Institute of Physical Energetics
Aizkraukles 21
LV-1006, Riga, Latvia
Phone: +371 67552011
Fax: +371 67550839
Welcome to Institute of Physical Energetics
Institute of Physical Energetics (IPE) was established in 1946. IPE is the leading institute in Latvia in the field of energy research. Its main activities cover a wide scope of energy research issues, such as the modelling and analysis of the energy - environment interactions, the energy - environmental policy studies, the pricing and tariff policy in the energy sector, the energy efficiency improvement and energy conservation programmes. Integration of the technologies directed towards the rational use of energy to ensure sustainable development of the Latvian energy sector and optimisation of the heat energy production and consumption systems in Latvia are given special attention in the research work of the institute.

Main research areas:
- regional energy sector analysis and optimisation;
- energy saving management;
- energy - environmental policy studies;
- renewable energy resources;
- energy efficiency;
- electrical networks and electricity supply systems;
- clean fossil energy technologies;
- electrical devices and machines;
- research into advanced materials and solid state physics problems.

IPE has very wide national and international cooperation. In the period 2006-2011, the scientists of IPE have participated in many national and international cooperation projects, including the FP5, FP6 and FP7, IEE, Interreg, EC JRC, IAEA, COST, Twinning, SmartGrids ERA-Net, FENCO ERA-Net, Latvia-Belarus bilateral agreement programme, Climate Change Funding Programme, European Social Fund, European Regional Development Fund, State Research Programme, Latvian Council of Science-funded projects and other projects.

Overview of research laboratories and groups at the Institute of Physical Energetics

Molecular Electronics Group
Investigations of new organic materials for photovoltaics: wide spectral range photosensitive bi-layer organic bulk heterojunction system.

Laboratory of Advanced Materials and Technologies
Assessment of technical, economical and environmental factors for use of organic waste as a source for bioenergy.

Laboratory of Power Electronics
Methods for estimation of the regenerative energy storage in urban electric transport.

Laboratory of Modelling of Electromagnetic Processes
Power electronics and applications: reluctance generators for the use in low-power wind plants.

Laboratory of Energy System Analyses and Optimization
Assessment of regional employment effects of renewable energy sources integration in the energy sector of Latvia. Analyses of energy supply options and security of energy supply in the Baltic States and application of modelling methods for emissions projections.

Laboratory of Energy Resources
Evaluation of the renewable energy policies in Latvia. Innovation technologies for utilisation of renewable energy sources in Latvia and perspectives for solar thermal energy in Baltic States. Biomass residues and energy crops availability and use in Latvia

Laboratory of Heat Technology
Feasibility studies for renovating the systems of district heat supply replacing heating mains by pre-insulated pipes, modernisation of heat substation centres, raising the efficiency of district heating systems.

Energy Efficiency Center
Multicriterial evaluation methods for the selection of competing energy-efficient technologies for energy saving in buildings. Comparison and analysis of different nuclear power plants (NPP), including analysis of most suitable NPP solutions for energy demand in Latvia.

Laboratory of Electric Power System Simulation
Baltic countries power networks reliability problems under market conditions and methods of reliability improvement. Methods for power system transmission networks optimisation.

Laboratory of Energy Economy and Management
Present risk management problems on energy and environmental policy in Central and Eastern Europe countriesOptimization methods of the wind energy application depending on the structure of the power system and the underground gas storage facilities.

Laboratory of Radiation Scattering
Use of x-ray diffraction and acoustic waves for determination of small deformations in single crystals.

Scientific Group Supporting Latvian Activities of the European Strategic Energy Technology Plan
Elaboration of intelligent energy storage control algorithms for the optimisation of energy consumption in the public transport; Research of European Smart Grids; IT solutions for optimal strategy of energy technology choices.