Wednesday, May 23, 2018

United Kingdom: Funding Approved for Eden Deep Geothermal Energy Project

Funding Approved For Geothermal Power Source At Eden Project (Insider Media)

Funding for a project which could power Cornwall's Eden Project with renewable energy has been given approval by Cornwall's Council.

The project, proposed by EGS Energy in partnership with Eden in Bodelva near St Austell, involves drilling a well to gain access to the hot rocks below, creating enough heat and electricity to potentially power the Eden Project and surrounding homes.

Cabinet portfolio holder for planning and economy, Bob Egerton said: "We know that granite in some areas of Cornwall has the highest heat flow in the UK – and the natural geothermal springs are rich in Lithium deposits.

"If we can find a way to exploit geothermal power successfully, these hot rocks have the potential to provide Cornwall with a rich source of strategic minerals and renewable energy, as well as significant benefits to the local economy from jobs, research and investment.

"By supporting one-off exploration projects like Eden and United Downs, This exploration for geothermal power at the Eden Project is a first step towards testing the technology we need to help us to exploit geothermal power more widely across Cornwall."

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