The Benefits of Geothermal
Why geothermal energy
Geothermal energy is considered environmentally friendly and is stored beneath the Earth's surface in the form of heat ...
This energy can be extracted via boreholes and extracted utilising the direct heat or to generate power. Even though the UK does not have the resource potential of volcanic regions, underground temperatures have the potential for geothermal projects.
Direct Heat – Ground water is extracted via boreholes from underlying rock strata or flooded coal mines, the heat from the groundwater can be used in local heat networks or for cooling, the ground water is naturally replenishing.
Power – Water is pumped into a borehole at a greater depth which is heated as it moves through the earth’s strata. This hot water is then returned to the surface via another borehole to drive an electricity generating turbine (ORC).
Government subsidies are offered towards geothermal technologies ...
Deep geothermal heat for direct use also benefits under the RHI of Cfd. The RHI also applies to geothermal cooling systems.
Power generated from geothermal sources is eligible for financial support per megawatt (MWh) generated.
Safeguard against energy price rises
Considering the energy price rises experienced over the past decade, we would expect your savings to increase year on year as the cost of grid based electricity and gas increases.
This allows you to protect yourself from the increases witnessed in the volatile energy market.
Your overall heat demand and a portion of power could be met by geothermal energy ...
This would significantly reduce your dependence on grid sourced electricity and or gas.
Pro's and Con's
- Environmentally friendly
- Low Carbon
- Little visual, noise or air quality impact
- Almost run continuously providing base load energy
- Not affected by weather
- High up front cost but attracts significant subsidies
Lifespan of scheme
The geothermal plant equipment typically has a lifespan of over 25 years but may last longer if properly maintained, this would be at no cost to yourselves. If you move properties you can be secure knowing that the geothermal energy can continue providing for the next user.
At the end of the operational lifetime the geothermal equipment will be removed and recycled.
The Development Process
UK-SE will work with you to develop a bespoke geothermal solution tailored to meet your individual needs.
The Next Step
For more information on the scheme please contact us and we will get back to you as soon as possible.