Nesjavellir power station

Nesjavellir power station

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Caption: A pipeline carrying steam from one of the well- heads to the main plant at the Nesjavellir geothermal power station, Iceland. The four wells currently in operation here provide enough steam to drive a power plant producing 100 megawatts of exploitable thermal power and a back-pressure turbine generating 2.7 megawatts of electricity. The steam is piped to a condenser at the plant where it is used to heat cold water pumped from wells located 6 kilometres away on the shores of Lake Thingvallavatna. Finally the water, whose temperature is by now some 83 degrees centigrade, is sent via an insulated 27-kilometre long main pipeline for distribution around Reykjavik.

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