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Brief history
Last Update
17.02.2018

The Laboratory for Energy Harvesting and Storage Materials was established in December 2017 by merging two laboratories – Solid State Ionics and Hydrogen Energy Materials Laboratories. The beginning of the Solid State Ionics Laboratory counts from 1980's, when the Semiconductor Materials Laboratory under the guidance of its founder and long-time head Dr.Phys. Andrejs Lusis (1939-2017) began research on electrochromic, photohromic and photo-electrochromic materials.

Laboratory of Hydrogen Energy Materials was established in 2006 when firstly in Latvia the National Research Programs were announced and research in hydrogen technologies were 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.