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13 June 2018

IREC researchers launch pilot project to produce renewable gas in Catalonia

CoSin project has launched a pilot plant of natural gas generation of renewable origin in Riu Sec, located at a treatment facility in Sabadell, through the process of biogas methanation . The methanation unit is the result of collaborative efforts  between the Catalonia Institute Energy Research (IREC), Gas Natural Fenosa (GNF) and the German spin-off Ineratec GmbH. This pilot project is connected to an upgrading system of biogas developed by Cetaqua.

The Energy Storage Group of IREC has been responsible of the pilot plant design, commissioning and currently his operation. Over the next months, IREC will determine the optimal operational conditions so that the obtained gas has the same quality as natural gas of fossil origin. The catalysts for the conversion of the biogas to synthetic natural gas using renewable source hydrogen developed by IREC will be validated in the pilot plant.

The CoSin project, led by GNF, is part of the RIS3CAT Energy Community, created by the Regional Government of Catalonia through ACCIO, which involves industrial research projects, experimental development and innovation aimed at driving the energy sector towards a more sustainable and efficient model.

The CoSin Project is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund of the European Union, under the framework of the ERDF Operational Programme for Catalonia 2014-2020, and by ACCIÓ, through the RIS3CAT Energy Community.

Please, read the press release for more information.

 
 
29 May 2018

IREC organizes the IX IEA HEV-TCP Task 28 Expert Workshop on “Vehicle-to-Everything Technologies

IREC, as Task 28 IEA HEV-TCP operating agent is organizing the IX Expert Workshop on “Vehicle-to-Everything Technologies” which will take place on the 6th and 7th of June in Barcelona.

This international Workshop features world- speakers from academia as well as industry, who will exchange their views about Vehicle to Everything applications and grid integration. Topics that will be covered during the Workshop include V2X applications analysis (with special focus on vehicle grid integration applications), effects on battery degradation, standards and communication protocols, V2X economics analysis, review of ongoing international demonstration projects, etc.

Already confirmed speakers come from: ElaadNL, Vedecom, UK Power Networks, Resourcefully, Kepco, Vito, Nissan, Enel, ESB, Innovate UK, Vedecom, NRC, DTU and IREC among other experts in the field.

This Workshop is organized by the Task 28 Home Grids and V2X Technologies from the Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Technology Collaboration Program (HEV-TCP) within the framework of the International Energy Agency (IEA). For more information, please check the Workshop IX Task 28 IEA-HEV Program and visit IEA Task 28 activities.

Registration to the Workshop is mandatory (no registration fee) by following the link: https://goo.gl/forms/BD3joPGVwCziIpHA3

 
 
17 April 2018

IREC offers a new Job Position for the Head of Business Development and Knowledge and Technology Transfer Area

The Catalonia Institute for Energy Research, IREC, has a new vacancy as Head of Business Development and Knowledge and Technology Transfer Area, reporting directly to the General Management of IREC.

Position: Head of the area of Business Development and Knowledge and Technology Transfer.

Code: IREC A300-1: Head of the area.
Area: Business Development and Knowledge and Technology Transfer.
Director of Institute: Prof. Dr. Joan Ramon Morante

Area objectives:

  • Institutional strengthening.
  • Identification and assessment of technologies with commercial potential from IREC Research disruptive results.
  • Protection of technologies with commercial potential, through a specific and well defined IP strategy. Promotion of the innovative products and initiatives.
  • Marketing and transfer of knowledge, patents and know-how through licensing agreements with industry and the promotion and creation of spin-off companies.


 
 
14 March 2018

Workshop "Energy flexibility in buildings: a key asset in the future energy system"

The research group ECOS – Energy efficiency in Systems, Buildings and Communities of IREC will organize, on Monday, March 26th in Barcelona, an open workshop under the title "Energy flexibility in buildings: a key asset in the future energy system". The aim of the workshop is too deep understand the amount of energy flexibility that buildings and electric vehicles can provide in future energy systems with a high share of renewables. Relevant outputs from the activities in the IEA EBC Annex 67 (Energy Flexible Buildings – http://www.annex67.org ) and other international and national projects in this field will be presented.

Information and Registration: It is necessary to formalize the registration due to capacity limitations in the room (limited places). Free registration.

All information, including the program of the day and online registration is available at the following link: https://goo.gl/forms/dziqw1XDBztbHkFO2