Iceland is a country of 350,000 people, located on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Being mountainous and volcanic with heavy precipitation year-round, the country has an abundant supply of geothermal and hydropower resources.
Geothermal power is a fact of life in Iceland, with a third of all electricity generated coming from geothermal as well as providing space heating for more than 90% of the population.
The fact that Iceland went from being one of the poorest countries in Europe at the start of the 20th century to one of its richest today is in large part thanks to Iceland’s pioneering efforts in utilizing geothermal power. Geothermal power has shaped Icelandic society and will continue to do so in the coming decades.
The International Geothermal Association (IGA) founded in 1988, is a scientific, educational and cultural organization established to operate worldwide. It has more than 4,000 members in over 65 countries. The IGA is a non-political, non-profit, non-governmental organization with consultative status to the UN and special observer status to the Green Climate Fund. The objectives of IGA are to encourage research, the development and utilization of geothermal resources worldwide through the publication of scientific and technical information among the geothermal specialists, the business community, governmental representatives, UN organisations, civil society and the general public.
One of IGA’s aims, as defined in the Charter of the Association, is to encourage, facilitate and, when appropriate, promote the coordination of activities related to worldwide research, development and application of geothermal resources. The IGA headquarters are located in Bochum, Germany at the International Geothermal Centre of the Bochum University of Applied Sciences.
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