Geothermal power project unveiled in Cornwall

A demonstration of the UK’s potential for geothermal power was held in Rosemanowes in Cornwall on Friday to see how heat naturally present underground could be used to produce clean, safe, renewable energy.

Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Edward Davey and Lord Teverson were in attendance.

Davy told the gathering, “We need a broad base of renewable energy in the UK and I am pleased to see that a deep geothermal heat project is finally producing energy. This nascent sector could make a real contribution to renewable heat supply in the UK.  I am glad that DECC have been able to support this project via the Energy Entrepreneurs Fund.”|
Lord Teverson and geothermal project
Geothermal energy production has its roots in the pioneering research done at the Rosemanowes hot rocks project in the 1970s and 80s. Only 60 degrees Celcius is required to provide a building with heating and hot tap water. 

Engineers at the Rosemanowes site demonstrated that water can be heated to 60 degrees using heat naturally present underground in Cornwall. The project has been designed and managed by Geothermal Engineering Ltd (GEL), with funding assistance from the Department of Energy and Climate Change.

Ryan Law, Managing Director Geothermal Engineering “Geothermal energy could be a significant contributor to the UKs energy portfolio offering both heat and power. This project shows that GEL can deliver deep geothermal energy in Cornwall and we look forward to developing further projects in the region”

Lord Teverson welcomed the return of geothermal to the UK saying: "Geothermal heat and energy has had too low a profile in all the debates about renewables.  It is a technology has been left on the shelf here in the UK when we could have taken the lead many years ago.  All that changes today.  What we have is the start of a new energy revolution here in Cornwall”.

There are currently two sites in Cornwall with planning permission for geothermal plants and potential for sites in other parts of the UK.

Sarah Newton MP told us: 'I am really proud that deep geothermal energy is being generated in Cornwall - the home of hot rock engineering innovation. I believe that heat from the ground has an important role to play in our energy future.’



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