The Way Is To Innovate
Durham County Council has been awarded a grant of £3.8 million to support the proposed commercialisation and construction of an innovative, low carbon heat network. The scheme would be expected to utilise geothermal heat from former coal mines and distribute it to homes on the site.
If viable, the heat network is forecast to be built out over a number of phases supplying over 1,500 homes, a school, and a health centre with affordable low carbon heat. The project would also support the creation of green jobs over its development whilst reducing emissions from across these connections.
It is a fitting legacy to the coal that powered the Industrial Revolution, in that those same seams could now help power the Green Revolution of the future.