Abandoned coal mines could store wind energy


The Barony Colliery in Scotland is one proposed site to test storing wind energy in old coal mines

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Flooded mines across the UK could store large amounts of wind energy that would otherwise go to waste by heating up the water within them. The heat could then be extracted to warm homes in winter.

In 2022, enough wind energy to power more than a million homes was wasted in the UK, according to the think tank Carbon Tracker. That is largely because infrastructure for wind energy transmission and storage has not…

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