Some of Our work & projects

Microplastics in drinking water sources and distribution systems in Iceland

The water facility companies Veitur, HS Orka and Norðurorka present the results of a year-​long independent study conducted by ReSource International ehf. measuring microplastics in drinking water across the companies’ boreholes, water distribution systems and storage tanks.

Microplastics were detected in half of points in distribution systems and less than half of boreholes and storage tanks. Researchers found around one particle in every ten litres in the median sample point. In contrast, a widely publicized 2018 study funded by ORB Media on tap water worldwide found an average of fifty particles in every ten litres sampled.

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Optimizing Gas Collection From Landfill Sites: A Case Study in Álfsnes, Reykjavík

LG borehole in AlfsnesThe landfill of Reykjavik, Iceland has implemented for the last decade an active collection of the landfill gas (LG) in order to produce upgraded biomethane used as transportation fuel in the capital area. In 2016, 1.900.000 Nm3 of upgraded biomethane was produced and sold in fuel stations in the capital area. In order to fulfil the increasing demand in biomethane, it is necessary to collect more LG while keeping the methane content in the upgraded gas as high as possible (≈95%CH4). Increasing LG recovery while keeping biofuel grade can be achieved by combining the extension of the gas collection area and use methods to increase the efficiency of the existing system.

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Beyond accidents:
mapping hazards, disincentives, and fear for cyclists in Iceland’s Capital Area

bicycle_mapsIn this project, citizen cyclists in Iceland’s capital area submitted 160 reports of hazards, near-​misses, and accidents to an online map. These were analysed and recommendations made. The main recommendations are for remediation of blind corners, particular at underpasses; a team to respond to a number of diverse small issues; redesign of several junctions along main cycleways, with detailed illustrations of Hlemmur, Harpa, and Elliðaárósa; information-​sharing with street-​sweepers removing gravel; and further solicitation of responses from the capital area’s cycling community.

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Plastic recycled in roads:
feasibility study on the use of plastic waste for road paving in Icelandal Area


This report aims to study the feasibility of using mixed waste plastic as an additive in paving materials
in Iceland. As there is no existent comprehensive review of the literature on the use of waste plastic,
it mostly focuses compiling the evidence on the technical case, and then gives some attention to the
potential economic, social and environmental costs and benefits of such usage.

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Biogas production from Spent Bleaching Earth and Alkaline Fish Glycerin

report_glyc_sbe_coverThe purpose of the present study was to examine the biogas potential from anaerobic digestion of alkaline fish glycerin (AFG) and spent bleaching earth (SBE) from omega‑3 fish oil refining. Both fractions show promising use in biogas production feedstock. However, the literature review on SBE from fish oil refining was limited to one publication. Publication with AFG did not exist at our knowledge but publication on a similar product, crude glycerin from biodiesel production, seems to be more developed.

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