Iceland research; Switzerland project resumes; UK decision will affect Iceland power cable

A group in Iceland studies geothermal systems. A Switzerland project resumes. A UK decision will affect the potential for a power cable from Iceland.

Iceland: Group Aims to Better Understand Geothermal Systems
Switzerland: St Gallen Project Resumes
UK Regional Rules Could Affect Potential for Icelandic Power Cable

Iceland: Group Aims to Better Understand Geothermal Systems
A research project aims to better understand geothermal energy utilization. The “Deep Roots of Geothermal Systems” project is a cooperation between GEORG, Orkustofnun, Reykjavik Energy, HS Orka, Landsvirkjun and the Iceland Deep Drilling Project (IDDP). The group looks at the interaction of water and magma in the roots of volcanoes. They also study how heat is transferred into geothermal systems. Georg.hi.is

Switzerland: St Gallen Project Resumes
After a 3.5 magnitude earthquake last month, drilling at the St Gallen geothermal project had been on hold; but the St Gallen city council has now decided the project can move forward again. Phase 1 work is expected to be completed by the end of October; the borehole will then be sealed. A final decision is expected in summer 2014 regarding whether to continue to future phases. Swissinfo.ch

UK Regional Rules Could Affect Potential for Icelandic Power Cable
News from the UK could affect the potential to construct a power cable from Iceland. The idea for a cable has been supported by Icelandic President Olafur Grimsson and would allow for power sales from Iceland to Scotland, and from there into the European grid. But, the U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has recently published a memorandum intended to restrict Britain’s Capacity Market to units located in Great Britain. The rules are subject to further consideration. Navigantresearch.com; Geo-energy.org (PDF)

Additionally, a recent feasibility report on the proposed power cable showed a “considerable degree of uncertainty” in terms of profitability. Icelandic Industry Minister Ragnheidur Elin Arnadottir said at the time he wanted more information through a second study. Geoenergist.wordpress.com

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