The university runs another Horizon 2020 project

Following text is a translation of the article published in Akademik journal and press release in the website of Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

VSB - Technical University of Ostrava coordinates the international project entitled “Geothermal Energy in Special Underground Structures” (GeoUS). The project is supported by the European Union's Horizon 2020 program, the largest program to support research, development and innovation in the European Union. Its budget for the 2014-2020 period is approximately 78 billion EUR.

The aim of the project is to increase research excellence at VSB-TUO in the field of geothermal energy. Within the VSB-TUO, three faculties will participate in the project: Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Faculty of Civil Engineering, and Faculty of Mining and Geology. The project partners are Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e. V. Formation (Germany) and University of Vaasa (Finland).

“I have long supported the involvement of VSB-TUO in international projects with top partners. I am pleased that the number of successful projects has been increasing and we are the lead institution in a lot of them, as is the case with the GeoUS project” added the Rector of VSB-TUO prof. RNDr. Václav Snášel CSc.

The project will contribute to the development of multidisciplinary research and innovation in the Czech Republic in the field of geothermal energy as a sustainable resource. GeoUS will support the cooperation between VSB-TUO and leading European research organizations and transfer of their research methodology to VSB-TUO. One of the project's priorities is to support young researchers who will gain experience at the top workplaces of the project partners.

“The research teams of these faculties have been involved in the use of geothermal energy and geothermal heat pumps. The GeoUS project involves important international partners in this research field, which will support the professional activities especially of early career researchers and doctoral students, and create good conditions for the creation of high-quality scientific outputs. An important goal of the project is also to improve international awareness of VSB-TUO as an excellent workplace in geothermal energy.” said the project's principal investigator doc. Ing. Jiří Koziorek, Ph.D., Head of the Department of Cybernetics and Biomedical Engineering, FEI VSB-TUO.

The next activity of the project will be the kick-off conference, which will take place from March 25 to March 27 in Ostrava.


Project Summary:

Program: Horizon 2020
Call: Twinning - WIDESPREAD-03-2018
Duration of the project: 1. 1. 2020 - 31. 12. 2022
Project budget: EUR 796 250
Budget for VSB-TUO: EUR 414 875
Partners: VSB-TUO, University of Vaasa, Fraunhofer Gesellschaft für angewandte Forschung