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Educating the next generation of specialists in sustainable energy.
The Reykjavik Energy Graduate School of Sustainable Systems or REYST opened its doors in August 2008, with its first class of international students graduating in January 2010. The school, a cooperation between Reykjavik University, the University of Iceland and Reykjavik Energy, offers a full Master’s programme in sustainable energy including geothermal energy, hydro-electric power, wind power and others. The programme is unique in that it brings together 3 disciplines: Engineering, Earth Science and Business, giving students an opportunity to not only learn the theory behind sustainable energy but to also be involved in all aspects of practical hands-on energy projects and problem solving, business application and implementation.

The Pioneers of Sustainable Energy

Because of the country’s special geographic location, Iceland has developed into one of the world pioneers in the use of renewable energy. It is remarkable that in just the last century, Iceland has gone from being one of the poorest countries in Europe, dependent on peat and imported coal for its energy needs, to a country with a high standard of living where almost 82% of its energy is derived from geothermal and hydro-electric sources.

Happy Birthday, Geothermal Energy!
In November of 2010, Reykjavik Energy celebrated the 80th anniversary of the first use of natural hot water being piped directly into two primary schools, several swimming pools and 60 homes in 1930. Today almost 90% of Iceland´s houses, buildings and swimming pools are heated by geothermal sources.

Did you know?
●    Iceland’s water is of such high quality and purity that no treatment is needed whatsoever.
●    Icelandic experts participate in geothermal projects worldwide, and have contributed to the world's best known geothermal projects in the United States, China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Germany, Hungary, Djibouti, Eritrea, Nicaragua, India, Dubai and El Salvador to name but a few.
●    Several restaurants and bakeries in Iceland make traditional steam-baked rye bread cooked in steam boxes right in the ground.
●    The first geothermally heated greenhouses in Iceland were built in 1924 and now account for 2% of geothermal energy consumption.

With the worldwide demand for energy expected to increase 50% by the year 2030,
the need for trained specialists in sustainable energy around the globe is greater than ever and Reykjavik Graduate School of Sustainable Systems is prepared to help meet this growing need.

For more information about REYST please see their website:  
For more information on geothermal energy in Iceland please see the National
Energy Authority website:

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