Friday, January 19, 2018

United Kingdom: Welsh Town Could be Heated by Geothermal Waters from Abandoned Coal Mine

Caerau Coal Mine Gets £6.5m Investment (BQ Live)

A new initiative to use underground mine-water to warm homes in Bridgend has been given £6.5m of funding from the EU and £2.2m from the UK and Welsh Government.

Water in the underground former Caerau colliery has been naturally heated by the earth and, as a geothermal source of energy, Bridgend County Borough Council is investigating ways in which it could be extracted using heat pump technology and a network of pipes.

The scale of the scheme will be the first of its kind in the UK and would use existing radiators to heat homes without mine-water ever entering residents’ properties.

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