National stakeholder's event in Kraków

25. 9. 2018

On September 25th, 2018 the National Stakeholder's Meeting was organized at the Kraków Magistrate. The aim of the meeting was to inform the stakeholders in Krakow pilot project area with the progress of work and to discuss about the implementation of the project results, taking into account both short and long-term perspective and development of strategies for the use of renewables, including shallow geothermal energy in Kraków. City of Krakow is Poland's leader considering the fight against air emissions, introducing total ban on the use of solid fuels (coal and wood in boilers, stoves and fireplaces) from 1st September 2019.

The meeting was attended by over 30 people, the representatives of different departments of the Kraków Municipality Office (Associate Partner), municipal entities and other companies, including: Kraków municipality heat provider - Miejskie Przedsiębiorstwo Energetyki Cieplnej S.A., Kraków Metropolis Association, Kraków Nowa Huta Przyszłości S.A., Polish Organization of Heat Pump Technology Development (PORT PC), Przedsiębiorstwo Usług Technicznych Sp. z o.o. Przedsiębiorstwo Oszczędzania Energii "ESCO" Sp. z o.o., Keller Polska Sp. z o.o., Państwowe Gospodarstwo Wodne Wody Polskie - Regional Water Management Board in Krakow, Polish Geothermal Society (PSG) and others.

At the beginning of the conference the Polish version of the GeoPLASMA-CE video has been presented and has been greeted with enthusiastic applause by the audience. Afterwards Gregor Goetzl - the project manager, from the Geological Survey of Austria, has presented the overall objectives and expected results, focusing on a transnational approach of the GeoPLASMA-CE project.

In the second part technical issues concerning Kraków pilot project area have been presented by Marek Hajto (AGH University of Science and Technology). Afterwards, on behalf of the Kraków major (prof. Jacek Majchrowski) the representative of the Department of Municipality Services, Mr Andrzej Łazęcki took the floor. They both emphasized that formal constraints rising from introducing the ban on the use of solid fuels created new  opportunities for other unconventional heat solutions including renewables, with special attention to heat pump technology. In their opinion such technology could be applied to a greater extent, especially in peripheral areas of the Kraków city where district heating network doesn’t exist.

Finally the invited stakeholders have had an opportunity to discuss different issues resulting from their own experience with GeoPLASMA-CE experts. Most of the questions focused on expected directions of heat market development, including possible opportunities and constrains of shallow geothermal energy use in Kraków.

A short video has been prepared summarizing the discussion at the Krakow Magistrate on the prospects of geothermal development in the city of Krakow. 

Krakow city hall

Participants of the national stakeholder's event in Krakow