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60 Million ISK Allocated from Landsvirkjun’s Energy Research Fund
22. February 2013
The seventh allocation of grants, from the Landsvirkjun Energy Research Fund was celebrated with an official ceremony at the University of Reykjavík, on Thursday the 21st of February. A total of sixty million ISK in grants were awarded to a diverse group of projects, in connection with environmental and energy research.
A number of promising applications were sent into the fund which awarded two categories at the ceremony: The ‘A’ category, which awarded grants directly to students and the 'B’ category, which awarded grants to larger research projects.
Category ‘A’ received a total of 13, 8 million ISK. Eight grants were awarded to doctoral students, in the amount of 1.200.000 ISK and seven grants were awarded to Master’s students, in the amount of 600.000 ISK each. In category ‘A’, seven grants were awarded to utilisation projects and eight grants were awarded in connection with nature and the environment.
Category ‘B’ received a total of 46.2 million ISK. Seven grants were awarded to utilisation projects, eight were awarded to research in the field of nature and the environment and two were awarded to research on eco-friendly fuel and technology, designed to reduce carbon emissions.
About the fund
The Energy Research Fund’s goal is to strengthen research in the fields of environmental and energy affairs and to award grants to students, university research projects, institutions, companies and individuals researching these areas. A further objective of the fund is to make Landsvirkjun's monetary contributions to research more efficient and transparent, and to ensure that the studies supported by the fund comply with Landsvirkjun's environmental policies.
The Chairman of the Fund is Sveinbjörn Björnsson, Physicist. The Energy Research Fund appoints four representatives from the academic community and two representatives from Landsvirkjun. Information on the regulations of the fund and its board members can be found (in Icelandic) here:
The fund allocates grants on an annual basis and has awarded a total of 318. 7 million ISK, since 2008.
The list of beneficiaries for 2013:
Doctoral students (1. 2 million ISK awarded to each):
Egill Maron Þorbergsson: Mechanical Engineer. Doctoral candidate at the Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg.
Friðþór Sófus Sigurmundsson: Geographical Studies. Doctoral candidate at the University of Iceland.
Gunnar Skúlason Kaldal: Mechanical Engineer. Doctoral candidate at the University of Iceland.
Hrönn Egilsdóttir: Marine Biologist. Doctoral candidate at the University of Iceland.
Júlía Katrín Björke: jarðefnafræðingur. Doctoral candidate at the University of Victoria in Wellington in New Zealand.
María Sigríður Guðjónsdóttir: Mechanical Engineer. Doctoral candidate at the University of Iceland.
Ólafur Sveinn Haraldsson: Civil Engineer. Doctoral candidate at the University of Washington in Seattle.
Ute Stenkewitz: Environmental Studies. Doctoral candidate at the University of Iceland.
Master’s Students (600.000 ISK awarded to each):
Árni Friðriksson jarðfræðingur. Master’s candidate at the University of Iceland.
Guðrún Óskarsdóttir: Environmental Studies. Master’s candidate at the Agricultural University of Iceland.
Kristín Ágústsdóttir: Geographical Studies. Master’s candidate at the University of Lund, Sweden.
Ólafur Birgir Davíðsson: Mathematician. Master’s candidate at the University of Iceland.
Romain Theysset: Biologist. Master’s candidate at the Hólar University College.
Sveinbjörn Finnsson: Physicist and Industrial Engineer. Master’s candidate.
Tómas Björn Guðmundsson: Industrial Engineer. Master’s candidate at the University of Iceland.
Grants awarded to new research projects:
Bjarni Bessason: The University of Iceland.
Bjarni K. Kristjánsson: The Hólar University College, in collaboration with the University of Guelph, in Canada and the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science.
Halldór G. Svavarsson: The University of Reykjavík, in collaboration with the University of Texas, in the USA.
Hanna Kaasalainen: The University of Iceland, in collaboration with the Purdue University in the USA.
Ingibjörg Svala Jónsdóttir: The University of Iceland, in collaboration with the University of Umeå, in Sweden.
Philippe Crochet: The Icelandic Met Office.
Ragnar Sigbjörnsson: The University of Iceland.
Sigurður Ingi Friðleifsson: The Icelandic Energy Agency, in collaboration with Icelandic New Energy, the University of Iceland and the Reykjavík Parking Service.
Grants for on-going research:
Einar Sveinbjörnsson: Veðurvaktin ehf, in collaboration with the University of Iceland.
Fjóla Guðrún Sigtryggsdóttir: Engineer. In collaboration with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, the University of Iceland and the University of Reykjavík.
Guðrún Gísladóttir: The University of Iceland, in collaboration with the Icelandic Forest Service.
Guðrún Marteinsdóttir: The University of Iceland, in collaboration with the Icelandic Met Office.
Jón S. Ólafsson: Institute of Freshwater Fisheries, in collaboration with the University of Iceland, the James Hutton Institute in Scotland and Montana State University, in the USA.
Ólafur Pétur Pálsson: The University of Iceland.
Sigfús Björnsson: The University of Iceland, in collaboration with Al Ice Algae Iceland Ltd and corporations in the USA and Switzerland.
Sunna Ólafsdóttir Wallevik: The Innovation Centre of Iceland, in collaboration with the University of Reykjavík.
Tómas Jóhannesson: The Icelandic Met Office, in collaboration with the University of Iceland.