Introduction to Mine Heat – Sourcing, Upgrading and Distributing heat from abandoned mines
Abandoned mine workings have for long been regarded as a liability. This is rapidly changing. Mines are yet again becoming a source of energy and wealth. This time it’s about using mines as a source of sustainable and carbon free heating to businesses and residents above ground. There are currently multiple projects in delivery across the UK, and more to come. The potential is huge – there are some 28 000 abandoned mines in the UK. In order to secure delivery there is now a need to address the capability and capacity gaps by mobilising the supply chain, training providers, operators and other key stakeholders.
At this session we will highlight the opportunities and challenges related to Mine Heat. What are the technologies and practices involved for sourcing, up-grading and distributing heat from mines? How do we explore the full potential of broader community benefits in terms of inward investments and jobs. Can we turn mine heat into a new export product to the global market?
The session will involve speakers from a range of stakeholder groups – public institutions, project teams, universities and colleges, investors and the wider supply chain of solutions and services.