Sustainable Energy Research and Development Centre

Institut of Power Engineering, Poland
Main financial source:
7th Framework Programme, Capacities, REGPOT


  1. IEn- Instytut Energetyki, Jednostka Badawczo-Rozwojowa, Warsaw, Poland
  2. ECN - Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands, Biomass, Coal and Environmental Research, Petten, The Netherlands
  3. TUD - Technical University, Delft, The Netherlands
  4. University of Cambridge, Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, Cambridge, UK
  5. CIRCE - Research Centre for Energy Resources and Consumption, Zaragozsa, Spain
  6. KTH - Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan, Stockholm, Sweden
  7. IFK USTUTT - Institute für Verfahrenstechnik und Dampfkesselwesen - Institute of Process Engineering and Power Plant Technology Stuttgart, Germany
  8. CNR-ISTEC - Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche - Instituto di Scienza e Tecnologia dei Materiali Ceramici, Bagnacavallo, Italy



The energy sector plays an essential role in economy of each country. As the countries of Central Europe are EU Members States they should adjust their energy sector to the EU strategy requirements of environmental protection in particular in the context of climate changes. The reduction of negative impact regarding energy generation and security of energy supply are the main priorities for the EU energy sector. The major EU targets are formulated in the EU SET Plan: •to reduce its greenhouse emission by 20% by 2020 and 60-80% by 2050, •to increase share of renewable energy sources by 20% by 2020, •to increase energy effectives by 20% by 2020. Thus the countries in the Region, where energy system is fossil fuel based, should transform their energy system into a more sustainable one and simultaneously secure energy supply. Only the development of new energy technologies would make it realistic to achieve ambitious goals. The development of alternative energy sources and transformation of the existing old technologies into clean technologies have to be accelerated. The SENERES project is an attempt to accelerate research and development of the sustainable energy technologies in the Region and Europe. The project reinforces existing research potential of the Institute of Power Engineering (Poland) by establishment Sustainable Energy Research and Development Centre SENERES based on the most advanced research units of the Institute. The research capacity of SENERES Centre will be enhanced by close cooperation with 7 European advanced research centres, recruitment of experienced researchers, upgrading and development of research equipment, organisation of workshops and seminars, participation in scientific events and by different activities for knowledge dissemination and promotion. The SENERES research area is focused on the three interconnected technologies: •Energy generation from biomass – combustion, coal co-firing, gasification technologies for electricity and heat production (also cogeneration), •Clean coal technologies (CCT) – technologies with improved efficiency of coal output, processing and recycling as well as with reduced negative environmental impact (in particular CO2 emission). CCT covers for instance coal combustion and gasification with near zero CO2 emission and flue-gas cleaning, •Fuel cells (FC) – as intrinsically clean technologies of energy electro-chemical conversion. Fuel cells generally use hydrogen as a fuel but other fuels as natural gas, methanol and coal can also be applied.

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