NCBR co-organises a side event at COP 21

During the COP 21 conference in Paris, 9 December 2015 saw a Clean Coal Technologies session organised by Poland’s representatives.




  • Mr. Igor Mitroczuk, PhD. – chairman, Ministry of the Environment;
  • Prof. Wojciech Nowak, PhD., Eng.– former Manager of “Oxy-combustion technologies for Pulverized Coal (PC) and Fluidized Bed Combustion (FBC) boilers with CO2 capture” project, the Strategic Programme “Advanced Technologies for Energy Generation”. Currently Director of Energy Centre of the AGH University of Science and Technology in Cracow;
  • Mr. Aleksander Sobolewski, PhD, Eng.– Director of the Institute of Chemical Coal Processing in Zabrze. The Institute has actively participated in all projects carried out under the Strategic Programme “Advanced Technologies for Energy Generation”.


Both experts presented the most important effects of the strategic programme for science and research "Advanced technologies for energy generation". The NCBR supported the project with approximately PLN 300 million.


Implemented in 2010-2015, the programme was aimed at developing technological solutions, whose implementation would be important to increase energy efficiency and reduce the negative impact of the energy sector on the environment. Solutions have been developed to help reduce emissions of air pollutants and to achieve the EU objectives defined in the Strategy 3x20 (improving energy efficiency by 20% , increasing the share of renewable energy to 20% and reduce CO2 emissions by 20% in the total balance of the EU by 2020, in comparison with 1990. The results of the program have been relevant to support deployments based on the main Polish fuels lignite and coal, and on other primary energy sources available in Poland.


The works carried out under the programme have demonstrated that it is possible to achieve a near zero emission power generation from coal. It is particularly important to reduce emissions of particulate matter (dust), sulphur oxides and nitrogen oxides, which affect air quality, health and life expectancy of citizens.


An important part of the programme was conducted in real industrial environment. With the participation of, among others, energy companies (TAURON S.A., ENERGA S.A., PGE S.A.) and Rafako SA - Polish manufacturer of power boilers, a number of solutions were developed that improve the efficiency of energy production to nearly 50 % . Also conducted were research and studies on biomass torrefaction use for energy generation.


The possibilities of refurbishment and emissions reduction from existing power units were examined e.g. in Power Stations “Łagisza”, “Łaziska”, “Dolna Odra” and “Turów”. Also developed were some solutions for the use of carbon dioxide from the combustion of fuels.


Based on works of pilot installation in “Wieczorek” coal mine, assumptions were made for a project of commercial scale demonstration for underground coal gasification 


The programme examined some pilot installations of various technologies enabling the use of distributed generation from biomass and biogas installations.

The delegation of the Ministry of the Environment of the United Arab Emirates visits a pilot plant

On 10 September 2015 r., a delegation headed by the Minister of Environment and Water of the UAE, Dr. Rashid Bin Fahad, visited one of the most important research installations of the research task no. 2 of the "Advanced technologies for energy generation" strategic R&D programme. 


The visit to the Institute of Energy, the site of the pilot plant, was on the agenda of this official government visit and a topic of the Polish-UAE discussions on air protection. While visiting the installation, the representative of the Polish Ministry of the Environment on the Steering Committee of the NCBR’s programme Igor Mitroczuk PhD presented the guests with information about the "Advanced technologies for energy generation" programme. The UAE delegation members were impressed by Polish achievements in the field of air protection and the development of clean coal technologies.


The year 2015 saw the conclusion of the “Developing a technology of oxyfuel combustion for pulverized fuel and fluidised-bed furnaces integrated with CO2 capture system” programme, headed by Prof. Wojciech Nowak of the Częstochowa University of Technology. Located at a branch of the Energy Institute in Siekierki (a district of Warsaw), the pilot plant with a capacity of 0,5MWth with a simulated exhaust gas recirculation (cryogenic tanks O2 and CO2 and steam injection, NO, SO2) and optionally the actual exhaust gas recirculation is used to investigate the burner/different types of fuel both in air and oxy-mode. The installation provides an opportunity to develop a new generation of burners, perform research on deNOx/deSOx systems (both catalytic and non-catalytic methods) and conduct other R&D projects at the Institute of Energy.


Installation – key parameters:


  • Maximum thermal output  - 0,5 MWth
  • Length - 3,7 m
  • Diameter - 0,7 m
  • Airflow volume: 
  • Air - up to 250 mn3/h
  • O2 - up to 65 mn3/h
  • CO2 -up to 130 mn3/h.
  • Flame temperature - 1400 ° C.


Equipped with non-intrusive laser optical measurement technique, the installation is designed to burn pulverised coal/biomass/waste fuels.

World Clean Coal Conference Turkey & Eurasia in Istanbul

Experiences of the Strategic Programme “Advanced Technologies for Energy Generation” were presented at the World Clean Coal Conference Turkey & Eurasia in Istanbul, Turkey on February 9-10, 2015.

Participating persons from the Strategic Programme:
Professor Tadeusz Chmielniak (Silesian University of Technology) – Manager of the Project No 1,
Professor Wojciech Nowak (AGH University of Science and Technology/Częstochowa University of Technology) - Manager of the Project No 2, was invited to discussion panel by organizer of the Conference,
Professor Krzysztof Stańczyk (Central Mining Institute, NCBR Board Member),
Professor Marek Ściążko - AGH University of Science and Technology,
Dr. Aleksander Sobolewski - Director of Institute of Chemical Coal Processing,
Gerard Lipiński - Programme Coordinator.

The delegates presented general information on the programme and prepared 2 presentations on the coal gasification:
“Experience of Central Mining Institute in Underground Coal Gasification – research and pilot test in “KWK Wieczorek” mine” by Professor K. Stańczyk;
“CO2-Enhanced Coal Gasification in a Circulating Fluidized Bed Reactor” by Dr. A. Sobolewski.

The main purpose of the Conference was to share the findings of  partners from many countries on some on-ground technologies of coal gasification research. It should be mentioned that Polish experiences in the field of underground coal gasification have been developed in an area where other participants have not shown their research results.

The Conference was an opportunity for discussion about the development of joint research projects on Clean Coal Technologies by Polish and Turkish partners.

Available below are presentations on the Strategic Programme “Advanced Technologies for Energy Generation”.

TAIEX Workshop on Public Research Organisations and Research Infrastructures (Ankara, Turkey)

TAIEX Workshop on the Implementation of the Large Combustion Plants Directive (2001/80/EC1) in the framework of the Energy Community Treaty (Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Workshop on "Bilateral cooperation between Poland and Japan in environment-friendly technologies"