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Study into the Potential for Deep Geothermal Energy in Scotland: Volume 1

Study into the Potential for Deep Geothermal Energy in Scotland: Volume 1

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

ISBN: 9781782569855

This independent study investigates the potential for deep geothermal energy in Scotland and the steps necessary for commercialisation.

Executive Summary

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. The aim of this study is to identify the steps necessary to take forward the commercialisation of deep geothermal energy in Scotland.

Part one of the Study into the Potential for Deep Geothermal Energy in Scotland sets out the background of geothermal energy, describes the geological context, and presents an analysis of the size and accessibility of the heat resource in Scotland based on existing geothermal data.

This includes assessment of the areas most likely to hold deep geothermal resource based on existing geological data sets, and identification of policy options and key actions that can be implemented by the Scottish Government to encourage commercial exploitation of the available geothermal resource, such as, assessment of resource licencing, environmental regulation and consenting, planning, cost, benefits and financing.

It provides recommendations for both heat-only developments and power generating developments.