Access to Renewable Energy Sites

Unparalleled Access to Renewable Energy Sites

At the Iceland School of Energy, our students enjoy unparalleled access to live, operational renewable energy sites, providing invaluable real-world learning experiences. They have the unique opportunity to work alongside professionals actively engaged in the field, gaining hands-on insights into sustainable energy systems. Additionally, students may visit geological sites related to climate change, energy, and environmental research, further enhancing their educational journey.

Site Visits: Exploring Iceland's Energy Landscape


Búrfell Power Station

Búrfell Power Station, operational since 1969, is a pioneering hydropower facility in Iceland. Located near Hjálparfoss waterfall, it harnesses the Þjórsá River's energy through 6 Francis turbines, boasting a 270 MW capacity. The station's history reflects Iceland's commitment to sustainable energy, and its role in a network of hydropower stations demonstrates the nation's dedication to renewable power generation and resource management.

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Hellisheidi Power Station

Hellisheiði Geothermal Plant

The Hellisheidi Geothermal Power Plant, situated south of Hengill, is a groundbreaking geothermal energy facility in Iceland. Launched in 2006, it boasts a remarkable capacity of 200 MW in thermal power and 303 MW in electricity production, equivalent to 950 liters of hot water per second. One of its notable features is the hydrogen sulfide abatement unit, employing the innovative Carbfix process to filter out 75% of hydrogen sulfide and 30% of carbon dioxide from geothermal fluids before reinjection, contributing to sustainable and eco-friendly energy production.

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Reykjavik District Heating System

Reykjavik boasts a district heating system powered by renewable energy resources, a pioneering achievement unmatched globally. Reykjavík's capital area enjoys hot water from various origins. Low-temperature areas in Reykjavík and Mosfellsbær, like Laugarnes and Elliðaárdalur, provide one source, while geothermal areas such as Nesjavellir and Hellisheiði contribute significantly.

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Hrauneyjafoss Power Station

Hrauneyjafoss Power Station, operational since 1981, plays a pivotal role in Iceland's energy landscape. With a capacity of 210 MW, it ranks as the country's third-largest hydropower facility. Located near the Sprengisandur Route, it harnesses the Tungnaá River's power to generate electricity. Equipped with three Francis turbines, this station produces approximately 1300 GWh of energy annually. It's part of a network of six hydropower stations in the Þjórsá and Tungnaá Catchment Area, collectively generating 1040 MW, thanks to the abundant water resources from reservoirs like Þórisvatn. This contributes significantly to Iceland's sustainable energy production.

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Hengill volcanic area

Hengill Volcanic Area is a geothermal area between Suðurlandsvegur and Lake Thingvallavatn. It's home to Reykjavik Energy's Hellisheidi and Nesjavellir Geothermal Power Plants, which utilize the Earth's heat for clean energy production. With 130 kilometers of marked routes, it's a showcase of sustainable energy and natural beauty.

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Svartsengi Geothermal Plant & Resource Park

Svartsengi Geothermal Plant & Resource Park is an impressive complex with a rich history in sustainable energy. Dating back to 1977, it has seen several phases of development. Today, it comprises five power plants, each with unique capabilities and contributions to the local energy landscape. The newest addition, Power Plant 6, features a remarkable turbine unit that dynamically adjusts to heat and electricity demands. These facilities collectively produce 8.5 MW of electricity and around 30 MW in thermal power, serving both electrical needs and district heating. Svartsengi has continuously evolved to maximize efficiency and minimize environmental impact.

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Landmannalaugar, located in Iceland's Fjallabak Nature Reserve, is renowned for its natural geothermal hot springs and stunning landscape. It serves as the northern trailhead for the Laugavegur hiking route, offering hikers a mountain hut for accommodation. Accessible primarily by four-wheel-drive vehicles, it's a hub for outdoor enthusiasts, with activities ranging from hiking through the Laugahraun lava field to horseback riding, fishing, and cross-country skiing in the winter. Geothermal hot springs provide a unique bathing experience, making Landmannalaugar a must-visit destination for nature lovers.

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