The Utah Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE), funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, has recently announced that the drilling of its first highly deviated deep well has commenced. Highly deviated wells are frequently drilled for oil and gas production, but not by the geothermal industry. So, the Utah FORGE team will be the first to tackle this challenge while drilling in hot, hard crystalline granite.

Read the full press release below.

The ExpoVirtual is the first digital trade fair for German and Latin American providers of energy and environmental technologies. The fair and the conference program address German manufacturers, suppliers, wholesalers and service providers with a focus on energy generation from renewable energies, energy efficiency solutions for buildings and industry, sector coupling and environmental technologies who want to pursue business activities in Latin American countries. Latin American companies that would like to expand their activities in neighbouring countries and seek cooperation with German companies are also addressed.

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November 10, 2020 | Bonn, Germany

The International Geothermal Association (IGA) announces today, that they will transfer their operating headquarter from Bonn, Germany to The Hague, the Netherlands.

This is a landmark decision based on the strategic positioning of geothermal energy as a key enabler of the net-zero future energy mix. The Netherlands has been pioneering geothermal solutions for its greenhouse sector and is setting off to harnessing geothermal heat for smart sustainable cities.

The President of the IGA is thankful for the new partnership. Native New Zealander Ms Andrea Blair is convinced that

Geothermal is more than just a simple substitute for other energy sources, it can change how people live for the better. With this move the IGA can truly engage in the global conversation, how geothermal energy can play a crucial role in decarbonisation and increasing prosperity.”

The IGA has kicked off the geothermal decade and is well positioned to drive the technology agenda and nurture the diplomatic relations needed to balance the demand for clean energy and the future geothermal solutions.

The IGA is delighted to take seat in the political capital of the Netherlands and being surrounded with embassies, industry partners and successful geothermal demonstrators in its vicinity. A powerful message comes from Mr Eric Wiebes, Minister of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy in The Netherlands:

The Netherlands has gained experience with geothermal energy through applications in the greenhouse sector. We therefore recognize the important role that the geothermal sector can play in reducing CO2 emissions and we are now looking at using geothermal energy for district heating. I am pleased that the IGA selected The Hague as the new location for its operational head quarter and I look forward to working with the IGA on scaling up this renewable energy source.”

The Hague’s Deputy Mayor and alderman for Sustainability, Environment and the Energy Transition, Ms Liesbeth van Tongeren said:

“Clean energy is a young developing sector, and the city of The Hague wants to become a centre for businesses, R&D, conversations, and practical applications that will drive the energy transition. I am delighted that IGA has chosen The Hague as their new location and see a natural fit with the region that is already home to a state-of-the-art research facility, the University of Delft and application of heat energy in horticulture. Moreover Netherlands’ first urban geothermal plant will be operational soon, delivering district heating in The Hague.”

The IGA aims to take seat in Quarter 2 in 2021 and will use the coming period to engage in the necessary conversations with all stakeholders and partners involved. A special thanks goes to The Hague Business Agency and the City Council for creating the opportunity for the global geothermal sector. Mr Laurens Kok, Head of Foreign Investments of the Hague Business Agency said:

“The choice of The International Geothermal Association for the City of The Hague demonstrates the change of focus for many international Energy and Engineering companies that have been in our City for decades. It also recognizes the fertile ground for further knowledge development, innovation and integrated solutions in The Netherlands where industry works together with the government, science and society to create low carbon business models across the Energy value chain.”

The Dutch Association of Geothermal Operators (DAGO) is enthusiastic about the International Geothermal Association’s decision to move to the Netherlands. As the Netherlands makes big steps in the transition towards a zero-carbon energy system, geothermal energy is considered a driver of the heat transition for greenhouses, residential areas and light industry.

 “With IGA as a close partner, the geothermal industry in the Netherlands sees opportunities to learn from countries where geothermal has been around for decades. Of course we also want to share our experiences with the world, for example to help other countries with the production of high-quality vegetables, fully grown on sustainable geothermal heat. We look forward to be part of the IGA-network and to take geothermal heat to the next level” says Mr Radboud Vorage, Chairman of DAGO, The Netherlands.

Dr Marit Brommer, the Executive Director of the IGA, is clear on the future of geothermal and The Hague as the new operational headquarter:

“In the coming decade we will see the geothermal sector scale up to a mature energy provider that is able to offer a cost-effective, clean, baseload supply to its customers. With the Hague as our new seat, we can unleash the geothermal potential through building a global coalition of the willing that will drive the standardisation, investment and sustainability agenda needed for geothermal technologies to be deployed effectively around the globe.”

About the International Geothermal Association:

The International Geothermal Association (IGA) is the leading global platform on geothermal energy. With our four pillars Visibility, Sustainability, Partnerships and Authority, we are committed to push geothermal as a gamechanger for achieving Sustainable Development Goal #7 providing affordable, clean, baseload energy for all.

The IGA connects the Global Geothermal Community, serving as a hub for networking opportunities aimed at promoting and supporting global geothermal development. With industry partners we set standards, mature the technology agenda and nurture entrepreneurs engaged in clean technology. The IGA represents the global geothermal industry to international organisations such as the United Nations, the World Bank, the International Renewable Energy Agency and the International Energy Agency.

Media Contact:

Dr. Marit Brommer, Executive Director

Tel: +49 (0)152 585 93033



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We would like to introduce you to a motivated group of students from the Netherlands who are currently studying International Business and Management at the University of applied science NHLStenden.

Here’s what it’s about:

In our fourth year, we need to prepare and deliver an export plan for one of the minors (‘International Business’). Our export plan will be prepared for the company EC-Profile producing metal to metal rotors and stators – parts of a drill, which can be used to generate geothermal energy. The company is already connected to the American market but has little connections to and almost no knowledge about the market in Asia. So, we would be the ones who will open the Asian market to the company. We expect to write an export plan and an advisory report with key factors to consider when entering the geothermal market in region.

Since the company has ambitions to expand to Asia Pacific, the country of the Philippines has been chosen as the key “case-study”.

We plan to “grade” countries based on several criteria at an external environmental level. Factors that are taken into consideration are related to politics, economy, environment, social-culture, technology, and law. The countries with the highest score (Philippines, Indonesia and New-Zealand) go through a second filter. The following criteria are selected: competition, development of sustainable energy, ease of doing business, language (English), number of drilling platforms and the threat of substitutes. On a second level countries again receive a “grade”, based on the desk research. The Philippines was the country with the highest score and therefore was chosen as a key case-study.

So, what are the key group highlights so far?

In the beginning, we did not have a lot of knowledge about market conditions. But the more we learn, the more interesting it gets. Now, we are more aware of the fact how crucial geothermal energy is for our future. We are incredibly pleased to do research in the field of sustainable energy.

New collaborations and contributions to the development of geothermal energy in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has produced a new publication on geothermal potential. The document summarizes the main actions and key initiatives in the region in geothermal energy since 2018 and includes a summary organized by country, containing policy and regulatory framework recommendations which are the result of regional dialogues seeking to promote and develop geothermal energy.

Access the publication in English here.

Access the publication in Spanish here.

The new Geofutures Greeninvest project website has been launched.

The GeoFutures Facility is an insurance-based risk finance fund that will crowd-in international and national private sector investment into the geothermal power sector in East Africa (the “GeoFutures Facility”), with an initial focus on Kenya and Ethiopia.

GreenInvest is a grant funded initiative arising from Parhelion’s work to further develop innovative insurance products to facilitate the financing of climate sustainable enterprises.

Read about the work we do and find out more about our key partners here.

Are you interested in expanding #geothermal food and agriculture markets? Are you a business or project developer located in Europe, willing to expand your business sector or bring your project idea to Central or South America?

The IGA is reaching out to all companies and business owners currently working in the geothermal food and agriculture industry. If you produce food and agricultural products with geothermal energy and interested in market expansion and capacity building – reach out to us now.

Main criteria for your business:

  • Location: EU or EFTA member country
  • Company profile: min. annual turnover: 800.000 EUR and min. number of employees: 8
  • Goal & outcome: opportunity to become the IGA partner in a project aimed at market development of the geothermal agriculture and food sector; contribution to SDGs; sustainable development and contrbution to the geothermal food value chain

All interested should reach out to with the subject line “Sustainble Business Initiatives” no later than 12 November 2020. Please, send us your company profile highliting your main activities and contribution to SDGs as well as reasons motivating you to work with the IGA.

Dear Geothermal Community,

Our Geothermal Young Talents require your help. Today, we kindly ask you for your support for Javiera Chocobar, Master student in Geothermal Systems at the Hochschule Bochum (HSB), Germany and invite you to take a questionnaire, available at the following link:

Please find additional information below.

Thank you for your support!

My master’s thesis focuses on determining the social aspects of geothermal exploration considered within the Plays-based geothermal exploration method proposed by Moeck et. al., (2019). This method of geothermal exploration is adapted from the oil and gas industry and is structured as follows: First, it considers that the geothermal resource assessment process begins at the geosystem scale from what is called the “basin approach”. It then follows the “Plays approach” at the regional level and ends with the “prospect approach” at the local level. Finally, all these approaches (or steps) are organized in a sequence that is represented by two inverted pyramids (Moeck et. al., 2020).

My master’s thesis will focus on determining the factors that must be considered in each dimension of the socio-economic-technical approach. For this reason, I am sharing a questionnaire with you. It will enable me to gather important information, which you will be able to provide me with as an expert in the field and thus achieve the objective of establishing the technical and socioeconomic factors in geothermal exploration based on plays.

Javiera Chocobar

Join DESTRESS for its final public conference on 24 and 25 November 2020.

The event is public, free of charge and designed for any representatives from science and industry, banks and insurance, any actors running, supporting or investing in geothermal projects. The aim is to discuss the results and findings resulted from an intense collaboration within the geothermal energy between science and industry and to embed them in other geothermal research and development projects from Finland, England, the United States and New Zealand.

The final public DESTRESS conference addresses the following areas of interest:

  • risk assessments and business cases
  • soft stimulation treatments (hydraulic, chemical and thermal)
  • public acceptance of geothermal projects
  • demonstrated workflows

More information here.

The Geothermal Resources Council announced today at their annual meeting, that it has rebranded as Geothermal Rising.
The IGA congratulates its member with the new branding and looks forward to the new brand website, expected to occur in mid-Q1 2021.
The full press release can be found here: