New geothermal venture in Falmouth


A new company has been formed out of the ashes of a former Falmouth-based ground source heat pump business.

Brian Kennelly

Mimer Energy Limited has been created through a merger of the technical team behind EarthEnergy, which went into administration back in March, and Swedish geothermal company Mimer Energy.

The new business is based in Falmouth and headed by group chief executive Brian Kennelly, former EarthEnergy MD and current chairman of the UK’s Ground Source Heat Pump Association.

Heat pumps extract naturally occurring heat from underground to heat buildings, or can work in reverse to pass heat into the ground and cool a building. They achieve a 50% carbon saving over fossil fuels, and up to a 30% cost saving.

The Mimer team has a track record of 2,000 ground source heat pump installations connected to more than 250 kilometres of boreholes. Current projects include designing geothermal systems for a new Land Securities building in London, and for a number of new buildings for Oxford University.

And Kennelly is looking to export this expertise around the world.

“We aim to reach out globally, to transfer our knowledge, skills and expertise to regional partner companies established with local ownership, helping to generate high value employment within the customer communities.

“This is a scalable and ethical model that we want to export worldwide, underpinned by our team’s experience of delivering robust, reliable geothermal heating and cooling systems.”

He added: “It used to be said that if you looked down any mine in the world you would find a Cornishman at the bottom. We want the same to be true for geothermal energy.”