Updated: Apr 20, 2022
Charlotte Adams is Principal Manager for Mine Water Heat at the Coal Authority. She trained as a geologist/hydrogeologist. She worked in industry and academia before her current role. In 2018 Charlotte recieved the Aberconway Medal from the Geological Society and her work has featured on BBC The One Show and Countryfile.
Decarbonising Heat with Disused Mines
The UK has over 23,000 disused 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 disused 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.
This presentation will outline some of the work being undertaken by the Innovation Team at The Coal Authority with a particular focus on the mine water heat opportunity. The Coal Authority also works closely with the British Geological Survey, Durham University Durham Energy Institute, the North East Local Enterprise Partnership and many other partners on developing this innovative approach.