Geothermal: Training activities in Poland under the project “Capacity building of key stakeholders in the field of geothermal energy”

The aim of the project is to build the capacities of key stakeholders in Poland in the field of geothermal energy by increasing their knowledge and skills in resource use and management, especially for low-emission heating needs. The project is addressed to representatives of the administration of different levels, local authorities, existing operators and investors of planned geothermal heating installations, beneficiaries of government programs to support the use of geothermal energy in Poland, employees of the geological department, scientific and research institutions, service providers , consultants and other industry entities.

It is one of three predefined projects planned and agreed between the parties in the negotiation phase of the EEA’s FM program “Environment, Energy and Climate Change”. These projects will be financed 100% from the program funds. The project will contribute to the implementation of the objectives of this program, in particular to develop the use of geothermal energy in Poland, and will support other activities in this field, including investment projects carried out thanks to government programs launched in recent years. The training activities mentioned at the outset included two days of lectures in Warsaw and one day of technical visits to good practice geothermal installations in Mszczonów and Wręcza (information and an invitation to register for these events were published, among others, in Wiadomości Naftowe i Gazownictwo in the February issue of this year). The lecture program was prepared by specialists from Poland and Iceland. It covered a broad thematic spectrum related to geothermal heating. issues and information that served to bridge the previously identified knowledge gaps among key stakeholders in the geothermal sector in Poland. The lecturers were specialists from NEA, IGSMiE PAN, representatives of the Ministry of Climate and Environment, NFOŚiGW and invited external experts.

Participants in training activities (photo by A. Kasztelewicz)

The program of technical visits was drawn up in collaboration with representatives of the cities, installations and facilities visited. They include geothermal installations in Mszczonów – a heating plant, a geothermal water inlet (Mszczonów IG-1 borehole), belonging to Geotermia Mazowiecka SA, as well as Mszczonowskie Termy and the diving center Deepspot (one of the deepest objects of this type in the world). Poland’s Suntago Park in Wręcza (powered by water and geothermal energy) – one of the largest leisure centers in Europe – was also visited and some of its technological installations were familiarized. The visits started with a very interesting meeting with the mayor of Mszczonów, the deputy mayor of Sochaczew (where an investment is underway to incorporate geothermal energy into the municipal heating network), with the chairman of Geotermia Mazowiecka SA A lecture by dr. Katarzyna Kurek on the impact of resource use was also an important part of the visit geothermal energy for the economic development of municipalities and local entrepreneurship. Also during the tour of the other installations and facilities mentioned, their representatives gave a lot of very interesting information and explanations.

Technical visits – geothermal heating installation in Mszczonów (photo A. Kasztelewicz)

About 60 people took part in the training activities – participants, invitees, representatives of the project partners. They represented the beneficiaries of geothermal development programs from the government, heating companies, cities and municipalities interested in geothermal heating, energy companies, geological services, representatives of the scientific world, service companies. The role of the training activities (and the whole project) in supporting investment activities aimed at wider development of geothermal energy use in Poland was demonstrated, inter alia, by the presence of representatives of the Ministry of Climate and Environment and the National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management – operators of the EEA FM Program Environment, Energy and Climate Change, under which the Project and the reported Activities are carried out.

The training was very popular (there were many more registrations than places), so it can be expected that this will also be the case in the next similar round, which is planned in 2023.

The participants received training material (summaries of individual lectures, presentations) and an extensive English-language manual. Polish.

During one of the lectures (photo A. Kasztelewicz)

Rich and practical topics, high-level lectures and technical visits on the one hand and on the other – active participation of participants expressed in many questions and discussions, good atmosphere, professional translations and organization, contributed to the overall picture of the training activities much needed, timely and in the best possible way. This is confirmed by the unanimous opinions of all participants, and their suggestions and comments will be used to improve the next round of actions planned for 2023 to better address the needs to fill the existing gaps and to improve the current state of knowledge about geothermal energy among Polish stakeholders and contribute to an optimal implementation of investments in this area in Poland, and subsequently their proper functioning.

The training activities also contributed to the exchange of experiences and information in the field of geothermal heating and other applications between the Polish and Icelandic sides, thereby strengthening mutual cooperation and contacts, which is also one of the key objectives of the project and the EEA. FM program is . Polish installations, experiences and solutions aroused the interest and recognition of experts from Iceland.

Learning about good practices of geothermal heating and other selected geothermal applications in Iceland, aspects related to the role of the state, modern management, economy and energy efficiency in geothermal energy in this country will be the focus of the study visits to Iceland that are planned as part of the project in the fall of 2022. and in 2023

The project partners are very happy and motivated to continue their work by the positive opinions of the participants in the measures, as well as representatives of the EEA program operators Environment, Energy and Climate Change, who emphasize that it was an important meeting, and the partners and all those involved in the substantive and logistical organization have done a lot of work to ensure that the Training Actions can be as they were delivered. Very valuable is the bringing together of different environments around the theme of geothermal energy and the exchange of opinions and experiences, which took place during lectures and technical visits. Project implementation contributes to building such platforms and networks.

(photo by A. Kasztelewicz)

The project partners would like to thank all individuals and institutions for their cooperation, contribution to the preparation of training material, the textbook, organization and conduct of lectures, technical visits, all kind help, interest and good atmosphere during the training activities in Poland in the framework of the EEA project “Building the capacity of key stakeholders in the Geothermal Field” on May 18-20, 2022. Thanks also go to the participants. Successful training activities are the result of our good cooperation and multiple efforts.

Beata Kępińska, Aleksandra Kasztelewicz (IGSMiE PAN, Poland),
Baldur Petursson (NEA / Orkustofnun, Iceland)

More information about the project: www.keygeothermal.pl

The project “Building the capacity of key stakeholders in the field of geothermal energy” is co-financed by the Ministry of Finance of the European Economic Area 2014-2021 under the program “Environment, energy and climate change”, program area “Energy”

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