IGA announces winners of 2015 Geothermal Research Awards

Announcement of IGA Research Awards nominations at WGC2015 (source: ThinkGeoEnergy)
Alexander Richter 2 Sep 2015

The International Geothermal Association has announced the winners of the Geothermal Research Awards for 2015 for Best Paper and Ph.D. Student Research Grants.

In a statement this week, the International Geothermal Association (IGA) announced the winners of the research awards for 2015. IGA congratulates the winners of this year and would like to encourage more nominations and applications for future years. Thanks are also extended to colleagues who kindly offered the nominations and those who prepared recommendation letters for the PhD students.

IGA Best Paper Award 2015

The IGA Best Paper Award for 2015 goes to the following papers (with equal merits).

  1. An integrated “Reservoir-Plant” strategy for a sustainable and efficient use of geothermal resources, Energy, 2012
    by: Alessandro Franco and Maurizio Vaccaro
  2. Strategic optimization of borehole heat exchanger field for seasonal geothermal heating and cooling, Applied Energy, 2014 by: Peter Bayer
  3. Interpretation of ground surface changes prior to the 2010 large eruption of Merapi volcano using ALOS/PALSAR, ASTER TIR and gas emission data, Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research,2013, by: Asep Saepuloh, Minoru Urai, Nurnaning Aisyah, Sunarta, Christina Widiwijayanti, Subandriyo, Philippe Jousset

IGA PhD Student Research Grant 2015

The successful grant applications for 2015 are the following two students:

  • Philipp Mielke, a PhD candidate from Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany. His work is about thermo-physical properties of rocks as influenced by mineral alterations, with field work in New Zealand. He has asked for support in purchasing laboratory devices and consumables for his experiments. He is entitled for a grant of not more than 1,500US dollars.
  • Mohsen Bazargan, a PhD student from Royal Holloway University of London, UK. He works on mechanical aspects of hydro-fracturing for Enhanced Geothermal Systems. He has asked for financial support to purchase license of commercial software for his numerical modeling study. He is entitled for a grant of not more than 3,000US dollars.