Drilling has just started on the UK’s first ever geothermal electricity plant - right here in Cornwall - and Truro High School's students have been invited to get involved with its research.
The United Downs Deep Geothermal Power project (UDDGP) has just launched drilling operations near St Day, in a bid to demonstrate the potential of the geothermal resource in the UK to produce electricity and renewable heat.
Truro High is one of only nine schools chosen to have a ‘Raspberry Shake’ seismometer installed within its grounds offering students the chance to help the project with its continuing research.
This high tech instrument records vibrations in the ground, measuring seismic activity to industrial standards. Using real-time data, the school’s students will monitor the effects the project has on the surrounding environment and become an integral part of the Cornwall Raspberry Shake network.
This week, a number of the school’s geography students attended a lecture with renowned geologist and UNESCO Chair of Geoscience and Society Professor Iain Stewart and the UDDGP Project Geologist Lucy Cotton. The girls gained a fascinating insight into the work they will be doing for this landmark project and how the country can utilise the geothermal heat harnessed by it to produce clean, reliable and renewable energy.
For those who wish to find out more about the UDDGP, Lucy will be heading up a special evening lecture at Truro High as part of our Aspiring Engineers Programme early next year to discuss the project further.