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PGE to build a combined heat and power plant for the needs of the airport, railroad node and Airport City

In the area of the future Solidarity Airport, a new PGE combined heat and power plant will be built in line with the latest environmental requirements. The facility will be powered by natural gas supported by solar panels. Today, a cooperation agreement was signed at the PGE Narodowy stadium between: Solidarity Transport Hub Poland, PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna, PGE Energia Ciepła and PGE Dystrybucja.

To power the new airport together with the railroad node and the STH-adjacent Airport City area will need from 60 to 100 MW. The agreement signed today concerns the planned construction of a modern combined heat and power plant designed specifically for the needs of the Solidarity Transport Hub. The unit of this power could supply heat to over 30 thousand apartments with a total area of over 1.5 million square meters.

We turn on the green light for green solutions. The new airport together with the accompanying investments should use renewable energy sources (RES) as much as possible. The good news is that by planning the STH from scratch, we can put emphasis on low-emission and pro-environmental solutions from the very beginning

says Marcin Horała, Deputy Minister of Infrastructure, Government Representative for STH.

The agreement between STH and PGE assumes the use of trigeneration, i.e. process-combined cogeneration of electricity, heat and cooling. Such a solution will reduce the amount and cost of energy necessary to generate each of these three sources separately.

This will be the first such a large cold generation system in Poland, constructed completely from scratch. The heat, cold and electricity generated in the trigeneration process mean the use of innovative solutions in PGE's infrastructure. Cooperation with the Solidarity Transport Hub Poland is one of the components of the PGE Group's long-term investment plan harnessing large financial resources and significantly influencing the development of Polish economy. Our plan for the coming years includes large investments in renewable energy, such as the Offshore Program in the Baltic Sea, gas-fired power units for the Dolna Odra Power Plant, as well as the construction of a modern Nowa Czechnica Combined Heat and Power Plant near Wrocław. Each of these projects fits in line with the Poland's energy transition”, 

says Wojciech Dąbrowski, President of PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna.

Thanks to cooperation with PGE, a modern system designed especially for the needs of STH will come into fruition. The applied solutions must be designed to reduce the impact of the infrastructure on the natural environment. In the long run, our objective is to build a new transport system in Poland, with the STH at its heart, and a maximum share of energy from RES”,

says Mikołaj Wild, President of STH.

The cooperation between STH and PGE will concern, among others, the estimation of demand for electricity, heat and cold. Both parties declared that they will also prepare a joint investment schedule.

Thanks to the construction of the STH, the local energy infrastructure will also be improved. Energy and heat will also flow to the investment's neighbors, which means that neighboring municipalities and their residents will also benefit. As stressed by the representatives of PGE CHPP, the investment will also indicate the direction in which thermal energy industry will be heading in the future. Modern technologies applied in the STH will later be used also in other investments in Poland.

PGE announces that as part of the smart district heating network for the STH, it will apply solutions that increase efficiency, such as heat recovery from the IT infrastructure (e.g. from the server room). STH designers will include electromobility solutions in the design, e.g. they will place electric vehicle charging stations for cars, buses and airport service vehicles on the airport premises and in its vicinity.

The agreement with PGE is another one signed by STH with key partners for the purpose of implementing this largest infrastructure investment in Poland. In March this year, STH concluded an agreement with the General Directorate for National Roadsand Motorways, and in July – with Port of Gdynia Authority.

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