the IGA work programme on creating value for the geothermal community by being a platform of choice for the geothermal sector by offering:
Up-to-date high-quality data
Technology transfer – be the to go to
platform for all matters geothermal
Connect people and show projects at world-class events
Promote UNFC geothermal specification through a global
Build capacity and raise awareness of geothermal as a
key renewable energy technology in the future energy mix
Another highlight is the signoff of 51 candidates to the ballot sheet for IGA BoD term 2020-2023 with a whopping 40% female candidacy (click here to watch a video about nomination process). The election will start on 30 June and will run until 30 September.
This time we had the honour of having Michal Kruszewski with us who presented on the topic of ‘The Developments and Challenges of Deep (High-Temperature) Geothermal Drilling and Well Completion Technology’.
Besides the formal activities during the Board
meeting, the Hungarian Association showed their very kind hospitality by
offering a splendid social programme including wine tasting (with wines from
all over the world brought by IGA board members), music and dancing, a tour
through Budapest with dinner on the Danube, and a very nice geothermal site
visit to the city of Veresegyház where we were hosted by the mayor who showed
us the wells, district heating system and many applications such as the local
swimming pool, the music hall and a greenhouse entrepreneur producing michelin
On behalf of the IGA, we thank IGA Board member Gábor
Szita, his wife and all colleagues who were involved in organising the entire
visit for being superhosts.
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since we are still receiving many book order requests, we are happy to announce the extension of our Geothermal Exploration Book sale until end of May. Order the book “Geothermal Exploration – Global Strategies and Applications” now for the special price of only 45 USD. IGA members get additionally 20% off (price: 36 USD)!
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‘Ladsi Rybach is one of the best known and respected proponents of geothermal energy in the world today. He has worked tirelessly on behalf of the geothermal in Europe and through his efforts at the International Energy Agency and the International Geothermal Association his influence has been felt everywhere’
IEA-GIA Executive Committee, Bali, Indonesia, April 2010
Have you ever met someone and instantly felt that you are in the presence of someone bigger and wiser than you? Well, this is how I felt, when I first met Ladsi. Working at the IGA I’ve heard his name many times, of course. But hearing and ‘experiencing’ are two different things.
Being a true professional and simply a wonderful human being, Ladsi emits sparks of wisdom and tranquillity. Graceful and intelligent and a gentleman as he is, he always acts with poise when interacting with people. And how could it be different, if he is full of passion for what he does. Ladsi is one of the key people standing at the source of the geothermal energy and the IGA. A founding member of the International Geothermal Association, he has served the IGA Board for more than 18 years (which is more than the half of the IGA existence!) having a position of both President and Vice-President and still being active as a Committee member.
Founding members of the IGA, Castelnuovo/Italy, May 1989
His passion for geothermal is hard to overestimate. Trained as a geophysicist, he was a professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich and led the research group ‘Geothermics and Radiometry’ for more than 20 years. He has also founded a successful consulting group GEOWATT, which is still present on the market (www.geowatt.com). His achievements list is far too long, but some of his most memorable traces include more than 500 publications, about 100 geothermal conferences attended and special contribution to the high-level reports and papers including IPCC Special Report to mitigate Climate Change (2008), and of course his world-class geothermally-famous concert during WGC 2005.
Oh yes, have I mentioned that he is a professional conductor? For several decades Ladsi was the Musical Director of Orchesterverein Zurich. The special concert during WGC 2005 in Antalya, Turkey was one of his numerous concerts he has conducted in and out of Europe. The musical pieces of W. A. Mozart, J. Brahms and R. Wagner and of Turkish composers became alive under his baton.
Though having a thorny life, especially at the young age, changing countries, being a refugee, this brilliant person embraced it all and what’s more important saved his witty and special sense of humour. ‘Oh listen, I have a funny joke to tell! I remember once…’, – this is what you normally will hear from him. And be prepared to enjoy an amusing story somehow related to the Geothermal Community.
Ladsi’s entry to geothermal started initially in the early 1970s from his engagement in uranium exploration. He got acquainted with the radioactive heat generation of rocks. From there he came to work with heat flow (was active in the International Heat Flow Commission 1975-1987 and 1995-2003) and understood the relevance of this energy source. Now, he is sure that geothermal energy should play a role that corresponds to its great resource potential and when talking about his passion for geothermal, he always says: ‘But it’s down there, everywhere! Just use it for God’s sake!’.
His main interests in geothermal lie in the sphere of ground source heat pumps, sustainability and EGS. Right now, Ladsi is 84 years old, retired (but not tired!) and lives in Switzerland with his wife Ruth and son Manuel (a banker).
What did I want to say with this IGA Special? I believe, it is important to find the time to acknowledge and thank people we meet now and then. Last year, I’ve met an outstanding advocate of geothermal and I would like to thank him on behalf of the IGA and the Global Geothermal Community for bringing geothermal to the forefront of the international stage and reminding us that we still have a long way to go. Thank you, Ladsi.
May the geothermal warmth will heat your heart and home for many years to come.
The International Geothermal Association (IGA) seeks Expressions of Interest (EOI) from member organisations who would like to host the World Geothermal Congress (WGC) in the year 2023. Please download the Invitation for further Information: EOI-WGC2023 (pdf, 2,5 MB)
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Diversity, passion and commitment. Leadership, vision and dedication.
If that sounds like you, join us! Help shape the global geothermal agenda and join the Board of the IGA. Nominations for the IGA Board Term 2020 – 2023 are still open and will run till 16 April 2019. Get the guidelines, get nominated, and run for election.
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The IGA and its partners World Bank and IRENA with
its Global Geothermal Alliance as key partners jointly organised an UNFC Geothermal
Specifications workshop in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia between 5 and 7 February 2019.
The workshop forms part of the UNFC pilot project in which the IGA and partners
seek to deploy the UNFC geothermal project classification across the globe. For
this we have worked intensively with the United Nations Economic Commission for
Europe, for whose support we are very grateful. In Ethiopia we were hosted by
the Government of Ethiopia and the Ethiopian Geological Survey. A word of
thanks goes to Geothermal Director Dr Solomon Kebede without whom this Workshop
would not have taken place. We also express our gratitude to Dr Meseret
Teklemariam representing the UNEP and the African Geothermal Centre of
Excellence. She is our geothermal ambassador for the region and helped the team
setting clear targets and expected outcomes.
The workshop was lead by Prof. Dr. Gioia
Falcone, Mr Greg Usher, Mr Rob Hogarth and Mr Harmen Mijnlieff who dedicated
their time, energy and passion for Geothermal in Addis Ababa.
We had the pleasure working with 23
participants coming from Ethiopian Geological Survey, Ethiopian Electric Power,
Cluff Development Project, and local developers. We have seen 22 potential projects
out there waiting to be classified and come to full bankability. In the mean
time, the groups have focused on the Aluto project and the first classification
results are expected later this month.
After returning we received the fantastic news
that KenGen and Shandung Kerui Oilfield Service Group have secured a §76.8 million
for the 70MW Aluto-Langano project in Ethiopia. Ethiopia has the potential to
become a geothermal giant and we are convinced that giant will be awake very
On February 18 and 19 the IGA Team visited the United Downs Deep Geothermal Project in Red Ruth, Cornwall, UK. The UDDG
project is led by Geothermal Energy Limited (GEL). The drilling contractor is a
venture of Angers and Sohne and Marriot Drilling. The onsite operation team is
led by Peter Ledingham (Managing Director), Lucy Cotton (Chief Geologist), Susy
Doe (Communications Officer) and Jon Gutmanis (Operations Geologist).
The visit was organised by Prof. Iain Stewart, University of Plymouth, who kindly hosted the IGA Team first in Plymouth and then took us on site on Tuesday Feb 19th. The UDDG project aims to drill two deep wells into the heat-producing granites located at a permeable geological structure called the Porthtowan Fault Zone. One well will be producing the heat, the other well will be reinjecting the cooler water into the ground in order to be reheated. Expected bottom hole temperatures are to 190 oC and the targeted depth is 4,500m.
A few words about the
GEL has secured funding of £10.6 million from the European Regional Development Fund to explore the
geothermal resources underneath Cornwall. Cornwall Council contributed (£2.4 million) and private investors lend £5 million. The total sum secured the drilling of two deep wells to
build a 1-3 MW pilot power plant to demonstrate the technical and commercial
viability of supplying both electricity and heat.
and social acceptance was not forgotten as well…
And then there was Ms Molecule. Ms Molecule – a great invention of the
communication team to raise awareness of how the hot water turns to power and
is used by communities to power up their homes and mobile phones has been
proving worthwhile. School classes, local people, county representatives, they all
love Ms Molecule and seem to engage more strongly to the project than ever
It is a team effort to get challenging projects
like these going, and it takes strong individuals such as Peter Ledingham and
his entire team to continuously strive to make these projects happen on the
ground. Granite green energy: we all talk about it, and Cornwall is doing it!
Thank you for having us, it was simply fantastic.
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