U.S., Iceland Team On Geothermal Power

In good news for renewable energy internationally, the United States and Iceland recently signed an agreement that will allow for the joint development of geothermal energy and technologies. The new agreement, entitled “Scientific and Technological Cooperation on Geothermal Research and Development,” will allow for an exchange of researchers, joint projects, and education initiatives between the two countries in order to accelerate advanced geothermal development, and to identify key obstacles to increasing use of this renewable energy resource.

This bilateral agreement was signed during a week of international meetings on geothermal energy in Reykjavik, Iceland. These meetings saw representatives from nations across the globe–including Australia, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Netherlands, Norway, Republic of Korea, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, and the United States–engage in working group sessions to (1) help facilitate the development of advanced, cost-effective geothermal technologies, (2) increase the availability of these technologies internationally, and (3) identify and address wider issues relating to geothermal energy.

Louisiana Geothermal

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As part of the geothermal festivities, the International Partnership for Geothermal Technology (IPGT) also hosted meetings in Iceland, and was happy to welcome Switzerland as its fourth and newest member country. The IPGT was chartered in 2008 by the U.S. Department of Energy, the Australian Ministry of Resources, Energy and Tourism, and the Icelandic Ministry of Industry, Energy, and Tourism, and focuses on cutting-edge geothermal technology. Switzerland is expected to bring its technical knowledge in induced seismicity to the table, a new topic to be added to the six existing, high-priority areas identified by IPGT as crucial to the development of the geothermal industries in each country.

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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.

    • thomas

      CleanEdison now offers training for geothermal to try to get the U.S on board with progressive alternative energy. geothermal energy is great because no one even knows it’s there

    • brian

      accepting geothermal as a viable renewable resource is step 1. it doesn’t get the attention that solar and wind get, but it is completely silent and hidden from neighbors. I think that makes it better than solar and wind, as long as it is just as productive (which it is) and you’re right, i just read the press release: http://www.cleanedison.com/press-releases/cleanedison-offers-new-geothermal-training.html