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GEA’s next sponsored geothermal energy event! 

Check out the Geothermal Energy Track and Geothermal Energy Pre-conference Workshop at the:

Renewable Energy World North America Conference and Expo

February 14–16, 2012                Long Beach CA             Long Beach Convention Center

Over 5000 people are expected to attend the 2012 Renewable Energy World North America Conference and Expo, taking place February 14-16 in Long Beach, California — register now!  The conference and expo audience are often getting their first glimpse into the facets of renewable energy, or are involved in other energy sectors and are looking to expand.  Check out the featured renewables, schedule, floor plan, and more, and register at the official event Web site:

For the past three years, GEA has stepped up its involvement in the annual event.  We are on the planning committee, facilitating a pre-conference workshop, co-chairing the geothermal sessions, and exhibiting on the Expo floor, so come say hi!  Questions/Contact:

Who will be exhibiting?  Equipment Manufacturers, Finance Providers & Investment Institutions, Research & Development Companies, Component Equipment Suppliers, Interconnection Companies, Project Developers & Operators, Law Firms, Builders & Architects, NGOs, Associations, Construction & Rigging Companies, Insurance Companies, Consulting Companies, and more!

Geothermal Track Sessions

The 2012 Geothermal Track will highlight prepared papers and presentations in three areas: 

Geothermal Plant Systems and Technology:  Session 2A, Wednesday, 02/15/2012 1:30PM - 3:00PM, Room 203B -- Geothermal energy’s benefit as a baseload renewable resource as well as a geologically-derived resource means it offers innovative opportunities for applications that expand baseload utility-scale power development, increase resources conversion efficiency, and offer more dynamic load support to the utilities.  Chair: Behrooz Ershaghi, Atlas Copco Mafi-Trench; Co-chair: Karl Gawell, GEA

·         Halley Dickey, TAS Energy, A New High Efficiency Binary Expander Design:  Low Temperature Geothermal Application Bottoming Beowawe Geothermal Flash Plant

·         Josh Nordquist, Ormat Technologies, Insight and Lessons Learned from Ormat’s Developing and Operating Experiences

·         Harvey Wen, Bechtel Power Corp., Thermal Fluid Power Cycles for Renewables

·         Gary Zyhowski, Honeywell, Taking the Temperature of Fluorocarbon Working Fluids for Organic Rankine Cycle Applications

·         Mike Ronzello, Pratt and Whitney Power Systems, Design Optimization and Technical Considerations for Binary Geothermal Power Plants

Geothermal Policy and Economics:  Session 2B, Wednesday, 02/15/2012 3:30PM - 5:00PM , Room 203B -- Geothermal energy has been gaining momentum since 2006, when Federal and State Government began revitalizing Geothermal and other Renewable policies.  This panel discussion explores what has been done, and what still needs to happen, in the US Geothermal marketplace.  Chair: Leslie Blodgett, GEA; Co-chair: Behrooz Ershaghi, Atlas Copco Mafi-Trench

·         Karl Gawell, Geothermal Energy Association, Geothermal Energy Market in the U.S.

·         John McCaull, Geothermal Energy Association, Geothermal Policy in California

·         John McIlveen, Jacob Securities Inc., A Geothermal Incentive Design

·         Halley Dickey, TAS Energy, Geothermal Resource Sustainability Through Innovative Air Cooled Combined Cycle Hybrids

Geothermal Energy and Waste Heat Recovery:  Session 2C, Thursday, 02/16/2012 9:30AM -11:00AM , Room 203B -- Waste Heat recovery is used in energy development, from geothermal manufacturing to oil and gas processing, and is a largely unknown form of emissions-free energy.  Like traditional renewables, it is equal to hundreds of megawatts from heat currently wasting into thin air, just waiting to be developed.  Chair: Halley Dickey, TAS Energy; Co-chair: Karl Gawell, GEA

·         A.Scott Weber, University of Buffalo, Efficiency Modeling of a Ground Heat Exchanger with Recycled Tire Aggregates in a Finite Difference

·         Bruno Vanslambrouck, HOWEST, University College of West Flanders, Efficiency Comparison Between the Steam Cycle and the Organic Rankine Cycle for Small Scale Power Generation

·         Joe Lillard, Atlas Copco Mafi-Trench, Design and Optimization of a 2-MW Waste Heat Recovery Organic Rankine Cycle Power Plant

·         Kelsey Walker, TAS Energy, Waste Heat Recovery

The Geothermal Track sessions are included when you register: 

Pre-conference Workshop

Available as part of the pre-conference workshop series, GEA and a team of instructors will provide a half-day, 101-style introduction to “Geothermal Energy in California and Beyond.”  Attendees can earn Professional Development Hours!  This course discusses key aspects of geothermal energy development in California and the technologies used there and at other conventional geothermal development sites around the world.  The subject material is targeted at business managers interested in developing their own conventional (hydrothermal) geothermal projects, students, energy analysts, and others interested in geothermal energy.

Course highlights:

·         Politics and Outlook of Geothermal Market in 2012  

·         Understanding a Geothermal Resource and What You Can Do With It

·         Conventional Engineering and Drilling Technologies

·         Geothermal Energy in Southern California

·         BBusiness and Economics of Geothermal Development and Operations

Instructor bios:

Louis Capuano, Jr., founded ThermaSource, Inc., a complete geothermal service company in 1980 and now serves as the Chairman of the Board.   He has served on the Board of Directors of the Geothermal Resources Council since 1990 and of the Geothermal Energy Association for ten years, and has presented at numerous workshops and seminars.  He moved to The Geysers in 1974 for Signal Oil and Gas and later worked as drilling manager of Thermogenics.  He earned a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering from USL.

Karl Gawell has been with the GEA since 1997 and previously worked for AWEA.  He has held senior positions in several national environmental organizations, positions in the U.S. Congress, and advisory roles to national organizations. He has a BSFS from Georgetown U and has published papers and articles on energy and environmental policy, testified before Committees of the U.S. House and Senate, and appeared on national television and radio shows.

John McKinsey chairs the robust Geothermal Energy practice at Stoel Rives, LLP and serves on the Board of the Geothermal Energy Association.  McKinsey’s experience focuses on geothermal energy development and the transactions and permits and approvals necessary to deliver geothermal electricity to the grid.  He closely monitors western U.S. energy policy and regulation and advises clients on the issues and strategies of energy resource development and management. 

Maria Richards coordinates the SMU Geothermal Laboratory, which focuses on resource research, including: the 2006 Future of Geothermal Energy, the Geothermal Map of North America, Texas Geothermal Resource Assessment, and the National Geothermal Data System.  SShe has an M.S. in Physical Geography from UT, Knoxville and is currently a Board Member of the Geothermal Resources Council.

Sign up for this workshop when you register for the conference.span style="mso-spacerun:yes">  Go to  In the registration options select: COMPETITIVE POWER COLLEGE (CPC) PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP 201 GEOTHERMAL ENERGY IN CALIFORNIA; Date: February 14; Time: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM; Room: 203C; Registration Fee: $375.00, includes workshop materials, certificate of completion and coffee break.

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