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Projectes - Materials Avançats per a l'Energia

CoSin: The aim of the COSIN project is to develop synthetic fuels from biogenic carbon and water. It is then possible to cover the current and future need of energy storage in energy systems. This may solve the challenge of energy storage from renewable sources. Additionally, the project relates to circular economy since the carbon origin is from a biogenic source, contributing to an improved environment. This project is financed by ACCIO and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) in Catalonia in the period 2014-2020.

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.

INDUCIS: Development and industrial implementation of cost-effective advanced CIGS photovoltaic technologies. The objective of this project is the interchange of knowledge and the establishment of cooperative synergies between the research and industrial sectors required for the development and industrial implementation of advanced photovoltaic (PV) technologies for the fabrication of low cost, high efficiency, thin-film solar cells and modules. Coordinated.

SCALENANO: Development and scale-up of nanostructured based materials and processes for low-cost high-efficiency chalcogenide based photovoltaics. Scalenano is an integrated project from the Energy 2011 FP7 programme that involves 13 partners including the main European research centres and companies active in thin film chalcogenide PV technologies. The main objective of the project is to achieve significant advances in the competitiveness of these technologies through the development and integration of new industrial scalable processes and new concepts for nanostructure device architecture. This constitutes one of the main research actions funded by the European Commission in the PV research field, with a total budget higher than €10,000,000.

KESTCELLS: Training for sustainable low-cost PV technologies: development of efficient kesterite-based solar cells. KESTCELLS is an interdisciplinary network that includes a wide and ambitious consortium for the advanced cooperative training of high level researchers in the development of new CZTS-based photovoltaic technologies. The consortium includes 12 groups from Universities, Research centres and companies involved in the development of these emerging technologies, with the participation of global pioneers and leading groups in this field, such as Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin and the Universities of Luxembourg, Northumbria, Uppsala and Free Univ. Berlin. Coordinated

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.

SOI-HITS: Smart Silicon on Insulator Sensing Systems Operating at High Temperature. The project addresses the development of on-chip smart microsystems based on Silicon on Insulator (SOI) technology. The system will contain a Multi-Measurand sensor array with on-chip CMOS electronics able to operate in harsh environmental conditions, such as high temperatures up to 225ºC, and high relative humidity levels to 100%, which are out-of-reach for existing silicon-based devices.

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

REDOX 2015. Energy Storage for the Electricity Grid. This project is based on research and development of a redox flow battery, considered as a reliable, economical and competitive energy storage technology for industrial and commercial use, allowing for high electrical density storage in a grid.

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.

XaRMAE: Advanced Materials for Energy Network
The priority research lines of the XaRMAE are new materials, methods and processes for energy production, storage and transportation, and its rational use. The network also offers scientific and technological support to other public and private institutes and companies.

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.