The construction area is above Búrfell at a height of approximately 200 – 300 meters above sea level (m.a.s.l), both in the lava field and sand plain area to the east of the Þjórsá River in Hafid where Landsvirkjun’s research wind turbines are located. The landscape is homogeneous and relatively flat.
Landsvirkjun already operates six hydropower stations in the Þjórsá and Tungnaá area, including the Sultartangi and Búrfell Hydropower Stations. There are various structures connected with these stations including transmission structures, roads, water channels, reservoirs and dams. Energy generation operations have been active in the area since 1969, so the area has already been disturbed. Pumice production has been active in the area since 1969 with a mining area spanning approximately 140 hectares. Re-vegetation projects have been carried out in and around the area.
Meteorological measurements have been taken since 1993 in Ísakot (at 250 m.a.s.l), and the results show that the wind in the area is from the prevailing north-easterly direction. The wind streams from the highland areas and intensifies until it forms a sort of funnel between the Næfurholtsfjall Mountain and Búrfell.
View of the proposed Búrfell Wind Farm (to the northeast). The research wind turbines can be seen in the middle of the figure as well as the Bjarnalón Reservoir, the tailrace canal for the Sultartangi Hydropower Station, Ísakot. The Sultartangi Reservoir can be seen at the top of the figure.
View over part of the area to the northwest. The Landvegur Road can be seen in the middle of the figure as well as re-vegetation areas.
View to the east of the Landvegur Road towards the direction of Valafell.
View to the southwest of the Landvegur Road towards the direction of Búrfell. The research wind turbines can just be seen to the right of the figure.
Aerial view from the Sultartangi Hydropower Station. Hekla is in the middle, Valafell is to the left and Búrfell is on the periphery of the figure to the right.
Búrfellslundur Wind Farm EIA report
The Búrfellslundur Wind Farm EIA report can be accessed here.
Further discussion on the site is in chapter 2
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