Images of Research: Hope for humanity

Rays of hope in cold times

Category: Hope for humanity


A fixed pulley structure on an old mining site with the sun shining through

Fluctuating weather, and therefore energy generation, is one of the greatest challenges of the green energy transition. The Strathclyde-led STEaM project is investigating whether excess power generated on windy days could be used to heat water in naturally insulated, abandoned mine shafts. This stored heat could then be used in district heat networks when heat demand is high and renewable electricity production is low.

Entrant: Stephanie Flude , Civil and Environmental Engineering

Copyright: Stephanie Flude

Funding: Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), grant no: EP/W027763/1

Collaborators: Zoe Shipton, Neil Burnside, Gareth Johnson


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