Larderello Showcasing Geothermal History

The Geothermal Museum in Larderello offers people a look at the history and science behind geothermal power, as well as the industry and popular culture that has sprung from it. The museum, which was inaugurated by Enel Green Power in October, is a tourist destination for the thousands of visitors who arrive in Tuscany to discover a heritage that spans the centuries.

Geothermal power in Tuscany has a history that goes back thousands of years and whose traces can be found in art of the Third Century B.C., in geography books from the 1600s and literature: Dante?s depictions of Hell in the Divine Comedy were inspired by the geothermal landscapes of the area around Larderello. Even now geothermal power generates fascination well away from the scientific community and the energy industry, and Larderello and its museum are both admired by those who study industrial archaeology and specialists in renewable energy.

The Geothermal Museum in Larderello guides its visitors along an interactive path in which, aided by a narrator, they discover story of geothermal energy in Tuscany from the Etruscans to the extraction of boron for the pharmaceutical industry and Francesco De Larderel?s intuition, who found a way to use heat from steam for industrial purposes.

Geothermal power has been around throughout history , and the museum tells the stories that intertwine with the innovations that have shaken local traditions and culture. Visitors will get to know characters like Prince Ginori Conti, the father of the use of geothermal power for electricity and in 1904 was the man who lit the first lamp by converting the Earth?s steam. On the roads and valleys around Larderello they will get to know more about the geothermal facilities and learn how steam is used in this corner of Tuscany: to heat homes and greenhouses and even produce beer, sausages and cheese. It?s a journey that goes way beyond the stories told in museum and touches upon the everyday lives of people today.

Source: Enel Green Power S.p.A.
Date: Jul 22, 2014