|Director||Arni Sigfusson, chairman of the board|
|Affiliations||University of Iceland
and other institutions, energy and engineering firms.
Keilir – Atlantic Centre of Excellence (Icelandic: Keilir, miðstöð vísinda, fræða og atvinnulífs) is a private, non-profit, international educational institution located in Ásbrú next to 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 and 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 focus on geothermal energy technology, capitalizing on the expertise of Icelandic energy companies in this field. The program also provides a background in other forms of renewable energy technology.
The program in mechatronics revolves around the integration of mechanical, electronic and software components into 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 role in the efficient use and conservation of energy.
School places 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 research center in energy sciences. An energy resource park that is under development will provide additional facilities for collaboration between the energy industries (geothermal and other) and the School of Energy and Technology.
Keilir Aviation Academy offers professional flight training, headed by a staff of airline pilots and instructors along with housing and 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 Diamond aircraft are made of carbon fiber materials. 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.
Teaching staff of Keilir are researchers and professors from Iceland as well as energy experts from engineering and energy consulting firms.