The Eden Project has big green energy plans. They’ve created a new company, Eden Geothermal Ltd, with the aim of building a geothermal plant to power their popular eco visitor attraction in Cornwall. We filmed this exciting new project in Eden’s next step towards a greener future.
Our Work with Eden Geothermal
For this project we worked with close friend and Sustainability Consultant Chris Hines (MBE). Chris is the former Sustainability Director at The Eden Project, and founder of Surfers Against Sewage. So he knows his stuff. Eden commissioned us to create a video to explain their vision to use geothermal energy to become ‘better than carbon neutral’. So we headed to the Eden Geothermal, next to their world class attraction in Cornwall.
And for such an ambitious project it’s on a suitably impressive scale; the site itself is the size of a football pitch. Time-lapse captured the construction of the enormous rig and drone footage shows the magnitude of the project. We included a series of interviews, that clearly explain the project and its aims. Gus Grand, executive director at Eden Geothermal, praises geothermal energy and its benefits: how it will replace gas to power the Eden biomes and more. While Max Skerratt, Project Manager, proudly shows off the enormous drill being used and explains the engineering side of this project. In addition, Lucy Cotton, Geologist, gives us an insight into what is going on underground. From the film, it is clear to see that everyone shares a passion for this incredible project.
What is Geothermal Energy?
Drilling 4.5km down into the granite crust of the earth, Eden Geothermal are in hopes of finding “Hot Rocks”. Using a 55m drill rig, Eden will sink a a hole which will take around 5 months to complete. Water will then be injected into the hole which will be heated by hot rocks. Ultimately, the water, now around 100 degrees, will be pumped back up to the surface. It will then be used to warm the biomes and surrounding buildings. If successful, the hope is to raise money for a second well to bring even more heat to Eden and local businesses. This stage of the project will involve building an electricity plant, providing electricity to Eden and the surrounding area.
Unlike some renewable energy sources, geothermal energy is available 24 hrs a day and isn’t reliant on certain weather conditions. There are hopes that one day geothermal energy could supply the UK with 20% of its electricity needs. We wish Eden Geothermal every success in their trail-blazing project.
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