The RESTOR Hydro Days in Poland took place from Friday to Sunday, 6-8 June 2014 in Suchedniów near Kielce and were combined with the Annual Meeting of the Polish Association for Small Hydropower Development (TRMEW).
On the first day of the event the General Assembly of TRMEW was held and the other two days were dedicated to the RESTOR Hydro project. After the opening speech made by the new president of TRMEW, Robert Szlęzak, the newly made project video about small hydropower in Europe and about benefits of repowering old mills was presented. During the seminar on the current and future activities undertaken within RESTOR Hydro, project experts Ewa Malicka and Michał Kubecki presented the RESTOR Hydro Map and told in details about the cooperative which is being created as well as about the pilot sites which are going to be restored by this cooperative.
In the next parts of the RESTOR Hydro Day, President of TOE (Association of Energy Trading) Marek Kulesa, the guest of the event, drew a broad perspective of electric energy market for renewable energy sources and Radek Koropis, TRMEW Vice President, made an attempt to evaluate the chances of SHP sector to exist and develop in the context of the act on RES adopted by the Polish government in April. He also explained all consequences of the draft act for potential investors in SHP projects.
In the afternoon the financial aspects of SHP projects were discussed: current opportunities and prospects of energy and Green Certificates sale were presented by Andrzej Grześ, the President of TRMEW Obrót Sp. z o.o. and Joanna Ziemba made a review of all regional operational programmes through which co-financing of SHP projects is possible in Poland.
Next blocks of presentations can be summarized as practical workshop on developing SHP projects and the power plant exploitation. Kuba Puchowski told in details about permitting process concerning water-legal consent and Ewa Malicka about concessions to produce electricity in RES. Waldemar Brysz explained tax issues and some other legal aspects of developing SHP projects and Radek Koropis with Katarzyna Dobrowolska presented the subject of SHP insurance.
On Sunday the study tour was organized to three small hydropower plants on the Czarna Nida river: SHP Wolica, SHP Bieleckie Młyny and SHP Morawica. The plants were recently built or refurbished on sites where the ruins of old mills still exist. Michał Kubecki, the organizer of the tour representing the company performing design and construction works at the visited sites told about the history of the mills and experience with their repowering and exploitation.
There were 81 participants of the events in total. In their opinions on the organisation of the RESTOR Hydro Days they appreciated competence of the speakers, high level and attractive form of the conference and workshop as well as the merit of the study tour.
The RESTOR Hydro video
The RESTOR Hydro Days are the key campaigning events taking place in each of the eight target countries selected within the RESTOR Hydro project (Belgium, France, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Poland, Slovenia and Sweden).
The RESTOR Hydro Days in Poland is a three-day event combined with the annual meeting of the Polish Association for Small Hydropower Development (TRMEW). The event is organized jointly by the Polish Association for Small Hydropower Development and TRMEW sp. z o.o. and will take place from Friday to Sunday, 6-8 June 2014 in Suchedniów near Kielce.
The Programme includes:
- Friday, 6 June – TRMEW General Assembly
- Saturday, 7 June – information workshop on the RESTOR Hydro project and its implementation in Poland. Participants will learn where to find information on existing water mills and other potential small hydropower sites. For those interested in developing these sites the proposal of hydropower investments within the cooperative model will be presented. This will be followed by the seminar on legal, environmental and financial aspects of developing small hydropower projects and the workshop on practical aspects of developing projects and operation of small hydropower plants.
- Sunday, 8 June – a study tour to three small hydropower plants on Czarna Nida river: SHP Wolica, SHP Bieleckie Młyny and SHP Morawica. Participants will see how repowering old water mills and energy generation in small hydropower plants look in practice.
The RESTOR Hydro Days in Poland are also part of the Energy Days in Europe organised across Europe for the 2014 EU Sustainable Energy Week, Europe’s biggest event on renewable energy and energy efficiency.
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The RESTOR Hydro consortium met for the 4th project meeting on the 4th of March at the head office of France Hydro Electricité (http://www.france-hydro-electricite.fr/) in Paris. Set in the heart of the city, nearby the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs Elysées, FHEs’ offices are also home to the National Association of French milling.
The RESTOR Hydro Advisory Board had the opportunity to join the project partners to share their experience and give advice on further development within the project.
During the meeting, the eight target country project partners were asked to reveal the progress made with the pilot sites in their respective countries.
Among the 22 attendees, guests included Simon Hunkin from Greenovate (http://www.greenovate-europe.eu/), who presented the results and recommendations from the INTERREG (capitalisation on renewable energy), Dirk Vansintjan from RESCOOP (http://www.rescoop.eu/), for synchronisation of our respective projects in favour of European renewable energy cooperatives and Patrick Lehnes from Interpet Europe (http://www.interpret-europe.net/) who shared his know how in project interpretation and informed the RESTOR Hydro partners of the importance of transmitting comprehensible interpretations of our pilot sites to the general public.
Patrick Wheeler from NettoWatt (http://www.nettowatt.be/) projected the RESTOR Hydro Map (http://www.restor-hydro.eu/en/tools/mills-map/) on screen, where 15 000 sites with hydropower potential are already online. The consortium concluded that the project is well under way and that some of the 24 pilot sites will soon be officially announced.
Planning the RESTOR Hydro map days is another major activity scheduled for the eight target countries. Two days of workshops, presentations, visits of the pilot sites and other activities involving the general public, aim to inform local actors and investors how Renewable Energy Sources Transforming Our Regions with Hydro-power cooperatives can boost the local economy, inviting them to align their collective interests by supporting locally-driven initiatives for the sustainable development of their regions.
The third RESTOR Hydro Project Meeting was held in Straszyn, Poland, on the 24th of September 2013. Straszyn, the village situated a few kilometres from Gdańsk is known for the historical hydropower plant built in 1910, located right next to the meeting venue. Perhaps, thanks to this neighbourhood the atmosphere of the meeting was very inspiring. Participants made a general review and long-term planning for the second half of the project and discussed lessons learnt. Robert Szlęzak from TRMEW portrayed the pilot sites in Poland selected to be rebuilt by cooperatives. His presentation reflected the progress that has been done in the RESTOR Hydro project realisation resulting from the efforts of the Polish partner.
In parallel to the third Project Meeting a site visit was organised to historical hydropower plants in the area of Gdańsk in order to collect the footage for producing a web video illustrating the project. The objects selected for filming were small hydropower plants on rivers Wierzyca and Piesienica: SHP Owidz, SHP Kolincz and two plants in Nowia Wieś Rzeczna. Most of the visited sites are examples of water mills rebuilt into hydropower plants in the way it is promoted in the RESTOR Hydro project. To see the visited plants and spy out how the film was made look here.