Institution of Mechanical Engineers IMechE

Lecture: Development of Deep Geothermal Energy Resources in the UK

12 June 2012

Deep geothermal exploration in the UK in the 1980s resulted in only one operative borehole (in Southampton). In 2004, a 995m-deep borehole was drilled into the Weardale Granite in County Durham, sparking a new phase of exploration which finally looks set to launch a new industry focusing on the delivery of renewable heat networks and - in some places - electricity generation using Organic Rankine Cycle and other thermoelectric systems.

Speaker: Professor Paul Younger from Newcastle University.

Professor Paul Younger FREng is currently Director of the Newcastle Institute for Research on Sustainability, and will shortly take up the Rankine Chair of Engineering at Glasgow University. With a broad background in borehole engineering and natural resources management, his current person research and commercial activities centre on deep geothermal energy and underground coal gasification with carbon capture & storage (CCS). He is a non-executive director of both Cluff Geothermal and Five-Quarter Energy. A former Public Orator of Newcastle University, he is an experienced speaker and a prolific technical author. He has directed the only two deep geothermal drilling projects in the UK in the last decade.



: Professor Paul Younger

Duration: 1 hour