February 24, 2024

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FILM: Could Cornwall’s abandoned mines be given a new lease of life?

A study is underway at Geevor Tin Mine in far west Cornwall to find out if the water in abandoned mineral mines could be used to heat homes. Cornwall Council, LiveWest and the National Trust have been awarded £67,000 from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to explore the potential for sustainable energy from warm water in flooded abandoned mines.

Each organisation has pledged an additional £11,000 to the project, which is being carried out at Geevor, Levant and Botallack mines near Pendeen. This initial study is seeking to explore the use of mine water heating using shafts at Geevor Tin Mine in order to provide heating to LiveWest’s housing stock in the adjacent Boscaswell Estate, Geevor Tin Mine tourist attraction and Levant Mine visitors’ attraction.

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