The island of Terschelling in the Wadden Sea is to investigate generating electricity from underground heat – geothermal energy. It would be the first such plant in the country.
The initiative comes from local entrepreneur Jenö Obendorfer who claims that a seismic survey carried out in the 1960s established that there had been a volcano located 20 kms south of Terschelling some 150 million years ago.
This has left a large reservoir of exceptionally hot ground water (140 degrees Celsius compared to the normal temperature of 60 degrees) which would be suitable to use to generate energy, Obendorfer says.
If the project goes ahead it will make the island self-sufficient in terms of energy, he says.
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