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£1.8M grant awarded by NERC for geothermal research

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The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) is to support geothermal research with a £1.8M grant awarded under its £24M fourth round of highlight topic funding.

British Geological Survey geochemist Christopher Rochelle’s Geothermal power generated from UK granites (Gwatt) project is one of 14 initiatives to receive funding from NERC.

Through GWatt, Rochelle will work to deliver greater understanding of the deep geothermal resources in Cornwall and will work with Herriot Watt University, Camborne School of Mines, Geoscience, Geothermal Engineering, and the Cornwall and Isles Of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership on the project.

According to Rochelle, the work aims to reduce the uncertainty associated with geothermal exploration through a detailed appraisal of existing and newly gathered data gained from the geothermal project underway at United Downs.

NERC associate director of research Ned Garnett said: “The highlight topics programme allows us to receive ideas from both the research community and users of environmental science to ensure that we are providing funding where it is most needed. The provision of top quality environmental research has never been more essential as we continue to tackle some of the greatest environmental challenges of our time.”

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