Geothermal Energy Association (GEA) Announces its GEA Honors 2014 Winners
The Geothermal Energy Association has announced its winners for the 2014 GEA honors. The honors recognize companies, projects, and individuals who are exemplars and leaders in the geothermal industry.
There awards were selected in three categories: Environmental Stewardship, Technological Advancement, and Economic Development. There are also special recognitions for outstanding achievement within the industry.
In the Environmental Stewardship category, the award went to the Salton Sea Restoration & Renewable Energy Initiative. The initiative is a partnership between California’s Imperial Irrigation District and Imperial County and will focus on developing 1,700 MW of new geothermal at the Salton Sea, which is enough to power more than 1,000,000 homes.
In the Technological Advancement category, there were three companies receiving awards: Baker Hughes, Power Engineers, and Ormat Technologies. Baker Hughes is known for their PYRO-DRILL technology, which makes well drilling much more efficient. Power Engineers has a global portfolio, tackling projects from Turkey to Iceland. Ormat Technologies’ Geothermal Combined Cycle Units (GCCU) is highly efficient and requires less maintenance.
In the Economic Development Category, U.S.-based Dewhurst Group was recognized for its significant contributions to the development of geothermal on a local, regional, and national scale.
Those receiving special recognition this year are Mono County Board of Supervisors, AltaRock nergy Inc., The National Geothermal Data System (NGDS), Bill Price at Enel Green Power North America, Dita Bronicki at Ormat Technologies, President of the Imperial Irrigation District Board of Directors James C. Hanks, and Greg Mines, Hillary Hanson, and Rachel Wood at the Idaho National Laboratory.
The awards will be presented at the fourth-annual National Geothermal Summit in Reno, Nevada, August 5 and 6.
“Geothermal power is a clean, affordable renewable energy resource, but for the industry to achieve its potential, state and federal policies must line up with industry needs,” GEA Executive Director Karl Gawell said. “By stimulating dialogue on critical issues, the Summit hopes to make a difference in the industry’s future.”
HyNet North West and InterGen to build Zero Carbon plant
Expected to begin in the mid-2020s, the partnership could reduce the CO2 emissions from the Runcorn power station by over 150,000 tonnes each year, the equivalent of taking 60,000 cars off the road every year.
Situated across one of the UK’s largest industrial areas which supports the highest number of manufacturing jobs of any UK region, HyNet North West will bring clean growth to safeguard jobs, and create thousands of new employment opportunities.
Following a commitment of £72 million in funding, HyNet North West will transform the North West into the world’s first low carbon industrial cluster, playing a critical role in the UK’s transition to ‘net zero’ greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and the global fight against climate change.
HyNet North West will begin decarbonising the North West and North Wales region from 2025, replacing fossil fuels currently used for electricity generation, industry, heating homes and transportation with clean hydrogen. The project will also capture and lock up carbon which is currently emitted into the atmosphere.
It anticipates that by 2028, Rocksavage will have enough hydrogen produced by HyNet to move towards a 100% net zero power generation power station as the Gas Turbine technology becomes available.
InterGen’s Rocksavage Plant Manager Dan Fosberg said Rocksavage has been safely generating energy to power the north west for nearly 25 years, but in order to meet the UK’s net zero targets, traditional generation needs to adapt.
"HyNet North West will allow us to pivot our operations as we transition to a low-carbon world. The proximity of the Rocksavage Power Plant to the HyNet North West hydrogen network provides us with an exciting and unique opportunity," he said.
As soon as the first stage of the hydrogen network is available at Runcorn, InterGen intends to modify the existing generating plant to consume a blend of hydrogen with natural gas and start to reduce our emissions.
The HyNet North West project milestones mean that Rocksavage could be the first plant in the UK to blend Hydrogen with natural gas, a step forward for the industry in the target for net-zero. Once the gas turbine technology becomes available, it will explore options with HyNet North West to create a zero emissions power station using 100% hydrogen.
The project will play a big part in supporting Liverpool City Region in its commitment to reach zero carbon by 2040 and accelerate the UK’s transition to net zero by 2050.
Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of Liverpool City Region, said: “Putting the Liverpool City Region at the heart of the Green Industrial Revolution is one of my top priorities. With our existing strengths in green energy, we have the potential to become the UK’s renewable energy coast.
“I am committed to doubling the number of green jobs in our region and exciting projects like HyNet will be a key part of that. We’re going to lead the way, not only in doing our bit to tackle climate change, but in pioneering new and innovative technology that in turn attracts more jobs and investment to our region.”
David Parkin, HyNet North West Project Director, said HyNet North West will play a big part in tackling climate change regionally. "It will ensure the region remains an attractive location for investment and for companies to grow through the establishment of a clean economy, protection of skilled jobs and creation of thousands of new long-term employment opportunities.
“Our partnership with InterGen at Rocksavage shows just how great an impact HyNet will have on the region – decarbonising homes, workplaces, travel and industry.”
HyNet North West is a low carbon energy project at the forefront of the UK’s journey to a Net Zero future, being developed by a consortium comprising Progressive Energy, Cadent, Essar, Inovyn, Eni, University of Chester, CF Fertilisers and Hanson.