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International Geothermal Association launches the IGA Academy

Prof. Bracke and Prof. Horne launching the IGA Academy
Alexander Richter 15 Nov 2013

The International Geothermal Association (IGA) officially launches the IGA Academy, a geothermal learning center at the headquarters of the IGA in the International Geothermal Centre Bochum (GZB) in Germany.

Last night, the International Geothermal Association (IGA) officially launched the IGA Academy, a geothermal learning center at the headquarters of the IGA in the International Geothermal Centre Bochum (GZB) in Germany, managed by the IGA Service GmbH. About 100 international guests from academic institutions, industry and politics were present.

With its distinguished global approach offering training courses of different focus and depth at existing international geothermal training institutes and universities, local expertise and specialized equipment, infrastructure and site characteristics will be used.

In the long term, the IGA Academy will develop into a global partnership of accredited, certified universities and research institutions with site?specific training courses. Certification is carried out by the IGA and the accredited partner institutions. Courses of different lengths and depth are envisaged to be given over the full spectrum of the geothermal energy systems subjects.

The IGA Academy is an institution of the International Geothermal Association (IGA) with the aim of promoting international education and training in the geothermal energy sector. The head office in Bochum coordinates training measures, which are conducted both at the location in Bochum, as well as at other international learning centers. In the long run, the Academy shall develop into a global network of partnering accredited, certified universities and research institutions with site-specific training courses. Courses of different lengths and intensity are envisaged to be given on the full spectrum along the geothermal energy systems value chain. For this technical facilities in Bochum and at other geothermal institutions elsewhere in the world are to be used. Certification is carried out by the IGA and the accredited partner institutions. The contents of training courses include the following topics, which are initially offered in 1-week or 2-week courses:

  • Drilling technologies for geothermal wells
  • District heating systems
  • Geothermal heat pump technologies
  • Power plant technologies (low, medium and high temperature)
  • Reservoir Engineering & Reservoir Modeling
  • Hydrochemistry / Geochemistry
  • Numeric modeling for heat and fluid transfer
  • Project management and financing
  • Regulatory framework conditions
  • 3 level drilling course (for example W120 standard)
  • (Enhanced) Geothermal Response Tests
  • Power plant technologies (high temperature or binary)
  • Reservoir development and reservoir monitoring

Source: IGA press release by email and IGA Academy Website