1. Extra project meeting Romania
2. Conference in Kocani and Pazardjik
Extra project meeting in Romania The extra project meeting between the lead partner KSSENA and PP2, ERDF sponsored IGR was held in the national museum of Geology in Bucharest, Romania on the 22nd of October 2013. The main reason for the extra meeting was to coordinate some setbacks regarding the project activities. Overall, several issues were addressed and discussed, specifically:
Dissemination activities in WP2
The state of the art of status quo final, the online information repository and online data catalogue outputs from WP3
DID YOU KNOW? â€œAs much as half of the cost of setting up this type (binary based geothermal) of a power plant is in the drilling process.â€?
The case study locations, process and economic modeling of low-temperature geothermal energy from WP4 and so forth Special attention was given to the partner progress report for the first and second period. In this regard, the partners discussed the proper way of reporting, the deadlines for the reports, as well as specifically, what data and documents are necessary to be included. A lot of focus was also given to upcoming activities, deadlines of past activities and most importantly, the partners discussed the future up to date communication between the consortium, and addressed some deviations in IGR activity from the project activities past.
The meeting was very constructive, as most of the planned issues were addressed and mitigated. IGR was able to gain some feedback regarding their previous efforts and also gained insight on how to approach project activities in the future.
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Fig.1 : Partner representatives at the project meeting
Transnational conference in Kocani The transnational conference began with a planned study visit, in the organization of the Municipality of Kocani , to the main part of the pump station of the Geoterma geothermal system, which is located near the village Dolni Podlog. The system was presented by Mr. Todor Kushevski from IPA sponsored PP4. The next item on the agenda was an additional visit to the greenhouses of Zelena Kukja where participants were able to observe the heating of 8 Ha with the use of a geothermal “doublet” (direct exploitation with reinjection) system.
d Fig.2 : Presentation od the Kocani geothermal system
After the study visit, the project meeting was opened with a press conference for national and local media. Firstly, the Mayor of the Kochani Municipality, Mr. Ratko Dimitrovski presented the presented the project activities and expected results. The Municipality also prepared a press release about the GEOSEE project and distributed it to their media outlets. The next speaker was the State secretary from the Ministry of Economy of Republic of Macedonia, Mr. Anche Trifunov, who expressed the importance of the project on the national level and expectations from realization of project activities, with an emphasis on project activities planned to be realized in the scope of WP 6 – Overview of National regulative for utilization of geothermal resources. Within this conference there were 5 notable presentations contributed by the project partners and other conference participants: LP KSSENA – Mr. Boštjan Krajnc: presented GEOSEE project activities and expected results from its realization. MAGA - Prof. Dr. Sanja Popovska Vasilevska presented the geothermal potential of all countries from SEE included in this project as well as some information about each project partner. MoK – Mr. Ljupcho Gashteovski (senior engineer in Geothermal system Geotherma) presented geothermal potential of Kocani valley and its utilization. MAGA – Prof. Dr. Slave Armenski from the Mechanical University of Skopje presented preliminary results for Kochani case study locations of available biomass and geothermal potential for the establishment of district heating plants in Kochani. ERDF PP8 BP18 – Mr. Peter Praczki presented the importance of communication and dissemination activities for the overall project success.
This marked the end of the first part of the conference so the participants made their way to the town of Pazardzik in Bulgaria with transportation provided for by the conference organizers. 3
DID YOU KNOW? “A typical geothermal well that is capable of producing 4 1/2 megawatts of electricity costs around ten million dollars to drill.” Source: http://www.booneyl iving.com
Transnational conference in Pazardjik
DID YOU KNOW?
“The most common technology for direct geothermal use is the binary cycle plant.New binary cycle power plants can generate electricity with water that is only 57°C when previously temperatures of at least 150°C were needed.”
The main part of the meeting in Pazardzik began with the presentation from LP KSSENA that covered the current update of the project activities progress and continued with the scheduled topics of the financial situation and budget plan. Many topics where addressed, including the analysis of the first two progress reports, an overview of the budget adaptation, rules for reporting and so on.
Fig.3 : LP KSSENA (represented by Boštjan Krajnc) presentation at the conference
There was also a presentation of the ideal timeframe of reimbursement of funds and an example of de-commitment. Primarily the goal of this particular presentation was to inform the project partners about the current status regarding the budget status and reporting. The course of the meeting continued with the scheduled presentation on the topic of stakeholder hearings and other communication activities, as defined within WP2, once again presented by KSSENA. The presentation began with demonstrating the appropriate way to approach communication activities. In this segment participants were informed that each of the partners will be in charge of preparing one stakeholder hearing, with relevant energy stakeholders and experts to discuss GEOSEE issues with an expert audience. The meeting continued by presenting the output state of the art in the SEE partner countries, as defined within WP3. The presentation discussed the development stages of act 3.1. (through case studies as well as the overall national situation on the matter), the type of data Source: http://www.seco.cpa. collected (the number of catchments, geothermal potential, thermal water depth, state.tx.us temperature) and a projected output from the state of the art reports. The expected output, as stated in the presentation, was 8 state of the art reports for each country, which was meant to allow the stakeholders to get a pretty good image of what has been done by now, concerning the exploitation of geothermal reserves of SEE. The presentation was carried out by IGR. The last presentation of the first part on the agenda was focused on the output of the final user requirements document and it was carried out by BP18.
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The next set of presentations was aimed at presenting the activities in WP4. First off, the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of Belgrade University presented act 4.2., which covers the process modeling of low-enthalpy geothermal installations. Within this presentation, the basics of this particular act, such as the action goals, methodology and partner roles, a brief demonstration of the ORC (organic Rankin cycle) and the deadlines for the main activities were presented. The presentation that followed illustrated the economic modeling of such installations in accordance to requirements put forth by the application form act 4.3. The presentation focused on the assessment of revenues and expenses or a detail view of the relevant economic factors in general. It defined most of the key areas of the initial investment costs, operating and maintenance costs, revenues, energy savings, sources of financing, the indicators of investment and cash flow. Presentation also included the internal rate of return (IRR) factor and displayed it graphically for this case. The following presentation was held by the University of Maribor and presented the selection of best integration strategies for each case study area (act 4.4.). It investitured the critical steps in data analysis into the general objective, which was to select the most promising integration strategies that could be replicated across all project pilot locations. It pointed out the two major outputs as a technical study of these Fig.4 : Presentation of act 4.4. by UM resources and an investorâ€™s guide to real life application. The next presentation focused on the activities of WP5 and was presented by TESAF. It presented all of the acts of the work package, definition of system requirements and functional specifications, definition of system architecture and technology, development of data model and installation of the database, development, installation and testing of spatial information system and lastly system documentation and user training. The last presentation focused on the activities of WP6 and was presented by REAN. It is perhaps one of the most significant presentations observed within the project meeting, as it deals with Informing policy-makers and citizens about low temperature geothermal energy. This presentation concluded the official part of the project meeting. The project is co-financed by the EU through SEE Transnational Cooperation Programme.