GreenRe-Generation - introduction of the Don’t heat and feed climate project

 

The purpose of the project

 

 

The general purpose of the project is - beside strengthening the co-operation - to exchange experience on the fight against climate change. Within the confines of the project, we implemented four types of actions. In order to improve the relation between the Icelandic and the Hungarian organizations, our actions covers the target groups in a wide range. In the action, implemented in Iceland, 14 Hungarian and 20 Icelandic participants were involved.

 

Actions implemented within the confines of the project

 

1.Organizing 2 webshop (IS)

1.1.Workshop about the technological experience of Reykjavík Sigillum University of Iceland in geothermal energy

Seven institutions of higher education works currently in the country of geysers and white nights. The oldest and largest among them is the Icelandic University established in 1911. The most bachelor and mester course start in this institute. The Reykjavík University, established in 1998, is a private university providing legal, business, IT, engineering and sport courses. Both of these institutes can be found in the capital, Reykjavík, and the 80% of university students studies here. Gudmundur Valur Oddson, the docent of the Faculty of Industrial Engineering, the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and the Faculty of Computer Science, informed us about the utilization of Icelandic geothermal energy and the future plans of the country.

 

The volcanic thermal wells can provide much more energy. Iceland is the only country in the world, where the energetics is solved by utilizing exclusively renewable resources. A depth record was taken now: it was drilled 4659 meters under the ground for geothermal energy, within the confines of the Thor-program. The depth of 4600 meters was already reached by the deep drilling engineers. However, it has been solved only by now that the supercritical water found in the deep can be utilized for electricity production.

 

1.2.Workshop, meeting the Icelandic-Hungarian Cultural Society, exchanging experience about local selective waste collection

 

 

We spent a very pleasant evening with the Icelandic-Hungarian Cultural Society. Our main purpose was to make contact with new Icelandic friends and Hungarians living in Iceland, and to strengthen the existing relationships. These relationships are useful as they can improve the social network as multipliers. The best example: when we have a friendly conversation, we can learn what the talking partners are interested in, and later (after a phone consultation) we can visit in an institute or a factory. Because of the large distance - despite the modern technology of 21st century - the results that we can reach during a few-minute-long conversation, could be reached only by more-week-long work.

2.Awareness-raising actions (5)

2.1.Drawing competition for Hungarian and Icelandic children (HU and IS)

Organizing exhibition entitled “This summer I did this for my environment” (Reykjavík)

2.2.Creating and operate common website (HU and IS)

zoldregeneracio.besenyszogert.hu (Hungarian language)

zoldregeneracio.besenyszogert.hu/en (English language)

 

2.3.Press conference about the project and photo exhibition in the Szolnok County Library (HU)

In order to provide the publicity, we kept a press conference. At the same time, a photo exhibition was also kept, where Berényi Anikó’s photos could be seen for two weeks.

 

2.4.Workshop at the Szolnok Campus

 

A szolnoki Campuson Dr. Danyi-Boll Anikó, adjunktus tartott előadást és workshopot az izlandi útról 2018. ápr. 19-én. At 19th of April 2018, Dr. Danyi-Boll Anikó lecturer kept a performance and a workshop about the Icelandic tour to the university student and teachers, at the Szolnok Campus.

 

2.5.Project closing event at the Vehiculum-house, Besenyszög

 

A project closing event was organized with a press conference, at the Verseghy Ferenc Library, Szolnok. It was advertised on the Internet and in the city. The report about the Icelandic tour was made more interesting by a Photo Exhibition, that was presented between 16 and 30 of April 2018.

 

3. Common actions – Study tours (3), which are introduced later, in the part of the detailed programs.

3.1.Hveragerði Geothermal Park

3.2.Svartsengeni Geothermal Power-station

3.3.Visiting School of Grundarfjörður Fjölbrautaskóli Snæfellinga School and the  Town Grundarfjörður Iceland Government

4.Organizing other meetings (IS)

4.1.Meeting the Icelandic Chamber of Commerce in order to get new experience. The common goals make the relationships stronger between our foundation and the Icelandic organizations (IMKT, NGO, school university, choir). Our awareness-rising actions may help the country people change their minds.

During our Icelandic tour, we had the chance to make contact with the Icelandic Chamber and we had a conversation with the marketing group of the local government. But it was not just a simple meeting, as we planned an event together, organized and implemented it.

At 4th of May 2018, an event called Schumann Day Party was organized in Reykjavík, where we had a stand to introduce Hungarian products and a show of a professional folk-dance couple was also involved in the cultural programs, both beyond the project.

Detailed introduction of the actions implemented in Hungary:

 

23.03.2018. (Friday)

Travelling from Budapest to Iceland, by a regular flight of Wizz Air

 

24.03.2018 (Saturday)

Hveragerði and its surroundings

 

Visiting the Hellisheiði Power Station (geothermal power-station), then visiting The geothermal energy exhibition here.

 

Iceland is the land of volcanos and ice. During the volcano activities, related to the removing plate boundries of the North-Atlantic-Ridge, outcrops the basalt. As a part of this ridge, enormous shield volcanos (e.g. the 10-km-diameter-large, 7-8°-sloped Skjaldbreidur °[1060m], cleft volcanos (e.g Laki based on a 25-km-long cleft), layer volcanos (e.g. the highest mountain, the third highest volcano of Europe, the Öræfajökull peaked in the 2119-meter-high Hvannadalsnúkur), table volcanos (e.g. the 1682-meter-high Herdubreid).

The basaltic molten rock, outcropping from the craters related to the accretion plate boundries, congealed  in varied structured, rugged lava field. However, interesting reolithic lava tongues evolved in the North of Myrdalsjökull at the same time.

 

The pictures are from the Hellisheiði Power Station, where formation and utilization of geothermal energies were explained. As it is seen in the last picture, Hungary has very similar facilities, because of the movement of the continents.

The concomitant phenomenons of volcano activities are the thermal springs and the geysers. (Because of the geothermal heat, Iceland spares the import of more than 100 thousand ton petroleum!) The travel agencies know Iceland as the land of geysers. The number of the active geysers is actually quite low. Last decades, the Strokkur was the only, reliably working temporary thermal spring. Near it, we can find the Geyser (that gave the name to the phenomenon) with its 15-meter-high breakout columns. The activitiy of the great Geyser ceased in the 1930’s, however, it sometimes was (against the protest of conservationists) forced to break out: at the Icelandic National Holiday, a large amount of soapy water was infused to make it break out. Finally, the nature decided: because of the earthquakes and plate movements of the last years, the Geyser has been activated again.

Visiting a banana plantation in Hveragerði, where bananas and coffee shrubs are grown with geothermal energy.

The greenhouses are in the district of Hveragerði Reykir, at the area of the Reykir Campus.

The local university have been experimenting with all kind of tropical plants for decades. Banana, tangerine, coffee, cactus can be also found in the greenhouses. We visited the greenhouses of the horticultural university.

In the greenhouses, operated by geothermal energy, all kind of plants are grown, with more or less success. We tasted the tomatoe grown there. Toomatoes, which are grown by sunshine, are more delicious, however, this one was better than the holland ones we can buy in Hungary in winter.

The 85% of the tomatoe needs are provided by own cultivation, but since the tourists appeared, this value has decreased to 65%.

25.03.2018 (Sunday)

South-East Iceland

A short stay at the Miðlína-bridge, saw the “Lucky Leif” (or Miðlína) bridge, this bridge arches over the cleft valley.

A híd pont útba esik. The Eurasian and the North-American continental plate meets right at this plate, or - more precisely - they divides here. The bridge was transmitted in 2002, then it was named after Leif Eriksson Icelandic explorer, who got to America 500 years earlier than Christopher Columbus. One of the coasts is America, the other one is Eurasia, the bridge is right between them.

26.03.2018 (Monday)

Reykjavík

Visiting the Department of Geothermal Energy of Reykjavík University (learning the work of the department).

Meeting the Icelandic - Hungarian Cultural Society

Visiting the School of Grundarfjörður Fjölbrautaskóli Snæfellinga and the Town Grundarfjörður Iceland Government

 

27.03.2018 (Tuesday)

Reykjavík

We visited a waste processing mill, which visit wasn’t in the original program plans, we just took the opportunity.

Relating to the waste management, we had to realize that we could help them at the area of waste processing, as their waste management is not as good as the Hungarian one, maybe because they haven’t got so much waste, because of the lower number of people. We could give great practical examples about e.g. wastewater processing.

 

Summary:

 

 

Within the confines of a special construction of the EEA and the Norwegian Financial Mechanism called National Fund for Bilateral Relations (NFMR) has the general purpose of strengthening the bilateral relations between the donor countries (Norway, Iceland and Lichtenstein) and Hungary. Its main goal is to fund or to strengthen the co-operation both at institutional and individual level, and by occasional partnerships. By sharing the experience, the competence and technology, the bilateral co-operations may contribute to solve important challenges. The tender of “Tackling climate change” is a motivation for the donor countries and Hungary to co-operate in the area of environment protection. Within the confines of this, the purpose of the project is to strengthen the awareness and social sense of responsibility relating to environment protection, to improve people’s consciousness about climate change, and to exchange experience in slowing down the climate change and in conformity.

Iceland itself is a volcanic island, having enormous geothermal fields, which are great energy resource and popular tourist destination.

In 2010, the Hungarian government negotiated about the Renewable energy Resources Action Plan and validated it. The most important task of the action plan was to assign the principles, acting directions and actions, that might make Hungary to reach the target value of 13%, specified by European Union relating to energy resources utilization, by 2020. However, in the action plan, the Hungarian government predetermined such actions that might make Hungary reach a more ambitious target value of 14, 65%. According to this commitment, Hungary may get to the lower part of middle-rank from the last places.

The geothermal energy was only the 0,5% (283TJ) of the energy sources utilized for district-heating in 2012. Beside this, our country utilizes additional appr. 250 TJ geothermal energy for non-service district heating.

A commitment of Hungary, related to the climate- and energy policy of European Union for 2020, is to increase the proportion of utilizing renewable energy resources to 14, 65%, compared to the gross final energy utilization.

The general purpose of the project is - beside strengthening the co-operation - to exchange experience on the fight against climate change. Within the confines of the project, we implemented four types of actions.

 

We organized workshops together with the University of Reykjavík, the Icelandic-Hungarian Cultural Society and a reykjavik school. We got a lot of experience about the utilization of geothermal energy, mainly when we visited the power-station and the waste processing mill. To improve the relationship between the Hungarian and Icelandic institutions, our actions covers the target groups in a wide range: students, professionals, residents. Participants of the actions implemented in Iceland: 14 Hungarian and 20 Icelandic professional implementer.

 

The many-year-long research work and the continuous care about the relationships has borne fruit and we hope, we may keep improving our social network, exchanging a lot of useful experience and practice in the meanwhile.

Stratégiai dokumentum - angol verzió / Strategic document - english version

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Strategic document - GreeRe-Generation