Start-end date: 2018

On the 28th of February 2018, the IGA together with the International Energy Agency – Geothermal Technology Collaboration Programme (IEA Geothermal TCP) and the Exhibition Centre Offenburg offered an Asia Symposium with distinguished Asian and international experts. The Symposium was held one day prior to the GeoTHERM 2018.

Every year, the GeoTHERM expo & congress collaborates with a country or region, which is presented as Guest of Honour. For 2018, the Exhibition Centre Offenburg was delighted to welcome the countries of Asia as Guests of Honour.

Presentations from the Symposium can be downloaded below.

https://www.geothermal-energy.org/conferences_and_events/past_conferences/asia_symposium.html

Start-end date: 2017

On 14 – 15 February 2017, the IGA together with the International Energy Agency – Geothermal Technology Collaboration Programme (IEA Geothermal TCP) and the Exhibition Centre Offenburg offered a Latin America Symposium with distinguished Latin American and international experts. The Symposium was held one day prior to the GeoTHERM 2017.

Every year, the GeoTHERM expo & congress partners with a country or region which is presented as Guest of Honour. For 2017, the Exhibition Centre Offenburg is delighted to welcome the countries of Latin America as Guests of Honour.

Presentations from the Symposium can be downloaded below.

https://www.geothermal-energy.org/conferences_and_events/past_conferences/latin_america_symposium.html

Start-end date: 2016-2020

GEMex – Cooperation in Geothermal energy research Europe-Mexico for development of Enhanced Geothermal Systems and Superhot Geothermal Systems.

GEMex has the ambition to bring together the extended Mexican know how of discovering, developing, and deploying conventional geothermal energy systems with a variety of European expertise from similar geothermal energy systems (Italy, Iceland etc.), of developing EGS technology, and finding new approaches to make use of super-hot geothermal systems. The approach should lead to concepts for extended future deployment of geothermal energy in Europe and Mexico. This will be done by common site developments, one for hot-EGS (Enhanced Geothermal Systems) and one for SHGS (Super-Hot Geothermal Systems). This approach will open synergies of competencies and technologies and will lead to an acceleration of the learning curve for geothermal development. Potential drill paths will be developed in the target areas in order to maximize the scientific output. The findings will be compared to extended experiences in EGS projects in Europe and elsewhere and with the few SHGS-projects in Europe (IDDP1) and Japan (Kakkonda).

More information about the project on: www.gemex-h2020.eu/index.php/en/

Start-end date: 2016-2019

The IGA is a partner in GSS-VET Project. Geothermal- and Solar Skills – Vocational Education and Training aims at providing new environmental skills for the construction sector. Training providers have not yet caught up with the new skills demand, creating an important skills gap in the current labour market. Following the identification of skills needs, the partners will create an innovative training including work-based and ubiquitous learning and flipped classroom for geothermal and for solar energy system installers (EQF level 4-5). The training content will be focused on technical skills but also on transversal ones, including entrepreneurship, ICT, interdisciplinary skills and ability to work effectively with people from other disciplines.

For the above an e-Learning Platform is to be designed with corresponding digitalized contents. 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.

More information about the project on: www.gss-vet.eu

Start-end date: 2013-2015

Project of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the National Energy Council of El Salvador (CNE): Concept development of a Regional Geothermal Training Centre in Central America.

The IGA and the International Geothermal Centre Bochum advise the National Energy Council of El Salvador (CNE) and the University of El Salvador in establishing a Regional Geothermal Training Centre. The project was funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). The consultancy included the following components: training needs assessment in Latin America and the Caribbean, sustainable financial plan of the training centre, academic curriculum, training of lecturers, administrative plan, improvement of learning infrastructure, marketing concept, development of the scholarship programme 2014, cluster concept and collaboration with the industry.

Start-end date: 2013-2015

The project was initiated with the official signing of the MoU between the IGA President Roland Horne and the Director General of IRENA Adnan Z. Amin on 17 January 2013. The signing ceremony took place in Abu Dhabi at the occasion of the World Future Energy Summit and Abu Dhabi International Renewable Energy Conference where the IGA had also organized a Geothermal Session.

A first collaboration was started in the five Andean countries Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru aiming at promoting geothermal energy by advising decision makers, awareness raising and an identification of the current status and needs for geothermal energy development. Strategic activities included the development of initial background studies and workshops. Mentor countries were also included in the project concept and two consultants were hired by IRENA for background studies.

Start-end date: 2013

In January 2013 a one-year project was initiated by IFC, Turkey the private sector branch of the World Bank and the IGA. Aims of the cooperation were to raise awareness on geothermal energy among financial institutions, banks, insurances and developers in Turkey. The tasks included: the training of geothermal developers to raise awareness of the geothermal exploration best practice, organization of technical workshops with individual geothermal developers, support of the trainings on geothermal risks and mitigation techniques delivered by IFC to financial institutions, revision of a best practice document on geothermal energy which was produced by a geothermal consulting company in 2011, gain buy-in and endorsements from key stakeholders (including geothermal developers and financial institutions) to ensure validity, applicability, wide dissemination and broad adoption of the Best Practice Guide, support IFC in reviews of developers’ pre-feasibility reports.

On 27 March 2013 IFC together with the IGA launched Geothermal Exploration Best Practices: a guide to resource data collection, analysis, and presentation for geothermal projects in Istanbul, Turkey. The Guide outlines procedures and exploration techniques for geothermal projects and provides guidelines for presenting a geothermal project to funding entities and insurance companies. A focus is placed on high temperature geothermal resources for electricity generation. The second extended version of the Guide is available for download.

Download from the old website: (Only second edition of the Guide)

https://www.geothermal-energy.org/ifc-iga_launch_event_best_practice_guide.html

Start-end date: 2009-2010

In 2009-2010 the IGA contributed to the ILO-EU report “Skills and Occupational Needs in Renewable Energy”. The report presents employment figures from 33 countries and arises from a joint EC/ILO project on knowledge sharing in early identification of skill needs.

The document can be downloaded here: http://www.ilo.org/skills/pubs/WCMS_166823/lang–en/index.htm

Start-end date: 2006-2009

The project covered the countries in Europe and Central Asia (Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovak Republic and Russia). Project aims were to develop further geothermal projects through the provision of technical assistance, capacity building, the development of reforms of the energy market and related policies and the monitoring of trends.