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

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:

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.

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
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

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.