NZTC announces UK’s first national centre to advance geothermal energy

The Net Zero Technology Centre (NZTC), Durham University, SHIFT Geothermal, and The Reece Foundation have announced the launch of the UK National Geothermal Centre (NGC), which aims to accelerate the UK geothermal sector.  
NZTC announces UK’s first national centre to advance geothermal energy
National Geothermal Centre Partners. Courtesy of Net Zero Technology Centre (NZTC).

The NGC aims to accelerate the UK geothermal sector by stimulating and supporting research and innovation, transitioning and developing expertise, and driving the creation of a policy, regulation and investment framework which enables geothermal advancement. 

It will also drive collaboration between government, industry, and academia, championing the integration of geothermal energy into the future renewable energy mix, as a low carbon option for heating homes and industries, and power generation. 

The geothermal sector has the potential to be a significant contributor to the UK’s energy targets and economy, meeting 10 GW of the projected heating demand and 1.5 GW of the anticipated electricity demand by 2050. Geothermal expansion could create 50,000 jobs for the future and result in an annual reduction of 10 million tonnes of CO₂ emissions.

The centre is now actively seeking sector engagement to accelerate the uptake of geothermal projects across the UK.  

“Geothermal energy is the foundation of energy security in the UK” said Anne Murrell, Director at the NGC. “It is an inexhaustible source of clean heat and power beneath our feet. The new UK National Geothermal Centre will work to unearth geothermal energy. Already in the UK geothermal projects are providing stable, low-cost, green energy to homes and businesses. With its expert stakeholders from industry, academia, finance and government, the NGC will expand geothermal development, at speed and at scale.”

For additional information:

UK National Geothermal Centre (NGC)

Net Zero Technology Centre (NZTC)

Durham University

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