Summary Conference of GeoHeatPol project
24. 10. 2017
The Ministry of the Environment of Poland held a conference summarizing the implementation of a predefined project entitled “Geothermal energy – a basis for low-emission heating, improving living conditions and sustainable development – preliminary studies for selected areas in Poland".
The conference was attended by over 100 people, including the Minister of the Environment - Professor Jan Szyszko, Vice-president of the Management Board of The National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management - Roman Wójcik, members of the of the Polish Parliament and others. At the conference a strong group of the GeoPLASMA-CE project team members, including: Marek Hajto, Bartosz Papiernik, Bartłomiej Ciapała, Maciej Kłonowski and Grzegoż Ryżyński participated.
The Minister Jan Szyszko pointed out that geothermal energy is one of the cleanest renewable energy sources, and its development is one of the most important objectives of the Minister of the Environment. The development of geothermal will enable geological, raw materials, climate and air quality policies to be implemented, contributing to the European Union's commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
The conference was organized by a consortium of: The Mineral and Energy Economy Research Institute of the Polish Academy of Science (Project Leader), AGH University of Science and Technology, Wrocław University of Science and Technology, Christian Michelsen Research Institute, together with Sweco Norge AS and Norwegian University of Science & Technology (Norway), National Energy Authority (Iceland) and European Geothermal Energy Council (Belgium).
This project is complementary to the activities taken in Geothermal4PL (implemented by PIG-NRI) as well as to the GeoPLASMA-CE project, therefore AGH UST team members shared the information about the project among the participants.
The Project involved study visits in Poland, Norway, and Iceland, conferences, and promotional activities, as well as e.g. drafting of a versatile Report concerning the relevant feasibility studies and the specific solution proposals whose implementation should contribute to a durable development of geothermal heat generation, including HPs technology in the selected locations and the whole country.
GeoHeatPol project has been financed by the EEA Financial Mechanism 2009–2014 within the framework of the Bilateral Cooperation Fund (BCF), Programme PL04 “Energy saving and promotion of renewable sources of energy” (more info at http://www.eeagrants.agh.edu.pl).