EXERGY and GPSS Group subsidiary Geothermal Development & Investment Inc. (GDI) have signed a partnership agreement to provide comprehensive solutions for the development and completion of ORC power plants, ranging from system design and engineering to manufacturing, erection, start-up, and aftersales services, leveraging both companies' expertise and know-how in their fields. The strategic agreement is initially focused on Japan, but it also serves as a starting point for GDI and EXERGY's collaboration in other markets, such as South and Southeast Asia and Africa, as well as other ORC technology applications, such as waste heat recovery and other heat-related renewable energy applications.
"We are delighted with the signature of this agreement which is a natural evolution of the business relationship we began with GDI several years ago” explains Marco Frassinetti, sales director of EXERGY International Srl. “Knowing that the Asian region has a huge renewables potential to tackle, we have been pursuing this key commercial area for years. We consider Japan in particular as a promising market for geothermal development. In GDI, we have found an excellent partner to offer these markets our green technologies and successfully deploy renewable energy projects exploiting the synergies we can create together".
GDI has established significant expertise in the one-stop development, operation and maintenance of renewable energy power plants, with several successful ORC-based geothermal projects uniquely co-developed with local communities. Leveraging these close community ties and expertise shared through the GPSS Group, GDI has built a vast development pipeline for geothermal power plants with ORC technology.
“GDI’s unique development approach focusing on close cooperation with local stakeholders combined with our advanced survey, design, and engineering abilities allows us to complement and maximize EXERGY’s technical excellence as we strive to breakthrough Japan’s notoriously underdeveloped geothermal market. GDI’s partnership with TICA opened the door for us to build a special relationship with EXERGY, with whom we have worked closely together for quite some time. This agreement serves to formalize and further strengthen our on-going collaboration,” says Tomofumi Ono, president of GDI.
The partnership between Exergy and GDI is expected to give birth to the development of joint MW scale projects and contribute to the growth of geothermal development in Japan, which has the world’s third-largest geothermal resource potential.