25% of Brits live above unused mines with low carbon heat: Nearly a quarter of the UK’s population lives above unused coal mines that have the potential to warm homes & public buildings using low carbon heating.
This was reported by the British Geological Survey (BGS) and the Coal Authority, they say mines are warmed by natural geothermal processes and at area where they are flooded, the water can be used as a heat source for regional heating systems.
The organisations created maps to demonstrate the extent to which heat is stored in Britain’s abandoned coal fleet also note that geothermal energy from mines, together with heat pump technology, may supply a sustainable energy source.
The government has a goal to expand the amount of homes on heat networks from 2% to 18% by 2050.
Gareth Farr, BGS Geoscientist and Project Leader, stated: “It’s the first time we have been able to visualise the temperature of Britain’s coalfields. We have found records of heat temperatures going back over 100 years and compared them to temperatures in the mines now, and found them to be quite similar.
“This is a clear indication that geothermal processes that create this heat will be here for a long time to come.”
Jeremy Crooks, The Coal Authority’s Head of Innovation, added: “Heating accounts for 44% of energy use in the UK and 32% of its air pollution. It’s ironic that mining coal, a fossil fuel, would provide access to a low carbon, clean air, energy source that will last far longer than the 200 years of intensive mining that created this opportunity.”
25% of Brits live above unused mines with low carbon heat