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Polish Geothermal Congress: ambition meets notable progress

Poland’s total installed geothermal energy capacity has increased to 129 megawatts (MW) from 74 (MW) in 2020, with a total of 7 wells in operation, emphasised industry stakeholders during this year’s Polish Geothermal Congress held in Kraków.

Whilst Poland is still lagging behind other countries when it comes to the number of geothermal wells compared to countries like Germany and France, the country is currently developing an additional 21 plants (in construction or planned). Germany is a leader in Europe in geothermal development, with 41 already existing wells and 102 additional planned sites.

The above progress was made possible thanks to the government support programmes, said Dr Beata Kępińska, Head of the Polish Geothermal Energy Association. “Geothermal continues to become more affordable compared to other available fuels,” she added.

Geothermal energy in Poland is predominately used for heating, however, private and public investors at the conference noted plans to explore possibilities for electricity production.

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One of them is Chochołowskie Baths, with power production tests planned for the second quarter of 2024. According to the company’s representative at the conference, if the tests are successful, geothermal energy is expected to cover around 25 per cent of the site’s power demand.

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