EGU General Assembly 2021
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Mine water heat and heat storage research opportunities at the UK Geoenergy Observatory in Glasgow, UK

Alison Monaghan, Vanessa Starcher, Hugh Barron, Fiona Fordyce, Helen Taylor-Curran, Richard Luckett, Kirsty Shorter, Kyle Walker-Verkuil, Jack Elsome, Oliver Kuras, Corinna Abesser, David Boon, Barbara Palumbo-Roe, Rachel Dearden, and Michael Spence
Alison Monaghan et al.
  • British Geological Survey, UK (

Mine water geothermal heat production and storage can provide a decarbonised source of energy for space heating and cooling, however the large resource potential has yet to be exploited widely. Besides economic, regulatory and licensing barriers, geoscientific uncertainties such as detailed understanding of thermal and hydrogeological subsurface processes, resource sustainability and potential environmental impacts remain.

The UK Geoenergy Observatory in Glasgow is a research infrastructure for investigating shallow, low-temperature coal mine water heat energy resources available in abandoned and flooded mine workings at depths of around 50-90 m. It is an at-scale ‘underground laboratory’ of 12 boreholes, surface monitoring equipment and open data. The Glasgow Observatory is accepting requests for researchers and innovators to undertake their own experiments, test sensors and methods to increase the scientific evidence base and reduce uncertainty for this shallow geothermal technology.

How to cite: Monaghan, A., Starcher, V., Barron, H., Fordyce, F., Taylor-Curran, H., Luckett, R., Shorter, K., Walker-Verkuil, K., Elsome, J., Kuras, O., Abesser, C., Boon, D., Palumbo-Roe, B., Dearden, R., and Spence, M.: Mine water heat and heat storage research opportunities at the UK Geoenergy Observatory in Glasgow, UK, EGU General Assembly 2021, online, 19–30 Apr 2021, EGU21-1977,, 2021.

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