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Category Archive: Geothermal

  1. ND Alliance for Renewable Energy Elects Officers

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    The North Dakota Alliance for Renewable Energy has re-elected Kim Christianson, Bismarck, to another term as President.  Ken Hellevang and Warren Enyart were also re-elected to their posts as Vice-President and Secretary, respectively.  In addition to officer elections, NDARE has retained Riverwind Consulting, West Fargo, to provide staffing services for the organization.  Read more on NDARE’s website.


  2. North Dakota Energy Spotlight – Geothermal Generation

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    Geothermal power station

    Geothermal power station

    • According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, western North Dakota has favorable locations for deep enhanced geothermal systems (EGS). EGS is a technology that uses heat from the earth to turn water into steam which drives a turbine generator to produce electricity.

    • In 2010 the University of North Dakota (UND) was awarded two $1.7 million grants from the Department of Energy’s Geothermal Technologies Program to install geothermal Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) systems at oilfields in the Williston Basin. The plants will be used to develop engineering and economic models for geothermal ORC energy production.

    • The UND research project, being led by the Petroleum Research, Engineering, Education and Entrepreneurship Center, has plans to establish two demonstration sites of geothermal energy production in 2012 at a location near Rhame and one near Dickinson.

    Geothermal Map

    Map of national geothermal resources, by U.S. Department of Energy National Renewable Energy Laboratory

    Read the full report of Great Plains Energy Corridor Spotlight on North Dakota Energy and request a hard copy here.

    You may be interested in:
    National Renewable Energy Laboratory – Geothermal homepage
    University of North Dakota Department of Geology and Geological Engineering

  3. Geothermal potential discovered in Minnesota

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    Researchers at the Natural Resources Research Institute and University of North Dakota discovered that western and central Minnesota contain a much greater supply of potential geothermal energy than originally thought. Temperature readings from 100 existing mining exploration holes and 795 deep water wells showed that shallower, less expensive drilling could produce results in generating renewable electricity. One of the lead researchers expects utilities will consider geothermal as a future energy option. Read the geothermal potential story in the Duluth News Tribune. (registration may be required)

  4. Japan’s post-earthquake/tsunami renewable energy projects

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    Last year’s March 11th earthquake/tsunami left many of Japan’s nuclear plants dark. As the country evaluates the future of their 50-plus nuclear plants, they are turning to new renewable energy sectors to fill the gap. There were two articles recently highlighting options that are on the table – geothermal and biomass.

    Renewable Energy World reported on Japan’s plan to use the wood debris from the earthquake and tsunami to power biomass plants. The waste, the article reports, is piling up faster than it can be used. There is one company that is already accepting debris and able to take wood that contains radiation. There is a decontamination process that removes the radiation before it’s used.

    Reuters reports that there is a consortium of Japanese firms that are looking to build geothermal plants in volcanic zones, up to a total capacity of 270 megawatts. The article reports that studies peg Japan as the world’s third-richest in geothermal potential.