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Departaments and Divisions

Division of Renewable Energy Sources

Head of Division

Wiesław Bujakowski

D. Sc., Eng. Wiesław Bujakowski, Associate Professor
Room no.: 103
Phone: (+48)12 617-16-30
Cell.: (+48) 696-494-629
Email: w.bujakowski@min-pan.krakow.pl

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Who we are

The division is a team of experts in the following fields and scientific disciplines: geology, hydrogeology, geophysics, mining, environmental engineering, energetics and heating. Our employees have certifications to supervise geological activities (including category IV) and mining activities (the team includes manager of mining plant operations, mining geologists, and operations supervision staff). In recognition of many years of scientific work, the team has been awarded with numerous awards and prizes.

Employees

Scientific and research activity

The main area of interest of the division is renewable energy, broadly understood, and primarily focuses on research related to the assessment of the resources, production and use of geothermal water. In this field, we deal with both the aspects of energy use and the use of water resources as such (including water treatment, the assessment of the impact on the human body, the utilization of waste waters, etc.). We conduct complex scientific and research activities, starting from basic research through to the development of concepts and technical projects and ending with the implementation, including substantive and investor supervision. In addition, the division is focused on education and the popularization of the use of renewable energy resources and ecology. We provide opinions on environmentally friendly technological solutions, starting from energy-saving construction through to installation systems and ending with devices for the production of electricity and heat. Other research interests of the team include the use of heat pump systems, solar collectors and PV cells. In addition, we focus on the optimization of energy sources using RES.

Research and development and service activities

The division conducts projects with varying degrees of advancement, starting with basic scientific projects, developing concepts and ending with technical projects at the level of feasibility studies. Our employees also carry out substantive and investor supervision, especially in the field of exploration and drilling works related to the acquisition of geothermal water resources. One of the key projects implemented by the division was the launch of the first geothermal installation in Poland in Podhale and the first geothermal borehole reconstruction in Poland at the geothermal heating plant in Mszczonów. The division has also successfully applied for structural funds and funding from European Union research programmes. From 2002 to 2017, several international projects were implemented under the FP5, FP6, FP7, IEE and EEA grants. In addition, the division has carried out several research projects and implementation applications, in addition to dozens of expert opinions and documentations. As part of ecological education, the division organizes meetings between representatives of local authorities and students.

It is worth adding that for many years we have been cooperating with scientific and research institutes from Belgium, Iceland, Slovakia, Macedonia, France, Hungary and Germany, in addition to the leading Polish technical universities and institutes (including the AGH University of Science and Technology, Silesian University of Technology, Warsaw University of Technology, Tadeusz Kościuszko University of Technology and the Polish Geological Institute—National Research Institute). Our industrial partners include KGHM Polska Miedź, PEC Geotermia Podhalańska, Geotermia Mazowiecka, Geotermia Uniejów, Geotermia Pyrzyce, G-Term Energy, Skawina Power Plant, Zakład Wodociągów i Kanalizacji Kleszczów, Bania Water Park and EGM. In addition, we carried out studies for the state (the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, the Ministry of Economy and the Ministry of Energy) and local government administration units at the municipal, district and provincial levels.

Our services

With many years of experience, the division conducts complex scientific and research activities related to the assessment and documentation of renewable energy resources, focusing on the following topics:

  • The acquisition and utilization of renewable energy sources,
  • Feasibility studies,
  • The design of geological works,
  • Supervision during drilling,
  • Geological and hydrogeological documentation,
  • Environmental impact assessment of investments,
  • Mine operation plans,
  • The documentation of drilling works,
  • Functional programmes,
  • Applications for licenses for the exploitation of thermal water resources,
  • The assessment of the geothermal potential of selected regions and geological units in Poland and the analysis of ecological benefits resulting from their development,
  • Aquatic legal surveys.