Swimmers in Cornwall could soon see one of their favourite outdoor pools heated using energy from deep below ground, as part of a pioneering geothermal energy project that developers hope will one day see the region rival Iceland, New Zealand, or Japan as one of the world’s top hot spa destinations. Drilling has begun this week at the Jubilee Pool in Penzance with plans underway to turn it to the first site in the UK where people can bathe in water heated by geothermal energy. Engineers have long argued that Cornwall and several other parts of England could provide a zero emission source of geothermal heat, which could be used to provide hot water or generate power. However, while a handful of projects have been developed the fledgling sector has struggled to scale up with critics arguing that relatively high costs and limited government policy support have undermined prospects for the industry. Geothermal developers have countered that falling technology costs and an improved understanding of where geothermal resources are located, coupled with the need to decarbonize heat systems and the emergence of new heat networks, could help drive investment in the sector.
Business Green 6th Feb 2018 read more »