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21 January 2019

InnoEnergy, Aiguasol and IREC launch new ”Residential Retrofits at District Level” report

InnoEnergy, IREC and AIGUASOL, has developed the ”Residential Retrofits at District Level” report. The study proposes “different business models for large-scale retrofitting of residential building stock in urban areas, including cost-optimal energy efficiency measures, as a means to unblock poor residential retrofitting rates in EU Southern countries”, said Dr. Jaume Salom, leader of the Thermal Energy and Building Performance Group of IREC

The study shows how the retrofitting actions has the potential to significantly benefit society, not just by improving living conditions and saving energy, but also by increasing property value, promoting the circular economy, creating or maintaining jobs in the building sector, and realizing savings for the health care system (due to healthier indoor living conditions).

The report introduces three business models that function as Public Private Partnerships. The proposed models are based on the idea of establishing a Public Private Partnership lead by the city council with several private actors, including financial entities. Furthermore, the models include involvement of end-users (i.e. residents of a district) through a participative strategy. The study describes the steps that process should follow with four sequential phases: the initial planning phase, the end-user aggregation phase, the project phase and the execution phase. A financial supporting phase runs in parallel with the rest of the tasks. The overarching goal is to stablish a robust and easily replicable business model that increases residential retrofitting rates across Europe.

For more information, please follow the link to download the full report Residential Retrofits at District Level (in English) or the Executive Summary (in Spanish).

 
 
16 January 2019

Kick-off meeting of the H2020 Tech4Win Project coordinated by IREC

The kick-off meeting of the Tech4Win project was held 14-15th January 2019 and led by the project coordinator Alejandro Pérez, head of the Solar energy materials and systems group at IREC.

Tech4Win proposes a very innovative transparent photovoltaic (PV) window concept that is based on the adoption of a tandem inspired structure combining an inorganic UV selective multifunctional coating with an organic IR selective PV device. This will allow fully exploiting the IR efficiency and transparency potential of organic based solutions together with the robustness and stability of inorganic thin film concepts, combining sustainable and industrial compatible technologies with demonstrated potential for cost reduction, and avoiding the use of critical raw materials to ensure sustainable mass deployment.

A well balanced multi-sectorial consortium comprises reference research centers, high-tech European companies and relevant stakeholders involved in the value chain: ADVENT, ARMOR, CEA, IK4-TEKNIKER, IMEC, IREC, KENOSISTEC, ONYX.

This project has received funding from the EU’s H2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 826002.

 
 
18 December 2018

Kick-off meeting of the H2020 Harvestore Project coordinated by IREC

Today, December 18th, the Harvestore kick-off meeting is held at IREC led by the project coordinator Albert Tarancón, head of the Nanoionics and fuel cells group.

Harvestore is a new 5-year European project for the development of beyond-state-of-the-art technologies in the field of Internet of Things.

The “μ-harvestorers” developed in this project will be able to collect and store energy from heat and light at the same time, in order to serve a whole family of new-generation portable devices. They will be powerful, small, and environmental friendly.

Harvestore puts together some of the main actors of science and technology across Europe. Research, technology centres and advanced industries from 6 different countries have joined their efforts with the goal of opening-up a new technology paradigm in the world of IoT.

The Harvestore Project Consortium is made up by: AEInnova, CNRS, Coventry University, DTU, Horiba Scientific, IMB-CNM-CSIC, IMEC, Imperial College London, IREC, TU Wien, Worldsensing.

Find out more in: http://www.harvestore.eu/

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 824072.


 
 
20 November 2018

IREC contributes to the IFMIF LIPAc fusion materials test facility in Japan

From 17th October 2018 to 5th November 2018, members of the bFUS group of IREC, in collaboration with CIEMAT, have been contributing to the installation of the HEBT (High Energy Beam Transport line) and the Beam Dump of the Linear IFMIF Particle Accelerator (LIPAc) at Rokkasho, Aomori, a northern prefecture of Japan, in the framework of the IFMIF/EVEDA project.

The International Fusion Materials Irradiation Facility (IFMIF) aims to provide an accelerator-based, D-Li neutron source to produce high energy neutrons at sufficient intensity and irradiation volume for DEMO materials qualification. As part of the Broader Approach (BA) agreement between Japan and EURATOM, the goal of the IFMIF/EVEDA project is to work on the engineering design of IFMIF and to validate the main technological challenges which, among a wide diversity of hardware includes the LIPAc, a 125 mA continuous wave deuteron accelerator up to 9 MeV mainly designed and manufactured in Europe.

IREC has been involved since 2011, in collaboration with CIEMAT, in the design and the manufacturing follow-up of several components of LIPAc, mainly the Medium Energy Beam Transport Line (MEBT), the Diagnostics Plate, the High Energy Beam Transport Line (HEBT) and the Beam Dump.

For more information on the project, please check the following link: http://www.ifmif.org/