November 16, 2011

Country Module Hungary, Slovakia & Czech Republic

MSc Renewable Energy in Central & Eastern Europe


From September 28th to October 1st 2011 our students from the MSc Program „Renewable Energy in Central & Eastern Europe”, class 2010-2012W, had the opportunity to travel to our first time ever country module in the Czech Republic. This seminar hosted in Prague’s first 100% energy self-sufficient hotel offered an in-depth look on the (renewable) energy situation in three Central European countries, namely the Czech and Slovak Republics and Hungary.

At first, professors Gabor Milics and Attila Kovacs from the University of West Hungary lectured on the (renewable) energy situation in their country. The next day, two lecturers from the Energy Centre Bratislava, Dr. Bronislava Herdova and Mr. Ľubomír Polonec introduced the Slovakian situation to the students. During the fourth day - following an excursion during the third day - the Czech case was finally presented by Professor Jaroslav Knapek from the Technical University of Prague.
The lectures focused on the strengths and potentials of renewable energy production, past and future development scenarios, the legal situation and economic frameworks, as well as investment perspectives in these three countries. Pros and cons were discussed from administrators and investors points of view. All three countries were analyzed to have very different socio-economic and political preconditions for the development of various renewable energy projects.

Additionally, we had Dr. Karol Galek and Dr. Christian Weiser in as guest lecturers. Both are working for consulting companies and talked to us about their practical experience with current renewable energy projects. Dr. Galek is implementing PV projects in the Slovak Republic and Dr. Weiser is preparing to set up a wind park in Hungary.

On the third day an excursion was organized, where the students visited a small 6 megawatt wind park in Pchery, and the new and state of the art 38 megawatt-peak photovoltaic plant in Vepřek, both 30km NW from Prague. Especially the PV plant was state of the art and very impressive. It still is among the top 10 largest PV plants in the world, and the 2nd largest in the Czech Republic. Then the group visited a very nice example of how to integrate renewable energy projects into a village economy in Kněžice. Oil and gas were largely substituted by local resources. A biogas plant and wood chip / straw fired district heating plant help to close local material cycles. At the end of the day we could still visit a 100 year old, but well maintained 1 megawatt hydroelectric plant on the Elbe river in the town of Poděbrady.

All things considered, the students could gain a good understanding of the (renewable) energy situation in the Czech and Slovak Republics as well as in Hungary and an idea how to go about investing in renewable energy projects in these countries. Many were inspired by the potentials waiting to be developed.

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Detailed information on this outstanding MSc program you´ll find here: http://newenergy.tuwien.ac.at


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