NERC UK Geoenergy Observatories project - Innovation event
3 June 2019
Technology Innovation Centre, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow
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NERC invited interested parties to attend this one-day UK Geoenergy Observatories Innovation event that was held at the Technology Innovation Centre, University of Strathclyde, on Monday 3 June 2019.
The workshop focused on the innovation requirements to underpin the development of geothermal energy resources in the UK. Delivering a UK-wide geothermal resource into the energy system requires cross-sector collaboration and innovation. Opportunities range from deep geothermal to shallow mine water geothermal and require innovation in a wide range of fields: from heat resource characterisation, site investigation, design of engineering infrastructure, construction and maintenance of facilities, sensors for better control of the geosphere-engineering hardware system and stronger regulatory compliance to data analytics and innovation in public engagement.
This workshop aimed to bring people together from different sectors, including companies across the geothermal supply chain (including companies involved in building, operating and maintaining geothermal facilities), regulators, end-users and academics in related fields, to develop an understanding of the innovation requirements for a future UK geothermal industry. The result will be an open report on innovation opportunities, and participants will have the potential opportunity to build networks to take advantage of future funding opportunities as and when they arise.
The workshop also introduced the UK Geoenergy Observatories (UKGEOS) project as a potential enabler for innovation. UKGEOS is a £31 million UK government capital investment to create world-class, subsurface energy-research test centres. Of particular relevance is the Glasgow Geothermal Energy Research Field Site (GGERFS), which aims to study low-temperature geothermal energy from the flooded mine workings below Glasgow. Information was presented on the UKGEOS facilities, how innovators can access the sites and potential routes for funding research and innovation at the sites.
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