Friday, March 20, 2015

United Kingdom:

Geothermal Energy Plan Gets Go Ahead in Stoke-on-Trent (StaffsLive)

Stoke-on-Trent businesses will soon be heated by geothermal energy 11km under the ground after the city was awarded a £19 million grant.

Councillors have welcomed the Government funding which will kickstart a geothermal heat scheme, called District Heat Network (DHN). It will provide renewable heat to businesses located in Stoke, Hanley, and Festival Park. It will be the first geothermal scheme in Staffordshire.

As well as the £19 million Government grant, £28 million will come from private investors, with the council putting in an additional £3.9 million. The project will involve pumping water into a large hole, which would then travel through an 11km pipe producing hot water at the other side.

Stoke-on-Trent City Councillors say the renewable heat will provide businesses with more jobs and save more than 400 people’s homes from fuel poverty.

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