The all clear has been given for Cheshire Geothermal energy to be researched into more for movement towards future targets.
What is geothermal energy?
Geothermal energy is thermal energy which is generated and stored in the earth. The earths internal heat is thermal energy generated from radioactive decay and continual heat loss from earths formation.
- Hot water and steam from deep underground can be used to drive turbines
- It can be used to heat buildings directly
- It is seen as a potential form of renewable energy with no carbon footprint
There has now been an official go-ahead given for Cheshire geothermal energy research into harnessing underground heat and steam power, it was Cheshire West and Chester Council who approved a British geological survey application for a geo-energy observatory at Ince Marshes.
This research is all carbon friendly and it was commissioned by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), while two other geo-energy observatories will be sited in Wales and Scotland.
The boreholes will be drilled down to 3,900ft (1200m) on Marshes South of the Mersey Estuary, enabling scientists to gain a clear picture of the underground environment.
Around £2.5m worth of scientific sensors will collect as much data as they can on the chemical, physical and biological properties of the rocks and they have said that this is to be done over a 15-year period.
The chief scientist at the BGS, Mike Stephenson, said “Second by second, minute by minute, day by day, we’ll be measuring the pulse of the earth in a way that the scientific community simply hasn’t been able to do until now. What we learn in Cheshire should provide a breakthrough in our understanding of how the whole underground system works.”
61 boreholes will test the temperature of the water in water bearing rocks under Cardiff as a part of the same project, and in Glasgow, 12 boreholes will be drilled to measure how warm water moves around abandoned mine workings.
At Hero Renewables, we support the decisions being made to do some further research into geothermal energy, this could mean a serious leap being taken with renewable energy and our possibilities with it, if we can find more ways to harness the earths power then we will reach goals to become a fully renewable economy.