Why more and more countries are taking an interest in geothermal energy

Bianca Nogrady for VOX:  At 2:46 pm local time on Friday, March 11, 2011, Japan was rocked by the largest earthquake ever to strike its shores. The 9.1-magnitude quake triggered a devastating tsunami that killed more than 15,000 people. It also took out the backup emergency generators that cooled the reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant complex, causing a series of catastrophic meltdowns.

But amid the chaos, the Yanaizu-Nishiyama geothermal power plant in Fukushima prefecture didn’t miss a beat. Along with two more of the nine geothermal power plants in the region, the 65-megawatt facility continued to generate power, even as many other power plants around them failed because of damaged equipment and transmission lines.“This is big news for many geothermal people around the world,” says Kasumi Yasukawa, principal research manager at the Institute for Geo-Resources and Environment in Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology.

In a country as seismically active as Japan, it was a clear signal that geothermal energy was worth investing in.  Cont'd...

GRC 2017 Annual Meeting Announced - Call for Papers Issued

Geothermal Resources Council Annual Meeting will be held Oct. 1-4 in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. Theme is "Geothermal Energy - Power to do More."

Geothermal Is Good for America, Industry Group Tells President-elect Trump

In a brief paper outlining the state of the geothermal industry and technology, the Geothermal Energy Association (GEA), the industry's trade group, said, "Geothermal delivers a triple bottom line to our energy system: It is an abundant domestic energy source, it brings economic benefits in the form of taxes and long term high-paying jobs, and it has one of the lowest Levelized Costs of Energy (LCOE) of all power sources in the United States."

Asia Renewables Summit Underpins Region's Biomass, Biogas Prospects & Indonesia's Renewable Energy Roadmap

CMT's Asia Renewables Summit-in Jakarta on 27 February - 1 March, with dual tracks on 3rd Biomass & BioEnergy Asia and Indonesia Renewable Power-highlights Asia's biomass and biogas energy market progress and future potential as well as Indonesia's solar, wind, hydro, biomass and waste-to-energy power development plans.

5 Clean Energy Charts Trump Needs to See Before He Takes Office

The president-elect has shown a willingness to alter his views in response to new information. As these charts show, clean energy can help him keep his promises.

Trump Presidency Will Be the Next Catalyst for Renewable Energy Growth

The growth in solar has been driven by state-level incentives and steep price declines in building projects. These two drivers are probably not going to stop any time soon.

Innovative Cable for Daylight Harvesting

New technology for multi-zone lighting designs

As Clean Energy Grows, Electricity Markets Must Evolve

The good news is that the clean energy genie is out of the bottle for good. Markets must reflect the new reality of low-cost clean energy and clean energy policy preferences.

2nd Biomass Trade & Power Europe Draws Fresh Panelists & Key Insights for Copenhagen Return in February 2017

Biomass buyers and sellers convene at Centre for Management Technology's 2nd Biomass Trade & Power Europe in Copenhagen on 13-14 February to deliberate on demand and supply dynamics of biomass pellets and chips in Scandinavia amidst Europe's overcapacities and price drops.

Geothermal Resources Council Announces New Board of Directors

Six new members join the GRC Board of Directors

EXERGY Denizli Tosunlar ORC geothermal plant award-winning again !

Exergy has done it again! For the second time this year the EXERGY Denizli Tosunlar ORC geothermal power plant received award as Top Plant among Renewable energy project

Best Geothermal Energy Presentations of 2016 Announced

Geothermal Resources Council announces the best presentations showcased at the 40th GRC Annual Meeting in Sacramento, California, USA

How Flushing your Toilet could help create Biofuel

Laura A. Shepard for Popular Science:  Picture a giant toilet bowl looming larger than life outside the UN headquarters in New York. It sounds like an absurd scene, but the stunt from three years ago was not a childish prank. It was a serious statement to mark the first World Toilet Day and raise awareness of the fact that one third of the world’s population lacks access to toilets.
Addressing the global sanitation crisis is a top priority among the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, and it now has an exciting solution.
In fact, science may soon make your toilet bowl a viable alternative energy source. Your flushes can produce two or three gallons of biofuel per year when the wastewater is treated using a process, developed scientists and engineers at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, called hydro-thermal liquefaction (HTL).

HTL emulates the way crude oil forms naturally, when biomass decays under high pressure and heat for millions of years — but it only takes 45 minutes.  Cont'd...

The Importance of Fuel Flexibility

Many companies don't realize that they can generate their own power on-site and in a cleaner and more cost-effective way.

EPA Finalizes Increase in Renewable Fuel Volumes

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today finalized increases in renewable fuel volume requirements across all categories of biofuels under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program.

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