Energy Security in Remote Communities

Organized by: Navigo 14. September 2017

The Arctic is a global leader in renewable energy development with approximately 50% of power produced from renewables. This is however not the case for the off grid communities in the Arctic that rely on diesel fuel for electricity and heat. The total population of these settlements is nearly 2 million people. Many of these communities are looking for ways to replace diesel generators with renewable energy. Finding the right combination of technologies, storage and transmission

Sunday, October 15, 12:45 - 13:45

Finding the right combination of technologies, storage and transmission can however be challenging. The session will provide an overview of the cutting-edge solutions being implemented to address renewable energy security in remote arctic communities. A look at how a variety of renewable energy solutions can be deployed in remote communities for renewable energy independence. Exploring opportunities for community development, commercial development, and tourism. Participants will cover both models for and examples of successful community transitions and specific technology solutions.


  • Peter Vangsbo, Nordic Business Developer, Climate-KIC Nordic
  • Guðmundur Sigurðarsson, CEO of Vistorka Company: Creative Approaches to Renewable Energy Independence
  • Gwen Holdmann, Director, Alaska Center for Energy & Power*: Lab services for remote microgrid technology & deployment
  • Jay Friedlander, Professor and Sharpe-McNally Chair of Green and Socially Responsible Business: Make sustainability strategic with the Abundance Cycle


  • Ágústa Ýr Þorbergsdóttir, Director, Navigo