Exploring the potential for geothermal energy

The rig on site at the United Downs Industrial Estate
Drilling started in November near St Day in Cornwall to demonstrate the potential of the geothermal resource in the UK to produce electricity and renewable heat. The project has received around £18 million in funding, including £10.6 million from the European Regional Development Fund. The BGS is just one of the delivery partners in the project and is well placed to help provide good science to the United Downs programme and projects linked to it including microseismic monitoring as well as geochemistry and hydrochemistry analyses.
Read more on the United Downs Deep Geothermal Power project.
Geothermal heat, arises from the heat dissipated from the centre of the earth and, at shallow depth, from heating by the sun. High-enthalpy (deep) geothermal heat is found within some granitic rocks such as those in Cornwall due to slightly raised levels of the radiogenic isotopes of potassium, uranium and thorium. The BGS has corporate policy positions on a range of geoscience topics and science briefing papers that allow BGS scientists to reflect and communicate their science in a succinct way to other experts, policymakers and the public. You can read BGS’s Science Briefing Paper 'Who owns geothermal heat?' to find out more about geothermal regulations in the UK.
To find out more about how other countries as well as the UK are rising to the challenge of using geothermal energy as a source of renewable energy generation then you can read Chris Rochelle’s latest GeoBlogy 'Feeling the heat: exploring the potential for geothermal energy.'




7 December 2018