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For more information about Geothermal Energy please contact: Johann MacDougall: johann.macdougall@gov.scot

What is geothermal energy?

Geothermal energy is simply the natural heat that exists within our planet.  The geothermal heat resource beneath Scotland can be considered in terms of three main settings: abandoned mine workings (low temperature), hot sedimentary aquifers (low and possibly relatively high temperature), and hot dry rocks / petrothermal sources (relatively high temperature).

The potential for deep geothermal energy in Scotland

The Scottish Government commissioned AECOM (in collaboration with the British Geological Survey) to carry out a study to identify the next steps that are necessary to take forward the commercialisation of deep geothermal energy in Scotland, comprising the following:

Stage One – assessment of the areas most likely to hold deep geothermal resource based on existing geological data sets, and

Stage Two – Identification of policy options and key actions that the Scottish Government can implement to encourage commercial exploitation of the available geothermal resource, including providing policy options, key actions, and who should be responsible for their implementation.

The British Geological Survey (BGS) undertook stage one in collaboration with AECOM. The resulting report is summarised as a non-technical summary in Section 2 of Volume 1. The full report is contained in Volume 2.

Heat Policy Statement

The Heat Policy Statement (published on 11 June 2015) sets out how the Scottish Government is working with stakeholders to develop the geothermal industry in Scotland.

Glasgow Geothermal Energy Research Field Site

The UK Geoenergy Observatories project is a NERC/BGS project to establish new centres for research into the subsurface environment.  One of the centres will focus on geothermal energy research in the Clyde Gateway area

A community engagement event was held in Dalmarnock on 5 September 2017 to launch the plans for the Glasgow Geothermal Energy Research Field Site.  NERC and BGS have been working with key stakeholders, including the Scottish Government, as they develop their plans.  More information about the UK Geoenergy Observatories programme is available here: http://www.bgs.ac.uk/research/energy/esios/glasgow/home.html