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Durham University

Durham Energy Institute


Durham's Geothermal research goes to DECC

(18 March 2014)

Dr Charlotte Adams (Earth Sciences and CeREES) met with DECC on 27th March to discuss the BritGeothermal Research Partnership and also to discuss the potential of the UK deep geothermal resource. During the meeting they were asked what they would do if they were DECC with respect to geothermal. They highlighted the importance of promoting heat only systems, funding more deep drilling and making deep well data more freely available and accessible.

Find out more about Durham's Geothermal research.


Dr Charlotte Adams (Durham, CeREES) is Research Manager for the BritGeothermal research partnership.

BritGeothermal is a new UK based consortium established as a focus for deep geothermal energy research both in the UK and globally. The consortium members include the British Geological Survey and the Universities of Durham, Glasgow and Newcastle. The consortium has the two most recent deep geothermal wells drilled in the UK as part of its portfolio and welcomes collaboration with other research groups and organisations working in the field of deep geothermal energy.

The UK has good potential geothermal heat resources associated with deep granites and hot aquifers located in several deep sedimentary basins across the UK. Our consortium members are working on active geothermal projects in Kenya, and Ethiopia and have links with projects in Australia and India.

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