Friday, September 29, 2017

United Kingdom: UK Geoenergy Observatory to Study the Underground will Help Develop Geothermal Energy

New North Cheshire energy research site to be UK's 'eyes and ears of the underground' (NERC)

The British Geological Survey (BGS) has announced the location for a new 'observatory for the underground' that will provide important research evidence on natural resources for heat and energy. The BGS has confirmed the Ince Marshes area in North Cheshire as its preferred location for the Cheshire Energy Research Field Site, part of a £31 million science investment.

The UK Geoenergy Observatory will gather new information from the two research sites, the Cheshire Energy Research Field Site and the Glasgow Energy Research Field Site. Together they will underpin the development of energy technologies and advance our understanding of the underground environment.

Professor John Ludden, Executive Director of the BGS, said: "We need the subsurface environment to develop a mix of low-carbon energy technologies at the required scale - whether that's for carbon storage, energy storage, geothermal energy, hydrogen production or lower-carbon energy sources. It is vital that we build the best-possible geological evidence base to be able to optimise the process without an adverse impact on the environment.

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