The UK District Energy Association Associate Member:
GT Energy Ltd / Brookefield Utilities
GT Energy is leading the way in the generation of renewable heat in the UK and Ireland. GT Energy identify, plan, develop, build, finance and operate deep geothermal heat generation plants. This heat is provided to customers and energy suppliers under long-term thermal purchase agreements.
GT Energy was set up in 2007 when managing director Padraig Hanly identified the growth of deep geothermal heat and electricity systems in Germany. At the time, Germany's public policy was changed to support the development of those systems, resulting in a new and fast-growing industry.
GT Energy set about investigating the potential for deep geothermal energy projects in the UK and Ireland with the ultimate aim of developing similar projects. They have benefited from 'first-mover advantage' in the geothermal energy sector and expect to bring further geothermal heat projects on line during 2013 and 2014.
In bringing projects to a successful completion, GT Energy carry out geological surveys and feasibility studies, and design geothermal projects. As part of the process they apply for planning permission and licensing, obtain finance and communicate with stakeholders throughout the process.
Their decentralised generation solution is safe, environmentally friendly, affordable and sustainable, and provides a renewable source of heat for decades, if not centuries.
Geothermal energy is a natural form of renewable energy generated from the heat in the earth's core, which has an estimated temperature of in excess of 6,000 degrees Celsius.
Geothermal energy has been harnessed for centuries, with the world's oldest geothermal district heating system in France, developed in the 14th century. The first modern geothermal district heating plant was developed in 1892 and the first deep geothermal electricity generation plant was developed in Italy in 1904.
Unlike solar and wind energy, geothermal energy is not dependent on the weather. Available 24/7, it is a reliable provider of electricity and heat.
Its benefits include:
- Providing countries with a supply of sustainable energy they don't have to import
- Not being subject to fuel price volatility
- Its minimal visual impact, making it ideally suited to urban locations
Geothermal energy can be used for both heat and electricity. It can provide heat to district heating schemes, universities and hospitals. It can be used in industrial processes, such as cooling, or in aquaculture and horticulture.
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