Student profiles

A few of ISE's students answer some questions about their study experience and living in Iceland.

  • Mads Lauritsen on stage of Arctic Circle 2015


Mads Lauritsen, Denmark


Mads joined Iceland School of Energy the summer of 2014, studying Sustainable Energy Science. The Horsens, Denmark-native had previously completed his degree in business development engineering, with a focus on innovation and start-up companies at University of Aarhus. In order to specialise in the energy sector in a country that has successfully transitioned away form fossil fuels, Mads joined ISE. During his time, Mads focused primarily on feasibility analysis of small and medium size systems and wrote his final thesis project on such a system in Greenland, before graduating in 2016.


Originally, Mads' final thesis project began in early 2015 as an internship that required him to relocate to Greenland temporarily. This was then turned into a full thesis project, allowing Mads to spend six months there and work on a feasibility study for a new hydropower plant in the city of Paamiut. In October 2015, Mads was invited to speak at the Arctic Circle assembly in Reykjavik alongside representatives from M.I.T. and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government as part of the “future leaders of the arctic” plenary session.

Today, Mads works as Project Manager for CLEAN - Innovating Green Solutions, Denmark's leading clean-tech cluster focused on smart energy and government. Through opportunities during his time at ISE, Mads says, he was able to get a tremendous theoretical understanding of the different technical sides of many energy matters, and of course given the fantastic chance to go to Greenland as part of his study.

About Iceland School of Energy

By bringing together the best from industry and academia, Iceland School of Energy provides a unique, and comprehensive training for its students. A wide range of courses taught by the very best in their field open a broad spectrum of possibilities for students and allow for individual study designs. Focus is put on close collaboration with industry experts while maintaining high academic quality of the work.

Iceland School of Energy is part of and accredited by the School of Science and Engineering at Reykjavik University in Iceland.

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