Thursday, February 14, 2013

Geothermal Glasgow - Mining for Heat

For those of us raised in Scotland who were ever threatened with work down the mines at a young age, the latest BBC News is sure to raise a wry smile.

It has been widely reported that Glasgow's labyrinth of disused coal-mines could soon be used to generate up to 40% of the city's heat. A study of the city's hidden tunnels is under-way at Glasgow Caledonian University where researchers are hoping to find reservoirs which can be pumped to create geothermal energy. The hope is that Glasgow will become the third city in the world behind Stockholm and Hamburg to have under-street heating.

Using the blueprint developed by the research team, ground-source heat-pumps could be installed to begin extracting heat from the water. This untapped resource could then be used to warm homes. Sustainability experts and Scottish Power (who are part-funding the research) are championing the project as a solution to fuel poverty issues prevalent in some areas of Glasgow, particularly those with a mining legacy hidden beneath their feet.

A pilot scheme of the plans has been running in Glenalmond Street in Shettleston for the past ten years in  which time, the sustainable design initiative 'Sust' have deemed the scheme a success.

Read the news article, and the Sust report below: