Bringing geothermal to the masses
CausewayGT believes innovation can turn this niche resource into mainstream clean heat solution
The allure of 24/7 baseload zero-carbon geothermal energy has long been the preserve of countries blessed with volcanic geology. But a Northern Ireland-based startup hopes to harness low-temperature resources using new closed loop systems – potentially bringing cost-competitive renewable heat to markets that are inaccessible to conventional geothermal technology. Energy Flux spoke to Simon Todd, co-founder of CausewayGT, about the opportunities and challenges in this space.
With a PhD in geology and more than two decades of experience at BP in onshore and offshore operational leadership roles, Simon Todd knows a thing or two about drilling wells and subsurface risk. He is now bringing those skills to bear on cracking the long-standing conundrum of how to cost-effectively harness low-grade geothermal resources outside of volcanic hotspots, where most of the global population resides.