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Reviewed April 1, 2017 via mobile

After ten days travelling around Iceland, we were on our way back towards the airport and made sure to leave a bit of time to come here for a look. Well aren't we glad we did. What the people here have achieved in terms of harnessing the energy beneath them is inspiring. We did the guide-yourself tour (900 kr) and found it perfect for what we wanted. After looking at ask the wondrous sights for ten days, it was a fitting ending to the trip to see what can be achieved.

Date of experience: April 2017
2  Thank Anthony M
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Reviewed March 30, 2017

We took our high school group to visit as part of our tour. There was something for everyone in the group: some science and tech, a nice little labelled rock display, great wall sized schematics, interactive information screens, and interesting informative talks and videos. The surrounding area is also incredibly beautiful as is the architecture.

Date of experience: March 2017
Thank KimHHoriginal
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Reviewed March 20, 2017

If you are an engineer or technology officiando, this is a must see place. The architecture itself is beautiful, and shows off the technology of the place. We received a thorough explanation of the technology of producing geothermal electricity and the side benefit of producing hot water. All of the electricity in Iceland comes from a combination of geothermal and hydroelectric facilities. It is so cheap that an aluminum smelting plant operates here where there is no bauxite. The ore is shipped from Brazil, smelted here, then shipped to Europe as finished aluminum. Apparently it takes an insane amount of electricity to smelt aluminum ore.

The water from the underground reservoirs is 500 degrees, under extreme pressure, sitting about 1 1/2 miles underground, right above the magma. It rises from its own pressure, is then sent through expansion pipes where it emerges as steam and turns the turbines. The condensate is then piped back down to recharge the underground water source. This water is too mineral rich to be used as potable hot water. The hot water is produced by circulating higher level ground water around the pipes that bring the hot water up from further below the surface. The ground water aquifer is recharged by rain and snow. The resulting hot water is piped into cities and towns, losing only a degree or two through the insulated pipes.

The hot water provides: 100% of the potable hot water for businesses and residences, 100% of the heating as it is directed through radiators or floor heating systems, and even runs under city streets and sidewalks to melt snow and ice. As the guide said, it is easier to open windows when it gets too hot inside the house, rather than regulate the flow through the heating system.

The hot water flows from the geothermal plants entirely by gravity. Since the plants are at a higher elevation, there is no need for pumps.

We could do this in the US along the pacific rim and in Hawaii. It is sustainable and requires simple technology.

We enjoyed learning all of this.

Date of experience: February 2017
Thank pkrissel
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Reviewed March 18, 2017

Without the guided tour (which we got to participate by accident as we arrived conveniently at the same time with a pre-booked group) the exhibition would not be worth much. It is very small and the guide was able to explain a lot about the operation of the geothermal energy. Considering its size this was really overpriced. Even with looking properly at all info signs/artifacts it would take about 30 mins at most to look through.

Date of experience: March 2017
Thank Liamola
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Reviewed February 11, 2017

Iceland is the premier location for observing the use of geothermal energy for mankind's use. Most of Iceland sits on the North Atlantic Ridge, which is a seam between two of the tectonic plates that circle the earth. Because these tectonic plates are in constant, albeit very slow, movement, they ride up on one another and liquid rock, magma, escapes to, or even above the surface to the earth (volcanoes). Much of this magma is subsurface and by circulating water from the surface closer to the magma, superheated water and steam is vented to the surface of the earth where it is used to both generate electricity and hot water. The hot water is piped to Reykjavik and other cities to heat homes, streets and buildings through massive underground pipes. Highly insulated pipes transfer this super hot water for miles to meet human needs. Guides provide a close up look at the turbines and displays help the visitor understand the process. Handicap accessible and elevators are available. Small cafe and gift shop, too.

Date of experience: February 2017
1  Thank TNBOY
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