Apollo protects world's largest geothermal energy plant

The new headquarters of Reykjavik Energy, Iceland, have been equipped with a fire protection system based on Apollo intelligent fire detectors. The new fire system, which includes over 850 Apollo XP95 devices, was supplied and installed by Security Center, Apollo’s long-term representative in the territory.

Reykjavik Energy operates the biggest geothermal power plant in Iceland, with a processing power of 200MWt. The company is also responsible for the world’s largest geothermal district heating system, as well as electricity and water distribution networks. It plans to become one of the world’s largest utility companies in the future. In addition to exploring new ways of exploiting the renewable indigenous energy resources that Iceland has in abundance, Reykjavik Energy has instigated projects that make better use of existing distribution systems. For instance, it has developed Lina.Net, a means of providing rapid and reliable data transmission to facilitate internet connection via fibre-optics and the existing electricity network.

As part of their expansion programme, the company planned to build a new headquarters at Bæjarháls 1 in Reykjavik. The development was the subject of a special architectural competition which was won by Teiknistofa Ingimunduar Sveinssonar hf. and Hornsteinar arkitektar ehf.. Construction began in 2001. The building is designed to provide 14,000m² of office space complete with 2,500m² on-site garaging, which significantly enhances the 5,500m² existing structure.

Security Center won the contract to supply all the major services for the new headquarters, including fire, security and access control systems, CCTV surveillance, an alarm management system and an argonite fire extinguishing system. The fire system is fully networked, with three four-loop control panels controlling over 850 Apollo XP95 devices in total. These include approximately 700 XP95 smoke and heat detectors, 55 manual call points and 130 interface units that allow the fire system to interface with other critical pieces of plant and equipment.