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ULTRASOFC: Breaking the temperature limits of Solid Oxide Fuel Cells: Towards a new family of ultra-thin portable power sources. EU-H2020- ERC. The Project integrates new Nanoionics concepts into micro-SOFC technology to make it work at high temperature with liquid fuels and, eventually, at room temperature under illumination.

CELL3DITOR: Development of cost effective manufacturing technologies for key components or fuel cell systems. EU-H2020-JTI-FCH. This is a manufacturing Project focused on developing a new multi-material ceramic 3d printing technology able to print a whole SOFC stack in a single step process. IREC is the leader of the Cell3Ditor project and participates in the 3D printing and characterization of functional ceramic components and devices.

HARVESTORE: Energy HarveStorers for Powering the Internet of Things (H2020-FETPROACT). Project aims to power IoT nodes from ubiquitous heat and light sources by using nano-enabled micro-energy systems which unitize novel harvesting and electrochemical storage concepts in a single device. By engineering ionic and electronic transport using concepts from the emerging Nanoionics and Iontronics disciplines, this intimate and synergistic combination will give rise to a radically new family of all-solid state micro-energy sources able to harvest and store energy at the same time. IREC leads this project and is present in several work packages devoted to fabricate and characterize materials and devices.

3D MADE: Materiales y dispositivos impresos en tres dimensiones para  almacenamiento de energia y produccion de biofuel. MINECO. Using 3D printing of ceramics, it is targeted to fabricate SOECs and chemical reactors for multiple energy applications. REC plays the role of coordinator of this project and participates in the fabrication of ceramic 3D printed devices.

SIGGNAL: Silicon-Germanium Nanostructures for the Energy Generation and Storage. MINECO. The project is focused on the use of thermoelectric generators as harvesters for low-grade heat recovery. IREC has devised and developed the core material of the technology and works in the optimization of thermoelectric harvesters.

CoSin: The Project is focused on biogas upgrading by means of catalytic processes using CO2 from gas cleaning and H2 from high/low temperature electrolysis. IREC implements its long experience in the generation of advanced materials for solid oxide cells to develop an electrolizer system in cooperation with Catalan industries. This project is financed by ACCIO and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) in Catalonia in the period 2014-2020.

ECo: Efficient Co-Electrolyser for Efficient Renewable Energy Storage (EU-H2020-JTI-FCH). The Eco Project deals with high temperature co-electrolysis applied to convert electricity coming from renewable energies into methane. In the frame of this project, IREC develops functional materials for the improvement of the performance of solid oxide electrolizer electrodes.

Micro-SOLUTION: Micro-Solid Oxide Fuel Cells based on highly catalytic ceramic oxide thin films nanostructures. EU-H2020- MSCA. The project will focus on the development of innovative ceramic electrodes for fabrication of more robust fully ceramic Micro-Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (µSOFC) with increased performance. One of the project highlights is the high-throughput fabrication of SOFC cathode materials. This activity received the Christian Friedrich Schönbein Bronze Medal at the 12th European SOFC & SOE Forum.

REFER: The REFER project (that stands for Energy Reduction and Flexibility in Buildings in Rehabilitation) aims at improving the energy efficiency in buildings, giving flexibility using various options to face the generation of renewable energy and energy efficiency. Current cities face the challenge that buildings have very different usage and distribution, from residential to industrial or commercial use. Consumption and options to improve energy management are different upon usage.The REFER project aims at improving energy efficiency in existing buildings (not so focused on newly built structures), with a differentiated focus between residential and tertiary use. This project is financed by ACCIO and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) in Catalonia in the period 2014-2020.

NAenCAT: The NAenCAT project aims at being a reference in Smart Grids by innovating in sensors and remote control systems, and distributed automation along the electrical grid in Catalonia. This project is financed by ACCIO and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) in Catalonia in the period 2014-2020.

PVICOKEST: International cooperative programme for photovoltaic kesterite-based technologies. The objective of this project is the study of the growth and basic properties of new kesterite-based materials specially adapted for low-cost, high-performance and environmentally-friendly photovoltaic technologies. The project builds on the development of new synergies and collaborative activities between participants across Europe, who have a broad knowledge base in related fields.

ATON: Research and development of new energy generation technologies based on thin-film photovoltaic cells. ATON aims to generate new scientific and technological knowledge for acquiring the technological knowhow required by the enterprises belonging to the consortium, for the consolidation of competitive industrial activity in the development and production of more efficient and more economical thin film PV modules, including amorphous Si and CIGS-based technologies.

LIQUION: The use and applications of ionic liquids. The aim of this project is to conduct research into new technologies based on ionic liquids and their industrial applications in the transport, energy, environmental and biomedical sectors. The applications for energy include the creation of batteries and new photovoltaic technologies.

Low cost ceramic-based substrate for chalcogenide-based PV Technology.

Development of Kesterites-based solar cells for low-cost photovoltaic technologies.
KIC-EES: Electric Energy Storage. This KIC project deals with Electric Energy Storage including Hydro-Units, Flywheels and Batteries. The IREC participates in the design and testing of new and more efficient fuel cells and batteries.

SAPIENS: SOFC Auxiliary Power in Emission/Noise Solutions.
This project aims to design, optimize and build several 200W mSOFC stacks and to integrate them into hybrid power systems comprising the fuel cell, a battery and appli-ances found in a recreational vehicle (RV).

SAFARI: SOFC APU for Auxiliary Road-truck Installations
“SAFARI” is a new proposal and consortium assembled to apply the Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) in early markets for auxiliary power supplies on trucks using liquid methane, a fuel increasingly used in the EU because it is economic, low carbon, cleaner than diesel and has greater future availability.

MULTICAT: Development of efficient catalysers for sustainable chemical processes and clean energy generation. The objective of this project is to develop new catalytic processes mainly designed for the production of alternative energies and their storage. The project therefore focuses on the design of multi-site catalysers, and offers the possibility of having consecutive cascade reactions that avoid intermediate separation and purification steps.

POWER-PACK: High energy density (bio) ethanol-fuelled power source for consumer electronic applications and microsystems. The objective of this project is to develop a high energy density power generator based on solid oxide fuel cells and fuelled with (bio) ethanol for powering portable devices and microsystems. This opens up a new line of research for the Nanoionics Group of the Catalonia Institute for Energy Research (IREC).
Funding: MICINN-Proyectos de Investigación Fundamental No Orientada Chemical Vapor Deposition System for Semiconductor Nanowires Growth onto Wafer-like Substrates

Development of solid oxide fuel cells and electrolysers
KIC-EES: Electric Energy Storage. This KIC project deals with Electric Energy Storage comprising Hydro-Units, Flywheels and Batteries. IREC participates in the design and testing of new and more efficient fuel cells and batteries.
Funding: European Institute of Technology - KIC Innoenergy

KIC-Smart Grids. The objective of the project is to facilitate gradual changes in the development of the Smart Grids of the future, through new materials and manufacturing processes.
Funding: European Institute of Technology - KIC Innoenergy

KIC-HIITEG: High Temperature Thermoelectric Generator based on process convergence. The HITTEG is in line with the expected impact of the present project aimed at greening surface transport and industry by recovering energy from the wasted heat, which represents nearly two-thirds of the chemical energy of fuel. Adding a TE converter recovering the heat of the exhaust gases will reduce the load of the alternator and its associated induced consumption, resulting in fuel savings and reduced emissions.
Funding: European Institute of Technology - KIC Innoenergy

KIC-Enthin PV. Encapsulation of thin film PV.

Development of Vanadium Redox Flow Batteries
Funding: (REDES-2025), Singular Strategic Projects. MICINN - Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation

MULTICAT: Development of efficient catalysers for sustainable chemical processes and clean energy generation. The objective of this project is to develop new catalytic processes mainly designed for the production of alternative energies and their storage. The project therefore focuses on the design of multi-site catalysers, and offers the possibility of having consecutive cascade reactions that avoid intermediate separation and purification steps.

SOSTCO2: New sustainable industrial uses for CO2. The project aims to develop an efficient and scalable system for photo-reducing CO2 using mesoporous materials. The first step is to synthesise TiO2 nanocrystalline. The second step will be the evaluation of photovoltaic activity in comparison with the reduction of CO2.

M2E: Electronic materials and M2E power. This consolidated research group carries out activities related to electronic materials and power.

FETENS: Fabrication of High efficiency electrolyser system for energy storage (ACC10). Technology transfer project on the fabrication of high temperature electrolysis technology. The aim of the FETENs project is the development of flexible power-to-gas system for energy storage. The energy produced by renewable sources during the low spot energy prices periods would be used to reduce H2O (or H2O+CO2) to H2 (or synthetic gas) and smartly couple the two major energy infrastructures of our modern society, i. e. gas and electricity networks, through the use of Solid Oxide Cells technology that improves the performance and durability compared to other electrolysers. Project co-financed by the European Regional Development Funds (ERDF) of the European Union in the framework of the ERDF 2014-2020 Operational Program.