19 Nov 2013
EGS systems: the future of geothermal energy
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has recently posted an article which enphasizes the future of Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS). While the amount of conventional hydrothermal power worldwide has reached nearly 12 gigawatts, exponentially more geothermal resources can be accessed through next-generation technologies known as enhanced geothermal systems (EGS). Through funding by the Department of Energy’s Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO), USA first commercial-scale EGS was...
13 Nov 2013
Horizon 2020: energy
Horizon 2020 is the financial instrument implementing the Innovation Union, a Europe 2020 flagship initiative aimed at securing Europe’s global competitiveness. Running from 2014 to 2020 with a budget of just over €70 billion, the EU’s new programme for research and innovation is part of the drive to create new growth and jobs in Europe. Horizon 2020 provides major simplification through a single set of rules. It...
11 Nov 2013
The Canadian Geothermal Energy Association (CanGEA) recently launched their ‘powEARTHfu’ Energy campaign and they have already passed the halfway mark. This campign is the largest awareness raising effort anywhere in the history of geothermal power. The have been fortunate to have media assist thenm with getting the message out. Check out what The Globe and Mail had to say about geothermal opportunities in Canada. For everyone who has...
02 Oct 2013
IDAE grants for geothermal energy in residential sector (dwelling and hotel)
In this link the “Resolution from 25 September 2013, of the State Secretariat of Energy, within which is publicated the one from 25 June 2013, of the Administration Council of the Spanish Institute for Energy Diversification and Saving (Instituto para la Diversificación y Ahorro de la Energía, IDAE) , through which it is established the regulatory bases and call of the grant program for the energetic rehabilitation of existing buildings of the residential sector (dwelling and hotel use)” can...
01 Aug 2013
Annual Actuation Plan 2013
The Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness has published on 29 July the Annual Actuation Plan 2013 (Plan de Actuación Anual 2013, document in Spanish), which counts for more than 3.800 millon euro divided in subventions and credits. This document informs about the Budget resources and the envisaged calendar for each of the actions in R&D&i that will be developed during this year. The Plan is divided...
31 Jul 2013
CanGEA releases the “Geothermal Technology Roadmap: Global Best Practices Summary – Exploration through Generation”
On July 22, 2013, the Canadian Geothermal Energy Association (CanGEA) released the “Geothermal Technology Roadmap: Global Best Practices Summary – Exploration through Generation”. The report outlines aspects of geothermal energy development, including: exploration, reservoir modeling, drilling, stimulation and completions, power conversion and the direct use of heat. The report is available for download here. The dual aims of the report are to increase investor confidence...
29 Jul 2013
1st Seminar of the Portuguese Shallow Geothermal Platform – PPGS
The first Seminar of the Portuguese Shallow Geothermal Platform (PPGS) was held on July 8th in Alfragide (Portugal). The aims of this event were (1) to release this new platform of our neighbour country and (2) to address shallow geothermal cross-cutting issues , from basic concepts to case studies, going through a national and internatinoal vision of its application, legislation, training, etc. GEOPLAT was represented by Javier Urchueguía, Coordinator of...
17 Jul 2013
GEOELEC Geographical Information System
The GEOELEC project, co-funded by the Intelligent Energy Europe Programme of the EU, aims at promoting geothermal electricity generation in the EU and aims at removing notably financial and regulatory barriers. GEOELEC has taken a step forward and has announced the official launch of the GEOELEC Geographical Information System – see here. This unique system presents for the first time ever a geothermal resource assessment...
25 Jun 2013
Energy Department Develops Regulatory Roadmap to Spur Geothermal Energy Development
The Energy Department issued a Geothermal Regulatory Roadmap that will help developers navigate regulatory requirements at every level of government to deploy geothermal energy projects. In partnership with the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and U.S. Forest Service, the Energy Department enlisted the National Renewable Energy Laboratory to convene key federal, state, and local permitting officials, along with industry representatives, to identify...
17 Jun 2013
Subventions for renewable energies: Murcia and País Vasco
Renewable energies incentives have been recently published in Murcia and País Vasco: Information about the subventions in País Vasco (deadline for applications: 30th September 2013): http://www.eve.es/Programas-de-ayuda/Energias-Renovables.aspx. Information about the subventions in Murcia (deadline for applications: 8th July 2013): http://www.argem.es/wp-content/uploads/PER20131.pdf. Thereby, Murcia and País Vasco add up to other Autonomous Communitys that have already published incentives for renewable energies since the year 2013 started: Asturias (call is closed), Canarias (call is...