Small East End hole mak­ing Glas­gow hot global prop­erty

Evening Times - - NEWS - BY MA­SON BOY­COTT-OWEN

IT’S a small hole in the East End of Glas­gow, but it has the po­ten­tial to make the area the world cen­tre for re­search into geo­ther­mal en­ergy.

The first hole, drilled yes­ter­day just across the road from Celtic Park, has been said to have so much re­search po­ten­tial that sci­en­tists, aca­demics and busi­nesses from all over the world will be look­ing to Glas­gow to in­form the en­ergy projects of to­mor­row.

The 12 bore­holes across the city will record data as part of the UK Geoen­ergy Ob­ser­va­to­ries (UKGEOS) project along­side an­other site in Cheshire.

The £31 mil­lion project will record in­for­ma­tion about the rocks to an un­prece­dented level with some go­ing down al­most 200m into the ground.

The think­ing is that this will help over­come one of the ma­jor is­sues with the fu­ture of geo­ther­mal en­ergy – that busi­nesses and in­dus­try need to re­search in order to bring it to peo­ple’s homes.

Pro­fes­sor Zoe Ship­ton, pro­fes­sor of ge­o­log­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing at the Univer­sity of Strath­clyde, said: “We’ll have sen­sors down these bore­holes that lis­ten to the earth and hear the changes that hap­pen where we have earth­quakes. This sen­sor go­ing just across the road will be able to hear earth­quakes from across the en­tire planet, and ones nearer by as the sea­sons change – or when some­body scores at Celtic Park.

“It’s a re­ally ex­cit­ing day for Glas­gow, hav­ing this in Clyde Gate­way. It’s as ex­cit­ing as a place where chil­dren, the sci­en­tists and en­gi­neers of the fu­ture can come and ac­tu­ally meet real sci­en­tists work­ing on the fu­ture of our en­ergy.”

Apart from us­ing hot wa­ter from the earth to heat peo­ple’s homes, re­search from this site may have many more ap­pli­ca­tions for cre­ate green liv­ing.

The East End of Glas­gow sits on the old mines which con­tain warm wa­ter these have the po­ten­tial to be used to heat homes and busi­nesses in the lo­cal area fol­low­ing re­search from the project.

Coun­cil­lor Anna Richard­son said: “In­no­va­tion and en­gi­neer­ing has been at the heart of the Glas­gow City Re­gion’s econ­omy for more than 200 years and it re­mains an im­por­tant growth area for our com­mu­ni­ties. Glas­gow’s share of this £31m in­vest­ment in re­new­able en­ergy tech­nolo­gies un­der­pins the im­por­tant re­search be­ing driven for­ward by our higher ed­u­ca­tion es­tab­lish­ments and en­ergy and en­gi­neer­ing busi­nesses, keep­ing Glas­gow firmly on the world stage.”

The world will be look­ing at Glas­gow as a cen­tre for geo­ther­mal en­ergy re­search

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