Iceland’s Hellisheidi geothermal power plant – a visit

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Alexander Richter 29 Mar 2010

Pictures and videos of a plant visit to the 213 MW Hellisheidi geothermal power plant of Reykjavik Energy. An extension to 303 MW is planned for this year and already under construction.

While having been at the plant several times, I only today managed to take a lot of pictures and some videos. The plant is currently running at 213 MW with 5 turbines. Four of them are Mitsubishi Heavy Industry turbines with each 45 MW. Then there is a bottom-cycle turbine by Toshiba of about 30 MW.

This is probably one of the nicest geothermal plants around, well but then one might be biased living so close to it. The plant is run by Reykjavik Energy (Orkuveita Reykjavíkur) and is open from 9am – 6pm every day. In 2009 the plant has seen around 100,000 visitors making it to one of the most popular tourist destinations in Iceland.

We once again got a great tour by Hans Benjaminsson, who really does a great job in explaining the plant and processes.

For a full set of pictures from the plant see:

For a few videos see: