A new consortium will explore and develop deep geothermal energy projects in Northern Ireland and plans to bring forward its first projects in 2022.
Geothermal NI is made up of MJM Renewables, Arup, Queen’s University Belfast and Geothermal Engineering Ltd. It says Northern Ireland’s geology has suitable geothermal energy sources and the Department for the Economy’s newly published Energy Strategy places strong focus on its potential future role. The Department has also established a Geothermal Advisory Committee to provide advice and guidance.
Naoimh McConville, director of MJM Renewables, said: “Deep geothermal represents an untapped opportunity in Northern Ireland, and with the urgent need to develop renewable energy sources, Geothermal NI projects will help drive the shift to a zero-carbon economy and society.”
Dr Ryan Law from Geothermal Engineering Limited said: “We are delighted to be extending our geothermal footprint into Northern Ireland. It is clear that we must urgently invest in and scale our renewable energy provision in the UK. Hand in hand with the roll out of wind and solar power, we have to think about the provision of baseload energy to make sure our energy supply is consistent. Geothermal power is 24/7 and can play a valuable part in helping us reach not only our renewable energy imperatives but will also play a valuable role in ensuring our energy security for years to come.”