The Global Energy Prize laureate told about the ways of decarburization, to which the world aspires
On June 13, 2019, the 2007 Global Energy Prize laureate, Professor Thorsteinn Ingi Sigfusson gave a lecture at Imperial College London, where told about ways to reduce the carbon footprint. Two key technologies that are used in Iceland and can be replicated by other countries are the extraction of heat from sea water and the use of light rays as an effective way of trawling. The lecture was held within the framework of the Energy of Knowledge Program.
According to the scientist`s project, the heating of buildings on the Islands of Westmannaeyar is carried out using the heat of the Gulfstream and partly the Gulf of Mexico, which is extracted with the help of heat pumps. This technology takes heat from sea water, for example, 8°C and leaves it at 2°C, lowering the temperature by 6 degrees Celsius. This heat is used to heat water in the radiators of buildings and to consume warm water.
“Iceland has a paradoxically high level of carbon emissions, which reaches about 18 tons per year. Due to the need to reduce environmental pollution, the region is actively introducing an innovative approach in the field of energy technologies. To date, Iceland has the highest share of renewable energy in the world – more than 82%,” the expert said.
In addition, the Professor told about another technology – trawling fishing with the help of light rays that can replace the netting. Computer-controlled rays of light lead the fish to the boat. This reduces oil consumption, which also reduces pollution. This method is used in different regions.
Recall that the Director General of the Innovation Center of Iceland Thorsteinn Sigfusson is prominent for his great contribution to the use of low-temperature geothermal resources for electric power and heat generation and for his unique experiment on a “hydrogen society” in Iceland. He has developed programs on the use of hydrogen fuel and its storage at gas stations.
It should be noted that Imperial College London is a part of the Golden tringle of the most prestige British higher education establishments along with Oxford and Cambridge Universities. Imperial College London specializes in the field of energetics, engineering and business. Annually it is in top positions of international rankings – 5th in the World and the 3rd in Europe according to QS World University Rankings.
Recall that the Energy of Knowledge is a series of lectures of the Global Energy Prize laureates and other outstanding experts in the field of energy. Its aim is to attract the attention of young audience to the issues of global energy and to inspire scientific research in the industry.