The Reykjavik Energy team is the leading geothermal energy company in Iceland and is recognized as a world leader in providing clean energy. The REN team consists of 30 researchers with specialisations including Geochemistry, Engineering and Geothermal Technology.
The research department consists of 5 Researchers, one PhD Student and two Technical Staff. The research department monitors two of the largest geothermal power plants in Iceland as well as the largest district heating system in the world.
Responsible for training and research on mineral scale formation in geothermal environments and access to the large scale pilot system facilities and samples that are necessary for the validation of the laboratory data at the industrial level.
Key Competences and Facilities
The REN team operates two high temperature geothermal power plants. The power plants provide the opportunity to study scaling reactions in geothermal brines related to pumping, rapid cooling and adiabatic boiling from 4 - 200°C. Furthermore, REN has recently set up experimental facilities to simulate the most important processes associated with geothermal power utilization and will interface a lot of the real-world training of various ERSs seconded to Iceland
Dr. Einar Gunnlaugsson, Team Leader
Geochemist specialised in fluid chemistry of geothermal waters and in borehole technology.
Dr. Bergur Sigfússon
Soil Scientist, specialised in experimental geochemistry and surface complexation modelling and who will be the main supervisor of the ESR hosted by REN.
Mr. Ingvi Gunnarsson
Geochemist specialised in silica polymerization and scaling processes
Mr. Einar Örn Þrastarson
Field and process sampling
Ms. Selma Olsen
Laboratory Technician in charge of aqueous elemental analysis
Dr. Gretar Ívarsson
Volcanologist specialised in process analysis.
Previous Training Programs and Research:
REN has hosted graduate students for training purposes through collaboration with ETH Zurich, Switzerland and Universiteit Utrecht, The Netherlands. The REN team has trained 1 Postdoctoral Fellow and 3 PhD Students during secondments from both Icelandic and other EU universities and private sector organisations in the last 5 years.