Thanks to Iceland’s remarkable geography and geology that provide both hydro and geothermal resources, the country has an abundance of clean, renewable energy. In the 20th century, Icelanders began harnessing these natural resources, realizing their potential in helping transform the society from coal-reliant to one generating nearly all of its energy from renewable means.
Iceland is at the forefront of sustainable energy production - 100% of electricity in Iceland is produced from renewable energy sources. One of the largest producers of renewable energy in Europe, Landsvirkjun, the National Power Company of Iceland, generates three quarters of Iceland’s electricity from hydroelectric power, geothermal energy and wind and operates 18 power stations all over Iceland, with prudence and reliability as the guiding principles. The company strives to maintain harmony in their operations with both the environment and society. Its role is to consistently endeavor to maximize the potential yield and value of the natural resources they have been entrusted with in a sustainable, responsible and efficient manner. Landsvirkjun recently announced their plans to expand operations to hydropower - you can learn more about that here!
At visitor centers located at Landsvirkjun’s power stations in the countryside, you can learn about the process of converting either hydro or geothermal energy into electricity and how geothermal water is used for space heating. The exhibitions are often interactive and show how modern technology is used in the energy sector. At the Ljósafoss Power Station, visitors can witness the evolution of electricity, which shows how quickly people began to rely on the utility once it was introduced. With this interactive exhibit, even visitors with no knowledge of how electricity works will be able to enjoy the playful experiments and learn about the processes. Guests are also introduced to the specific renewable and sustainable energy generation used by Landsvirkjun, including hydropower, geothermal energy and wind energy.
Geothermal heat is abundant in most parts of the country, and in many places, hot water from below the earth’s surface is used to heat homes and produce energy. At Krafla, one of the most well-known geothermal areas in the world, visitors have the opportunity to learn about the geology, history and utilization of geothermal energy in Iceland. The Fljótsdalur Power Station is home to the Kárahnjúkar Dam, the tallest concrete-faced rockfill dam in Europe, and one of the largest of its kind in the world. Visitors can embark on a guided tour of the Dam, which highlights the development and nature of the area.
Iceland is known for its geothermal resources that have been used through the ages for health and wellness, greenhouse farming and heating, and are a source of many different elements used in various consumer products. Bathing in geothermal water is an essential aspect of Icelandic culture and the Mývatn Nature Baths are a great example of the relationship between geothermal energy and health and wellness, with water supplied for the lagoon running straight from Landsvirkjun’s geothermal well in Bjarnarflag.
What You Could Win
We are excited to offer one lucky winner a prize pack that includes:
To enter, visit https://www.landsvirkjun.com/sustainability/carbon-neutrality and answer this question: “What year does Landsvirkjun aim to reach carbon neutrality by?” in the space provided in the form below. Complete the form with your information, then click submit to be entered to win!
Fill out the entry form by July 30, 2020 for a chance to win. The winner will be announced here on July 31, 2020.
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