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Reviewed April 10, 2017

Our guide was so helpful as we toured this facility. It is amazing to see how Iceland uses geothermal for heating the island. We had great views from the top of the facility and there was so much to learn.

Date of experience: March 2017
Thank 1CaliforniaBoy
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Reviewed April 6, 2017

A quick way to learn about the Geothermal process used in Iceland. It was so much more interesting than what I had thought it would be. Easy to get to from Reykjavik and a beautiful drive. The Exhibit takes about 45 minutes to an hour. Great explanations.

Date of experience: March 2017
Thank Dee L
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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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