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Successful meeting of the geothermal heating project GeoHeatPol in Norway

Seminar opening with Prof. Beata Kepinska from MEERI PAS in Poland with the leader of Bergen City Council, Harald Schjelderup, and dr. Kirsti Midttømme, CMR. (Source: CMR)
Alexander Richter 17 Oct 2017

A geothermal study visit and meeting as part of the GeoHeatPol project funded by EEA Grants has been successfully concluded. The project aims to help Poland develop its geothermal resources in cleaning up its fossil-fuel based heating systems.

A recent meeting of the EEA Poland Grant Project, GeoHeatPol met in Bergen, Norway last week. Researchers and experts from Poland, Iceland and Norway discussed how Geothermal energy can be a basis for low-emission space heating, improving living conditions and sustainable development in Poland.

The project aims to help four cities in Poland with deciding which geothermal renewable energy sources to choose. Planned as a study visit, participants visited places across Bergen, among them Marineholmen, Western Norway University of Applied Science and Sweco at Fantoft. To get to the depth, the groups explored what are the best solutions? Heat pumps? Salt Water? What about Solar?  Deep Thermal?

Based on the experience of Norway and Iceland, participants were able to learn how to utilise the different resources. Iceland with its natural geothermal potential due to its volcanoes and Norway with cold water as “hot energy” from the mountains but although a experienced country in geothermal.

Poland just recently started to transform their society from coal mining and coal heating to gas, and some geothermal. Poland with 100.000 people still working in coal industry and another 300.000 working in coal related businesses.

The basis for the event and visit was the project: Regulation of the implementation of the EOG Financial Mechanism and the Norwegian Financial Mechanism for 2009-2014.

Geothermal Energy and Renewable Energy Sources. Energy saving and the promotion of renewable energy sources: Limitation of greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution /Increase of the share of energy generated from renewable energy sources in the total energy consumption.

Project Partners and Performers:

Consortium:

  • MINERAL AND Energy Economy Research Institute of the Polish Academy of Science (Project Leader)
  • AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow
  • Wroclaw University of Science and Technology

Mineral Partners from Donor Countries:

  • Christian Michelsen Research AS, Norway
  • National Energy Authority, Iceland
  • SWECO, Norway
  • NTNU, Norway

Cities in Poland and partners:

  • Ladek-Zdroj and Ladek.Dlugopole
  • Konstatynow Lodzki Town
  • Poddebice Town and Geotermia Poddebice
  • Socgaczew Town
  • European Geothermal Energy Council’Experts

Project period is from July 2017 until October 2017

Budget is EUR 716,000 ($860,000)

Source: CMR