Energy saving lab to boost renewable energy knowhow

The recently completed Renewable Energy Centre in Sulechów is a building that uses a variety renewable energy sources. In addition, the facility will help advance local research and create new business opportunities. 

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The Renewable Energy Centre operates in a modern, energy-efficient building. © Centrum Energetyki Odnawialnej Sp. z o.o. The Renewable Energy Centre operates in a modern, energy-efficient building. © Centrum Energetyki Odnawialnej Sp. z o.o.

" As a result, we are able to develop our R&D resources and cooperate with the industry. "

Radosław Grech, president of the Renewable Energy Centre

The ERDF-funded project resulted in the construction of an energy-efficient building to house labs equipped with wind generators, photovoltaic installations and hydrogen fuel cells, along with cutting-edge devices including solar interceptors, biomass cooking stoves and air pumps. A micro-gas turbine has been installed, capable of generating coldness, heat and electricity simultaneously. The facility also includes laboratories to test thermal and electromagnetic technologies.

From research to business

The ultimate goal of this project has been to increase the exchange of knowledge and experience between R&D specialists and more market-oriented SMEs, especially in the field of renewable energy. This will be achieved by widening access to new solutions and findings to all stakeholders in the Lubuskie region. 

Simultaneously, the project will also facilitate the implementation of modern technologies by SMEs in order to produce energy-efficient devices. The facility will also help to prepare the next generation of competent engineering staff for SMEs focused on designing, producing and implementing these renewable energy devices. The project has also helped to optimise an efficient power supply.

Regional excellence

The Renewable Energy Centre is the only research and teaching entity of its kind in the region, and will help improve the region’s competitiveness at the national and European level. Indeed, a key long term objective is knowledge transfer, and building networks between science and businesses. 

Total investment and EU funding

Total investment for the project “Energy saving and ecological laboratory hall for the power industry and renewable energy sources” is EUR 4 099 382, of which the EU’s European Regional Development Fund is contributing EUR 3 463 170 from the Operational Programme “Lubuskie” for the 2007 to 2013 programming period.

Draft date

11/12/2015