The Proposal

The Proposal

[column size=”1-2″ last=”0″ style=”0″]The Devonshire Street geothermal heat project will be one of the first of its type in the UK and will put Manchester at the forefront of low carbon community heating schemes.

Our proposal aims to develop a geothermal heat plant on Devonshire Street in Ardwick, Manchester.

Two wells will be drilled to an approximate depth of 3,200m, providing access to the Cheshire Basin.

The first well will be used to abstract geothermal water from deep underground. This will then be passed through a heat exchanger in the geothermal plant, before being passed back into the ground through the second well.

This phase of construction is expected to take around 150 days to complete.

An energy centre will be built underground in order to minimise the visual impact. As a result, only a head house will be visible above ground, built to provide access to the underground chamber beneath.

The energy centre will house the Heat Exchanger, which will play an important role in harnessing renewable heat from the geothermal water. This heat will then provide customers meet their heat and hot water requirements.

Construction of the head house and energy centre will take around six months to complete, with operation commencing shortly afterwards.

A programme to install a district heating network to distribute heat from the proposed plant in Manchester would be developed by one of the UK’s leading utilities companies. This would be subject to separate notifications to Manchester City Council (MCC).
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Visualisation of the proposed Devonshire Street site


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