On 23-24 May 2013, the ENERGYREGION project hosted an international conference entitled: “Options towards Regions energy self – sufficiency”. The conference took place in Kulturní Dům na Rybníčku in OPAVA, Czech Republic. Over 60 people from the Czech Republic, Germany, Poland and Slovenia attended the event and gained a transnational insight into various energy systems and energy projects. The audience got an opportunity to exchange experiences gained during implementation of concrete activities in the fields of renewable energy and energy efficiency and to see the point of view of different players such as local administration, civic cooperatives and municipal companies. The ENERGYREGION project was also introduced.
The main topics covered by the conference:
- The way to energy self – sufficiency: regional energy supply;
- Best practice: district heating, biogas plant, passive school, regeneration of residential buildings, solar systems;
- Civic participation and networking – Access factors for the communal energy transition;
- Energy efficiency and renewable energy sources across the Czech Republic, Germany, Poland and Slovenia
Civic participation and networking as key success factors for energy transition were in the focus of the conference. The presentations of the conference can be found here and the detailed programme here.
After the presentations participants had the opportunity of on-site visits to best practice projects realized in the region. One excursion took place in the building of INTOZA Ltd. which is designed in the passive standard and serves as company headquarters and training center for presentation of passive houses and associated products and services. The second excursion took place in an agricultural cooperative Hraničář Loděnice where photovoltaic power plant (3 x 100 kW) is installed. The cooperative also opened a biogas plant with an output of 840 kW at the end of 2011. The input material for the plant is corn silage, sugar beet pulp and pig slurry. Waste heat from the facility is used to heat buildings.
The ENERGYREGION project will host the next transnational conference in Poland in September 2014. Topics will concern strategies and concepts for the sustainable development of renewable energy and energy saving and modern energy management.