Landsvirkjun, the national power company, will put up two turbines from the German company Enercon for experimental purposes by the hydropower plant Búrfellsvirkjun in South Iceland in the coming weeks.
CEO of Landsvirkjun Hörður Arnarson told ruv.is that so far, harnessing wind power has not proven cost efficient but that may be about to change.
The wind turbines will be 55-meters high, and in combination with the 22-meter long blades, they will be of a similar height to Hallgrímskirkja church in Reykjavík.
Each windmill costs approximately EUR 1 million (ISK 163 million, USD 1.3 million) and has the capacity to produce 900 KW of energy at a wind speed of 15 meters per second or more. They are said to be able to withstand wind speed of up to 70 meters per second.
“It’s too expensive according to the current electricity prices but we hope that after a few years developments will ensure that the prices and cost will accommodate each other,” stated Hörður.
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