Geothermal energy rocks!

Something hot and heavy is happening in the city centre.

Contractors Dunelm Geotechnical have started drilling a trial borehole up to 100m deep to begin the investigation for renewable heat from the limestone seams on land outside the Civic Centre.

This geothermal energy source has the potential to heat and cool buildings at lower cost and reduced impact on the environment.

Although the current works are investigative, experts are very hopeful that an effective heating source will be found. These works will cost £25,000 and are part of an EU funded project called HeatNet.

Councillor Mark Lowry, Cabinet member for Finance said: “We have pledged to seek out renewable energy sources within our city. As we have recently heard from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, we all need to play our part in preventing rising global temperatures. This is a very early step in our search for fossil fuel alternatives in Plymouth, and has the potential to be very exciting.

He added that Plymouth was moving towards being a carbon neutral city by 2050.

The Council will have a clear idea of how effective this source could be later this year, and if successful a number of wells will be drilled (using EU funding) to begin extracting the heat and provide cooling.