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|Keilir – Atlantic center of excellence|
|Director||Arni Sigfusson, chairman of the board|
|Affiliations||University of Iceland
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Keilir – Atlantic center of excellence (Icelandic: Keilir miðstöð Vísinda, fræða og atvinnulífs) is a private, non-profit, international educational institution located in Ásbrú next to the Keflavik International Airport in the city of Reykjanesbaer in Iceland. The school was established in 2007.
The school is owned by the University of Iceland along with top Icelandic companies. Among the shareholders are Keflavik Savings Bank, Icelandair Group, HS Geothermal Power, Reykjavik Energy, Icelandic Geosurvey, Geysir Green Energy.
Keilir is divided into four schools: School of energy and technology, Aviation Academy, School of health and a University Bridge.
Keilir graduates its university level students through its affiliation with the University of Iceland which is accredited higher education institution in Iceland under the recent Higher Education Act in Iceland, No. 63/2006, for each of its academic subject areas.
School of Energy and Technology
Keilir's School of Energy and Technology offers two multidisciplinary B.Sc. programs in co-operation with the University of Iceland 220 ECTS units. One in energy technology and the other in mechatronics.
The program in energy technology has a strong focus on geothermal energy technology, capitalizing on the extensive expertise of leading Icelandic energy companies in this field. Recognizing that solutions to the energy challenges of the 21st century need to be global, the program also provides a solid background in other forms of renewable energy technology.
The program in mechatronics revolves around the integration of mechanical, electronic and software components into efficient modern monitoring, control, and regulation systems. The two programs are interconnected, as such systems lie at the heart of geothermal and other renewable energy plants and play a key role in the efficient use and conservation of energy.
School places great emphasis on project-based learning and collaboration with both the energy industry and the University of Iceland. The school is a part of Asbru's Energy cluster. The cluster also operates a state-of-the-art research center in energy sciences. An energy resource park that is presently under development will provide additional facilities for tight collaboration between the energy industries (geothermal and other) and the School of Energy and Technology. Thus bringing together academia and the energy industry.
Keilir Aviation Academy offers professional flight training, headed by highly experienced staff of airline pilots and instructors along with excellent affordable housing and brand new Diamond DA20, DA40 and DA42 aircraft. As a former NATO base in Iceland, Keflavik International Airport (BIKF) has two 3000m runways and is the Icelandic gateway between Europe and the United States.
The brand new Diamond aircraft are made of carbon fiber materials which allows the design to follow the aerodynamic contours needed to achieve a sleeker fuselage. The engines on the DA-40 are Centurion Engines 2.0 liter diesel engines with FADEC (Full Authority Digital Engine Control). In the same manner, the flight instruments are electronic as well, the Garmin G1000 Integrated Flight Deck is used to display the necessary information.
Using equipment that resembles airliners of today, Keilir is looking to the future and leaves behind the old training aircraft that were used to teach pilots the basics of flying, before they flew the DC-3 or similar vintage aircraft.
Teaching staff of Keilir are researchers and professors from Iceland as well as energy experts from engineering and energy consulting firms.