13.05.2019

AGH UST to build new laboratories of renewable sources of energy in Miękinia


Signing contract for development of Centre of Sustainable Development and Conservation of Energy in Miękinia, photo by Press Office at Marshal’s Office of Małopolska Voivodeship

Contemporary building of Centre of Sustainable Development and Conservation of Energy in Miękinia, photo by AGH UST

On 13th May 2019, AGH UST signed a contract for the development of the Centre of Sustainable Development and Conservation of Energy in Miękinia. For this purpose, the AGH University of Science and Technology has received funding from the Regional Development Programme of the Małopolska Voivodeship for the years 2014-2020. Within the framework of the project, a new building with research laboratories will be developed. 

The agreement was signed by Łukasz Smółka, Deputy Marshal of Małopolska Voivodeship, and professor Tadeusz Słomka, AGH UST Rector. The authorities of the Małopolska Voivodeship have allocated for this purpose nearly PLN 8m, and the total cost of the project will be over PLN 18.7m. The completion of the project is planned for the end of 2021. 

Within the framework of the project, it is planned to build new facilities with four laboratories: Laboratory of Renewable Energy Sources and Conservation of Energy and Environment, Laboratory of Mineral Sorbents, Laboratory of Radioisotopic Environmental Analysis, and the research laboratory iLab as virtual reality for scientific research. The fifth subsidized unit – the Accredited Hydrogeochemical Laboratory – will be located in the main AGH UST building. The new units will be involved in scientific research activity for commercial entities.  

The new building in Miękinia will complement the offer of the Faculty of Geology, Geophysics and Environmental Protection by means of creating a new place for conducting research. This purpose will be served by a room adapted for a wide range of research and R&D activities, as well as modern computer and visualisation equipment. Also, the already existing and additionally equipped laboratories will gain a possibility to carry out analyses on world-class equipment, thanks to which the Faculty of Geology, Geophysics and Environmental Protection will be even better fitted to the needs of the market. At the same time, AGH UST will provide the Polish science with research that has so far been dependent on using offers from other countries or a long waiting time for results.