Granite could be the latest renewable feather in Scotland’s growing energy cap. It’s always been plentiful in Scotland and Aberdeen is internationally known as the ‘Granite City’.
However a new level of excitement is surrounding this grey rock as there are many who believe it could bring about a second energy boom and go a long way to further strengthening Scotland’s place on the energy map.
I know what your thinking…. How can a rock generate energy?
Well… about four miles straight down from the earths surface, the temperature rises by around 150°C. However, the interesting bit is that where there is granite rock, the temperature can rise by as much as 210°C. This is the temperature that can create hot springs, the likes of which have been used for bathing. But scientists now believe that these same “hot rocks” can provide a valuable source for electricity generation. Most importantly if this source was proven efficient it is yet another feasible renewable energy source for Scotland.
Estimates have shown that a demonstrative geothermal energy plant could be constructed somewhere between Aberdeen and Peterhead, and would generate approximately £750 million of investment in its first 10 years of operation.
However the whole project is relying on whether or not the subterranean granite can generate enough power to keep the plant running.
If not…we could always use another spa resort.
The Scottish government has been given an additional £100m to spend on renewable energy after a deal was put in place between Holyrood and Westminster.
Scotland has been granted permission to invest around half of the funds available in the UK’s fossil fuel levy on renewable energy sources such as wind farms.
However, while this money is of course a step in the right direction, things are apparently not as rosy as they seem, with Holyrood Finance Secretary John Swinney saying that the move is ‘long overdue’ and that “For too long Scotland’s money has been sitting unspent in an Ofgem account in London”.
Apparently the Scottish government have been submitting proposals to try to encourage the UK government to release the spending allowance, but all we can say is better late than never. Let the renewable energy spending commence!
Hopefully the government can use some of it to ensure renewable energy prices are affordable so it will be achievable for the majority of Scottish homes in future.
Here’s hoping this means wind farms and solar panels are cemented into Scotland’s future!