Delivering against the UK net zero objectives - UK Geoenergy Observatories town hall meeting

7 February 2020

Delivering against the UK net zero objectives - UK Geoenergy Observatories town hall meeting

DATE: Tuesday, 18 February 2020

TIME: 10 am - 4:30 pm

ADDRESS: The British Geological Survey, Environmental Science Centre, Keyworth, Nottingham, NG12 5GG

This open event will bring together geoscientists to discuss how the UK Geoenergy Observatories can support the research and innovation needed to deliver against the UK net zero objectives.

On the 18th February 2020 the British Geological Survey (BGS) are convening a town hall meeting to discuss the development of a science and innovation community around the new £31m UK Geoenergy Observatories, which BGS are creating on behalf of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

The first observatory, located in Glasgow, comprises boreholes and monitoring systems installed in flooded former coal mine workings. The Glasgow observatory is being developed as a test bed for the derisking of minewater geothermal projects.

The second observatory, which is being developed in Cheshire, will be a test bed for research into the anthropogenic effects of subsurface activities, in particular geoenergy technologies supporting decarbonisation.

Further background information, data and detailed reports on the facilities can be found on this website and in the Science Plan.

The town hall meeting will be an opportunity for scientists to get a better understanding of the UK Geoenergy Observatories infrastructure, and to participate in refining the existing science plan to reflect current thinking around research opportunities.

Outline agenda

-Update on the development of the UK Geoenergy Observatories facilities

-round table discussion on building the UK Geoenergy Observatories science and innovation community

-Identification of potential routes to research funding

-Discussion on the update of the current Science Plan

-Further detail will be provided in due course to registered participants.

Register your interest before Monday 10 February 2020 at 5pm.