Innovation in Iceland

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Geothermal Energy ~ Relaxing Spa

Iceland is powered by an endless supply of heat supplied by geothermal energy by volcanic activity.    It also has a geothermal energy plant with an adjoining resort and spa.

Hidden away across a landscape of lava rock and a sea of smoke billowing up from the ground,  is a geothermal energy facility.   According to Wikipedia “The spa is located in a lava field in Grindavík on the Reykjanes Peninsula, southwestern Iceland. Bláa lónið is situated approximately 20 km (12 mi) from the Keflavík International Airport and 39 km (24 mi) from the capital city of Reykjavík, roughly a 21-minute drive from the airport and a 50-minute drive from Reykjavík.”

The water is renewed almost every two days and stays between 98-104 degrees Fahrenheit or 37-40 C all year round.

The plant produced “waste water” that appears blue due to the silica and minerals in the water.   At some point between 1976 and 1981, someone decided to go into the waste water and bathe in it.   Most people overlook this fact.   Someone at some point in time traveled to this area literally miles from everything and decided to take a dip in electric blue hot waste water.  

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Perspective

The blue lagoon is so popular today, if you don’t reserve a spot there is a good chance you will not get in.   The prices range from $61.00 to over $500.00 just to get in and have a dip.    The place is jam packed and open until midnight in the summer time.  Since Iceland has perpetual light in the summer time,  it is bright out and inviting through the whole day.

The place is growing as well.  They are building private areas and expanding the hotel and luxury environment.    This has become one of the most popular tourist attractions in the world.

The blue lagoon even has science to back their case the-history-of-blue-lagoon-in-svartsengi

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  • The electric energy created from the plant is produced through the costs of maintaining systems that capture the heat energy from the ground water.
  • The waste water is discharged into pools that create new revenue by tourism and those seeking the “healing waters” of the silica and minerals produced by the plant.
  • The ecosystem of revenue and commerce this energy plant / spa is producing is limitless.
    • Food and beverage
    • Hotel
    • Car rental
    • Expanded travel

This growth and expansion is based on waste water.   As tourism is increasing in Iceland in ways that their current infrastructure has to grow exponentially to support, there are more demands for energy as well.   This system is feeding itself and growing.   Iceland is becoming a very popular travel destination.

Something to note, at any given time over between 20 and 40% of the people in Iceland are tourists.    Iceland is also getting heavily involved in cloud computing.   Think about it,  low power costs,  low costs for cooling data centers makes for low cost data centers.

Bitcoin farming / mining is cheap and since the infrastructure already exists,  this place is primed for the future.

Icelandic people are also innovating in other ways.   People are starting to use electric cars and they also charging for micro-services including in some places charging for the use of a bathroom.

I think Iceland is country to watch.   I don’t have any predictions but as one European tourist said to me in casual passing “Howie,  we came here because we think this is a great place to go with very little chance of terrorism.”      Seems like Iceland has many appealing qualities including safety, openness for sexuality,  growing infrastructure and they are innovating to make the country perpetually attractive.

Now the only thing left for them to do is keep the ISK in check ..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Invisible Innovation

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Innovation and Awareness

The very basic premise is that innovation happens naturally and should not be forced.   Innovation is also very closely tied to awareness and understanding of opportunity.

Author Steven Johnson in his recent book How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World talks about how innovation has impacted our world.  What makes the book interesting is his ability to trace what happened from the discovery aspect of an innovation to the overall impact and innovation outcome(s).

http://www.pri.org/node/69588/embedded“>For example, the story of how air conditioning impacted the election of Ronald Reagan.

Awareness – Invisibility

It isn’t that innovation itself should be invisible but more often than not it is invisible.  It is simply complicated.   In the morning when I get up and have a cup of coffee, my mind doesn’t often wander from the coffee maker to bean production to the farm and the farmer.   I normally am looking for some milk..

The process and sub process, the labor, the ideas and invention that has changed our world that hide in my coffee are mostly invisible but are wonderful, useful and delicious.

Most often the best things we never knew we had are in plain sight.   AWARENESS

INVENTION VS INNOVATION

In its purest sense, “invention“ can be defined as the creation of a product or introduction of a process for the first time.

Innovation,” on the other hand, occurs if someone improves on or makes a significant contribution to an existing product, process or service.

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KMWorld Presentations -All of the KMWorld Presentations

Our Presentation  – This is the presentation that Wendy and I gave.

 

The part that we left out of the presentation

KMWorld Presentation Cohen 2014

http://www.princeton.edu/~achaney/tmve/wiki100k/docs/Fractal_antenna.html 1988 (Cohenization) Dr. Nathan Cohen, no relation.

A fractal antenna is an antenna that uses a fractal, self-similar design to maximize the length, or increase the perimeter (on inside sections or the outer structure), of material that can receive or transmit electromagnetic radiation within a given total surface area or volume.

Such fractal antennas are also referred to as multilevel and space filling curves, but the key aspect lies in their repetition of a motif over two or more scale sizes,[1] or “iterations”. For this reason, fractal antennas are very compact, are multiband or wideband, and have useful applications in cellular telephone and microwave communications.

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you have questions on the slides or comments please send me a note.  Most of the slides have notes for the voice track but if you need more information… feel free to ask. 

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