A Path From Heavy Industry Towards
Smart Cities of the Future?
...ČEZ ESCO Helps Třinec and Other Towns to Become Nice
and Modern Places for Life
Moravian-Silesian towns and municipalities are gradually getting rid of the burden of their
industrial past, changing into modern places for a happy life. ČEZ ESCO is helping Třinec with
the implementation of electromobility in a clean public transportation system and using smart
technologies in schools and hospitals. The hospital in Třinec is also part of one of the largest
energy-saving projects in the Czech Republic. The Moravian-Silesian Region is saving 19.5 m CZK
each year. We discussed specific steps—which might also be inspirational for other towns—with
Lukáš Roubíček, head of industrial power engineering at ČEZ ESCO.
What does your company offer to towns similar to
We can help the Moravian-Silesian Region, towns
and municipalities with the development of modern
power engineering; specifically, we design and
implement energy savings and modern technologies.
The introduction of emissions-free transport has
a huge influence on the improvement of air quality
in towns. Within the Smart City project, we have
implemented on the turnkey basis the facilities for
electrobuses for clean public transportation. In the
field of electromobility, we offer complex solutions,
from design and charging station installation to
Foto: ČEZ ESCO, a.s.
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Noise- and emission-free cars are the most visible
step towards smart towns of the future at first
sight. But also, energy savings in schools, hospitals
and other large public buildings that consume
large-amounts of electricity and gas have a great
influence on life in towns. What are your results in
Energy savings are the key field we focus on at
ČEZ ESCO. Our subsidiary, ENESA, has one of
the largest Czech energy saving EPC projects
in the Moravian-Silesian Region. We have
performed power-engineering modernization
in ten schools, Nový domov in Karviná and two
hospitals—one in Havířov and one in Třinec. In
the hospitals in Třinec and Havířov, we removed
central steam production, added thermostatic
valves to the radiators and installed energy-saving
pearl collectors on most faucets. We have also
modernized heating in schools and installed LED
luminaires and made some saving measures on
water in these places, as well. This way, the region
saves 19.5 m CZK each year. This is the amount
we guarantee in the contract, however, the real
savings are usually a few million higher.
You also have other projects in the Třinec region.
For example, the project for Třinecké železárny,
a symbol of Czech industrial production...
Our subsidiary at Ostrava-ČEZ Energetické služby
modernized the main compressor rooms of Energetika
Třinec, where compressed air for Třinecké železárny
is produced. This was a proper technical challenge as
the turbo compressors needed to be installed while
still in full operation so that supplies of compressed
air were never cut off and thus the production in the
ironworks was never jeopardized. Modernization will
help to increase energy efficiency by approximately
thirty percent. Our other subsidiary, HA.EM Ostrava,
works for Třinecké železárny on a long-term basis
and recently they participated in a large contract
for the modernization of media distribution on the
You also work in the heating industry. The Czech
heating industry will soon undergo the biggest
change in decades—among other changes—due
to pressure from the European Union. Are you
ready for this process and how are towns and
municipalities reacting to this?
We see growing interest from towns and municipalities
to find an effective solution that will enable them to
move away from dirty coal and preserve stable and
acceptable heating prices for their citizens at the same
time. Additionally, here we are able to help towns
make heating systems ‘green’. As an example, I can
mention our heating and power plant in Vítkovice.
We already switched from black coal to gas and
cogeneration. This measure had an eminently positive
influence on the air quality in Ostrava. Similarly, we
helped Havířov leave coal. We are establishing a joint
subsidiary, which will make the heating industry in the
Mr Roubíček, thank you for the interview.