The Leirhnjúkur geothermal plant

Posted on October 10, 2009 by

In the North of Iceland, by the Krafla– the great volcanic area, there’s the geothermal plant of Leirhnjúkur. Here the Icelanders, besides exploiting the heat produced by the Krafla system, constantly monitor the status of the volcano and its activity.

There are some white buildings that are used to cool down and some red ones used for transformation activities. Some pipes go 30m down in the underground and collect steam and water, that are afterwards distributed to thermo-proof pipes that have 90°C elbows to allow the decrease of pressure.

In case of danger, an emergency code would allow 15’ to the workers to evacuate the area.

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