Innovative project in Glasgow to drill 12 wells exploring mine water for geothermal heating
With numerous abandoned coal mines across the UK, there is a large potential utilising abandoned mines to derive geothermal energy that could be used to heat up to one fourth of UK's homes and businesses. The innovative UK Geoenergy Observatories Project is now planning to drill up to 12 wells to explore that potential.
The UK Geoenergy Observatories Project is kicking off in Glasgow with plans of drilling up to 12 wells to various levels of depth to explore underground mine workings. If successful untapped mine water could be harnessed as geothermal energy that could one day help heat millions of homes in the United Kingdom.
We previously reported on the project. Funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the British Geological Survey (BGS), the program has funding of GBP 31 million and continue for 15 years.
With nearly one fourth of UK homes and businesses sitting on former coal fields, the potential for those mines one day heating buildings is tremendous.
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Source: Herald Scotland