International roundup: Geothermal in Kenya, India, Greece, The Netherlands and more

This post brings you geothermal headlines from Canada, Kenya, India, Greece, Iceland and The Netherlands.

Geothermal photos via Twitter users @polkadotsocks93 and @sharkydillon
Geothermal photos via Twitter users @polkadotsocks93 and @sharkydillon

Click below for this week’s international geothermal roundup.

The Americas

*Canada: Resource Evaluation Announced in British Columbia
Geoscience BC has announced Kerr Wood Leidal and GeothermEx will carry out a new study building on previous geothermal studies at 18 known sites throughout British Columbia. The companies will then further evaluate the resources and their economic potential. “We’d love to have a good, base load geothermal resource that provides capacity and is there when you need it” Randy Reimann, director of resource planning with BC Hydro told press. “We hope this study will provide better grading of where the potential may be in the province and at what cost.”


*Kenya: Plans Move Forward for Geothermal Transmission
The Kenya Electricity Transmission Company (Ketraco), a State agency, plans to construct a 32-km transmission line to carry power generated at the Menengai geothermal field.

Asia and the Pacific

*India: Draft Policy Seeks 1,000 MW Geothermal by 2022
In a newly drafted national policy, the Union ministry of new and renewable energy (MNRE) seeks to reach 1,000 MW of geothermal energy by 2022. Girish Kumar, Scientist and head of the geothermal division of MNRE told press, “The power generated could be used to electrify rural parts of the country.” Prior assessments have been done at 340 hot springs across 11 states and have concluded the most promising so far is at Tattapani in Balrampur district. MNRE calls for the entrepreneur to approach the state for site allocation.


*Greece: Ministry Discusses Geothermal Cooperation with Russian Company
Greece is in current talks for coal prospecting that includes a second path of collaboration for possible geothermal power stations. Rosgeologiya, a Russian company, is expected to submit a firm proposal in the coming weeks.

*Iceland: Mineral Carbonation Process Makes Headway
A New York Times article provides an update on a project in Iceland to turn carbon dioxide into stone as a new alternative for carbon storage. The process has been demonstrated at the nearby Hellisheidi geothermal plant. The article states: “In the CarbFix process, the injected water and CO2 mix inside the well as if it were a giant geological soda machine. The resulting carbonated water, which is acidic, helps break down the rock, releasing calcium and other elements that combine with the carbon and oxygen from the CO2. Because the gas, in effect, disappears, ‘we don’t like to call it storage,’ said Edda Aradottir, who manages the project and works for Reykjavik Energy, the utility that runs the geothermal plant and is another CarbFix partner. The preferred term, she said, is mineral carbonation.” The only other known similar project is one near Wallula, Washington.

*The Netherlands: Campuses, Greenhouse Farmers Benefit from Geothermal
TU Delft Professor David Bruhn, who teaches Geothermal Engineering and is a geothermal project manager at the GeoForschungsZentrum in Potsdam, supports a geothermal project at the campus that was delayed last year. “The milestones that will be achieved with our research facility are of great relevance for the young geothermal industry developing in the Netherlands, including greenhouse farmers, who represent one of the key industries of the country,” Bruhn told press. “The development of geothermal energy is also beneficial for society as a whole, as it supplies heat and potentially electricity with virtually no CO2 emissions, available around the clock and all year round.” The Delft Aardwarmte project was initiated in 2008 by students at TU Delft.

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