In line with the EU common objectives, the national renewable energy target of reaching 14,65% in the final energy consumption by 2020 as well as to reduce GHG emissions by 20% is defined in the Hungarian National Energy Strategy 2030, the National Energy Efficiency Action Plan, the National Building Energy Efficiency Strategy and National Renewable Energy Action Plan 2010-2020. The objective of the project is to provide 8 Hungarian experts and researchers with theoretical practical knowledge through a postgraduate short course to be held at the Reykjavik University in the field of renewable energy solutions. The course will provide specific knowledge necessary for the development of environmentally sustainable and economically viable green economy. The Project Partner is the Reykjavik University, whose training programme has been customized to the needs of the beneficiary states from the EEA Financial Mechanisms, is not only about lecturing but about helping participants to discover new ideas and practical methods through effective and efficient teaching methods based on active participation, dialogue and problem based learning. Its responsibilities include assessment of training needs, development of training programs and provision of instructors as well as training materials. The project includes lessons and study trips as well as introduction of best practises, which can be learnt and adopted from Iceland. After introducing geothermal fundamentals, the short course focuses on energy efficient technologies, solar alternatives, sustainable back-up heating systems and renewable energy options, converting to renewable energy, green sales strategies and concepts, the latest legislation, new trends as well as geothermal investments and financial risk analysis. In addition to the technical knowledge and experience to be gained during the course, bilateral contacts can be strengthened between participants, instructors and institutions as well.
Summary of project results
The main goal of the project was to obtain insight into the Icelandic best practices regarding renewable energy production and usage. Furthermore, it aimed at disseminating this knowledge among researchers, students and scientific partners of the Szent István University. The core activity of the project was supplemented by additional activities, including study trips to Iceland for researchers of Szent István University; training programmes for students, representatives of NGO’s and business stakeholders; organization of a scientific conference to disseminate relevant research results. The study trips organized by Reykjavík University gave opportunity for the researchers of Szent István University (1 professor, 3 associate professors, 3 assistant professors, 4 PhD students) to obtain insight into the corporate practice and scientific knowledge of renewable energy utilization based on circular economy principles. The project also included 5 thematic training programmes (3 in Hungarian, 2 in English). These occasions provided essential information to Hungarian and international university students as well as for business stakeholders and NGO’s regarding the role of renewable energy systems in the Circular Economy. The most important event of the project was the ‘Circular Economy: Focus on renewable energies’ conference. Well-known professors of the scientific community have had the opportunity to elaborate on their most relevant research results. Furthermore, representatives of business stakeholders and NGO’s also introduced their latest practical experiences.
Summary of bilateral results
The involved donor project partner, Reykjavík University’s (RU) professors were participated in the implementation of the project. Thanks to this cooperation two training programmes and field trips were implemented in Iceland, for the invitation of the Szent István University expert staff of RU participated on one occasion of the innovation training, and three presentations were held based on research results and educational thematic of RU. The two universities had meetings on opportunities of further cooperation, where the participants prepared education plans and optional educational programmes. Improved knowledge and understanding were the main achievements on bilateral level. Bilateral fund did not involve and contribute to strengthening bilateral relations at this project.