Lifecycle of Geothermal Energy in Iceland

In Spring 2010, I received a Penny White travel grant from Harvard GSD to research and document the lifecycle and use of geothermal energy in Iceland.  Going into the research project, I had questions about the end-of-life wastes in the processes that use the energy and their impacts on the landscape. That summer, I traveled around the country, keeping a blog to document my experience and discoveries. I met with various industry leaders to discuss and photograph the multiple operations involved in exploration, extraction, processing, uses, and wastes of geothermal. My discoveries from this research project have so far led to a photo essay, a lecture at the GSD, my graduate thesis project, and a publication about the thesis project. There are many more opportunities for project spin-offs resulting from this work, and I will continue to update this as they develop.

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