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Geothermal energy 4 - developments in the UK
1.00 Introduction

1.05 - Work by the Innovation Team at the Coal Authority focussing on mine water heat.

Charlotte Adams, principal manager for mine water heat, Coal Authority.

Work also involves the British Geological Survey, Durham University Durham Energy Institute, the North East Local Enterprise Partnership and many other partners. The UK has over 23,000 disused coal mines.

1.20 - Work on deep geothermal potential in UK carboniferous limestone - for heating and also work done in Cornwall for power generation

Darren Jones - Deep Geothermal Resource Lead – Decarbonisation and Resource Management, British Geological Survey

1.35 - Overview of research into unlocking potential of geothermal energy for heating / cooling

Dr Mark Ireland, Lecturer in Energy Geosciences, Newcastle University.

- improved uncertainty quantification in subsurface modelling,
- novel approaches to urban geophysics
- deep closed loop geothermal systems.

Why new research is vital to unlocking potential of geothermal energy for heating / cooling

The need for more agile and cost-effective tools that can reduce the associated exploration and development risks.

1.50 Panel discussion chaired by Greg Coleman, CEO, Future Energy Partners

2.15 Close

Jan 21, 2022 01:00 PM in London

Sponsored by Future Energy Partners
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Charlotte Adams
Principal Manager for Mine Water Heat @The Coal Authority
She is a geologist/hydrogeologist by training and gained her PhD from Newcastle University in 1999. This focused on treating the polluted discharges flowing from historically abandoned lead-zinc mines in the North Pennines. Latterly she worked on coal mines designing low cost ways to treat mine water when it reaches surface. Spending time above and below ground taking water samples from mines sparked her interest in the potential of using mine water for heat and she spent 11 years at Durham University undertaking geothermal research. Charlotte remains an advisor to Durham Energy Institute and has been promoting the geothermal potential of the UK for over a decade. Charlotte was awarded the Aberconway Medal from the Geological Society of London in 2018 which recognises distinction in the practice of applied or economic geoscience with special reference to work in industry and her work has recently featured on BBC The One Show and Countryfile.
Darren Jones
Deep Geothermal Resource Lead – Decarbonisation and Resource Management @British Geological Survey
Dr Mark Ireland
Lecturer in Energy Geosciences @Newcastle University
He is a geoscientist by training with a PhD from Durham University. He has extensive experience of the interpretation of geophysical data and over 8 years’ experience in the upstream oil and gas industry, both onshore and offshore, with bp. In 2019 he was appointed to his current role where his research spans the broad area of geoenergy, and focuses on the interpretation and modelling of subsurface data. Currently Mark is involved in a variety of geoenergy research projects including: deep closed loop geothermal systems; geophysical exploration methods for geothermal; heat flow modelling; geological storage of hydrogen; repurposing oil and gas infrastructure and geological disposal of radioactive waste. His research is funded through UKRI, collaborations with local and regional stakeholders and industry partners across the energy sector. He is a fellow of the Geological Society and a member of the Energy Group Committee.
Greg Coleman
CEO @Future Energy Partners
Greg has over 40 years experience in the oil and gas industry including over 30 years experience with BP plc following which he served as CEO of a private equity backed company he co-founded called Canamens and subsequently as CEO of a listed company on the London Stock Exchange called Independent Resources plc subsequently refinanced and renamed now called Echo Energy plc.