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November 28, 2010 | admin | Comments 0

Mine water to be studied for ground source heating, cooling

In Pennsylvania, Noble Biomaterials Inc. will conduct a mine pool geothermal feasibility study at the company’s location in Scranton. Noble will tap its own funds as well as a cash investment from Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania. The study will be conducted with the Emerging Technologies Application Center at Northampton Community College in Bethlehem. It is hoped that using water from underground anthracite coal mines for geothermal applications will allow the entire region to save money, reduce fossil fuels use, and create and retain jobs. Meanwhile, the state’s Marywood University is already using mine water for cooling. The system uses water from abandoned coal mines underneath the campus to cool the Center for Architectural Studies.

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