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Plans continue for geothermal plant at Eden project in Cornwall, UK

Eden Project, website snapshot
Alexander Richter 22 Dec 2010

A geothermal power and heating project by EGS Energy in Cornwall is receiving building permission and is expected to see drilling next year and start of operation towards the end of 2013.

In news from the BBC in the UK, it is reported, that plans for a geothermal power plant at the Eden Project in Cornwall, England have received building permission.

The project run by EGS Energy plans to use water from “two boreholes, both about 4,500 meters (13,200 feet) deep, heated by hot rocks” that are then pumped to the surface to generate electricity through turbines.

The company expects drilling to start next year with start of power generation in the second half of 2013.

Located at the north side of the Eden Project, it is expected to be a showcase for geothermal. The plant is expected to provide both heating and power for the project, which is essentially a collection of giant greenhouses with exotic plants.

It is expected that the project will have a capacity of 4 MW for electricity generation, enough electricity for the project and additional for 5,000 houses on the National power grid.

Source: BBC