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Swiss firm looking at set up of hydrogen and methane production at Hellisheidi geothermal plant

Hellisheidi geothermal power plant by Reykjavik Energy, Iceland (source: flickr/ thinkgeoenergy, creative commons)
Alexander Richter 27 Nov 2019

A Swiss company is now preparing the start of an environmental assessment of proposed hydrogen and methane production in the geothermal park at the Hellisheidi geothermal plant in Iceland. The plant would be utilising electricity and CO2 from the plant's operations.

ON Power, daughter company of Reykjavik Energy and operator of the Hellisheidi geothermal power plant, announced that a Swiss company is looking to set up operations at the geothermal energy park at the plant.

In preparation thereof, the company is now about to start assessing this environmental impact. Nordur is the name of the company and has signed a letter of intent with ON about facilities and major resources. It is in accordance with ON’s policy to make the best use of the power generated by the geothermal power plant. Already in the geothermal park there is Algaennovation a company that processes microalgae, which in addition to electricity and carbon dioxide also gets fresh water from ON.

Nordur, which is currently launching the assessment process with a public ad, intends to get carbon dioxide and electricity from ON. In particular, the electricity would be used to produce on-site hydrogen mixed with carbon dioxide to extract methane. The company’s ideas are to sell the products in Iceland and abroad.

Source: ON Power