Tokyo, Japan [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) has received a turnkey order from Reykjavik Energy of Iceland, to build five 45-megawatt (MW) geothermal power plants, 225 MW in total, in the suburbs of Reykjavik. Deliveries of the plants will begin in October 2010 and be completed by February 2012.
The five geothermal plants will be built in a geothermal field approximately 30 kilometers east of Reykjavik. The steam turbines for the plants will be manufactured by MHI’s Nagasaki Shipyard and Machinery Works, generators will be made by Mitsubishi Electric Corporation and Balcke-Durr will fabricate cooling equipment.
Iceland generates nearly all of its electricity from renewable energy and uses almost no fossil fuels. Because water is available in abundant supply, the country generates 80% of its electricity by hydropower, and most of the remainder is produced by geothermal power. Outside Japan, to date MHI has received orders and delivered geothermal power plants to many countries worldwide totaling more than 2,700 MW of capacity.