CBI Pro-Akademia


Norwegian experiences for the renewable energy sources development in Poland


A study visit to Oslo and its outskirts, organised by RIC Pro-Akademia, has finished. Our collaborating institution was the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE), subordinate to Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy. The participants of the course were representatives of Polish Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Energy, and of the National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management, who were taught and trained in local innovative solutions in renewable energy sources.

The participants visited such objects as:

  • Power House Kjørbo – two office buildings from the eighties, located in the suburbs of Oslo, renovated and turned into plus-energy buildings so that their energy demands have been decreased by 90%. Solar panels at their rooftops supply over 200.000 kWh of energy annually, which exceeds twice their actual demand.
  • Klemetsrud incineration plant, which processes the domestic and industrial waste coming from Oslo and adjacent municipalities. The energy gained through the incineration process is used for heating of the water which supplies the district heating network in Oslo as well as for producing electricity. The plant prepares itself for the CO₂ Capture & Storage (CCS) project.
  • Vulkan - a multi-purpose complex developed in the post-industrial areas. It consists of such objects as local energy central with 300-metres-deep geothermal drains or an office building which facade is integrated with a vast solar panels system. It is a good example of a sustainable urban design as it virtually self-supplies its demands on heating and cooling.
  • Renovated NVE headquarters in Oslo – despite the object is under heritage protection, it has been seriously refurbished in terms of energy performance. E.g. replacement of the glazing with a maintenance of the old, protected window frames.
  • Akershus Energipark – one of the most advanced local combined heating and power plants in Europe, connected with the biggest solar heating plant in Norway. Its power production from renewable sources is about 150 GWh per year, which supplies the demands of ca. 15 000 households and reduces the CO2 emission by over 30 000 tons per year. Such local energy resources as wood chips are primarily used.

The project has been co-financed by the EEA Financial Mechanism and Norwegian Financial Mechanism as a part of the Bilateral Cooperation Fund.