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The geothermal section has passed an important stage, with four new plants planned to be built

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This picture shows proof of the concept of a power plant at the United Downs Industrial Estate in Cornwall, Geothermal Engineering Ltd., England.

The UK’s emerging geothermal energy sector has entered a new phase after it was announced on Thursday that the ‘power plant concept’ in Cornwall had started producing geothermal steam.

Steam, which can be used to generate electricity, is generated when water is extracted from a well at a depth of 5.1 km.

According to Geothermal Engineering Ltd, the project at the United Downs Industrial Estate near Redrut, Cornish, is “on track to deliver its first electricity in 2022”.

The Cornwall Council, the European Regional Development Fund and another firm called Thrive Renewables received funding to develop £ 30 million ($ 41.4 million).

In its announcement, GEL also announced the development of four new deep geothermal facilities in the Cornwall district of the south-west of England.

These four power plants generate enough electricity to power 45,000 homes. If all is planned, the facilities will be commissioned by 2026.

Geothermal energy, defined by the U.S. Department of Energy as a “vital, clean energy source,” refers to the production of energy from geothermal energy. The DOE additionally states that geothermal energy “delivers renewable energy day and night and emits little or no greenhouse gases.”

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Over the past few years, a number of projects aimed at developing geothermal energy in the UK have taken shape.

In May, for example, a project aimed at using geothermal energy from flooded coal mines in the north-east of England was allowed to plan for the first test phase.

Returning to Cornwall, GEL was involved in the development of a geothermal swimming pool in Penzance. The company is implementing a project in partnership with another firm, Cornish Lithium, which aims to recover lithium from geothermal waters in the United Downs area.

“This is a great time for deep geothermal energy in the UK as we run this huge renewable energy source through oil and gas,” said GEL Managing Director Ryan Lowe.

“Over the next 20 years, our goal is to generate more than 500 MW of energy from geothermal resources,” the law added.

While the UK’s geothermal sector is still in its infancy, it has developed elsewhere. The Icelandic National Energy Authority’s geothermal power plants generate 25 percent of the country’s electricity.

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