Geothermal energy is extremely kind to the environment. It offers a constant, efficient supply of clean energy with minimal impact on its surroundings.
Geothermal energy is always on
Wind and solar power are effective alternative sources of energy, but they are subject to weather fluctuations and climate changes. Geothermal energy is not. It can continue to produce energy reliably 24 hours a day, seven days a week. With proper management of the water resources, the source of geothermal energy – the Earth’s heat – will be available indefinitely.
Geothermal energy is clean
Modern plants produce little or zero CO2. In addition, if the plants are cooled with air there is no visual impact from any kind of smoke or steam when the plant is operating.
Geothermal energy is quiet
You are very unlikely to hear a geothermal energy plant operating. In the same way they do not pollute the atmosphere with smoke, geothermal energy plants do not pollute the environment with sound either.
Geothermal energy is efficient
Geothermal energy plants use natural heat resources as the source of their power and can re-use the small amount of water they pump throughout the system.
Geothermal energy is... invisible!
Geothermal energy plants can readily blend into their surroundings, and sit comfortably alongside agricultural environments.The majority of the operational part of the plant is below the earth’s surface. The planned plant will only have a surface area equivalent to a detached house.
The Cornwall geothermal energy project
Geothermal Engineering is working with the Environment Agency to ensure that this geothermal engineering project in particular and geothermal energy systems in general, are based on sound environmental principles, now and into the future.
Part of this environmental awareness includes Geothermal Engineering producing an environmental assessment of the surrounding area. This means that a rigorous evaluation is made of the potential physical, biological, cultural, and socioeconomic effects of the geothermal energy development.