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1st Polish-Icelandic Conference on Renewable energy
June 17, 2010   
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Energy demand, economic growth, security of energy supplies and climate change are the main driving forces for clean energy production. In particular unfavorable climate changes connected to the emission of CO2 and other pollutants into the atmosphere from fossil fuels are among the greatest economic and ecological challenges of recent years. The only way to mitigate climate change and tackle these problems is a reduction in or even halting the use of fossil fuels as energy sources. In order to ensure economic growth and a better quality of life, developing renewable energy sources is extremely desirable. It is necessary to invest in knowledge of sustainable energy to achieve optimum solutions and build a bridge between the climate and development.

Iceland has the highest use of renewable energy sources in the world, as 81 percent of primary energy in Iceland comes from renewable energy sources. And 100 percent of electricity and interior heating comes from renewable energy. Only transportation fuel still comes from imported non-renewable fossil fuels. Otherwise Iceland is self-sufficient for all its other energy needs. All of this makes Iceland an interesting example for other countries which are still locked in a completely fossil fuel-based economy. Poland is still developing the renewable energy industry and needs qualified specialists. Therefore there was a need to establish a professional partnership between Poland and Iceland in the utilization of renewable energy resources: graduate education, practical training, and renewable energy research—Project PL0460, supported by the EEA Financial Mechanism. During the project, 56 students from universities in Poland were given the opportunity to attend a master program in renewable energy science.

As part of Project PL0460, the first Polish-Icelandic Conference on Renewable Energy will take place June 21-22 in Warsaw, organized by the Warsaw University of Technology and the School for Renewable Energy Science, based in Akureyri, Iceland. The conference topics are: Renewable Sources in Energy Policy, Renewable Energy in Higher Education and Innovative Technologies and Research in Renewable Energy.

More information about the conference can be obtained at http://pic-re.itc.pw.edu.pl

The RES is an international graduate school devoted to education in renewable energy science and technology based in Akureyri, Iceland. The school currently offers five main areas of study: Geothermal Energy, Hydropower, Fuel Cell Systems and Hydrogen, Biofuels and Bioenergy and Energy Systems. Other courses to be offered in the near future include Wind and Wave Power and Solar Energy.

Katarzyna Sobótka
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