A New Use for Inoperative UK Coal Mines is Being Piloted

August 19, 2020 14:49:36

Non-operational coal mines in the UK may yet have a new purpose; heating businesses and homes. This will be done by using warm water from flooded mines. The mines may also be used in horticulture to provide heat to growing houses. In the coastal town of Seaham close to Newcastle, in the Seaham Garden Village, 750 homes are being designed that will use water drawn from the unused mines. This will be a steady heat source, unchanged by exterior elements and having the ability to supply heating energy of 6 megawatts with no carbon outflows.

The head of innovation at the Coal Authority in the UK, Jeremy Crooks, stated that at the moment, pumping stations processed 100 megawatts of heat energy. As there is currently no use for this heat, it evaporates into the surroundings. The project is estimated to be 10% below gas heating pricing. However, many factors influence the amount of heat a mine can produce and it should be noted that the age, location…


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