Education: RES | The School for Renewable Energy Science, Iceland

Alexander Richter 27 Aug 2009

ThinkGeoEnergy will look into a number of academic geothermal energy programs and covers today RES in Iceland. RES, The School for Renewable Energy Science in Akureyri/ Iceland provides a geothermal specialization as part of its graduate degree.

There are not many academic programs in existence today that provide some geothermal energy angle as part of the studies. As part of ThinkGeoEnergy, I will try to cover in the next few weeks a number of geothermal academic programs that are and could be interesting for the general public.

Today, it is RES, the School for Renewable Energy Science in Akureyri/ Iceland.  According to the school’s website, “RES – the School for Renewable Energy Science (a new private institution of higher learning) was established in the spring 2006. The RES Graduate School started in the February 2008 offering an intensive one-year M.Sc. Program in Renewable Energy Science. The Graduate Program is offered in cooperation with the University of Iceland and the University of Akureyri, as well as in partnership with a number of leading technical universities and institutions around the world.”

“RES offers an intensive and unique interdisciplinary research oriented one-year graduate (M.Sc.) programme in Renewable Energy Science.  In 2010 the school will offer five specialisations of study: Geothermal Energy; Fuel Cell Systems & Hydrogen; Biofuels & Bioenergy; Energy Systems; and Hydropower.”

As part of the curriculum the program offers a Geothermal Energy specialization, based on the Icelandic know-how in this sector.

The geothermal program includes:

  • Geothermal Systems,
  • Geothermal Exploration Techniques,
  • Drilling Techniques and Logging Methods,
  • Reservoir Physics, Well Test Analysis, Monitoring & Forecasting
  • Direct and Indirect Use of Geothermal Energy
  • 3D Visualization and Modeling Techniques
  • Geothermal Power Plants

Complete details about the geothermal part of the program can be found here: “Geothermal Energy Courses

Today the school announced a partnership between Darmstadt University of Technology (TU Darmstadt) in Germany, in which both partners hope to develop and strenghten the cooperation in the future, most notably within faculty and student exchenge, as well as in delivering joint summerschool programmes and research projects.

Sources: News Release, RES School for Renewable Energy Science