Volcanic activity in Iceland attracts geological studies

KeilirThe recent volcanic activity at the Eyjafjallajokull glacier in southern Iceland has attracted a lot of interest amongst geologists and volcanologists, both in Iceland as well as internationally. In addition to tourists, scientists and students are coming from all around the world to observe, research and study these enormous forces of nature in a country that is constantly being shaped by both fire and ice. During the past century Icelanders have learned to harness these forces as an indigenous and clean energy source, and have become world leading in the use of renewable energy sources.

In Iceland, over 80 percent of total energy use 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.

Keilir offers weeklong summer courses focusing on utilization of renewable energy and use of alternative fuels in Iceland. During the course, participants will learn about the harnessing and use of various renewable energy sources, as well as experience the unique nature of the country, including the surroundings of the recent and ongoing volcanic activities, glaciers, the mid Atlantic drift zone and other natural sites.

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

For more information visit http://en.keilir.net/courses-in-english/courses_2010

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