Monday, November 23, 2015

United Kingdom: Geothermal Energy from Abandoned Mines Can Heat Scotland

Could Scotland’s old mines provide clean energy to homes? (The Scotsman)

Major research into whether Scotland’s old coal mines can deliver low cost heating to hundreds of homes is now underway.

The Scottish Government earlier awarded around £200,000 to four projects across Scotland to research the potential of turning the thermal energy stored deep in the ground into clean electricity.

An abandoned mine at Hartwood in North Lanarkshire is amongst projects being examined for the potential use of geothermal energy in Scotland.

The heat is pulled out by pumps which work like fridges, concentrating heat energy from the water in the mines that is naturally warmed by the earth’s crust.

It is then stored before being distributed to homes through a district heating network.

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