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Geothermal hot springs used in Roman times could heat Bath Abbey, England

Roman Baths, Somerset, England (source: flickr/ ErinZinser, creative commons)
Alexander Richter Alexander Richter 30 Jan 2019

Work is underway to utilise Roman Baths's hot geothermal water to heat Bath Abbey, a former monastery in Somerset, England.

Already reported earlier this month by The Guardian, work has been started on the installation of eco-friendly heating in Bath Abbey, “an Anglican parish church and former Benedictine monastery in Bath, Somerset, England. Founded in the 7th century, it was reorganised in the 10th century and rebuilt in the 12th and 16th centuries.” (Wikipedia)

The Roman Baths, after which Bath is named, are well known and have been in use since the Roman times. The drains set up in Roman times are carrying steaming water from the Bath’s hot springs to the River Avon. Around 1.1 million litres of hot water flow through the Roman baths from the spring on site. The used water then flows into the River.

But the planned construction sees the water being harnessed and converted to be used in the abbey utilising heat exchange systems.

With that the Abbey, which is under renovation, could utilise a ecologically friendly energy source.

Source: The Guardian