At the IGA Board Meeting #70 in Budapest, Hungary hosted by the president of the Hungarian Geothermal Association, Mr Gábor Szita, the IGA Board of Directors has reviewed our activities in 2018 resulting in our first annual report, our financial budget for 2019 and the IGA work programme 2019 – 2021. Our financial situation has improved significantly over the past years with our focus on membership growth and the launch of our new corporate membership categories. The Board thanked the clear and effective leadership from the President of the IGA, Alexander Richter, and his executive committee, and is grateful for the new operational headquarter offered by the city of Bonn. The Board is keen to focus the IGA work programme on creating value for the geothermal community by being a platform of choice for the geothermal sector by offering:

  • Up-to-date high-quality data
  • Technology transfer – be the to go to platform for all matters geothermal
  • Connect people and show projects at world-class events
  • Promote UNFC geothermal specification through a global deployment programme
  • Build capacity and raise awareness of geothermal as a key renewable energy technology in the future energy mix

Another highlight is the signoff of 51 candidates to the ballot sheet for IGA BoD term 2020-2023 with a whopping 40% female candidacy (click here to watch a video about nomination process). The election will start on 30 June and will run until 30 September.

This time we had the honour of having Michal Kruszewski with us who presented on the topic of ‘The Developments and Challenges of Deep (High-Temperature) Geothermal Drilling and Well Completion Technology’.

Besides the formal activities during the Board meeting, the Hungarian Association showed their very kind hospitality by offering a splendid social programme including wine tasting (with wines from all over the world brought by IGA board members), music and dancing, a tour through Budapest with dinner on the Danube, and a very nice geothermal site visit to the city of Veresegyház where we were hosted by the mayor who showed us the wells, district heating system and many applications such as the local swimming pool, the music hall and a greenhouse entrepreneur producing michelin star tomatoes.

On behalf of the IGA, we thank IGA Board member Gábor Szita, his wife and all colleagues who were involved in organising the entire visit for being superhosts.