Eden Project

Energy from the
rock beneath
our feet

We are pioneering geothermal energy — clean, naturally occurring, sustainable energy from the rock deep underground.

Eden Geothermal Ltd has been set up by three partners: Eden Project, EGS Energy Ltd, and Bestec (UK) Ltd to unlock the geothermal energy deep in the granite beneath Cornwall. Eden Geothermal has funding of £9.9m from the European Regional Development Fund, alongside £1.4m from Cornwall Council and £5.5m from institutional investors to drill a 4.5km deep well at the Eden Project, and heat its famous Biomes, greenhouses and offices.

This is the first phase of a two well development. It will pave the way for the second phase: another 4.5km well and an electricity plant.

See below to find out more about who we are, what we do and how geothermal energy can help with our energy needs both now and into the future.

COP26 President Alok Sharma declares full steam ahead for Eden’s ground-breaking hot rocks project

 

COP 26 President-Designate Alok Sharma in the driller’s chair of MND’s Bentec 450 Eurorig at Eden Geothermal

The President-Designate of COP26, Alok Sharma, visited the Eden Geothermal site on Wednesday (19 May) to mark the start of drilling at the pioneering project.

Mr Sharma, who leads preparations for the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow this November, saw in place the 450-tonne capacity, 55-metre high rig drilling 4.5 kilometres into the Earth’s crust.

The COP 26 President’s visit comes ahead of the UK hosting a Climate and Environment Ministerial on 20-21 May as part of its G7 Presidency.

Ahead of his visit, Alok Sharma said: “The next decade is the most critical period for action to save our planet and the UK is leading by example as we build back better, and greener from the pandemic.

“Innovative technology, like that being used by Eden Geothermal to unlock sustainable, naturally occurring energy, is a fantastic example of being able to grow our economy through skilled jobs while cutting our emissions. I look forward to seeing this pioneering project moving full steam ahead.”

Among the visitors accompanying Mr Sharma was his spokesperson, Allegra Stratton, who is making a series of films in the run-in to the big event in Glasgow. You can see the film of the visit here

Mr Sharma with Steve Double, MP, representatives from Eden Geothermal and Eden Project , Eden Geothermal Project contractors, Cornwall Council and Cornwall LEP

See some media coverage of this news item here:

BBC: Eden Project: Drilling starts for geothermal power – BBC News

Cornwall Live: UN climate change president Alok Sharma praises ‘innovative’ Eden geothermal energy project – Cornwall Live