Steamland: Geothermal energy in Iceland

Pep Bonet, Photographer, Filmmakersteam

Pep Bonet

Photographer, Filmmakersteam

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Due to the unique geological location of Iceland, the high concentration of volcanoes in the area is often an advantage for generating geothermal energy, heating and electricity. 100% of Iceland’s electricity comes from clean sources and the government plans within 30 years to become the first country to abandon the use of fossil fuels.

Geothermal energy is heat energy that occurs naturally in the earth, and is recovered from the Earth’s core. In nature, geothermal heat shows up in the form of volcanoes, hot springs and geysers. When this energy is higher than 150°C/302°F, it is considered hot enough to be used to generate electricity and heat in Iceland.

Gullfoss Geysir hot spring area. Geothermal energy is the heat energy that occurs naturally in the earth. The energy is recovered from the heat of the earth’s core. In nature, geothermal heat shows up in the form of volcanoes, hot springs and geysers. The heat itself is derived from radioactive decay beneath the earth’s surface.

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