The Ignacy Łukasiewicz Institute for Energy Policy is implementing the project HISTORY OF ENERGY.

The project's strategic sponsor is Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego (Polish development bank). The project's partner is the PGE Foundation.

The leading idea of the project is the Year of Ignacy Łukasiewicz. In 2022 we celebrate the 200th birthday anniversary of the pioneer of the global oil industry. Ignacy Łukasiewicz was also a pharmacist, entrepreneur and precursor of corporate social responsibility. He founded the world's first oil mine and invented the kerosene lamp.

The project is nationwide and includes a series of academic articles and podcasts focusing on the development of the oil industry from the time of Ignacy Łukasiewicz, then in Galicia as part of the Austrian partition, during the Second Republic and later until 1989.

The project will culminate with the publication of a special issue of the English-language academic journal "Energy Policy Studies" in print and an e-book containing all articles. The journal will be distributed to libraries around the world. Both the articles and the e-book will be available on the website of the Institute for Energy Policy and on the social media of the Institute for Energy Policy:

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On August 26, 2022, it was published the 6th article titled:

"Bóbrka - History of a Place. A 19th century mine in the area of the Ignacy Lukasiewicz Museum of Oil and Gas Industry"

Authors: Barbara Olejarz and Michał Górecki - Ignacy Łukasiewicz Museum of Oil and Gas Industry


On August 10, 2022, it was published the 5th article titled:

"Support or obstacle to action? Spirited fuel blends in the realities of the Polish oil industry between the wars"

Author: Paweł Grata, PhD, DSc, ProfTit - University of Rzeszow


On July 31, 2022, it was published the 4th article titled:

"The Oil Industry of the Second Polish Republic. Splendors and shadows"

Author: Grzegorz Ostasz, PhD, DSc, ProfTit - Rzeszow University of Technology


On July 13, 2022, it was published the 3rd article titled:

"The Oil Industry In Galicia Until 1918 in the View of the Act of the Galician Governor's Office in Lviv"

Author: Volodymyr Dolinovskyi, PhD - editor - Central State Historical Archive of Ukraine in Lviv (ancient records department)


On June 28, 2022, it was published the 2nd article titled:

"It's Petroleum!... The Pharmacist and the Blood of the Earth"

Author: Anna Kozicka-Kołaczkowska, MA - editor - Ignacy Łukasiewicz Institute for Energy Policy


On June 15, 2022, it was published the 1st article titled:

"The Contribution of Galician Engineers and Entrepreneurs to the Development of Oil Drilling Methods"

Author: Piotr Franaszek, PhD, DSc, ProfTit - Jagiellonian University in Cracow




The title of the first podcast is:

"Following the Footsteps of Ignacy Lukasiewicz Through the City of Rzeszow"

Author: Artur Stec, BEng, PhD - Rzeszow University of Technology