|Developing proposals for new projects in cooperation with university in Germany|
In the academic environment summer is the time when the results achieved in the previous semester are evaluated and the personnel goes for well deserved vacation. In our Institute summer also is the perfect time for generation of new ideas.
On June 19 and 20 at our Institute we had guests from the Brandenburg University of Technology (BTU) Cottbus: Vice President of Teaching, Human Resource Development and Further Education, Professor Matthias Koziol and representatives from the Faculty of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Urban Planning. Currently the Institute of Energy Systems and Environment (IESE) and BTU Cottbus are project partners within the framwork of project "Public energy alternatives." Purpose of the visit was to agree on further cooperation after the current project ends.
The agenda of the visit started with the presentations by the BTU Cottbus representatives. Followed by introduction to main research areas and realized projects in our Institute, presented by the director of the IESE, Professor Dagnija Blumberga.
During the discussion, directions for future cooperation and common research areas were identified.
During the visit, a meeting with the Riga Technical University (RTU) Deputy Vice-Rector for Research, Professor Gatis Bažbauers was organized.
During the meeting with the RTU Deputy Vice-Rector, a necessity to prepare an Erasmus exchange agreement between the RTU and the BTU Cottbus was defined. An exchange agreement will give a possibility not only for an exchange of students, but also will facilitate mobility of lecturers. This means that students at the IESE will have the opportunity to listen to lectures by the BTU Cottbus lecturers and students at the BTU Cottbus – by the IESE lecturers.
During the next day of the visit, a trip to the sites of bio-energy utilization in Latvia was organized by IESE. At first guests visited one of the biggest woodchip boiler houses in the Baltic. Further the route led to the apartment building in Sigulda, where for the heating purposes of the building first in Latvia solar and pellet combisystem is used.
It is important to note that in both visited sites installed boilers and fuel used are produced in Latvia. The proper operation of these boiler houses provides one of the lowest tariffs for heating in Latvia.
The two-day visit resulted in the development of two new ideas for future research projects between IESE and BTU Cottbus.
Text prepared by Lelde Timma
Photo by Stefan Simonides