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Renewable energy is the key to self-sustainability

In the member states of the European Union, improvements relying on renewable sources of energy that set out to radically reduce the emission of harmful materials are becoming more and more popular. Let’s get acquainted with the situation in Hungary!

The good news is that Hungary is doing its best to join in the processes that show increasingly favourable tendencies within the frames of which, initiatives aimed at the use of renewable sources of energy are created at a growing number of locations.

 

One of the milestones of this significant process might be the recently inaugurated energy island constructed in Fót, which operates based on exclusively renewable energy sources and intelligent measurement systems. Nothing illustrates the importance of the investment more than the fact that thanks to this the self-sustainability of the Horse Therapy and Educational Centre of Fót which belongs to the International Children’s Safety Service was made possible, which results in the reduction of the centre’s expenses with 8 million Forints.

 

The Elmű-Émász group was responsible for the energetic part, the total cost of which amounted to 80 million Forints and the group took on the continuous operation of the system. The extraction of the energy is done thanks to the work of four mini production units, which consist of a 100 m2 15,6 KW efficiency solar panel powered mini power station, a hot-water creating system with sun collectors, a 20 KW efficiency wind power station and a 1,2 MW/h efficiency wind power station constructed on the local brook.

 

We asked Gabriella Bozori, the director of the Horse Therapy Centre about the expected results and the process of the investment.

 

What are those plans that inspired the idea of the creation of the centre and what plans do you have for the future?

The Horse Therapy Centre of Fót has been functioning since 2001, where, in the beginning, we were trying to create the material pre-requisites for horse therapy and choose the staff in a way, that experts required for the therapy, are available. Today we have 28 horses and more than 130 children and young people benefit from the horse therapy weekly. All three branches of horse therapy are available in our institution (hippo therapy, special educational horse riding and horse gymnastics, psychological horse therapy) as well as the recreational and sports horse-riding of handicapped people.

 

Among our future plans is the creation of a complex therapy centre, where our patients can try various other developments and therapies besides horse therapy. We would like to create a child neurology specialist’s consulting room, as well as the possibility for the creation of hydrotherapy and physiology and various types of special education, as well an advising and family therapy by psychologists and spedical needs teachers for our patients and their members of family.

 

To what extent does the recently inaugurated energy island make the work of the association and the centre easier?

According to our anticipations, with the help of the recently realised investment, we can spare a considerable sum annually, which we used to spend on energy bills. We would prefer to spend this sum on extending the therapy and having the chance to deal with more patients, given that every year we have a lot of people on the waiting list.

 

Apart from this, it is also important for us to show to the children visiting us that we can produce energy while protecting the environment. The newly constructed visitor centre provides an excellent opportunity for this, where they can follow the work of sun panels, sun collectors, wind energy and water energy on the projectors, models and posters.

 

What kinds of preparation were necessary for the success of this significant investment and what results do you expect from it in the future?

The director of the ELMŰ-ÉMÁSZ Group of Companies and the International Children’s Safety Service had been planning the creation of an energy park. The preparation works were complex, because not only the practical tasks had to be carried out, like landscaping, construction works, the installation of sun panels, sun collectors, wind energy, water energy and information technology equipment, but also the connection and harmonisation of them. Besides, finding unity among the concepts concerning the projects posed a significant task, because apart from the ELMŰ-ÉMÁSZ Group of Companies, the Mercedes-Benz Hungaria Ltd, the HP Hungary Ltd and the OTP Bank Public Joint Venture Company also participated in the creation of the project. In Hungary, this might be a unique cooperation, as a result of which, the creation of the energy park in the Horse Therapy Centre of Fót could be successful.

 

In your opinion, in Hungary, what kind of welcome can the developments focusing on the use of renewable sources of energy expect and is there a need for similar investments?

In my opinion, in the recent years environment-conscious, environment protective, energy-sparing investments are becoming growingly important, because the future of humankind depends on whether we will be able to spare our habitat for the next generations. We hope that tenders that support such investments are going to be advertised in the near future.

 

Written by Balázs Tibor Balázs

 

Translated by Judit Molnár