News and Events

21.11.2017 : New Course: Energy Resources

REYKJAVIK, November 21 – What sets the Iceland School of Energy (ISE) graduate program apart is its unrivaled commitment to emphasize industry involvement in student education. Following the completion of Energy Geology course, students were introduced to Energy Resources, a rigorous two-week module taught by a number of industry experts. In this recap, readers can review the course from both the student and professor prospective.

31.10.2017 : Meet the Industry – October 2017

REYKJAVIK, October 26 - Continuing the highly anticipated tradition, the new class of ISE graduate students launched the first Meet the Industry (MTI) event of the season. For the Fall 2017 premiere event, ISE welcomed Sandra Ósk Snæbjörnsdóttir from Reykjavik Energy (Orkuveita Reykjavíkur, OR) to talk about their innovative CarbFix project. Sandra is geologist at Reykjavik Energy and was a part of the original team who developed and optimized the CarbFix procedure.

16.10.2017 : ISE Workshop: Energy in the Arctic

REYKJAVIK, October 12 – In anticipation of the annual Arctic Circle conference held at the Harpa, ISE proudly hosted a workshop titled Energy in the Arctic - A Firsthand Perspective. With over 80 attendees, the event was very well received. Keeping true to the theme of the Arctic Circle, the workshop focused on the sustainable development of energy projects in the Arctic, as well as the research cooperation agreement between Québec and Iceland. Focus on this agreement sought to serve as an international role model for trans-border research.

9.10.2017 : MSc Thesis: Phasor Measurement Unit (PMU) Based Model for Advanced Diagnosis of Synchronous Generator

REYKJAVIK, September 22 – Master's candidate of Sustainable Energy Engineering, Nicholas Mark Randall, has just successfully delivered his master's thesis project, investigating Phasor Measurement Unit (PMU) data to create an event detection algorithm where generator behavior under relevant operating conditions is simulated. Throughout his work, Nicholas was supervised by Dr. Joseph Timothy and Dr. Ragnar Kristjánsson here at Reykjavik University, along with System Operator Guðjón Hugberg Björnsson from Landsnet.

5.10.2017 : New Course: Energy Geology

REYKJAVIK, October 5 – The Iceland School of Energy is all about constant improvement and unveiled their new program structure for the fall semester, including modular courses like Energy Economics, Energy Resources and Energy Geology. Now nearing it's completion, visiting professor David McNamara gives his thoughts about their new course module, Energy Geology. Conor Bennett, first year ISE graduate student also shares his perspective, as a non-geology major.

4.9.2017 : 2017 Summer School Recap

REYKJAVIK, September 9 – During the sunniest time of the year, the ISE hosts their annual Summer School, where students from around the world come to Iceland to learn about sustainability and renewable energy. This year, students Drew Anderson, Jillian Verbeurgt, Joe Bott, Kieran Read, and Rafay Rehman create a video diary of their experiences during the 2017 ISE Summer School. Full time masters students Jillian, Joe and Kieran elaborate, sharing their thoughts in hindsight, now one month into their program.

7.6.2017 : MSc Thesis: Life-Cycle Assessment of Sour Gas Abatement at Hellisheiði compared to Conventional Carbon and Sulphur Abatement Projects

REYKJAVIK, June 6 – Master's candidate of Sustainable Energy Engineering, Selma-Penna Utonih, has just successfully delivered her master's thesis project, completing a life-cycle assessment of sour gas abatement at Hellisheiði Geothermal Power Plant compared to conventional carbon and sulfur abatement projects. Throughout her work, Penna was supervised by Dr. Einar Jón Ásbjörnsson and Dr. David C. Finger here at Reykjavik University, along with Dr. Edda Sif Aradóttir from Orkuveita Reykjavíkur.

4.6.2017 : MSc Thesis: Estimating the Data Reliability of Magnetotelluric Measurements

REYKJAVIK, June 1 – Master's candidate of Sustainable Energy Engineering, D. Keith Smithson, has just successfully delivered his master's thesis project, estimating the data reliability of magnetotelluric measurements. Throughout his work, Keith was supervised by Dr. Egill Júlíusson and Dr. Hlynur Stefánsson here at Reykjavik University, along with Samuel Perkin, a PhD candidate working with Landsnet.

2.6.2017 : MSc Thesis: Feasibility of Supercritical CO2 Coaxial Heat Exchanger for Geothermal Well Conversion with ECO2G Technology

REYKJAVIK, June 1 –  Master's candidate of Sustainable Energy Engineering, Lauren Hillis, has just successfully delivered her master's thesis project, conducting a feasibility study of a super-critical CO2 coaxial heat exchanger for geothermal well conversion with ECO2G technology. Throughout her work, Lauren was supervised by Dr. María Sigríður Guðjónsdóttir, Professor here at Reykjavik University, Sverrir Þórhallsson, Engineer at ISOR, and Joseph Scherer, CEO of GreenFire Energy Inc..

1.6.2017 : MSc Thesis: Geothermal Surface Mapping and Chemical Sampling in Krýsuvík at Seltún, Trölladyngja, and Austurengjar

REYKJAVIK, June 1 – Master's candidate of Sustainable Energy Sciences, Julianna Hogenson, has just successfully delivered her master's thesis project, conducting geothermal surface mapping and chemical sampling in Krýsuvík at Seltún, Trölladyngja, and Austurengjar. Throughout her work, Julianna was supervised by ÍSOR geologist, Sigurður Garðar Kristinsson, and ÍSOR chemist, Finnbogi Óskarsson, along with Dr. Juliet Newson, Director of the Iceland School of Energy here at Reykjavik University.

31.5.2017 : MSc Thesis: Exploring Electric Vehicle Participation in the Icelandic Balancing Market as a Virtual Power Plant

REYKJAVIK, May 30 – Master's candidate of Sustainable Energy Sciences, Fritz Steingrube, has just successfully delivered his master's thesis project, exploring electric vehicle participation in the Icelandic balancing market as a Virtual Power Plant. Throughout his work, Fritz was supervised by Dr. Ewa L. Carlson and Dr. Hlynur Stefánsson here at Reykjavik University, along with Samuel Perkin, a PhD student working with Landsnet.

30.5.2017 : MSc Thesis: Reykjavik Harbor System Analysis - Shore Side Electricity Connections for Container-ships in the Eimskip Terminal

REYKJAVIK, May 30 – Master's candidate of Sustainable Energy Sciences, Alfonso Barrenechea, has just successfully delivered his master's thesis project focusing on shore side electricity connections for container-ships in the Eimskip terminal. Throughout his work, Alfonso was supervised both by Dr. David Finger and  Dr. Hlynur Stefánsson here at Reykjavik University.

27.5.2017 : ISE Students Attend What Works 2017

REYKJAVIK, May 27 - ISE graduate students and Landsvirkjun interns Berit Hanna Czock and Dwina Soerono attended the What Works 2017 International Summit to Advance Social Progress as part of their internship project. In this exclusive interview, Berit and Dwina share their experiences and lessons learned.

24.5.2017 : MSc Thesis: Leigjendavandinn - The Tenant Problem in Geothermal Leasing

REYKJAVIK, May 23 – Master's candidate of Sustainable Energy Sciences, Christopher Mathews, has just successfully delivered his master's thesis project focusing on the tenant issue surrounding geothermal resource leasing. Throughout his work, Christopher was supervised both by Dr. Guðni A. Jóhannesson, the Director-General for the National Energy Authority of Iceland, and Eiríkur Elís Þorláksson, Professor of Law here at Reykjavík University. 

6.5.2017 : ISE Students Attend Saint Petersburg Polytechnic University's Winter School

REYKJAVIK, May 6 - At the Iceland School of Energy, there are many opportunities available for graduate students to study abroad. In addition to the exchanges and partnerships established, graduate students have the option to find their own paths and seek their own exchanges. This is exactly what Andrea Morgan, Anja Kathrin Rueß and Enzo Diependaal did when attending Peter the Great Saint Petersburg Polytechnic University's Winter School. In this exclusive interview, the three describe how they took learning into their own hands by completing the two week program on nuclear engineering. 

15.4.2017 : Cornell Exchange 2017

REYKJAVIK, April 15 - This past semester, ISE graduate student Jordon Grant was selected to study on short exchange at Cornell University. With the semester coming to an end, Jordan recaps his time at Cornell in this in-depth interview.

3.4.2017 : Meet the Industry - Behind the Scenes

REYKJAVIK, March 24 - After volunteering their time to organize and host several Meet the Industry events, Jóhann Mar Ólafsson and Daníel Einarsson give an in depth interview on what it takes to make these events happen and what they hope ISE graduate students get out of it.

25.3.2017 : Meet the Industry - March 2017

REYKJAVIK, March 22 - Representatives from Svarmi ehf come to Reykjavik University to speak with Iceland School of Energy students about their services, industry experience and latest projects. Svarmi is an Icelandic company that specializing in Unmanned Areal Vehicles or UAVs for aerial photography, geological mapping and other specialized tasks.

23.3.2017 : 42nd Annual Stanford Geothermal Workshop

STANFORD, February 13-15 - ISE graduate students Dagur Helgason and Keith Smithson along with ISE PhD student Cari Covell and PhD & Associate Professor María Sigríður Guðjónsdóttir attend the 42nd annual Stanford Geothermal Workshop. In this exclusive interview, Cari, Dagur & Keith share their experiences at the workshop, discuss the work they presented and what they got out of the event.

7.3.2017 : ISE Students Attend Landsvirkjun Energy Markets Conference

REYKJAVIK, March 7 – Alexander Moses, Andrea Morgan, Berit Hanna Czock, Dwina Soerono, Enzo Diependaal, Gaynor McIlraith, Laurentiu Anton and Marie Lovise Ve arrive at the Hilton Reykjavik Nordica intent on learning more about current topics and issues in the Icelandic energy sector. Held by Landsvirkjun, the National Power Company of Iceland, the conference brought together industry professionals, ministry officials and academics alike to talk about what the future of Iceland's energy markets might look like.

18.1.2017 : MSc Thesis: Small Scale Electricity Production From Low Temperature Geothermal Resources Using Organic Rankine Cycle

REYKJAVIK, January 18 – Starting off the morning strong, Emilía Valdimarsdóttir delivers her MSc thesis project. Emilía, earning a degree in Sustainable Energy Engineering, focused on the feasibility of low temperature binary cycle geothermal ORC unit for electricity production in Icelandic greenhouses. Her work was supervised by María Sigríður Guðjónsdóttir and Jón Matthíasson.

12.1.2017 : MSc Thesis: Wind Power Integration in Iceland - Impacts on the Icelandic Regulation Power Market

REYKJAVIK, January 12 – Master's candidate of Sustainable Energy Sciences, Felix Michel, has just successfully delivered his master's thesis project. Supervised by Ewa Lazarczyk-Carlson and Samuel Perkin, Felix's research was centered on the impacts of the forecast error of wind power on the balance requirements in the Icelandic power grid.

11.1.2017 : MSc Thesis: Algorithm for Optimal Well Placement in Geothermal Systems Based on TOUGH2 Models

REYKJAVIK, January 11 - Dagur Helgason, first in the new year, successfully defends his master's thesis project today. Dagur, a Sustainable Energy Engineering student, has developed an algorithm for determining the optimal placement of a well in geothermally active areas. On this project, he worked hand in hand with a research group, Operations Research for Subsurface Modelling, as part of a collaborative effort between Reykjavik University, University of Iceland and Landsvirkjun. 

19.12.2016 : Thesis project: Risk Assessment and Risk Modelling in Geothermal Drilling

REYKJAVIK, December 19 - Master candidate and former UNU-GTP student Lilian Aketch Okwiri successfully presented her final research project this afternoon. Her thesis research was focused on assessment and modelling of risk factors in geothermal drilling operations.

15.12.2016 : Thesis project: An onshore wind resource assessment for Iceland, using HARMONIE Reanalysis Data with consideration to Hydrological Reservoir Flows

REYKJAVIK, December 15 - In the third thesis defense of the season, Sustainable Energy Science Student Danielle Preziuso has successfully defended her final thesis research project, conducted with the National Power Company of Iceland, Landsvirkjun.

14.12.2016 : Thesis project: Utilization of Silica from the Reykjanes geothermal field for industrial processes.

REYKJAVIK, December 14 - ISE Master candidate Aníta Hauksdóttir presented her final research project on exploring the possible commercial applications for Silica precipitates from the Reykjanes Geothermal Field. In cooperation with HS Orka, Aníta's thesis analyzed three samples of Silica precipitate and subsequently evaluated their possible uses.

13.12.2016 : Thesis project: The viability of supplying energy to an industrial park in Menengai, Kenya

REYKJAVIK, December 13 - Former UNU-GTP and current ISE student Jack Kiruja has successfully presented his final thesis project, securing his graduation from the ISE's Sustainable Energy Engineering programme. His thesis research was focused on the feasibility of supplying an industrial park in Menengai, Kenya, with energy from the nearby geothermal field.

6.12.2016 : EU-FP7 GARPUR: ISE scholars partake in European research on grid reliability

REYKJAVIK, December 6 - Funded under the seventh European Project Framework, GARPUR

designs, develops, assesses and evaluates new transmission system reliability criteria to be progressively implemented over the next decades at a pan-European level, in order to maximize social welfare. ISE PhD Student Samuel Perkin participates alongside Reykjavik University professors Dr. Friðrik Már Baldurssón and Dr. Ewa L. Carlson.

29.11.2016 : ISE experts and affiliates at the GEORG Geothermal Workshop 2016

REYKJAVIK, November 29 – The first GEORG Geothermal Workshop was held this past week in Reykjavik in a celebration of the first seven successful years of the Geothermal Research cluster initiative. Several ISE professors, lecturers and industry partners have taken part in the sessions covering all phases of geothermal energy utilization at Grand Hotel on 24 & 25 November 2016.

28.11.2016 : ISE students showcase research-projects at GEORG Workshop

REYKJAVIK, November 28 - At the first GEORG Geothermal Workshop, three former or current ISE students have presented the current state of their research projects. Cari Covell, Dagur Helgason and Keith Smithson participated in the poster-sessions which allowed them to showcase their ideas in front of the geothermal research community, industry leaders and global experts.

16.11.2016 : Introduction of Dr. Juliet Newson as new Director

The Iceland School of Energy, a part of Reykjavik University offering a set of master's degrees in sustainable energy and engineering, is excited to announce that Dr. Juliet Newson has joined as its new Director. Newson will fill the vacancy created by the departure of former director Halla Hrund Logadóttir in July, earlier this year.

11.11.2016 : Meet the Industry - 11 November 2016

REYKJAVIK, November 11 - In another Meet the Industry event organized for ISE students, Ingólfur Eyfells gave a talk about the VM3 subsea cable project, connecting Heimaey of the Westman Islands with the Icelandic mainland.

26.10.2016 : Experiencing China

REYKJAVIK, October 26 - Tsinghua University, one of the top ranked universities in the world, hosted the Experiencing China 2016 Programme. Over 140 students, from 26 countries and over 70 Universities, attended this two-week long program, including two students from ISE. The purpose of this program was to help explore the diversity of China, explore academic and industrial resources, and to further develop links between China and the rest of the world.

20.10.2016 : Student Profile: Yuxi Li

REYKJAVIK, October 24 - As part of the partnerships with two Chinese top universities, three exchange students from Tianjin University have joined ISE in the past two years. Yuxi Li, Yu Miao and Qin Zhen have been the three pioneers of the exchange. Here, Yuxi Li has given the answers on a few questions we had asked him about his time in Iceland and at ISE.

14.10.2016 : Arctic Innovation Lab

REYKJAVIK, October 17 - The Arctic Circle Assembly took place at Harpa in Reykjavik October 7th through 9th. In the breakout session organized by the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, two ISE students presented their pitches for a better Arctic along side 10 of their peers from four other institutions. The best idea would be crowned winner of the innovation lab.

14.10.2016 : Meet the Industry - 14 October 2016

REYKJAVIK, October 14 - The first meet the industry of the year took place this friday. Stefán Gíslason, founder and CEO of Environice gave a one hour lunch talk about his work, sustainability consulting, and sustainability in general, to ISE students.

26.8.2016 : Welcome to the New Class of 2018

REYKJAVIK, August 20 - Welcome to the Class of 2018!

6.4.2016 : Reykjavik Energy Science Day

REYKJAVIK, March 14 - Students presented their work and progress on their internship projects at Orkuveita Reykjavíkur´s (OR - Reykjavik Energy) event OR Visindadagur. 

6.4.2016 : Fletcher School Opening of the Arctic Conference

BOSTON, March 12 – Two students, Vivi Leon and Magnus De Witt presenting their findings of arctic related research at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy´s conference on Opening Arctic Conference.

6.4.2016 : 41st Annual Stanford Geothermal Workshop

STANFORD, February 22 - Two Iceland School of Energy students presented their master's thesis research at the 41st Annual Stanford Geothermal Workshop.

22.3.2016 : Meet the Industry - March 14, 2016

REYKJAVIK, March 14 - Parliament member, former minister and head of the left green party, Katrín Jakobsdóttir, spoke at the Iceland School of Energy´s “Meet the Energy Industry” presentation to ISE students.

8.3.2016 : Meet the Industry - 29 February, 2016

REYKJAVIK, February 29 - Iceland School of Energy held a Meet the Energy Industry talk featuring Heiðar Már Guðjónsson, Chairman of Vodafone Iceland, Eykon Energy and Deputy Chair of HS Veitna.

29.2.2016 : Meet the Industry – February 22, 2016

REYKJAVIK, 22 February - the Iceland School of Energy held a Meet the Energy Industry talk featuring the team behind IceWind. This wind turbine startup in Iceland that has appeared in CNBC News and recently attracted significant investment through angel investors and crowdfunding projects.

22.2.2016 : Meet the Industry – February 19, 2016

REYKJAVIK, February 19 - Iceland School of Energy held a Meet the Energy Industry session with Árni Þór Sigurðsson, the Icelandic Ambassador for the Arctic Council. Mr. Sigurðsson discussed the main challenges facing the Arctic, including global warming, resource development, protecting indigenous communities and preventing potential geopolitical over-spill into the historically congenial Arctic relations.

18.1.2016 : ISE class of 2016 thesis defense highlights

Name: Ximena Guardia Muguruza

Age: 26

Hometown: Lima, Peru

Which degree (engineering or science)?: Engineering

18.1.2016 : ISE spring 2016 internship program

A total of 16 students were selected from the Class of 2017 to participate in ISE's Spring 2016 Internship Program. Students this semester are were placed with six companies working on 17 different projects of real world magnitude. 

18.1.2016 : Iceland School of Energy annual Christmas party

For another year, the Director o­f ISE, Halla Hrund Logadóttir hosted the annual Iceland School of Energy Christmas Party on December 9 th. The ISE classes, professors, lecturers, administrators, and industry representatives gathered for a festive, traditional Icelandic Christmas feast.

18.1.2016 : UN Chronicle feature on Iceland

The Director of ISE, Halla Hrund Logadóttir, authored an article in the December 2015 edition of the UN Chronicle which is the magazine of the UN. The piece focused on Iceland's renewable energy transition and the question if Iceland could serve as a model for the world's ongoing clean economy transition.

9.10.2015 : Energy Security Forum

Iceland School of Energy at Reykjavík University presents a forum on Energy Security in the 21st Century.

The forum brings together leading experts from Harvard, Tufts, MIT, Reykjavik University and Brookings Institution, as well as key local experts from Landsvirkjun, The National Power Company of Iceland, and Landsnet, The National Transmission System Operator of Iceland. The forum focuses on current energy security challenges in isolated areas, with a global perspective.

10.9.2015 : ISE Student Profile: Nicholas Randall, USA

Name and Major: Nicholas Mark Randall, MSc Sustainable Energy Engineering
Age: 27
Hometown: Wayne, Maine

Undergraduate Background: Mechanical Engineering with a Minor in Applied Energy, University of Southern Maine


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