Technical solutions leading to lower carbon footprint.

Organized by: Innovation Centre Iceland (ICI) 5. September 2017

When the Innovation Centre Iceland was established by law in 2007 it was clear that one of the most important missions was technological development that was intended to enhance quality of life.

Saturday, October 14, 11:20 - 12:20
Location: Flói, Ground Level

Since the onset we have concentrated on many aspects of environmental matters. Among those the technological developments that will be expected to affect the carbon footprint of humans. In this breakout session we will focus on a number of projects that have this main goal.
There will be six projects reported. They range from the replacement of nylon fishing nets with light rays; to heating a town with the Gulf stream, to powering cell-phone systems without using diesel generators; to strengthening concrete and plastics with green basalt base fibers from rock; to make electricity from luke-warm water and finally to produce the greenest concrete on Earth.
We celebrate these achievements with many institutions, corporations and individuals which we thank for. Many of the projects herald paradigm shifts.


  • Kristjan Leósson, Innovation Centre Iceland: Trawling with Light Instead of nylon – a paradigm shift in fishing technology
  • “Heating an Arctic Island With the Gulf Stream”
    • Kolbrún Ragnarsdóttir, HS veitur
    • Thorsteinn I. Sigfusson ICI and University of Iceland
  • “The Arctic Telecom project”
    • Saemundur Thorsteinsson University of Iceland
    • Thorsteinn I. Sigfusson ICI
  • “Green Basalt Fibres for use in the Industry”
    • Birgir Johannesson ICI
    • Thorsteinn I. Sigfusson
  • “The XRG Low Temperature Electricity Generator”
    • Mjöll Waldorff ICI and XRG
    • Thorsteinn I. Sigfusson:
  • Olafur Wallevik, ICI and University of Reykjavik: The Greenest Concrete in the World
  • “Carbfix: Capturing CO2 from air”
    • Christoph Gebald, Founder and Director, Climeworks AG
    • Edda Sif Aradóttir, Project Manager, The Carbfix Team, Reykjavík Energy


Thorsteinn I. Sigfusson, Prof. Director General ICI