Demo site for Mine Thermal Energy Storage (MTES).
In Bochum, currently abandoned mines formerly used for hard coal production are being transformed into a Mine Thermal Energy Storage (MTES). The MTES is to be installed at the Ruhr University technical centre and will be integrated in the university’s heating and cooling network. This grid is currently being fed with heat from gas fired boilers and a combined heat and power unit. We aim to do the following:
The power plant of the university district heating grid is situated 300 m Northeast of the MTES pilot site developed in the HEATSTORE project. The project outcome and lessons learned from this pilot site will be used for the PUSH-IT project. The site will be developed primarily by Fraunhofer Research Institution for Energy and Geothermal Systems (IEG) with full support of the Ruhr University facility management. The previous pilot incorporates local buy-in from nearby industry stakeholders, and housing, providing opportunity for residential input into the project as well. The area’s historic colliery is also likely to positively influence public perceptions of the project making the site relevant from a social science perspective.
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PUSH-IT is a project funded by the European Union’s Horizon Europe research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101096566.
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