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Geothermal heat and power for agriculture and fish farming in Iceland

Greenhouse tomatoes, Iceland (source: flickr/ Francisco Antunes, creative commons)
Alexander Richter 21 Jan 2016

A recent article in a farming publication talks about a recent press trip experiencing geothermal powered and heated greenhouse and fish farming operations.

At a recent press tour, journalists were invited to explore Iceland’s geothermal heated greenhouse farming operations.

The article looks at geothermal use in Iceland in general, but looks into detail how vegetable production in geothermally heated and powered greenhouses has opened business opportunities for Iceland internationally.

It mentions a a 12-acre tomato greenhouse planned by a group of Iceland-based investors. The project is estimated with an investment volume of $17.1 million, and is located on the Reykjanes Peninsula. The greenhouse operations are planned to produce tomatoes for the UK market.

Based on known power, water and land resources, there is the potential to add at least 10 large greenhouses similar in size to the tomato venture and six large fish farms the size of Islandsbleikja, a company whose fish farm produces the majority of farm fish in Iceland. Islandsbleikja has a production capacity of 3,000 tons annually; in 2010, the total production from fish farms in Iceland was between 4,000 and 5,000 tons, according to the Agricultural University of Iceland.

 

To check out the article see link below.

Source: DTN The Progressive Farmer