July 1 - 7, 2012, Ohrid, Republic of Macedonia
July 2, 2012
Technical excursion day

The local organizing committee of the SDEWES2012 Conference is pleased to offer two technical excursions on the first day of the conference. Participants can choose between the HPP and TPP excusions (see details below). Only registered participants will have the option in the conference system to select their desired excursion.


The aim of this tour is to raise the sensibility about the utilization of hydro potential for the development of a national power sector, and to indulge the senses with the natural aquatic beauty of Macedonia.

The trip will commence along the shores of the river Crn Drim, with visit to HPP Globocica (north of Struga) and HPP Spilje (south of Debar). It is there that the restless river settles in two artificial basins, embedded in dramatic scenery of high surrounding mountains and deep eel-filling waters. The trip will continue with a short stay at the HPP Boskov Most, on the way toward the famous touristic destination.

The Monastery of St. Jovan Bigorski is built on a steep slope of Debar’s Mt. Bistra, above the banks of the River Radika. Surrounded by dense woods and rocky hills, St. Jovan is reminiscent of the cliff top monasteries of Mt. Athos in Greece.

The trip will conclude with a visit to the National Park Mavrovo. Located in the western-central edge of the country, Mavrovo is famous for the highest mountain peaks in Macedonia and the richest forests containing more than 100 rare species of trees. Lake Mavrovo which is located just beneath the ski center, makes the National Park of Mavrovo a very popular weekend resort all year round.

Kind Notice:
Due to the nature of this excursion (including short-walking tours to some of the visiting locations) it is highly recommended to dress accordingly (including shoes and clothes which are suitable for outdoor activities).


The aim of this tour is to demonstrate the leading fossil resources representing the thermo energetic potential for the development of a national power sector, and to discover the ancient archeological landmarks of Macedonia.

The trip will commence with the visit to The Mining Power Complex Bitola. The plant, which basic activity is the production of electricity and coal, is the biggest and most impressive in the system of the Macedonian Industry.

The trip will continue with a short stay in the second biggest city in Macedonia, the town of Bitola. It is a grand old town that still bears the marks of its turn-of-the-century importance being a center of diplomacy. At the same time it exemplifies the country’s time-honored coffee culture. Thus, it will be very convenient location for a small break and leisure activities along the pedestrian street Shirok Sokak – the place where people take regular day breaks and head off to one of the numerous Bitola cafés. The next destination to visit is the Institute and Museum of Bitola which main goal is the protection, systematization, scientific processing and presentation of the cultural legacy of municipality of Bitola.

The trip will conclude with a visit to the archeological site Heraclea Lyncestis, founded in the 4th century B.C on the Via Egnatia road. Famous for its dazzling mosaics, ancient theater and Roman baths, Heraclea is the most vividly preserved city from the surviving Ancient Macedonian Empire in the country.