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Þetta Reddast: How Iceland is making low-carbon work for them

Energy Futures Lab in collaboration with the Global Energy Association host a lecture from Professor Thorsteinn Ingi Sigfusson on some of the innovations being employed by Iceland to reduce its carbon footprint.

The unofficial national motto of Iceland is þetta reddast, which means "it will all work out okay". But how is the country making low-carbon energy work for them so that it will all work out okay?

The world’s first hydrogen refueling station was opened in Iceland in 2003, and in 2005, the first cars running on hydrogen fuel appeared in Iceland’s market. The Government of Iceland plans to begin using hydrogen as transport fuel within a few years. In the next 20 years the Icelandic New Energy Company believes, the country will be able to use only renewable energy with hydrogen and batteries as energy carriers.

In this talk Professor Sigfusson will discuss a wide range of new technologies and ideas being used in Iceland. These include increased use of hydrogen, changing to fishing methods and harnessing the Gulf Stream to heat towns via heat pumps.

Professor Thorsteinn Ingi Sigfusson is the Director General of the Innovation Centre of Iceland, and the 2007 Global Energy Prize laureate.

Professor Sigfusson’s research interests are on the use of low-temperature geothermal resources for electric power and heat generation and the creation of a hydrogen society in Iceland. During his career he has developed programs on the use of hydrogen fuel and its storage at gas stations.
He holds a PhD in Physics from University of Cambridge where he was elected Research Fellow of Darwin College.

Lecture Theatre 1 in the Chemical Engineering Department is in building 14 on the campus map.

The quickest way there is to enter the college from the main entrance on Exhibition Road (near building 36).

Head through across the lobby through the revolving door, across the large courtyard and along the long walkway past a bank of very large screens on your right hand side. The entrance to the Chemical Engineering Department is on your right, head through the automatic doors up two short flights of stairs and turn left, walk about 20 metres and the room is just in front of you on your right.


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