Dear geothermal community,

It is with a heavy heart that we have to announce the postponement of the World Geothermal Congress 2020 in Reykjavik, Iceland, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, until next year.

This decision was taken after engaging with various stakeholders; geothermal associations, our sponsors and exhibitors and most importantly, after consulting with the relevant authorities in Iceland. Further to these discussions, it is foreseeable that the hosting of WGC 2020 this spring in Iceland would have been impossible.

As you are all aware, the COVID-19 pandemic and its implications have been grave and the escalation worldwide in recent weeks and days is very worrying. Both the Organising Committee of WGC 2020 and the International Geothermal Association (IGA) have been monitoring the situation and reviewing all available options. This decision now has not been an easy one, however the health and safety of everyone involved is our first priority.

The preparation for WGC 2020 has been ongoing for almost 6 years now, with thousands of geothermal colleagues; authors, reviewers, sponsors, exhibitors and of course all those already registered, contributing towards making WGC 2020 the largest World Geothermal Congress to date. We feel that by postponing rather than cancelling WGC 2020 outright, we are safeguarding all their hard work. The new date of May 21 – 26, 2021 in Reykjavik, Iceland, is the best solution we have at hand under these unprecedented circumstances. While setting the new date, we have had to account for various limitations such as the availability of Harpa, the Conference Centre, accommodation, religious holidays and of course avoiding conflict with other major geothermal events.

We will strive towards ensuring the Congress program will have only minimal revisions and all the speakers will retain their already allocated slots and all the sponsors and exhibitors will maintain their chosen locations in Harpa and all non-technical events will maintain their designated times and venues.

We sincerely hope that you understand our decision and continue to support WGC 2020 under the circumstances. We acknowledge that for some of you, the new date may not be ideal, but we hope you will be able to participate in the World Geothermal Congress in Iceland next year. The Organising Committee of the World Geothermal Congress is working hard to implement this postponement of WGC 2020 and will communicate with all concerned in due time to make these changes go as smooth as possible.

We will do our utmost to ensure that next year in Reykjavik will be the greatest World Geothermal Congress ever! And last but not least, the Organising Committee and the IGA send their heartfelt support to all those affected in one way or another by COVID-19.

With warm regards,

Alexander Richter
President IGA

Bjarni Pálsson
Chairman Organizing Committee


More information and Q&A:
https://www.wgc2020.com/postponement_of_wgc2020_faq/

Due to the high demand we added a few more seats to the Webinar “Geothermal: State of Play” on 26th March 2020. In case of interest we highly recommend to register as soon as possible, since there is no additional seat extension possible.

You can register here:

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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The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is looking for a geoscientist for the development of technical criteria and scenarios for heat supply and storage from deep geothermal energy. Further information can be found in the call for applications. The application deadline is 3.4.2020.

More information:
http://www.pse.kit.edu/karriere/joboffer.php?id=23976&language=en

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/

WHAT: GreenDrinks Bonn March Meetup featuring Bürgerenergie Rhein-Sieg
WHEN: March, 10, 19-21.00hrs
WHERE: Rheinpavillon, Rathenau Ufer 1, 53113 Bonn, Germany
HOW: Walk, cycle, car-pool or use public transportation

SPECIAL GUEST: Thomas Schmitz, CEO of Bürger-Energie Rhein-Sieg e.G.

This month we’d like to focus again on #SDG7 (affordable & clean energy) and shine a light on a regional renewable energy transition player.

Across Germany, citizens have taken a direct stake in the transition to a cleaner energy supply through ownership of renewable energy installations. A common form are energy cooperatives like Bürger-Energie Rhein-Sieg. https://be-rhein-sieg.de/

The City of Bonn aims to be carbon neutral by 2035. HOW can we turn this goal together into reality? The initiative Bonn im Wandel recently submitted a citizen proposal to the City — Bonn4Future – Together for Climate — as a roadmapto to engage citizen partipation. https://bonnimwandel.de/bonn4future-wir-fuers-klima-buergerantrag/

GreenDrinks Bonn is a casual monthly mixer for everyone interested in green business and environmental issues and part of the international GreenDrinks network now active in more than 500 cities. www.greendrinks.org/bonn

Our goal is to bring together eco-friendly people and help shape a future that’s green and sustainable.and create a conversation where individuals can share ideas and opportunities, or gain support for a cause. We meet the second Tuesday of every month at 7 pm in different venues to support local business and Bonn’s growing sustainability eco-system.

The Exhibition Center Offenburg postpones the international trade fair and congress GeoTHERM. Due to current developments and the high proportion of international guests at GeoTHERM, the Exhibition Center Offenburg has reassessed the situation. “This decision was not an easy one for us. Our customers, partners and the entire trade fair team have prepared this event with great commitment”, says Sandra Kircher, Managing Director of the Exhibition Center Offenburg.

“We discussed the situation every day on the basis of the dynamic development. And have now come to the conclusion that we cannot hold GeoTHERM this week, especially in view of the high level of internationality”, explains Supervisory Board Chairman and Mayor Marco Steffens the decision.

Exhibitors and visitors will receive further information in the next few days.

Remco de Boer initiated a leading podcast series on the Energy Transition in the Netherlands. In the run-up to convening the global geothermal community in Iceland in April 2020, the Executive Director of the IGA, Dr Marit Brommer, was interviewed to showcase the ´treasure beneath our feet´ through the diversity of geothermal utilisation. The positioning of Geothermal Energy as a clean source for the heat demand in the Netherlands and in Europe was also discussed.

https://podcastluisteren.nl/ep/Studio-Energie-Afl-83-Marit-Brommer-IGA-over-bodemschat-geothermie-en-hoe-die-wereldwijd-gedolven-kan-worden

Note: The Podcast is in Dutch language

Last month our Bulgarian partners under the Project “GSS – VET – Geothermal & Solar Skills – Vocational Education & Training” organized the first pilot training of building specialists and electrical engineers from all over the country. The training in photovoltaic systems was conducted at the TU Sofia and the training in Solar-thermal systems was conducted in Plovdiv. A pilot training for Geothermal will be held in Germany soon.

The curriculum was developed on the bases of surveys and mapping of the existing vocational training syllabuses, and discussions with representatives of companies working in the field of RES on the needed skills and competences of the specialists referred to above. The newly developed syllabuses have been uploaded on the platform of the VTC at CISB in the National Agency for Vocational Education and Training /NAVET/, which enables VTC at CISB to award legitimate certificates for part of the profession “Technician of energy facilities and installations”, specialized in Renewable Energy Sources.

Innovative training methods of ubiquitous learning were used – 3 different forms of teaching and learning, namely:

  • Flipped classroom;
  • Self-training using the specially developed platform of the project, with personalized access to training content, quizzes, tests and games;
  • Practical training in a real-life working environment.

The training ended with a self-assessment test and final tests, in accordance with the certification requirements. The trainees who have passed the tests successfully will be awarded ‘Certificate of Vocational Training & Qualification’ for part of the profession, which will be valid and recognized not only in the country but also in the whole EU.

The trainees showed a keen interest in the subject of the training, and its innovative teaching methodology, as well as a responsible attitude to the self-training part. During the training, the so called ‘green skills’ were emphasized in view of the growing need for “green jobs”. It was pointed out that ‘the green economy’ is vital for conserving the existing natural resources, protecting the environment and the well-being of humanity.

The GSS-VET project combines and promotes Geothermal and Solar Skills in Vocational Education and Training. The training content is focused on technical skills, but also on transversal ones, including entrepreneurship, ICT, interdisciplinary skills and ability to work effectively with people from other disciplines. 40 trainers and 200 workers will directly be trained during the project’s lifetime and 2,500 workers will be trained by 2025. Read more about GSS-VET at http://gss-vet.eu.

Why and when did the Vikings come to Iceland – the land of fumaroles, geysers, thermal waters, and volcanic eruptions? And what happened next? Read an exciting story published by the Geothermal Resources Council here: 

https://geothermal.org/PDFs/Articles/20JanFeb.pdf