There will be no excursion provided by IPMA this year.
The 4th IPMA Research Conference will be held in Reykjavik Iceland. Iceland is a country where sustainability is the basic condition for a whole society to exist. Sustainable fishing has been the most important source of income. Sustainable utilization of energy has been a key driver in raising the standard of living in recent years. In Iceland, geothermal water has replaced coal and oil as an energy source for district heating. Finally, sustainable tourism will be a key source of revenue for the years to come and the increasing growth of tourist numbers has even become a concern.
We will offer an optional excursion on Saturday September 17th. Our focus will be on energy. We will depart from Hotel Natura at 09.00 and drive eastwards to Hellisheidi power plant. We will drive through the eastern side of Reykjavik and cross a very active salmon river (Elliðaár) that was harnessed in 1921 and produces 3,2 MW of electric power. We will drive to Hellisheidi power plant, a combined heat and power station that produces 303 MW of electricity and 133 MW of hot water. We will enjoy the Geothermal Energy Exhibition (http://www.onpower.is/exhibition) and learn about different projects that have been concluded and are in the pipelines at ON Power, the owner of the Hellisheidi power plant. We will then drive to Selfoss town and eat a 2-course lunch at a nice restaurant. After lunch, we will drive to Ljosafoss power station, run by the National Power Company of Iceland. The station started operation in 1937 and produces 15,3 MW of power with 3 Francis turbines. We will enjoy the new energy exhibition at Ljosafoss (http://www.landsvirkjun.com/company/visitus/) and learn about the National Power Company of Iceland and some of its past, present and future projects.
We will then continue our tour and drive through Thingvellir, the old parliament of Iceland where Alþingi, the general assembly, was established around 930 and continued to convene there until 1798. We will take a short walk in Thingvellir and learn about its history. We will then head back to Reykjavik and return at Hotel Natura at about 16.30.
Our hosts at the Hellisheidi power plant, and at Ljosafoss power plant, will be former graduates from the MPM program (Master of Project Management) in Iceland. All of them serve high positions in ON Power and the National Power Company of Iceland.
Excursion fee is 125 Euro.