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The Things We Do for Energy

Getting energy can be a risky business. In Iceland they intend to drill down close to the magma beneath the Earth's crust to create energy.

The Iceland Deep Drilling Project (IDDP) will drill 4-5km down into the Earth’s crust into one of its high-temperature hydrothermal systems to reach 400-600°C hot fluid at a rift on the mid-ocean ridge.

The project aims to find out if it is economically feasible to extract energy and chemicals out of hydrothermal systems at supercritical conditions. However, is it any crazier than building energy plants where tectonic plates meet, or using nuclear power?

On hand to discuss this incredible feat of engineering will be:
·Dr Gudmundur Omar Fridleifsson, ISOR, Iceland GeoSurvey. Dr Fridleifsson is one of the leaders and key scientists of the Icelandic Deep Drilling Project

·Steinunn S. Jakobsdottir, Head of Geophysical Monitoring Section, Physics Department, the Icelandic Meteorological Office. Steinunn is one of the leading scientists dealing with hazards and earthquakes in Iceland. She is responsible for monitoring seismicity, volcanic events and crustal deformation and the possible impact on the earth.

The series of events at the Dana Centre are running in conjunction with the new Science Museum exhibition, Pure Iceland (20th January- 23rd April).

Pure Iceland looks at Iceland’s current use of its natural resources to provide cheap, clean energy to all Icelandic homes and industry. Visitors will also see Iceland’s early moves to become the world’s first hydrogen economy – increasingly using non-polluting hydrogen instead of fossil fuels. There are few objects, display panels or exhibition captions. Instead, the whole exhibition is presented as an experience in which the atmosphere of Iceland will be conjured though projection and sound.


TBC | talks


Date and Time:

8 February 2006 at 7:00 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



Dana Centre
165 Queen's Gate
+44 20 79 42 40 40
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Science Museum
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