Aivars Starikovs is Member of the Board of Hydrogen Europe who represents the European industry, national associations and research centers active in the hydrogen and fuel cell sector.
Aivars is also Chairman of the Board of Latvian Hydrogen Association, Advisor for Energy and Alternative Fuels to President of Latvian Academy of Sciences and Member of the Riga City Council Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Technologies Advisory Board.
His current responsibilities include: international cooperation coordination, cooperation with responsible Ministries and Municipal Authorities, Infrastructure Business Plan development and implementation and providing excellence in research, development and management. Currently Aivars as North-East European cluster coordinator is working on development of Joint Procurement Strategy for fuel cell buses what is stimulating business cases and continuous implementation of zero emission hydrogen transport.
Previously He was the coordinator for priority National State Research Program “Innovative technologies for energy extraction and use of low carbon assurance with renewable energy, support measures for environmental and climate degradation mitigation – LATENERGI” for evaluation of hydrogen technologies in stationary and mobile applications in Latvia.
Aivars is Bch Physicist and MSc International economics and management from University of Latvia, and has experience in biomass gasification in thermochemical and pyrolysis reactors, has published a number of reports covering the biomass and natural gas applications with ICE, CHP and fuel cell technologies, including feasibility evaluation of biomass and biogas cogeneration plants in Latvia and other European countries. To continue professional growth is now studying in Latvian University of Life Sciences and Technologies MSc Engineer course.