Re: On service to the gods
- From: sigvaldi <sigvald@xxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 13 Jun 2007 06:00:47 -0700
On 12 Jun 2007 12:01:16 GMT, Rexx Magnus <trashcan@xxxxxxx> blethered:
On Tue, 12 Jun 2007 11:32:00 GMT, Halla wrote:
Move to Iceland, that way you can have oranges, bananas and
strawberries all year round, and they're locally grown. :)
Coo. How does that work, then?
They have loads of geothermally heated greenhouses.
Oh, lovely. :-)
electricity is cheap in Iceland, as hot water that is produced as a
byproduct of electricity generation is pumped into large storage
tanks (this is the case in Reykjavik) and then pumped directly into
What a sensible idea. Why don't we do stuff like that? Do they have
bit power stations in Iceland though or local generation? (I know I
could JFGI but I am vey vey tired ATM)
Most of Iceland´s electricity comes from hydro-electric sources, large
dams and big power stations, but many farms have small generators in a
nearby brook or river. The geo-thermal water is used to heat houses
and buildings, it is only in a few plants that electricity is produced
(as a by-product)
They seem to overproduce electricity, and there's talk of creating
another dam and then exporting energy - though with the ecological
impact, it's a bit controversial given that they don't *have* to do
It's going to be a big industry though, selling electricity. Surely
there's a problem with loss during the transmission of the power
though? Would make it impractical to send all over the world (although
if there was one large grid how would anyone tell where the
electricity had come from in the first place?)
Scotland could be a customer but I do not know if the idea is
They've even heated a bay in Reykjavik in the past, so that swimmers
could go in the sea, blocking off the ocean and pumping warm water
into it. I think they had to bring sand in, too.
Did that not play havoc with the sea beasties?
It was not a bay, just a small cove, did not play havoc with anything.
A friend of mine said that there's also talk of heating some of the
sidewalks so that they're a bit less treacherous in winter.
Sidewalks are heated in some places and parts of roads and since the
water comes into buildings at 80°C comes out again at between 15 and
25° it is often used to heat driveways and pavements around homes and
Thanks, interesting stuff. :-)
We can use that sort of thing in a limited way here, can't we? Is it
still called geothermal? I've seen one or two folk heat their house
water that way but it takes a lot of space for the pipes and I'm not
sure if anything can be grown on that space.
If you surrendered to the air, you could ride it.
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