‘Hot rocks’ geothermal energy plant promises a UK first for Cornwall 18/08/10
Cornwalls mining heritage will be thrust into the 21st century after plans to build the country’s first geothermal energy plant were given the go-ahead.
Work is now expected to begin on the United Downs Industrial Park near Redruth, West Cornwall, after the £40million project was given planning permission by Cornwall Council.
Members of the council’s strategic planning committee unanimously voted in favour of Geothermal Engineering Ltd’s plan, which councillors said could put Cornwall “on the map”.
The groundbreaking project will involve three wells being drilled deep into the rock. This would create energy by allowing water to be super-heated by the Earth.
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