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”

The IGA Team and Photo Contest Committee congratulate Kasia Kurek on winning the WGC2020 ticket!  Among almost 70 contributions her picture & pitch have been voted the best.

Photo Title: Geothermal unknown magic
Place: Tsenkher, Mongolia

On the 1860 meters above sea, based in the old volcanoes structure a hot geothermal spring flows all year long with unsalted, highly mineralised waters of 86°C.Throughout a system of primitive pipelines the hot geothermal water powers the local households, warms the animals shelters in the harsh Mongolian winter and is used for simple greenhousing. Thanks to this hot spring the tourism sector emerged and a geothermal spa and a tourist yurts camp is constructed. The geothermal resource is an economic leverage to this small, rural community in the middle of Mongolia. Tsenkher has no paved road access thus, the geothermal spring is the main the source of energy and thereby the source of community life.Moreover, the geothermal spring is given a magical significance by the locals and village shamans perform their prayers at the source estuary…

Press Release | International Geothermal Association | 10 Oct 2019 | Bonn, Germany

The elections to the Board of Directors of the International Geothermal Association (IGA) for the 2020-2023 period have concluded and results are in. For an international organisation like the IGA, the participation of its membership, the national geothermal associations, industrial and individual members in elections is crucial to provide the basis for the representation of our diverse industry. We are therefore glad to have reached strong engagement by membership and participation in the elections.

We are particularly proud of the wide and diverse field of 50 candidates, who stood for elections to be represented on the board of IGA effective 1 May 2020. We congratulate all the elected individuals and are looking forward working with you in preparation of your term and beyond. While only 25 of those extremely qualified candidates were voted in the board, we hope to be able to build on the energy and dedication for geothermal of all the candidates that were not elected. We hope to be able to bind them into our work on helping push geothermal development worldwide.

Any industry lives of the diversity of its players and individuals, the representation in organisations like ours needs to reflect that. So, as part of wider changes to the IGA, its operations and governance, our emphasis going into the elections was to provide better diversity in the representation of the wider geothermal community. Setting a target of 50% female representation on the board, we achieved more than that. But diversity goes beyond gender, and we are also proud to have a wide diversity when it comes to geographic and industry segment representation. We see a strong representation from the Asia-Pacific and European region and are excited to have a good representation from Latin American and East Africa. 

“Targeting an equal share of men and women, we now see a fundamental shift and a strong representation of a highly talented group of women. I am personally very proud seeing these results, which confirm my trust on the great power of community. I strongly hope that we are able to utilise this dynamic for the wider goal of IGA giving geothermal energy a more diverse and stronger voice and helping promote what we as an industry have to offer in the global energy and heat transition. I am convinced that this great new board is a fantastic group of strong individuals continuing the work of our current and previous boards.”

Alexander Richter, President of IGA

“Coming closer to the World Geothermal Congress 2020 to take place April 27 to May 1, 2020 in Reykjavik, Iceland, we see a stronger role of the IGA in the context of discussions on the global energy transition and the role it has to offer. With our strategic work on resource quantification, sustainability assessment, we are seeking better cooperation with industry, the research community and the academia to help our sector to live up to its potential. We see this new board in a good position to continue and strengthen that work.”

Dr. Marit Brommer, Executive Director of IGA

As part of organisational and legal changes to our by-laws, the new board has room to co-opt up to five additional board members to provide for better diversity in terms of gender, geography and competency. Details on the process are currently being worked on and will be shared in due course. 

We hope to engage with all the candidates that stood for elections on how we can utilise the momentum on helping our work at IGA. 

Please join us in congratulating the new board of IGA to start its work on 1 May 2020. We are looking very much forward to see the global geothermal energy community meet at the World Geothermal Congress 2020 in Reykjavik, Iceland.

The full results of the elections can be seen below:

Alexander Richter, President
Dr. Marit Brommer, Executive Director

IGA website:
Website of the World Geothermal Congress 2020:
Social Media handles: @lovegeothermal

Please remember, that the election for the IGA Board of Directos 2020-2023 ends today 30 September 2019. The election platform is open until 23:59 Pacific Standard Time (PST) to cover timezones worldwide.

If not done yet, take your chance to select the Board of your choice and cast your vote here:

Every vote counts, you can make the difference!

The IGA Board of Directors has approved the new IGA Constitution and Bylaws and our membership is now asked to ratify. We invite therefore all our members to review the documents and respond online in the members area until 18 October 2019.

Please remember, that the election for the IGA Board of Directos ends 30 September 2019.

If not done yet, take your chance to select the Board of your choice and cast your vote here:

If you are a member of an Affiliated Organization, please contact your coordinator and get your IGA ID (log-in & password) to be able to access the IGA Voting Platform.

If you are a corporate, institutional or individual member, you will receive your login credentials by the IGA Team.

We are almost ready to launch our updated and extended geothermal power database. Dozens of geothermal experts have already contributed to it. Some were even mentioned in the media, like for example Dr. Azwindini Ernest Tshibalo. The Deputy Director responsible for Curriculum Development and Transformation in the College of Law (CLAW), he will be conducting data research on geothermal energy and contributing to the IGA power database.

Dr. Tshibalo says that the ambassadorship is an honour for him personally and for the university as a whole. “I will be flying the Unisa flag by gleaning power and heat data for the World Geothermal Power and Heat Database on behalf of the IGA. Research data will be analysed by the association to showcase South Africa’s potential in geothermal energy and direct uses.”

Read the full article here.

Are you also willing to represent your country and become the IGA Geothermal Ambassador? We are looking for experts worldwide with a special interest in the following countries:

Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Bolivia, China, Czech Republic, Dominica, Ethiopia, Monserrat, Philippines, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, St. Kitts and Nevis, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, USA.

Please send us an email ( with the subject line ‘GPD Geothermal Ambassador’ if you are interested to become the IGA Geothermal Ambassador.

Dear Geothermal Friends,

This year the International Geothermal Association is continuing the tradition of the Annual Photo Contest, but… in a different format!

First, as usual, we are awaiting a photo or a video (!) from you showcasing spectacular geothermal vistas, sites with extraordinary technical set ups and pretty landscapes including geothermal manifestations.

Second, we also want you to write a short pitch (200 words max.) for geothermal that is somehow connected to the photo you are sending. Feel free to write it in your native language and let your imagination run wild.

Third, don’t forget to include the following important information:
• Name and surname of the photographer
• Title of the picture/ video + location
• A permission statement to use your photo/ video

The prize? The winner of the best photo/ video and pitch will get a full ticket to the WGC 2020 in Reykjavik, Iceland!

Please send your Photos by 08. September 2019 to:

Show us what geothermal energy is for you and good luck!

The election for the IGA Board of Directos started today, 30 June 2019 and will run until 30 September 2019.

We are proud to announce that following the Board’s decision on ensuring gender balance and equality almost 40% of current candidates are female. Click here to watch a video about nomination process.

You can vote for up to 25 of 50 candidates from 23 countries:

Abraham, SamLi, Kewen
Aguilera, PabloManzella, Adele
Ayling, BridgetMatsuda, Koji
Bignall, GregMatthiasdottir, Kristin Vala
Bjarnason, BjarniMeier, Peter
Blair, AndyMorata, Diego
Brogle, SylvainOlivar, Maria Victoria M.
Brotheridge, JaneOmenda, Peter
Capuano, LouisOyama, Hiroshi
Caranto, Joeffrey A.Prieto, Angela
Casimiro Espinoza, EmigdioRotich, Abel
Chandrasekhar, VarunSabin, Andy
Darma, SuryaSangin, Sepehr
Falcone, GioiaSchmidlee, Virginie
Guglielmetti, LucaSiratovich, Paul
Hajto, MarekSuryantini, Ninik
Harskamp, BobSvalova, Valentina
Hillbrand, GudrunSzita, Gabor
Huenges, ErnstTingshan, Tian
Izquierdo-Montalvo, GeorginaUtami, Pri
Jahrfeld, ThomasVerdoya, Massimo
Jalilinasrabady, SaeidWielenga, Jelle
Kaya, EylemWissing, Lothar
Kiryukhin, AlexeyYasukawa, Kasumi
Letvin, Amelia IdaZemedkun, Meseret

Please cast your vote here:

If you are a member of an Affiliated Organization, please contact your coordinator and get your IGA ID (log-in & password) to be able to access the IGA Voting Platform.

If you are a corporate, institutional or individual member, you will receive your login credentials from the IGA Team.

We express our thanks to the The University of 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: