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National Research Program LATENERGI 2010-2013
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Program Title:

“Technologies for Innovative Production and Use of Energy Resources and Provision of Low Carbon Emissions by Means of Renewable Energy Resources, Support Measures for the Mitigation of Environmental and Climate Degradation – LATENERGI”

The aim of the programme:

To develop methods, models and solutions for development of new, innovative technology in energy sector, which would promote diversification of energy resources, energy system development in accordance with regional accessibility of renewable energy resources and the integration of renewable energy resources in the national energy system. The research results will enable to diversify and increase capacity of renewable energy resources in Latvia, and provide contribution to the mitigation of climate change taking into account biological diversity. The programme aims to find methodological approach for sustainable development of the national energy system based on integrated research of energy supply and demand. The programme will evaluate how energy efficiency measures and energy efficiency technology development make impact on the demand of resources, environmental quality and socio-economic development.

Head of Program: Acad., Dr.hab.phys. Juris Ekmanis (Institute of Physical Energetics)

The main partners of the programme are:

  • Institute of Physical Energetics
  • Faculty of Power and Electrical Engineering (FPEE), Institute of Industrial Electronics and Electrical Engineering, Riga Technical University
  • Faculty of Power and Electrical Engineering (FPEE), Riga Technical University
  • Institute of Power Engineering, Riga Technical University
  • Faculty of Materials Science and Applied Chemistry (FMSAC), Riga Technical University
  • Institute of Applied Chemistry, Riga Technical University
  • Institute of Solid State Physics, University of Latvia (ISSP UL)

There are 8 projects realized in the frame of LATENERGI program (see

ISSP UL is realizing Project No. 4 of the National research program “LATENERGI”: „Research of methods for hydrogen production, storage and energy release, and development of prototypes for application in national economy” (Head Dr. J. Kleperis).

The project studies hydrogen production, storage and usage technologies and develop new materials for all of them. The hydrogen extraction, storage and use methods are optimized accordingly to renewable energy resources available in the country. Aim is to develop recommendations for practical implementation of hydrogen technologies in Latvian national economy for sustainable energy supply and climate change affecting the current technology replacement. Project objectives are related to development of academic and scientific-technical infrastructure for highly qualified specialists in the Latvia and European partnership for sustainable development of hydrogen technologies and strengthen the Latvian integration into the international programs, as well as the European Union's Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU).

Research includes all aspects of hydrogen energy - both the production (by electrolysis, photo-electrolysis, pyrolysis, biological: photosynthesis and fermentation) and storage (metal hydrides and metal-oxide composites), and usage (autonomous energy supply, vehicles (both electric and internal combustion engine), fuel cells, etc.). Indispensable consultants in research work are docent Dr.chem. Guntars Vaivars and main researcher Dr.chem. Gunars Bajars; promotion of developed ideas and hydrogen demonstration projects are performed by Aivars Starikovs and Janis Fricsons; “gold hands” are to engineers Vladimirs Nemcevs and Laimonis Jekabsons. Already two new Doctors of Sciences (Dr.phys) defended doctoral thesis on hydrogen technologies during realisation tasks of National Research Program in Energy: Liga Grinberga about hydrogen storage materials and Julija Hodakovska about polymer membranes with mixed conductivity – proton and electron one. Advanced electrolysis methods (plasma discharge, very short pulses) are developed by PhD student Martins Vanags, but biological hydrogen production methods are conducted by Ilze Dimanta (born Klepere) and Arturs Gruduls.

More info can be found in project website