Dave Banks is a Chartered Geologist, who has been working in the field of hydrogeology for over 35 years. He runs a small consulting company (Holymoor Consultancy Ltd.), based in Chesterfield, and is also a Research Associate at the University of Glasgow. Some 20 years ago he started working with the concept of ground source heat pumps as thermal “vacuum cleaners”: they can suck heat out of the chilliest Derbyshire ground and deliver it as space heating (or cooling) to buildings. Dave has been involved with the monitoring and development of several of the UK’s first mine-water based geothermal schemes: at Caphouse, Egremont and Gateshead. He is particularly interested in the redevelopment of former mining and quarrying sites, and the idea that flooded excavations can function as sources, stores and sinks of heat. Dave also plays guitar and plays with the bands “Poke O’Swedgers” and “Me and Mr Jones” at venues around Derbyshire and South Yorkshire.
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