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Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme - Geothermal Energy Challenge Fund

Geothermal Energy Challenge Fund

The Geothermal Energy Challenge Fund is the first project being delivered as part of the Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme.  The Challenge Fund will support feasibility studies exploring the capacity of Scotland's geothermal resource to meet the energy needs of local communities.  It is aimed at consortia working together to benefit local communities, achieving measurable and sustainable carbon reductions with proper consideration of the impacts on the local environment.  Applicants are encouraged to refer to the guidance note, which also includes links to other relevant material.

Awards

The outcome of the assessment of the Challenge Fund applications was announced by the Minister for Business, Energy and Tourism on 14 June. Grant totalling £234,025 was offered to 5 projects. 4 projects have accepted the grant offered.   As a result, a total of £185,235 feasibility funding will be made available to explore the potential of the geothermal resource in sites in Fife, North Lanarkshire, Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire. In addition, the consortia behind a further 4 proposed projects have been invited to contact the LCITP team to discuss a range of early development support which may be available to help to progress their proposals. More information about the successful projects is in the article Geothermal energy projects awarded quarter million.

Publications

The completed Geothermal Energy Challenge Fund feasibility studies have now been published.

http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2016/03/9242 Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre

http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2016/03/8520 Fortissat, North Lanarkshire

http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2016/03/3520 Guardbridge, Fife 

http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2016/03/6881 Hill of Banchory, Aberdeenshire

Review of Feasibility Studies

The Scottish Government commissioned a synthesis report of the 4 feasibility study reports from ClimateXChange (CXC, www.climatexchange.org.uk). The attached report has been prepared by Scottish Carbon Capture and Storage, in liaison with CXC, providing a brief overview of each project, followed by key learning points from each report. 

It should be noted that:

  • The summaries are highly condensed from the full project reports;
  • The learning points are not always evidence-based (in some cases, they are best-case scenarios from the relevant feasibility report); and
  • Some of the RHI tariffs referred to in the four feasibility study reports are due for revision by the UK Government following a public consultation in 2016.

In addition, Scottish Carbon Capture and Storage, in liaison with CXC, have compiled the attached short bibliography to support the synthesis report.

Geothermal Energy in Scotland - A synthesis report covering the four feasibility studies

Downloadable documents:

Title:Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme - Geothermal Energy Challenge Fund
Description:The Geothermal Energy Challenge Fund is the first project delivered as part of the Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme.
File:Geothermal Energy in Scotland - A Synthesis Report Covering the Four Feasibility Studies [PDF, 419.0 kb: 12 Jun 2017]
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File:Geothermal Energy in Scotland - A Brief Bibliography of Key Literature Resources [PDF, 211.0 kb: 12 Jun 2017]
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