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23
Mar

Drilled an exploration well!

We delivered a shallow geothermal exploration well the week before the UK lockdown began. TownRock Energy have been working for Glen Mhor Hotel & Apartments to help them develop an open-loop ground-source heat pump. The first big step we've taken is to drill this exploration well to test the water quality, temperature and flow. It was undoubtedly a success. Our upmost thanks to our lead drillers - Alan and James…

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21
Jan

Delivering insight in Nova Scotia, Canada

We kicked off 2020 by visiting Nova Scotia, Canada, where good heating systems are critical as temperatures reached as low as -18C during our visit! TownRock Energy were commissioned to help a municipal client understand the business case for installing a minewater district heating and cooling network. The opportunity for renewable heating and cooling from flooded coal mines is enormous, especially in the UK, and we look forward to progressing…

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05
Nov

7th London Geothermal Symposium

Our Managing Director Chaired the 7th UK Geothermal Symposium in London for the third time running. The excellent array of speakers presented highlights from the UK geothermal sector and beyond, including the deepest well to be drilled in the UK at the United Downs Deep Geothermal project in Cornwall, and drilling of wells at the BGS mine water research site in Glasgow. A broad variety of private public and academic…

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30
Oct

Paper Published summarising TownRock Energy’s Geothermal Project Case Studies

The paper can be access online for free at https://pangea.stanford.edu/ERE/db/WGC/papers/WGC/2020/08025.pdf. Keywords: geothermal, heat, energy, Scotland, UK, aquifers, mines, granites, minewater, groundwater, water, thermal, networks, business, commercial, models, case, feasibility, studies, policy, on the rocks, Scotch, whisky. Abstract: Despite valiant efforts, there are still no significant geothermal energy projects installed in Scotland, and only a few significant open-loop ground-source heat pump projects. This paper tells the stories, in brief, of these…

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07
Oct

GEO-RISK Workshop

We attended the GEO-Risk project workshop in Munich to understand the projects approach to better quantifying and understanding risk. The speakers were very interesting, albeit the representatives from the banks were not very optimistic that private drilling risk insurance would be backed again in the near future. The sharing of challenges and solutions between the delegates from France, Germany and the Netherlands was very useful to be a part of,…

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04
Sep

Offshore Europe emphasise the energy transition

Our MD attended Offshore Europe at the new P&J Live exhibition centre in Aberdeen, Scotland. He was pleased by the number of presentations from hydrocarbon industry leaders about carbon capture and storage as well as hydrogen and their important role in the decarbonisation of global energy supply. Other talks by Wood involved visioning futures whereby climate targets had or had not been met, with the latter being realistically dystopian. Let’s…

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03
Sep

TownRock attend the Geo-energy Symposium in Edinburgh

David and John attended the Geo-energy Symposium at the Heriot-Watt University campus, hosted by the British Geological Survey Lyell Centre. The sessions included talks on carbon capture and storage and geothermal energy. Most excitingly the latest updates for the United Downs Deep Geothermal power project were presented by Peter Ledingham, who describes the successful drilling programme which achieved a production well depth of over 5000 m, creating the deepest onshore…

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07
Aug

Finalist in the VIBES Awards

We are delighted to announce that we have been selected as finalists in the VIBES awards - The Scottish Environment Business Awards - which celebrates the hard work and commitment of companies at the forefront of environmental change in Scotland. Our category is Hydro Nation Scotland Award, and the finalists are: Biomatrix Water Solutions LTD, Diageo – Leven, Ecoanolytes Limited, The James Hutton Institute, TownRock Energy. Thank you for your…

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19
Jun

Won another year at the EBS Incubator

We are proud to announce we have been accepted into the Edinburgh Business School start-up company incubator for a second year. The team at EBS have been massively helpful during our first year, and the facilities are excellent, and we expect the next year to be even better as a fresh cohort of start-ups join us in the hub. In-take is every 6 months so if you have a start-up…

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