How to capitalize on the heat beneath your feet

The Investor's Guide to Geothermal Energy released!

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forseo's new publication "The Investor's Guide to Geothermal Energy" provides comprehensive and market driven insight into all important aspects of geothermal business and project development. It serves as a practical reference tool for the financial community, for stakeholders from the industry, and for those ready to enter the geothermal energy market. Many experts share their experience to make this publication the first of its kind.

Investor's interest in geothermal technology is finally catching on and the number of those recognizing the huge geothermal potential to be tapped is ever increasing. Some recent developments seem to have triggered this new interest. Early 2007, a comprehensive report by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), heralding the enormous potential of Enhanced Geothermal Systems clearly invigorated the market. At the same time, Icelandic companies like Glitnir Bank or Geysir Green Energy, combining know-how and capital, seized the international market in a concerted effort. Google's recent US$10 million investment announcement sent out another strong signal to those who are still hesitating.

Yet, while market confidence is growing, geothermal projects still have to bear multiple risks. Knowledge and experience are an absolute requirement for any geothermal project. That applies not only to the developer but also to financial institutions and investors.

The Investor's Guide to Geothermal Energy introduces the most important aspects, challenges and solutions of geothermal business and development. For those new to the industry, the first chapter Geothermal 101 offers concise access to the technology. The chapter Roadmap to Successful Geothermal Project Development describes each geothermal project phase, from site identification to operation and maintenance, looking at geo- scientific, technological, and economical challenges and solutions.

The chapter Financing Geothermal Energy Projects highlights financing schemes in all project stages. Every phase has different risk profiles with different equity and financing solutions. The chapter Geothermal Market and Investment Opportunities reviews the current global market development, public policy and legal frameworks. It takes a closer look at the conditions in the United States, Germany, Chile and China, but also spotlights other markets.

Ladislaus Rybach, president of the International Geothermal Association says: "The Investor's Guide to Geothermal Energy is a timely contribution" and Ingvar B. Fridleifsson, director of the United Nations University Geothermal Training Programme notes: "Such a guide for potential investors in geothermal energy projects is, in our opinion, badly missing."

Many industry experts and stakeholders contributed to the document, allowing for a diversified look at the present state of geothermal business and technology.

The International Geothermal Association (IGA), the European Geothermal Energy Council (EGEC) and UNEP's Sustainable Energy Finance Initiative (SEFI) endorsed the publication.

The Investor's Guide to Geothermal Energy - how to capitalize on the heat beneath your feet

Published by: forseo GmbH
Authors: Birgit Eggl and Kai Sametinger, forseo GmbH
1st edition, September 2008
104 pages, English, 280 EUR excl. VAT
ISBN 978-3-9812505-0-3
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