Local community in Iceland to install four small geothermal power generation units

Local community in Iceland to install four small geothermal power generation units Geothermal hot springs in Flúðir, Iceland (source: flickr/ Alan Moore, creative commons)
Alexander Richter 30 Jan 2018

Details emerge on the first project of Swedish Climeon in Iceland, with a new company founded around up to four small geothermal power generation units to utilise low-temperature geothermal water for electricity generation.

Reported locally today, the municipality of Hrunamannahreppur and the local heat utility in Flúdir have reached an agreement with the company Varmaorkur for a co-operation for the production of low temperature geothermal electricity. The partners recently established a new company called Flúdaorka, that plans to start production of hot water in the area this summer. 

The intention is to produce up to 600 kW of electricity to be fed into the system of power distribution company Rarik. “It’s about the technique that it’s taking the hottest part water, or from 115 degrees Celsius, and bringing it down to 75 degrees and producing electricity from it. In this case, the idea is to utilize about 20 litres per second in the electricity production, while the capacity of the hole is 45 litres per seconds, “says the municipality mayor of Hrunamannahreppur Jón G. Valgeirsson.

The power generation system is made up of small, flexible units that produce up to 150 kW of electricity. Each unit is independent so it’s simple to increase or decrease the output. During production, the water temperature decreases without changing its amount or quality. The activities of the new company are much anticipated, says Jón Valgeirsson.

“Yes, this is a very exciting task and completely new for us to produce electricity from hot water. It’s also great because it’s exploiting geothermal resources that generate clean and renewable electricity with technologies that make it possible to utilize geothermal energy much better than before, “says the local government.

Varmorka has a partnership with Swedish technology provider Climeon.