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United Downs DEEP geothermal project launches informative new website

UDDP project in Cornwall/UK, snapshot of new website
Alexander Richter Alexander Richter 19 Jan 2018

The United Downs DEEP Geothermal Power project in Cornwall/ UK has launched a new informative website providing details on the project, funding available and development plans.

The United Downs/ DEEP Geothermal Power project has launched a new informative website. UDDGP is geothermal project in Cornwall, UK that plans to target a permeable geological structure called the Porthtowan Fault Zone, which lies about 800m to the west of the United Downs site. Two deep holes (wells) will be drilled into it; one for injection at about 2,500m depth and one for production at 4,500m. The temperature at the bottom of the production well is expected to be about 190 ?C.

Water will be pumped from the production well, fed through a heat exchanger and then re-injected into the ground to pick up more heat from the rocks in a continuous cycle. The extracted heat will be used to supply a demonstration power plant.

Geothermal Engineering Limited (GEL) has secured funding of GBP10.6 million ($14.4 million) from the European Regional Development Fund to explore the geothermal resources deep beneath Cornwall.

With GBP2.4 million ($3.3 million) from Cornwall Council and GBP5 million ($6.8 million) from private investors, the funding will allow GEL to drill two deep geothermal wells from its site within the United Downs Industrial Estate and build a 1MW pilot power plant to demonstrate the technical and commercial viability of supplying both electricity and heat.

Source: United Downs/ DEEP Geothermal Power