The GeoAtlantic project aims to:
- Encourage transition away from fossil fuel dependence;
- Promote the use of renewable energy from the ground; and
- Facilitate uptake of geothermal energy or ground source heat technologies.
For further information on the project and if you have any questions related to funding opportunities, contact Lynda Mitchell (firstname.lastname@example.org 01631 720658 / 07901 510915, or via the ALIenergy office number 01631 565183).
What is Geothermal energy?
Geothermal energy is energy stored beneath the earth’s surface in the form of heat. It can be used to heat homes, office buildings and to generate electricity.
Benefits of geothermal energy:
- Carbon free
- Uninterrupted energy source
- Local resource
- Stable cost, no fluctuation as with gas or oil
- Low maintenance costs
- Energy security
- Little footprint at ground level
It’s not new, geothermal has been around for as long as people have been able to take advantage of it. Humans have been using geothermal energy in the form of hot springs and steam geysers for bathing and agriculture for hundreds of years.
Geothermal is set to become a popular option in the renewable energy mix. The Scottish Government has “identified deep geothermal energy as an important emerging renewable energy technology that could have the potential to play a significant role in Scotland’s future energy provision”.
We think the following videos are excellent explanations of geothermal possibilities.
Geothermal Energy in Scotland
The Geothermal Energy Challenge Fund supported 4 feasibility studies to explore the potential of geothermal resource sites in Fife, North Lanarkshire, Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire. The completed Geothermal Energy Challenge Fund feasibility studies have now been published and can be found in the links below:
The Scottish Government commissioned a synthesis report of the 4 feasibilty study reports.
More information on GeoAtlantic
EU Partner Organisations in France (FR), Ireland (IE), Portugal (PT), Spain (ES), and the UK: