Outline planning permission granted for Celsius facility in Cornwall, which plans to harness geothermal energy to produce rum. The UK’s first geothermal rum distillery and cask maturation facility could be coming to Cornwall, after the ambitious project was this week granted outline planning permission by the Cornwall Council. Celsius, the Sustainable Distillery Research Centre, is set to be built on the edge of what was formerly the United Downs landfill site, next to where Geothermal Energy Ltd (GEL) is planning to begin producing zero carbon, renewable power from 2022. Celebrating the Council’s vote of confidence in the project, Matt Clifford, Cornwall Geothermal Distillery Company’s founder, said: “What a message to the G7 delegations and world media examining climate change and green job creation here next month that Cornwall is the place to invest in renewables – all supported by our local and national governments and business leaders.”
Business Green 14th May 2021 read more »
The UK government should provide targeted support for the geothermal sector to aid the country’s green recovery, help deliver on net zero emissions goals, and build a ‘world leading’ industry with significant export potential, a new report has argued. The Association for Renewable Energy and Clean Technology (REA) and ARUP today published a wide-ranging new report exploring the environmental and economic potential of deep geothermal energy projects, drawing endorsements from over 30 businesses, academics, NGOs, and industry experts. The report argues that the introduction of a targeted Geothermal Development Incentive by the government could result in up to 12 geothermal projects being operational by 2025. It calculates that a surge iun development would create 1,300 jobs and generate more than £100m in investment, predominantly in towns in the North of England, Midlands, and South West. The report argues that the proposed policy would provide a much-needed catalyst to the industry, laying the foundations for around 360 sites to be established by 2050 providing an extra £1.5bn in investment, 10,000 direct jobs, and 25,000 indirect jobs. In addition, a fleet of geothermal projects could provide reliable and predictable clean power and heat, delivering annual carbon savings of three million tonnes and making a significant contribution to the UK reaching its net zero ambitions.
Business Green 13th May 2021 read more »
A topic that has received considerable interest in the oil and gas community recently is exploiting geothermal energy. In April Rigzone presented one company’s insights on the potential for tapping into geothermal via some abandoned oil and gas wells.
Rigzone 13th May 2021 read more »