A small power plant is shown surrounded by green fields in a rural location.

Small power plants reducing losses in the power distribution system

In 2018, Climeon and Varmaorka started building their first geothermal power plant in Flúðir in Iceland. Now the power plant has been producing electricity for well over a year, has been handed over to the customer and had visitors from near and far.

The construction of the power plant began in May 2018 and commissioning was finished in March 2019. Following the two-month testing period, the power plant was then successfully handed over to the customer who stated that the power plant had outperformed their expectations.

However, being the first geothermal power plant built using Climeon’s technology, others were also curious to see how the power plant performed. One of the stakeholders monitoring the development closely was RARIK, Iceland State Electricity.

- When new electricity users arrive, it places demands on our power distribution system, which is not designed to accommodate a lot of power producers. Location really matters, along with a strong connecting port. That’s what makes the new power plant at Flúðir so great. It’s expected to reduce losses for our power distribution system, and that will lower costs for everyone, says Kjartan Rolf Árnason, RARIK.

With the Flúðir power plant showing well over 95% percent uptime this past year, and having proven the concept among the local communities, Varmaorka is continuing their quest to make local communities independent through clean electricity.

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Want to see how the next power plant we are building together with Varmaorka is progressing? Our Service Engineer Jon Arnarson will take you on a tour of the power plant here!