Riga Technical University
Institute of Energy System and Environment
Organisation and structure
Riga Technical University
Riga Technical University is the first technical university in the Baltic countries – its history dates back to 1862 when Riga Polytechnic was founded.
Riga Technical University (RTU) is a state-founded derived public actor with autonomous self-government rights. Riga Technical University is an accredited internationally recognised European university that consists of 8 faculties and 35 institutes. It is the second largest university in Latvia by number of students, and it has the greatest number of state funded students.
Riga Technical University (RTU) is a state-founded derived public person with autonomous self-government rights.
RTU is one of the most significant partners in ensuring the achievement of the strategic goal set in the Latvian National Development Plan. Within this the main aims for RTU have been defined in terms of scientific excellence, academic excellence, Organisation excellence and recognition and Infrastructure excellence.
Riga Technical University is one of regional leaders and being responsible for successful implementation of different local and international projects.
Riga Technical University – Institute of Energy Systems and Environment
The Institute of Energy Systems and Environment is active in energy and environmental research, renewable energy resources (biomass, waste to energy), energy efficiency and rational use of energy.
Special attention in Institute is paid to climate change policy, GHG reduction technologies and sustainable energy development.
The structure of the Institute is organized into three bodies: the Department of Energy System and Environment, the Research centre of Climate Technologies and the Information centre of Sustainable Development.
The Institute offers bachelor, master, and PhD study programs, conducts scientific researches on a local and international level in cooperation with major foreign scientific institutions, participates in scientific conferences and other events with presentations and lectures, and takes active part in development of local energy and environment policy.
In the last years in the light of the of the more constant needed to increase the potential of the renewable energies the Institute of Energy Systems and Environment made a big effort for the development of its own laboratory and for the creation of a research group about Life Cycle Assessment.
Activities and focus areas
The main goals of the Institute of Energy System and Environment are oriented onto the main following items:
- providing scientific and practical backgrounds for the development of the energy and environmental science in Latvia;
- favouring the developing of the scientific research;
- creating an high value know-how for the implementation and promotion of innovative technologies within the Latvian context
The main topics of research conducted within can be summarized in:
- energy efficiency;
- renewable sources and bio-energy;
- combustion technology;
- cleaner production;
- energy planning and socio-economic aspects of energy supply
- system dynamics modelling;
- Life Cycle Assessment;
- Environmental Impact assessment.
Strongholds within waste to energy
The Institute of Energy System and Environment has a previous experience relevant to the recovery of energy from waste and handling of byproducts.
At the moment the Institute is involved in the the project “BioWALK4Biofuels – Biowaste and algae knowledge for the production of 2nd generation biofuels (supported by the FP7 EU framework and the Latvia’s Ministry of Education and Science).
The Institute is in close cooperation with waste management companies in the regions, for example, landfills and waste recovery companies, waste water treatment plants and industrial companies producing ethyl alcohol of agricultural origin, as well as companies producing pellet and other biomass boilers and cooperating with other industrial companies in field of renewable energy.
What does Riga Technical University hope to gain from the Coolsweep project?
- Fostering the cluster creation in Latvia with the proposal of a proper methodologies,
- Favouring the internationality aspect within the cluster action field in Latvia,
Promoting a know-how system for optimization of the energy production vs economical profit within the Latvian waste-to-energy routes.