About

The Geothermal Research Cluster (GEORG) is a non-profit organization which aims at promoting research
and development of geothermal resources in a sustainable way and contribute to reducing the world’s dependence on carbon-based energy sources. GEORG brings together various actors in the geothermal field to contribute to the acceleration of the uptake of geothermal energy internationally and increase its value creation in research, engineering, and design for the benefit of society.

The world economy today relies on utilizing carbon based energy sources which are both a scarce resource and add to the concentration of greenhouse gases (GHG) in the atmosphere that are predicted to lead to climate change. To reduce emissions of GHG and thereby affect predicted changes in climate, it is necessary to find alternatives to carbon based energy sources. It is likely that the solution to this challenge will be based on developing a portfolio of alternatives that can be applied either globally or locally.

By enhancing research and development of geothermal resources in a sustainable way, geothermal resources in a sustainable way, geothermal energy will constitute an important part of reducing the world dependence on carbon-based energy sources.  Hence, the foundation of an international GEOthermal Research Group (GEORG) is vital.  It will be based on the principles of creating a critical mass of joint resources and efforts to break through existing scientific and technical barriers to innovation in the field, and soon be able to increase significantly the number of qualified experts in geothermal research, engineering, design and technical exploitation of the resource.

GEORG aims to:

  • Reduce worldwide GHG emission worldwide by contributing to a significant increase in sustainable energy production/utilization from geothermal sources.
  • Make Iceland a case study for near-total energy independent and carbon-neutral society.
  • Create a platform for entrepreneurship and export of geothermal energy resources and education, both for partners in the group and in the ensuing creative environment established through its national and international operations.
  • Contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SGD7, SDG9 and SDG13 – respectively related to affordable and clean energy, industry, innovation and infrastructure, and climate action).

In 2018, GEORG started to work actively on its digital marketing strategy and new positioning in the sector. Being already an entry point for those who have an interest in the geothermal sector in Iceland and abroad, and having already established a Knowledge Hub around its structure, GEORG set up its strategic purpose around continuing to create shared value in the geothermal sector and actively contribute to sustainability around the world.

MAIN OBJECTIVES

International leader in geothermal energy research

The main objectives are summarized as follows:

*  Reduce worldwide GHG emission worldwide by contributing to significant increase in sustainable energy production/utilization from geothermal sources
*  Make Iceland a case study for near energy independent and carbon neutral society
*  Create a platform for entrepreneurship and export of geothermal energy resources and education, both for partners in the group and in the ensuing creative environment established through its national and international operations

GEORG plans to attain these ambitious objectives by increasing substantially research, education and distribution of knowledge in the field of geothermal energy resources, their sustainable utilisation, and in addition create a innovative way for education organizations, research institutions, companies and other stakeholders to work together.

GEORG research priorities

Research on the nature of geothermal systems is a geological subject, which requires fundamental knowledge of the nature of the host rock, reservoir fluid properties, chemical processes at different temperatures and pressures, and geological makeup of the geothermal areas and the upper crust when focusing on deep drilling options. In the context of obtaining better understanding of the
geothermal resources, the development of in-silico mathematical simulation models will play a key role in assessing possibilities and effects of utilization of the geothermal resources based on input data from measurements of a large number of variables. This should include factors / variables relating to e.g. sustainability, economics, socio-economics, energy harvesting, technologies, and limitations that may apply. Another research area would cover improvement of methods for measurements and in laboratory research on interactions of different environmental variables and theoretical situations.

Overview of the initial key priority research areas that the GEORG plans to focus on:

  • Further the understanding of geothermal systems, especially their deeper parts, by applying an array of existing and new exploration methods, laboratory experiments and numerical simulations, and in this way enhancing the economical harvesting of this resource in a sustainable manner, 
  • Improved design, and technical solutions for utilization of geothermal resources. This would include issues like e.g. drilling technology, borehole casings, equipment and pipelines on the surface, electricity production and/or hot water production, and geothermal liquid/steam wastes sustainable use or depositing, 
  • To enhance knowledge required for sustainable utilization and operation of energy harvesting from geothermal resources,  
  • Develop methods to minimize environmental impacts from harvesting geothermal energy,  
  • To establish understanding of current barriers to geothermal resources utilization, and to mitigate their removal, and promote globally sustainable use of the geothermal resources,  
  • To analyse in detail the social and economic impact that utilisation of geothermal energy has had on Icelandic society, 
  • Develop new innovative and multiple uses for the geothermal fluids.

PARTNERS

GEORG consists of 22 members, comprising educational & research organizations, energy companies, engineering & consultancy companies and startups in Iceland as well as their key international partners in the geothermal science and utilization. Furthermore, GEORG also has an extended network of partners through its projects in the academic, industrial, and public sector.

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The BoD is responsible for the proper administration of the Grouping in accordance with Statutes, the fulfilment of the public duties, and the communication among the Members. The following individuals were elected as a BoD member at the General Annual Assembly in April 2019:

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 Sigurður Magnús Garðarsson (HÍ)
Chair

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 Bjarni Pálsson (Landsvirkjun)

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Carine Chatenay (Verkís)

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Edda Sif Aradóttir Pind (OR)

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 Einar Jón Ásbjörnsson  (HR)

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Kristín Steinunnardóttir (Mannvit)

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Halldór Geirsson (HÍ)

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Rúnar Unnþórsson (HÍ)

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 Steinunn Hauksdóttir (ÍSOR)

GEORG TEAM

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SCIENCE ACADEMY

The Science Academy has a high-level advisory function for the overall research policy and priority setting, approving project funding policy and selection procedures, and may also act as a moderator for any scientific disputes that may arise within ongoing research projects managed by the grouping.

The Science Academy evaluates project proposals from the scientific and technical point of view while the BoD of GEORG takes the final decision of funding based on the opinion of the Science Academy and with respect to the strategic importance as well as budgetary constraints.

At the General Assembly on May 20th, 2014, the following individuals were elected as a member of the Science Academy:

  • Sveinbjörn Björnsson– Science Academy Chairman
  • Árný Erla Sveinbjörnsdóttir- University of Iceland
  • Brynhildur Davíðsdóttir– University of Iceland
  • David Brunh– GFZ, Germany
  • David Mainprice– Geosciences Montpellier (CNRS), France
  • Einar Gunnlaugsson– Reykjavik Energy, Iceland
  • Guðni Axelsson– GRO-GTP Geothermal Training Programme, Iceland
  • Guðni A. Jóhannesson– Orkustofnun, Icelandic National Energy Authority
  • Halldór Pálsson– University of Iceland
  • Hrefna Kristmannsdóttir- Independent
  • Ingólfur Örn Þorbjörnsson– ISOR, Icelandic GeoSurvey
  • Kristinn Ingason– Mannvit, Iceland
  • María S. Guðjónsdóttir– Reykjavik University
  • Ólafur Guðmundsson– Uppsala University
  • Sæunn Halldórsdóttir– ISOR, Icelandic GeoSurvey
  • Sunna Wallevik– Gerosion, Iceland

NAME

INSTITUTION

Sveinbjörn Björnsson
Árný Erla Sveinbjörnsdóttir
Brynhildur Davíðsdóttir
David Brunh
David Mainprice
Einar Gunnlaugsson
Guðni Axelsson
Guðni A Jóhannesson
Halldór Pálsson
Hrefna Kristmannsdóttir
Ingólfur Örn Þorbjörnsson
Kristinn Ingason
María S Guðjónsdóttir
Ólafur Guðmundsson
Sæunn Halldórsdóttir
Sunna Wallevik

SA Chairman
University of Iceland
University of Iceland
GFZ
Geosciences Montpellier (CNRS)
Reykjavik Energy
Iceland GeoSurvey
National Energy Authority
University of Iceland
Independent
ISOR
Mannvit
Reykjavik University
Uppsala University
ISOR
Gerosion

GENERAL ASSEMBLIES

General Annual Meeting 2020
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Annual Report 2019

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Annual Report 2019
presented by
Sigurður M. Garðarsson

General Annual Meeting 2019
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Annual Report 2018

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Annual Report 2018
presented by
Sigurður M. Garðarsson

General Annual Meeting 2017
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Annual Report 2016

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Annual Report 2016
presented by
Sigurður M. Garðarsson

General Assembly 2016
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Annual Report 2016

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Annual Report 2016 presented Sigurður Magnús Garðarsson

General Assembly 2015
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Annual Report 2015

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Annual Report 2015 presented Sigurður Magnús Garðarsson

General Assembly 2014
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Annual Report 2014

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Annual Report 2014 presented Sigurður Magnús Garðarsson

General Assembly 2013
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Annual Report 2013

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Annual Report 2013 presented Sigurður Magnús Garðarsson

General Assembly 2012
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Annual Report 2013

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Annual Report 2013 presented Sigurður Magnús Garðarsson

General Assembly 2011
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Annual Report 2011

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Annual Report 2011 presented Sigurður Magnús Garðarsson

General Assembly 2010
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Annual Report 2010

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Annual Report 2010 presented Sigurður Magnús Garðarsson

Open Conference - GA 2010
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Opening Address Sigurður Magnús Garðarsson

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The International Partnership for Geothermal Technology Ólafur G Flóvenz

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International Energy AgencyGeothermal Implementing Agreement Jónas Ketilsson

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Mannvit Engineering – International Operation Tryggvi Jónsson

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EIGMA – Project presentation Magnús Þór Jónsson

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High pressure and temperature grouts – Project presentation Gísli Guðmundsson

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Biological Utilization of Geothermal Gas. – Project presentation Guðmundur Óli Hreggviðsson

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Resistivity survey of Grímsvötn – Project presentation Arnar Már Vilhjálmsson

General Assembly 2009 Kick Off Conference
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On June 18th a open conference on geothermal energy research was held in the Reykjavik Energy headquarters. The conference was held in a connection with the kick off meeting of GEORG. A number of respected experts and scientists addressed the conference following an opening address by the Icelandic minister of industry.

Please find below a link to the opening address of the Icelandic minister of industry as well as the presentations by the experts.

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Katrín Júlíusdóttir Minister of Industry

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Sigurður M. Garðarsson Chairman of the Board

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Ólafur G. Flóvenz ISOR

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Fabrice Boissier BRGM

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Ernst Huenges GFZ

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Sveinn Agnarsson University of Iceland

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Einar Gunnlaugsson Reykjavik Energy

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Geir Þórólfsson & Jónas Matthíasson HS-Orka & Verkis

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