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Geothermal funding of $69m announced in new U.S. budget bill

Alexander Richter, Think Geoenergy Summary Congressional negotiators in the U.S. legislative have unveiled a $1.4 trillion year-end package that would boost spending for energy and environmental agencies. The House of Representatives passed the legislation, which was then approved by the U.S...


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Assessing the geothermal combined heat and power potential in Germany

Alexander Richter, ThinkGeoEnergy Summary A study recently released in Germany, investigates the potential of hydrothermal geothermal energy for combined heat and power (CHP) generation in Germany. “Based on the theoretical potential of hydrothermal heat in place, the technical and...

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City in Shaanxi Province, China Launches Innovative Large-Scale Geothermal District Heating System

ThinkGeoEnergy Summary China's largest non-interference geothermal heating system has been activated at the Western China Science & Technology Innovation Harbor in Fengxi New City, Xixian New Area, Shaanxi Province. Recently, China’s largest non-interference geothermal heating system has...

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Demonstration of Thermal Energy Storage at Kizildere Geothermal Plant, Turkey

ThinkGeoEnergy Summary As part of the EU-funded research project GeoSmart, a demonstration project on thermal energy storage will be set up at the Kizildere geothermal power plant of Zorlu Energy in Turkey. The EU-funded GeoSmart project aims to optimise and demonstrate innovations to...


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Test Drilling on Intramural Fields First Step in State’s Largest Geothermal Project

Colorado State University Summary You may find yourself doing a double take while walking or driving by the intramural fields for the next couple of weeks, starting Dec. 9. Yes, that is a drilling rig. No, Colorado State University is not fracking, nor is Hollywood filming for a remake of the ...


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Solar? Geothermal? Garbage? 6 climate-friendly ways to heat and cool buildings

Emily Chung, CBC News Summary Using local energy sources such as lake water, wood waste or even garbage to heat and cool buildings is one way for communities to cut their greenhouse gas emissions — the goal of this week's UN climate summit. In district energy systems , instead of...


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Aiming for Climate Targets, Germany Taps Its Geothermal Potential

Paul Hockenos, Yale Environment 360 Summary The German state of Bavaria is embracing an ambitious program of tapping into geothermal reservoirs, with Munich hoping to make its heating system carbon-neutral by 2040. But given the expense of geothermal power, can it ever rival wind and solar...


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West Village District Energy Centre & Park an award-winning build

Jean Sorensen, Journal of Commerce Summary Two award-winning construction firms are helping the city of Surrey take a significant stride toward its objective of building Canada’s largest district energy heating system with their work on the West Village District Energy Centre and Park project...


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Bipartisan legislation seeks to expand geothermal energy

James Osborne, Houston Chronicle Summary WASHINGTON - A top ranking Republican and Democrat have introduced legislation to speed up the development of power plants powered by underground hot springs. The bipartisan effort comes as politicians look to expand America's geothermal sector, which...

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Second geothermal district heating system to be built in Champigny-sure-Marne

Alexander Richter, Think Geoenergy Summary In Champigny-sur-Marne, a municipality in the southwest of the capital of France, Paris, the Coriance Group wins contract for the creation of a second geothermal heat network. ( location ) As a forerunner in the field of geothermal energy, Champigny...