Larderello Geothermal Energy


Italy is the country where geothermal energy has been exploited for the first time for industrial purposes and is still one of the leading producers of geothermal energy in the world.
In Tuscany, the geothermal power plant in Larderello, in the municipality of Pomarance, covers about 26% of the regional electricity demand. The steam that naturally, or through the drilling, rises to the surface, is channeled through kilometers of pipes, and used to move the turbines through which energy is produced.
The peculiarity of these systems is that the steam, which moves the turbines for the production of electricity, is condensed into water and placed again in the subsoil, this allows the aquifer, heated by the heat of the earth, not to run out.
In 2013, the first geothermal power plant in Larderello, has 100 years, and today there are 34 plants of approximately 769 MW net that output of over 5 TWh per year and provide for the average annual consumption of about 2 million Italian families, while also providing heat for heat more than 8,700 houses and commercial companies and 25 hectares of greenhouses.