Geothermal Engineering Ltd has outlined plans to develop hot rock energy in Cornwall.
The company plans to establish the UK’s first commercial scale geothermal power plant near Redruth. The plant will supply 10 MW of base load electricity to the National Grid and up to 55 MW of renewable heat for local use.
The planned start date for drilling is 2010, subject to planning approval, with the plant operational by 2013. Over the next 20 years, Geothermal Engineering plans to deliver up to 300 MW of clean, sustainable electricity and up to 1 GW of renewable heat for communities across the south west.
Internationally, geothermal power is increasingly being used as an alternative to fossil fuels and to provide low cost heating to homes and businesses. Geothermal will work with Cornwall Council, local universities and residents in the area to plan how the renewable heat from the plant can be used to best serve the community.
Ryan Law, MD of Geothermal Engineering Ltd, said: “Geothermal energy has been in use for millennia, even in the UK where the Romans used it for bathing. Modern technology allows us to target deeper, hotter geothermal resources to provide a sustainable source of electricity and heat. Our vision is to provide renewable heat and power at minimal environmental cost.”
The company will be holding a public exhibition on October 27 (3pm–8pm) and 28 (9am-1pm) at Carharrack Mills Hall, giving further details about how the plant will work.