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Since April 2012, the Division of Renewable Energy Sources of the Mineral and Energy Economy Research Institute of the Polish A cademy ofSciences has been participating in the EU Project called Promote Geothermal District Heating Systems in Europe (GEODH) within the frame of Intelligent Energy Europe Program. The Project will last 30 months and aims to accelerate the market penetration by geothermal energy in district heating systems in Europe. This shall be achieved by addressing and removing regulatory, financial and market barriers at regional and local levels - adequate proposals will be developed and then presented to relevant decision makers in all countries embraced by the Project. The GEODH gathers 10 partners representing 14 countries, was initiated and is coordinated by the European Geothermal Energy Council (EGEC). The activities will focus on seven Central and Eastern European member states (including Poland) and on seven old member states. The purpose of the Project is directly coupled with a long-term perspective of increasing the uptake of geothermal district heating in the heat market by 2020 (following 3x20 set of EU directives) through the improvement and expansion ofgeothermal district heating systems in European countries. Moreover, geothermal energy is still in a shadow of other renewable energy sources on our continent, but does creates a prospective source for many district heating systems, which can significantly contribute to achieve 20% of renewables in final energy consumption in EU by 2010. Source

Pajak L.,Pracownia Odnawialnych Zrodel Energii | Bujakowski W.,Pracownia Odnawialnych Zrodel Energii
Przeglad Geologiczny | Year: 2013

The paper contains an overview of the technologies used for generation of electricity from low-temperature geothermal energy resources, including an overview of installations in those technologies. The review is focused on the prospective adaptation of the technology under the Polish geothermal energy resources conditions. The most important parameters for the efficient power production by a binary power plant are analyzed. The paper draws attention to parallel - combined (CHP - combined heat and power production) use of geothermal energy to produce electricity and heat. Such an approach to the problem can significantly improve the economic viability of proposed solutions. Source

Bujakowski W.,Pracownia Odnawialnych Zrodel Energii | Barbacki A.,Pracownia Odnawialnych Zrodel Energii | Skrzypczak R.,Pracownia Odnawialnych Zrodel Energii
Przeglad Geologiczny | Year: 2013

The fast-growing discipline in the field of geothermal research is the prospecting for geological structures useful for HDR (Hot Dry Rock) or EGS (Enhanced Geothermal Systems) technologies. In Poland, an interesting area for such research is the Sudetes, particularly the Karkonosze Mts. pluton and Fore-Sudetic Block. The article presents issues of scientific projects prepared in the Division of Renewable Energy of Mineral and Energy Economy Research, Institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Kraków, related to the recognition of geothermal conditions of the Sudetic region. On the background of global research, these projects demonstrate an innovative character mainly by targeting research on the analysis of tectonics and volcanism of the Sudetes as important factors of the presence of local positive thermal anomalies. Implementation of the afore-mentioned projects would create the possibility of extending still modest knowledge of the deep geological structure of the Sudetic area. Source

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