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24 Countries To Be Represented At Iceland Geothermal Conference

The Iceland Geothermal Conference will be taking place between the 5th and 8th of March 2013, with over 300 participants from 24 countries. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Jeffery Tester, a Professor of Sustainable Energy Systems in the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Cornell University. He is the co-author of ten books and author or co-author of over 200 scientific publications. (One of his recent papers was about assessing heat flows between wells for geothermal potential.)


About 50 speakers will address the audiences, including Prof. Roland N. Horne from Stanford University who conducts research in well and reservoir analysis. Dr. Mike Allen, the executive director of the Geothermal New Zealand initiative will also present. He has been involved in geothermal projects for 25 years or more, including ones in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Mediterranean. Marietta Sander is also one of the presenters. She is the Executive Director of the International Geothermal Association (IGA).

This year’s event will focus on the following topics:

  • Resource management
  • Finance, risk and insurance management in geothermal projects
  • Role of governments and international funds
  • Rules and regulations
  • Environmental issues related to geothermal.

There will be two field trips available to attendees. The first is to a geothermal area of Hengill, in southwest Iceland. This facility is located near an active volanic ridge and has a production capacity of 303 MW. The second is to the resource park of Reykjanes, where there is a plant with a capacity of about 100 MW.

The Harpa, Concert Hall and Conference Centre is the venue for the conference in Reykjavík. Events like this one are important, because geothermal energy doesn’t get as much press as solar and wind, though it is a more reliable form of energy. In some countries, geothermal potential is high, but there seems to be a hesitancy to explore and develop it, like in Japan where geothermal could replace many nuclear reactors.

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