Geological research and educational courses at Iceland Volcano

Fimmvorduhals_eruption14Geologists and volcanologists from around the world are setting off to see the recent volcanic eruption at the Eyjafjallajokull glacier in the southern region of Iceland. Both scientists and students are travelling to Iceland in order to examine, research and survey this enormous force of nature in a country that is constantly being shaped by both fire and ice.

Over the past century, Icelanders have learnt to harness the forces that are present in Iceland as an indigenous and clean energy source, consequently becoming world leaders in the use of renewable energy. Over 80 percent of total energy use in Iceland comes from renewable energy sources, with only imported fossil fuels for the transportation sector and fishing fleet. This is by far the highest average of renewable energy use in the world.

During the summer months, Keilir, the Atlantic Center of Excellence, offers week long courses focusing on the use of alternative fuels in Iceland and the utilisation of renewable energy. During the course, participants will learn about harnessing and using various renewable energy sources. As well as experiencing the awesome nature that fosters the energy, such as the surroundings of the recent and ongoing volcanic activities, glacier tours, excursions to the mid Atlantic drift zone and other natural sites.

Participants of the courses will get an introduction to energy policies, energy efficiency and environmental aspects. In addition, site visits to geothermal power plants in the Reykjanes peninsula, hydro power plants in South Iceland, the development and use of alternative fuels (biofuels, hydrogen, methane, methanol) for the transportation sector, and small scale use of renewable energy sources. Focus will be on a broad overview of the field of renewable energy with emphasis on local expertise and experience in Iceland.

Additional information regarding courses at Keilir and renewable energy in Iceland can be found at http://en.keilir.net/courses-in-english/courses_2010