GreenJOBS

Leveraging the competitive advantages of end-of-life underground coal mines to maximise the creation of green and quality jobs

Acronym:
GreenJOBS

Title:
Leveraging the competitive advantages of end-of-life underground coal mines to maximise the creation of green and quality jobs

Duration:
01.07.2022 - 31.12.2025

Project coordinator:
Universidad de Oviedo, Spain

Project manager in GIG:
dr hab. inż. Alicja Krzemień, prof. GIG
Department of Extraction Technologies, Rockburst and Risk Assessment
e-mail: akrzemien@gig.eu
tel: +48 32 2592556

Description:
GreenJOBS focuses on repurposing end-of-life underground coal mines by deploying emerging renewable energy and circular economy technologies to promote sustainable local economic growth and maximise the number of green, quality jobs. Five competitive advantages of underground coal mines will be leveraged: (1) mine water for geothermal and green hydrogen; (2) connections to the grid that can be adapted to inject the electricity produced; (3) large waste heap areas for installing photovoltaic/wind; (4) deep infrastructure suitable for unconventional pumped hydro storage using dense fluids; and (5) fine coal waste for recycling into dense fluids, soil substitutes for restoration and rare earths. GreenJOBS will provide mining companies with two innovative business plans: a Virtual Power Plant where the energy produced will be sold to the grid or used to power electro-intensive industries or companies with constant energy consumption located close to mines, such as aluminium factories or green data centres; and a Green Hydrogen Plant where renewable hydrogen will be produced by electrolysis of mine water and electricity from renewable sources.

The project consortium is formed by the following partners:

  1. UNIVERSIDAD DE OVIEDO, Spain
  2. GLOWNY INSTYTUT GORNICTWA, Poland
  3. FUNDACION ASTURIANA DE LA ENERGIA, Spain
  4. DMT-GESELLSCHAFT FUR LEHRE UND BILDUNG MBH, Germany
  5. MAGELLAN & BARENTS SL, Spain
  6. WEGLOKOKS KRAJ SPOLKA AKCYJNA, Poland,
  7. HULLERAS DEL NORTE SA, Spain,
  8. PREMOGOVNIK VELENJE, Slovenia.

+ 48-32-259-2000