Contract win to develop geothermal energy for disused, flooded coal mines
Synergie Environ win contract to join consortium to deliver the HotScot project, one of 17 shortlisted submissions across the UK chosen by the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Strength in Places Fund, to develop full stage bids that could lead to significant economic growth. The development of mine-water geothermal across Scotland could deliver economic growth equivalent to £303 million and around 9.800 jobs.
Heat trapped in 600 km3 of disused mine-workings in the Central Belt of Scotland could meet up to 8% of Scotland’s domestic heating demand.
Uisdean Fraser, Managing Director of Synergie Environ, said: ” This is great news for our company and that our expertise as a team has been recognised, enabling us to join the consortium to deliver this low carbon project . Heat trapped in flooded coal mines is something we have been looking at as a company for some time and this HotScot project could demonstrate how these mines could become a valuable environmental and economic asset, which are ideal for district heating projects.”
The HotScot consortium will develop at least three active geothermal sites and retro-fit two more at different scales with varying end-users.