Deep geothermal can provide 20% of UK electricity needs

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Deep geothermal can provide 20% of UK electricity needs

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According to a new report, deep geothermal resources in the UK could provide renewable electricity equivalent to almost nine nuclear power stations.

The ‘Geothermal Energy Potential - Great Britain and Northern Ireland Report’ was produced by engineering consultants Sinclair Knight Merz in partnership with the Renewable Energy Association. However, the report has strongly criticised the Government stating that it needs to take the potential of geothermal resources "much more seriously" in order to encourage developers.

It says that the Government needs to invest an extra £11m per year to support Renewable Obligations Certificates (ROCs) and £1.3m per year through the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). However, as part of a recent review of the Renewables Obligation Scheme, the Government are refusing to increase the much needed support for geothermal technology proposing instead to maintain the current level of 2 ROCs/MWh, before cutting the level to 1.9 ROCs in 2015/16, and 1.8 ROCs in 2016/17. These proposals go against industry experts who have warned that the UK will see investment in geothermal power projects go overseas as a result.

Dr Ryan Law, Chair of the Renewable Energy Association’s Deep Geothermal Sector Group, stated, "The new German tariff is €300/MWh - double the UK's. We're not going to see much of a sector in the UK when investors can go abroad ... it leaves the industry in a very difficult position”.

The report identified production hotspots in the Lake District, Scotland, East Yorkshire, Cheshire, Weardale, Worcester, Cornwall, Dorset, Lincolnshire, Hampshire and Northern Ireland. It is estimated that projects could produce 9.5 GW of baseload renewable electricity, equivalent to almost nine nuclear power stations, as well as 100GW of heat. To achieve those figures, the report requests the Government to increase initial development support to 5 ROCs, which is equivalent to the levels in Germany.

Dr Law concluded, "We don't want to be left out of the global industry when we could be at the forefront of this development, given the strength of British engineering skills. I only hope this report encourages the Government to act decisively to realise the tremendous potential of deep geothermal in the UK".
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Mark wrote:http://www.globalskm.com/Knowledge-and- ... eland.aspx

According to a new report, deep geothermal resources in the UK could provide renewable electricity equivalent to almost nine nuclear power stations.

The ‘Geothermal Energy Potential - Great Britain and Northern Ireland Report’ was produced by engineering consultants Sinclair Knight Merz in partnership with the Renewable Energy Association. However, the report has strongly criticised the Government stating that it needs to take the potential of geothermal resources "much more seriously" in order to encourage developers.

It says that the Government needs to invest an extra £11m per year to support Renewable Obligations Certificates (ROCs) and £1.3m per year through the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). However, as part of a recent review of the Renewables Obligation Scheme, the Government are refusing to increase the much needed support for geothermal technology proposing instead to maintain the current level of 2 ROCs/MWh, before cutting the level to 1.9 ROCs in 2015/16, and 1.8 ROCs in 2016/17. These proposals go against industry experts who have warned that the UK will see investment in geothermal power projects go overseas as a result.

Dr Ryan Law, Chair of the Renewable Energy Association’s Deep Geothermal Sector Group, stated, "The new German tariff is €300/MWh - double the UK's. We're not going to see much of a sector in the UK when investors can go abroad ... it leaves the industry in a very difficult position”.

The report identified production hotspots in the Lake District, Scotland, East Yorkshire, Cheshire, Weardale, Worcester, Cornwall, Dorset, Lincolnshire, Hampshire and Northern Ireland. It is estimated that projects could produce 9.5 GW of baseload renewable electricity, equivalent to almost nine nuclear power stations, as well as 100GW of heat. To achieve those figures, the report requests the Government to increase initial development support to 5 ROCs, which is equivalent to the levels in Germany.

Dr Law concluded, "We don't want to be left out of the global industry when we could be at the forefront of this development, given the strength of British engineering skills. I only hope this report encourages the Government to act decisively to realise the tremendous potential of deep geothermal in the UK".
Just thinking out loud here, but won't geothermal energy extraction from the Earth's crust, if done on a seriously global scale, start to have an affect the Earth's process of plate tectonics.

I can understand how the harvesting of geothermal energy that was in the process of escaping out of the crust and into the atmosphere anyway wouldn't cause any problems since such harvesting it is merely diverting it into the atmosphere via the circuitous route of a turbine generator. However, extracting heat that was otherwise circulating/convecting/propagating through the earth’s crust reminds me of that old adage:

"There is no such thing as a free lunch"
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stevecook172001 wrote:Just thinking out loud here, but won't geothermal energy extraction from the Earth's crust, if done on a seriously global scale, start to have an affect the Earth's process of plate tectonics.
No.

The energy that drives plate tectonics come from way down, in the core/mantle boundary region, thousands of miles down. Our geothermal energy sourcing takes place in the upper layers of the very thin crust and can only ever be many orders of magnitude less than the energy involved in driving the plates around.

After all, we just want to move a few cars about and warm some homes. Plate tectonics moves mountains.
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biffvernon wrote:
stevecook172001 wrote:Just thinking out loud here, but won't geothermal energy extraction from the Earth's crust, if done on a seriously global scale, start to have an affect the Earth's process of plate tectonics.
No.

The energy that drives plate tectonics come from way down, in the core/mantle boundary region, thousands of miles down. Our geothermal energy sourcing takes place in the upper layers of the very thin crust and can only ever be many orders of magnitude less than the energy involved in driving the plates around.

After all, we just want to move a few cars about and warm some homes. Plate tectonics moves mountains.
I am aware plate tectonics moves mountains Biffvernon.

I also know that the extraction of single geothermal site is minuscule in the grand scheme of things. I also know that running an individual car, in the grand scheme of things, add little to the total carbon output of industrial civilisation. It's an issue of scale Biffvernon

I was reflecting on the possible effects of this occurring on a global industrial scale.
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And the answer is still NO.

Humans will never need to move mountains, even slowly.

There's an interesting article in this week's New Scientist about plate tectonics that gives a good handle on the scale of things.

Human total energy consumption rate is, I think, about 15 terawatts. Geothermal energy flux is about 45 terawatts.

The limit to our exploitation of geothermal energy is soon reached as the rocks near the extraction holes cool down so the industry is quickly self limiting. Pedantically, it's wrong to consider geothermal as a renewable energy source - one is just mining the heat contained in the rocks at a location.

There will be exactly zero effect on plate tectonics, a phenomenon operating way deeper than any drill hole will ever reach.
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Test geothermal site in Cornwall

Steam from the heated water will drive turbines producing electricity, perhaps enough for 3,000 homes.
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Geothermal energy has been used in Southampton for many years and, I think, Woking, although I may be wrong on that point.
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