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Malaya Valley Of Geysers And Geothermal Power Plant

Posted on September 30, 2011 by


Not far from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky there is a Mutnovsky geothermal power plant, which is the biggest of its kind in Russia.

The geothermal power plant includes facilities with lots of pipes around. Believe it or not, in winter everything here is snowed under.

The operation scheme is quite simple. They pump water deep underground through specially drilled-in holes. Then the water reaches naturally heated layers of the Earth crust and percolating through hot granite, keeps getting hot until it evaporates. After that,  the water goes back up through another parallel hole.

Then the hot water goes to the power plant heat exchanger, where its energy is translated into power.

Geothermal power plants are renewable energy sources with no emissions. However,  they are so rarely used around the world.

This is a sulfuric acid sedimentation tank.

These are hostels for workers. They are uplifted so high because of the snow depth.

Malaya Valley of Geysers is just 500 meters away from the geothermal power plant. One can see it from far away by its steam columns.

It seems that the whole valley was developed for power engineering and just this piece of land with geysers was left for tourists.

These pools are better to stay away from because they may contain alkali or acid.

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2 Responses to “Malaya Valley Of Geysers And Geothermal Power Plant”

  1. Ivan says:

    Another set of fantastic pictures… really beautifull.

  2. JP says:

    I love the acid pits .I would have to throw something in it XD

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