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NERC extends Geoenergy Observatories innovation invitation

The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) has announced it is to hold a one-day UK Geoenergy Observatories innovation event this summer to focus on the requirements to develop the UK geothermal sector.

The event will be held on 3 June at the Technology Innovation Centre, University of Strathclyde and NERC is inviting interested businesses to register to attend.

According to NERC, the workshop will be focused on the innovation requirements to underpin the development of geothermal energy resources in the UK.

The research body has said that opportunities range from deep geothermal to shallow minewater geothermal and require innovation in a wide range of fields: from heat resource characterisation, site investigation, design of engineering infrastructure, construction and maintenance of facilities, sensors for better control of the geosphere-engineering hardware system and stronger regulatory compliance to data analytics and innovation in public engagement.

An NERC spokesperson said: “This workshop aims to bring people together from different sectors including companies across the geothermal supply chain (including companies involved in building, operating and maintaining geothermal facilities), regulators, end-users and academics in related fields to develop an understanding of the innovation requirements for a future UK geothermal industry. The result will be an open report on innovation opportunities, and participants will have the potential opportunity to build networks to take advantage of future funding opportunities as and when they arise.

“The workshop will also introduce the UK Geoenergy Observatories project (UKGEOS) as a potential enabler for innovation. UKGEOS is a £31M UK government capital investment to create world-class, subsurface energy-research test centres. Of particular relevance is the Glasgow Geothermal Energy Research Field Site, which aims to study low-temperature geothermal energy from the flooded mine workings below Glasgow. Information will be presented on the UKGEOS facilities, how innovators can access the sites and potential routes for funding research and innovation at the sites.”

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