The ceremony was attended by Rector PhD. Eng. Jacek Wróbel, ZUT Associate Professor, Pro-rector for Organisation and Development Prof. PhD. Eng. Stefan Domek and Pro-Rector for student’s affairs PhD Eng. Arkadiusz Terman, Deans of the West Pomeranian University of Technology in Szczecin,
Mr. Andrzej Grzana from the Regional Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management in Szczecin, Director of PGE GiEK SA, Branch Zespół Elektrowni Dolna Odra Mr Jacek Śniegowski and the President of the West Pomeranian Chamber of Agriculture Mr Julian Sierpiński
The investment was created thanks to the co-financing of the project by the Regional Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management in Szczecin. Laboratory equipment includes two micro-cogeneration modules. The first of them uses fuel cell technology, that allows directly generate electricity in the chemical reaction of fuel (hydrogen) derived from natural gas reforming with atmospheric air. The basic element of the second system is the Stirling engine with external combustion in which the heat generated from the combustion of natural gas into electricity is transformed.
Both modules are characterized by high efficiency and low emission of exhaust gases to the atmosphere.
Thanks to sponsors, i.e. PGE Górnictwo i Energetyka Konwencjonalna SA Bełchatów and West Pomeranian Chamber of Agriculture, the laboratory is also equipped with a furnace with an innovative biomass combustion system that will enable teaching and research in the use of renewable energy sources and assessment of the combustion process's impact on the environment. Financial support has also allowed to design and construct a research and teaching installation for the production of advanced third generation biofuels. Stand enables production of microalgae biomass, whose components, mainly oils accumulated in algae cells, are precursors of biofuels.
The laboratory will allow to conduct teaching at a high level on the basis of international education quality standards, as well as acquiring knowledge and skills in the use of equipment, especially for students in the field of renewable energy sources. It is open educational offer and will cover a wide range of territories ( West Pomeranian Voivodeship and its neighbours ), with particular emphasis on the schools covered by the ZUT's patronage.
As part of the Laboratory of Renewable Energy Sources, courses, trainings and workshops for schoolchildren and teachers as well as members of energy clusters, installers and fitters of RES equipment will be conducted.