Ballycastle and Rathlin officially Ireland’s hottest spots

3 03 2013

Ireland Geothermal Map

Ballycastle and Rathlin officially Irelands hottest spots

During a visit to Rathlin with research geologists from the IRETHERM Project, Ballycastle SDLP Councillor Dónal Cunningham was quick to point out that Ballycastle and Rathlin are now officially Ireland’s “hottest spots”.

Councillor Cunningham said that “If you look at the geothermal maps of where the suitable locations are in Ireland, Ballycastle and Rathlin really stand out. The area could well be at the forefront of the shift towards the revolutionary green technology of geothermal energy which takes heat from miles underground.”

“Experts think that, deep geothermal technology could meet much of our electricity needs. There’s absolutely no reason why we shouldn’t be aiming to tap into this potential energy source.”

Geothermal energy involves drilling down deep into the earth’s crust to tap into thermal energy stored there.

The Ballycastle Councillor said there would be three major benefits to making the most of this type of energy.

“The Economy – this is new technology that could create new jobs here in Ballycastle and Rathlin.

“Energy security – this energy is under our feet.

“The environment – geothermal energy is virtually carbon-free.”

Cunningham welcomes Geothermal Energy studies

7 02 2013



Ballycastle SDLP Councillor Dónal Cunningham has welcomed news that a study supported by IRETHERM to assess the potential for geothermal energy extraction (natural hot water) is to be progressed in the Ballycastle and Rathlin areas.

 Councillor Cunningham continued “IRETHERM is an all-island, academic-government-industry collaborative project between DIAS, UCD, UCC, GSI, GSNI, and SLR Consulting to develop a strategic and holistic understanding of Ireland’s geothermal energy potential through integrated modelling of new and existing geophysical and geological data.”

  “Their technique involves the deployment of surface sensors which passively measure subsurface electrical resistivities and allows for a geological model to be constructed as to the underground rock layers without the requirement for any drilling.”

 “The study required to carry out the rock measurements requires only a minimal amount of local disturbance and provides geological information on the nature of the rocks without the requirement for drilling, as well as providing information as to the potential for a geothermal energy project around Ballycastle and on the island of Rathlin – a real win-win situation.”

 “With Tidal energy projects to get under way off Fair Head and Torr Head, the prospect of geothermal energy, makes us the  Renewable energy capital of the region. It is therefore vitally important that local communities see real benefits from these projects”