UK’s Eden Project Goes Geothermal

Plans have been revealed for a new geothermal on-site heat and power project to be located at the UK’s Eden project in Cornwall.

The environmental complex of geodesic domes aims to develop the project in partnership with Cornwall-based EGS Energy. Planning permission for a 3-4 MW geothermal power plant is already in place.

If developed, the geothermal plant would produce enough power for the Eden Project and around 4,000 houses, plus heat for space and water heating using water pumped up to the surface at about 180°C. This hot water will runs through a binary cycle turbine to make electricity.

Advances in engineering mean that lower temperature resources in geologically stable regions are now usable and the plant at the north end of the site will be an ‘engineered geothermal system’.

Eden says it is currently raising funds to proceed with the development.

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  • David Appleyard is a contributing editor. Formerly Editor in Chief of Renewable Energy World and sister renewable energy magazines Wind Technology, Large Scale Solar and HRW - Hydro Review Worldwide, now a freelance journalist and photographer contributing to a wide range of on-line and print publications. David has some 20 years' experience of writing about the renewable energy sector and is based in Europe.

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David Appleyard is a contributing editor. Formerly Editor in Chief of Renewable Energy World and sister renewable energy magazines Wind Technology, Large Scale Solar and HRW - Hydro Review Worldwide, now a freelance journalist and photographer contributing to a wide range of on-line and print publications. David has some 20 years' experience of writing about the renewable energy sector and is based in Europe.

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