From May 2019 Water Research laboratory in cooperation with LLC “Bio RE” executes ERDF 18.104.22.168. measure “Support for applied research” 2nd round project “Zero-to-low-waste technology for simultaneous production of liquid biofuel and biogas from biomass”.
Project aims to develop and enhance biological technologies for biomass processing, design a system for efficient recovery of produced fermentable sugars, work on enhancement of anaerobic digestion by introducing technologies that allow to process fats and oils. Furthermore, re-use of overall wastes will be evaluated.
Project kick-off meeting on 3rd May 2019 gathered representatives from both scientific and administrative personnel in both partners.
On 26th August second partner meeting was organised. Scientific achievements were presented from both teams. Water Research laboratory researchers presented latest achievements in collection of fungal enzymes. New protocol for production is under development. Moreover, first practical and theoretical tests for sugar recovery system have been carried out. LLC “Bio RE” presented the results about freezing/thawing technology of digestate and first results about potentially valuable flocculants for waste processing technology design.
On 18 of June representatives of the Ministry of Education and Science of Latvia in cooperation with RTU Water research laboratory members organized iWatermap stakeholders meeting.
The meeting was moderated by Dāvids Štēbelis and stakeholders was introduced with iWatermap project, e.g., project vision, and results. The second part of the meeting was dedicated to the development of Critical Mass Development, Human Capital and Internationalization Roadmap for the water sector in Latvia.
In the meeting was invited representatives from Triple helix, e.g., Latvia water and wastewater works association, The Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development, Latvian Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre, University of Latvia (several research institutes), Latvia University of Life Sciences and Technologies, Latvian State Forest Research Institute “Silava”.
From 2019 May 8-10 Kristina Tihomirova, Linda Mežule, Viktorija Deņisova, and Ksenija Golovko participated in the Biosystems Engineering conference organized by Estonian University of Life Sciences. The goal of BSE 2019 was to stimulate collaboration in various fields of biosystems engineering, to foster an environment conducive to exchanging ideas and information. This conference provides a great environment to develop new collaborations and meet experts on the fundamentals, applications, and products of the mentioned fields. Conference participants had the opportunity to get acquainted with our latest research developed under:
1) the INTERREG the Baltic Sea region international cooperation programme BEST (Better Efficiency for Industrial Sewage Treatment, #R054) during the cooperation with landfill management company the Llc ZAOO and Landfill Daibe “Management of wastewater from landfill of inorganic fiberglass” from K. Tihomirova, V. Denisova, K. Golovko, O. Kirilina–Gutmane, L. Mezule, T. Juhna.
2) INNO-INDIGO IPP3 project B-LIQ “Development of an Integrated Process for Conversion of Biomass to Affordable Liquid Biofuel” B-LIQ from L. Mezule, I. Berzina and M. Strods – “The impact of substrate-enzyme proportion for efficient hydrolysis of hay”
Our team had an opportunity to visit the wastewater treatment plant and cooling station in Tartu.
More information about the conference here.
Since the end of February, within the framework of the NOAH project, RTU scientists Jānis Rubulis, Maris Kaļinka, Marta Zemīte, Gints Dakša and Valts Urbanovičs have several meetings in partner organizations – Jūrmala Water Ltd and Liepaja “Komunālajā pārvaldē”.
During the meetings were discussed about the NOAH pilot areas and there located stormwater infrastructure. On the meeting agendas were the issues related to data collection from pilot areas.
One of the pilot areas in Jurmala is the catchment area of Miera Street in Dzintari, but also pilot areas in Kauguri and Pumpuri are planned. In Liepaja, the pilot area was selected in the catchment area of Tebras Street.
In April in NOAH project, geospatial measurements were made, i.e. using a drone for the water and shore area of the Ogre River and some of the most important objects. Measurements were made in approximately 20 km distance from the A6 motorway in Ogre to the administrative boundary of Ogresgala parish. From the airborne surveys, measurements later will be generated the 3D model of the area for the flood modeling. Photos from J.Zvirgzds personal archive.
On 9 and 10 April, a meeting of iWatermap project partners took place in the Heraklion (Region of Crete, Greece).
Dāvids Štēbelis from Water Research Laboratory presented a summary of activities carried out in recent months. This included conclusions about the actors (prospects and leads) in the water industry that fit into the Triple Helix model developed by Henry Etzkowitz researcher from Stanford University.
The Triple Helix model describes the interaction between Academia, Industry, and Government to promote economic and social development.
David sketched out the key challenges for Academia-Industry; Academia -Government and Industry -Government relations.
The meeting was also attended by Jānis Rubulis senior researcher from the Water Research Laboratory; Marika Laudere and Ronalds Štrauhs representatives of the Ministry of Education and Science, as well as Gints Pērkons, Executive Director of the Latvian water and wastewater works association, and Marita Stradere, Deputy Director of education and research at Mechanics and Technology College of Olaine.
On 11.04. our students had a practical lesson at the Jelgavas ūdens water treatment plant. It was a great opportunity for students to see all water treatment at work, get a better understanding of the whole process and solve real tasks in water treatment plant. Many thanks to Jelgavas ūdens for this great chance and warm welcome!
From April 2 to 4, Riga Technical University (RTU) Water Research Laboratory within the Interreg Baltic sea region Programme 2014-2020 project #R054 BEST – Better Efficiency for Industrial Sewage Treatment organized a meeting of project partners in Riga, which took place at the premises of RTU Faculty of Architecture. At the partner meeting, Water Research Laboratory was represented by scientists Kristina Tihomirova, Sandis Dejus, Jānis Zviedris, Ksenija Golovko and Tālis Juhna, and Arta Čakša-Lapsiņa, Head of Project Preparation and Development Unit of RTU Project Management and Development Department.
The partner meeting was led by Sandis Dejus, during which he presented the WP2 Progress Report and a presentation on the project’s legislative summary of legislation and RTU’s experience of interviews with manufacturing companies and municipal water management related to wastewater discharges into centralized sewerage systems.
Important speakers as Iveta Teibe (Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development of the Republic of Latvia), Jānis Jansons (Lakalme ltd), Karina Steinberga (A/S Smiltenes piens), Katarzyna Umiejewska (Warsaw University of Technology), Kuldar Kipper (E-Piim Tootmine and Põltsamaa Varahalduse), Imants Bozovics, (Latvijas Piens LTD), Romans Neilands (Riga Technical University, Rigas udens ltd), Pirjo Patala (JVP-Eura Oy), Paweł Królak (City of Warsaw), Esa Nikunen (City of Helsinki) were participated in open day workshop at 03 April.
During the partner meeting, a wide range of stakeholders had the opportunity to participate in a seminar on the management of wastewater from food production, with particular emphasis on the specifics of wastewater treatment in dairy companies. The project partners also visited the LTD Adazu udens Waste Water Treatment Plant and the Orkla Confectionery & Snacks Latvija chip factory in Adazi to discuss the established cooperation model between the two companies and get acquainted with the wastewater treatment processes of both companies.
Thanks to all participants for active participation in the partner meeting and workshop, as well as the teams of LTD “Adazu udens” and Orkla Confectionery & Snacks Latvia for the support and admission of project participants!
The next project partner meeting is scheduled for November 2019 in Kaliningrad! More information about the project: https://bestbalticproject.eu
On 20-21.03., the partners of the NOAH project met at the progress meeting at SAMK (Satakunta University of Applied Sciences) in Pori, Finland. The wholel project aims to protect the Baltic sea and reduce climat change, which are currently a global problem. It was a great oportunity to our colleagues to take a part in workshops, visit Pori pilots and meet face-to-face all partners from Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Denmark and Finland. Some of workshop topics were “Build-up of Extreme Weather Layer”, “Water quality sampling and analysis” and “Real time control”.
Next NOAH progress meeting will start on 09/2019.
At the beginning of March, partners from Bielefield Univeristy, Faculty of Physics (Germany) came to Riga, to Water Research Laboratory, to meet Prof.Talis Juhna and Asoc.Prof.Jānis Rubulis. Thus partners from Germany (physics of supermolecular systems and surfaces) introduced more closely with plans about developing a new material for forwarding osmosis applications. They were shown laboratory and introduced with us. Also partners discuss about possible cooperation in the future, in the field of carbon nanomembranes.