The Eden Project has secured £16.8 million of funding for a geothermal heat and power project, with drilling due to start on the site next summer.
Energy Voice 15th Oct 2019 read more »
The Eden Project has secured enough money to push ahead with its £17m plan to drill into Cornish rocks to harness clean heat and power, the tourist attraction announced yesterday. Together with project partners EGS Energy Limited, the Eden Project plans to drill down 4.5km as part of a pioneering geothermal energy project. Drilling will start next summer, and plans are already underway for a ‘Phase 2’ for the project, which would generate enough extra heat and power for Eden to become carbon positive by 2023. “This is another huge step forward in the drive to create a geothermal industry in Cornwall, using our natural assets to decarbonise our economy and create high value jobs,” said Glenn Caplin, chief executive of the Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership. “Renewable energy is both an environmental and an economic opportunity for Cornwall, which is why clean growth is at the heart of our emerging Local Industrial Strategy.”
Business Green 15th Oct 2019 read more »
A plan to heat the giant biomes of the Eden Project and, eventually, neighbouring communities by tapping into the “hot rocks” beneath the Cornish attraction has moved a step closer. The Eden Project announced on Monday that it had secured the funding to begin drilling for clean energy next summer. Cornwall council and the European Union have provided the bulk of the £16.8m needed to launch the geothermal project, which will initially involve a well being sunk almost three miles (4.5km) into the granite crust beneath Eden.
Guardian 14th Oct 2019 read more »