News: 2010

Dr. Ingvar Birgir Fridleifsson Awarded special International Award in China. - 20.12.2010

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.

Read more

Geothermal energy: a large increase in utilisation in recent years and an enhanced utilisation ratio for electricity generation - 13.12.2010

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

Average output of high-temperature geothermal wells - 9.12.2010

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 - 7.12.2010

The National Energy Authority (NEA) has revised its methodology for assessing geothermal primary energy production for electricity generation and heating Read more

Energy Statistics 2010 Now Published and Online - 17.11.2010

The annual publication of Iceland's "Energy Statistics" is out now and available in both hard copy and online.

Read more

Call for proposals, Sustainable Energy Systems 2050 - 27.10.2010

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

Iceland Geothermal 2010 to be held on November 1st in Reykjavik. - 22.10.2010

On 1st of November 2010 a geothermal conference, Iceland Geothermal 2010, will be held in Reykjavik, Iceland. The president of Iceland, Mr. Olafur Ragnar Grimsson, is the patron of the conference. Read more

Switzerland new member country of IPGT - 6.10.2010

Today the International Partnership for Geothermal Technology (IPGT) welcomed Switzerland as its new member country. Swiss technical experts will bring to the IPGT their technical knowledge in induced seismicity, a new topic to be added to the six existing, high-priority areas identified by IPGT as crucial to the development of the geothermal industries in each country
Read more

Iceland and U.S.A. sign bilateral agreement to develop clean geothermal energy.  - 6.10.2010

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

A feasibility study report for a DME project in Iceland - 1.10.2010

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.

Read more

Driving Sustainability ´10 Reykjavík - 6.7.2010

His Excellency Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, President of Iceland, will inaugurate Driving Sustainability for the fourth time in Reykjavik Iceland on September 16th 2010. Read more

The Icelandic Minister of Energy receives an electric vehicle - 2.6.2010

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

The NEA gives counselling regarding the development of energy intensive food industry - 2.6.2010

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

Geothermal Development and Research in Iceland, 2nd edition - 17.3.2010

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 Iceland

Read more

Workshop on Reservoir Research in Iceland - 17.3.2010

The International Geothermal Research Group Georg held an interactive workshop on reservoir research in Iceland on March 4th in Orkugarður. Read more

The Minister of Industry, Energy and Tourism announces a second licensing round for hydrocarbon exploration in 2011 - 1.3.2010

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

New overview of hydrocarbon related research in the Tjörnes Basin, Gammur Area off north Iceland - 26.2.2010

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 - 22.1.2010

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

PetroChallenge Iceland competition successfully completed - 15.1.2010

On January 13 and 14, 43 students from Framhaldsskólinn í Austur-Skaftafellssýslu (FAS) and Framhaldsskólinn í Vestmannaeyjum (FIV) competed in this year's Icelandic national PetroChallenge and learned about the petroleum exploration industry.

Read more

Electricity generation capacity is around 4300 MW for high-temperature fields in Iceland - 4.1.2010

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