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Switzerland new member country of IPGT

6.10.2010

Today the International Partnership for Geothermal Technology (IPGT) welcomed Switzerland as its new member country. Swiss technical experts will bring to the IPGT their technical knowledge in induced seismicity, a new topic to be added to the six existing, high-priority areas identified by IPGT as crucial to the development of the geothermal industries in each country

The International Partnership for Geothermal Technology (IPGT) hosted meetings in Iceland during Geothermal Week, held in Reykjavik 3 - 7 October. IPGT, chartered in 2008 by the Icelandic Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism, the U.S. Departement of Energy (DOE),and the Australian Ministry of Resources, today welcomed Switzerland as its new member country. The IPGT focuses on cutting-edge geothermal technologies that will ensure energy security and address global climate change. Switzerland is the fourth nation to join the IPGT, strengthening the multi-national expansion of baseload, renewable energy from geothermal resources.

The IPGT is committed to bringing about widespread, international commercialization of advanced geothermal technologies by capitalizing on the accumulated experience of world experts. Swiss technical experts will bring to the IPGT their technical knowledge in induced seismicity, a new topic to be added to the six existing, high-priority areas identified by IPGT as crucial to the development of the geothermal industries in each country. Other key research areas the partnership targets include exploration techniques, tools and techniques to isolate or close off specific sections of geothermal wells and fractures, high temperature tools, methods for creating and improving geothermal reservoirs, reservoir modeling and lower-cost drilling. Addressing these barriers through international collaboration will help the partner nations move more quickly to develop their substantial geothermal resources.