World Geothermal Congress Hosted in Reykjavik, Iceland in April 2020
On January 20, 2018, the International Geothermal Association (IGA) signed a contract with the three leading geothermal energy companies in Iceland: HS Orka, Landsvirkjun and Reykjavik Energy (OR). The agreement secures financial support for the World Geothermal Congress (WGC) in Reykjavik in 2020, which will be held in April that year in Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre. The Iceland Geothermal Cluster will host the Congress in 2020.
The WGC is held every five years and will now finally come to Reykjavík. Iceland has, for the past decades, been a strong example of how renewable energy can power a modern economy, and the Icelandic energy companies have played a vital role in the technological development of geothermal concerning power generation, district heating, and other direct usages.
About 3,500 delegates are expected to come to Iceland for the Congress and have unique opportunity to see firsthand in some field trips how Iceland has become a leader in geothermal utilization. Hopefully, the visit will help other countries take the next step towards implementing sustainable energy solutions based on their geothermal resources.
In the picture from left (contract signing): Hörður Arnarson, CEO of Landsvirkjun; Viðar Helgason, Managing Director of the Icelandic Geothermal Cluster; Alexander Richter, President of IGA; Ásgeir Margeirsson, CEO of HS Orka; and Bjarni Bjarnason, CEO of Reykjavik Energy (OR).