With geothermal energy providing 22% of our primary energy, including 19% of our electricity generation, the New Zealand geothermal community has always played an important role in building the geothermal industry worldwide.
Many in our community have spent time working internationally, often based for extended periods within project teams or in advisory roles to governments or international agencies. These engagements are mutually beneficial; we have been able to build experience across all types of resources in a range of countries, sharing our knowledge with those with whom we work; learning through this process and, together with our international colleagues, applying fresh skills and innovation to a growing number of new developments.
An essential element of our New Zealand approach is to share information and experiences. We are proud to have built an alumni network of colleagues through our international collaborations, project experience and the post graduate programmes at the Geothermal Institute at the University of Auckland. www.geothermal.auckland.ac.nz
The New Zealand Geothermal Association (NZGA) was formed in 1990 and is central to the interests of the New Zealand geothermal community, its connections and national advocacy. With a technical and educational focus, the NZGA promotes coordination and collaboration with activities related to New Zealand and worldwide geothermal research, development and the application of geothermal resources.
Established in 2012, Geothermal New Zealand Inc. (GEONZ) is an industry association that has an export focus promoting and marketing New Zealand companies with particular geothermal capabilities and interests in international markets. Drawing from this wide industry base, GEONZ has helped build teams that are now partnering with international contractors to bring a number of major projects on line.