Poland is facing an enormous challenge to build a new power system. On the one hand, renewable energy sources, including green hydrogen, are to be available in a few years' time.
On the other hand, there is a need for stable emission-free sources operating in the system, with coal-based power generation to be gradually phased out and nuclear-power units to be built in its place.
These and similar topics were discussed during a first-ever conference, entitled Nuclear Power - Solutions for Poland, held at the University of Warsaw earlier this week.
According to the National Nuclear Power Program, adopted last September, Poland will start building its first nuclear power plant in 2026, with a capacity of 1-1.6 GW. The first block of the facility is expected to come online by 2033.
"There are chances to build a nuclear power plant in Poland, but many stakeholders have to engage and there has to be a constant political will,” Dr Łukasz Młynarkiewicz, the President of Poland’s National Atomic Energy Agency (PAA), told Radio Poland’s Klaudiusz Madeja.
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