there has been a great progress. I had to
be very careful before, while nowadays I
drive anywhere without getting worried
that I might get stuck somewhere.
ČEZ is the greatest Czech
energy producer, very agile in
preparations for electric
You come from Olomouc, still returning
to Moravia. What is your view on the
capacity range of current electric vehicles,
and how are you going to improve the
network of charging stations?
ČEZ builds dozens of charging stations
annually, we open a new one weekly. We
invest our own money and money from
European funding CEF. Car producers are
improving the range of their vehicles to
300 kilometers and even greater ranges
from a single charge will soon become
There are three million electric vehicles
worldwide; that is a rapid start with the
prospect of an huge increase. Relatively
high prices may be discouraging, yet (much
like photovoltaic technologies) there
has already been a drop in costs and an
increase in efficiency resulting from huge
investments in research and development.
ČEZ ESCO notice how many municipalities
and businesses inquire about electric cars.
Especially those municipalities where air
pollution is a considerable issue promote
clean mobility. We delivered 19 electric
cars to the Ústí nad Labem Region whose
social workers drive clients to see their
doctors in the city, deliver meals, etc.
It makes the best sense if the regional
government sets a good example. In
the Moravian-Silesian Region we have
provided electric vehicles for testing in
Karviná and Havířov. Třinec has the second
greatest fleet of electric buses in Central
Europe (Vienna is #1): we provided them
with 10 charging stations. We have “baby
taxi” services in Nový Jičín.
It is the 100th anniversary of industry
in independent Czechoslovakia. What
innovative projects is ČEZ preparing
in our region, and will they affect the
environment and savings?
Nowadays ČEZ ESCO employs almost
1600 people in a peculiar section in
the energy producing business focused
on customers saving energy. We see to
energy savings in municipalities, businesses
and real estate. We provide them with
new boiler-rooms, replace pipelines and
electricity grids, install photovoltaic power
plants and cogeneration units. EPC projects
represent a special form: we guarantee
savings in a contract, and the investment is
paid through these savings.
Our present greatest investment in
the Moravian-Silesian Region is the
modernization of our heating plant
Energocentrum Vítkovice. It is an
investment of 138 million CZK involving
the replacement of black coal powered
boilers with new environmentally-friendly
gas-powered ones. Sulphur emissions will
drop to zero, hydrogen by over 90%, and
solid particles by 96%.
Arcelor also had part of
the lighting modernized
and equipped with
an intelligent control system.
That is a project within your power plant.
What about your customers?
There are a variety of activities. A huge
project was the ecologization of Rolling
Mill (Válcovny plechu) in Frýdek Místek
where eight modern natural-gas-powered
boiler rooms were built. The customer
(ArcelorMittal) ordered a replacements
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of old coal-powered boiler room from
the 1960s, a reduction of emissions, and
a decrease of noise and waste. The
investment totalled nearly 100 million
CZK. Arcelor also had part of the
lighting modernized and equipped with
an intelligent control system. The same
jobs were performed in Hyundai Dymos
and Sigma Lutín in the District of Olomouc.
Another special task is the operation of all
the technical background in Teva in Opava
(former Galena), a branch of one of the
greatest global medical producers. The
plant is busy 24/7, everything must work
smoothly and safely, and we achieve that
with 100 employees on site.
What about projects at local governments,
projects of energy savings through
EPC (Engineering, Procurement and
Construction) which are being discussed
more and more often?
In the Moravian-Silesian region we are
running one of the greatest EPC projects in
the Czech Republic. Let me remind you that
EPC is such an investment in energy savings
where we contract guaranteed savings and
the investment is paid from actual savings.
The customer does not pay anything extra.
We are running the project in thirteen
facilities of the regional government, and
we guarantee savings exceeding 200 million
CZK by 2022. The facilities include hospitals
and schools, with the most frequent saving
measures in the manner of heating: we heat
the rooms where schools and hospitals
need it most, we do not let the heat out in
a room s nobody’s in.
A range of municipalities in the MoravianSilesian and Olomouc Regions had their
lighting replaced with modern technologies;
we operate some of these networks.
Thank you very much for the interview.
Editorial of Magazine.
Evropský týden mobility v Třinci
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