One of the award-winners in the 2015 Heriot Watt University Energy Academy / Scottish Energy News research of the year competition is part of the successful consortium that has won Scottish Government funding for a geo-thermal energy feasibility study.
Earlier this month, the government granted a total of £234,000 to five such projects across Scotland – including the Guardbridge Energy Centre, on the site of the former paper mill – to investigate the feasibility of heating buildings using warm water recovered from sedimentary rocks deep below the ground.
The consortium working on the project – called Fife Geothermal – and includes the British Geological Survey, Ramboll and Town Rock Energy Ltd.
The managing director of Town Rock Energy is David Townsend, who last month won the Energy and Entrepreneurship Award in the Heriot Watt Energy Academy / Scottish Energy News energy researcher of the year competition 2015 (**) after establishing Scotland’s first geothermal energy company.
It applies well-established hydrocarbon exploration techniques combined with thermal modelling to high grade areas for hot water production from geothermal aquifers. He is also working to facilitate mine-water geothermal district heating schemes that will deliver very low carbon heat at an affordable rate to energy users in Scotland’s central belt.
Townsend is also a core member of the Geothermal Energy Expert Working Group tasked with advising the Scottish Government on means of assisting the private sector in developing geothermal energy in Scotland.
He is pictured (above) being presented with his Heriot Watt Energy Academy / Scottish Energy News energy award by Fergus Ewing, the Scottish Energy Minister. Also pictured (right) is Prof. Mercedes Maroto-Valer, Head of the Energy Academy.
St Andrews University is investing £25 million at the former paper mill at Guardbridge to generate power through clean biomass and pump hot water four miles underground to heat and cool its labs and residences.
See also: Green light for Scotland’s first five geothermal feasibility projects – http://goo.gl/jGnH9H
** See the full 10-page Special Report: 2015 Heriot Watt University Energy Academy / Scottish Energy News research of the year competition – http://goo.gl/jkaFeU