Friday, July 5, 2019

United Kingdom: Project to Research Geothermal Resources Given Go-Ahead

Cheshire lays foundations for a sustainable future with green light given for world-class geoenergy research site (News Release)

Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWACC) councillors have unanimously approved the British Geological Survey’s (BGS) planning application to site a UK Geoenergy Observatory at Ince Marshes in the north of the county.

The decision will see some 50 boreholes drilled down to 1200 m around a 12 km2 area, enabling scientists to gain the clearest picture yet of the underground environment.

The boreholes will be installed with some £2.5 million worth of scientific sensors, which will observe in unprecedented detail how the underground system works. The sensors will generate millions of terabytes of data on the chemical,
physical and biological properties of the rocks over a 15-year period, providing the nation with the knowledge it needs to unlock new clean, green, low-carbon energy technologies.

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