The CET Cluster is an innovative partnership of renewable energy and energy efficiency oriented entities, including businesses, R&D institutes, vocational schools and communities. The cluster has been set up as a bottom up non-political initiative. It combines formal and non-formal approaches. It is organized as a project based, independent association.
CET involves 123 partners (as of 31.12.2019), including R&D institutes and companies ranging from energy and heat producers and distributors, energy related systems and appliances manufacturers to renewable energy systems technology designers, engineers, installers and distributors, renewable energy consultancies and renewable project developers. Its flag-ship undertaking is the R&D centre completed in 2015, including testing, research, training and demonstration infrastructure under a set of facilities called CET (Centre for Energy Technologies – see more about it below)
CET Cluster was established in 2008 by Free Entrepreneurship Association (FEA), a non-government and non-profit organization acting as a technology transfer agency focused on innovative technologies promotion, with a track of active involvement in a multiple national and international projects. FEA has its origins dating to 1992 with its headquarters in Świdnica, SW Poland.
FEA, still providing a legal and organizational umbrella for the CET Cluster operations, founded it with two major goals:
Thematic focus/competences of the cluster
CET – experimental building, R&D facility for testing and developing microgeneration and low energy building technologies – 1,200m2, 13 technologies, 70 energy meters
Centre for Energy Technologies (CET) – a newly built 1200m2 demonstration and testing “living lab” serving as an R&D facility for the CET Cluster members to develop, test and commercialize a set of energy efficiency, low energy building and micro-generation technologies. Under the CET’s roof there is also a microgeneration technology transfer hub with a team of FEA’s consultants dealing with innovative technology commercialisation and business development.
– two interdisciplinary teams (more than 30 experts) working under auspices of FEA and based on the CET infrastructure and focused on designing solar systems and model energy efficient buildings
Products and Services
– MODEL BUILDING DESIGNS – a catalogue of model low energy buildings integrated designs, incorporating technologies and systems verified in the CTE facilities first. Being offered commercially to a wider market in Poland under the brand name of Domy Czystej Energii (Clean Energy Houses), the designs are conceived as a primary technology transfer vehicle for CTE. So far, more than 80 of them have been developed through a concerted effort of architects, engineers, scientists and builders under the CET interdisciplinary experts.
– NEW TECHNOLOGIES DELVELOPMENT – an example being the AccuSun, an absolutely pioneer clean energy technology to set-up energy autonomy in residential buildings. It brings together solar thermal generation and inter-seasonal heat storage in high-temperature solid thermal mass (with temp. up to 400oC)
PHOTOVOLTAICS and HEAT PUMPS – our technology focus
Photovoltaics at CET
There are 18 PV systems representing the world leading PV technologies put to ongoing field performance tests at the CET facilities. The assessment methodology employs a three level measurement concept starting from 18 pairs of different PV modules, then being scaled up to a number of ca. 3 kW and 30 kW systems, all connected to a joint tailor-made measurement systems. The PV research field is primarily located in the direct vicinity of CET while a number of 30 kW ground and roof installations are also hosted by a few larger industrial companies, to additionally verify compatibility of their other energy sub-systems as well as put to test their overall engineering procedures and services.
The goal is to increase the reliability and the optimized performance of photovoltaics in Poland. By providing environmentally specific energy ratings and tailor made monitoring system and data processing this project will help form one of the best available data sources in Poland on the performance of PVs in moderately cold climates. Verification of a range of PV technologies foreseen in the installation is not only aimed to optimise the long term performance of PV technologies. Equally important is to instill greater consumer, investor and public decision-makers’ confidence in PV technologies through creating a hub of solar expertise that will offer design advice, product knowledge and technical standards and enable the PV sector in Poland to perform to its highest potential
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Heat pumps at CET
There are 4 separate heat pump installations that are tested on an ongoing basis. Three of them are air source and one bore hole based. They are uses in a number of ways depending on a testing purpose, an HVAC zone at the CET building they are supposed to contribute to as well as a heat and/or cooling distribution system (some CET zones have both the under ceiling and floor systems). All of them are being monitored through the CET dedicated BEMS (Building Energy Management System – see the presentation in the PL section: BEMS – System zarządzania budynkiem Centrum Technologii Energetycznych). Ground source installations are subject to additional multiyear tests in-depth research to verify performance effect on bore holes through regeneration using summer season waste heat. The boreholes are supplied with measuring sensors to check the heat output of subsequent hydro-geological strata down to 80 m deep. Only two boreholes are being regenerated while others are left as benchmark.
AER – the autonomous energy region, a project to set up the operational model and coordination centre for a group of 21 Lower Silesian communes with a purpose to design and implement a number of joint initiatives to significantly decrease dependence on external energy sources in the long term
Learning through integrated design process
An example being The Eco-Creatives project – an entrepreneurship development scheme launched to involve young under-graduate and graduate engineers, architects and designers representing diverse faculties of technical and non-technical universities in interdisciplinary teams for integrated design process of low energy buildings as a start-up activity
Education and promotion as a marketing tool for energy technologies
FEA has gathered substantial experience as a result of a range of measures and actions carried out through 5 different public funded projects to increase public awareness for eco-innovation and energy technologies, demand side management and micro-generation approaches in smart grid context, and promote low energy and passive building designs
Verified energy technologies
Development of performance assessment methodologies and validated test protocols for microgeneration technologies and installation services, based on the CTE testing infrastructure. Building up a code of practice for construction and solar industries
Name(s) of the shareholders of the cluster organisation
The main shareholder is Free Enterprise Association
The CET Cluster snapshot
– 123 companies (93 small and micro ones, 16 medium sized, 7 large ones)
– 4 R&D institutes (based at Wroclaw Technical University)
– 3 vocational schools focused on building, electrical and RES technologies
*as of 31.12.2019,
Definition of geographical focus/area
Basic area: Lower Silesia (SW Poland)
Extended area: some project involves national and international partners
Cluster initiatives developed by FEA – paving the way to public and private investors
Project 1: Making energy and technologies tangible.
Centre for Energy Technologies (CET) – living lab and testing facilities for microgeneration and efficient building technologies
Project 2: Paving the way for PV onto the Polish market
CET’s technology focus, research PV installation a project to set-up the leading PV expertise hub in Poland.
Project 3: Accredited vocational education centre and hands-on promotion of energy technologies through interactive training programmes
Projects 4.1-4: Four large-scale solar community grant programmes
managed by FEA in partnership with altogether 30 communities and local governments. As a result 530 new PV roof mounted installations were provided to homeowners from Lower Silesia, SW Poland. Additionally, under three newly launched projects by FEA, ca. 600 old home boilers and furnaces will be replaced by modern heating systems like biomass, heat pump or PV/heat pump hybrid installations). A significant number of the CET Cluster are being involved in these projects, making use of the knowledge gathered through the Cluster as well as of the technologies being tested at the facilities of the Centre for Energy Technologies in Świdnica. Overall budget of the projects run into 13 Mio Euro.
Project 5: Energy audits for 220 businesses
throughout Poland in the field of energy efficiency and renewable energies
Project 6: From Prosumer audits to prosumer investments
– RES audits for communities, building cooperatives and residents throughout Poland
– scope: RES potential assessments for residential and commercial buildings with technology recommendations along with a selection of funding opportunities
Project 7: Education and promotion as a marketing tool for energy technologies
– a set of 5 projects designed to enhance awareness of technologies for energy efficient houses, prosumer attitudes and energy efficiency, small-scale installations working for end users of smart grids
Project 8: The Eco-creatives
– 10 competing teams of young engineers and architects learning through integrated design process while developing concept houses for specially selected investors
Project 9: “EcoCommunity”
– development of energy strategies based on RES and EE rules for 23 Polish communities complemented by a set of energy savings plans and feasibility studies with an input drawn on practical experience from the cluster members
Project 10: Local Energy Manager
– setting up a network of local energy counselors and energy managers working for local governments in the SW Poland and responsible for energy efficiency actions taken by the communes. Followed by an extensive competence development programme. The project target energy managers were recruited from local government master planners, architects, building and environment protection inspectors, infrastructure officers as well as local communities partnerships; more than 400 participants
Project 11: AER – Autonomous Energy Region
– Objective: to set up the operational model and coordination centre for a group of 15 Lower Silesian communes; – to design and implement a number of joint initiatives to significantly decrease dependence on external energy sources in the long term