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AGH - University of Science and Technology Krakow

Department of Robotics and Mechatronics

Responsible project manager: Zbigniew Bajka


AGH - University of Science and Technology Krakow

AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow is a leading Polish technical university. It has a long tradition (90 years) in researches and higher education.

The Department of Robotics and Mechatronics is one of the leading research and scientific institutions in Poland in the field of interdisciplinary research, integrating knowledge on mechanics, electronics, control and information technology. The Department was established in 1990 as a part of Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Robotics, University of Science and Technology in Krakow. Since the beginning, the Department has been dynamically developed as a scientific and educational unit.

Research works involve theoretical analyses, computer simulations and experimental research, all having strong practical focus, with excellent links to industry. In this respect, Department cooperate with domestic and foreign companies, undertaking joint research and development projects.

Through its academic background AGH has excellent ability to perform complex research works in multinational environment. High educated staff is elaborating theoretical and practical tasks using modern measurements methods and devices, equipment and scientific software. For the PEA project AGH will provide scientific support to the partners in development of methods and measures concerning: identification of present state of renewable energy sources in the region, implementation of modern technologies, feasibility studies, process monitoring, pilot projects, management of energy sources. AGH will help developing training modules on energy management and implement them in the region. AGH is also planning to develop a conceptual design of the heat and power system for public utility building based on various renewable energy sources to reduce consumption of fossil fuels and grid electricity. Various sources will be discussed considering local resources and limitations as well as calculated amount of energy production and costs. Also the selection method of optimal system configuration will be elaborated. The method will include procedures applicable in different regional conditions. Together with Niepołomice, AGH is working on a small scale renewable energy pilot system to be installed in public building (appr. 150 sq. m), located in Niepołomice. It is configured to provide thermal and electrical energy during day (PVT panels) and night (hydrogen cell). Part of the electricity produced at day time will be consumed by electrolyser to generate hydrogen and store it in the tank. At night, the hydrogen cell will use stored fuel to generate heat and electric power. The pilot installation will give the opportunity to examine economical, ecological and social results of renewable energy sources utilization instead of fossil fuels in the building in popular size.