Future Geothermal Power & Heat sites

Introduction

Cornwall is sat above an incredible geothermal resource and Geothermal Engineering Ltd (GEL) have been working hard to identify new sites that would allow us to tap into this resource for clean, renewable, 24/7 power generation.
GEL appreciates that the prospect of having a new renewable source of electricity and heat close to where you live, or work can be daunting. Below you will find information about geothermal power and heat production and the process that will be undertaken before a powerplant is installed. GEL has many years of experience in the renewable energy and drilling industry and will always be happy to answer questions.

Artist’s Impression of a 5MW Geothermal Power Plant in Cornwall

community members doing different things

As a Cornish company, GEL are excited to be able to build this brand-new industry in Cornwall. It will bring much-needed investment to the Duchy, alongside the creation of direct and indirect green jobs. We are in the process of achieving planning permission for four new sites, located close to Tolvaddon, Manhay, Penhallow and Mawla.

Planning permission

Before work can start on a new development, GEL must achieve planning permission from the local authority. You can find information about the standard planning process which GEL are following on Cornwall Council’s website, along with the applications for all four proposed new geothermal developments which are now online. The applications contain a wealth of information including a project description, site plans, environmental and ecological surveys, noise assessment, climate change report, landscape and visual impact appraisal and many others.

 If you have any questions about our developments, please read the new FAQ section of our website or send us a message via the Contact Us form.

More information about geothermal energy and the stages and impacts of a geothermal development can be found in the two scrolling presentations below.