Could disused coal mines be used to heat more than 6 million homes in the UK?

An abandoned, flooded mine that is slightly lit
Mine water stored in disused coal mines can be used to heat six million homes across the UK, according to data from Ordnance Survey to (Image credit: Getty Images)

A report from Ordnance Survey suggests six million homes in Britain could be powered by mine water from disused coal mines.

The study reveals that a quarter of UK homes currently sit on flooded coal mines that have been heated by geothermal energy underground, which can be extracted using boreholes to be converted into clean energy for UK homes.

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