- Examination of the feasibility of capturing large quantities of waste heat from power stations and industrial processes then storing it underground
- Investigation into the cost effectiveness of storing large quantities of heat for long periods of time
- Evaluated the practicality and technology needs of such storage schemes
Heat is the biggest end use of energy in the UK - most of it is used for heating homes and providing hot water.
This research project examined the feasibility of capturing large quantities of waste heat from power stations and industrial processes and then storing it underground for later use in homes and offices.
It investigated the cost effectiveness and practicalities of storing large quantities of heat for long periods of time to meet a significant proportion of the UK’s winter heat demand. It evaluated the practical limits for this type of storage, the technology development needs and where in the country large-scale heat storage could be most effectively exploited.
International consulting engineers Buro Happold completed the £140k research project in 2011.