What is that strange-looking photograph, you might be asking...
Once seen as a source of danger and contamination, abandoned coal mines are now providing opportunities for green, renewable heating and cooling. The town of Gateshead, England launched a mine water project in March 2023 that has successfully been heating their town ever since.
Hundreds of miles of abandoned coal mining tunnels contain a semi-naturally occurring geothermal energy source waiting to be harvested. When flooded with water, the earth’s core turns the mine into a hot-water resource. The water is pumped into homes and commercial building heat pumps, further raising the temperature to heat interior spaces.
The water is then sent back down to the mine, where it’s naturally reheated, and the process begins again. This model is not just being used in Britain but also in The Netherlands, Spain, and Canada as well. The potential impact is significant. To read more about this exciting project, click here.
Abandoned Coal Mines Provide Green Energy Source (from our friends in the UK)
November 12, 2023