Until the mid-20th century, Iceland was one of the poorest countries in Europe depending largely on imports for its energy needs. At the same time, geothermal energy has been in wide use for centuries since the times of the first settlements. From using hot springs for bathing, to doing laundry, the real development of utilising geothermal energy on a larger scale started more than 100 years ago.
Utilising its plentiful water resources for power generation, and the use of geothermal energy for heating and later power generation, Iceland has been able to completely transform its energy system utilising its renewable energy sources. This transformation continues and now moves beyond hydro power and geothermal, with wind power development, efforts on electrification of cars and hydrogen for transportation.
Iceland is a true pioneer in the field of sustainable energy and efforts to utilise its energy resources to the furthest degree possible.
Within the Iceland Renewable Energy Cluster you can find experienced partners in your efforts for a clean energy future.