IGC Invest Geothermal – first program details – Early Bird until 20 Feb. 2019

IGC Invest Geothermal – first program details – Early Bird until 20 Feb. 2019 Hotel Villa Kennedy, Frankfurt/ Germany (source: Chivista , commons/ wikimedia)
Alexander Richter 19 Feb 2019

The 2nd IGC Invest Geothermal - Geothermal Finance & Investment Forum - taking place 28 March 2019 has released first details of its program and points to the early bird registration deadline of 20 February 2019.

The early bird rates for the 2nd IGC Invest Geothermal – Geothermal Finance & Investment Forum – are available until tomorrow, February 20, 2019.

IGC Invest Geothermal will take place in the renowned Villa Kennedy Hotel in Frankfurt, one of the largest and most influential financial centres in Europe on 28 March 2019.

The event has established itself as an important networking platform for geothermal developers, industry leaders and international investors, including private equity, infra-structure, debt, institutional investors and public equity funds, as well as public funding partners and institutions.

First speakers have been announced on the event’s website at

Confirmed speakers come from the United Downs Deep Geothermal Project in Cornwall/ UK, KfW, Rabobank, MGX Minerals and others. The latter two will be talking about financing in the context of greenhouse operations and geotheraml, the extraction of lithium from geothermal brine and the overall diversification beyond electricity production.

Last week, Rödl & Partner became again key partner of the event and will talk among others about the legal aspects of geothermal development in different countries.

The event is organised by – a joint venture by ThinkGeoEnergy and Enerchange.

Register via the website and take advantage of the early bird price of EUR 550 until February 20, 2019.

Further details about the program and speakers will be published this week.

Program Draft:

Pre-Conference Icebreaker Event – 27 March 2019

Details to come

Conference Day – 28 March 2019

8:00 – 8:45 Welcome at the Breakfast Session
Opening & Status Overview of Global Geothermal Development
Keynote presentation – Legal & Risk in Geothermal Development

9:00 – 10:30 Session I Investing into Early Geothermal Development – The equity side
The early stage of geothermal project development is the most critical phase, with high risks and high investment. Experts from Geothermal Developers and will speak about their experience and discuss risk management and financing of geothermal projects.

11:00 – 12:30 Session II – Structure of Geothermal Financing & Program Support
Over the past years, geothermal development financing has seen various models being developed. Within this session some of these models re introduced and the role of funding programs and incentives discussed by Investors, Donors and Developers.

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 15:30 Session III – Development Approaches to improve Project & Financial Success
Project developers are faced with significant challenges obtaining affordable capital, because investors (debt or equity) are uncomfortable with the risk and the price for external capital is too high for the project to be viable. With larger scaled projects, based on phased PPAs or modular plant developments, i.e. using well head generators, solutions will be introduced and discussed with power plant engineers, developers, operators and investors.

15:30 – 16:00 Coffee

16:00 – 17:30 Session IV – Beyond Electricity – Diversifying the Investment
Electricity generation has been the most prominent target of geothermal project development, however further opportunities for geothermal energy utilisation exist to make projects more profitable. To use geothermal heat directly is an obvious choice, but with the summer periods a gap exists in the business case. Another – upcoming topic is the extraction of minerals from geothermal brines. The session will discuss the multiple usage of geothermal energy.

17:30 – 18:30 Round Up Discussion
With the various features of geothermal energy and the possibilities to finance introduced during the day, this discussion round will draw conclusions on financing geothermal development and the instruments to accelerate project development and technological advancements.

19:00 Business Dinner
For sponsors, speakers and selected guests – local restaurant with regional cuisine.