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TVRG: Geo Energy Observatories: characterising the subsurface to support the transition to a low carbon economy

13 October 2021
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Event type:
Regional Group, Lecture
Organised by:
Geological Society Events, Thames Valley Regional Group
Virtual event
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Speaker: Gareth Farr

Time: 18.55 for a 19.00 start

Location: Virtual via Zoom

The talk will cover two exciting projects aimed to better understand how heat can be recovered and stored in the subsurface. Case studies from two 'geo energy observatories' will be presented. The first is the 'Cardiff Urban Geo Observatory' a city scale project characterising a shallow sand and gravel aquifer, underlain by Mercia Mudstone. Using 3D geological models and hydrogeological model, complemented with an operational pilot open loop ground source heat pump scheme the project takes a city scale approach to better understand how heat can be recovered and stored below ground. The second project is the 'UKGEOS' Glasgow project where multiple boreholes have been installed into flooded mine workings, the infrastructure is open to the wider scientific community and will be at the forefront of studying the use of mine water energy.

Speaker Bio:

Gareth Farr has worked at BGS (Wales) for the last 8 years on a range of geo-energy projects, and prior to that for 10 years at Environment Agency Wales. Outside of the energy agenda Gareth is also very interested in the hydrology and protection of groundwater dependent wetlands. He is owned by a springer spaniel called 'Pippin'.

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Thames Valley Regional Group

Thames Valley Regional Group