Friday, April 21, 2017

United Kingdom: UK Geoenergy Observatory to Survey for Geothermal in Central Scotland

Scientists to shed light on UK's underground energy technologies (NERC)

Extract of the UK subsurface from the
National Geological Model (UK3D)
Meeting future energy demand for the United Kingdom (UK) will require new technologies. These may include making use of the Earth's subsurface - using methods such as harnessing geothermal energy, shale gas extraction, and carbon storage - in an environmentally sustainable way. This means we need to understand the impact of these technologies on the environment.

The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) has confirmed £31 million to build the UK Geoenergy Observatories. Researchers will carry out scientific monitoring and observation to establish the state of the current environment and determine if these technologies have a significant effect.

A site in Cheshire is a potential location for monitoring and observation of shale gas extraction and carbon capture. The second location is intended to be in central Scotland and focus on geothermal energy.

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