This image shows Geothermal Engineering Ltd’s proof of concept power plant on the United Downs Industrial Estate in Cornwall, England.
The U.K.’s fledgling geothermal energy sector has reached a new milestone after it was announced Thursday that a “proof of concept power plant” in Cornwall had started to produce geothermal steam.
The steam, which can be used to generate electricity, is created when water is extracted from a well measuring 5.1 kilometers deep.
According to Geothermal Engineering Ltd, the project at the United Downs Industrial Estate near the Cornish town of Redruth “is on track to deliver its first electricity during 2022.”
The £30 million ($41.4 million) development has…