Dr. Ingvar Birgir Fridleifsson, as a former IGA President and Director of the United Nations Geothermal Training Programme, was presented a Special International Award at the National Geothermal Conference held in Beijing, China.
Geothermal energy: a large increase in utilisation in recent years and an enhanced utilisation ratio for electricity generation
Geothermal utilisation has increased significantly in recent years with the establishment of new geothermal power plants. At the same time, the utilisation ratio of primary energy for electricity generation has increased considerably.Read more
In 2008, 102 geothermal wells were in operation at Icelandic geothermal power plants. The mean mass contribution from each was 0.78 million tons and the mean primary energy contribution was 1.19 PJ.Read more
Changed methodology for assessing geothermal primary energy production for electricity generation and heating
The annual publication of Iceland's "Energy Statistics" is out now and available in both hard copy and online.
On the 25th of October 2010 Nordic Energy Research launched a new research call on Sustainable Energy Systems worth 100 million NOK. The aim is to develop integrated solutions between Renewables, Low-Carbon Transport and Grids & Markets. Cooperative Nordic research consortia are invited to submit pre-proposals before December 16th 2010.Read more
Today the United States and Iceland signed a bilateral agreement aimed at increasing the world's understanding of advanced geothermal technologies and accelerating their deployment. The agreement was signed at the Culture House by the U.S. Ambassador to Iceland, Luis E. Arreaga, and the Icelandic Minister of Industry, Energy and Tourism, Katrín Júlíusdóttir.Read more
As result of the Icelandic government's vision for zero percent hydrocarbon fuel emissions, a team of experts from Iceland and Japan have conducted the feasibility study of the synthesis gas Dimethyl ether (DME as an alternative fuel.
The Icelandic Minister of Energy, Katrin Juliusdottir, will for the next two years be driving an electric car. The electric vehicle is a Mitsubishi i MiEV, and it is a part of a test project which results from an MoU between the Icelandic government, Hekla and Mitsubishi Corporation.Read more
Hrunamannahreppur, a local authority in West Iceland, and the companies Íslensk matorka and Matís have signed a memorandum of understanding regarding deveolopment of energy intensive food industry at the town Fludir which includes using geothermal warm water for fish aquaculture.Read more
The second edition of Geothermal Development and Research in Iceland is out now. The booklet contains an informational summary of geothermal development and the regulatory structure of geothermal energy utilisation in IcelandRead more
The Minister of Industry, Energy and Tourism announces a second licensing round for hydrocarbon exploration in 2011
Icelandic authorities are preparing a surface geochemistry survey of the Dreki Area. A second licensing round has been announced as from 1 August 2011 untill 1 December 2011.Read more
Recently the National Energy Authority commissioned a report from two scientists of Iceland GeoSurvey (ISOR) as an overview of hydrocarbon related research in the Tjörnes Basin, located in the Gammur area.Read more
The National Energy Authority grants a research licence regarding a tidal power plant in Hvammsfjörður Fjord of Breiðafjörður Fjord
The National Energy Authority issued a research licence to the company Sjávarorka ehf. regarding a tidal power plant in Hvammsfjörður Fjord of Breiðafjörður Fjord on 15 January 2010. The research permit is valid for 6 years, and expires on 31 December 2016.Read more
The National Energy Authority (NEA) has estimated the capacity of high-temperature fields for electricity generation. According to the recent evaluation by NEA, there is a high probability that 4300 MW of electricity can be generated for a period of 50 years in known high-temperature fields in Iceland. This corresponds to approximately 35 TWh per year. For comparison, the 4 TWh of electricity were generated at geothermal plants in 2008.Read more