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Iceland and Italy to Cooperate on Energy Science Studies

Representatives of RES, the School for Renewable Energy in Akureyri, north Iceland, and of the University of Padua, Italy, recently signed a declaration of intent on cooperation on renewable energy science studies.

Harnessing geothermal energy in Iceland. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

The agreement involves teacher and student exchange, cooperation on summer courses, organizing conferences, symposiums and presentations.

It places special emphasis on cooperation on research and teaching in the field of renewable energy resources and eco-friendly energy harnessing, according to a RES press release.

Dr. Rudi Tranquillini, the director of the international division of the University of Padua, visited Iceland recently to learn more about the harnessing of geothermal energy.

The province of Padua has an abundance of geothermal heat but primarily uses it in health-related tourism; there are hundreds of hotels that offer geothermal spas in the region.

Padua has considerable potential to harness the geothermal energy for other purposes as well, for heating in winter and cooling in summer.

The declaration was signed by rector of RES Dr. Björn Gunnarsson and rector of the University of Padua Dr. Vincenzo Milanesi in Akureyri on March 31.

The University of Padua was founded in 1222 and is among Europe’s oldest operating universities. RES, on the other hand, was established in 2006.

Click here to read more about RES.

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