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Minister says geothermal energy a ‘big chance’ for Poland

Poland’s Minister for the Environment Jan Szyszko believes a big solution towards his country’s energy dependence resides in its geothermal resources.

Szysko told a parliamentary conference that the resource is superior to wind and solar power as it does not suffer from intermittency.
“Geothermal Energy has its place in the Strategy for Responsible Development, which means that it will be supported by the government. The statement was made at a parliamentary conference “Geothermal energy impulse – development of the Polish economy”.

The country has been highly dependent on coal for decades but Szysko cites Professor Julian Sokolowski who stated that Polish geothermal resources far exceed its needs.

ThinkGeothermal website reported that one example of that abundant resource was given as the town of Torun, where in accordance with current permits, more than 350 tonnes of water at a temperature above 60 degrees Celsius per hour can be used.

“This is our big chance. We will implement the government program based on the SOR. Based on its own energy resources, our own technologies, while respecting the specificity of our country. Geothermal Energy is an important element,” concluded the Minister.

The meeting also heard members call for the development of the country’s district heating network, which will complement the geothermal resource.