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September 22, 2021
GNG Programme: End of Year Two
We are two years into this five year research programme - here's a quick list of highlights from the last year or so.
September 15, 2021
2021 CHARGE Finalist - World's Best Energy Advocates Brand
Geothermal: The Next Generation is a finalist in the 2021 CHARGE Energy Branding Awards!
September 8, 2021
Modelling Geothermal Systems
Learn how we visualise and model the subsurface environment to understand and simulate underground processes.
Andrew Rae & Peter Johnson
September 1, 2021
What is a Geothermal Reservoir?
Learn what a geothermal reservoir is and what makes a supercritical geothermal system different.
August 25, 2021
Our Team Values
Our research team developed five principles for working together, and we thought we'd share them here with you.
August 18, 2021
Influencing Resource Management Reform
Aotearoa New Zealand’s resource management legislation is changing, and we can have a voice in designing future legislation.
August 11, 2021
Exploring for Geothermal Resources
Learn about how to “see” beneath the surface and measure properties of the deep underground to understand the conditions there.
August 4, 2021
Changing how we Communicate Geothermal Energy
Learn about how the geothermal community can message geothermal energy to make it positive and simple.
July 28, 2021
Geothermal: Key to a Carbon Neutral Future
The geothermal industry is key to realising Aotearoa New Zealand's aspiration for a carbon neutral future. Watch this cool video that explains why.
July 21, 2021
GNG is Doing Things Differently
We have a strong focus on science, engagement, science communication and capability building - find out why.
July 14, 2021
Magnetotellurics: Imaging the Earth’s Crust
Learn about how GNG researchers are using magnetotellurics (MT) to image the Earth’s crust to look for supercritical geothermal resources.
July 7, 2021
Introducing Craig Miller, Volcano Geophysicist, GNS Science.
June 30, 2021
Why Supercritical for New Zealand?
GNG Programme Leader, Isabelle Chambefort, shares her vision for why supercritical geothermal is important for Aotearoa New Zealand's energy future.
June 23, 2021
What can Geothermal Energy be Used For?
Uses for geothermal energy depend on the fluid temperature. Bathing, horticulture, tourism, industrial processes, electricity generation...and more.
June 16, 2021
Upcoming Seminar: Geothermal in a Low Carbon Future
This year’s NZGA winter seminar is focussed on carbon dioxide management, and occurs during a week of geothermal activities in Taupō.
June 9, 2021
The Current Planning Framework for Geothermal Development
A new report summarising planning and regulatory framework for geothermal resources in Aotearoa New Zealand.
June 4, 2021
NZ's Pathway to Supercritical
Supercritical Geothermal: What is it? Why is it important for Aotearoa? And four Big Questions to be answered...
May 31, 2021
International Supercritical Projects at the World Geothermal Congress 2021
A collation of papers from the 2020+1 World Geothermal Congress related to international supercritical research and deep drilling projects.
May 26, 2021
The Next Generation
What does 'next generation' mean for our supercritical research, and for the future of geothermal energy in Aotearoa New Zealand?
May 21, 2021
Introducing Brian Carey, Geothermal Specialist, GNS Science.
May 17, 2021
CarbFix turns Carbon Dioxide into Stone
Edda Sif Pind Aradóttir explains how the CarbFix technology is turning carbon dioxide into stone.
May 12, 2021
Eruption Risks from Covert Silicic Magma Bodies
This paper, lead-authored by Shane Rooyakkers, discusses hazards associated with hidden pockets of shallow magma from recent geothermal drilling projects.
May 7, 2021
Supercritical is NOT Magma
The target for deeper drilling in New Zealand is supercritical fluids. It is not magmatic fluids, and is definitely not magma. Find out why...
May 3, 2021
Introducing Lucjan Sajkowski, Hydrothermal Geochemist, GNS Science.
April 28, 2021
Seismic Tomography: a cat scan of the Earth
Learn about how GNG researchers are using seismic tomography to help delineate New Zealand’s supercritical geothermal resources.
April 21, 2021
Geological Controls on Geothermal Resources for Power Generation
This recent publication focussed on the geological aspect controlling success in geothermal well targeting in geothermal systems.
Egbert Jolie & Isabelle Chambefort
April 14, 2021
New Approaches for Reducing Carbon Emissions
Hólmfríður Sigurðardóttir shares an update on a new carbon capture and injection technology for geothermal developments.
April 9, 2021
Introducing Shane Rooyakkers, Geologist, Victoria University of Wellington.
April 5, 2021
Geothermal: Decarbonising New Zealand
What are the advantages of using low-carbon, renewable geothermal energy?
March 31, 2021
Sulfur in Supercritical Conditions
Learn about why GNG researchers are investigating sulfur chemistry in hydrothermal solutions at supercritical conditions.
March 24, 2021
Introducing Terry Seward, Hydrothermal Geochemist, GNS Science.
March 17, 2021
Introducing Jenny Barretto, Geophysicist, GNS Science.
March 10, 2021
What is the Taupō Volcanic Zone?
We talk about the "TVZ" a lot. What exactly is the Taupō Volcanic Zone?
March 3, 2021
Exploring Deep Basement Rocks…from the Surface
Find out how we explore and map fractures in rocks found more than four kilometres below the surface.
February 26, 2021
Introducing Laura Seelig, PhD Candidate, Victoria University of Wellington.
February 22, 2021
Fluids in Geothermal Systems
Read about a recent article on geothermal fluid chemistry published in Elements – An International Magazine of Mineralogy, Geochemistry, and Petrology.
Isabelle Chambefort and Andri Stefánsson
February 17, 2021
Supercritical: What the NZ Geothermal Community Wants to Know
A summary of feedback from the November 2020 workshop.
February 12, 2021
Introducing Ted Bertrand, Geophysicist, GNS Science.
February 8, 2021
Introducing Warwick Kissling, Numerical Modeller, GNS Science
February 3, 2021
Using Magnetics to Map Geothermal Resources
Learn about how GNG researchers are using magnetics to help delineate New Zealand’s supercritical geothermal resources.
January 29, 2021
Learning from Iceland's Supercritical Experience
Hidda Thorsteinsson shares her thoughts on how Iceland and New Zealand could share learnings in supercritical geothermal.
January 25, 2021
Introducing Eylem Kaya, Chemical Modeller, University of Auckland.
January 20, 2021
Introducing our International Advisory Group
The "Geothermal: The Next Generation" team warmly welcome our international advisory group members.
January 15, 2021
Introducing Thomas Driesner, Hydrothermal Geochemist, ETH Zurich.
January 11, 2021
Zero-carbon 2050: NZ Consultation
1 February - 14 March 2021: The NZ Climate Change Commission is seeking feedback on actions needed for New Zealand to reach net-zero by 2050.
January 8, 2021
Introducing Sadiq Zarrouk, Chemical Modeller, The University of Auckland.
January 4, 2021
The Curie Point Depth: where rocks lose their magnetisation
Explanation of a few key concepts to help you navigate the world of supercritical energy resources.
December 28, 2020
Water-Rock Interaction Geochemistry
What’s is water-rock interaction all about and why it is important to geothermal energy development?
December 22, 2020
Power Generation Scenarios for the Greater Waiotapu Geothermal System
This conference paper, co-authored by GNG team members, examines scenarios for geothermal production without affecting surface environments in connected fields.
December 16, 2020
Introducing Aroha Campbell, Kaitiaki Consultant, Upflow Ltd.
December 11, 2020
The Xenolith Hunters
How do we know what is going on in the deep crust? Our geologists went searching for xenoliths in Tongariro National Park to find out.
December 7, 2020
Consultation on NZ's Supercritical Strategy has begun
A workshop with members of the geothermal community has kick started development of a supercritical energy strategy for Aotearoa New Zealand.
December 2, 2020
Introducing Thierry Solms, PhD Candidate, ETH Zürich.
November 25, 2020
Permitting of Geothermal Resources in New Zealand
Find out what to consider when seeking approval for the New Zealand-based geothermal development.
November 20, 2020
Introducing Sarah Milicich, Geologist, GNS Science.
November 17, 2020
Te Tiriti o Waitangi in Action
A group of GNG team members learned about the Treaty of Waitangi, unconscious bias, institutionalised culture, and historic trauma.
November 13, 2020
Introducing Fabio Caratori-Tontini, Geophysicist, GNS Science.
November 11, 2020
How will New Zealand make Supercritical Energy Development a Reality?
Share your insights about New Zealand’s supercritical energy future at the 42nd New Zealand Geothermal Workshop.
November 3, 2020
Review of Reinjection in Geothermal Fields
This recent journal publication, co-authored by GNG team members, is a review and analysis of reinjection in geothermal reservoirs.
October 29, 2020
Introducing Cecile Massiot, Geologist, GNS Science.
October 23, 2020
The First GNG International Conference Presentation
We presented a paper at the Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) annual meeting, with a focus on stakeholder engagement and supercritical strategy development.
October 15, 2020
The Legend of Ngātoroirangi
This kōrero (legend narrative) tells how geothermal resources came to be in New Zealand’s Central North Island.
October 6, 2020
Introducing Peter Rendel, Experimental Geochemist, GNS Science.
September 25, 2020
Who are GNG’s Research Stakeholders?
GNG stakeholders will help to actualise a supercritical future in New Zealand.
September 17, 2020
Introducing Deborah Kissick, planner, Traverse Environmental.
September 10, 2020
Using Geothermal Heat for Higher Temperature Industrial Processes
Accessing hotter, deeper earth energy resources might open an opportunity to supply process heat for higher temperature industrial applications.
September 4, 2020
Introducing Stephen Bannister, seismologist, GNS Science.
August 20, 2020
Introducing Nick Mortimer, Geologist, GNS Science.
August 16, 2020
High Temperature & Pressure Experimental Geochemistry Laboratory
The specialist high temperature-pressure experimental geochemistry lab can simulate supercritical conditions.
August 8, 2020
Introducing Melissa Climo, research manager, Bridger Consulting.
July 29, 2020
What is Supercritical?
Explanations for a few key concepts to help you navigate the world of supercritical Earth energy resources.
July 23, 2020
Introducing Olivier Bachmann, Volcanologist, ETH Zurich.
July 17, 2020
The Geothermal Contribution to New Zealand’s Energy Scene
Geothermal energy is a sound contributor to New Zealand’s energy portfolio. Read on for the data.
July 15, 2020
Introducing Isabelle Chambefort, hydrothermal petrologist & programme leader, GNS Science.
July 9, 2020
Introducing Colin Wilson, Volcanologist, Victoria University of Wellington.
July 1, 2020
In the Beginning & In the News
A range of news articles accompanied the announcement of funding for the “Geothermal: The Next Generation” research programme.
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