It has taken a decade of hard graft – and some bold, imaginative thinking – but a plume of steam finally exploded into the clear Cornish air, a signal of what is being heralded as a breakthrough for an energy project that taps into the hot rocks of the far south-west of Britain. The blast of steam at the United Downs site near Redruth, once a global mining capital, is being billed as proof that deep geothermal power can be part of the solution to the UK’s search for alternative sources of energy. By next year, the company behind the project, Geothermal Engineering Ltd (GEL), says it will have built a power plant to produce electricity and heat from the hot rocks. It plans to feed electricity into the grid and send heat to a local rum distillery and a new housing estate.
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Plans to power UK homes from geothermal waters for the first time have taken a major step forward as the push towards low carbon energy gathers pace. Private company Geothermal Engineering has signed heads of terms with Cornwall Council for four geothermal heat and power plants in the county. It anticipates each will be able to power about 45,000 homes and heat a further 10,000, and plans to get them up and running by 2026.
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