The 5th edition of the Global Renewable Energy Forum (GREF) is organized by the Embassy of the Republic of Korea, Bonn Office in cooperation with the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and REN21 – the Renewable Energy Network for the 21st Century.

GREF 2021 takes place as a hybrid conference on September 16, 2021, from 9:00-13:15 hrs (CEST).

More and more countries and companies commit to net zero-emission strategies, and roughly 73% of global CO2 emissions are subject to specific net-zero targets. Renewables continue to increase and reported a record year in 2020. Yet, to move toward a net zero-emission pathway, annual additions of wind and solar capacity must increase four-fold by 2030, making the 2020s a decisive decade. Limiting temperature increase to 1.5°C by mid-century requires an energy transition based on renewable energy sources and energy-efficient technologies.

Cities play a crucial role in achieving the energy transition not only in the power sector but also in end-use sectors lagging in the uptake of renewables that constitute serious obstacles to attaining net zero-emission targets. Particularly heating has not seen much addition of renewables in recent years.

Against this backdrop, GREF 2021 focuses on net zero-emission pathways of the public and private sectors and the role of cities in the energy transition, with a particular focus on buildings. It demonstrates ways to achieve net zero emissions by 2050 and particularly focuses on how to implement ambitious 2030 targets.

The partners of the conference are ICLEI, International Geothermal Association (IGA), Eurosolar, UNIDO ITPO Germany, World Wind Energy Association (WWEA), Germanwatch, the EnergyAgency.NRW, and the German Technical and Scientific Association for Gas and Water (DVGW).

For online participation, please kindly register here: Registration

For more information, please visit: twitter.com/GREF2021

The Society of Petroleum Engineers – Gulf Coast Section is pleased to inform you that it is organizing the 9th semi-annual Energy Professionals Hiring Event for professionals of energy and upstream oil & gas disciplines.

The Hiring Event is one of the most remarkable happenings that bring together experienced & talented professionals with employers and recruiters from various sectors “virtually under one roof”, thereby serving as the platform for open and vast-ranging employment opportunities. The Hiring Event will be held both online and face to face in Houston and will take place on October 12th, 2021.

All IGA members are entitled to participate in the vent as job seekers!

The SPE-GCS will be partnering with Texas Workforce Solutions and over 40 other professional organizations to make this event inclusive and representative of the industry segment.  The virtual platform will be provided by Texas Workforce Solutions, and there will also be a face-to-face component this fall at the Steve Radack Community Center in Houston, resulting in a hybrid event.

For more information about the event, location, time, registration, participants, visit the website: https://www.spegcs.org/hiring-event/.

We are looking forward to the 8th Geothermal Congress for Latin America & the Caribbean (GEOLAC 2021) – a virtual event organized by New Energy and co-hosted with the Inter-American Development Bank, ESMAP and the World Bank. It takes place on September 8-10, 2021 and we would be happy to see you there!

The IGA sponsored session “Why geothermal energy is the game changer for green hydrogen production” include many panelists. Among them – Marit Brommer, Executive Director of the IGA. In the session participants will hold a multi-part conversation about the potential for geothermal produced hydrogen. Experts will discuss what needs to be done to turn ideas into action.

The second part of this discussion will take place at the World Geothermal Congress on October 24-27th in Iceland.

IGA members can register with 25% discount: newenergyevents.com/geolac/attend. Join us at GEOLAC!

For more information please go to: newenergyevents.com/geolac

The countries of Latin America are endowed with excellent geothermal resources. In Central America, these resources have been utilised mainly to generate electricity in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, there exists geothermal potential in Belize, Dominican Republic and Panama. In South America, geothermal resources are found in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. Chile has a utility-scale geothermal power plants, while Colombia has recently opened a small unit generating geothermal power for self-use.

In addition, geothermal energy can be used for multiple applications to support the realisation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), particularly SDG 7. For instance, the application of geothermal heat in the end-use sectors can favour the agri-food value sector, space heating and cooling in buildings, domestic hot water supply, among other industrial applications. These examples present an evident nexus between geothermal energy and the SDGs in areas such as food security and nutrition, climate action, sustainable cities and communities, among others.

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH through the Programme on Geothermal Heat Utilization for Industrial Processes in the SICA member countries (GEO II) co-organised a webinar on geothermal direct use in Latin America, with a focus on direct uses applications in the agri-food, industrial and urban sectors. The webinar will be held in Spanish.

The event will take place on Wednesday, 11 August at 19:00 GST (Abu Dhabi time).

More Information & Registration: https://www.irena.org/events/2021/Aug/Scaling-up-Geothermal-Direct-Use-for-Industrial-Applications-in-Latin-America

This year the Geothermal Rising Conference (GRC) will be held at the Town and Country Resort in San Diego, California on October 3 – 6, 2021. This in-person event will offer technical, policy, and market conference sessions, educational panels, field trips, and numerous networking opportunities.

Early-bird registration is now open. IGA members and non-members are invited to register for the international annual gathering of geothermal professionals worldwide.

Find more information here.

Green Pipeline: The Oil and Gas to Geothermal Connection

The Green Pipeline is an effort to determine and contextualize the technical research and demonstration needs of the oil and gas sectors in pivoting to geothermal resources. There is a new awareness by the energy industry of the need to diversify their portfolio that was accelerated in the last 18 months from the impact of COVID-19 on world consumption changes as well as the arrival of broad political consensus to address climate change. As a result, in early 2021, a team of geothermal professionals developed and publicly distributed a survey instrument with an International Geothermal Association (IGA) supported team reviewing the results.

The survey responses highlighted well-known high-level challenges, yet few provided detailed research and demonstration challenges. The range in size and types of geothermal projects makes it difficult to say any one detail or technology will increase geothermal development.
Some examples of the high level challenges identified include:

  • Improved rate of penetration in harder and deeper rock, at higher temperatures, and wider bore diameters,
  • Derisking through improved exploration and regional 3D modelling,
  • Monitoring tools and wellbore production optimization,
  • Increase the rate of sustainable heat production per well,
  • Control fluid permeation through large volume of rock,
  • Increased heat conversion efficiency at lower delta T’s and lower flows,
  • Longer equipment lifetime in geothermal environments,
  • Reduction in induced seismicity and subsidence challenges,
  • Decreased O & M costs, lateral training of oil and gas professionals, and
  • Low-cost, efficient, standardized surface power plants for low-enthalpy resources.

Quotes attributable to the Technical Team

“The responses to the Green Pipeline survey showed clear call for numerous demonstration projects in parallel, at scale, and across the full thermal suite of geothermal resources. This is how we get to geothermal anywhere.” said Lawrence Molloy, Project Director.

Maria Richards with the SMU Geothermal Laboratory in Dallas, Texas said: “The Green Pipeline initiated the framework on how we can move forward with a technology roadmap for the oil and gas pivot to geothermal”.

“Technical responses to the survey included suggestions in exploration, drilling, reservoir management, and surface systems as well as various (and rapidly proliferating) drilling techniques.”  Graeme Beardsmore, IGA Board Member and Technical Team Member


You can Download the report here:

https://www.geothermal-energy.org/the-green-pipeline-2021/

Pivot is a decade-long conference series focused on engaging oil and gas professionals in geothermal exploration and development. This year’s Pivot2021 – Geothermal Reimagined, to take place virtually July 19-23, will feature more than 165 speakers across 35 spirited sessions, with IGA members featured across a variety of sessions and topics. The agenda is exciting, with a diverse group of speakers across multiple disciplines and industries, and appearances by Sir Richard Branson, Chris Anderson and Daniel Yergin. This year, the IGA partnered with Pivot2021 to host a variety of sessions at Pivot2021, including sessions exploring offshore geothermal energy, geothermal in developing nations, and geothermal’s social license, to name a few. Pivot2021 is free to attend, but registration is required. The conference will be translated live into ten languages, and all are welcome to attend globally.
 
We invite you to register and explore the virtual event page here: https://geo.touchcast.com/showtime/pivot2021. If you’ve already registered, you can use your registered email address to log-in. You will use this same sign-in process to access the conference live the week of the event. If you can’t make a session or wish to watch again, all sessions will be available on demand shortly after the end of the conference.

Our global network of geothermal leaders keeps on growing! We are delighted to continue working with Orkuveita Reykjavíkur. For the past few years Orkuveita Reykjavíkur has been supporting the vision of the IGA and we are happy to have such a strong partner underpinning our mission.

Orkuveita Reykjavíkur is a power and utility company owned by three municipalities. Through three subsidiaries, resources are utilised in a sustainable and cost-effective manner to serve households, businesses and institutions in accordance with statutory obligations at fair and competitive prices.

Currently, the district heating utilities are the largest geothermal utility operations run by the company.

Read more about the company here: www.or.is

The exploration risk for geothermal wells is high, as the desired flow rates can often not be achieved due to insufficient permeability of the rocks in production horizons. Processes are already known from the oil and gas industry that can in principle be used to increase the permeability of a reservoir.

However, the conditions, which are typical for oil and gas reservoirs, cannot simply be transferred to geothermal reservoirs. These are often formations of hard rock where the water jet technology used in the RJD process has no or too low drilling performance.

In the Micro Turbine Drilling (MTD) project, a method is to be developed with which the permeability can be increased even in very hard production horizons of geothermal wells. The solution is based on the principle of RJD. Preliminary tests carried out with functional prototypes confirm the basic functionality and thus the great potential of the technology.

Find out more here.

Our global network of geothermal leaders keeps on growing! We are delighted to welcome ENEL Green Power as our new corporate club member.

ENEL Green Power drives the shift to a decarbonized society, enabling stakeholders to access renewable energy for sustainable living. ENEL Green Power has plants powered by renewable resources all around the world. The company is working to set new standards in the field of sustainable energy, constantly pushing technological limits and fostering stakeholder awareness.

The company is present in 32 countries across 5 continents and has over 1,200 plants. It has around 49 GW of installed renewable capacity generated from a mix of resources, including wind, solar, hydroelectric and geothermal.

Find out more about the work they do on their website: www.enelgreenpower.com