The fourth International Iceland Geothermal Conference - IGC2018 was held at the Harpa Conference Centre in Reykjavík, between the 24th and 26th of April 2018. Over 600 delegates from more than 40 countries attended the conference this time around and shared their knowledge. Representatives from Gerosion were present at a special booth at the conference and presented their work regarding corrosion testing and material selection in the geothermal and energy intensive industry. Representatives were also there to keep an eye on the latest developments in the industry, promote the services that Gerosion has to offer and to establish new international relationships. The conference among other things, highlighted opportunities for geothermal energy utilisation beyond power generation and how barriers for development can be broken.
Gerosion is part of a consortium that recently received a European Horizon 2020 grant for the project Geo-Coat for the development of novel and cost-effective corrosion resistant coatings for high temperature geothermal applications. The Geo-Coat project is part of the low carbon energy call to develop next generation technologies for renewable power sources and heating/cooling. The full Geo-Coat project title is: Development of novel and cost-effective corrosion resistant coatings for high temperature geothermal applications.
The Geo-coat project will develop new resistant materials in the form of high performance coatings of novel targeted 'High Entropy Alloys" and Cermets, thermally applied to the key specified vulnerable components in the turbine in response to the corrosion and erosion forces.
The Geo-Coat partners are from the UK, Iceland, Romania and Norway and the project will last for three years. The Icelandic partners are University of Iceland, Innovation Center Iceland, Orkveita Reykjavikur and Gerosion. The photo below is of the partners of the consortium during the kick off meeting of the GeoCoat project in February 2018, which was held in Cambridge England at the premises of TWI which co-ordinates the project.
The 9th of February 2018, Gerosion received a research grant from The Energy Research Fund of Landsvirkjun 2017 (Orkurannsóknarsjóður Landsvirkjunar 2017), for the R&D project Sacrificial Casing for High Temperature Geothermal Wells.
Jan Přikryl received the grant on behalf of Gerosion at the eleventh allocation of grants from the Fund. The allocation was celebrated with an official ceremony which took place in the Ceremonial Auditorium of Landsvirkjun headquarters on the 9th of February 2018. Dr. Sigrún Nanna Karlsdóttir is the project manager of the project that has been ongoing at Gerosion for three years. For further information see: https://www.landsvirkjun.is/fyrirtaekid/fjolmidlatorg/frettir/frett/32-styrkir-ur-orkurannsoknasjodi/
In late December 2017 the Technology Development Fund announced the funded projects of autumn 2017, where Gerosion was one of the lucky companies that got funded. The grant received was for the project: Sacrificial Casing for High Temperature Geothermal Wells, which is carried out in collaboration with the Faculty of Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science of the University of Iceland. The project manager of the project is Dr. Sigrún Nanna Karlsdóttir. See further information about the funded projects of the autumn 2017 here: https://www.rannis.is/frettir/styrkuthlutun-taeknithrounarsjods-haust-2017. Gerosion has also brought a new employee on board, namely Regína Þórðardóttir which is conducting a M.Sc. project in Industrial Engineering at the University of Iceland within the AlSiment binder project of Gerosion. Regina‘s M.Sc. project is titled: Mapping of waste materials from the aluminium industry and the feasibility of their usage in industrial processes. Regina‘s project is funded by both the Icelandic Aluminium Cluster and Gerosion. We welcome Regina on board!
Gerosion has worked with a number of promising young scientists and engineers during the year of 2017. Here to the side are pictures from both the summer and autumn of 2017 when a number of Gerosion employees, summer employees and interns came together to share the results of their work during the summer and bid farewell to the summer work force. During those gatherings we also welcomed Jan Přikryl, a new full-time employee of Gerosion. Jan has B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Geology from the Masaryk University, Czech Republic and will soon defend his Ph.D. thesis in Geochemistry from the University of Iceland. Jan is working on the AlSiment, the Ferrosilicon Agglomeration and the well cement projects that are ongoing at Gerosion.
Gerosion has been developing environmentally friendly cement-free binder solutions both for the construction and the energy intensive industries. One of Gerosion’s projects in this field is named AlSiment: Transforming hazardous waste of the metallurgical industry into a valuable raw material. That project is a collaboration between Gerosion, the Icelandic aluminium smelters and a ferrosilicon producer.
Gerosion has very recently signed the contract with the European Commission for the Horizon 2020 SME Instrument Phase 1 grant for the AlSiment project and is excited for the times ahead.
The phase 1 grant amounts to €50,000 and is intended for exploring and assessing the technical feasibility and commercial potential of breakthrough innovation that small and medium-sized companies wants to exploit and commercialize.
On the photo below the Gerosion team is celebrating the SME Instrument grant and success in other projects.
The Technology Development Fund of Rannís just announced what applied projects will be funded in the year of 2017. Gerosion is a part of one of the funded projects, namely the project: Agglomeration of raw materials and by-products for ferrosilicon production. The project is a cooperation project between the Innovation Center Iceland, Elkem Iceland, Elkem AS, Gerosion and Steypustöðin. The project manager of the project is Sunna Ó. Wallevik. See further information about the funded projects of 2017 here: https://www.rannis.is/frettir/uthlutun-taeknithrounarsjods-fyrir-hagnyt-rannsoknarverkefni
A successful workshop on high-temperature and corrosion in drilling and production, exploring geothermal synergies with oil and gas was held in San Diego, California 21 - 22 Mar 2017. The workshop was hosted by The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and the Geothermal Resources Council. Dr. Sigrun Nanna Karlsdóttir, The COB and co-founder of Gerosion, was in the organising committee that can be seen in the photo above. Sigrun Nanna was also session chair and a speaker at the workshop. Further details can be found here: http://www.thinkgeoenergy.com/successful-workshop-on-high-temperature-and-corrosion-in-drilling-and-production/
Gerosion recieved grants for two summer students from the Icelandic Student Innovation Fund 2017, for work within the project: Sacrificial Casing for Geothermal Wells. The grants amount to ~1,4M ISK. The projects that were chosen by the fund for the year 2017 can be seen here: https://www.rannis.is/media/nyskopunarsjodur-namsmanna/Uthlutunartafla_2017.pdf
Article about Sunna Ólafsdóttir Wallevik, CEO and one of the founders of Gerosion, which covers the success of her MBA studies, the aims of Gerosion and some of the company's projects. Sunna discusses how the founding of the company inspired her to learn more about business administration and leadership, to complement her scientific background. Sunna also talks about her MBA project for Elkem Iceland regarding the agglomeration of waste materials for ferrosilicon production and how that project and other related projects that Gerosion has been lucky enough to be part of, have become very successful. Today these projects have led to ever growing industrial scale production for Elkem Iceland and a special agglomeration production factory is about to be built for the production. Here's the article: http://mba.hi.is/frettir/2017_03_06/glaesilegur_arangur_mba_nemanda
The 15th of February 2017, Gerosion received two research grants from The Energy Research Fund of Landsvirkjun 2017 (Orkurannsóknarsjóður Landsvirkjunar 2017), for ongoing projects within the company.
Dr. Sigrún Nanna Karldóttir and Sunna Ólafsdóttir Wallevik received the grants on behalf of Gerosion and the University of Iceland at the tenth allocation of grants from the Landsvirkjun Energy Research Fund. The allocation was celebrated with an official ceremony which took place in the Ceremonial Auditorium of Landsvirkjun headquarters on the 15th of February. Sunna Ó. Wallevik received a 3 M ISK research grant on behalf of Gerosion for the third year of the project: Value Creation in Icelandic Geothermal Processes: Extraction of minerals and metals, which is carried out in collaboration with the Engineering department of University of Iceland, GEORG and the Icelandic energy companies. Dr. Sigrún Nanna Karlsdóttir received a 3,2M ISK research grant for the project: Material Testing and Examination of High Temperature and Pressure Deep Geothermal Well Materials on the behalf of Gerosion and the University of Iceland, as the project is a cooperation between these two entities.
For further information see: http://www.landsvirkjun.is/fyrirtaekid/fjolmidlatorg/frettir/frett/60-milljonum-uthlutad-ur-orkurannsoknasjodi/
One of the research and consulting projects that Gerosion undertook in the year 2016 was the investigation of the steel and well cement casings from the top 10 m part of the IDDP-1 from Krafla as well as samples from the well from a depth of 600-900 m. The IDDP-1 well that was built in 2009 in Krafla, has been named the hottest geothermal well in the world and was driven for months on superheated steam. In the beginning of 2016, around 10 m of the top part of the IDDP-1 well in Krafla was excavated (including the well head) for research purposes, hence Gerosion’s investigations into the casing layers. The IDDP-2 well is currently under construction at the Reykjanes area and Gerosion has also been doing consulting work regarding that project.
The Year 2016 was an eventful and exciting Year for Gerosion. Great work was done in our main R&D projects, the Sacrificial Casing project and The Waste to Value (W2V) project. Work has also begun on a new project, The Development of Environmentally Friendly Binder Solutions for Energy Intensive Industries. Results from the Waste to Value (W2V) project conducted in cooperation with the energy companies in Iceland were presented at the Geothermal Workshop GGW2016 at Grand Hotel in November. Arna Pálsdóttir Ph.D student of Cornell University gave a presentation on behalf of Gerosion regarding Extraction of Minerals and Metals and a poster was presented on work regarding utilization of geothermal and waste silica (conducted in cooperation with CalTech, Innovation Center Iceland and University of Iceland). In April 2016 Gerosion also presented its work at the international geothermal conference IGC2016. Various grants were received in 2016 which include both Entrepreneurial and Project grants from the Technology Developing Fund of Rannis for two different projects and grants from the Energy Research Fund of Landsvirkjun, GEORG and Atvinnumál Kvenna. Additionally several consulting and research projects were completed during the year for various energy companies and companies in the energy intensive sector.
Aníta Hauksdóttir and James Maddison recently joined the work force of Gerosion. Aníta just finished her M.Sc. in in Sustainable Energy Engineering from Reykjavik University. Her M.Sc. thesis was titled Geothermal Energy: Silica Precipitation and Utilization. Aníta will be working on the W2V project: Value Creation in Icelandic Geothermal Processes: Extraction of Minerals and Metals, which Gerosion leads in cooperation with the Icelandic energy companies and University of Iceland. James Maddison has a M.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Iceland (UI) where his M.Sc. thesis covered Pelleting of Carbon Rich Raw Materials for the Production of Ferrosilicon. James will be working on the project: Binding of Waste Materials with Eco-friendly Cement Free Binder, which Gerosion received a project grant for from the Technology Developing Fund of Rannis in 2016 and is a cooperation between Gerosion, the Icelandic Aluminium Smelters, Steypustöðin et al. Gerosion shares that grant with the Innovation Center Iceland where James will be employed and conduct his research work.
The 1st GEORG Geothermal Workshop was successfully held at the Grand Hotel Reykjavík between the 24- 25 November 2016. Over 200 delegates from various countries were present to share and experience the latest developments, findings and opportunities in geothermal research in Iceland and elsewhere. Arna Pálsdóttir Ph.D student in Chemical Engineering at Cornell University gave a presentation on behalf of Gerosion regarding Extraction of Minerals and Metals at the Geothermal Workshop. The work presented in the presentation was part of the W2V project: Value Creation in Icelandic Geothermal Processes: Extraction of Minerals and Metals, which Gerosion leads in cooperation with Landsvirkjun, HS Orka, Orka Náttúrunnar, Innovation Center Iceland and the University of Iceland. At the same workshop a poster was presented on work, regarding the same W2V project, which covered the utilization of geothermal and waste silica (conducted in cooperation with CalTech University, Innovation Center Iceland and University of Iceland).
In October 2016 Gerosion formally commenced the project: Environmentally Friendly Cement Free Binder made from Waste Materials, which Gerosion received a Project Grant for ~44 million ISK over a three year period from the Technology Development Fund of Rannis in the year 2016. The project, amongst other things, entails the Development of Environmentally Friendly Binder Solutions for Energy Intensive Industries. The project is a cooperation between Gerosion, Innovation Center Iceland, Steypustöðin, Alcoa Fjarðaál, Norðurál, Rio Tinto Alcan, Elkem Iceland, Alur álvinnsla and University of Iceland. The Project Manager of the Project is Sunna Ólafsdóttir Wallevik.
Gerosion has been lucky enough to work with a number of promising young scientists and engineers during 2016. Here to the side is a picture from the end of August 2016 when a number of Gerosion employees came together to share the results of their work during the summer. On the picture we for example have Juliane Preimesberger (mechanical engineering student from Caltech University in California) and Marion Coffigniez (M.Sc. Student in Materials Science Engineering at the National Institute of Applied Sciences in Lyon France) who conducted internships at Gerosion in cooperation with the Innovation Center Iceland and University of Iceland the summer of 2016. Arna Pálsdóttir Ph.D. student from Cornell University in USA was also part of the W2V research group but her involvement was a part of her Ph.D work for Cornell University in collaboration with HS Orka and Innovation Center Iceland. Arna Pálsdóttir is missing from the photo as well as Dr. Krstján Friðrik Alexandersson and Tindur Jónsson. Other employees on the photo are Konráð Þór Þorsteinsson, Helen Ósk Haraldsdóttir, Kristján Egill Karlsson, Kolbrún Ragna Ragnarsdóttir, Sunna Ólafsdóttir Wallevik and Dr. Sigrún Nanna Karlsdóttir.
The third International Iceland Geothermal Conference - IGC2016 was held at the Harpa Conference Centre in Reykjavík, between the 26th and 29th of April 2016. 725 delegates from 46 countries attended the conference this time around and shared their knowledge. Representatives from Gerosion were present at a special booth at the conference and presented their work regarding corrosion testing and material selection in the geothermal and energy intensive industry. Representatives were also there to keep an eye on the latest developments in the industry, promote the services that Gerosion has to offer and to establish new international relationships.