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Four exciting field trips as part of Geothermal Resources Council Annual Meeting, Sept. 14/ Sept 18-19

Navy I geothermal power plant near Coso Hot Springs, California (source: J.L. Renner, INL, via DOE, EERE)
Alexander Richter 26 Aug 2019

Four exciting field trips as part of the GRC Annual Meeting provide an excellent opportunity to explore geothermal features in California. Make sure to register timely.

Spaces are filling up fast for these popular excursions from the GRC Annual Meeting & Expo in Palm Springs, California, USA. Don’t forget to register if you want to join.

In addition to the main event of the GRC Annual Meeting & Expo taking place September 15-18, 2019, there will be a grand total of four fieldtrips before and after the conference.

Just before the start of the conference two half-day trips will offer a chance to relax and enjoy the fantastic scenery and culture of the Palm Springs area. On Saturday, a three hour off-road ride in a Jeep will take you into the California Desert, along the San Andreas fault-zone through slot canyons and a natural palm oasis. On Sunday morning, a two-mile hike into the Palm Canyon will visit a special place for the Agua Caliente (Hot Water) Band of Cahuilla Indians among the trees in a beautiful palm oasis.

  • Saturday, September 14 (half day) – San Andreas Fault Jeep Tour
  • Sunday, September 14 (half day) – Palm Canyon Hiking Tour

Just after the end of the GRC Annual Meeting & Expo on September 18, a two-day fieldtrip will take advantage of a rare opportunity to explore operations, volcanic geology and hydrothermal features of the Coso geothermal facility located at the China Lake Naval Air Warfare Station, California. This tour will also include a visit to GreenFire Energy’s experimental project demonstrating closed-loop geothermal power production technology using both water and supercritical CO2 as working fluids.

  • Wednesday-Thursday, September 18-19 (two days – Imperial Valley

Also departing on Wednesday, September 18 another two-day fieldtrip will visit the Imperial Valley, home to the world renowned Salton Sea geothermal field. In addition to stops at the John L. Featherstone and Heber geothermal power plants, there will also be up-close observations of quaternary volcanoes, mud volcanoes, hot springs and an actively spreading mud pot! The valley has become a significant hot spot for renewable energy – with production from geothermal, solar, wind and biofuel – and possibly soon to be one of the most important regions for lithium mining.

  • Wednesday-Thursday, September 18-19 – Coso Geothermal Operations and GreenFire Energy’s Loop Demonstration Plant

More information on the fieldtrips, including more detailed itinerary and cost, can be found on the GRC Website at https://geothermal.org.

Source: GRC (pdf)