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28.10.2017

Laboratory of Hydrogen Energy Materials was established in 2006 as a result of the first National Research Programs were announced and research in hydrogen technologies was included in National Research Program in Energy. At the same time Researchers together with Entrepreneurs established Latvian Hydrogen Association. Laboratory was established from multi-discipline specialists and students: physics, chemists, biologists, economists and geographers. Different hydrogen energy materials and technologies are studied at our laboratory, namely, production of hydrogen in electrolysis, photo-electrolysis, and dark fermentation of biomass, as well as hydrogen storage materials, hydrogen usage in transport and energy cogeneration. Materials studied include electrodes and electrode coatings for efficient water electrolysis, nanostructured titanium dioxide and ferrite thin film coatings and nanopowders for water splitting in sunlight, membranes and polymer composites with ionic-electronic conductivity for applications in fuel cells and hydrogen separation, metal hydride and porous inorganic carrier composite materials for reversible hydrogen storage. Electrical, optical, electrochemical, gas adsorption/desorption, mass-spectrometry and other research methods are applied. Hydrogen as an energy carrier can be used for energy collection and storage from renewables (Sun, Wind), which are variable in time, so laboratory research activities also includes solar and wind energy technologies.

Research topics:

  • Materials (steel, M/Fe2O3, CuOx, TiO2, WO3, M/FLG *) and their acquisition technologies (impulse electrolysis, electrochemical precipitation and anodizing, electrophoresis, spraying-pyrolysis, electrochemical exfoliation with ion intercalation, heat treatment) for energy collection and transformation (solar, water, air pollution).
  • Materials (MHx, M / FLG, nanostructured carbon, zeolites) for energy storage and gas sensors.
  • Hydrogen as an energy carrier and fuel;
  • Solar, Oceanic, Wind, Biomass Energy Saving and Accumulation Solutions.
  • *M/FLG – few layer graphene, M- intercalated metal impurity active for selected action