Events

2nd High-Level Conference of the Global Geothermal Alliance - Geothermal, Driving the Energy Transition for Fostering Sustainable Development and Climate Action29 September – 1 October 2022 in San Salvador, El Salvador

The second high-level conference of the Global Geothermal Alliance (GGA) took place on 29 September – 1 October 2022 in San Salvador, El Salvador. The conference was attended by over 120 high-level representatives from governments, intergovernmental bodies, non-governmental institutions, and the private sector. The main outcome of the conference, the ‘San Salvador Declaration’, reaffirms the political commitment of member countries of the GGA to promote and scale up geothermal development worldwide.

In the framework of the conference, IRENA organised organize two side events to promote Geothermal as an integral energy solution in SIDS and a capacity building on Powering agri-food value chains with geothermal heat with a focus on Latin America.

Agenda, presentations, pictures, and video highlights of the conference are available here.

  • 23 June – 29 September 2022 | Virtual

    Powering Agri-food Value Chains with Geothermal Heat

    In the framework of the Global Geothermal Alliance, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) organised a series of webinars and workshops to share experiences, global best practices, and tools and methodologies for supporting the accelerated deployment of geothermal heat in the agri-food sector. The events built on IRENA’s guidebook for policymakers on  Powering Agri-food Value Chains with Geothermal Heat and the Agency’s flagship publication on  Renewable Energy for Agri-food Systems.


    Pre-ARGeo C-9 Conference Training Course: 1-2 November 2022, Djibouti, Djibouti

    During the 9th African Rift Geothermal Conference (ARGeo C-9) held in Djibouti, IRENA and UNEP co-organised a training programme titled “Powering Agri-food value chains with geothermal heat to enhance food security and climate action” The training programme covered four main topics:

    - Mapping of geothermal energy resources and co-location with heating demand
    - Technology, Project Development and Financing
    - Enabling policies and regulations and cross-sectoral coordination
    - Capacity building, awareness creations, sustainability and innovation

    See the agenda here.

    Presentations:

    Introduction

    - Overview of geothermal agri-food applications – opportunities and benefits – Jack Kiruja, Associate Programme Officer for Geothermal Energy, IRENA
    - Leveraging Renewable Energy in the Agri-food Industry –Manas Puri, UN FAO

     

    Geothermal Resources for Agri-food applications and Demand for energy

    - Geothermal Resource and Demand Mapping – Jack Kiruja, Associate Programme Officer for Geothermal Energy, IRENA
    - Geothermal resources for agri-food applications in Africa – Direct Use Technical Guide – Meseret Teklemariam, Program Manager for Africa Rift Geothermal Development Programme (ARGeo) and Regional Energy Program Manager for Africa, UNEP

     

    Technology and Project Development

    - Direct use project set up, business models, and financing options – Jack Kiruja, Associate Programme Officer for Geothermal Energy, IRENA
    - Technological considerations in establishing direct use projects-- Jacques Varet, President, SARL Geo2D
    - An approach to develop direct use projects – from concept to commercialization –Martha Mburu, Manager, Geothermal Development Company
    - Direct use possibilities in Africa - Martha Mburu, Manager, Geothermal Development Company

     

    Capacity Building, Awareness Creations, Sustainability and Innovation

    - Addressing knowledge gaps -- Jack Kiruja, Associate Programme Officer for Geothermal Energy, IRENA
    - Building capacity for direct use through Technical Assistance -- Meseret Teklemariam, Program Manager for Africa Rift Geothermal Development Programme (ARGeo) and Regional Energy Program Manager for Africa, UNEP

     

    Enabling Policies, Regulations, Financing

    - Enabling framework conditions for geothermal agri-food applications -- Jack Kiruja, Associate Programme Officer for Geothermal Energy, IRENA
    - Establishing regulatory framework for direct use deployment – Michelle Ramirez Bueno, Geothermal consultant and WING country representative, Mexico
    - Alignment of cross sectoral policies to support direct use deployment – Geothermal Energy Park concept – Peketsa Mangi, General Manager, Geothermal Development, KenGen PLC
    - De-risking geothermal resources for direct use (agri-food) applications - Johannes Stollenwerk, GRMF Technical Consultant

     

    Latin-America Workshop: 29 September 2022, San Salvador, El Salvador

    The workshop was organised in collaboration with the Government of El Salvador through the Rio Lempa Hydroelectric Executive Commission (CEL)

    Presentations:

    - Powering Agri-food Value Chains with Geothermal Heat
    - Prototypes of Direct Uses in El Salvador
    - Geothermal Food Dehydrator Mexico

    Agenda and photos are available here.

     

    Africa Webinar: 19 July 2022

    The webinar was organised in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Programme

    Presentations and recording are available  here.

    Global Webinar: 23 June 2022

    The webinar was organised in collaboration with the International Geothermal Association and the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation. Presentations and recording available here.

  • 20 May – 03 June 2022 | Virtual

    Renewable Energy Solutions for District Heating in Mongolia

    In the framework of IRENA’s support to Mongolia for the development of a Strategic Heating and Cooling Plan (SHCP), the Agency, organised capacity building workshops to share global best practices for the development of renewable based district heating systems, with the Mongolian stakeholders.

    Workshop 1: 20 May 2022

    Strategic heating and cooling planning.

    Presentations and recording available here.

    Workshop 2: 3 June 2022

    Enabling framework conditions and addressing technical barriers

    Presentations and recording available here.

  • 23 September 2021 |

    Geothermal District Heating and Cooling

    In the framework of the International Conference on Smart Energy Systems, and under the umbrella of the Global Geothermal Alliance (GGA), the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) wishes to collaborate with the European Geothermal Energy Council (EGEC) to co-organise a virtual event to promote the deployment of geothermal energy for heating and cooling. The event will promote the development of district energy networks as a means to increase the share of renewables, including geothermal energy in the heating of building and the supply of domestic hot water. It will facilitate sharing of experiences and best practices as well as highlighting supportive tools, methodologies and options.

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