About - RES | The School for Renewable Energy Science
RES main objective was to offer excellent educational programs in renewable energy science and technology plus strengthen the future cooperation between leading and international academic and research institutions in the utilization of renewable energy. The former RES | the School for Renewable Energy Science was established in the spring of 2006, its running company Orkuvordur ltd. was put into administration January 2011. RES started its M.Sc. Degree Program in February 2008.
New Ownership of RES
The RES brand was purchased from the estate of Orkuvordur ltd. and is therefore is owned by UpperBlue ltd. That company is wholly owned by Mr. David Gudjonsson. This aquisition was made to protect the brand, former participants, and ensure that the school has a chance of being restarted at the same (or better) level of educational quality.
Iceland Leader in Renewable Energy
Iceland has much to offer when it comes to the increasingly important field of renewable energy science, technology and renewable energy policy implementation. Over the last few decades a vast knowledge has built up in Iceland in the utilization of geothermal (high and low temperatures) and hydropower resources, and more recently in the production, storage and demonstration of hydrogen as an energy carrier in the transportation sector. Increased emphasis in Iceland on natural resource bio technology has also created important knowledge in the production of; methane, biodiesel, ethanol/methanol and biohydrogen from waste and/or biomass.
20th Century Iceland
During the course of the 20th Century, Iceland changed from being among Europe´s poorest countries, dependent upon peat and imported coal for its energy, to a country with the world´s highest living standard. In Iceland, all stationary energy and about 81 % of primary energy comes from indigenous renewable energy sources which is the highest of any country. Therefore it is one of the important case studies for the future utilization of renewable energy.