Using mine water for geothermal energy

Millions of miles of tunnels criss-cross the ground under old mining communities across the US. Abandoned, falling apart and choked with water, the tunnels are often viewed as a dangerous legacy. But the water in these mines could actually be a major geothermal resource

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Many old mine tunnels are filled with water, which may be a valuable geothermal resource. Photo: Edward Louie

Student researchers at Michigan Technological University have put together the first comprehensive guidebook communities can use to explore the feasibility of using mine water for geothermal energy to