Geotherm probably Knows about Larderello...

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Geotherm probably Knows about Larderello...

Post by L'uomodellaluna on Fri Jul 26, 2013 1:14 pm

After a couple of days re-exploring Volterra, where we've visited in the distant past, we decided to take a drive, and headed South on a road edged green in the Michelin road atlas.

As we rose into the mountains, we spotted a rake of cooling towers - obviously a power station. As we approached we could see turbine halls, but no boiler houses and chimneys, and obviously, no reactor buildings. Then we encountered many silver pipes heading over the countryside and it became apparent that we had found a geothermal site.

We carried on for another half hour, then returned, and spotting a sign for the Museum of Geothermal energy at Larderello, we decided to see it.

The site is operated by ENEL, and develops a large proportion of Italy's electricity. hey say it's one of the largest in the world, and they are expanding with more and more efficient generators.

The museum was free, and very easy to understand

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Post by Geotherm on Fri Jul 26, 2013 4:12 pm

It is a great idea for energy generation and I know the basics for it. We deal in house heating systems, so a slightly different aspect, as the heat is from higher level ground sources.
There has been a very interesting project in Paris, that is based on the same principle, but used for heating purposes mainly, as well as electricity production.


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