Permalink: https://media.greenpeace.org/archive/Hellisheidi-Geothermal-Plant-in-Iceland-27MZIFI36363.htmlConceptually similarHellisheidi Geothermal Plant in IcelandGP02A24Completed★★★★★★Hellisheidi Geothermal Plant in IcelandGP02A25Completed★★★★★★Hellisheidi Geothermal Plant in IcelandGP02A26Completed★★★★Hellisheidi Geothermal Plant in IcelandGP02A28Completed★★★★Hellisheidi Geothermal Plant in IcelandGP02A2MCompleted★★★★Hellisheidi Geothermal Plant in IcelandGP02A27Completed★★★★Hellisheidi Geothermal Plant in IcelandGP02A1ZCompleted★★★★Hellisheidi Geothermal Plant in IcelandGP02A20Completed★★★★Hellisheidi Geothermal Plant in IcelandGP02A22Completed★★★★View AllGP02A21Hellisheidi Geothermal Plant in IcelandHellisheiði Geothermal Plant is situated at Hengill, an active volcanic ridge in SW Iceland. The Hellisheiði Power Station is the second largest geothermal power station in the world, and the largest in Iceland. The plant´s purpose is to meet increasing demand for electricity and hot water for space heating in the industrial and domestic sectors. Current production capacity is 213 MWe (December 2010). Estimated production capacity for the completed Hellisheiði Plant is 300 MW electricity and 400 MW thermal energy. Once this capacity is reached, it would rank as the largest geothermal power station in the world, in terms of installed capacity.Locations:Hengill Volcano-Iceland-Northern Europe-ReykjanesDate:6 Dec, 2010Credit:© Steve Morgan / GreenpeaceMaximum size:5616px X 3744pxKeywords:Chimneys-Climate (campaign title)-Cold-Copy space-Geothermal energy-Geothermal power stations-High angle view-Hills-Industrial buildings-Industrial landscapes-Industries-KWCI (GPI)-Mountains-Outdoors-Snow-Steam-Sunrises-VolcanosShoot:Icelandic Geothermal Power PlantsGeothermal resources have been used for over 70 years in Iceland. Reykjanes is a peninsula and a volcanic system situated at the south-western end of Iceland, near the capital of Reykjavík. The geothermal area at Reykjanes is located on top of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, formed by plate tectonics that are moving in separate directions. That gives high geothermal energy, with the Reykjanes area being where the plate boundary of the Reykjanes Ridge comes on land. The area is about 2km2 in size. Iceland's power supply went from 75% imported coal to more than 80% local geothermal and hydro in 30 years. Iceland has a goal to be a carbon-free and oil-free country by 2050. Geothermal power generation causes virtually no pollution or greenhouse gas emissions. It's also quiet, and extremely reliable. Unfortunately, even in many countries with abundant geothermal reserves, this proven renewable energy source is being massively under utilised.