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Delegation of Czech senators visited Lolland

From 30 Septembeer to 6 October 2009 a delegation of the Committee on Public Administration, Regional Development and Environment of the Senate of the Parliament of the Czech Republic visited Denmark.

The delegation, led by A. Gajduskova, the First Vice-President of the Senate, discussed different topics in the Danish Parliament (Folketing), at the Ministry of Climate and Energy and in the Local Government Denmark (KL).

Europe’s first hydrogen community in the village of Vestenskov

Later the delegation visited the Municipality of Lolland, which today has a unique status in the world because of its production of alternative energy. All electricity is produced on the basis of renewable sources, as well as three quarters of the thermal energy (which will be increased up to 90% in 2015).

Testing of the most modern energy technologies

The delegation met the Mayor of the Lolland Municipality, Stig Vestergaard, who spoke more specifically about the implementation of the Community Testing Facilities (CTF) converting the whole municipality into a zone of energetic innovation. Accompanied by specialists from the company Bass, the Czech delegation saw the first hydrogen community, the village of Vestenskov.

Electrolyser converting water into hydrogen and oxygen

The members of the Czech delegation saw the Onsevig Climate Park too, where they could see Vindeby offshore wind power stations. They were also interested in flood protection dams with inbuilt basins for cultivation of algae, which produce ethanol used in fuel cells.

Offshore wind power stations in Onsevig

Cultivation of algae for production of ethanol

After having visited Lolland, the fourth biggest Danish island, the Czech senators travelled to Greenland, accompanied by the Ambassador Z. Lycka, where they visited Nuuk, the capital, and Ilulissat, the third biggest city (see a separate article).

After returning back to Copenhagen, the head of the Czech delegation, A. Gajduskova, had a unique chance to attend the opening ceremonial of the new Danish parliamentary season, which took place in the Folketing and was attended by the Danish Queen Margrethe II.