Funding to support consortia/partnerships in Scotland to conduct feasibility studies into the capacity of the geothermal resource in abandoned mine workings, hot sedimentary aquifers, hot dry and hot wet rocks.
Funding of between £10,000 and £50,000 is available, to cover up to 100% of eligible costs.
Funding will be delivered as de minimis State Aid funding (this permits aid of up to €200,000) or Article 25 (State aid for research and development projects) of the General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER).
If applicants are in receipt of any other de minimis aid from another source, they must declare this as part of their application. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure there is no breach of the €200,000 ceiling to an individual recipient (from all sources) in any rolling three-year fiscal period.
The Geothermal Energy Challenge Fund is managed by Scottish Enterprise and funded by the Scottish Government.
The results of a desk based study, commissioned by the Scottish Government and published in 2013, suggested that there may be significant potential for deep geothermal energy in Scotland. The report concluded that the geothermal heat resource beneath Scotland could be considered in terms of three main settings: abandoned mine workings (low temperature), hot sedimentary aquifers (low and possibly relatively high temperature), and hot dry rocks / petrothermal sources (relatively high temperature).
The Geothermal Energy Expert Group was set up to provide advice to Scottish Ministers in respect of practical proposals for the development and implementation of geothermal heat, or heat and power, with a view to reducing Scotland's carbon footprint while providing additional security of energy supplies. The Scottish Government has launched the Geothermal Energy Challenge Fund in response to a recommendation from the Expert Group.
Following the publication of a Scottish Government commissioned study published in 2013 which found that there may be significant potential in Scotland for geothermal energy, the Geothermal Energy Challenge Fund has been established to help support feasibility studies into the capacity of the geothermal resource in abandoned mine workings, hot sedimentary aquifers, hot dry and hot wet rocks.
The Fund's objectives are to:
- Support projects exploring Scotland’s potential geothermal energy capacity to provide heat, utilising minewater, hot sedimentary aquifers, hot dry and hot wet rocks.
- Encourage the development of proposals for using geothermal energy to benefit local communities, achieving measurable carbon reductions (without sacrificing proper consideration of the impacts on the local environment), which are sustainable in the long term.
- Support the development of future viable delivery models that demonstrate commercial viability as part of the energy solution in local developments.
Ultimately, the aim of the Fund is to support a local market for the geothermal resource and the viability of the identified location(s) as a self-sustaining, economically-attractive investment prospect.
Contact the provider for details of any restrictions associated with the scheme.
Applications are invited from consortia/partnerships in Scotland which consist of at least two of the following:
- A community group
- Registered charity
- Community benefit society
- Community interest company
- Local authority
- Registered social landlord
- Academic institution
- Heat supplier
- Third sector organisation
- A commercial organisation
Applications must be submitted by a project lead organisation which will receive funds and sign up to the grant conditions.
- Include a credible and experienced partner/member with evidence of robust financial planning, and financial due diligence carried out to a high standard.
- Be able to produce evidence of local community support for the principles, including an understanding of the potential environmental impact of the project, and potential for the project to contribute to the long term development of a commercially viable geothermal industry in Scotland.
- Be prepared to share publicly, and free of charge, geological and geophysical data collected and analysed as part of the feasibility study.
Contact the provider for more information on match funding requirements.
Grants are available to fund technical and commercial feasibility studies without which investment in geothermal technology and development would not be able to go ahead. The Challenge Fund is intended to support evaluation and analysis of the potential of a project by objectively and rationally uncovering its strengths and weaknesses, opportunities and threats, as well as identifying the resources to carry it through.
The last deadline for applications was 30 April 2015 (5pm). Details of any further rounds will be reported should they become available.
Frequency: Not specified.
Applicants should submit a Microsoft Word electronic version of their application, including an electronic signature in the relevant sections, to firstname.lastname@example.org
Those that do not have an electronic signature should email their application form to email@example.com to arrive by 5pm on 30 April 2015, and post a hard copy of it with the necessary signatures in the relevant sections, to:
Scottish Enterprise, EFRS Caspian House, 2 Mariner Court, 8 South Avenue, Clydebank Business Park, Clydebank, G81 2NR
The deadline for receipt of hardcopy applications was 5pm on 5 May 2015.