100% RES at Transilvania University from Brasov
On 19th March 2015, Transilvania University from Brasov hosted a working session for the 100% RES Communities project. The location of the event was not chosen at random by the organizers, as it was in keeping with the topic of discussions. The ”Solar House” is a house with a high degree of energetic autonomy, achieved through the implementation of architectural solutions and an energy mix (photovoltaic systems, PV modules with various orientation systems, thermal solar systems with flat panels, vacuum tubes and a heat pump).
Anca Duta, PhD Professor, Scientific Director of ICDT, from the Faculty of Environment and Product Design, opened the meeting by referring to the good collaboration between the host university, as subcontractor, and Vasile Alecsandri University of Bacau, as promoter of the project, and thanked Dana Perniu, Associate Professor, PhD, for her involvement in the project. She also underlined the formative role of universities in the new energy approach imposed by the exhaustion of classical resources, and the role of young alumni as future specialists in the field of sustainable energy.
In his speech, Mircea Neagoe, Professor Engineer, PhD, underlined the importance of creating structures that should polarize local decisional factors in order to promote and support projects aimed at the energetic independence of communities, by following the model implemented at the university from Brasov.
This effort to replace classical energy sources with renewable ones and, implicitly, to reduce CO2 by a higher percentage should be made by as many local communitites as possible, with the support of County Councils. In this respect, the actions taken by the team at Vasile Alecsandri University of Bacau were concentrated on the achievement of the SEAP for the NE area of Bacau county and for Slanic Moldova.
Engineer Gabriel Puiu, Lecturer, PhD, made a technical presentation of this action in order to emphasize the working method, the results and actions planned to be put into practice for the achievement of the proposed objectives.
One of these actions has important effects in energy saving and CO2 reduction and consists in the thermal insulation of public and local administration buildings. Another decisive factor is the increasing of public lighting efficiency. Classical lamps need to be replaced with lamps with a high degree of energy efficiency or photovoltaic sources should be used for public lighting. Information campaigns directed at primary and secondary school pupils are also important. Raising awareness regarding energy consumption in various categories of consumers, together with the organization of everyday actions for energy consumption reduction can lead to a decrease in CO2 emissions.
All these actions can be implemented through local commitment and central support and through rigorous education at all levels.
At the end of the meeting, Dana Perniu, Associate Professor, PhD, thanked all the supporters of the project and made an appeal for responsibility in view of a better future.