The search for sufficient geothermal power to heat all houses in Tálknafjörður, a village in the West Fjords, has proven unsuccessful. Sufficient heat was found in a 1,600-meter hole drilled five kilometers outside town but not enough water.
Tálknafjörður. Photo: Páll Stefánsson/Iceland Review.
“But we do have one borehole today that we are planning to make better use of,” head of Tálknafjörður municipality Indriði Indriðason told ruv.is.
The hole, which provides 40°C (104°F) hot water, is already used to heat the town’s swimming pool and elementary school and with a heat pump it can also be used to lower the overall cost of heating in the town.
Indirði doesn’t want to mention any numbers but estimates that the cost of heating can be reduced by 30 to 50 percent.