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There are no deep geothermal power plants in the UK, despite government grant awards and eligibility for the Renewables Obligation.The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) therefore commissioned Atkins to draw together all the evidence to explore the sector’s potential. The study report is the output of this work.
The report includes a review of existing deep geothermal studies, an assessment of the feasibility of geothermal power production, a review of the costs and returns, the potential for technological innovation, and concludes with some possible next steps. The report focuses solely on geothermal energy for power generation, although combined heat and power system schemes have also been considered as part of the work.