Not long ago, we talked about how the UK needed to realize that it had major heat resources at its disposal, and deciding to invest in geothermal energy was the only logical thing to do.
We then argued that this would help diminish the nation's ecological footprint, and that it would also pose significant benefits financially wise.
The good news is that, as of today, it officially became public news that GT Energy is to build the country's largest commercial deep-geothermal heat plant.
Come to think about it, such news was to be expected, as not long ago we also reported
on how GT Energy entered a partnership with EON, aimed at improving on British geothermal heat networks.
Apparently, it was agreed upon that the best location for carrying out such a project was the Ardwick district in Manchester, as huge geothermal resources lie just below this city.
This means that the heat generated by this geothermal plant can be used to meet the demands of households and companies found in its vicinity.
Moreover, Manchester's residents might also experience a sudden and more-than-welcomed economic boom, as new job opportunities will emerge once work on this project begins.
informs us that, in order to gain access to said resources, the company will have to drill at a depth of nearly 3,000 meters (about 9,850 feet / 1,9 miles).
For the time being, company representatives are meeting with local people, so as to decide on which plant designs would best suit both of them.
Should this phase end well – and odds are that it will – GT Energy is expected to officially file a planning application with the Manchester City Council as early as September.
The same source informs us that, as far as Climate Change Minister is concerned, this piece of news is “exactly the sort of innovative green project we want to see sprouting up across the country.”