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BGS to show off plans for Cheshire energy research site

The British Geological Survey (BGS) will give local residents an insight into its plans to build a UK Geoenergy Observatory on the Ince Marshes.

The facility will be the BGS’s second in the UK with planning permission for its Glasgow observatory granted last week.

According to the BGS, the UK Geoenergy Observatory at Ince Marshes would enable study of science questions on a range of known techniques that utilise the sub-surface, from storing carbon to using the rocks as a battery store powered by solar, wind and tidal energy. The Glasgow facility is focused questions related to geothermal heat within flooded mine-workings below Britain’s towns and cities.

The BGS will present its plans for Cheshire on 11 September between 5pm and 9pm at Elton Community Centre.

The BGS has said that the meeting is the latest event in a comprehensive year-long programme of community engagement, during which the it has met with local stakeholders, businesses, residents and community groups.

The preferred locations for the boreholes will be discussed, giving local residents an opportunity to talk about the chosen sites, the drilling process and the technical studies completed.

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