Thursday, March 23, 2017

Iceland: Environmental Restoration at Hellisheiði Geothermal Power Plant

Photos: Geothermal utility achieves remarkable success reclaiming original vegetation around powerplant (Iceland Magazine)

The Geothermal power utility Orka Náttúrunnar, which operates among other things the Hellisheiði power plant has found a way to make it's power even greener. By reclaiming original vegetation around their power plant the plant ensures that the environmental impact is minimal.

The first step for the utility is to remove all vegetation at construction sites. The moss mat or the topsoil, with the plants and their root systems, are removed and stored to be re-introduced to the site. The utility operates industrial freezers to store moss for longer periods, up to two years. Lava boulders are also stored so that the landscape can be reconstructed.