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CSRG: Getting into hot water - geothermal energy resources explained, with a case study focused on the Cheshire Basin

27 February 2020
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Evening Meeting, Lecture, Regional Group
Organised by:
Central Scotland Regional Group
COWI, Glasgow
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Please join the Central Scotland Regional Group for this evening talk at 6.00pm.

Over the past 20 years, research into geothermal energy extraction from low enthalpy resources within the UK has been increasing year-on-year. Whilst the UK has only one working geothermal system (Southampton), there is scope for geothermal energy to make a more significant contribution to the UK energy portfolio.

A major assessment of UK geothermal resources was undertaken by the British Geological Survey between 1976 and 1986. This identified low enthalpy resources associated with Permian and younger sedimentary basins. The total resource held within these basins was estimated at 292.6 Exajoules (EJ; Rollin et al., 1995); many times larger than the entire UK heating demand.

In addition, more novel geothermal sources have been researched, such as the resource contained within abandoned flooded mine workings and produced water from oil fields. The Cheshire Basin lies close to the large population centres of Manchester and Liverpool, both of which could benefit substantially from low carbon district heating schemes.


Dr Catherine Hirst, COWI UK

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This is a free event, but please register to reserve a place by emailing


COWI UK Office
5th Floor, 310 St. Vincent Street
G2 5RG

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