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Energy Site Visits: Steaming Up - Geothermal Heating in Iceland
http://www.switchenergyproject.com/topics/energysitevisits#/energy-site-geothermal-heating-in-iceland

Switch Energy , American Geosciences Institute

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This video explains how geothermal energy can be harvested and used, particularly when the natural resource is in abundance. The video takes us to a geothermal system in Reykjavik, Iceland's capital, which heats the buildings of the entire city by pumping hot water from a geothermal well.

Video length 4:21 min.

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Teaching Tips | Science | Pedagogy | Technical Details

Teaching Tips

  • This video is part of a series of videos that takes viewers on a journey to alternative energy sites.
  • Consider using the Switch website to have students do a research project on the pros and cons of different types of energy sources. Then, as a class they can create an energy portfolio.
  • Teacher may want to mention geothermal issues (e.g., finding suitable geothermal sites, pipe corrosion).

About the Science

  • The science presented is basic; the engineer explains how naturally occurring hot water is pumped from wells directly to homes in the area.
  • Provides an example of global energy issues with a local solution.
  • Passed initial science review - expert science review pending.

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  • Teachers may wish to use other video "visits" to different types of power plants from this series.

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