"Geothermal Across The Americas"
Presented by Institute of The Americas along with Geothermal Energy Advancement Association
On October 18, and in celebration of World Geothermal Energy Day, the Three Part Webinar series will continue with Part II: Geothermal - supplying sustainable low carbon energy in Latin America
Expert panel discussion will include these and other topics.
Celebrating Geothermal online at YouTube
The Austrian Geothermal Association ("Verein Geothermie Österreich") will officially launch its own YouTube channel on World Geothermal Energy Day, 2022.
Austrian Geothermal Association (GTOE)
The Austrian Geothermal Association (GTOE) was founded in 2019 and represents a non-profit competence and interest platform for geothermal energy use in Austria.
You can see their new Video Channel here:
This is a robust video channel which provides video information on geothermal energy.
Celebrating Geothermal in New York City, Coney Island
Geothermal technology was not in the original plans for LCOR, a Berwyn, Pa., multifamily developer, when it acquired a 1.5-acre parking lot through a 99-year ground lease in 2019. But it became a viable option as the developer sought ways to make the two-tower complex sustainable for the long haul, says Anthony Tortora, senior vice president of the firm, which is majority-owned by the California State Teachers’ Retirement System.
“We spent the better part of a year and a half investigating the constraints and challenges,” he says. “That this site was so large and was close to the ocean presented itself as a unique candidate for geothermal.”
Geothermal systems enable buildings to limit use of carbon-emitting HVAC equipment, such as natural gas-fired boilers, by providing heating and cooling as well as energy to run heat pumps. Wells deep under-ground use the earth’s ambient temperature to warm or chill liquids. That heat energy then transfers throughout the structure via pumps and pipes, which also redirect waste heat as an additional energy source. “This will be the largest geothermal project in the city by a factor of two.
Executing construction—and siting wells every 20 ft across the foundation’s footprint—required field adjustments along the way, says Raymond Johnson, executive vice president of engineering and construction at Ecosave, LLC, an energy efficiency consultant on the geothermal system design. Test borings helped the team determine not only the ground’s thermal properties but also the soil’s structural stability, he says. “The soil wasn’t consistent throughout the site,” he says. “We went through a learning curve to determine the most advantageous way of drilling.” The project team threaded 153 geothermal wells into the site footprint in between 621 foundation piles that support the sprawling structure.
Celebrating Geothermal in New Zealand
JRG Energy celebrates with their training teams, globally!
JRG Energy is an established group of experienced consultants, professional engineers, and technicians servicing the renewable energy industries including geothermal, solar, hydro and wind energy. JRG Energy was established in 2013 to fill an industrial expert void in the renewable energy market. JRG provides professional services to the renewable energy industry while collaborating with government, regulatory and financial partners.
JRG Energy is a New Zealand-registered company with an international strategic focus on the energy industry. Members of JRG Energy are positioned globally to capitalize on the world class experience of the team and enhance their dedication to clients. JRG Energy is headquartered in Taupo, New Zealand, and caters to both domestic and international clientele. The company operates out of remote locations throughout the world such as Brisbane, Australia, Mexico City, Mexico, Copenhagen, Denmark, and Seattle, Washington, and has most recently been engaged in projects in the Philippines, Kenya, Djibouti, France, Chile and the US.
Celebrating Geothermal in Papua New Guinea
Newcrest Mining Ltd celebrates its geothermal professionals all over the world.
Newcrest is the largest gold producer listed on the Australian Securities Exchange and one of the world's largest gold mining companies and is proud of its Lahir Island mine which utilizes geothermal energy in its environmentally friendly processes.
Lihir Island is located on a geothermally active extinct volcanic crater.
Most of the ore that Lihir produces is refractory and treated using pressure oxidation before the gold is recovered by a conventional leach process.
Lihir achieved the target of an annualised 15mtpa sustainable mill throughput rate in the June 2019 quarter. Having achieved this target, Lihir is looking to stabilize throughput at or slightly above these levels and increase focus on lifting recovery rates to maximize overall gold production and cash flow in the future using its abundant and clean geothermal resource.
Celebrating Geothermal in Sweden
Energy Machines celebrates with their client, Norrlands University Hospital
Celebrating the geothermal energy solution that frees up resources for healthcare at Norrlands University Hospital (NUS), Umeå, Sweden. The hospital’s optimized heating and cooling centre includes ground storage for energy and is one of the solutions behind the property’s energy savings. “It‘s not only an effort to reduce the hospital’s energy costs, but also an investment in the environment” – Hans Johansson, then Property Area Manager at NUS.
The County Council Executive Committee invested in Energy Machines to safeguard the future energy supply at Norrlands University Hospital (NUS) in Umeå, Sweden. Their focus on geothermal and renewable energy was a step toward sustainable development for the future. Energy Machines designed and installed an integrated heating and cooling system along with a large borehole energy storage area. Today, our geothermal energy solution covers just over 20% of the total heat requirement and 95% of cooling.
The ground storage comprises 125 boreholes, 200 meters deep beneath the large car park at the County Council building. It is one of the world’s 30 largest installations, supplying some 5,000 MWh of cooling and 7,000 MWh of heating – enough to heat around 450 houses. These figures translate to NUS having doubled its capacity for producing cooling and heating. The City Council plans to further invest in optimizing cooling and heating installations.
Celebrate Geothermal in Turkey
Beysan Industrial Site
Beylikdüzü, Istanbul, Turkey
Here at MTN Enerji A.S. we have seen Turkey’s first zero carbon emission geothermal power plant (Babadere GEPP, 7MWh) through some exciting times, from drilling the first wells, to flow testing with downhole pumps, to constructing and commissioning of the the ORC unit, and finally to commercial operation of the plant. We utilize the hot geothermal brine under pressure throughout the entire system, therefore emitting no carbon to the atmosphere while maintaining the original chemical composition of the brine within the reservoir. This assures the sustainability of the geothermal system we are exploiting for as long as possible, perhaps forever.
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From above, the 2,000-acre new housing development just outside Austin, Texas, looks much like any other. Each home has solar panels, but that's no longer uncommon. But the Whisper Valley community is entirely unique thanks to what lies below. Far below.
The master-planned community, which will eventually include multifamily units and garden apartments in addition to single-family homes, is built atop an enormous geothermal grid. It's the largest ever created for a residential community – essentially a blueprint for greener living. It is also saving its residents thousands of dollars in energy bills.
CeraPhi team is in "Celebration Mode".
UK-based geothermal energy specialist CeraPhi Energy has been selected as one of 20 winners of a GBP 10-million funding competition held by the Net Zero Technology Center (NZTC). This is part of the Open Innovation Programme that aims to develop technology for reducing offshore emissions, accelerating the production of clean energy, and aiding with the UK’s net zero goals.
CeraPhi Energy was selected as a winner under the “Late Life and Decommissioning” category for their work converting oil and gas liabilities into geothermal assets. More specifically, the grant will support the company’s onshore field demonstrator that is due to commence soon.
"Geothermal: What’s it all about?"
Saturday, October 22 from 10:00 am to Noon
German Society of Pennsylvania
611 Spring Garden Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123 USA
Geodelphia will be celebrating World Geothermal Day by giving you an opportunity to experience and learn about geothermal heating and cooling. The program will take place at the German Society at 611 Spring Garden Street in Philadelphia on Saturday, October 22 from 10:00am to Noon.
In 2019 the German Society of Pennsylvania completed a geothermal upgrade of the system heating and cooling the 20,000 square feet of their 130-year-old structure.
The program will begin with a brief introduction to geothermal energy – that free energy right below our feet. Next the group will be taken on a tour led by Tony Michels, past president of the German Society during which he will explain the installation of the system. This will be followed by short presentations on networked geothermal systems and home installation. The program will end with an informal question and answer period and refreshments.
The program is free but registration is requested.
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A Celebration in Italy by Melissa KEPDIB
A special Video Interview showing how geothermal energy has been used in a “village”, project executed by the company AXER Srl. Melissa KEPDIB is a holder of a Master degree in Civil Engineering from the
University of Padova in Italy and ENSTP Yaounde in Cameroon. Presently, she is a PhD student at the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of the University of Florence in Italy. Her research is focused on the use of geothermal energy through the installation of micropiles. Her
story with geothermal energy started in 2021 when she was applying for the PhD position and since then, she has developed a passion for geothermal energy, which she never hesitates to share whenever she has the opportunity. She dreams of a carbon free, resilient, green, sustainable and inclusive world, which she believes can be attained through renewable sources of energy, among which is geothermal energy.
Melissa KEPDIB is a Global Network Ambassador for World Geothermal Day, Italy 2022. Melissa has shared a video on the use of geothermal energy for heating, cooling and provision of hot water for 23 apartments of the “Anfiteatro Resort”. The geothermal works in this village found in “Solto Collina” in the province of Bergamo in Italy, were executed by the company AXER Srl in 2009. AXER is a company able to design, build and assist in the after-sales service of a geothermal installation, “Key in hand”.
A Celebration in Romania by:
Technological High School of Metrology "Traian Vuia"
Geological Institute of Romania, National Geological Museum, www.Geology.ro
Celebrate World Geothermal Energy Day
with a Simpozion:
"Geothermal energy, the invaluable resource from under our Feet."
October 17, 2022
11AM at the National Geological Museum, Barka Conference Hall
October 18th, 11AM,
Visits to the Geology of Romania Study Hall and Spectrometry Laboratory
A Celebration in Canada by the University of Calgary:
The University of Calgary launched the Geothermal Energy Laboratory, a transdisciplinary initiative aimed at leveraging the university’s strong history in energy research to enable the vision of ‘Geothermal Anywhere’.
Geothermal energy, with its high-capacity factor, low footprint, low emissions, and the potential to be a significant player in the energy transition, is garnering heightened interest, especially with oil & gas companies looking to diversify into tangential areas. As the first multidisciplinary collaboration between Engineering, Law and Sciences focusing on geothermal energy in Canada, and one of the first in North America, the Energi Simulation Centre for Geothermal Systems Research at the University of Calgary is poised to be a key player in geothermal research and development for the foreseeable future.
About the University of Calgary
The University of Calgary was founded in 1966 and is now comprised of 14 faculties spread across 5 campuses housing over 33,000 students, of whom over 26,000 are undergraduate students. Across all units, there are over 1800 academic staff, of whom 169 are research chairs, and who bring in $487.8 million in sponsored research funding.
A Global Celebration by CeraPhi Geothermal Energy:
To mark World Geothermal Energy Day, CeraPhi Energy is running a schools engagement initiative. This has involved producing a lesson plan and activities for various primary school age groups. We have also introduced a colouring competition for the younger years where the winning entry will receive a tree planted in honour of their school. CeraPhi Energy aims to inspire the next generation and create a conversation about clean energy production.
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The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 Just Made Geothermal Heating and Cooling More Affordable Than Ever for Americans
After a tumultuous year of heat waves and sky-high energy costs, homeowners finally have something to celebrate. On Aug 16, 2022, USA President Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 into law, including a historic $369 billion in new climate spending, the country’s largest and most significant investment in green energy and greenhouse gas emissions reduction.
Most notably, the law will help decrease greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030 which will dramatically improve air quality and health outcomes for Americans. For homeowners, it extends the Energy Investment Tax Credit for clean energy home improvements, providing a 30 percent credit for geothermal heat pump projects installed before January 1, 2033. This credit falls to 26 percent in 2033 and 22 percent in 2034. In addition, the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 provides state energy offices with $8.8 billion to distribute to homeowners retrofitting their homes with energy performance improvements like heat pump heating and cooling.
Even before soaring energy prices made home heating and cooling exorbitantly expensive, it frequently consumed more than one-third of a family’s monthly utility bill. With prices expected to increase by another 30 percent this year, there is an added urgency and incentive to retrofit homes with more efficient and effective solutions that are budget and environmentally friendly. This is especially true for homes reliant on heating oil or propane deliveries as these expensive, dirty, and consumable fuels erode air quality, require regular maintenance, and must be restocked routinely. In contrast, geothermal systems harness the earth’s constant temperature to provide warm air in the winter and cool air in the summer. It’s a clean, efficient, and affordable home heating and cooling solution, and it’s already made a proven impact for thousands of homeowners.
Energy Development Corporation, Philippines, created wild video for Social Media!
Check out this great video!
On #WorldGeothermalEnergyDay, we at the Energy Development Corporation want to thank our stakeholders for supporting our dream of a greener Philippines. EDC believes that the key to a safer and decarbonized country is sourcing our energy supply from reliable renewable sources, such as our own GEO 24/7. EDC looks forward to achieving our regenerative mission through collaborations with like-minded businesses and organizations.
Learn more https://www.energy.com.ph/
Deutschland GeoTherm Expo and Congress Celebrates World Geothermal Energy Day
GeoTHERM expo & congress will take place for the sixteenth time on March 2 + 3, 2023. Europe's largest geothermal trade fair with congress focuses on current developments in the industry and creates a platform dedicated exclusively to the topic of geothermal energy. At the on-site trade fair, an average of around 3,600 trade visitors and 200 exhibitors from 40 nations make highly valuable contacts.
In addition, two congresses on Shallow and Deep Geothermal Energy offer participants concentrated expertise, current developments and the latest practical experience reports.
Borealis GeoPower Inc. (Borealis Geothermal)
Borealis Geothermal: Down to Earth.
On July 14th, B Labs, a worldwide company that awards companies with B Corporation certification, awarded Borealis the title "Best for the World 2022." Best of the World means that a company places in the top 5% in the 5 B Impact Assessment areas (community, customers, environment, governance, and team-mates) worldwide. We are thrilled to celebrate World Geothermal Energy Day as we earn this title. We are constantly striving to make the world a better place and are grateful to have earned that recognition.
Borealis Geothermal's projects are about realizing a vision. One where sustainable zero impact geothermal energy is the cornerstone of a new way of being, while also earning economic returns. They work closely with their host communities and First Nations partners to build enabling energy projects that support local jobs, a diversified economy, zero emission power and heat production, and local food. They call their demonstration project "Sustainaville". They invite like-minded prospective customers, investors and fast followers to be a part of these first projects in Canada. Borealis GeoPower knows that there doesn't have to be a tradeoff between the environment and the economy. They're on a mission to make people question why they didn't do business like this in the first place. And now that there is a choice, to join them on their energy, local economy and local food journey.
Check out this great video.
On #WorldGeothermalEnergyDay, we at the Energy Development Corporation want to thank our stakeholders for supporting our dream of a greener Philippines. EDC believes that the key to a safer and decarbonized country is sourcing our energy supply from reliable renewable sources, such as our own GEO 24/7. EDC looks forward to achieving our regenerative mission through collaborations with like-minded businesses and organizations. Learn more https://www.energy.com.ph/
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