I love it when a plan comes together. I love it more when countries work together to make the world a better place.
In this case, Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries will be working together with the Iceland Power Company, Reykjavik Energy, to build five 45-megawatt geothermal power plants in the small country to the north of the European continent. The new plants will begin operating in about two years, October, 2010 and the whole project is expected to be complete by February 2012.
Blessed with a high volume of volcanoes (for those who consider this kind of thing a blessing) and geothermal energy options, Iceland already has five geothermal plants and cover over 87-percent of the country’s heating and hot water requirements through them.
I need to check my math, but if five plants provide 87-percent of the heating and hot water needs, then how many more plants are needed to meet the other 13%? Seriously, how cool is it that Iceland can get so much energy in this way? ICan they bottle it up and export it, to the US? That would be cool.