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Díez, Rafael; Díaz-Aguado, María (2014)
Publisher: Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
Journal: Energies
Languages: English
Types: Article
Subjects: geothermal energy, coal mines, mine water, Technology, geothermal energy; mine water; coal mines; abandoned mines, T, abandoned mines
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Flooded mine workings have good potential as low-enthalpy geothermal resources, which could be used for heating and cooling purposes, thus making use of the mines long after mining activity itself ceases. It would be useful to estimate the scale of the geothermal potential represented by abandoned and flooded underground mines in Europe. From a few practical considerations, a procedure has been developed for assessing the geothermal energy potential of abandoned underground coal mines, as well as for quantifying the reduction in CO 2 emissions associated with using the mines instead of conventional heating/cooling technologies. On this basis the authors have been able to estimate that the geothermal energy available from underground coal mines in Europe is on the order of several thousand megawatts thermal. Although this is a gross value, it can be considered a minimum, which in itself vindicates all efforts to investigate harnessing it.
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