CEETe. The New Polygon
of the Centre for Energy and
Which Will Make Fossil Fuels a Thing of the Past
The foundation stone of the Centre for Energy and Environmental Technologies - Explorer
(CEETe) was placed on 18 February 2022. After a year and a half of intensive work, the centre
will officially open in October 2023. In an interview with the Director of the Centre for Energy
and Environmental Technologies (CEET) of VŠB - Technical University Ostrava, prof. Ing. Stanislav
Mišák, Ph.D., we talked about everything the newly established centre will be used for and how it
can help industrial partners, the region and the whole country to achieve carbon neutrality goals.
Mr. Director, could you please give a brief
introduction about CEET's new polygon for
innovation and technology transfer in the field of
sustainable energy? What is its main objective and
what functions will it perform?
CEETe is a project, developed under the umbrella of
the CEET University Institute, combining four core
research areas - materials for energy and environmental
technologies, the use of secondary raw materials
and alternative energy sources, energy storage,
transformation and management, and environmental
aspects and technologies.
CEETe, where the "e" stands for Explorer, is a research
polygon combining research in all of the above
mentioned areas and is a testament to the effective
collaboration of the four research centres working
together under the CEET umbrella.
The main objective of CEETe is to use the results of
science and research to show a way to decarbonise
the region, i.e. to move away from fossil fuels
towards carbon-free technologies, and use them
to create a modern, sustainable energy sector
with a high share of renewable resources with the
use of alternative fuels. Ultimately, this will help
not only the region, but also the whole country
to ensure energy self-sufficiency and raw material
independence. This is the goal not only of the grant
project as such, but also the mission of our entire
What specific steps will be taken to ensure that
the Centre is able to effectively integrate research,
development and marketability of the results?
The entire CEETe polygon is designed to create
a laboratory facility for Czech and International
Scientific Teams in collaboration with industrial
partners who deliver unique technologies based on
our design. With this scientific background, we have
created a unique innovative ecosystem. We expect to
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expand the innovation ecosystem in the near future
with additional industrial partners and research teams
to help us implement the developed technologies
into practice. We have a significant cooperation with
the Moravian-Silesian Hydrogen Cluster, of which
we are a part of and one of the founding members.
Because of that, we guarantee research activities in
the field of hydrogen in the cluster.
main goal in the case of hydrogen
its production in the Czech Republic,
not only with the use of renewable
resources, but also with the support
of thermochemical conversion from
alternative fuels or waste.
How will CEETe support (not only) the cross-sector
cooperation and what benefits will it bring to the
industrial actors affected by the energy transition in
The main objective of the grant, through which CEETe
was created, is to offer industrial partners a research
infrastructure for joint technology transfer into practice.
Thus, cross-sector cooperation is the main condition of
the grant and this is undoubtedly fulfilled in the case
of CEETe in the field of modern power engineering.
The timing of the creation of the polygon itself, is
unquestionable to the need at the time of the looming
energy crisis. The high concentration of cutting-edge
technologies that can decarbonise the Czech Republic
and on which a large team has collaborated not only
within the Czech Republic but also within Europe
come with great benefits.
We know that there will be a period of transition
before we make the full transition to hydrogen and
end the use of coal per se. What specific areas of
sustainable energy are you working on at CEETe