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Energy transition of Khmelnytskyi Polytechnic

«The solar station in the college envisages not only energy savings through its own production, but also a powerful educational and innovative tool that is sure
to improve the quality of the educational process. The combination of strong theoretical and practical knowledge will ensure the success of polytechnics
in their professional future and contribute to the development of strong independent Ukraine. As renewable energy sources become popular, there will
be a growing need for specialists in the labor market. That is why Khmelnytskyi Polytechnic College is introducing the compulsory subject «Alternative Energy
Sources»


We used to consider the educational sphere as an establishment system teaching only theoretical material. However, the trend of modern education is learning in
practice. It is applied by Khmelnytskyi Polytechnic College of Lviv Polytechnic National University. After all, how to train generations of specialists, in particular in the new
energy sector, without the skills of practical application of knowledge? By no means.

Khmelnytskyi Polytechnic University launched the energy transition project 2 years ago. The first task is energy efficiency. Because first you need to stop «heating the street». All old windows have been replaced with the modern ones. The facades
were insulated, and as a side effect, they acquired a more aesthetic look.

The second task is a source of clean energy. Thanks to energy efficiency measures, money was saved – it was put on deposit. This money was later used to pay for the first 30 solar panels. The power plant was mounted on the roof of the second
campus of the KPC single-handedly. Then 30 more solar panels were bought and three inverters, for which the laboratory was equipped, installed. In total, the equipment for the solar power plant cost about 440,000 hryvnias. The 60 panels
provide a total power of 22.5 kWh and generate about 3,000 kWh of electricity per month. The SPP maintenance is not burdensome: 1-2 times a month you need to wipe the panels from pollination and bird droppings, in winter – to remove
snow.
Thanks to the rooftop SPP, 20-30% of electricity payments are already saved. But it is possible to save more. The college calculated that in order to fully provide themselves with electricity, it is necessary to cover the roofs of both buildings
with solar panels, as well as place them on the facades. But solar opportunities are seen here not only as savings means. They are, first and foremost, an environmentally friendly, positive example of the fact that the launch of even a small
SPP is a contribution to reducing emissions and an opportunity to use clean energy.

Students who study Computer Engineering and Applied Mechanics will receive practical skills at their in-house SPP. There will also be practical classes in Physics,
Computer Circuitry, Economics, Ecology, Chemistry and a number of other subjects.