United Downs (United Kingdom)
Follower site for Mine Thermal Energy Storage (MTES).
The Mine Thermal Energy Storage follower site is located at United Downs, Cornwall where the UK’s first geothermal electricity plant is being developed. The MTES feasibility study at United Downs aims to evaluate the use of nearby United Mines to store excess heat from the geothermal power plant. United Mines comprises a mapped network of 130 kilometres of shafts and adits (passage to an underground mine), which are relics of 19th century tin and copper mining. The MTES project at United Downs is led by Geothermal Engineering Ltd. We aim to do the following:
In the MTES feasibility study, integration with the planned geothermal power plant and district heating system at Geothermal Engineering Ltd.’s United Downs geothermal site. Any mine workings surrounding future geothermal projects could be considered as heat storage for integration into any heat supply system, to improve efficiency and better meet varying energy demands. Cornwall’s mining heritage and the public perception that exists around the reopening and reuse of historic mines will be an important aspect of the project.
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