Geothermal Canada is celebrating just over one year since resurrecting our society and we would like to share everything that has happened in 2018 with a brief review. Thank you to all of our members for your support with helping the geothermal industry in Canada grow, expanding research, and growing the geothermal community!
Adam Malek, a top Geological Engineering Graduate (2019) from Waterloo, is seeking summer employment in the geothermal industry before starting his graduate studies in Geothermal Engineering in Europe in September. Please contact Adam at <firstname.lastname@example.org> if you need a highly capable intern for 4 months.
The American Rock Mechanics Association, in conjunction with the Petroleum University in Beijing, is organizing a Geothermal Conference in Beijing, China on August 5-8, 2019.
Abstract submission is open until April 22, 2019.
The theme of the conference is “From conventional hydrothermal systems to enhanced geothermal energy: Technology Sharing with the Oil and Gas Industry”.
As Canada slowly transitions toward a roads-based transportation system that is not based on fossil fuels, we will need far more electrical power, and this means that energy storage needs will also rise. Where will this additional electrical power at a grid scale come from? There alternatives, assuming that supply management is not going to be undertaken, to avoid the high prices for the consumer that supply management brings, such as increasing wind, solar, hydro, and/or nuclear, more natural gas combined cycle turbines, and introduction of geothermal.
In 2017, Terrapin Geothermics Inc. was contracted to a geothermal resource evaluation of select Northern Alberta Communities. The newly released report summarizes the results and lists the communities that would benefit from geo-exchange, direct heat use, and/or electricity generation. The full report can be viewed here.
The Canadian Geothermal Students Day is organized by students, for students. This meeting is the first of its kind to be organized in Canada. It aims to bring together graduate students to post-doc fellows from Canada’s East to West coasts to discuss and share their research projects related with the field of geothermal energy.
The University of Alberta Geothermal Research Group has announced that it will be hosting a conference in Oct. 2019 which includes a field excursion in the Rocky Mountains, the conference, and short courses. The keynote speaker is University of Reno Nevada professor Dr. Jim Faulds.
The National Geothermal Academy 2019 will be running at the University of Reno Nevada in June 2019. This year, there will be 2 modules: Geothermal Geostatistics and Geothermal Geophysics, with the latter being co-instructed by Geothermal Canada Treasurer Dr. Jeff Witter.
Geothermal Canada is very happy to announce the partnership with the Global Geothermal Alliance (GGA). The GGA is a platform of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) that serves to encourage dialogue and knowledge sharing to globally increase geothermal production. Geothermal Canada is looking forward to partnering with an organization that shares the goal of supporting geothermal energy development.
There currently is ongoing and planned development of about 15,000 MW in power generation capacity, which would more than double the current installed capacity. Estimating development over the next 5 year period, the International Geothermal Association (IGA) expects development of around 4,100 MW in capacity, picking up pace compared to the 4,341 MW added in the time period of 2008 to 2018. Key growth markets are Asia, Africa, Europe and North America.
To read the full press release, click here.