South Poland Cleantech Cluster

Janusz Kahl, CEO in South Poland Cleantech Cluster has been chosen by the European Commission as member of the Steering Committee for the project

„Skills for smart industrial specialization and digital transformation (SIS&DT)”

for Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) acting under the powers delegated by the European Commission EASME / DG GROW, which has been granted to PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in Luxembourg.

EASME is the largest EU agency managing, among others, EU funds from the HORIZON 2020, COSME, LIFE and ERASMUS+ programs.

The main goal of the task is to work out:

EU 2030 Common Vision on High-tech skills for SIS&DT

Members of the Steering Committee are responsible for:

  • monitoring of the work and reviews of reports developed by PwC
  • meetings in Brussels with EASME and the European Commission to review progress and discuss the preparation of periodic reports, which should be approved by the Steering Committee
  • participating in teleconferences
  • providing advice and guidance during the work

Se more: Steering Committee and EU 2030 Common Vision and 5th expert workshop , 6th expert workshop i Conference

South Poland Cleantech Cluster

 organizes workshop

"Pitching (presentation) for start-ups for investors and clients"

Date: 29.10.2019 at 3 pm.
Place: NordicHouse, św. Anny 5, Krakow

The project is organized with the support of the Marshal's Office. 

The theme of the third workshop is "Pitching (presentation) of the start-up to investors and clients". Each start-up has its own story and your task is to tell it. You will learn the art of pitching during our next workshop. The mentor will not only provide potential entrepreneurs with various technical skills, but also strengthen their entrepreneurial mindset.

The mentor during the workshop will be Christo Balinow, InnoEnergy's Business Development Director for CEE, Middle East and North America. KIC InnoEnergy is a European company dedicated to promoting innovation, entrepreneurship and education in the field of sustainable energy by coordinating cooperation between scientists, enterprises and research institutes. KIC InnoEnergy provides services to accelerate the development of start-ups and risky ventures by supporting entrepreneurs and their business ideas.

The number of places is limited - the order of applications decides. 
Regestration: https://evenea.pl/event/spcleantechwarsztaty3/

University of Agriculture in Krakow

The innovative energy storage technology in the production tunnels

In the years 2010-2015 at the Faculty of Production and Power Engineering of the University of Agriculture in Krakow and the Institute of Horticulture in Skierniewice project research and implementation was realized in the field of energy storage in batteries surplus heat from inside the foil tunnels.

Three types of materials were used for the energy accumulations in the special constructions. The research was conducted with stone, liquid and phase change material.

The idea is based on battery life by blowing during a temperature in excess of plant requirements, warm (charging period) and the period of demand for heat, cold air (discharge process). Battery stone (bed filled with stone porphyry type size 35 to 60mm) must be made to ensure the proper insulation of the walls and the sides of the battery. The design of the battery plants (prepared as patent pending) has been awarded medals for innovative solution shows in Nuremberg and Brussels.

Fig. 1 shows the substantiation of the process of charging excess heat

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Fig. 1. The duration of heating and the potential storage of excess heat in the facility

Fig. 2 show the principle of operation of the system of heat storage in the accumulator and its discharging

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Fig. 2. Scheme storage system (a) and discharge (b) of the bed stone accumulator

The idea of work bed stone accumulator consists of storing heat in the stone bed in times of high air temperatures and unloading when the temperatures are too low for crops. In addition, the battery can be used to cool the plant during the morning rapid temperature rise inside the building. An integral part of the battery, in addition to cables, the bed, the fan system is controlling the position of the steering damper air flow.

The bed stone accumulator has four independent, equal and isolated sections. Each section has dimensions (without insulation) 1,7×11 m. These sections are located in the tunnel area of 144 m2.

Schematic section of the battery (for its construction were obtained patent: Application number: 400 690) is shown in Fig. 3.

Fig. 3. Battery stone (cross-sections)

Influence of the accumulator on microclimate in facility was tested during cultivation of tomatoes and cucumbers in tunnel foil. The studies were carried on two types of horticultural substrates. Key results include:

  • system design heat storage
  • recommendation of the type of substrate for cultivated plants,
  • determine the parameters related to: time of the charging process and optimum conditions with his discharge,
  • selection of fan parameters (dynamic pressure, a stream of forced air)
  • control the process of cooling the air inside the building.

The analysis found that by using this system you can get an earlier and higher yield of crops, reducing the use of pesticides, reducing the consumption of fossil fuel to maintain the recommended microclimate parameters.

As a result of the arrangement and keeping the recommended process parameters blow air (cycle time, a stream of forced air), payback period of the construction and operation of the system is approx. 8 years.

More information can be obtained from the project contractors (prof. dr. Sławomir Kurpaska and dr. Hubert Latała – employees of the Faculty of Production and Power Engineering of the University of Agriculture in Krakow).