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Steering Committee meeting at the ISSP UL

The SWEB project, led by the Institute of Solid State Physics at the University of Latvia, marked its first year of pioneering research and development in energy-efficient technologies with a pivotal Steering Committee meeting on March 21, 2024. Held at the ISSP UL main conference hall in Riga and accessible worldwide via Zoom, this event highlighted the collaborative effort and commitment of the SWEB team and its international partners.

Dr. Juris Purans, SWEB Project Manager and Head of the Thin Film Laboratory at ISSP UL, along with esteemed colleagues from various prestigious institutions, assessed the project’s achievements so far and laid out plans for the upcoming year. The SWEB project aims to transform smart windows’ efficiency has not only achieved but surpassed its objectives for its first year, offering innovative solutions to global energy challenges.

Highlights from the Meeting:

  • Project Roadmap Success: Under Dr. Purans’ leadership, the SWEB project has efficiently navigated its first year, focusing on the development of advanced coatings for smart windows. These efforts are pivotal in reducing energy consumption in buildings, contributing significantly to environmental sustainability.
  • Research Breakthroughs: Dr. Smagul Karazhanov, SWEB ERA-Chair holder, shared insightful updates on photochromism and thermochromism research, emphasizing the project’s strides towards achieving long-term sustainability and industry collaboration. Dr. Martins Zubkins presented the latest findings on the photochromism of YHO, indicating promising avenues for future energy solutions.
  • International Collaboration and Innovation: The meeting highlighted the successful creation of a thin film prototype by Ph.D. student Halil Arslan, showcasing the project’s capacity for innovation and the potent integration of academic research with practical applications.
  • Outreach and Dissemination: Led by Dr. Ilze Aulika, the project’s dissemination efforts include an array of workshops, seminars, and conferences, significantly enhancing the SWEB project’s visibility and impact within the scientific community and beyond.

The Steering Committee approved the hiring of important roles to strengthen the project team and gave the green light for acquiring necessary Roll-to-Roll equipment. Suggestions were put forward to improve research methods and create specific security protocols for handling VO2 and V2O5 materials. The SWEB project is a symbol of scientific innovation and teamwork, connecting research with practical applications. With its accomplishments in the first year, it’s paving the way for new benchmarks in smart energy solutions.



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