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Reusing abandoned coal mines to provide a future source of energy

British village is heating homes with water from a flooded coal mine

A village in County Durham will soon be getting its heat from a surprising source: it will be warmed by water from a disused mine.

Many mine water-powered heating projects are planned throughout the UK – pumping up water, heating homes and sending it back down for reheating: a circular model that other mining nations could replicate.

One project will see 1,500 new homes built in Seaham Garden Village in north-east England. When completed, they will have radiators filled with water heated geothermally, in the nearby disused Dawdon mine.

If the project succeeds, it might help towards meeting the UK target of virtually zero carbon emissions by 2050.

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