We thank the New Zealand Geothermal Association, the University of Auckland with special thanks to Sadiq Zarrouk and Jane Brotheridge as well as many sponsors – Contact Energy, MB Century and Jacobs for the amazing BoD#71 and filed trip in Auckland, New Zealand. It was a very productive and rewarding stay!
The New Zealand Geothermal Workshop has been well attended and the IGA Executive Team was represented there by Gregor Rumberg and Margaret Krieger who have successfully presented their research. You can now download the papers from the NZGA Workshop 2019 from our paper database. Click here to get access.

After the successful events, the IGA visited the geothermal direct use sites – ‘Plenty Flora’ (photo) the greenhouse for gerberas, Kawerau geothermal field and their pulp and paper processing plants and talked to representatives of other geothermal companies in the country.

Marit Brommer, the IGA Executive Director attended the COP25 in Madrid, Spain:

“Although COP25 may not have resulted in the needed commitment from our political and industry leaders, as IGA we feel that our voice was heard. The geothermal sector is keen to continue to push the need for energy system transformation and is grateful for the outreach opportunities through strong and strategic partnerships provided by the REN Alliance and the European Commission at high-level events such as COP25 in Madrid where our joint messages are amplified. We call for #collaboration as the key to get the necessary deployment of renewable energy technologies on the ground. We look forward to collaborating with all our partners and members in 2020 to get the necessary commitments at #COP26 in Glasgow.”

Marit Brommer, the IGA Executive Director

A recent Australia-wide census by the Australian Geothermal Association (AGA) showed that geothermal energy is already making a useful contribution to the Australian energy mix; direct-use geothermal is a successful and growing industry. Geothermally generated electricity can also play a role in Australia’s energy transition, but to achieve progress it is critical that government policy acknowledges and supports this potential.

The Australian geothermal industry experienced a sustained surge in activity from 2000-2013 focussed on developing innovative technologies with huge potential. Although these efforts were not commercially successful, more conventional approaches to generating electricity with geothermal energy remain viable. For example, a new geothermal power plant was recently commissioned in Winton, Queensland. The 310 kW plant is currently the only operating project in Australia, although a similar geothermal power plant in Birdsville, Queensland provided over 20 years of reliable service until it was decommissioned recently. These two successful projects demonstrate that lingering perceptions that geothermally generated electricity is not possible in Australia are inaccurate.

The rapidly expanding role of wind and solar PV is creating issues with intermittency and maintaining system stability of our electricity networks. Geothermal energy can provide around the clock, low emission, sustainable, synchronous base-load power that will help stabilise networks as they integrate increasing amounts of solar PV and wind generation. Geothermal power generation has a small surface footprint, creates ongoing local jobs and does not require backup power or storage. Multiple recent evaluations conclude that geothermal power – particularly Hot Sedimentary Aquifer (HSA) projects that use well established, proven technologies – can be cost competitive with conventional fossil fuel generation as well as solar PV and wind generation when energy storage costs are included. These HSA projects can utilise low-medium sub-surface temperatures (<170oC) close to existing markets. Previous efforts focussed primarily on a different type of geothermal power – high temperature resources in Engineered Geothermal Systems (EGS); however, most of the potential resources identified at that time were very remote from markets or the technical, commercial and logistical challenges were substantially underestimated. Although EGS remains an area of active research internationally, significant technology advances are required before it becomes commercially viable in Australia.

Development of HSA geothermal projects generally requires the use of binary power plants. This technology has been operating reliably for many years, but recent improvements in the power conversion efficiency have greatly enhanced the commercial potential of power generation from moderate temperature geothermal sources that are present in some more easily accessible parts of Australia.

HSA geothermal energy requires a geologically and geographically favourable setting with proximity to an appropriate market (either local or network access) to ensure commercial viability; however, the market need not be large. In remote areas, such projects could provide baseload generation capacity to displace diesel generators cost effectively or improve grid performance. The Winton and Birdsville projects mentioned previously are two examples. Multiple studies conducted in recent years highlighted that government funded pre-competitive studies aimed at identifying and quantifying Australia’s geothermal sources would be an effective way to stimulate commercial investment into geothermal power.

For additional information regarding these conclusions and recommendations, the reader is referred to a white paper recently completed by the AGA.

Please contact the AGA for more details:
Mark Ballesteros – mark@earthconnect.com.au
Martin Pujol – MPujol@rockwater.com.au

About REN21
REN21 is the only global renewable energy community of actors from science, governments, NGOs and industry. We provide up-to-date and peer-reviewed facts, figures and analysis of global developments in technology, policies and markets. Our goal: enable decision-makers to make the transition to renewable energy happen – now. For more information, visit www.ren21.net.

REN21 is looking for an Administrative and Office Manager to join our team and support our daily office procedures. As part of an international team, you will support a wide range of REN21 activities and events, and interact with members of the REN21 Community, broader stakeholders and partners. If you like a dynamic working environment and passionate team mates, and you have previous experience working in similar administrative roles we’d like to meet you.

Main Responsibilities
Office Management
Organise and coordinate day-to-day office administration, operations and procedures, in particular:
o Providing assistance to the REN21 Executive Secretary
o Being the focal point for administrative questions
o Overseeing general office operations
o Organising and managing a filing system for important and confidential company documents
o Supporting development of meetings and events: administrative and logistical arrangement, travel, etc.
o Assisting the REN21 Secretariat Team on various administrative and logistical tasks

Financial Management
Manage the grant/donor agreements and associated budgets in close coordination with the Executive Secretary and the Chief Financial Officer and Accountant (external) by:
o Managing contracts
o Providing administrative support for funding proposals, budget plans and accounting processes
o Preparing regular financial and administrative reports

Human Resource Management
Oversee the administrative formalities for the entry and exit of team members, including:
o Onboarding new hires and preparing all necessary paperwork
o Coordinating recruitment procedure for REN21 interns

Profile Required
• Proven office management, administrative or assistant experience (> 3 years), preferably in an international environment
• Excellent organisational and interpersonal skills with a service spirit and problem-solving attitude
• Experience with office management software like MS Office (e.g. MS Excel, MS Word)
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills; attention to detail
• Ability to work within a dynamic team in an international context
• Trilingual: German (native/bilingual), English (bilingual), ideally French (bilingual/fluent)

The position is based at the REN21 Secretariat in Paris with an immediate start date. The successful candidate must have the legal right to work in France. The working language of REN21 is English.

To apply, please send a CV and a cover letter outlining your suitability and interest in the position to secretariat@ren21.net. Deadline for submissions is Sunday, 5 January 2020. Please mention “Administrative and Office Manager” in the e-mail header. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

IGAPress release – Bonn, December 4, 2019

The International Geothermal Association is pleased to announce that China will be the host of the World Geothermal Congress 2023.

The IGA Board has voted for China after careful evaluation of three bid books coming from China, Italy and Russia. The voting was done after presentations to the Board in Auckland, New Zealand on November 28, 2019. The Board sincerely thanks all three candidates for their commitment and interest in hosting the next World Geothermal Congress and appreciated the presentations of the bid book whilst convening in Auckland for Board meeting #71.

“The IGA is grateful for the great interest shown to host the World Geothermal Congress 2023 and congratulates China for its winning bid. With its commitment to utilise geothermal energy in its efforts on making cities smoke-free, China has seen an incredible growth in geothermal district heating capacity. With that it serves as a great example and showcase on the role of geothermal energy beyond electricity in direct use of geothermal resources for heating, both for businesses, residences and industrial use. We are looking forward to work with our Chinese counterparts on the 2023 World Geothermal Congress.”, so Alexander Richter, President of the IGA.

The IGA congratulates China and is aiming to finalise the contractual agreement between IGA and Host in the first Quarter of 2020. The signing ceremony between IGA and China will be organised at WGC2020 in Reykjavik, Iceland.

Press contact: IGA Executive Director – Marit Brommer (marit@lovegeothermal.org)

Who are we: The International Geothermal Association (IGA) aims at being the leading world authority in matters concerning the research and development of geothermal energy by setting educational standards and offering worldwide energy solutions and in-house technical support, with special support for countries in early stages of geothermal development.
We connect the Global Geothermal Community, serving as a platform for networking opportunities aimed at promoting and supporting global geothermal development. We embody a wide variety of members ranging from academy to industry representatives.
Find us here: www.lovegeothermal.org
Our social media handles: @lovegeothermal

The availability of qualified personal is a bottleneck for the expansion of shallow geothermal energy in many countries. Specific knowledge for heating installers as well as for drilling staff or planners and designers. On November 19th, the training course approaches of the projects geo2spain, GSS-VET, Geozert and GeoTrainet have been presented at the Geothermiekongress Munich.

In “Vocational Education and Training in Europe: The GSS-VET Project” our Technical Director Gregor Rumberg reported about the latest project results, the implementation of innovative teaching methods, experiences from the international collaboration and a possible utilization on the German market.

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 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. Read more about GSS-VET at http://gss-vet.eu

The organizing committee of European Geothermal PhD Days (EGPD)-2020 is excited to announce the 11th EGPD, which is going to be held for the first time in Turkey, with the hospitability of Pamukkale University in Denizli, Western Turkey. The event will take place on 24th to 26th of February 2020 at the Geothermal Application and Research Center of the Pamukkale University.

The EGPD 2020 offers a unique chance to the participants to see the UNESCO World Heritage Site ‘Hierapolis-Pamukkale’ and an engineering excellence-awarded-geothermal power plant owned by Zorlu Energy.

The EGPD as a European (but not only!) event has proven its importance in a decade following its establishment. The three-day event traditionally starts with the oral presentations of keynote speakers, introductions of each participant with two to three minutes of talk and poster sessions. It continues with an off-campus excursion to a geothermal energy related site on the last day.

All participants must submit an abstract and present their projects as posters during the conference. You are welcome to register and submit the abstracts for your posters through the form here: http://www.pau.edu.tr/egpd2020/en.

If you have any questions or need any assistance, you can contact the EGPD team at egpd2020@pau.edu.tr.

In May 2020, the GFZ will host the Cermak7 conference:

7th International Meeting on Heat Flow and the Geothermal Field
May 12-14, 2020 in Potsdam, Germany

The meeting, which is organized under the auspices of the International Heat Flow Commission (IHFC: ihfc-iugg.org) both as conference and workshop, provides a unique opportunity for researchers, students and industry experts to discuss recent results and developments in heat-flow determination and interpretation, experimental petrophysics, geothermal exploration and lithosphere studies.

On behalf of the local organization committee and the International Heat Flow Commission (IHFC), we are pleased to invite you to the Cermak7 conference.

The registration is open now and limited to 70 participants. You are cordially invited to register and to submit abstracts.

Please check the website:
for detailed information.

Surrounded by forests and lakes and rich in historical castles and cultural attractions, Potsdam is looking forward to welcoming you to the Cermak7 meeting in May 2020!

On behalf of the local organization committee,
Sven Fuchs, Ben Norden, Andrea Förster, Sascha Brune, Angela Spalek, Birgit Schöbel

Questions to: cermak7@gfz-potsdam.de

The successful appointee will be expected to undertake the following:

  • Develop a broad ensemble of static models of fractured basement geothermal reservoir (DFN, Faults) using a range of modelling/geostatistical tools
  • Develop thermal simulation/flow models of the reservoirs to forecast reservoir productivity
  • Develop estimates of uncertainty in the predicted reservoir response and optimise development strategies robustly for SW Granite geothermal resources.
  • Model where feasible the impact of key hazards such as scaling and induced seismicity under uncertainty
  • Present research results at conferences and internal project meetings
  • Publish peer-reviewed and conference papers

Please find further information here: jobs.hw.ac.uk

In 2020 we continue to put extra focus on our members. Not only will we launch exciting services, we are also in the process of providing more exclusive membership benefits. But, to do this we need your opinion.

Please fill out the survey or send us an email with your thoughts and opinions to iga@lovegeothermal.org on how we can improve our services and membership benefits.

Thank you for participating. Your opinion is very important to us.


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