18 October 2016

IREC organizes the 5th IEA HEV-TCP Task 28 Workshop on “V2X User Perception, Business Models and Regulatory Framework”

Next 26th to 28th October, IREC, as Task 28 IEA HEV-TCP operating agent, organizes in Paris the Workshop “V2X User Perception, Business Models and Regulatory Framework”. This International Workshop features high-level world-speakers and academics from the field of engineering, management, economics, political science, among others, who will exchange their views and debate about V2X challenges and related topics.

The workshop, the fifth in a series of technical challenges Workshops to be hold within this Task, aims at covering the following topics:

- Business models: identification of industry challenges, investments and revenue-sharing issues, battery degradation.

- Regulatory challenges: ways to increase flexibility, impact on the electricity system demand profiles, smart charging, interoperability issues, barriers.

- V2G experiments and International diffusion: V2G hubs, pilot projects, second life batteries, introduction of renewable energy resources (RES), standardization.

- User’s Engagement: revenues to consumers, added value to stakeholders, survey on willingness to provide services to the grid, pilot project users feedback.

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 visit the following links: Task 28 IEA-HEV program and IEA Task 28 activities

30 September 2016

IREC organizes an ITN Info Day & Workshop

IREC organizes, in collaboration with Oficina Europea FECYT/MINECO and Agència de Gestió d'Ajuts Universitaris i de Recerca (AGAUR), an ITN INFODAY next 19th of October. The sesion will provide participants with an overview of the ITN scheme and an ITN Proposal Writing Workshop that will focus mainly on practical issues related to running and being part of an ITN. The workshop will provide a clear understanding of the proposal format and the key issues relating to writing and submitting a competitive proposal.

Registration for both, the Infoday and the Workshop, is free.

For more information please visit the registration and agenda

21 September 2016

Final conclusions Marie-Curie project MULTI-ITN "KESTCELLS" coordinated by IREC

IREC has coordinated since 2012 and for 4 years KESTCELLS project. This project is based on an ambitious program to train high-level researchers in Universities and Research Centres of international excellence and it has been funded by the REA (Research Executive Agency) with an amount of 3.7 M€.

The project has contributed to the design and development of solar cells based on new emerging materials (kesterites). A photovoltaic conversion efficiency of 11.8% has been obtained at the end of the project, which is above the 10% that had been set as the final goal. The project has contributed to the development of new sustainable and low cost photovoltaic technologies based on the use of abundant materials in the Earth's crust. The objectives achieved help to improve the competitiveness of the European photovoltaic industry, one of the key elements to ensure the increase in energy production from renewable sources. This was the goal set by the work program 20/20/20 established by the European Commission and the "SET-Plan". The project is based on the development of the following pillars:

1) An intense program of exchanges between the project partners, which has allowed researchers to acquire relevant experience in the development of research projects in different academic and industrial environments.

2) A program for interdisciplinary training including the organization of specific seminars, participation in thematic conferences of international excellence, and the completion of two training modules in entrepreneurship and business management, taught by ESADE business school.

3) Conducting biannual monitoring meetings, where researchers have presented and reviewed their progress, they have received guidance from the consortium members, and they have interacted with other researchers in the discussion and planning of global cooperative research program defined in the project.

For more information see the link to the Press Release

16 September 2016

Lighting Group of IREC organizes the workshop “Spectrally and tunable LED and OLED lighting"

Next September 21st in Bregenz (Austria) the Lighting Group of IREC will carry out the Conference "spectrally - tunable LED and OLED lighting", which is included in LED Professional Symposium, LPs 2016 (http://www.led-professional-symposium.com/event_program). This conference is part of Hi-LED project (7th Framework Programme). The event will be focused on the benefits spectral capabilities of LED technology play in three different application areas: art and museums, horticulture and human-centred lighting.

HI-LED-2016 event will establish an international forum to present the latest developments in the field of solid-state lighting and discuss new trends in this field. Six prominent speakers will be there, a poster session and three sessions will take place. Technological progress for each of the application areas achieved under the HI-LED project, led by IREC, will be displayed.

Attendance at the workshop is free but requires prior registration through LPs Symposium website. You have to select the "VISITOR- WS / Forum" option and enter the following promotional code: "HI-LED-WS_LpS2016".

Workshop agenda and details will be found on the following link.