Monday, October 7, 2019

United Kingdom: Penzance Lido Makes a Comeback! Thanks to Geothermal

Seeking New Energy, an English Town Digs Deep (The New York Times)

The county of Cornwall hopes that tapping an underground rock formation will bring electricity, economic stimulus and year-round swimming.

Five years ago.... the Art Deco pool was run down after decades of neglect and a major winter storm that struck the southwestern English coast in 2014.

Now it’s tapping an energy source that its creators hope will give new life to the county of Cornwall. By next year, despite some snags, the pool is expected to be available year-round, and a new geothermal plant nearby could provide a fresh source of electricity for a region that has suffered economic decline.

Now, on a small patch of land adjacent to the pool, a bore hole has been drilled into the rock on which the lido is built. Starting next year, it is expected to provide geothermal energy to help heat the lido’s new wintertime section, allowing locals to swim in any weather.