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Icelandic Company Organizes Energy Saving in Europe

The company Rational Network in Egilsstadir in east Iceland, which is among three entities of Rational Group (the other two are Rational Products in Belgium and Rational Minds in Canada), offers energy savings solutions in Europe.


Part of the street lighting in Amsterdam is controlled from Egilsstadir. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

Three to four years ago energy saving wasn’t especially popular but with the economic collapse in Europe in 2008, interest in such solutions grew, Morgunbladid reports.

“We were scrambling to make ends met during the boom of 2007 but our chance came after the collapse,” said electrical engineer Thröstur Jónsson, who is one of Rational Network’s two employees.

Among their projects is to control part of the street light system in Amsterdam through the internet from their base in Egilsstadir.

Jónsson mainly works on making better use of energy and he has assisted with establishing energy saving solution systems in around 700 buildings in Norway including hotel chains, malls, administrative buildings, schools and many other public buildings. Norwegians are very conscious about energy consumption, he said.

“All the information about these buildings is hosted by Skýrr in Reykjavík,” Jónsson explained. “Through the internet, consultants review the energy use of these buildings and after having worked through the information at hand, savings proposals are submitted.”

The representatives of these buildings can also connect to the internet and evaluate the progress of energy saving. In the 700 buildings in Norway, the cost of energy and exhaust is down by 18-33 percent.

“Often very simple things come to light once the information is processed. For example, it is very common in Europe that air conditioning and heating are on at the same time. Energy waste in the world is extensive and I estimate that 20-30 percent of the energy goes straight out the window, mostly plainly because of stupidity,” Jónsson added.

“When things are looked into more closely, one finds out that it is possible to make better use of 20 percent of the energy. Vast amounts are at stake,” he stated.

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