STOKE – Extracting and storing heat in old mines

We are inviting companies and other relevant stake holders to a series of seminars and workshops to be organised in different locations in the coming year to develop solutions to make it possible to offer affordable and sustainable heat from mines to residents on the surface. The first of these seminars will be held in Stoke-on-Trent on 14th May. It is organized in co-operation with the Coal Authority and the Heat Academy at Stoke-on-Trent College.

The overall aim is to launch a process making it possible to offer affordable and sustainable heat from mines to residents on the surface. Old mines are currently regarded as a liability, requiring significant resources for management and maintenance. Considering the number of abandoned mines, across the UK, this represent a huge cost for the taxpayers. However, there are some significant opportunities of turning mines into revenue generating assets.

One option which is currently being explored by the Coal Authority is to connect old mines to heat networks. Combined with heat pumps this would turn mines into a sustainable low-cost source of heat in many cities across the UK, as well as in other countries with a mining history. Mines could also become a cross seasonal storage facility of heat. The Coal Authority is now in the process of launching a number of pilot installations in various locations, with the aim of paving the road for large scale implementation. There is also a close co-operation with the city of Heerlen in the Netherlands, where a successful mine-heat scheme is already in operation.

It is estimated that the heat available in mines could more than meet the total demand of heating in the UK. There are limits to how far the heat can be distributed; however, mines have the potential to evolve into a billion £ industry, replacing gas as the main heat source in large parts of the UK. This in turn would make mines a significant contributor in reducing carbon emissions. The heating of buildings currently represents some 40% of all CO2 emissions in the UK.

Mine Heat will become a major commercial opportunity to the supply chain of technologies and services. However, there is a need for a close co-operation between the different stakeholders to identify and develop the most cost-efficient solutions enabling implementation on a large scale. For this reason, we are inviting companies and other relevant stake holders to a series of seminars and workshops to be organised in different locations in the coming year. The first of these seminars will be held in Stoke-on-Trent on 14th May. It is organized in co-operation with the Coal Authority and the Heat Academy at Stoke-on-Trent College.

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