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New IVITAS website to be launched soon

We are currently working on a fresh, new IVITAS website that will provide an extensive overview of our services and better user experience. We’re looking forward to sharing it with you in the near future.

Printing and copy services

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Part time job for students

Are you interested in gaining new working experience? Join our team, now! Read more

Boiler Conference Brno 2017

IVITAS introduced boiler concept for black coal multidust combustion Read more

TPP Detmarovice – gas boiler room extension

IVITAS drew up the project documentation for building permit and the technical part of the tender documentation

Orifice plates

Orifice plates installation for K3 boiler at Thermal power plant Chvaletice was successfully completed in December 2016. Read more

Silencers

IVITAS successfully put into operation 8 pcs of silencers for Ledvice gas-fired power plant. Read more

Prunerov power plant (3x250MWe) – complex rehabilitation

IVITAS is the author of conceptual design and realization documentation for the boiler rehabilitation project. Currently, supervision services are provided by IVITAS in line with finalization works and hand-over to the investor.

SCR reactor – Detmarovice power plant

IVITAS realizes first ever SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction) reactor in the Czech Republic. Read more

Detmarovice power plant (DeNOx program)

IVITAS is the author of conceptual design of the primary measures and realization documentation for the boiler rehabilitation project (fuel - hard coal).
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Piping design for GE Power in the UK

The General Electric Power Engineering Team has once again entrusted IVITAS to provide Steam piping design and documentation for a two-unit coal power plant project in the United Kingdom.

 “IVITAS provided valued technical knowledge and skilled engineering personnel for design work on the first unit of this GE Power project in the United Kingdom. Cooperation with them was very professional and the outcome fully met our expectations. We now look forward to IVITAS continuing work on the additional two units at the plant.”

 Lukas Baranek
Project Engineering Manager
Steam Power
GE Power

 Project Overview:

 As with the previous work carried out by IVITAS at the first unit of the UK plant, the brief from GE Power is to prepare detailed design documentation for the Steam piping for the second unit.

 The complete scope of work includes following detailed steam piping design documentation based on a 3D laser scan survey. Documentation includes calculations, a 3D model and isometric drawings of pipes, which includes hangers, supports and the steel structure.

 Working around COVID-19 travel restrictions with 3D Laser Scanning:

 For most projects, an on-site presence of IVITAS technical staff is needed in advance, and during, the design work phase to survey the space, take all measurements and hold conversations with the local team. For work carried out in 2019 on the first unit of the plant, IVITAS cooperated closely with the Czech company GEFOS (www.gefos.cz) for providing 3D laser scans of the relevant areas to gather the crucial data IVITAS required to start design work.

 For the follow-up project at the second unit, travel restrictions imposed by European countries due to the COVID-19 virus made it impossible to visit the UK plant to carry out the same laser scanning activities that were done at the first unit. To successfully move forward with the project, it was necessary for a 3D laser scan to be realized remotely via a local British company. After successfully negotiating this logistics hurdle, IVITAS has started on design work.

 This project serves as an example of how IVITAS is capable of working remotely on any project in the world by combining the high technical knowledge of its employees and utilization of today’s advanced technologies.
Jerzy Modrzejewski - IVITAS Business Development Director for Poland

IVITAS know-how and experience come to Poland

In March of 2020, IVITAS turned their attention to the Polish market with a new addition to the IVITAS team – Business Development Director for Poland Jerzy Modrzejewski. As an engineer with close to forty years of international experience in power plant technology, Modrzejewski is a welcome addition to the team that will assist in bringing their extensive know-how in engineering and design to companies on the Polish market.

 “We were searching for a highly experienced and respected professional in the power generation field to offer our services to the Polish market. Jerzy fit the profile perfectly. We’re looking forward to him representing IVITAS in Poland”, said IVITAS CEO and Chairman of the Board Pavel Dostal. Modrzejewski then added, “I’m confident the leading know-how and technical expertise IVITAS brings to Poland will benefit many companies that require their services. I see a very bright future ahead.”

 IVITAS sat down with Modrzejewski to talk about his background, education, professional experience, the current state of Polish energy generation and how he sees his role with IVITAS developing in the future.

 Can you tell us a little about yourself and your educational background?

 Sure. I was born in Bytom, Poland, which is a smaller city near Katowice. I was always interested in power generation technology and turbines, which led me to attend the Silesian Technical University in Gliwice. I gained a Masters of Science degree in Mechanics at the university, with a specialization in Power Engineering. I then continued with my postgraduate studies and received a Diploma in Rotating Machinery Diagnostics.

 In later years, I received a Diploma in Management Training for the British Industry, which was confirmed by the Confederation of British Industry. While in the U.K., I also studied how to switch from coal power plants to other forms of fuel, as well as diagnosis of power plant machinery.

 What about your experience in the power generation industry?

 Well, after graduating from the university, I secured my first job as a hydraulic systems designer in the Industrial Furnaces Department at HUTMASZPROJEKT – HAPEKO in Katowice. I then moved on to ZRE Katowice, where I was employed for about 10 years as a Diagnostic Engineer and Project Manager. I also served as Project Manager for power plant overhaul projects, as well as turbine installations and restoration projects. The projects I worked on were located across Europe, which included Poland, the Czech Republic, the Balkans and UAE.

 A big project I worked on for almost three years was the Prunerov Power Plant in the Czech Republic, which was a complete reconstruction project. I served as a Diagnostic Engineer, Project Manager and Vice-President. It was a very interesting and fulfilling time for me.

 I also cooperated with the Skoda plant in Pilsen, Czech Republic, where I was working with steam turbines.

 In 2004, I started work with Foster Wheeler OY Finland as Purchasing Manager for a project in Lomelina, Italy and a separate project that required delivery of a boiler for a Waste to Energy plant in Milan. In 2005, I transferred back home to Foster Wheeler Energia Polska as Subcontracting Manager for two big projects for two power plants – Project Lagisza for delivery of a 460 MW fluid bed boiler and Project Czestochowa for delivery of a 186 MW fluid bed boiler.

 Bilfinger Berger Industrial Services Germany was my last employer before I started my own consulting company in 2014. Bilfinger specializes in thermal insulation, refractory, cladding and roofing systems, as well as maintenance services in power generation and the power industry. I spent a very busy four years there as a Commercial Director and Key Client Director.

 When did you first come into contact with IVITAS and what led to your employment with them?

 I was first introduced to IVITAS three years ago during a project I was working on together with the Czech company Hutni Montaze, which recommended IVITAS as reliable and skilled professionals that can be trusted. Fast forward to March this year, at the start of the COVID-19 epidemic, when we contacted each other and agreed on starting cooperation. I guess you could say with all of the negative effects of the epidemic, I am able to take one positive out of it.

 Can you talk about your new role with IVITAS?

 In my new role as Business Development Director for Poland, I am contacting Polish companies that need an experienced partner for advanced pipeline design and delivery services, as well as assembly and design services. IVITAS is different from other, large companies, as they are very flexible and can react extremely quickly to client requests.

 I’m happy to say that right after starting work for IVITAS, I was able to secure two projects for them with the company SUMITOMO SHI FW ENERIA OY. The first is a pipeline design project for a power generation plant in Taiwan. The second is design of instrument air piping for a Boiler project in South Korea. In addition to these two confirmed contracts, I have other projects that are currently in negotiation.

 What do you think the future holds for IVITAS on the Polish market?

 The future is very bright indeed for IVITAS on the Polish market. One important upcoming development is that the EU is mandating a reduction in the use of coal for energy production. In fact, by 2040 the government is aiming for only 60% of energy to be produced by coal and 40% by other sources of fuel. As almost all energy in Poland is currently produced with coal, a huge transformation will be taking place in coal-based power plants across the country to the “other” forms of fuel, which I predict will be natural gas.

 Regarding natural gas, it’s interesting to note that Poland currently has a large supply of this fuel that’s already imported into the country. One source is a Russian pipeline with natural gas into Poland, and the other is a fleet of natural gas tankers that come into Polish ports from America. An additional important development will come to fruition in October 2022, when a natural gas pipeline from Norway to Poland will start operation.

 Considering these three sources of natural gas, companies in Poland will be in a good position to negotiate advantageous prices that will help drive the important changeover to natural gas.

 IVITAS is already well-equipped to offer their services to Polish companies during this transformation and assist them in making this important changeover.

 Do you have any hobbies? What do you do in your free time?

 One of my favourite activities is to go cycling with my wife after work, as well as hiking in the nearby mountains. Of course, I also enjoy going to the beach. I especially like traveling to the Balkan sea, which is a result of the extended time I had spent in the past working on projects in this region.

 I also enjoy sailing, but for now, only as a passenger in my son’s sailboat. But maybe I’ll get my Captain’s license in the future. We’ll see.

 Since 1996, IVITAS has specialized in designing technological systems for capital investments within the Czech Republic and abroad, with a strong specialization in power generation and technological installations. The high level of know-how and design expertise IVITAS brings to each and every project has gained them a long list of clients that include GE Power, ArcelorMittal, CEZ and others.
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Further design work for CEZ’s Tusimice II Power Plant

Our designers are currently busy with creating workshop documentation for a selection of pressure and non-pressure components in four boilers of 200 MWe units within the planned overhaul of the Tusimice II power plant (operated by CEZ).

 IVITAS engineers are not newcomers to this project. About 10 years ago, our team delivered basic and detailed designs, as well as workshop documentation, for all boilers, burners, mills, air ducts and coal ducts within the complex rehabilitation of this power plant to meet higher emission standards, improve efficiency and extend its lifespan. As a result of the work we carried out for the Tusimice II power plant, NOx emission standards were met with only the use of primary measures.
Jan Kučera - Project Designer at IVITAS

A new generation of talent joins the IVITAS engineering team

We’re happy to welcome the newest member of the IVITAS engineering team, Project Designer Jan Kucera. Jan is a recent graduate of the Brno University of Technology, where he majored in process engineering and power engineering.

 As Project Designer in the team, Jan’s responsibilities include communication with investors, creating project documentation based on legal requirements, technical drawings, writing descriptions of project processes/parameters, and creating 2D/3Dmodels with AutoCAD and AutoDesk Inventor software.

 Jan is originally from the Moravian town of Lostice, which is located about 130 km from IVITAS headquarters in Ostrava. Surprisingly enough, the seed of interest in thermodynamics was first planted during his time in secondary school, where his teachers and classmates introduced him to this field of study. This initial interest further evolved over the years into power engineering, thereby setting the trajectory for his future profession.

 Jan is no stranger to IVITAS, as he had completed a successful internship from May to August 2019 in the IVITAS engineering department. During his four months in the company, Jan worked on technical drawings of air preheaters, superheaters and natural gas piping using AutoCAD software.

 When asked how he found first came across IVITAS, Jan replied, “I did my own research on power engineering companies in Ostrava and found IVITAS. Their specialized services were completely in line with my interests and studies, so I contacted them. From our very first conversation, they were open to speaking with me and supporting my first steps in the power engineering field. This led to an internship offer soon afterwards.”

 Upon graduation, he approached IVITAS for full-time employment. Jan was quick to give his reason why he chose them, “IVITAS believed in me when I was a student and provided me with valuable experience during my last year at the university. I appreciated their support, was very impressed with their list of references, and enjoyed working with the extremely knowledgeable engineers on the IVITAS team. It was an easy choice for the start my career.”

 Jan’s activities during his free time include jogging, swimming and cycling. His newest hobbies are ice-skating and surfing. Although ice-skating does not seem out of place for someone living in a landlocked country like the Czech Republic, surfing could raise a few eyebrows. When questioned about this newest activity, Jan explained, “ I discovered surfing during a recent vacation to the island of Madeira, Portugal, and absolutely fell in love with it! I definitely plan to spend more time on the waves during future trips to oceanside destinations.”

 IVITAS looks forward to Jan making a strong contribution to the engineering team going forward and adding additional value to the top-level service IVITAS provides to its national and international clients.

 Welcome aboard, Jan!
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Brno Boiler Conference 2017

IVITAS introduced boiler concept for black coal multidust combustion. Read more
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Orifice plates

Orifice plates installation for K3 boiler at Thermal power plant Chvaletice was successfully completed in December 2016.

 The scope of work provided by IVITAS included the electronic model and hydraulic calculation of the evaporator, design, delivery and orifice plates installation.
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Vent Silencers

In June 2016 IVITAS successfully put into operation 8 pcs of vent silencers for Ledvice gas-fired power plant.

 Solution designed by IVITAS reduced vent steam noise level at a reference point to the required limit of 60 db.
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First ever SCR reactor in the Czech Republic

IVITAS recently utilized their extensive knowledge and expertise in power generation to implement an SCR reactor in a coal fired power plant.  Located at the Detmarovice facility, which is operated by CEZ (the largest electricity producer in the Czech Republic), it is the first of its kind in the Czech Republic Read more
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Gold medal at MSV Brno 2012 – Award-winning exhibits

Ivitas, a.s. is the designer of a boiler reconstruction project for the Tusimice II Electric Power Plant. It is a once-through steam powder boiler featuring a granulation furnace with a double pass design and was provided to our partner VÍTKOVICE POWER ENGINEERING.  The whole project was awarded the prestigious gold medal at the 2012 International Engineering Fair in Brno.
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New Beater Wheel Mill

IVITAS and its partner - MORE s.r.o., with support from the CEZ Group, has proposed, implemented and tested a beater wheel mill prototype with a frequency converter. The mill was designed with the following parameters: grinding capacity of 40 tons per hour, power control range of the mill: 18 to 40 tons per hour, grinding wheel diameter of 2,600 mm, operating speed of the grinding wheel: 551 - 666 RPM, milling fineness of under .09 mm.  The frequency converter controls the 765 kW of engine power.
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