New geothermal notices: DOE RFI and funding opp; Kenya tender; Mexico assessment; NGA info

Check out public notices from the geothermal community including info from DOE, Geothermal Development Company in Kenya, and the National Geothermal Academy program.

DOE Solicits Feedback on Subsurface Characterization to Commercialize Viable EGS (extended to Feb. 14)
DOE Announces FOA for Low Temperature Geothermal Mineral Recovery (Concept due Mar. 6)
Tender Notice, Rig Maintenance Services, Geothermal Development Company, Kenya (due Feb. 25)
Mexico Geothermal Market Assessment Report Underway, NREL and DOE
Information Available for 2014 National Geothermal Academy

DOE Solicits Feedback on Subsurface Characterization to Commercialize Viable EGS (extended to Feb. 14)
DE-FOA-0001074: REQUEST FOR INFORMATION – CRITICAL PARAMETERS FOR CHARACTERIZATION OF ENHANCED GEOTHERMAL SYSTEMS (EGS). DOE ~ To better engineer commercially viable EGS technologies, the Energy Department is soliciting feedback on how to more accurately measure and track vital subsurface parameters throughout EGS development phases. By understanding the importance and constraints of various subsurface parameters, the Geothermal Technologies Office will be better positioned to target and prioritize its limited funding on field characterization activities and maximize impact for EGS development.

Feedback from industry, academia, research laboratories, government agencies, and other stakeholders is sought to understand the relative importance of various subsurface parameters in relation to overall EGS performance. This is solely a request for information (RFI) and not a funding announcement (FOA). EERE may issue a FOA in the future based on or related to the content and responses to this RFI, or EERE may elect not to issue a FOA.

DOE Announces FOA for Low Temperature Geothermal Mineral Recovery (Concept due Mar. 6)
DE-FOA-0001016: FUNDING OPPORTUNITY ANNOUNCEMENT: LOW TEMPERATURE GEOTHERMAL MINERAL RECOVERY PROGRAM ~ While geothermal power is an attractive potential source for sustainable energy production, the high heat temperature requirements (typically >150°C) of most geothermal capture systems constrain geographic distribution and economic viability of geothermal energy production. Advancement of strategic material or mineral recovery aims to address this limitation. By partnering with geothermal and mineral industry stakeholders to develop additional revenue streams from brines, the economic viability of geothermal projects will increase while also allowing for increased geographic diversity of this clean, round-the-clock energy source.

Rare earths and strategic minerals are essential for modern industry, especially clean-energy technologies, but are subject to supply risk in the face of ever-increasing demand. As an example, consumer uses of lithium batteries have soared over the last decade, powering everything from electric cars to tablets to cell phones. Global demand for lithium carbonate is expected to exceed 250,000 tons by 2017—a 60% increase over current usage. As demand grows in this burgeoning market, a reliable supply of critical materials for advanced manufacturing technologies is a growing concern. This program aims to help alleviate this type of supply bottleneck.

The Energy Department seeks up to ten 1-2 year feasibility and/or applied R&D projects that will lead to commercialized technologies. Geothermal mining of rare earth and near-critical metals are the focus of this research, with the intent to effectively lower the cost of geothermal energy production while diversifying and stabilizing the supply of critical materials for domestic industries.

Click here for the FOA DOCUMENTS. CONTACT INFORMATION: MineralRecoveryFOA@go.doe.gov, EERE-ExchangeSupport@hq.doe.gov. SUBMISSION DEADLINES: Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 3/6/2014 5:00 PM ET; Full Application Submission Deadline: 5/2/2014 5:00 PM ET.

Tender Notice, Rig Maintenance Services, Geothermal Development Company, Kenya (due Feb. 25)
The Geothermal Development Company Ltd (GDC) invites sealed tenders from eligible candidates for the following service: TENDER GDC/HQS/OT/050/2013-2014, Tender for Provision of Rig Maintenance Services. TENDER SECURITY USD 10,000. CLOSING DATE 25/02/14 at 2.00pm (1400HRS). The documents can be viewed and downloaded from http://www.gdc.co.ke. Mailing address: The Managing Director & CEO, Geothermal Development Company, P.O Box 100746-00101, NAIROBI, KENYA

Mexico Geothermal Market Assessment Report Underway, NREL and DOE
The Mexican government forecasts an annual growth of 4% in electricity demand over the next 15 years. It also mandates that 35% of the electricity sold in the country must come from non-fossil sources by 2024. This creates an important opportunity for renewable energy development. The Geothermal Market Assessment Report is an effort by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to help the U.S. geothermal industry understand the potential for business opportunities in Mexico and leverage U.S. government international trade assistance. The final report will include an overview of the current state and potential of the geothermal industry in Mexico, a review of opportunities and barriers for private investment and recommendations for improvement. Planned activities include a Webinar (spring ’14), a session during GEA’s International Geothermal Showcase on April 22nd, and a workshop in Mexico (summer ’14). For more information contact Francisco Flores-Espino at francisco.flores@nrel.gov.

Information Available for 2014 National Geothermal Academy
On June 11-20, 2014 at the University of Nevada, Reno, the 2014 National Geothermal Academy presents a 10-day intensive course focused on geothermal geology, geochemistry, and geophysics taught by experts in the field. This program is intended for outstanding undergraduates, graduate students, and professionals with strong backgrounds in science, math, and/or engineering. Topics: geochemistry, geothermometry, remote sensing, heat flow, field mapping, structural settings, 3D modeling, geophysical modeling, gravity, reflection seismology, and magnetotellurics. A three-day field trip to Long Valley caldera in California is included. For application and other information click here.

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