After a successful first IGC Invest Geotheral, ThinkGeoEnergy and Enerchange invite to the second global geothermal investment forum in Frankfurt/ Main in Germany. Held in the center of Europe’s financial sector, the event will be focusing on important elements of investing in geothermal energy development, such as risk mitigation, early stage financing, market incentives, blended financing options, multi-player projects and exit strategies.
With an increasing interest in development in growth markets, such as Turkey, Indonesia, Africa, Europe, Latin America and others, development continues to face the challenge of attracting adequate funding for projects particularly in the early stages of development. While multilateral programs and development banks are helping development in early stages, there is still insufficient equity funding available to move geothermal projects forward.
The IGC Invest Geothermal event is an annual forum and platform for geothermal industry geothermal industry leaders and international investors, including private equity, infrastructure, debt, institutional investors and public equity funds, as well as public funding partners such as development banks, funds and institutions. It further is set up to help increase awareness among investors and the geothermal energy industry to educate about opportunities and challenges of investments in energy infrastructure development globally.
ThinkGeoEnergy, is a geothermal focused advisory firm working for corporate clients on strategic, marketing and corporate finance related activities.
The firm operates the leading geothermal news website and network, covering the complete value chain of the geothermal power sector and industrial scale direct use sector globally.
The Informationsportal Tiefe Geothermie is the content strongest and most actual news plattform about deep geothermal energy in the German speaking area. The website offers in addition to the news a monthly newsletter and an extensive mercantile directory related to the news and German geothermal projects.
JeotermalHaberler is the new geothermal news platform for the Turkish market in Turkish language. The is a collaboration between ThinkGeoEnergy, the leading global geothermal news platform and Enerchange. Website: www.jeotermalhaberler.com
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.