Barbara Tomaszewska

Barbara Tomaszewska
AGH University of Science and Technology in Kraków | AGH · Department of Fossil Fuels

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Introduction
Barbara Tomaszewska currently works at the Department of Fossil Fuels, AGH University of Science and Technology in Kraków and also in Mineral and Energy Economy Research Institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences. Barbara does research in Ecological Engineering, Geothermics, Hydrogeology and Membrane Technologies.
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March 2007 - September 2020
Mineral and Energy Economy Research Institute, Polish Academy of Sciences
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March 2007 - September 2020

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Publications (147)
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Arsenic (As) is one of the most prolific natural contaminants in water resources, and hence, it has been recognized as an emerging global problem. Arsenic exposure through food exports and imports, such as As-contaminated rice and cereal-based baby food, is a potential risk worldwide. However, ensuring As-safe drinking water and food for the globe...
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The integration of renewable energy generation with water treatment techniques, based on geothermal water and energy resources, represents a new and interesting research direction. This paper presents a model study aimed at evaluating the twofold utilisation of geothermal water potential: as an energy resource necessary for the desalination process...
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The paper presents the results of research on the desalination of geothermal wastewater for further environmentally friendly use of the concentrate streams obtained. Three geothermal waters previously used for heating purposes were desalinated. They are 1) lightly mineralised geothermal water (LM-GT), 2) moderately mineralised geothermal water (MM-...
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The paper describes application of the cross-impact method in the process of selecting locations and technologies used in a geothermal system based on energy accumulated in a dry rock formation, where CO2 is used as the working medium. The survey is based on the opinion of a group of 20 experts representing different fields of earth and technical s...
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The last decade has seen a worldwide increase in the use of alternative energy sources, especially renewable energy (RE), including its application in desalination. In the past many experimental and pilot investigations were presented which allowed the costs and effectiveness of such integrated solutions to be estimated. The present review describe...
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There are many oil and gas fields around the world where the vast number of wells have been abandoned or suspended, mainly due to the depletion of reserves. Those abandoned oil and gas wells (AOGWs) are often located in areas with a prospective geothermal potential and might be retrofitted to a geothermal system without high-cost drilling. In Polan...
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The agricultural sector, which is highly dependent on water, is urged to build on improved water management practices and explore available options to match supply and demand because of the water scarcity risks and a sustainable and productive agri-food chain. Geothermal water is an energy source used to generate electricity and/or heat. After harn...
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RE use in desalination of geothermal water for irrigation is reviewed. • A novel approach that integrates RESs into agri-food chain is presented. • Specific cases of geothermal water desalination from Turkey and Poland are given. • Possible new generation RESs in desalination by capacitive deionization are explored. • Advantages/disadvantages of RE...
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This article presents an estimation of the temperature decrease in the vicinity of a salt cavern due to its leaching. The one-dimensional radially symmetry models of a salt cavern were considered and described. The initial temperature of rock salt massif was assumed as 50 ∘C and temperature of leaching water varied seasonally from 6 ∘C to 20 ∘C. A...
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This review presents a holistic overview of the occurrence, mobilization, and pathways of arsenic (As) from predominantly geogenic sources into different near-surface environmental compartments, together with the respective reported or potential impacts on human health in Latin America. The main sources and pathways of As pollution in this region i...
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The maintenance of water using in all Member States of European Union is focused on the rational use and protection of water resources in accordance with the principle of sustainable development. The requirements of water policy are defined in Directive 2000/60/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 October 2000 establishing a frame...
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In view of the disastrous air pollution in the Silesian–Kraków region, reducing emissions from the combustion of conventional fuels is a particularly important issue. Geothermal energy is among the clean and renewable sources of heat that could be used to this end, for instance for recreation or space heating purposes. However, its use in the regio...
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One of the factors that determine agricultural crops' yield is the quality of water used during irrigation. In this study, we assessed the usability of spent geothermal water for agricultural irrigation after membrane treatment. Preliminary membrane tests were conducted on a laboratory-scale set up followed by mini-pilot scale tests in a geothermal...
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Many regions in Poland face the problem of air pollution. These regions include, though are not exclusive, to health resorts, an important element of the healthcare industry. Poor air quality is mainly associated with the domestic sector, which is dominated by individual solid fuel and coal boilers. One option for reducing emissions is to use alter...
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In deep geothermal boreholes, an effect of temperature (so-called thermal lift) is observed, which results in the volumetric expansion of the fluid extracted. This process results in increased wellhead pressure values being recorded; in the absence of an appropriate correction, hydraulic properties of the reservoir layer cannot be properly determin...
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Today (year 2020), the globally recognized problem of arsenic (As) contamination of water resources and other environments at toxic levels has been reported in all of the 20 Latin American countries. The present review indicates that As is prevalent in 200 areas across these countries. Arsenic is naturally released into the environment and mobilize...
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Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical produced in large quantities for use primarily in the production of polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins. As an endocrine-disrupting compound, it has been included in the list of substances requiring special supervision as a very high-risk substance due to its toxic influence on reproduction. BPA with a reference...
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The article presents an assessment of the potential for using low temperature geothermal water from the C-PIG-1 well (Małopolskie Voivodship, southern Poland) for electricity generation, as the first stage in a geothermal cascade system. The C-PIG-1 well is characterised by a temperature of geothermal water of 82 °C and a maximum flow rate of 51.22...
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Over the last few years, there has been an upsurge in the demand for drinking water and for water used in agriculture, industry, and others. Consequently, research is needed to find new technologies and methods for the comprehensive use of geothermal water sources, to provide for new resources of water. The paper shows the results of preliminary re...
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Health impacts and a decrease in the quality of life caused by air pollution is a major problem worldwide. Krakow is one of the most affected cities in the EU by air pollution mostly caused by burning solid fuels in households’ furnaces. It is considered that the most effective remedies would be adequate spatial planning solutions and application o...
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The challenge for many communities in Latin America is to find adequate solutions which are feasible given the local economic and technical conditions and which enable them to source water with arsenic concentrations below the WHO guideline value for drinking water (<10 μg/L) of arsenic (As) pollution, suitable for human consumption and the irrigat...
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The article presents an assessment of the potential for using low enthalpy geothermal resources for electricity generation on the basis of the Małopolskie Voivodeship (southern Poland). Identification the locations providing the best prospects with the highest efficiency and possible gross power output. Thermodynamic calculations of power plants we...
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The paper presents a review of the geological and hydrogeological data of the Lower Cretaceous aquifer in the Polish Lowlands and discusses the possibilities for the utilisation of geothermal water resources in existing and new district heating systems. Based on experience related to the use of thermal waters in existing geothermal systems, and usi...
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The housing sector, especially with respect to energy generation to provide heating and domestic hot water, has been identified, after transport, as contributing the most to air pollution and the occurrence of low emissions in Poland. In particular, this applies to areas where there is a lack of heating and gas networks. This paper presents the res...
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The problem of air pollution, resulting from the occurrence of so-called low emission concerns many localities in Poland and Europe. The main reasons for such a situation is burning of fuels for central heating and domestic hot water in buildings, as well as the burning of fuels in the transport sector. It should be noted that in the case of buildi...
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Diminishing water resources, population growth and utilization energy intense processes for drinking water production lead to seek new methods of water acquisition. Desalination of seawater or/and geothermal water and also water acquisition with the utilization of abandoned oil and gas wells potentially represents promising new production method of...
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Since the oil crises in the 1970s, geothermal resources have received much attention and researches aimed at its recognition have been conducted all around the globe. Nevertheless, the investment cost associated mainly with drilling works is a crucial limitation for the successful implementation of new geothermal projects. The radical solution affe...
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Petrographic and petrophysical investigations of the aquifers allow to estimate their productivity and infectivity, as well as allow for better recognition of the origin of the chemical composition of geothermal waters. Deep deposition of the Lower Triassic sediments in the analysed area (locally above 5000 m b.s.l.) is conducive to high temperatur...
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The paper presents an analysis of wind conditions for the health resort of Rabka-Zdrój. Rabka-Zdrój is a town located in southern Poland in the Rabczańska Valley surrounded by numerous hills. Archival meteorological data were obtained from the Institute of Meteorology and Water Management – National Research Institute, which until 2012 had a retent...
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A proper methodology for collecting samples of geothermal water makes it possible not only to determine the hydrochemical characteristics of the water, but also to assess its temporal and spatial variability. The knowledge about the concentration of selected elements as well as the values of field measurements can help to indicate their impact on o...
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Education is an important element in enhancing students’ awareness of the environment. This is because education plays an important role in shaping and transforming society. According to the assumptions of the most important documents regarding sustainable development (Agenda 21, 1992; Agenda, 2030, 2015; UNESCO, 2018a) the condition for achieving...
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The assessment of the geothermal potential should always take an accurate identification of the geological conditions into account. Petrographic and petrophysical investigations of the aquifers allow to estimate their productivity and infectivity. The area of the Mogilno-Łódź Trough is next to the Podhale basin, one of the most prospective regions...
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Geothermal energy is an internal heat of the Earth, that is a prospective and sustainable source of renewable energy. In Poland, despite having significant amount of low-temperature geothermal resources, its share in the national energy mix remains marginal but growing. Currently, the utilisation of geothermal resources is related to hydrogeotherma...
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Poland has been struggling with the problem of exceedance of the permissible levels of air pollutions such as particulate matter (PM10, PM2.5) and benzo(a)pyrene (BaP) for several years. In the years 2007-2015 the concentrations of PM10 and BaP exceeded the European Union (EU) limit values. The vast majority of the country is characterised by wind...
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The paper presents the possibilities of using geothermal heat pump systems in order to reduce the so-called “low-emission” in health resort area. The analysis was carried out on the example of the health resort Rabka-Zdrój, located in the southern part of Poland. Based on the acquired geological profiles of the boreholes, a detailed analysis of the...
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The use of renewable energy resource is usually directed to solar, wind or hydroelectric stations. However, there are other sources for getting the ‘green energy’. One of them is geothermal source, the energy stored in the underground fluids. In the world, geothermal water is used mostly for heating purposes, greenhouses, agriculture, for generatio...
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The Miechów Trough and the central part of the Carpathian Foredeep in southern Poland have a highly complex geological structure and numerous fault zones. These features play a significant role in hydrogeological conditions of the area. In this area drinking water, medicinal groundwater or thermal groundwater occur, so recognition of their circulat...
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The research with natural mine waters coming from Desalination Plant ‘Dębieńsko’ (Southern Poland), taken before reverse osmosis (RO) installation, that is, after standard pretreatment, was carried out. Commercial nanofiltration (NF) membranes produced by the Dow-Filmtec (NF-90) and RO membranes (SW30-2521 of Dow-Filmtec and AD HR-90 by GE) were us...
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We present an innovative method of lithium removal from geothermal water by hybrid capacitive deionization (HCDI) process working with tree-stage operation: electrosorption on electrodes and desorption with and without an electrical field. The conducted tests showed that the system was able to selectively capture lithium salt. It was noted the tota...
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Uzdrowiska odgrywają istotną rolę w lecznictwie opartym na naturalnych zasobach środowiska. Jednakże w uzdrowiskach coraz częściej obserwowane jest zjawisko niskiej emisji. Wyniki pochodzące ze stacji pomiarowej Głównego Inspektoratu Ochrony Środowiska potwierdzają zły stan jakości powietrza w uzdrowisku Rabka-Zdrój. Podstawowym celem artykułu jest...
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Geothermal groundwaters are deposits that must be categorised as a mining property. Their exploitation is possible with a mining concession and permission of use. Geothermal groundwaters in Poland are used in heating, balneotherapy and recreation purposes. Over the last years, investigations have been carried out to intensify the use of geothermal...
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Geothermal resources have been used in Poland since the 90s of the last century. Since then, several geothermal heating plants, recreation and balneological centers have been operated. Accessing geothermal resources is possible due to deep boreholes that are either brand-new wells or old but revitalized petroleum and/or exploratory wells. In this c...
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Investigating the knowledge, perceptions, as well as attitudes of the public concerning various aspects of environmental issues is of great importance in promoting sustainable development. An integrated understanding of the role of the effective use of renewable resources can provide proper support for the planning of the construction of new instal...
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The purpose of the paper was to investigate the possibility of obtaining lithium from geothermal water using natural and synthetic zeolites applying poly(acrylic acid). The efficiency of lithium ion sorption was determined depending on the type of tested zeolite, pH of the solution and the presence of anionic poly(acrylic acid). It was shown that t...
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Investments that make use of renewable resources of flowing waters must be based on the absolute necessity of protection of the water environment and that dependent on water. In practice, it means the obligation of leaving environmental flow in the river bed in the cross section below the place of water abstraction. The places of surface water abst...
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We demonstrate a novel mode for hybrid capacitive deionization, HCDI, that allows selective extraction of lithium ions from geothermal water. The HCDI cell was comprised with cathode made of lithium selective material and anode consisting of activated carbon coated with anion-exchange membrane. To confirm ion-exchange character of the process, base...
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Empirical equations and numerical modelling methods are used to predict the possibility of sediments precipitating on the membrane used during the reverse osmosis process. The use of empirical formulae allows approximations to be made of the trends which can exist on the surface of the membrane during the water treatment process. The use of numeric...
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The energy efficiency together with the utilization of renewable energy resources are considered to be crucial parts of a transition to the low-carbon economy. Their development can involve various administrative levels, nevertheless, the tremendous potential is assigned to a commune. Thus, the paper presents the most important formal and legal reg...
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An assessment of whether it is possible to use chilled geothermal water which has been classified as waste is presented in this paper. Two different sources of waste geothermal water (GT-1 and GT-2), previously used for heating purposes, were purified by membrane processes (nanofiltration/reverse osmosis [RO]). Nanofiltration caused the removal of...
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It is commonly known that Poland has for many years a lot of problems with air quality. However, Polish legal regulation provides the solutions to improve air quality. One of them is the most important local strategy documents – Air Quality Plan for Malopolska Region (MAQP). This programme assumes taking corrective actions in order to improve air q...
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Electricity production in Poland is carried out mainly in conventional power plants, and the necessary resources include fuel and water. Significant water intake and production of sewage necessitate the application of technological solutions limiting the negative impact on the water environment. For this reason, Tauron Group's power plants for repl...
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Geothermal waters usually contain elevated concentrations of specific elements, which could be valuable for reuse. The hydrogeochemical composition of recovered concentrates strictly determines potential management and reuse for other purposes, including balneology sector. Natural water, which possesses curative parameters, can be concentrated by u...
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The joint German - Hungarian - Polish - Romanian Project EUBILD-UNAKLIM 2016-1-DE02-KA204-003254 in the ERASMUS + Scheme KA2 (Strategic Partnerships) designs an international adult-learning furthering education course. It took place in the participating countries Germany, Hungary, Poland and Romania. Environmental and cross-sector topics were addre...
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In cooperation of 5 partners from 4 counties (Germany, Hungary, Poland, Romania), among them 1 public and 1 private university, 2 NGOs, 1 public research institute there are under realization concept to design a European educational in the ERASMUS Funding Scheme. The main objectives of the research are: 1) creation a curriculum concept with the par...
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The KINDRA project is being implemented within the framework of the Horizon 2020 programme. Its main purpose is to carry out an EU-wide assessment of existing practical and scientific knowledge related to groundwater on the basis of an innovative classification system - the Hydrogeological Research Classification System (HRC-SYS). This assessment w...