Chapter 19

Nesjavellir and Hellisheidi Plants, Iceland

“What angered the gods, when the lava flowed, on which we are standing now?”

Snorri Godi, Kristni Saga

Iceland has the highest per capita concentration of geothermal energy of any country in the world. Geothermal energy contributes 62% of Iceland’s primary energy needs. This chapter reviews the geology of Iceland that is responsible for the abundant geothermal resources in the country and continues on to discuss the Nesjavellir and Hellisheidi plants in the county. The Nesjavellir power plant was originally built to supply hot water to Reykjavik. Generation of electricity ...

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