As part of the program two different field trips will be offered. One is around the Hengill Geothermal Area and the other one is around the Resource Park of Reykjanes.
Enclosed you will find general information about the those two:
Field trip 1:
The Geothermal Area of Hengill
The volcano Hengill, an active volcanic ridge is situated in southwest of Iceland. Hengill is still active, evidenced by numerous hot springs and fumaroles, but the last eruption occurred approximately 2000 years ago. The volcano is an important source of energy for the south of the country, which is captured at the Nesjavellir geothermal plant and Hellisheiði power station. Both stations are operated by Orkuveita Reykjavikur.
Hellisheiði Geothermal Plant is situation at Hengill, an active volcanic ridge in SW Iceland. The plant´s purpose is to meet increasing demand for electricity and hot water for space heating in the industrial and domestic sectors. Production capacity of electricity is 303 MW and 130 MW of thermal energy.
Field trip 2:
The resource Park of Reykjanes
The second choice is a trip around the resource park of Reykjanes, located on the Reykjanes peninsula. The Resource Park in Svartsengi was first defined in 1988-1989, although it can be said that its operation started a decade earlier, or in 1977, when the Sudurnes area’s Heating Utility (now HS Orka) started production of electricity using geothermal steam. The power plant in Svartsengi was one of the first geothermal power stations in the world to produce both electricity and hot water for heating houses.
Roughly the idea behind the Resource Park is that all resources that are in place, be it subjective or objective resources, are linked and used completely and responsibly, be it the nature, air, lava, water, weather, solar energy, the darkness, the land, transportation or others. Mr Albertsson has defined the Resource Park thusly: “Multiple combinations of different resources, subjective and objective.”
The goal is to use the region’s resources in the most practical or best way and without waste. This can be used as a blueprint for sustainable development.