The Department of Geothermal Science and Technology, Institute of Applied Geosciences (Prof. Dr. Ingo Sass) announces an open position:
Postdoc / Research associate (m/f/d)
Initially limited for 2 years, which can be extended if acquisition of additional funding is successful.

Please visit the website for further information:
TU Darmstadt

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: https://www.geothermal-energy.org/igamembers/.

Every vote counts, you can make the difference!

The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy of Korea (MOTIE) invites you to the Korea International Renewable Energy Conference (KIREC Seoul 2019), which will take place on 23–25 October 2019 at COEX in Seoul, Republic of Korea.

The Korean government has formulated the 3rd Energy Basic Plan, the Renewable Energy 2030 Action Plan and the Hydrogen Economy Roadmap. In particular, Korea has established a goal to boost the share of renewable energy to 30~35% from its current 7% by 2040 and to increase the share of hydrogen in the final energy supply to 5% by 2040.

With its ambitious national drive for energy transition, MOTIE and SMG are hosting the 8th International Renewable Energy Conference (IREC). KIREC Seoul 2019 will provide a global platform for ministers, mayors, high-level decision makers, experts, specialists and thought leaders, as well as private sector players and civil society, to discuss and share their vision, experience and solutions to accelerate the global uptake of renewable energy.

The IGA will be there to demonstrate success stories on renewable heating and cooling, direct use of (deep) geothermal and geothermal to power. We thank our partner REN21 for their commitment to keep renewable energy as a priority of change.

http://www.kirec2019.kr/

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.

IEA Geothermal in conjunction with Grupo ICE and the German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ) is pleased to be putting on this Central America Geothermal Workshop. It is open to all but particularly if you are from Central or South America.

Please visit the IEA Geothermal website for further information and registration.

The climate crisis is an emergency. On Sept 20, people are joining youth-led #ClimateStrike actions in more than 150 countries worldwide demanding that leaders respond to this emergency. Join here at globalclimatestrike.net.

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: https://www.geothermal-energy.org/igamembers/

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.

A New Era for the Geoscientist

15 – 16 October 2019 | Edinburgh, United Kingdom

The “AAPG Energy Transition Forum – A New Era for Geoscience” in Amsterdam, September 2018, brought together expert speakers and distinguished participants to discuss the Future of Energy, Sustainability, Digitalisation, and Skills and New Ways of Working. Sessions provided thought-provoking presentations and interactive breakout sessions utilising a variety of facilitation styles to maximise engagement.

For 2019, the event will build on the discussions that took place in 2018, but being reframed with a greater focus on the individual in a New Era for the Geoscientist the dilemmas that keep him or her up at night, and the skills that might help unlock future opportunities.

More information: https://energytransition.aapg.org/2019/