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14 FEBRUARY 2021 WorldWide Drilling Resource® In Memoriam Dorris Edward Givens (1943~2020) The WWDRTeam was very saddened to learn of the passing of Dorris Edward Givens of Little Dixie, Kentucky, on his 77th birthday, December 28, 2020, due to complications of COVID-19. As a face of Givens International Drilling Supplies - the transportation coordinator - he was the epitome of customer service, working with that ever present smile. Albeit established by his wife Susie in 1994, they worked hand in hand to make the company grow. In addition, Dorris was a well-rounded person - a farmer, truck driver, as well as a family and business man. Pictured below at the 2019 Tennessee Water Well Association event with Susie and grandson Aaron, he was also a showman. Dorris and Susie celebrated 42 years of marriage. He is also survived by daughters Dawn (Roger) and Randa (Bill); grandchildren Aaron, Mason, William, and Isabelle; sister-in-law Bonnie (Hal); and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Lest we forget... Britain’s Unexpected Geothermal Heat Source Adapted from Information by the Government of the United Kingdom The British Geological Survey (BGS) and Coal Authority recently released maps revealing the extent to which heat is stored in Britain’s abandoned coal mines. These maps will be used to identify opportunities to investigate the use of mine water as a sustainable heat source. The data collected illustrates the long-term feasibility of heating homes and buildings using this zerocarbon energy source. BGS geoscientist Gareth Farr, leading the project said, “It’s the first time we have been able to visualize the temperature of Britain’s coalfields. We have found records of heat temperatures going back more than 100 years and compared them to temperatures in the mines now, and found them to be quite similar. This is a clear indication that geothermal processes that create this heat will be here for a long time to come.” Hoping to increase the number of homes on heat networks from 2% to 18% by 2050, the UK government is targeting geothermal energy from mines, combined with heat pump technology, as a local, low-cost, and sustainable energy source. Using warm water in abandoned mines aligns with the government’s ten-point plan for a green industrial revolution, which hopes this will be a viable new form of sustainable energy to make homes and public buildings greener, warmer, and more energy efficient. The Coal Authority is currently reviewing more than 30 potential heat network opportunities using geothermal mine energy. Several projects have already secured funding from the government’s $430 million Heat Network Investment Programme, and others are expected to follow. Technical specialists think there is a potential to kick-start a new renewable industry, create employment opportunities, tackle climate change, and attract investment to disadvantaged coalfield communities. Jeremy Crooks, head of innovation with the Coal Authority said, “Heating accounts for 44% of energy use in the UK and 32% of its air pollution. When miners were working in hot, dusty conditions, they would not have known that their efforts and the heat they worked in would one day create a sustainable source of energy for hundreds of years to come. It’s ironic that mining coal, a fossil fuel, would provide access to a low-carbon, clean air, energy source that will last far longer than the 200 years of intensive mining that created this opportunity.” Editor’s Note: In between our print issues, the WWDRTeam prepares an electronic newsletter called E-News Flash. This newsletter is filled with articles not included in our print issue. Based on readership, this was the most popular article of the month. Get in on the action and subscribe today at: GEO