EARTO annual conference was held in Warsaw

The annual conference of the European Association of Research and Technology Organisations (EARTO) took place in Warsaw on May 15-16, 2024. The second day of the conference was held at the Łukasiewicz Research Network – Institute of Aviation. The conference program focused mainly on the theme “The Role of European RTOs in Supporting EU Open Strategic Autonomy.” The discussions included high-level speakers from the European Commission, as well as EARTO members and senior RTO representatives from around the world. Dr. Rolandas Urbonas, Deputy Director of LEI, also spoke in the panel discussion “Competence Dissemination and Development of RTO Capabilities Across Europe.”

The costs of participation in the EARTO conference were covered by the funds of the project “Membership in the Association of European Research Coordinators and Administrators”, financed by the funds of the Economic Revitalization and Resilience Enhancement Fund under the plan “New Generation Lithuania”, the funding institution is the Research Council of Lithuania (LMT).

Guests from Polish universities visited LEI

On May 14, LEI welcomed guests from Poland – Professor Yuriy Bilan and Professor Jaroslaw Korpysa. Prof. Yuriy Bilan from Rzeszów University of Technology is the editor of the Journal of International Studies. Prof. Jaroslaw Korpysa from the University of Szczecin is the head of the doctoral school. They were accompanied by Dr. Mantas Švažas, an expert in the renewable energy sector from Vytautas Magnus University. Both scientists are involved in research in the renewable energy sector. The purpose of the meeting was to exchange experiences and discuss opportunities for collaboration on joint projects and research. There was extensive discussion on the successful practices of Polish universities in attracting foreign students to doctoral programs. The discussion included the participation of Deputy Director Dr. Rimantas Bakas, study administrator Jolanta Kazakevičienė, MTEPIPC project manager Rimantas Levinskas, Chief Research Associate Dr. Egidijus Urbonavičius, and Chief Research Associate Dr. Dalius Tarvydas.

Competition for Admission to state-funded full-time doctoral studies is approaching

Competition for Admission to state-funded full-time doctoral studies is approaching!
Submission of applications: 6 – 20 June, 2024

Got any questions? Feel free to ask!
📧 studijos@lei.lt
📞 +370 37 401809

For doctoral students at the Lithuanian Energy Institute, we offer the following conditions:
✓ Employment opportunities during studies.
✓ Access to state-of-the-art scientific equipment for research.
✓ Internships at foreign science centers.
✓ Opportunities to publish scientific achievements at international conferences.
✓ Participation in national and international scientific research projects.
✓ Growth within the active team of researchers at the institute, expanding your competencies and acquiring new skills.

For more information: https://www.lei.lt/en/phd-studies/admission-to-phd-studies/

Congratulations to Gediminas Skarbalius on completing his PhD

Congratulations to Gediminas Skarbalius, a Junior research associate at the LEI Laboratory of Heat-Equipment Research and Testing, who successfully defended his PhD dissertation on 18 April 2024 on the topic of Molecular dynamics study of energetic characteristics of evaporating, condensing and reflecting molecules at the liquid-vapour interface (Technological Sciences, Energetics and Power Engineering, T006).
 

LEI representatives at Sustainable Nuclear Energy Technology Platform’s General Assembly and Forum

Through 17-19 April LEI representatives Algirdas Kaliatka and Sigitas Rimkevičius participate in the Sustainable Nuclear Energy Technology Platform‘s (SNETP) General Assembly and Forum.

The Forum brings together 275 participants from 26 countries. The Lithuanian Energy Institute is currently participating in 3 Euratom projects of the Horizon Europe Programme, which have been awarded the SNETP label, indicating that the project ideas have been positively evaluated by the SNETP experts, and have been recognised as mature and in line with the SNETP Starting Points. SNETP is the European Technology and Innovation Platform recognised by the European Commission, bringing together 120 organisations from 25 countries.
 

The director of LEI participated in the meeting of the European Energy Research Alliance (EERA)

On April 8th, Dr. Sigitas Rimkevičius, the director of LEI (Lithuanian Energy Institute), participated in the meeting of the Management Committee of the EERA (European Energy Research Alliance) Energy Systems Integration Joint Programme, held at the EERA headquarters in Brussels. The meeting discussed preparations for the EERA seminars to be held at the Lithuanian Energy Institute on June 4th and 5th of this year, and detailed their programs.

EERA brings together more than 250 European research organizations and universities and is the research pillar of the EC’s Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET Plan).

The kick-off meeting of the ICEREG project took place in Riga

Most often, floods are caused by melting snow and ice accumulations (about 70-75% of cases). Floods caused by ice floes are difficult to predict: the rate of water level rise is determined not by days, but by hours. It will be even more difficult to estimate the size and frequency of such floods in the future, under changing climate conditions. As a result, the Interreg project “Ice-jam flood risk management in Latvian and Lithuanian regions with respect to climate change” (ICEREG) was initiated, which aims to improve ice flood risk management.

on April 3th the kick-off meeting of the project took place in Riga. During the meeting, project managers, communication specialists and project experts of the three organizations implementing the project met. Project manager Tatjana Kolcova introduced the main aspects of the work plan and the deadlines. During the discussions, the participants discussed what data is most important in the study of historical ice floe floods, how experts will be trained to use modern digital ice floe modeling tools. It was discussed how the knowledge will be transferred to interested organizations and local government representatives.

“The biggest advantage of this meeting was getting to know experts from various organizations and sharing their experiences. In the future, this will help to solve the project’s tasks more effectively” – said the head of the LEI Hydrology Laboratory, dr. Jūratė Kriaučiūnienė.

The project is carried out together with the Latvian Environment, Geology and Meteorology centre and Lithuanian Hydrometeorological Service under the Ministry of
Environment.

The Project is funded by the European Union’s Interreg VI-A Latvia–Lithuania Programme 2021–2027
More information: https://www.lei.lt/en/projektas/icereg/

JPs e3s & ESI – Joint workshop on Sustainability in Energy Systems


 

JPs e3s & ESI – Joint workshop on Sustainability in Energy Systems
4th june 2024, Lithuanian Energy institute, Breslaujos st. 3, LT-44403 Kaunas, Lithuania.

 

Background

A central aim of the energy transition is not only to achieve climate-neutrality, but also that the future energy system is sustainable. Today, energy systems models (ESMs) are the dominant tool used for the model-based construction of energy scenarios aimed at providing policy advice to achieve climate-neutrality typically by the middle of the century. However, in most cases the models used minimise total system costs under different decarbonisation constraints and, more generally, focus on techno-economic aspects, i.e. they fall short in considering sustainability aspects in a wider sense. A comprehensive sustainability assessment of the resulting scenarios and energy systems is typically missing and, in the few cases where it is carried out, the scenarios typically perform poorly with respect to sustainability criteria beyond global warming potential since these criteria are not taken into account in the scenario construction. As a result, the produced scenarios and systems lack practical feasibility.

Objectives

This one-day workshop is aimed at discussing the methodological challenges and possible solutions to provide the required pre-conditions to develop sustainable energy systems and transition scenarios from a holistic perspective. Therefore, the focus will be on multidisciplinary approaches, which are suitable for considering environmental, economic and social aspects as well as their cross-impacts and for dealing with the target conflicts that arise inevitably. The aim is to summarise the possible solutions and research requirements discussed in a white paper.

Format

This is a roll-up-your-sleeves workshop. Participants are encouraged to present a poster at lunchtime, which should focus on possible contributions to the topic of the workshop (solutions for constructing transition scenarios towards sustainable energy systems more holistically). Potential posters should ideally address at least two of the following topics:

Posters presentation

Participants interested to present a poster should send a poster title to m.menon@eera-set.eu and g.botton@eera-set.eu by April 30th 2024 at the latest.

Registration and additional information

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/jps-e3s-esi-joint-workshop-on-sustainability-in-energy-systems-tickets-858148062957

On March 28-29th LEI representatives participated in the LITEXPO “Career & studies” event

👉 On March 28-29th LEI representatives participated in the LITEXPO “Career & studies” event, where we presented career opportunities at LEI.

And on April 18 We will invite VILNIUS TECH students to join the LEI team at the event “VILNIUS TECH GRAVITY – Career Day 2024”.

GIFFT project partners visited the “Panevėžio stiklas” factory

On March 6-7, 2024, the first meeting of the implementers of the project “Sustainable Glass Industry with Fuel-Flexible Technology” #GIFFT” (LEI coordinated) took place. For a more detailed discussion, on March 7, GIFFT project partners met at the AB “Panevėžio stiklas” factory, where the glass manufacturing process was presented.

More about the project: https://www.gifft-europe.eu/