Under the patronage of the Minister for Climate and Environment a new space is being created, aiming to support a host of activities involving research, promotion, development and use of renewable sources of energy, with particular emphasis on heat pumps. On 12 April 2021 the AGH University of Science and Technology signed a letter of intent on cooperation leading to the foundation of the Science, Technology and Business Hub to be launched in Miękinia.
The letter of intent has been signed by: The Minister for Climate and Environment, Government Proxy for Renewable Sources of Energy, Chief Geologist and Government Proxy for Poland’s Raw Materials Policy, the authorities of the Małopolska Province, Polish Geological Institute – National Research Institute, the Institute of Environmental Protection – National Research Institute, the AGH University of Science and Technology, the Mineral and Energy Economy Institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences, the National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management, the Regional Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management in Kraków and the Mayor of the Krzeszowice County.
As it was stressed by the Minister for Climate and Environmental Protection – Mr Michał Kurtyka, Poland has recently made a real progress in its transition into the low-emission economy model and the wider use of available resources. The paramount importance of the energy-efficient transformation has been set out in “Poland’s Energy Policy Agenda 2040”, which covers, among other things, construction of an effective, low emission energy system and improvement in air quality by tapping renewable energy sources, including, in particular, heat pumps.
“The use of heat pumps may contribute to a significant drop in pollution levels. It is also an opportunity for job creation – both in the industry responsible for the production of the equipment as well as in the installation sector” – said the head of the Ministry of Climate and Environment during the conference.
The creation of Miękinia Hub aims to integrate authorities and organisations which may contribute to increasing the potential of local producers to embrace the development of competitive and modern renewable energy solutions based predominantly on heat pumps. The creation of the hub will be possible thanks to the concerted efforts of central and local governments, entrepreneurs and the academic community.
Mr Piotr Dziadzio, Poland’s Chief Geologist and Government Proxy for Poland’s Raw Materials Policy explained: “The choice of Miękinia as the location for the Hub has been determined by the existing research and development facilities. The activity of the Centre for Sustainable Development and Energy Conservation administered by the AGH UST’s Faculty of Geology, Geophysics and Environmental Protection (GGIOŚ) focuses on renewable energy sources, hybrid power systems as well as energy efficiency and prosumer micro energy research and infrastructure”. Minister Michał Kurtyka added that the choice of location was also influenced by the experience of combatting high levels of air pollution in the Małopolska Region.
Professor Jerzy Lis, AGH UST Rector, said: “The Science, Technology and Business Hub in Miękinia perfectly reflects the recent trends in promoting and developing renewable energy sources and modern district heating systems. I am truly happy to see our Miękinia Centre for Sustainable Development and Energy Conservation, which has operated since 2009 as part of the AGH UST’s Faculty of Geology, Geophysics and Environmental Protection, continuing its involvement in valuable initiatives aimed at environmental protection, promotion of new, environmentally friendly sources of heat. I am convinced that the infrastructure and laboratory facilities housed by our Centre will offer great support for the Hub we are today establishing”.
The concept behind the Hub assumes that the new development will yield best results thanks to the combination of three components of the innovation ecosystem mechanism, that is:
Miękinia Hub, apart from generating inventions and promoting science and technical know-how, will boost innovations in the renewable energy sector, with particular emphasis on heat pump technologies.
Mr. Ireneusz Zyska, Deputy Minister for Climate and Environment and Government Proxy for Renewable Energy Sources, noted that “According to statistics, heat pump sales have recently seen a steep increase. Air source heat pumps have seen a year-to-year rise in demand by as much as 100%. Such favourable circumstances are possible thanks to, among other things, housing insulation tax relief, numerous actions undertaken by the government and the availability of aid programmes, which include priority schemes launched by the National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management”.
According to Mr. Witold Kozłowski, the Governor of the Małopolska Province, creation of Miękinia hub will become a strong impulse stimulating the Region’s economic development and will help to further unlock business potential among local entrepreneurs.
Mr Witold Kozłowski, the Governor of the Małopolska Province, said: “The initiative undertaken by the Ministry for Climate and Environment, The Miękinia Institute for Sustainable Energy and the Krzeszowice County with regard to the establishment of the Science, Technology and Business Hub in Miekinia is undoubtedly an opportunity that will result in the creation of a new, innovative space for promotion, research and development as well as the use of heat pump technology. We are all perfectly aware of the fact that modern technologies related to renewable energy sources will support pro-ecological activity that will benefit the environment, which will obviously improve the quality of air we breathe. I do hope that Miękinia Hub will become a powerful impulse for the economic growth of the Region and will contribute to maximizing the business potential among local entrepreneurs. I am happy to see such an project, first of its kind in Poland, unfolding right here, in Małopolska”.
“Subsidies for heat pumps fitted in existing buildings are offered under our flagship programme – ‘Czyste Powietrze’ and our beneficiaries find this opportunity very attractive. As we are also considering offering the same scope of support for new buildings, we are in the process of analysing the possibilities of subsidizing heat pumps as well as heat and cold storages / buffers under a new instrument, which we are currently discussing with the Ministry for Climate and Environment” – said Professor Maciej Chorowski, President of National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management.
Mr Wacław Gregorczyk, Mayor of the Krzeszowice County, added that plans are under way to establish Miękinia Education Centre thanks to the continued cooperation with the AGH UST and the business environment. The Centre will focus on providing training and counselling for professionals dealing with renewable energy sources as well as on promoting the effective use of these sources by prosumers.
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