Representatives of the Faculty of Mining and Geology and the Faculty of Chemistry at the Silesian University of Technology took part in a discussion panel as part of the COP24 climate change conference, which took place in Katowice from 4-14 December. The experts discussed about renewable energy sources, clean coal technologies and low emission related issues.
The panel was led by Katarzyna Tobór-Osadnik PhD, DSc from the Faculty of Mining and Geology. During the first part of the meeting, scientists from the Silesian University of Technology presented selected issues and projects implemented at our university, while in the second part a panel the discussion took place.
Anna Manowska PhD, Eng. from the Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation in Industry talked about renewable energy sources in Poland and all around the world. The representative of the Faculty of Mining and Geology drew the attention of participants to enormous potential of renewable energy sources and explained why renewable energy sources develop so dynamically in energy mixes. Anna Manowska talked also about scientific research carried out at the faculty in this field.
Marek Marcisz PhD, DSc from the Department of Applied Geology, explained what pure coal technologies are. He then also presented three paths - technological options - selected from the EU's clean technologies catalogue for the implementation of the climate and energy package, and also discussed the use of clean coal technologies, which increase efficiency of electricity production from this raw material.
Robert Kubica PhD, Eng. from the Department of Chemical Engineering and Process Design at the Faculty of Chemistry, talked about the methods of reducing low emission. He also approached primary and secondary emission reduction methods. The scientist talked also about chimney electrostatic precipitators prepared at the department, which can reduce the emission of harmful substances from coal furnaces by up to 90%.
During the first part of the panel, the research carried out at the Silesian University of Technology was also presented by Aleksandra Rybak PhD Eng. from the Faculty of Chemistry, as well as by Aurelia Rybak PhD, Eng. from the Faculty of Mining and Geology, who jointly carry out the project on the use of membrane techniques, as well as Professor Marcin Lutyński from the Faculty of Mining and Geology, who talked about scientific projects conducted at the faculty concerning carbon dioxide capture and storage.
There was also a discussion during which the experts discussed what was necessary to achieve a 20% share of renewable energy sources in Poland by 2020. They also talked about clean coal technologies and the issue of reducing low emission. The following representatives of the Silesian University of Technology attended the panel: Dean of the Faculty of Energy and Environmental Engineering.