Geothermal energy – present and future
  • Lecture Theatre 2, Roland Levinsky Building, Plymouth University

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Geothermal energy harnesses natural heat stored within the Earth to provide constant energy sources that reduce or eliminate the use of conventional fossil fuels. The South West of England has long been known to have the potential to provide the highest underground temperatures at moderate depths and the best opportunity for power generation systems in the UK.

Dr Tony Batchelor, from GeoScience Limited, will set out the future of geothermal energy, particularly looking at the capacity and scope for the technology, and present the latest news on plans to develop - with partners Geothermal Engineering Limited - the first commercial geothermal power project near Redruth in Cornwall. 

Come and hear how Cornwall’s hot rocks might re-energise the South West!


  • 17:30 - arrival and registration with refreshments
  • 18:00-19:30 - lecture with Q&A

All are welcome to this free public event, but booking is essential via the above link.

Speaker biography: Dr Tony Batchelor

Tony Batchelor is Chairman of GeoScience Limited, a specialist geothermal and geotechnical consulting / design company. He helped found GeoScience Ltd in 1986 working on geothermal projects in California, Oregon, Japan, St Lucia, The Azores, Turkey and Indonesia and has since consulted for many oil companies worldwide on rock mechanics and fractured reservoirs.

Dr Batchelor holds a BSc in Mining Engineering (1968) and a PhD in Rock Mechanics (1972) from the University of Nottingham. He is a Chartered and European Engineer, a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining. He is a member of the Geothermal Resources Council, was a founder member of the International Geothermal Association and served on the Board.

He is an author of more than 60 papers and contributor to three books and a biography in ‘Who’s Who in Science and Engineering’. He taught Rock Mechanics at the Camborne School of Mines for over 12 years and developed the UK Hot Dry Rock Geothermal Project; he was the Project Director from 1977 to 1986. He has been involved with the feasibility of extracting heat from flooded mines in the Scottish coalfields and the West Cornwall mining area in Camborne/Redruth. 

GeoCareers 2017

This SEI public talk is part of Plymouth University’s GeoCareers fair, taking place on Wednesday 1 March 2017. Geocareers 2017 is organised by the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, an annual event aimed at increasing student awareness of graduate employment opportunities within the Earth and Environmental industries. More information can be found on the website.

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