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The Energy Research Center (ERC) was established on March 2, 1999 thanks to the backing of the VŠB – Technical University of Ostrava and the subsidy of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic on the project “Energy Resource Utilization” within the programme “Strengthening HEI's Research Potential”. The new institution drew on long-term experience of the Department of Energy Engineering.

Since January 2002 the Energy Research Center has become an independent HE institute in accordance with the Higher Education Act no. 111/1998 Coll.

The ERC activities are highly varied, covering a wide range of various fields. The most important ones include above all research and development and cooperation with industrial partners.

Research and development is oriented on:

  • Improvement of technical level of combustion facilities
    • investigation of a principle of combustion processes,
    • improvement of the energy transformation process,
    • increase of equipment energy efficiency,
    • reduction of negative impacts of solid fuel combustion on the living environment.
  • Alternative processes of thermic transformation
    • experimental verification of gasification in an autotherm autoclave,
    • utilization of biomass for cogeneration,
    • proposals and innovations for energogas cleaning,
    • production of liquid bio-fuels of the 2nd generation.
  • Safety in power engineering and industry
    • identification of risks related to the use of alternative fuels,
    • classification and management of risks related to chemical substances,
    • evaluation of lower explosive limit of gases and dusts,
    • problems of nanoparticles.

All the main directions of R&D works in the ERC are concentrated in the INEF Center (Innovation for Efficiency and the Environment). This regional research – development center was built in 2010 – 2014 thanks to a project of the same name funded from the OP Research and Development for Innovation.

The ERC includes also the accredited testing laboratory no. 1166. 3 for measurements of heat engineering quantities. This workplace has also an authorization of the Ministry of the Environment of the Czech Republic for pollutant emissions measurements and for education of workers in the field of emission measurement on all competence levels.

Cooperation wtih industrial partners is oriented on:

  • elaboration of energy studies (TES), energy audits (EA), energy assessment (EA) and building energy use intensity certificates (EUI) ,
  • energy monitoring and optimization (EnergoGuard),
  • monitoring of renewable resources (SunnyGuard),
  • design engineering in energy,
  • safety of fuels and technologies,
  • testing of boilers,
  • consulting and implementation of ČSN EN ISO 50 001.

Beside the energy services, the cooperation with industrial partners in a field of European and national chemical legislation has been established. This cooperation includes the following activities:

  1. consulting and implementation of Regulation (EC) no. 1970/2006 on Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH),
    • complex processing of authorization dokumentation according to Regulation REACH
    • compilation of Material Safety Data Sheets according to Regulation REACH including classification according to Regulation (EC) no. 1272/2007 (CLP regulation)
  2. consulting and implementation of legislature in a field of occupational health protection,
  3. field of risk assessment and risk management for the use of chemical substances,
    • creation of exposure scenarios (Safety data sheet Annex II),
    • modeling risks arising from the use of chemicals.

Contact

VSB - Technical University of Ostrava
Energy Research Center
17. listopadu 2172/15
708 00 Ostrava-Poruba
phone: 597 324 285
e-mail: vec@vsb.cz
website: vec.vsb.cz

Background of ERC and employees

The ERC has three building facilities at their disposal. The first building ERC I (Administration) was originally a university garage which has been completely architecturally refurbished. At present time it serves as the headquarter and regular lessons and exercises for students take place there. A laboratory and a testing room with a control site for a gasification unit are located in the rear section of the building.

The second building ERC II was constructed in 2005. The great part of this building is occupied by testing equipments and experimental stands. 

In 2012 it was realized annex pavilion ERC 3, which forms the background for experimental research on biomass gasification technology, including the production of liquid fuels II. generation, upgrade the device uplatitelných decentralized heat and power (CHP) and for research and development in the field of explosion characteristics of dust dispersion, flammable liquids and vapors.