A consortium of companies and academics has been formed to explore and develop deep geothermal energy projects in Northern Ireland.
Geothermal NI is made up of MJM Renewables, Arup, Queen’s University, and Geothermal Engineering Ltd.
Northern Ireland has a naturally high level of geothermal activity, with unique areas above hot granite that generate natural heat, offering some of the best potential for renewable geothermal energy in the UK.
The Department for the Economy, which last week published its Energy Strategy, has already established a geothermal advisory committee to provide advice and guidance on the availability of geothermal energy to help decarbonise the heat network.
Geothermal NI says it sees deep geothermal energy in the region playing a key role in the fight against climate change, while also attracting high skilled jobs and economic investment.
Dr Matthew Free, Director at Arup, said: “At Arup, we’re helping our clients across the world to make the transition to decarbonised, secure and affordable energy.
“Geothermal has a further attraction, in that it is local. We are very pleased to be part of the team, with MJM Renewables, Geothermal Engineering Ltd and Queen’s University Belfast to make this happen in Northern Ireland.”
Dr Ryan Law, Geothermal Engineering Ltd, said: “Hand in hand with the roll-out of wind and solar power, we must think about the provision of baseload energy to make sure our energy supply is consistent.
“Geothermal power is 24/7 and can play a valuable part in helping us reach not only our renewable energy imperatives but will also play a valuable role in ensuring our energy security for years to come.”
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