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Instytut Maszyn Przepływowych im Roberta Szewalskiego Polskiej Akademii Nauk - Baltic Eco-Energy Cluster

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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Monday, 11 June, 2007
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
Cluster Excellence Label: 
Bronze Label
Membership to European Strategic Cluster Partnerships (ESCP-4i, ESCP-S3 or ESCP-4x): 
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
Cluster Management Team: 
Cluster Manager
Project Manager
Internationalisation Responsible
Languages spoken: 
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Electric Power Generation and Transmission
Technology fields: 
Biogas and anaerobic digestion (AD)
Energy management
S3 EU priority areas: 
Energy distribution
Power generation / renewable sources
Emerging industries: 
Environmental Industries
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
Number of SME members: 
Number of start-ups among SME members: 
Number of larger company members: 
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
Number of other ecosystem actors : 
Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Name and link of major players: 
Instytut Maszyn Przepływowych im. Roberta Szewalskiego Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Research Organisation
infracorr Sp. z o.o.
Eco-Construction Sp. z o.o.
IMPLASER Innovative Technologies Sp. z o.o.
Larger Company
Kwidzyński Park Naukowo-Technologiczny Sp. z o.o.
Technology Center
Uniwersytet Warmińsko-Mazurski
Cluster Strategy

Its overarching mission is to promote distributed generation, utilisation of RES and smart energy systems in the Northern Region of Poland, with a special focus on built environment.

Main activity areas concentrate on introduction and promotion of a widely understood idea of distributed co-generation, i.e. simultaneous small and medium scale production of thermal energy and electricity from renewable energy sources via realization of common projects as well as consulting and education activities.

The vision involves realization of activities aimed at:


  1. fostering the decrease of energy intensity of the economy of Northern Region of Poland;
  2. limiting the negative influence of energy sector upon the environment;
  3. stimulating the competitiveness of SME in the Region via fostering development of new technologies and innovative solutions in the following areas:


  • renewable energy sources, distributed generation and prosumer energetics;
  • energy demand and its utilisation in built environment, industry and transport sectors;
  • smart grid in terms of transmission and distribution of energy;
  • energy storage;
  • sustainable transport and e-vehicles;
  • biocomponents and biofuels;
  • renewable energy sources in industrial processes;
  • waste utilisation in terms of energy and material applications;
  • fostering the significant increase of biomass utilisation for energy purposes;
  • development of micro and small scale biomass-fired CHP units;
  • environmental awareness rising
Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
Support services provided: 
Access to public support (regional/national programmes, innovation vouchers, etc.)
Access to technology services
Direct advisory services
Facilitation of collaboration between members
Details of support services: 

The list of main beneficiaries of BKEE's activity includes:

  • business people investing in agro energy complexes, cogeneration micro power plants, and other renewable energy based power plants,
  • producers of facilities and installations being the technological equipment for agro energy complexes and micro power plants; including innovation and implementation oriented businesses,
  • energetic plant planters and biofuel producers providing energy for agro energy complexes,
  • territorial self-government units (gminas, towns, poviats) - by meeting energy needs of residents, increasing employment and tax incomes, promoting the region,
  • small and medium-scale businesses interested in the reduction of operating costs and taking opportunities of developing new business activities on the renewable energy market,
  • local communities interested in environment protection - by reducing the emission of harmful substances to the atmosphere,
  • groups of scientists - by gaining extra financial resources for scientific research.

The activities planned within the framework of the Green Alternative - Baltic Eco-Energy Cluster include research and development activity, developing a series of new-technology laboratories, establishing a series of demonstration and training centres, and assistance in implementing innovative technologies by economic units - production plants and rural farms, in the form of the results of scientific research and the prepared model documentations made public.

Basic projects to be executed in the first stage of operation in the selected thematic areas include:

Cogeneration of small and medium-scale thermal and electric energy

  • Formulating assumptions for models and projects of small and medium-scale cogeneration power plants fired by biomass for individual and industrial receivers, including:
    • optimisation of boiler furnaces for burning selected types of biomass,
    • selecting microbearings and microrotors,
    • the turbine and high-revolution generator system,
    • micro heat exchangers and condensers.
  • Cooperation of biomass fired micro power plants with other facilities (solar collectors, adsorption refrigerators, thermoelectric components, energy storage systems)
  • Investigations and development of new technologies for burning in oxygen and porous deposits
  • Detection, separation, and utilisation of CO2 from combustion gases using phase transitions. Building the pilot installation.

Hydrogen technologies and fuel cells

  • Distributed integral systems of hydrogen reforming and their implementation in an intelligent energy and transport network - developing a concept of hydrogen highway of energy and transport
  • Thermodynamic modelling of hybrid cycles making use of fuel cells as the main energy converter
  • Advanced plasma methods in eco-energy engineering - plasma-based production of hydrogen as a clean energy carrier

New materials

  • Developing new electro-hydrodynamic and plasma-based material nanotechnologies for cogeneration power plant components, including:
    • materials resistant to high temperature and abrasion,
    • porous materials for combustion chambers,
    • micro- and nanotubes for heat exchangers,
    • materials for fuel cells,
    • nonadhesive and low-friction materials,
    • ceramic and composite layers, resistant to biomass provoked corrosion.

Production and conversion of solid, liquid and gas biofuels

  • Building the installation for fuel production from agricultural and municipal wastes, and those generated by the agriculture and food industry
  • Oil production in the process of thermal depolimerisation of biomass and stabilised municipal wastes
  • Building systems for synthesis gas production from wet biomass

Energetic plant production technologies

  • Developing production of energetic plants based on balanced needs and flexible systems of agricultural production
  • Examining productivity of perennial energetic plants and comparing energetic capacity of their biomass in the fermentation and gasification processes in thermogenerators
  • Collecting and processing of biomass created in eutrophicated surface waters

Utilisation of water, wind, and solar energy

  • Developing a new method for designing ultra low-head water turbines (up to 3 m) for small water power engineering
  • Examining aerodynamics, thermodynamics and dynamics of conventional thermal turbines working in reduced conditions and changed loads resulting from electric energy generation in a distributed system
  • Cheap wind turbine for an individual farmstead
  • New micro- and nanolayers in solar collectors
  • Examining optoelectronic properties of silicon-free CIGS materials for photovoltaics

Assistance in developing the agro energy industry

  • Working out an interactive model of the agro energy complex (in UML language), to allow making comparisons between different technological and design solutions, and selecting an optimal solution for a given location
  • Developing and implementing an internet information system on opportunities to invest in agro energy in gminas, oriented on potential investors and farmers
  • Developing instruments of assistance in construction projects taking into account energy saving solutions

Research laboratories, and demonstration and training centres

  • Extending and equipping the Cogeneration Micro Power Plant Laboratory at the PAS Institute of Fluid-Flow Machinery
  • Building the Nanotechnology Laboratory at the PAS IFFM
  • Building and equipping the Cogeneration Micro Power Plant Demonstration Centre in Rusocin
  • Extending and equipping the Renewable Energy Laboratory at the Gdansk University of Technology
  • Extending and equipping the Renewable Energy Laboratory at the Koszalin University of Technology
  • Extending and equipping the laboratory in the Renewable Energy Centre of the University of Warmia and Mazury
  • Extending the Energetic Plant Agrotechnology Centre in Kwidzyn
  • Setting up the Renewable Energy Advanced Technology Centre in Łężany

Implementation projects

  • Building agro energy complexes in the gminas of Gołdap, Gniewino, Kępice, and Górowo Iławeckie, and in the poviats of Lidzbark Warmiński, Nowe Miasto Lubawskie, and Kwidzyn
  • Building a pilot modular plant to produce biogas from green mixture in Orneta
  • Modernisation of boiler houses and their adaptation to biomass burning in the gminas of Kępice and Górowo Iławeckie
  • Building wind farms in the gminas of Gołdap and Górowo Iławeckie
  • Building the wind field in Szwarcenowo (poviat of Nowe Miasto Lubawskie)
  • Building the water power plant on the Gołdap river
  • Building a pilot hydroset on the low water head stage
  • Building the Planeta's House in Gniewino
  • Implementing the programme "Solar roofs for Powiśle" in Kwidzyn

Moreover, there are regular members' meetings organised by cluster management that facilitate knowledge transfer, networking, information dissemination and collaboration among the members.

Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Viet Nam
Our cluster organisation undertook the following international activities to support our members: 
Please explain: 

participation in cluster internationalisation project proposal

Trans-national Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Our cluster organisation undertook the following trans-national activities to support our members: 
Support to collaborative activities/etc.
Which clusters do you collaborate with?: 
Archenerg (Europe)
Green Energy (Europe)
NEU e.V. (Europe)
Ecopannonia (Europe)
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
European ProgrammesProject NameLinkName & Description (Regional/National)Link (Regional/National)

COSMENERG cluster excellence project in Central and Eastern European network of cluster organizations in the field of (eco- and bio) energy, renewable energy and environmental technologie

FACTOR  full aero-thermal combustor-turbine interaction research

ERICKA engine representative internal cooling knowledge and applications

GreenAir generation of hydrogen by kerosene reforming via efficient and low emission new alternative, innovative, refined technologies for aircraft application

PLASMAERO useful plasma for aerodynamic control

STA-DY-WI-CO static and dynamic piezo-driven streamwise vortex generators for active flow control

TFAST transition location effect on shock wave boundary layer interaction

ENCOMB extended non-destructive testing of composite bonds

DEECON innovative after-treatment system for marine diesel engine emission control

MARE-WINT new materials and reliability in offshore wind turbines technology

E-BREAK engine breakthrough components and subsystems

RenewX development and demonstration of compact, multi-source heat exchanger technologies for renewable energy applications

SuPREME twinning for a sustainable, proactive research partnership in distributed energy systems planning, modelling and management, SmartAnswer smart mitigation of flow-induced acoustic radiation and transmission for reduced aircraft, surface transport, workplaces and wind energy noise

SMS smart morphing and  sensing

TURBO-REFLEX turbomachinery retrofits enabling flexible back-up capacity for the transition of the European energy system

BIOENERGY PROMOTION project aimed to raise awareness of a significant potential of employment and business possibilities within bioenergy in the Baltic Sea Region, facilitate conditions for the reduction of emissions by sustainable use of bioenergy, develop regional management plans and tools for planning within bioenergy

PEA public energy alternatives sustainable energy strategies as a chance for regional development

PLASTEP attracting investments in plasma-based air and water cleaning technologies


ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES FOR ENERGY GENERATION - Developing integrated technologies of fuel and energy production from biomass, agricultural wastes and other resources

BIOSTRATEG - TechRol New renewable energy technologies for sustainable development of rural areas and low-carbon agriculture


SUPPORT OF REGIONAL PRO-INNOVATION PROCESSES - Support of establishment and development of cooperation links in the key cluster of Pomorskie Region - Baltic Eco-Energy Cluster; Development of Baltic Eco-Energy Cluster through elaboration of strategy and promotion in Pomorskie Region



Relevant Project References: 
cluster excellence, full aero-thermal combustor-turbine, engine representative internal cooling, efficient and low emission new alternative, innovative, refined technologies for aircraft application, plasma for aerodynamic control
Success Story / Achievements: 

Active participation in works connected to actualisation of the regional energy strategy of pomorskie voivodship, in cooperation with the Marshall Office, as the organiser and leader of stakeholder meetings, workshops and consultations. The cluster cooperates also with the authorities monitoring implementation of the regional energy strategies

Why should partners choose you for cooperation?: 

good memebers mix, high research potential, trns-regional outreach, scuccess stories of business-research cooperation, open for new memebers