Friday, April 6, 2018

Iceland: Videos - A Young Professional from Slovakia and his Passion for Geothermal Energy

Icelandic Geothermal Pioneers on Record

By Miki Plichta, Digital Marketing Consultant, Bratislava, Slovak Republic

100% of Iceland's electricity comes from renewable sources, making it the only country in the world to do so. That fact leads many documentarists to explore Icelandic exceptionality, mainly the island's geothermal energy use. Miki Plichta – a young marketing professional from Slovakia (Central Europe) embarked on an audacious video expedition and interviewed various geothermal energy pioneers on site.

His first steps led to Hellisheidi Power Station – the third-largest geothermal power station in the world. There, he found out that 90% of Iceland's homes use geothermal water to heat their houses and keep pavements snow-free over winter. In Iceland on average, 6,500 feet is a standard depth of a borehole to reach hot water. However, in Hellisheidi area, they go down for the most profound hole to 11,000 feet. Miki Plichta explored the piping system in Reykjavík with approximate length of 1 800 miles. It ensures that every single household has hot water pipes without the need for extra water tanks.

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Miki also experienced the taste of Earth Kitchen. There, he had a talk with terrestrial MasterChef, who met his vision to build the geothermal kitchen outside. First, they experimented with baking the pieces of bread, then they proceed with unique types of cakes like sponge or chocolate cake. Now, they are preparing tailored-cooked bread for Icelandic Airlines. Earth cooking can get heat up to 340 °F hot and use oven run by the geothermal power that is spending 0 kW.

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The agriculture sector in Iceland is well-known for its independent model. Meanwhile, the cultivation on Iceland covers a significant proportion of its total consumption (e.g., 70% of tomatoes, 50% of lettuce salads). Miki Plichta visited Friðheimar farm which grows tomatoes all year round, despite Iceland’s dark winters, under artificial lighting in greenhouses. The secret lies in the use of hot water to warm these greenhouses and electricity production. They pursue eco-friendly model, where the second class tomatoes are re-purposed for jam sauces, drinks or food souvenirs.

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Miki Plichta enjoyed hot baths in Secret Lagoon with boiling water coming automatically from the ground. The upcoming temperature of the water is 212 °F. Therefore they have to pull it into the tank and mix it with colder water to get a human-friendly temperature. The founder of baths explained that there are no seasonal changes due to the Lagoon location within the Golden Circle area.

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The author of the interviews Miki Plichta believes that energy beneath our feet needs to gain a stronger branding on a global scale. His primary vision is to spread the awareness of geothermal heat cascade from electricity production to aquaculture. He hopes that prove from geothermal Iceland could make the meaningful impact in the transitional process from carbohydrates to renewables.