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Mine Water as Geothermal Resource in Nowa Ruda Region (SW Poland)

Faculty of Geoengineering, Mining and Geology, Wroclaw University of Science and Technology, Wybrzeze Wyspianskiego 27, 50-370 Wroclaw, Poland
Academic Editors: Pankaj Kumar and Dongmei Han
Water 2022, 14(2), 136; https://doi.org/10.3390/w14020136
Received: 27 October 2021 / Revised: 15 December 2021 / Accepted: 31 December 2021 / Published: 6 January 2022
(This article belongs to the Section Hydrogeology)
The Lower Silesian Coal Basin in south-western Poland was a region of intensive coal mining until the late 1990s. After mining was stopped and the mines were closed, the underground workings were flooded. This created an underground reservoir of waters that can be economically managed to supply energy, using heat pumps, to the town of Nowa Ruda. The article analyses the energy potential of these waters. It was shown that open loop with reinjection system based on mine shafts can provide 10 GWh of geothermal energy while reducing emissions from 4.27 tCO2 to 0.22 tCO2. In addition, 2.09 GWh can be extracted from water flowing out of mine shafts via adits. As a final result, this will lead to improve air quality as well as increase the environmental value of the region. These results can act as a reference tool for local government, specialists in energy policy at the local scale. They are also the basis for future work aimed at acquiring external funds to carry out detailed studies of the condition of mine shafts, geothermal profiling of water in sunken shafts and test pumping, which will make it possible to determine the real quantities of water to be used. View Full-Text
Keywords: geothermal energy; mine water; abandoned mines geothermal energy; mine water; abandoned mines
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Chudy, K. Mine Water as Geothermal Resource in Nowa Ruda Region (SW Poland). Water 2022, 14, 136. https://doi.org/10.3390/w14020136

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Chudy, Krzysztof. 2022. "Mine Water as Geothermal Resource in Nowa Ruda Region (SW Poland)" Water 14, no. 2: 136. https://doi.org/10.3390/w14020136

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