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Durham Energy Institute

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Could our abandoned mines provide low-carbon cheap heat for homes in Spennymoor?

4th July 2017, 16:00 to 17:00, Spennymoor Town Hall, DL16 6DG, Dr Charlotte Adams

Spennymoor, in County Durham, is a town that grew alongside the exploitation of its underlying coal reserves. When the mines were closed, water pumping stopped, leaving a legacy of flooded underground workings.

Durham Energy Institute in conjunction with Cllr Alan Gardner are currently undertaking a project to understand whether the water contained within abandoned mines beneath the town could be used as a source of heat and provide a low carbon source of warmth for homes.

With 2,000 more homes planned for construction in Spennymoor, an ageing population and ever increasing fuel costs, the use of renewable and sustainable energy to heat public and private spaces has the potential to help reduce the economic cost to the public, the environmental impact of population growth and take pressure off aging infrastructure.

In addition to looking at the potential available, researchers leading the project will use this presentation to engage with local people to seek their views and understandings of using abandoned mines as an energy source.

Dr Charlotte Adams is the research manager for the BritGeothermal Research Partnership which is based in the Department of Earth Sciences as well as a lecturer in the Geography Department. Her research interests include hydrogeology, hydrogeochemistry, geothermal energy and ground source heat and microgeneration.

Charlotte has both industrial and academic experience having joined industry on secondment to investigate the potential of abandoned mine workings for exploitation by ground source heat pumps and worked subsequently for several years in the renewable energy industry before joining Durham University in 2009.

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