Geothermal Energy Conference GeoEnergy 21
September 1.-2. Online conference.
The impact and awareness of geothermal as a renewal heat and power resource is growing globally. According to the 2019 EGEC geothermal market report, geothermal development has had a lower growth than expected for the last decade, due to both legislative, technological, and business challenges, but the EGEC president Miklos Antics expects the current decade to be the geothermal decade. CGER is also now experiencing an increasing number of requests for information on geothermal activities and potential in Norway.
Traditional geothermal heat pumps and geothermal heat storage will remain central in Norwegian exploitation, but new markets are now being investigated, such as geothermal electricity production on Svalbard, deep sea, and through exploitation of oil and gas infrastructure on the continental shelf. Learnings from Sweden, currently taking the lead in Europe in the geothermal heat pump sector, and building on competency in geothermal electricity production in Iceland and Finland, will be key to assessing and exploiting potential in these areas in Norway. International collaboration, through such programs as Horizon Europe and ERA, will also further development in Norway. The ongoing revision of the Energy21 strategy under the Norwegian Oil and Energy ministry will determine policy on renewable energy, and therefore be central to geothermal research and innovation in Norway moving ahead.
This year's conference will focus on creating a better understanding of how geothermal fits into the Norwegian energy budget and economy, thereby contributing to a sustainable development of geothermal as a renewable energy resource in Norway, through a national effort and through collaboration with expertise and knowhow internationally. Virtual networking will be facilitated in the breaks, enabling follow up of talks, following up with existing contacts and establishing new ones. We aim to do our utmost to make this a relevant and rewarding conference despite the current covid19 situation.
Keynote titles are tentative and subject to revision.
Registration information soon to be published.
GEOTHERMAL ENERGY IN NORWAY AS A LOW EMISSION SOCIETY - STRATEGY AND NEEDS
Wednesday September 1st, 0910-0940
STATUS ON GEOTHERMAL EXPLOITATION AND MARKET OPPORTUNITIES IN NORWAY
Thursday September 2nd, 0910-0940
SESSION 1. POWER PRODUCTION
Wednesday September 1. 0940 - 1110
Session 1 will focus on geothermal electricity production, covering potential and initiatives in Norway, including Svalbard and the Norwegian Continental Shelf, including repurposing of oil and gas wells. The session will also cover relevant activities in northern Europe, such as geothermal electricity production in Iceland and deep drilling for power production in Finland, from which learnings can be important for development in Norway.
SESSION 2. INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATION
Wednesday September 1. 1200-1330
Session 2 will focus on international collaboration within geothermal, providing an overview of possibilities for both industry and research collaboration with Europe and beyond, also covering development cases. Such collaboration and the related competency building are important for strengthening efforts in Norway. The session will also focus on how the benefits of geothermal development can be strengthened through combination with other green technology development, such as carbon capture and storage.
SESSION 3. HEAT PUMPS AND DISTRICT HEATING
Thursday September 2. 0940-1110
Heat pumps and district heating are the building blocks of geothermal heating and cooling, with as much potential in Norway as in our neighbouring countries. Examples are provided of development in Sweden, a leader in heat pump application for domestic heating and cooling, and Denmark, a country more comparable to Norway. These presentations are subsequently complemented by national strategies and perceived potential in Norway.
SESSION 4. HEAT STORAGE AND ENERGY SYSTEMS
Thursday September 2. 1200-1330
For current development in Norway, an energy systems approach is the most viable for geothermal development. This session covers general energy systems including ground heat storage, building energy systems and case examples.
- Fionn Iversen, NORCE. Program Chair
- Ranveig Nygaard Bjørk, NORCE
- Sæunn Halldorsdottir, UiB
- Jan Atle Andresen, Huismann
- Christian von der Ohe, GCE NODE
- Torbjørn Vrålstad, SINTEF