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Enel launches new multi-lingual website for geothermal museum at Larderello, Italy

New website for Larderello Geothermics Museum of Enel, Tuscany/ Italy (source: screenshot)
Alexander Richter 11 Dec 2019

Enel has launched a new multi-lingual website for the Geothermics Museum at Larderello, the birthplace of geothermal power generation in Tuscany, Italy.

As reported locally, the Geothermal Museum in Larderello, Tuscany has a new look also online: the national and international website of Enel Green Power , in fact, has been renewed and on this occasion has created a page dedicated to the Larderello Museum and geothermal tourism, which can be visited in three versions in Italian, English and Spanish languages.

The page, enriched by the photos of Fabio Sartori, illustrates the Tuscan geothermal energy and the activities of the Museum, also providing logistic information with contacts, days and opening times, as well as the different ways of visiting and fruition. To open the portal are the verses with which Dante Alighieri describes the so-called Devil’s Valley, from which it seems the great poet has also taken inspiration for the Inferno of “The Divine Comedy”: ” Versan the veins the fummifera waters For that vapor the earth has in its belly Which of the abyss pulls them up high ”(Dante Alighieri, Rime, Book VI, 1296). In addition to the service news, there are also links to some interesting articles on geothermal tourism, an increasingly important reality in the Tuscan tourist offer.

Today, the history of the earth’s energy is told by the Museum of Geothermal Energy of Larderello, managed by Idealcoop, with ten rooms winding through an interactive museum itinerary , with a high technological and multimedia content , designed to allow all visitors – from schools to academic subjects, from tourists to organized groups – to learn about the many technical industrial applications as well as the fascinating history and evolution of this natural resource.

In the first room the Museum welcomes the visitor, illustrating all the types of renewable sources and the activity of Enel Green Power in Italy and in the world. After the introduction, the second room offers a plunge into history with the first historical signs related to geothermal energy, thermal archaeological finds and a copy of the Peutingerian Table, dating back to 70 AD, on which the thermal waters of Volterra and Populonia, recently brought to light by the Superintendency of Fine Arts of Florence at the archaeological site of the Etruscan Roman baths of Sasso Pisano, in the Municipality of Castelnuovo Val di Cecina. In the following rooms you enter the heart of the history of the geothermal resource with the discovery in 1777 of boric acid in the Cerchiaio lagoon Monterotondo Marittimo by Uberto Francesco Hoefer of Colonia sul Reno, “Provisioniere of the real pharmacies” of Tuscany, the subsequent start of the chemical activity of Count Francesco de Larderel and the lighting of the first five bulbs in 1904 thanks to the intuition of the Prince Ginori Conti.

A special space is dedicated to the perforations, of which there is also evidence in the treatise of the Accademia dei Georgofili of 1841 that places the first drilling activities in 1838. Spectacular is the journey to the center of the earth in a 3D room that accompanies the visitor in a virtual descent into the belly of the planet, where energy takes shape and geothermal energy finds its source. Finally, the rooms dedicated to Enel Green Power’s geothermal power industry with the 34 plants operating between the provinces of Pisa, Grosseto and Siena, which constitute a model of technological excellence and sustainable development in the national and international panorama.

In November 2017 the Museum was enriched by a new wing on the first floor which was the home of De Larderel with a further 12 rooms – currently only intended for visits directly managed by Enel Green Power – which host the historical library, the origins of Larderello, its development from chemistry to electrical activity, the photographic historical archive.

The Museum represents a fundamental piece of the broader context of Tuscan geothermal energy, ancient in its suggestive origins and of great innovation in its industrial applications both from a technological and environmental sustainability point of view. Enel Green Power manages this reality through the 34 geothermal power plants (for a total of 37 production groups) present on the territory for a total production of approximately 6 billion kWh capable of satisfying more than 30% of the regional energy needs, also providing useful heat to heat over 10 thousand residential users as well as companies in geothermal areas, about 30 hectares of greenhouses and dairies and an important agricultural, gastronomic and tourist industry with over 60 thousand visits per year.

Possible results thanks to the collaboration of Enel Green Power with the Institutions, the associative fabric of the geothermal areas, the Co.Svi.G. (Geothermal Areas Development Consortium), the Volterra Valdicecina Tourist Consortium, the Idealcoop cooperative, and the Renewable Energy Food Community founded by CoSviG, Slow Food Tuscany and the Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity.

Source: Qui News Volterra