The first Above Ground Geothermal Global Conference

May 2015

Keynote speaker Professor Ennio Macchi, from Politechnico di Milano in Italy, speaking about the choice of working fluid in the binary power generation cycle. Photo: HERA.

HERA (Heavy Engineering Research Association) held the first ever Global Conference on Above Ground Geothermal and Allied Technologies (AGGAT) in April 2015 in Auckland. The conference was timed to overlap with the World Geothermal Congress in Melbourne, which was co-hosted by New Zealand, allowing many international attendees to attend the New Zealand AGGAT event.

The AGGAT research theme stems from a HERA/MBIE research programme aimed at complementing the world-leading below-ground capabilities of New Zealand with a world-class and research-backed capability to deliver New Zealand-made products and services in the above-ground geothermal-energy technology space.

Around 60 delegates attended the conference covering a mix of industry, academia, field experts and Government. The keynote presentations from international experts included Professor Ennio Macchi from Politechnico di Milano in Italy, who, with over 30 years of experience in Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) technology, is considered as one of the leaders in establishing low enthalpy binary power generation cycle technology. Several local AGGAT research team contributions also added to the great success of the conference.

For more information please see The AGGAT Global Conference 2015 - A Great Success!