Geothermal energy in Zakapone

Project information

Index: 1217R4
Priority:2: Environment and risk prevention
Sub Theme:Natural and technological risks (including climate change)
Location POLAND POLUDNIOWY Krakow Malopolskie Start/End date of the practice
Start: 1981

Topic of the practice

Climate mitigation through use of local resources

Good Practice Information

Geothermal energy in Zakapone is a long term project which started in 1981. It consists of a cascade system using geothermal energy.
Feed zone of thermal water supply are the Tatra Mountains (an area of approximately 350 km²). Rainwater penetrates into the crevices systems of the Tatra Mountains and moves generally toward the north.Cascade system using geothermal energy: A geothermal plant uses the hot water to produce heat. Water at a high temperature (85-75°C) is directed to the heat exchanger where it is cooled down by 30°C. Heat discharge water at a temperature of 40 – 45°C is used for fish farming and vegetable growing in soil heated polytunnels.

Evidence of success

Geothermal in Zakapone involves about 1,500 recipients (receivers) in several municipalities. It helps to replace the energy from coal by usage of geothermal energy for heating and it also helps to reduce CO2, PM 10 and SO2 emissions. Reduction of CO2 emissions from 1999 to 2012 were more than 300,000 tons.

Contact details to obtain further information on the practice

Agata Weslowska

Malopolska region

Annex completed on: 09-17-2014

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