New Research Project: CROWDTHERMAL

GeoT is part of the consortium of the newly launched project CROWDTHERMAL which started on September 1, 2019.

CROWDTHERMAL is a new project funded under the European Union’s Research and Innovation programme Horizon 2020 (grant agreement n°857830) which aims to empower the European public to directly participate in the development of geothermal projects with the help of alternative financing schemes such as crowdfunding and social engagement tools. The 36-months project has held its kick-off meeting in Brussels, on 23 and 24 September 2019. One of the major drivers of CROWDTHERMAL is to support the EU’s strategic objective to decrease dependence on fossil fuels, to create a stable energy market, and to reduce the environmental impact of its energy supply.

In order to reach this goal, the project aims at:

  • Understanding the requirements for social licencing and developing a Social Licence to Operate (SLO) model for the different geothermal technologies and installations,
  • Reviewing any successful case studies, as well as national/EU bottlenecks to alternative financing of geothermal energy in all EU countries,
  • Formulating new financial models for crowdsourcing on a national and trans-national basis, covering individual member-states and Europe as a whole;
  • Developing recommendations for a novel risk mitigation scheme that will be complementing the alternative financing solutions while also protecting private investors’ interests;
  • Validating findings with the help of three case studies in Iceland, Hungary and Spain;
  • Developing core services for social-media based promotion and alternative financing of geothermal projects, working closely with existing structures & conventional players.

Led by the European Federation of Geologists (EFG), CROWDTHERMAL will be implemented by a consortium of 10 partners from 7 European countries, combining extensive experience in large-scale geothermal project development, alternative finance, social media engagement, innovation, education, and international networking on geothermal energy.

Within the CROWDTHERMAL consortium, GeoThermal Engineering GmbH (GeoT) will liaise with relevant ongoing geothermal risk mitigation schemes as well as project developers in order to perform a demand analysis for geothermal risk mitigation in the context of alternative financing schemes. GeoT will identify new types of risks that can be associated with alternative financing methods and social engagement and will propose mitigation tools. GeoT will then propose a draft structure of an auxiliary and alternative pathway to risk mitigation aligned with the instruments brought forward by CROWDTHERMAL. GeoT will also contribute to the economic assessment of the proposed new risk mitigation mechanism.  

More information:

Website:

www.crowdthermalproject.eu

Social media:

@CrowdthermalEU

Second well at United Downs Deep Geothermal Power project successfully completed

The second well at the United Downs Deep Geothermal Power (UDDGP) project in Cornwall, England, was successfully completed at the end of June 2019. The well UD-2 has a final depth of 2,393 m MD / 2,214 m TVD. Having reached the Porthtowan Fault Zone, UD-2 will serve as the injection well. The production well UD-1 with a depth of over 5 km has already been completed in April earlier this year.

Preliminary results from drilling the two wells are promising in terms of encountered temperature (around 190 °C at the bottom of UD-1) and the occurence of natural fractures. To properly evaluate the fault structure and well condition and to assess how much geothermal energy can be harnessed from the system, a series of measurements and hydraulic tests will be carried out, likely taking place from August 2019 to March 2020. This will include further geophysical logging measurements and the collecting of sidewall cores.

With its expertise in geothermal reservoir modeling, GeoT is contributing to the UDDGP project through the framework of two research projects S4CE (Science 4 Clean Energy) and MEET (Multidisciplinary and multi-context demonstration of EGS exploration and Exploitation Techniques and potentials), which receive funding from the Horizon 2020 EU framework program for research and innovation.

More information and the latest news on these projects can be found here:

https://www.uniteddownsgeothermal.co.uk/future-programme
http://science4cleanenergy.eu/news-events/
https://www.meet-h2020.com/news/

Geothermal Project in Cornwall reaches target depth

The United Downs Deep Geothermal Project (UDDGP) in Cornwall, England has reached its target depth on 23.4.2019. The well UD-1 has a depth of 5275 m MD / 5057 TVD.

Over the next days, geophysical logs and hydraulic tests will be run in order to give an indication of the target structure’s permeability. Subsequently, the rig will be moved to start drilling the second well UD-2.

GeoT contributes its reservoir modelling expertise to the United Downs project within the framework of two projects (S4CE / MEET) under the Horizon 2020 EU framework program for research and innovation. S4CE is the abbreviation for Science4CleanEnergy and MEET stand for Multidisciplinary and multi-context demonstrationof EGS exploration and Exploitation Techniques and potentials.

Please find more information on the project websites:
http://science4cleanenergy.eu/
https://www.meet-h2020.com/
https://www.uniteddownsgeothermal.co.uk/drilling-progress

Meet us at GeoTHERM 2019

GeoT is pleased to announce that the comapny will exhibit again at GeoTHERM this year. The GeoTHERM expo & congress that celebrates its thirteenth birthday this year, will be taking place on 14 and 15 February 2019 in Offenburg, Germany.

Within the last years the combination of trade fair and congress has become the biggest geothermal energy event in the world. The congress programm is subdivided into shallow and deep geothermal energy. On Friday, 15 February, Dr Horst Kreuter (CEO of GeoT) will give a presentation on the possibilities of lithium extraction from geothermal brines in the Upper Rhine Graben.

We are pleased to welcome you in Offenburg! You will find us in hall “Ortenauhalle” at booth no. 167.

Drilling started for United Downs Geothermal Project

After years of preparation, drilling started yesterday for the United Downs Deep Geothermal Power Project in Cornwall, Great Britain.

GeoT is part of two H2020 research projects dealing with the United Downs project: S4CE (Science4CleanEnergy) and MEET (Multidisciplinary and multi-context demonstrationof EGS exploration and Exploitation Techniques and potentials).

Fore more information please visit the project websites  https://www.uniteddownsgeothermal.co.uk/, http://science4cleanenergy.eu/

DEW completed P&A operations at Bellheim drill site

This September and October, German project developer Deutsche ErdWärme (DEW) fullfilled its promise to decommission the old geothermal well in Bellheim (Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany) before starting a new geothermal project in this region. The P&A operations have now been completed.

Since 2015, GeoT has been the geological-technical consultant of DEW. This September / October, GeoT was supervising the P&A operations in Bellheim as representative of DEW.

Please find more information about the P&A operations in Bellheim on the DEW website: 
https://www.deutsche-erdwaerme.de/cms/de/content/r%C3%BCckbau-bohrplatz-bellheim (in German).

Cooperation agreement signed in Ankara, Turkey

The German Geothermal Association (BVG) and the Turkish Geothermal Power Plant Investors Association (JESDER) have signed a cooperation agreement to intensify the promotion of business opportunities and work on technological development in both countries. Last Friday, Dr. Horst Kreuter, CEO of GeoT and special representative of BVG, and Ali Kindap, President of JESDER signed the agreement as part of the state visit of German Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, Peter Altmeiner to Ankara, Turkey.

Horst Kreuter and Ali Kindap signing the cooperation agreement between BVG and JESDER.
Image: JESDER

During his stay hin Turkey, Dr. Horst Kreuter also signed a cooperation agreement as CEO of the Geothermal Group Germany GmbH with Remzi Gür, owner of MASPO Enerji, a Turkish geothermal development company.

Meet us at ARGeo-C7 in Kigali

The 7th African Rift Geothermal Conference (ARGeo) will be taking place from 29 October to 4 November 2018 in Kigali, Rwanda. East Africa’s largest geothermal conference will bring together project developers, investors and government authorities. The conference includes numerous presentations and workshops as well as a post conference field trip.

GeoT will be represented at ARGeo-C7 by Dr. Horst Kreuter and Dr. Michael Kraml.

For more information see http://theargeo.org/C7/.

IFAT 2018: Market lauch of automated fluid sampler (GEO AFS)

The IFAT is the world’s leading trade fair for water, sewage, waste and raw materials management. This year, the IFAT will take place from Monday, 14 May to Friday, 18 May 2018 in Munich, Germany.

Together with its project partner MAXX, GeoT will present the newly developped GEO AFS, an automated groundwater sampling device.
The regular sampling intervals of the GEO AFS can be programmed specifically to the individual needs or event-triggered in case a pre-defined threshold value (e.g. temperature or electric conductivity measured in the attached flow-through cell) is exceeded.

Samples are taken and stored without air contact, in darkness and a customer-defined temperature. Furthermore, the device allows for an optional addition of stabilizing chemicals (e.g. HNO3). The procedure prevents oxidation and other chemical reaction and therefore guarantees an optimum sample quality from sampling to laboratoy analyses.

Please find more information abour the GEO AFS on our website.

We would be glad to welcome you at booth no. 327 in hall C1 at IFAT in Munich!