Financial support is needed in order to implement renewable resources in countries energy sector in the shortest time period. Among the most important supports for European Union Member states are feed-in tariff and feed-in tariff premiums. This research analyses one country’s experience in applying subsidies of the electricity tariff that has caused public protests after 20 years. There are many reasons for this which are analysed in the paper. One of the most important reasons of high subsidies of energy tariffs – coincident mandatory procurement implementation of application of fossil fuel (imported natural gas) for cogeneration units, which has to be classified as external mover (initiator) factor. Energy sector’s potential development scenarios with or without support for renewable energy resources are being analysed in the paper.
Teaching Applied Geophysics at RTU: the Basics for a Fast, Green, Inexpensive Subground Investigation Method
Geophysical methods are applied to determine a spatial model of the underground, to locate fault zones, to investigate the regional ground-water system, or to derive lithological parameters. In other words, applied geophysics provides the distribution of physical parameters of the subsurface through surveys at the earth's surface without destroying soil formations. In Latvia there are few expert companies of geophysics surveys.
Thus, it is important that environmental experts have knowledge in this, and that Latvia, as a country, has access to international expertise.
During the study introduced hereto we compared the geophysics course in the Riga Technical University (RTU) with similar courses in eight European universities and one Latvian university, gathering information through websites and/or personal contacts. We collected information about the duration of the courses, learning objectives, topics, teaching methods, credit points etc. As a result, proposals on how to improve the course in RTU were elaborated.
Use of Benchmark Methodology in Environmental Impact Assessment
Every industrial activity and procedure influences the environment and climate change. This impact has to be assessed and therefore the procedure of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) including the application of a benchmark methodology has been developed. The developed benchmark methodology can be used in the initial assessment as a screening method. The article surveys the developed benchmark methodology for impact assessment of the projects providing extraction of dolomite in the deposits of mineral resources. The benchmark methodology developed makes it possible to assess the impacts caused by the provided activity by objective considerations, to conduct comparison of different projects and evaluate whether the provided activity corresponds to the principles of sustainable development.
Girts Vigants, Dagnija Blumberga, Ģirts Vīgants and Dagnija Blumberga
Modelling of the District Heating System's Operation
The development of a district heating systems calculation model means improvement in the energy efficiency of a district heating system, which makes it possible to reduce the heat losses, thus positively affecting the tariffs on thermal energy.
In this paper, a universal approach is considered, based on which the optimal flow and temperature conditions in a district heating system network could be calculated. The optimality is determined by the least operational costs. The developed calculation model has been tested on the Ludza district heating system based on the technical parameters of this system.
Andra Blumberga, Lelde Timma and Dagnija Blumberga
When the renewable energy is used, the challenge is match the supply of intermittent energy with the demand for energy therefore the energy storage solutions should be used. This paper is dedicated to hydrogen accumulation from wind sources. The case study investigates the conceptual system that uses intermitted renewable energy resources to produce hydrogen (power-to-gas concept) and fuel (power-to-liquid concept). For this specific case study hydrogen is produced from surplus electricity generated by wind power plant trough electrolysis process and fuel is obtained by upgrading biogas to biomethane using hydrogen. System dynamic model is created for this conceptual system. The developed system dynamics model has been used to simulate 2 different scenarios. The results show that in both scenarios the point at which the all electricity needs of Latvia are covered is obtained. Moreover, the methodology of system dynamics used in this paper is white-box model that allows to apply the developed model to other case studies and/or to modify model based on the newest data. The developed model can be used for both scientific research and policy makers to better understand the dynamic relation within the system and the response of system to changes in both internal and external factors.
Edgars Vigants, Dagnija Blumberga and Ivars Veidenbergs
Climate Technology in a Wood Chips Boiler House
One of the innovative solutions of climate technologies is a pilot project relating to the condenser of fuel combustion products which is installed at a chips-fuelled boiler house in the Ludza city. A commercial experiment with the use of a gas condenser has been run at a boiler-house. An empirical model has been obtained, that describes the relation between the specific greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction and the temperature difference of irrigation liquid & condensate mixture.