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  1. Statoil and Icelandic partners drill the world’s hottest geothermal well

    Statoil and partners in The Iceland Deep Drilling Project has just started to drill a geothermal research well on Iceland. The goal is to explore if high temperature water can be extracted from deep reservoirs for power production. In a long term perspective geothermal energy could be a renewable energy source with potential, thus Statoil has research ongoing to test the technological and economic viability of this resource. The geothermal research well on Iceland is an important part of this work. Watch this cool video of Statoil and partners drilling the world's hottest geothermal well! "Research and technology is crucial for Statoil in a short and long term perspective, and having the high-beams on means looking many years ahead and beyond current business. Geothermal energy is a renewable resource where we see a potential for leveraging on several of our core competencies from oil and gas such as subsurface, drilling and well and HSE,” said Elisabeth B. Kvalheim, Statoil’s Chief Technology Officer. The concept of the research well at Reykjanes is to explore the opportunity to extract renewable energy by drilling wells into reservoirs with high-temperature water heated by the earth’s magma. The well will be the world’s hottest geothermal production well. The drilling involves deepening of an existing geothermal well down to 5 km depth at the Reykjanes site operated by HS Orka. At this depth superheated steam can be brought to the surface at 400-500°C and used for efficient electricity production in steam turbines. Head of Renewable research technology in Statoil, Hanne Wigum, explained, “Put it more simply you can compare it to the Earth’s radiator system, and geothermal energy is a global resource. "Iceland is a world leader in electricity production from geothermal energy and working close together with our partners is of great value to Statoil. Further research will be determined after this project.” The drilling operation is expected to be completed by the end of 2016 at which point the project will enter into a two and a half year test period, where the objective is to confirm reservoir performance, well integrity and power production potential.

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    Mon, 12 Sep 2016

  2. Munich aims high on renewable district heating

    The southern German city of Munich is planning to be powered 100 per cent by renewable district heating by 2040, with geothermal energy set to play its part.

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    Mon, 19 Sep 2016

  3. Renewable Energy News: Plan divvies up desert for conservation, energy projects

    A federal plan will open swaths of public land in the California desert to renewable energy development while preserving much of the landscape for conservation and recreation.

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    Wed, 14 Sep 2016

  4. DOE interested in up to 250 MW of geothermal resources in California

    Output from any projects could serve federal agencies in California, Arizona

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    Wed, 31 Aug 2016

  1. Utility supplies: Samurai knife tool gets wider edge

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    Wed, 7 Sep 2016

  2. Natural gas generation and electricity imports used to follow load in California

    Because of differences in the hourly output of certain electricity generators output from thermal generators (mainly natural gas) and electricity imports from other regions are used to balance overall electricity supply and demand in the region.

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    Fri, 9 Sep 2016

  3. Costa Rica reaches 150 days with all electricity coming from renewables, predominantly hydro

    According to the National Center for Energy Control, Costa Rica has accumulated 150 days of all electricity production coming from renewable sources in 2016, with hydro supplying more than 80%.

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    Thu, 8 Sep 2016

  4. Enel, heading towards a geothermal energy world

    In the last 10 years, the world’s installed capacity of geothermal energy has increased from 9,000 MW to about 13,000 MW, and it will continue to grow at an exponential rate.

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    Wed, 17 Aug 2016

  5. Nevada Power Plant First in World with Solar-Geothermal Mix

    Nevada's governor, the premier of Italy and the director of the U.S. Energy Department's renewable energy labs on Tuesday formally dedicated the final piece of the only hybrid power plant in the world producing renewable energy by combining geothermal with two kinds of solar power.

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    Wed, 30 Mar 2016

  6. Nevada geothermal power plant dedicated by Italian PM

    Italy was the site of the first geothermal experiment a century ago 

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    Tue, 29 Mar 2016

  7. Agencies release SoCal winter energy reliability plan

    California state and local agencies released an action plan to keep natural gas and electrical service reliable this winter in Southern California while operations remain limited at the Aliso Canyon underground gas storage facility near Los Angeles. They also scheduled an Aug. 26 public workshop ...

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    Thu, 25 Aug 2016

  8. District of Columbia raises renewable energy portfolio standard target to 50% by 2032

    DC has increased and extended its renewable energy portfolio standard target from 20% by 2020 to 50% by 2032.

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    Mon, 29 Aug 2016

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