03 August 2015

IREC was involved in the Seminar “ Application of energy efficiency measures in the refurbishment of the residential sector in Catalonia”

On 14th July, IREC in the framework of the MARIE project, participated in the seminar "Application of energy efficiency measures in the refurbishment of the residential sector in Catalonia", where was presented the "Characterization of the building typologies in Catalonia" and was established and characterized 9 representative typologies of Catalonia. To finish the study, they proposed a set of energy efficiency measures from each building typology, defining the technical and economic characteristics

Likewise, the study OptiHab was presented, which has been developed by the Catalonia Institute for Energy Research (IREC) and the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC). OptiHab is a continuation of work done by ERF and its objective is to develop a cost-optimal evaluation of energy efficiency measures for the refurbishment of the residential sector in Catalonia.

The event held at the conference hall of the College of Architects of Catalonia (COAC) and organized by the Catalan Strategy for Energy Renovation of Buildings (ECREE). The seminar brought together about 90 professionals from both the private sector and public administration.

For more in information: OptiHab_NdP Seminar.

 
 
27 July 2015

The SCALENANO project, coordinated by IREC, achieves several efficiency world records in chalcogenide-based thin film photovoltaics

At the final stage of the project, SCALENANO began on February 2013 and has been coordinated by the Solar Materials and Systems of Catalonia Institut for Energy Research (IREC), has reported the achievement of several light to electricity power conversion efficiency world records in chalcogenide based photovoltaics (PV). The project is leading the development of environmentally friendly and vacuum free processes for the fabrication of cost-efficient CIGS (Cu(In,Ga)(S,Se)2) technologies. CIGS is the thin film photovoltaic technology with currently highest efficiency and a strong potential for reduction of manufacturing costs.

SCALENANO has made great advances in developing and optimizing thin film processes that are based on the electrodeposition of nanostructured precursors. The project has demonstrated the successful up-scaling of these technologies with the production of 60x120 cm2 modules with 13% average aperture efficiency and a best (certified) 14% module efficiency. At cell level, a certified record 17.3% efficiency has been achieved, which constitutes the highest efficiency reported up to now for solution-based CIGS cells.

For more information please check out the full article here.

 
 
13 July 2015

IREC Collaborates with the Catalysis and Green Chemistry in the SECAT'15 Congress

IREC and Universitat de Barcelona organize the meeting of the Sociedad Española de Catálisis, in the bianual congress SECAT'15 in Barcelona, July  13th to 15th, represented by Prof. Narcis Homs, as President of the organization committee and group leader of Materials and Catalysis from IREC. Near 250 experts will be meet under the issue “Catalysis, Interdisciplinar meeting: models, catalysts and reactors” that would summarize the catalysis multi scalar process properties from nanoscale to the macroscale applications. It will be held in Catalonia for the first time.

For more information visit the link.

 
 
08 July 2015

Seminar: Application of energy efficiency measures in the refurbishment of the residential sector in Catalonia

Next July 14th from 10:00-13:00 h, in the conference hall of the Architects' College of Catalonia, a seminar will take place, where the results of studies related with the energy efficiency measures for the refurbishment of the residential sector in Catalonia will be presented, developed in the frame of the MARIE project (Mediterranean building rethinking for energy efficiency improvement).