The research report (Building the geothermal energy sector in Northern Ireland) commissioned by the Department for the Economy into the geothermal sector in NI highlighted that geothermal energy integration could provide a low-carbon alternative to current fossil fuel energy sources. Building this sector will help contribute towards commitments to the net zero target and transition NI towards a just energy future. This report focuses on the confidence-building actions needed to build the geothermal sector in NI. The report consulted widely and therefore reflects the experiences of those leading out on, or working with, geothermal projects.
The "Defining the vision for geothermal energy in Northern Ireland" report summarises the Geothermal Energy Week event and makes recommendations for further work required to build the sector.
The research report produced by Arup and the BGS, “Research into the geothermal energy sector in Northern Ireland”, reviews a broad range of geothermal technologies, describing the characteristics of each. Further, a comparison of geothermal regulatory frameworks from other countries has been conducted.
Through these reviews, the authors suggest priority technologies and policy mechanisms that could aid the development of the geothermal energy sector in NI.