Hacking the Steam - Strategies for Repurposing Geothermal Steam Power / Waste and Mitigating Barriers in Olkaria
Our project focuses on the controversy of the Geothermal Power Plants in Olkaria, Kenya and a design that hacks the geothermal energy to give back to the community and promote environmental justice. The geothermal steam is the major agent of the Olkaria development. Noise, air pollution and habitat fragmentation are decreasing or completely wiping out a number of important animal species at the park, including the birds and vultures that are extremely sensitive to noise and vibration. To target the challenges, our intervention takes in two different parts: one at the wellhead, and then the other four along the pipe. The permanent wellhead silencer and water filter will mitigate the noise created by the wellheads and will filter and condense steam to potable water. Individual train carts can provide a space of safe cohabitation for the agents affected by the development. To combat habitat fragmentation and promote environmental justice, our design is strategically devised to live and move upon the existing and future expansions of the geothermal pipes, harnessing the energy that will be used to benefit the local ecosystems of Hell’s Gate National Park.