The following organizations are leading the creation and
management of the KMT project.
GEORG Geothermal Research Cluster in Iceland:
GEORG is an international research-driven cluster cooperation that formed in 2009. GEORG is a partnership of 23 partners, combining Iceland’s major players on geothermal research and utilization with their key international collaborators. The purpose of the cluster cooperation is to create a platform for universities, scientific institutions, geothermal power companies and engineering consultancies to join forces in order to strengthen research, development and innovation in the field of geothermal energy.
British Geological Survey (BGS):
The BGS is a world-leading geological survey. It focuses on public-good science for government, and research to understand earth and environmental processes. It is the UK’s premier provider of objective and authoritative geoscientific data, information and knowledge. As a public sector organisation, the BGS is responsible for advising the UK government on all aspects of geoscience. It also works globally on major applied geoscience projects.
Landsvirkjun, the National Power Company of Iceland, is Iceland’s largest electricity company, with around 75% market share, and one of the ten largest producers of renewable energy in Europe. Landsvirkjun operates 17 power plants in Iceland concentrated on five main areas of operation. Landsvirkjun operates two geothermal power plants in north east Iceland and has plans for further development in the geothermal industry in that area. In cooperation with the Icelandic Deep Drilling Project, the IDDP-1 well was drilled in Krafla in 2009.
L’Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (INGV):
INGV is currently the largest European body dealing with research in geophysics and volcanology. The main mission of INGV is the monitoring of geophysical phenomena in both the solid and fluid components of the Earth. INGV is devoted to 24-hour countrywide seismic surveillance, real-time volcanic monitoring, early warning and forecast activities.
The United States Geological Survey (USGS), Volcano Hazards Program:
The mission of the USGS Volcano Hazards Program is to enhance public safety and minimize social and economic disruption from eruptions through delivery of effective forecasts, warnings, and information of volcano hazards based on scientific understanding of volcanic processes. It operates five volcano observatories each covering multiple volcanoes, as well as maintaining the VDAP that, when invited, immediately dispatches teams to countries with volcanic crises.
The Nordic Volcanological Center (NordVulk):
NordVulk is a Nordic research centre specializing in volcanology and related fields. The centre is co-financed by the Nordic Council of Ministers and the Icelandic government. It is located in Reykjavík, at the Institute of Earth Sciences, University of Iceland: an institute with more than 60 staff members. The Institute of Earth Sciences leads Nordic countries in disciplines such as volcanology and plate tectonics. It holds special expertise in climatology, glaciology, sustainable environments and geothermal processes.