The U.K. may soon have their first geothermal power plant through the Eden Project, a green theme park that contains the world's largest greenhouse. At first, the power plant will only be used to power the theme park, but if successful, will expand to power surrounding homes.
The plant will bore three miles underground Cornwall in hot granite rock to produce hot water that will drive a turbine. The Eden Project estimates that there is enough geothermal energy below Cornwall to eventually power 10 percent of U.K. homes. The 3 MW plant should be completed by 2012 and will cost $25 million.
Geothermal energy is more consistent and reliable than wind or solar power because it's not affected by the weather. The Eden Project hopes that the new plant will shine a spotlight on the potential of geothermal energy and inspire other areas to take advantage of the technology.
via Fast Company
written by Fred, July 21, 2009
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