The Steam Pipeline

Did you know that energy is so inexpensive in Iceland that it is cheaper to ship aluminum from Australia to Iceland for its final treatment? I don’t know much about refining aluminum, but I do know that final process (bauxite scrubbing?) is quite energy-intensive. And it must be worth it to ship something all the way from the other side of the world. I can’t imagine there are many ports further apart than Australia to Iceland! I used to play this game on my Amiga called Ports of Call. I may have to boot it up to check!

Anyway, this geothermal plant was very interesting and perfect for photography. Asmundur and I spent a bit of time there moving around for cool perspectives. I’d like to thank him again for taking me there!

The Steam Pipeline

  • Stuning pic. Well composed aswell.

  • tasjaber

    Cool picture, lots of warm colors in Iceland!

  • indeed, Iceland is at the forefront of energy tech — not becuase of the geothermal heat systems they employ but more importantly they have a fully implemented hydrogen fuel cell infrastructure ( none of this half baked hybrid nonsense ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) and supposedly produce bananas cheaper ( in greenhouses ) than anyone can in the tropics. I guess that wicked weather sure keeps you focused on the important stuff, like it did with Trey in this stunning photo, which is also a great conversation piece!

  • Kio

    Oh, that’s why they went bakrupt ๐Ÿ™‚

  • lucky henry

    A new version of the game is available here:

  • You still have a working Amiga?

    Nice shot, Trey. Love all the diagonal lines and the sweep of the sky.

  • Joseph

    awesome!!! i like the sky so much….

  • Wow, that is an amazing fact!!!! Almost unbelievable that is’s cheaper to ship something across the globe for processing then to do it in one’s own country!!! It’s called outsourcing and companies in our country sure do that enough. That’s why our economy is so bad. But that’s a whole different story. Sad. Anyway, the picture is rich in color and the sky is amazing. Not my favorite, lol. Nice that you had access to take it. Have a great Sunday!!

  • It’s the same reason that they built an aluminum plant in Kitimat BC – Look on a map of Canada and you’ll see just how remote Kitimat is.

    Power is so cheap in that part of the world, in this case because of hydro-electric generation, that shipping the bauxite to this lonely outpost is economical.

    The world may be flat, but the reasons why sometimes make you shake your head.

    Thanks for yet another picture of Iceland. It is #1 on my list of places to go before I die – Iceland, not the steam plant.

  • casusan

    Oh wow! Really cool shot Trey – love the sky!

  • hehe thanks…

    Alex – No my Amiga is a goner… But I think I had 4 of them at one time!

    Lucky – thanks for the link! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Interesting, from my experience of Icelandic geothermal energy plants, I reckon this probably smlled a bit eggy?

  • I love it!

  • Thanks – yes Dan it was a bit eggy! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Tony Falla

    I used to work in the Aluminium industry before I retired and it uses a lot of energy which as has been pointed out is why the plants tend to be in places where energy can be generated cheaply. The process is an electrolysis process, it is like a huge battery and the aluminium is deposited on one of the plates.

    Another superb picture, your site has really inspired me.

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