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Iceland is drilling a 5 km deep well to source renewable energy

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

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The Iceland Deep Drilling Project (IDDP) is drilling the world’s deepest and hottest geothermal well.

The well is being drilled on the Reykjanes peninsula where a volcano erupted 700 years ago. The heat of over 500 degree Celsius and extreme pressure at such depths could give 30 to 50 MW of electricity per well by increasing the turbine efficiency. HS Orka oversees the project in cooperation with Norwegian Statoil and the partners inside the IDDP consortium.

Iceland is world leading in geothermal energy, and the IDDP has attempted to reach record breaking depths before, unfortunately with disastrous results six year ago, hitting magma at 2.1 km, destroying the drill string. So far, the cu...

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