Hot springs eternal


Guardbridge is to be one of five sites in Scotland where investigations into tapping warm water underground for heating, are to be carried out.

The University of St Andrews, which operates the Guardbridge Energy Centre, is lead partner in a Scottish Government funded project to see if geothermal energy can be used to heat homes and businesses around Scotland.

The project will share a Scottish Government Geothermal Energy Challenge Fund grant of almost £250,000 with others in Aberdeen, Banchory, West Lothian and North Lanarkshire.

It’s believed that this largely untapped resource could provide significant amounts of renewable heat for Scotland, helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions with a low carbon heat source.

Dr Ruth Robinson, the lead for the geothermal feasibility project at the University of St Andrews, said:

“Extracting geothermal heat from sedimentary rocks is similar to getting drinking water out of the ground, except in this case the water is warm enough to be used for heating. This feasibility project will investigate if there is a business case to explore for geothermal heat, and if feasible, the technological developments arising out of this project could be used for similar projects across Scotland.”

The team of collaborators working on the project with the University’s Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences are part of a group called Fife Geothermal, and include the British Geological Survey, Ramboll, Town Rock Energy Ltd, Fife Council, and Resource Efficient Solutions Ltd.