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.
Canada will no longer support coal exports, as outlined in this article by the National Post. However, it appears that the amount of electricity generated worldwide by coal will rise substantially in the next couple of decades, by about a third. Given these realities, Canada should also actively support activities that reduce the environmental impact of coal use…
Last month, one of our board members, Jeff Witter, co-published a paper in Geothermics titled Uncertainty and risk evaluation during the exploration stage of geothermal development: A review. He will be presenting this topic at the Stanford Geothermal Workshop, being held Feb. 11-13, 2019.
The International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG) General Assembly will take place July 8-18, 2019 in Montreal.
Geothermal Canada would like to bring to your attention the symposium “FROM HIGH TO LOW-ENTHALPY: GEOTHERMAL ENERGY AT WORK” convened by Daniele Pinti (Canada) and co-convened by Clara Castro (USA), Paul Baudron (Canada), and Jasmin Raymond (Canada).
Geothermal energy is considered a renewable form of energy that can partially fill the increasing human demand. Yet only a few countries, located in high heat flow regions of the Earth can benefit from high-enthalpy resources to produce electricity. However, low to very low enthalpy geothermal resources are increasingly in demand, especially in cold northern countries such as Canada, Norway etc. Here, heat extracted from groundwater can be sufficient for domestic heating/cooling uses, particularly in remote areas. This symposium will be devoted to all aspects of geothermal energy, from exploration to exploitation and tools (geophysics, geochemistry, geology etc.) needed to evaluate the extent of this resource.
A list of all the symposia can be found here.
For those interested in submitting an abstract, the submission deadline is Feb. 18, 2019. More information can be found here.
With drilling well underway for DEEP’s project in Estevan, Saskatchewan, many are left wondering when geothermal exploration will take off in Alberta. This CBC article briefly outlines why lack of regulatory framework in Alberta is hindering geothermal development.
Geothermal Canada is happy to announce yet another addition to our Board of Directors- Bastien Poux has joined as Director of British Columbia.
Geothermal Canada is pleased to announce the addition of Maurice Dusseault to our Board of Directors as Director of Central Canada (Manitoba & Ontario).