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13 July 2015

GEL announce first deep geothermal single well heat site near Crewe, UK

Geothermal Engineering Ltd (GEL) is pleased to announce that it intends to develop a deep geothermal single well heat system at the Crewe Campus of Manchester Metropolitan University.

The project is being led by Geothermal Engineering Ltd (GEL) and will demonstrate how a cluster of buildings can be heated by geothermal energy using a single 2km well system. This is a system that has been developed by GEL over the past two years and was successfully trialled in 2014. It will deliver and connect the first deep geothermal single well heat system in the UK and would be a watershed for the renewable energy industry. The project is part funded by the Innovative Heat Network Fund (Department of Energy and Climate Change).

The project contributes to Manchester Metropolitan University’s (MMU) environmental strategy and supports the work the University is doing to reduce carbon emissions on a wider scale. It is estimated that the project will reduce the gas use of the academic buildings at the Cheshire Campus by 37% - reducing carbon and saving money. It will make the Cheshire Campus a showcase for green technologies – having a number of low carbon technologies on site already including solar panels, solar thermal and rainwater harvesting.

Dr Ryan Law, Managing Director of GEL said, ‘The deep geothermal single well project at the Crewe Campus will be a first for the UK. It is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate that deep geothermal heat projects can substantially reduce carbon savings and energy costs. MMU have shown themselves to be very forward thinking in working with us on this project. We look forward to drilling the well and developing the project later this year.'

19 June 2015
GEL wins Award for Innovation at the annual REA awards ceremony
 

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Geothermal Engineering Ltd (GEL) won a Highly Commended Award for Innovation at the annual Renewable Energy Association awards ceremony held at the Savoy Hotel, London on the 19th June.

The award was for the innovative development of the Deep Geothermal Single well system that GEL has been developing and testing for the past two years. This culminated in a successful field trial in a 2.6 km well during the summer of 2014.

Dr Ryan Law, Managing Director of Geothermal Engineering Ltd said, ‘It’s fantastic for the team to receive some recognition of their hard work and perseverance over the past two years. I hope that we can now build on this work to successfully develop commercial projects throughout the UK.'

14 June 2015
GEL announce first deep geothermal heat project in Scotland
 

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Geothermal Engineering Ltd (GEL) is pleased to announce that it has been awarded funding by the Scottish Government to investigate the feasibility of implementing Deep Geothermal Single Well (DGSW) technology at the proposed Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC).

The Scottish Government established the £250k ‘Geothermal Energy Challenge Fund’ as part of its commitment to support research into Scotland’s geothermal capacity. The challenge fund attracted a number of applications from consortia drawn from academia and industry and the award of funding to the GEL/Arup team strengthens their combined geothermal presence in Scotland.

The project team will undertake a techno-economic assessment of a DGSW installation at the new AECC development site. The aim of the study is to present a coherent case to move forward with the drilling and installation of a 2km DGSW to provide renewable heat to the development.

The DGSW well technology was successfully tested in 2014 by GEL at an existing deep well in England as part of a DECC funded project and shown to achieve significant carbon savings. The project team consider that the DGSW technology at AECC offers the single best opportunity to demonstrate the potential of deep geothermal energy in Scotland. The location of this project in Aberdeen will also demonstrate the synergies between the oil and gas industry and this exciting renewable technology.

Dr Ryan Law, Managing Director of Geothermal Engineering Ltd said, "We are excited to be working with the Scottish Government to start delivering sustainable heat from the deep geothermal resource. The AECC site is an excellent opportunity to showcase both our new DGSW technology and to show how Scotland can use its existing oil and gas skill sets to deliver renewable energy projects. Working with Arup will help to ensure that we deliver the first of many DGSW projects in Scotland."

Energy Minister for Scotland, Fergus Ewing said "As set out in the Heat Policy Statement published last week, heat is estimated to account for over half of Scotland’s total energy use and is responsible for nearly half of Scotland’s greenhouse gas emissions, so it makes sense that we explore and grow technologies such as geothermal energy. These projects will help improve our understanding of this renewable energy source and the contribution it can make to helping Scotland reduce its carbon emissions."

1 June 2015
GEL successful in the second round of the Innovative Heat Network Fund
 

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Geothermal Engineering Ltd (GEL) is pleased to announce that it was successful with a bid to the second round of the Innovative Heat Network Fund, operated by the Department of Energy and Climate Change.

The proposal is to drill and install a demonstrator Deep Geothermal Single Well heat system at a site in the United Kingdom. This development will build on the successful trial of the system in an existing well in 2014.

Dr Ryan Law, Managing Director of Geothermal Engineering Ltd said, 'I am delighted that DECC has chosen to support us in the development of the Deep Geothermal Single Well system. The funding will help us to drill and develop a fully operational demonstrator site linked to a heat load. This will give us the opportunity to show that our single well technology can deliver sustainable, renewable heat throughout the UK.'

27 March 2015
GEL to work with Cuadrilla on using hydrocarbon wells for geothermal heat
 

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Geothermal Engineering Ltd (GEL) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Cuadrilla to look at the feasibility of delivering deep geothermal heat from oil and gas wells. The project, backed by the Department of Energy and Climate Change, will initially focus on the technical design of the system before considering a potential field trial. This work follows on the success of GEL’s field trials of an innovative deep geothermal single well solution that were carried out in Cornwall in 2014.

The announced project aims to show that geothermal renewable heat can be sustainably delivered from deep wells that were originally drilled for other purposes such as oil and gas extraction. By using existing wells, deep geothermal energy costs will be reduced by up to 80%, leading to significantly better economics for the technology. As heat can only be delivered locally, this innovative technique also offers the opportunity for local communities to access low cost heat energy from existing wells drilled in their locality.

Dr Ryan Law, Managing Director of Geothermal Engineering Ltd said, 'The successful trial last summer of our equipment in an existing deep geothermal well demonstrated how the technology could contribute to the UK's energy portfolio. The possibility of using existing wells enables us to not only deliver renewable geothermal heat at a much lower cost but also to recycle wells that would otherwise be wasted. I am pleased that the Department of Energy and Climate Change are backing this project and that Cuadrilla has agreed to assist us.'

Francis Egan, CEO of Cuadrilla said, 'We are delighted to support GEL in looking at the feasibility of using one of our exploration well sites to conduct a pilot of a geothermal heat exchange system. There is still some investigation to be done, but significant potential exits to utilise appropriately located onshore oil and gas wells, after they have ceased production, to generate low cost, carbon free, sustainable geothermal heat energy for local consumption. Whilst we recognise that there will continue to be a big demand for natural gas for decades to come, given that over 80% of UK homes rely on it for heating and cooking, we also support the need to develop other forms of low or no carbon energy.'

Ed Davey, Secretary of State for Energy said, ‘Geothermal heat could play a huge role in Britain’s low carbon future, but the cost of drilling coupled with the risks of not succeeding have proved significant barriers. If we can develop these technologies so that exhausted shale gas wells can then be used for renewable geothermal heat, we can not only use gas to replace coal, but use shale gas as a bridge to true low carbon heat.’

15 January 2015
Innovative Heat Network Fund enables GEL to progress with new technology in the UK

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Geothermal Engineering Ltd (GEL) were successful with a bid to the Innovative Heat Network fund managed by the Department of Energy and Climate Change. The bid was to drill and connect the first deep geothermal single well system in the UK and follows on from a ground-breaking trial of the new equipment during the summer of 2014.

Dr Ryan Law, Managing Director of Geothermal Engineering Ltd said, ‘This represents a very exciting opportunity for GEL to drill, deliver and connect the first deep geothermal single well heat system in the UK and would be a watershed for the industry. We look forward to working with DECC on this project.’

Ed Davey, Secretary of State for Energy said of the scheme that, ‘This competition is all about supporting innovation and progress in the heat industry so we can heat more homes across the UK for less, while at the same time improve energy efficiency and cut the UK’s carbon emissions. More support for local heating projects will also give jobs in the sector a huge boost, with the value of the district and heat network market expected to rise to around £530 million this year.’

2 October 2014
First deep geothermal energy produced in Cornwall for 25 years
 

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Geothermal Engineering Ltd (GEL) have successfully produced deep geothermal energy for the first time in Cornwall for 25 years. The project has been developed in conjunction with the Department of Energy and Climate Change with the aim of delivering, cheap, renewable heat. Following on from this successful trial, GEL is looking to develop commercial projects with partners looking to supply renewable, deep geothermal heat to buildings. The company will announce a number of high profile projects over the next 12 months.

Dr Ryan Law, Managing Director of Geothermal Engineering Ltd said, 'Geothermal energy could be a significant contributor to the UK's energy portfolio offering both heat and power. This project shows that GEL can deliver deep geothermal energy in Cornwall and we look forward to developing further projects in the region.'

Ed Davey, Secretary of State for Energy said, 'We need a broad base of renewable energy in the UK and I am pleased to see that a deep geothermal heat project is finally producing energy. This nascent sector could make a real contribution to renewable heat supply in the UK. I am glad that DECC have been able to support this project via the Energy Entrepreneurs Fund. I wish GEL success for future projects.'

24 February 2014
Single well technology launched in the United States

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As work progresses on the trial of the single well technology developed by Geothermal Engineering Ltd, presentations and papers were made at both the Stanford Geothermal Congress and at Arup New York. The paper and presentations were well received as there is currently a resurgence of interest in using deep geothermal heat for buildings in the United States – particularly on the East Coast. There was also interest in using the single well technology in a number of wells that are currently being drilled for other purposes in suitable locations.

Dr Ryan Law, Managing Director of Geothermal Engineering Ltd said that, ‘We were surprised at the high level of interest in the technology that we are currently trialling and developing. If the field trial is successful over the coming months then we look forward to exploring some commercial opportunities in the United States’

15 December 2013
European outlook positive for geothermal heat and power

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December saw the passing of the annual European conference on geothermal heat and power, organised in association with the European Geothermal Energy Council (EGEC). This year’s event was held in Amsterdam and was very well attended by representatives from the global geothermal community. The United Kingdom session was extremely popular and covered many aspects of the commercial and legislative aspects of deep geothermal heat and power development.

Dr Ryan Law, Managing Director of Geothermal Engineering Ltd said that, ‘We were very happy to attend this year’s event and present on a number of projects we are developing in the United Kingdom. It was good to see such a high attendance and that there continues to be a great deal of interest in the future of deep geothermal heat and power in the United Kingdom’

5 December 2013
Government increases support for geothermal heat and power

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As part of a general announcement on support levels for renewable energy technology, the Government has significantly increased the tariff for deep geothermal electricity. The ‘strike price’ (effectively a Feed in Tariff) has been raised from £120 to £145 per MWh. The Department of Energy and Climate Change also confirmed that deep geothermal technology will have its own dedicated heat tariff of £50 per MWh under the Renewable Heat Incentive.

Dr Ryan Law, Managing Director of Geothermal Engineering Ltd said that, ‘The announcement was very good news for the deep geothermal industry in the United Kingdom. We have been arguing for some time that the tariff for deep geothermal electricity in the UK needs to be competitive with other countries in Europe. The new strike price should enable us to attract the necessary investment for our flagship electricity project at the United Downs site.’

30 October 2013
Geothermal hot topic at Envirotech summit

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The geothermal panel was extremely well attended at this year’s Envirotech and Clean Energy Investor Summit 2013 in London. The two day event is Europe's largest green investment summit and attracts fund managers from all over the World.

Dr Ryan Law, Managing Director of Geothermal Engineering Ltd, who Chaired the geothermal panel said that, ‘It is great to see a renewed level of interest in both geothermal heat and power at this year’s summit. In the past, geothermal energy has always been resigned to the ‘Graveyard slot’ at these events but this year the billing and attendance was high. It is clear that in some parts of the World geothermal development is hitting record levels and investors are now interested to see where the current opportunities lie.’

23 October 2013
WS Atkins publish deep geothermal review

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WS Atkins publish deep geothermal review

The renowned consulting firm WS Atkins have published a report commissioned by DECC on the deep geothermal power sector in the United Kingdom. The report highlights a number of areas where the Government should consider new policies to encourage the sector. A copy of the report can be downloaded here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/deep-geothermal-review-study

Dr Ryan Law, Managing Director of Geothermal Engineering Ltd said that, ‘This report is another step forward in the development of deep geothermal energy in the United Kingdom. It highlights a number of areas in which policy needs to be developed to encourage the development of deep geothermal power in the United Kingdom. We look forward to seeing the Government’s response.’

12 October 2013
GEL breaks ground at the United Downs site

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GEL breaks ground at the United Downs site

As part of completing the outstanding planning conditions for the United Downs site in Cornwall, Geothermal Engineering drilled three exploration boreholes to over 100m. The boreholes were drilled to determine sub-surface ground conditions at the site and suitable locations for the deep drilling rig.

Dr Ryan Law, Managing Director of Geothermal Engineering Ltd said that, ‘The completion of the outstanding conditions for the planning permission at the site is an important step forward. Further, we now have a good understanding of the sub-surface across the site and consequently where to best site the deep drilling rig.’

9 September 2013
GEL win Energy Entrepreneurs Award from DECC

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GEL win Energy Entrepreneurs Award from DECC

Geothermal Engineering has been awarded a Grant of eight hundred thousand pounds from the Department of Energy and Climate Change to work on a new method of deep geothermal heat extraction. The grant will enable the company to complete designs and trial the new system early in 2014.

Dr Ryan Law, Managing Director of Geothermal Engineering Ltd said that, ‘We are pleased that DECC saw the potential in the system we are proposing and very much look forward to completing a successful field trial early in 2014. We are already in discussions with a number of parties that are interested in deploying this new type of heat system. We hope that this will be a game changer for the UK deep geothermal industry.’

6 June 2013
European Geothermal Congress in Pisa
seen as a great success for the geothermal industry

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European Geothermal Congress in Pisa seen as a great success for the geothermal industry

The European Geothermal Congress in Pisa, organised by the European Geothermal Energy Council, demonstrated the level of interest in geothermal heat and power from around the World. As Italy is one of the largest producers of geothermal power in the World, (almost 1GW of electricity) there was much discussion on the need for Italy to expand into deeper geothermal systems. Many of the innovative geothermal programmes across Europe were also discussed, including developments in the UK.

Ryan Law, Managing Director of Geothermal Engineering Ltd and Chair of the deep geothermal sector group within the REA, said that, ‘the European Geothermal Congress was a great opportunity to understand the developments that are currently underway in Europe and what the industry needs to achieve in both heat and power production over the current decades. The next ten years are going to be extremely important for geothermal within Europe and I hope that the UK is able to contribute significantly to the development and growth of the sector.’

23 May 2013
UK All Energy conference
shows high attendance for deep geothermal session

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UK All Energy conference shows high attendance for deep geothermal session

There was a high level of interest in the geothermal session of the 2013 All Energy conference in Aberdeen. Ryan Law, Managing Director of Geothermal Engineering Ltd and Chair of the deep geothermal sector group within the REA, presented on developments in the UK sector as well as the flagship United Downs electricity project that is being developed in Cornwall.

The question and answer session focused largely on the barriers to development in the UK and what the Government (both UK and Scottish) can do to help the sector to catch up with more mature deep geothermal markets in Europe. Ryan Law said of the event, ‘The All Energy conference has always been a great opportunity to discuss developments across all the renewable sectors in the UK. Overall, the outlook for renewables still looks very positive and it was great to see such a high level of interest in the geothermal sector. We hope that by the time All Energy 2014 comes around, the deep geothermal sector will have moved forward significantly in the UK.’

14 April 2013
DECC launch UK deep geothermal study
on potential support measures for the power sector

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DECC launch UK deep geothermal study on potential support measures for the power sector

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has commissioned Atkins Global to undertake a study into both the potential for geothermal power generation in the UK and the support mechanisms needed to enable the sector to move forward.

Officials at the department have stated that ‘DECC has initiated a two stage process to try to move the deep geothermal power sector forward. The first phase is a feasibility study to draw together all the evidence to explore and test the case for additional Government support. Subject to the outcome of this first step, and the usual value for money constraints, the various options for further support will be analysed and might include Government funding for a demonstration project. The feasibility study which is being undertaken by Atkins is due to conclude at the end of June.’

Ryan Law, Managing Director of Geothermal Engineering Ltd and Chair of the deep geothermal sector group in the UK welcomed this development stating that, ‘this is a positive sign that the UK Government is starting to tackle some of the barriers to geothermal development that are unique to this country. I hope that this is the first of many steps that need to be taken to ensure that deep geothermal power development in this country does not fall far behind the developments that are taking place in other parts of Europe.’

9 November 2012
Ryan Law speaking at the Envirotech Summit
one of the key investor events of the year

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Ryan Law speaking at the Envirotech Summit one of the key investor events of the year

Ryan Law, Managing Director of Geothermal Engineering Ltd was speaking at the Envirotech and Clean Energy Investor summit in London. This was the second year that the summit had run a dedicated geothermal session which shows the sustained level of interest in this technology. Ryan Law said of the event that, “once again it was good to see the level of interest from investors in geothermal technology. There is an increasing awareness amongst the investment community of the benefits of geothermal energy and the questions from the floor showed what investors are hoping this technology can deliver. The Envirotech summit is one of the key investor summits of the year and the keynote speech by the Rt Hon Vince Cable MP, outlined the commitment of the Government to the sector”.

11 September 2012
All Party Parliamentary Group launched in Westminster
by Greg Barker MP, Minister for Climate Change

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All Party Parliamentary Group launched in Westminster by Greg Barker MP, Minister for Climate Change

An All Party Parliamentary Group has been launched to promote the interests of deep geothermal in the UK. The group will be co-chaired by Sarah Newton (Tory MP for Truro and Falmouth) and Liberal Democrat Peer Lord Robin Teverson. Sarah Newton’s constituency includes the United Downs site, where Geothermal Engineering Ltd plans to develop the UK’s first deep geothermal power plant.

Sarah Newton said, “Wind, solar, marine and other technologies already have powerful lobbies within Parliament and I feel that deep geothermal needs to have its case made and its voice heard in order for the UK to have a healthy and diverse mix of energy supply.”

Ryan Law, Managing Director of Geothermal Engineering Ltd said, “Sarah Newton and Lord Teverson have been champions of the deep geothermal industry and we are grateful to them for starting the APPG. I hope that the group can bring additional political support for the development of the deep geothermal sector in the UK”

26 June 2012
Geothermal Engineering presenting at the Renewable Energy Risk Management event in London.

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Geothermal Engineering presenting at the Renewable Energy Risk Management event in London. Key discussion of geothermal risk and insurance/ mitigation.

Ryan Law, Managing Director of Geothermal Engineering Ltd, discussed some of the key risks associated with geothermal development at the Renewable Energy Risk Management event in London. The event was attended by representatives from all the renewable energy technologies as well as those from the risk insurance industry. The discussions were lively and focussed mainly on Government policies and availability of finance, key factors that are currently influencing the development of renewable projects.

Ryan said of the event that. “'It was extremely interesting to hear people’s opinions on geothermal power and discuss some of the current perceptions of risk. There is a growing interest in geothermal projects, particularly their suitability for small scale urban development. I think attendees left with a much greater understanding of geothermal risk and a heightened awareness of the United Downs deep geothermal project that we are planning in the UK."

30 May 2012
Technical report outlines the UK deep geothermal potential:
Up to 20% of the UK's base electricity demand as well as heat for millions of homes.

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Technical report outlines the UK deep geothermal potential: Up to 20% of the UK's base electricity demand as well as heat for millions of homes.

Key findings include:

• The resource is widely spread around the UK with ‘hotspots’ in Cornwall, Weardale, Lake District, East Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, Cheshire, Worcester, Dorset, Hampshire, Northern Ireland and Scotland

• Cost reduction potential is exceptionally high

• Deep geothermal resources could provide 9.5GW of baseload renewable electricity – equivalent to nearly nine nuclear power stations – which could generate 20% of the UK’s current annual electricity consumption

• Deep geothermal resources could provide over 100GW of heat, which could supply sufficient heat to meet the space heating demand in the UK

• Despite this significant potential, the UK support regime is uncompetitive with other European countries.

Leonie Greene, Head of External Affairs for the REA said; “The investment needed to kick-start this very promising industry is very modest indeed. Isn’t this exactly the kind of investment the UK Government should be making today to secure our future prosperity?”

For the full version of the report, please contact Leonie Green, Head of External Affairs at the REA, on 020 7981 0856 or email LGreene@r-e-a.net.

3 May 2012
GEL Directors presented to Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II
as part of her visit to Exeter University

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GEL Directors presented to Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II as part of her visit to Exeter University

Ryan Law, Managing Director and Peter Ledingham, Operations Director of Geothermal Engineering Ltd were presented to Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II at Exeter University on the 3rd of May. The team were there to demonstrate some of the cutting edge renewable energy technology that is being developed in the South West. The event was then followed by lunch at the University, attended by Her Majesty.

Ryan Law, Managing Director said of the event, “this was a unique opportunity to present some of the concepts behind our deep geothermal project at the United Downs site. The Queen already has an interest in geothermal technology, as evidenced by the heating system that was installed at Buckingham Palace. We explained that this was just taking things a little deeper – 4.5kms deeper. Peter Ledingham, our Operations Director, also had an opportunity to show Her Majesty a drill bit that is similar to that we will use at the United Downs site.’

14 March 2012
Geothermal Engineering Ltd at the CEFD event.

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Geothermal Engineering Ltd at the CEFD event. Ryan law Chairs the geothermal discussion panel.

Ryan Law, Managing Director of Geothermal Engineering Ltd chaired the discussion on geothermal energy at the Clean Energy Finance and Development conference in London on the 14th of March. The conference was well attended by companies such as E.ON, Shell and Statkraft along with representatives from the Department of Energy and Climate Change and the Committee on Climate Change.

Ryan said of the event that, “It is always interesting to talk to other companies that are involved in renewable technologies. These events are good opportunities to discuss common problems of funding and legislation along with potentially innovative solutions to help develop renewable projects.”

27 February 2012
Seismology for Schools Open Day.
Geothermal Engineering Ltd at Plymouth University.

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Seismology for Schools Open Day. Geothermal Engineering Ltd at Plymouth University.

Peter Ledingham (operations Director) and Jon Gutmanis (chief geologist) attended the Seismology for Schools Open Day run by Plymouth University presenting geothermal energy, and the United Downs project in particular, in the context of natural and induced seismicity. Students and staff from schools throughout the southwest participated in lively discussions about monitoring of seismicity and the public perception of seismic risk. Later the same day Peter and Jon gave a lecture on geothermal technology, the southwest’s geothermal potential and the United Downs project to staff and students from the School of Geography, Earth & Environmental Sciences.

Peter said of the event, “It was great to see the level of interest in the United Downs project from local students. The project should help to inspire students to not only study geology but also go on to be part of what is an expanding engineering sector.”

8 February 2012
Greg Barker voices support for deep geothermal

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Greg Barker voices support for deep geothermal The Secretary of State for Climate Change, talks of his support for the deep geothermal sector.

Greg Barker, the Secretary of State for Climate Change, was interviewed in the most recent issue of the Renewable Energy Association News. In the interview, the Secretary of State underlined his support for the deep Geothermal sector. On the issue of Renewable Obligation Certificates he said that,

“...I'm now turning my attention to geothermal. I will want to look very closely at the RO consultation responses before we make any decision because while like marine geothermal is a long-term bet rather than a quick win, when you are making decisions against the 2050 roadmap it’s important we make decisions for the long term.”

On deep geothermal in general he went on to say that,

“..there is huge geothermal potential in the UK and I want to see us not only extract that full potential getting into the 2020s but also build up an industrial supply chain for that technology and potentially see it as an important export.”

27 January 2012
Geothermal Engineering Ltd speaking at the European Renewable Energy M&A Forum

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Geothermal Engineering Ltd speaking at the European Renewable Energy M&A Forum 2012 in Liverpool St, London.

Ryan Law, the Founder and MD of Geothermal Engineering Ltd was invited to talk with other specialists on some of the investment issues facing the renewable sector in Europe. Other attendees on the panel were:

Gregory Story, Partner, Solar Energy Partners Limited

David Mesonero, Business Development Manager, Gamesa Corporacion Tecnologica

Gavin Duke, Investment Manager, Aloe Private Equity

Patrick Lemcke-Braselmann, Head of Acquisition and Financing, Voigt & Collegen GmbH

Ryan Law said that “the MergerMarket event was extremely well attended. It was interesting to hear some of the issues affecting all the renewable technologies right now. The presence of utility companies as well as institutional investors also gave another side to the story of investing in renewable technologies.”

10 December 2011
Geothermal Engineering Ltd speaking at GeoPower 2011, Milan

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Geothermal Engineering Ltd speaking at GeoPower 2011, Milan

Ryan Law (MD) was invited by the European Geothermal Energy Council (EGEC) to talk about the United Downs project and financing for deep geothermal projects.

Ryan Law, the founder and managing director of Geothermal Engineering Ltd was invited by the European Geothermal Energy Council (EGEC) to speak at the annual GeoPower event in Milan. This event is widely seen as the most important on the European geothermal calendar. Ryan was asked to talk about both the United Downs deep geothermal project and funding for deep geothermal projects in general. The European industry as a whole is finding funding hard to come by in these difficult times.

After the conference Ryan Law said that, “this is by far the most important geothermal event on the calendar and it was a privilege to be invited by EGEC to speak. It was heartening to see the increase in attendance of the oil and gas companies, which the deep geothermal energy need to fully develop the potential of deep geothermal in Europe”.

1 November 2011
Geothermal Engineering Ltd awarded £6m

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Geothermal Engineering Ltd awarded £6m

Geothermal Engineering Ltd awarded £6m by the Department of Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) for drilling and testing the first well at the United Downs project.

Geothermal Engineering Ltd has been awarded £6 million towards the cost of a geothermal plant in Cornwall. Geothermal Engineering Ltd already has planning permission to build the plant, which is located at the United Downs, near Redruth in Cornwall. A pioneering research centre into geothermal energy is also planned in conjunction with the University of Exeter Sustainability Institute.

The development of the UK’s deep geothermal industry will mean job creation, not only in the geothermal sector but in related sectors such as engineering, manufacturing and construction.

Ryan Law, Managing Director of Geothermal Engineering Ltd, and Chair of the Renewable Energy Association’s Deep Geothermal Group said: “We are pleased that the government has recognised the potential of the deep geothermal industry in the South West of the UK. The grant will be used to leverage significant levels of private funding into the United Downs deep geothermal project. The geothermal industry was disappointed at the outcome of the Renewable Obligation Certificate Review published at the end of October. However, this grant will help the industry move forward.

“Once the first plant is operational, we will roll out further projects across Devon and Cornwall which could produce up to a total of 300MW of electricity. The South West has a great geothermal resource and developing this resource will mean more jobs, more British engineering expertise, and more clean energy for the country.”

10 February 2011
MD Ryan Law speaking at Ground Energy Conference

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MD Ryan Law speaking at Ground Energy Conference

Ryan will be one of the speakers at the Ground Energy conference in London. The conference looks at funding, regulating and expanding the use of ground source energy in the UK.

Ryan will be presenting a case study session titled Deep geothermal in Cornwall, focusing on Geothermal Engineering Ltd's work at United Downs.

The conference is being held on 10 February 2011 in London. For more information, or to register, please visit the organisers' website.

9 February 2011
Geothermal Engineering Ltd bids for share of £1.4 billion Regional Growth Fund

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Geothermal Engineering Ltd bids for share of £1.4 billion Regional Growth Fund Geothermal Engineering Ltd, has bid for a share of the £1.4 billion Regional Growth Fund.

Currently Cornwall is classed as a Tier 1 assisted area, meaning its GDP per head is less than 75% of the EU average. The development of Cornwall’s abundant deep geothermal resource would contribute towards a new, sustainable private sector industry. The project planned by Geothermal Engineering Ltd will also kick off the development of the UK’s deep geothermal industry as a whole. This will mean job creation, not only in the geothermal sector but in related sectors such as engineering, manufacturing and construction. According to the Geothermal Energy Association of the United States, for every 1GW of capacity added, the new facilities will support 6,400 manufacturing and construction jobs and 740 operation and management jobs per year.

Ryan Law said: “The deep geothermal sector represents an enormous opportunity for the economy and as an industry could provide up to 30,000 jobs in the UK. The South West (in particular Devon and Cornwall) has a good deep geothermal resource and we hope the government will recognise that with a relatively minor investment, Geothermal Engineering Ltd will be able to leverage the private capital required to transform the region by creating new jobs, boosting local industry and attracting private investment across the UK. Germany, for example, now exports its deep geothermal rigs for over €25million each.”

The project will also boost academic research as Exeter University is developing an Environment and Sustainability Institute on their Cornwall campus.

31 January 2011
36th Stanford Geothermal Workshop
 
 

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36th Stanford Geothermal Workshop Geothermal Engineering Ltd attending US geothermal event.

Geothermal Engineering Ltd is attending this year's Stanford Geothermal Workshop, held in Stanford, California. This workshop brings together engineers, scientists and managers from all over the world to discuss geothermal reservoir studies and developments. The workshop also provides a forum for the exchange of ideas on the exploration, development and use of geothermal resources.

The US geothermal sector is particularly exciting as in September 2010 the US Department of Energy (DoE) invested $20 million in the development of geothermal power technologies.

Jay Nathwani, manager of the DoE's Geothermal Technologies Program, has said that the 'geothermal industry won't be disappointed by the grant for this year' during a presentation this month.

17 January 2011
Deep Geothermal Seminar
 
 

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Deep Geothermal Seminar MD Ryan Law speaks at an industry seminar looking at deep geothermal development in the UK.

The seminar has been organised by the Renewable Energy Assocation, and will be chaired by REA chief executive Gaynor Hartnell.

Speakers:

Tim Smit, co-founder of the Eden Project

Lord Teverson, Liberal Democrat energy and climate spokesperson

Dr Ryan Law, chair of the REA’s Deep Geothermal Group

Professor Horst Rueter, vice-president of the Geothermal Society

The seminar is being held at Portcullis House.

UPDATE: read the Guardian's environment blog coverage of the seminar.

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/damian-carrington-blog/2011/jan/18/geothermal-energy-nuclear

29 September 2010
MD Ryan Law speaking at GeoPower conference

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MD Ryan Law speaking at GeoPower conference. Now in its second year, GeoPower Europe is the official conference of the European Geothermal Energy Council (EGEC).

Ryan will be speaking on Enhanced Geothermal Systems: Current Challenges and Future Plans for Europe’s EGS Projects. He will be joined by Susan Petty, President and CTO of American geothermal company AltaRock.

GeoPower is a conference that brings together industry leaders from around the world to discuss Europe's geothermal potential. The conference will be held on 8-9 December 2010, in Paris, France.

For more information, please visit the GeoPower website.

3 September 2010
MD Ryan Law on the Today programme

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MD Ryan Law on the Today programme - Radio 4's Today programme interviews Ryan to find out more about the company's plans for Cornwall.

Speaking to the programme's science and technology correspondent while on a tour of the plant's site, Ryan explained how geothermal power works, what output the plant in Cornwall will have, and how it draws upon Cornwall's natural geothermal resources. The programme also interviewed Tim German, head of Cornwall Council's Green Cornwall initiative, and Gaynor Hartnell, CEO of the Renewable Energy Association. Ryan summed up Cornwall's potential by concluding: "it's like having a power station beneath the ground, and you're tapping into that heat."

If you would like to hear the programme, it can be listened to on the BBC iPlayer.

13 August 2010
Planning permission granted for Redruth plant

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Planning permission granted for Redruth plant

Geothermal Engineering Ltd has been granted planning permission to develop the UK’s first commercial geothermal power plant at their Redruth site in Cornwall.

Today, Cornwall Council has approved the planning application for three wells to be drilled at United Downs industrial estate, near Redruth. Outline permission has also been given for a geothermal power plant at the site that will produce 10 MW of electricity, to be fed into the National Grid and 55 MW of renewable heat energy which could be used for the local community. 55 MW of heat is the equivalent of heating 20 schools for a year, while 10 MW of electricity is enough power for 20,000 homes.

For more information, please visit the downloads section of the website to download the full press release. You can also visit Ryan’s blog to read about what this decision means for Cornwall and the UK, and what will happen next.

28 July 2010
MD Ryan Law selected to chair Deep Geothermal Group

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MD Ryan Law selected to chair Deep Geothermal Group

The Deep Geothermal Group is a part of the Renewable Energy Association (REA).

Find out more about the REA here.

28 June 2010
Geothermal project in parliament

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Geothermal project in parliament

Truro and Falmouth MP Sarah Newton included Geothermal Engineering Ltd in her maiden speech to parliament today.

Praising the development of renewable energy in Cornwall, and explaining the geothermal resources at the county's disposal, Ms Newton said: "Geothermal Engineering Ltd has submitted a popularly backed planning application to Cornwall council and if it is successful, we will see the first commercial geothermal energy plant in the UK, which will produce 10 MW of renewable energy to be fed into the national grid."

To read the full text of the speech, please visit the transcripts page.

7 May 2010
Sound demonstration held on United Downs site

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Sound demonstration held on United Downs site

Geothermal Engineering Ltd hosted a sound demonstration in response to some local residents’ concerns about temporary noise levels whilst drilling.

The demonstration was held on the United Downs industrial estate, where Geothermal Engineering Ltd exhibited noise levels of 45 decibels. This is the level of noise that will be heard 250 metres from the site during the 4 months of drilling for the first well.

25 April 2010
MD Ryan Law presents at the World Geothermal Congress

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MD Ryan Law presents at the World Geothermal Congress

Geothermal Engineering Ltd's MD Ryan Law attended the world's biggest geothermal industry event - the World Geothermal Congress and Exhibition, hosted in Indonesia.

Talking both about geothermal energy in the UK, and specifically about Geothermal Engineering Ltd's own plans to bring commercial geothermal power to the country, Ryan presented to delegates from 80 countries.

23 March 2010
White paper on heat energy demand published

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White paper on heat energy demand published

Geothermal Engineering Ltd has sponsored a white paper by Professor James Woudhuysen which explores the UK's growing demand for heat energy.

Everyone expects to be able to heat their home to the right temperature. But a growing demand for heat in the UK will put a strain on the country's ability to supply that heat unless we consider alternative sources such as the heat from deep geothermal plants.

The white paper can be downloaded from the media centre.

21 December 2009
DECC funding announced
 

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DECC funding announced

Geothermal Engineering Ltd has been awarded £1.475 million in funding by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC)

We are delighted to receive this initial funding for our proposed geothermal power plant in Cornwall, which, subject to planning, we will use to start the drilling process in 2010.

24 November 2009
Surgery sessions, Carharrack Mills Hall, Cornwall

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Surgery sessions, Carharrack Mills Hall, Cornwall

One-on-one surgery sessions for local residents to discuss the proposed plant.

Your chance to meet Ryan Law, MD and founder of Geothermal Engineering Ltd, and personally ask any questions you may have about our proposed power plant and how it will contribute to the local community.

The venue is the Mills Hall, Fore Street, Carharrack, Cornwall.

15 minute slots with Ryan will be available from 1.30 - 5.30pm.

To book your slot, please email us or call 07989 437197.

27 October 2009
Local exhibition, Carharrack Mills Hall, Cornwall

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Local exhibition, Carharrack Mills Hall, Cornwall

The Geothermal Engineering Ltd team will be holding a public exhibition for the local community to outline the plans for the proposed geothermal power plant.

We’ll be available to answer questions, to talk through the geothermal mining process and to show you how it all works. We also want to ask you some questions too – we want to know what you want us to do with the free heat we can provide for the local community. From heating the village hall to agricultural use, there are dozens of possibilities to choose from.

The exhibition is running for two days:

Day 1: Tuesday 27 October from 3pm – 8pm

Day 2: Wednesday 28 October from 9am – 1pm

The venue is Carharrack Mills Hall, Carharrack, Cornwall.

15 October 2009
Ineson Lecture, Geological Society in London

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Ineson Lecture, Geological Society in London

Ryan Law will be speaking about the future of geothermal energy in the UK.

Ryan Law speaking at the Ineson lecture, October 15th, Geological Society in London. This meeting is at Burlington House, organised jointly by IAH and the Hydrogeological Group of the Geological Society. What lies ahead for hydrogeologists and research and practice in groundwater science in the next decade.

3 October 2009
Boston Society of Civil Engineers, US

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Boston Society of Civil Engineers, US

Ryan Law will be speaking on the 'Geothermal Continuum - the spectrum of geothermal energy'.

Ryan Law speaking at the Boston Society of Civil Engineers on the 'Geothermal Continuum'. 3rd of October at the Boston Society of Civil Engineers, Boston University, Boston USA

This seminar will present a selection of topics relevant to the energy and sustainability markets today including nuclear, hydro, wind and geothermal energy, carbon sequestration and sustainability in construction.

1 October 2009
New Blog

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New Blog

Ryan Law outlines his plans for Geothermal Engineering and his vision for geothermal energy in the UK.

28 September 2009
New website launched!

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New website launched!

New website launched! We hope this website will give you a good overview on both geothermal energy and our plans to bring geothermal to life in the UK.

New website launched! We hope this website will give you a good overview on both geothermal energy and our plans to bring commercial geothermal energy to Cornwall. We would welcome any feedback or questions you would like to put to us through the Get Involved section.