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Durham University

Durham Energy Institute


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DEI Online Seminar Series: Stone Cold? Innovative Repurposing of Abandoned Mines

1st July 2020, 13:00 to 14:00, Online via Zoom, Dr Charlotte Adams, Coal Authority

The UK has over 23,000 abandoned coal mines formed following the extraction of 17 billion tonnes of coal over the past two centuries. The coal has long since been mined, traded and burned yet the voids that remain following its removal offer many opportunities for supplying resources. No longer viewed as a liability, the abandoned mining infrastructure is now seen as an asset of strategic national importance that could help to decarbonise heat demands whilst offering a host of other opportunities. Charlotte will outline some of the work being undertaken by the Innovation Team at The Coal Authority with a particular focus on the mine energy opportunity. To book a place at this free online seminar please visit EventBrite.

Charlotte is the Commercial Manager for Mine Energy at The Coal Authority. She formerly worked at Durham University and remains an advisor to Durham Energy Institute. Prior to that she worked in renewable energy consultancy. Her interest in abandoned mines began in her school days during trips to mines in Cumbria.

She is a geologist/hydrogeologist by training and gained her PhD from Newcastle University in 1999. This focused on treating the eco-toxic discharges flowing from historically abandoned lead-zinc mines in the North Pennines. Latterly she worked on coal mines looking at timescales for mine water emergence following abandonment and designing low cost passive treatment systems for treating eventual mine water outflows. Taking mine water samples from above and below ground sparked her interest in the heat potential of mine water and she has been promoting the geothermal opportunity for mine waters ever since.

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