14 November 2017

1st Technical meeting of heat-to-fuel project

Next 20-21 November, the group of Energy Storage of IREC will host the first technical meeting of the "Heat-to-fuel" project. HtF is a Horizon 2020 EU-funded project carried out by 14 partners from across Europe that aims to deliver the next generation of biofuel production technologies supporting the de-carbonisation of the transportation sector, aiming at to deliver cost-competitive technologies achieving biofuel prices below €1 per litre. Heat-to-fuel will upgrade alternative, residual biomass feedstocks and conversion of excess heat to liquid fuels in a combined Gasification, Fischer Tropsch and Aqueous Phase Reforming plant. At the end of the project, the know-how acquired will allow scalability at a demonstration level before commercialization, representative of the next generations of sustainable biofuel technologies. The project started on September 2017 and will last four years. Besides IREC, Güssing Energy Technologies (project coordinator), TU Wien (Austria), Beta Renewables (Italy), IREC (Spain), IChPW (Poland), RECORD (Italy), POLITO (Italy), Bioenergy2020+ (Austria), CRF (Italy), CEA (France), Johnson Matthey (UK), Atmostat (France), R2M (Spain) and Skupina Fabrika (Slovenia) are involved in the project.

Please, read the press release for more information.

 
 
10 November 2017

22a Setmana de la Ciència

Per celebrar la 22a edició de la Setmana de la Ciència, els dies 14, 15 i 17 de novembre de 2017, l'IREC oferirà diferents tallers amb activitats variades:

Les energies renovables son indispensables per minimitzar el canvi climàtic que ja està succeint. El problema d'aquestes fonts d'energia és la seva intermitència en la producció. Els investigadors de l'IREC treballen per desenvolupar un sistema que permet emmagatzemar aquesta electricitat que ve de les fonts renovables en forma de gas, que es podrà utilitzar en el moment que la demanda energètica ho necessiti. Així s'aconsegueix una font d'energia més flexible i neta.

En aquest taller els investigadors explicaran el funcionament del sistema power to gas. Posteriorment es farà una visita als laboratoris de l’IREC.

Introducció a la fabricació additiva (3Dprinting) i la seva aplicació amb materials ceràmics. El taller iniciarà amb una presentació sobre els principis de funcionament de la tecnologia i la innovació en el món de la impressió 3D aplicada a dispositius energètics. Seguirà una visita als laboratoris de l’IREC amb la demostració pràctica del procés d'impressió i la funcionalització final de les peces obtingudes. Anàlisi de les peces amb microscòpia òptica i electrònica.

T'imagines un plat ceràmic de la mida de Barcelona? Aquestes proporcions, reduïdes a la nanoescala, són les que s’utilitzen per fabricar nanomaterials que generin energia neta.

Els investigadors del grup de Nanoiònica de l’IREC us mostraran tot un món per descobrir que no podeu veure amb els vostres propis ulls. A través de tècniques avançades, podreu identificar i analitzar materials amb dimensions més de cent vegades més petites que el gruix del teu cabell. Junts, comprendrem com els materials nanomètrics ens permeten crear piles de combustible de dimensions de mosquits.

Totes les activitats necessiten reserva. Registreu-vos contactant amb Dr. Marc Torrel via mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Apropa’t a la Ciència. Us esperem!

 
 
10 November 2017

IREC participates in the Smart City Expo World Congress

IREC will actively participate in the Smart City Expo World Congress co-organizing and participating in the following events:

  • Smart City Expo World Congress: Smart City Expo World Congress is a place to share research, best practices and potential common solutions, achieved through effective collaboration. We hope to see you in the SCC1 stand D450 on November 14th-16th, 2017 (Barcelona). Where we will be ready to inform you about our participation in the H2020 GrowSmarter project!

  • Singapore - Catalan meeting: Visit of Singapore Housing & Development Board. November 13th, 2017. In collaboration with Institut Municipal d’Informàtica de Barcelona (IMI), IREC will present H2020 Growsmarter Low Energy Districts in Barcelona to Singapore Housing & Development Board.

  • World Cities Day Conference. Site visit to Barcelona 22@ district. November 13th, 2017. World Cities is a project of the Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy (DG REGIO) of the European Commission in the framework of the European Parliament’s preparatory action to promote the exchange of experience and best practice between the European Union and third countries on the theme of territorial development with particular reference to sustainable urban development.

  • Workshop on “International urban cooperation: Smart city projects and developments in China”, a IUC-World Cities event within the SCEWC. November 14th, 2017: In the framework of the SCEWC, IREC participates in this workshop, which involves high-level representatives from the Chinese cities participating in the IUC and World Cities programmes, as well as companies and other stakeholders from Europe.

  • Workshop on “Smart Control and energy performance of buildings” within the SCEWC. November 15th, 2017. In collaboration with other partners of H2020 GrowSmarter project and partners of SMARTER TOGETHER project, IREC participates in a workshop on how the smart solutions can increase the energy performance of refurbished buildings. We will be glad to welcome you and meet you at this open workshop! SmartCity Expo in Barcelona at the SCC1 Stand (D450) from 11h-12h. Please see the following link for more information.

  • Workshop on “Low energy districts in the GrowSmarter project” in SCEWC: In collaboration with other partners of H2020 GrowSmarter project, IREC organizes and participates in a workshop on Low Energy Districts as a key step towards Smart Cities. We will be glad to welcome you and meet you at this open workshop! SmartCity Expo in Barcelona at the Ajuntament de Barcelona Stand (C345) 16th November 14h-14h30.

 
 
26 September 2017

A new publication at Energy & Environmental Science by the Energy Storage Group

The Energy Storage Group of IREC has published their work entitled “Prototype reactor for highly selective solar-driven CO2 reduction to synthesis gas using nanosized earth-abundant catalysts and silicon photovoltaics” in the prestigious journal Energy & Environmental Science (impact factor 29.518).

The contribution deals with the development of earth-abundant catalyst materials combined with cheap silicon photovoltaics to perform solar-driven CO2 conversion into chemical fuels. Urbain et al. used a cathode based on copper foam coated with nanosized Zn catalyst to perform CO2 reduction to synthesis gas (CO + H2) and coupled it with a silicon based photoanode in a prototype reactor device. This integrated large scale device enabled bias-free solar CO2 conversion to syngas with a solar-to-syngas efficiency of 4.3 %.

Please follow this link for more information.