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14 October 2019

IREC investigates in new flexible Trigeneration flexible systems based on Heat Pumps for the energy transition: the H2020 TRI-HP project

The main objective of the TRI-HP project is the development and demonstration of flexible, energy efficient and affordable tri-generation systems (tri stands for heating, cooling and electricity) which can obtain up to 80% of the energy requirement from renewable energy sources on site.  According to current simulations, these innovative system solutions will reduce system installation costs by at least 10-15% compared to current heat pump technologies with equivalent energy performance.

The systems will be based on electrically driven natural refrigerant heat pumps coupled with renewable electricity generators (photovoltaics/PV), using cold (ice slurry), heat and electricity storages to provide heating, cooling and electricity to multi-family residential buildings with an on-site renewable share of 80%. The project will develop two system concepts for two different combinations of heat sources. For the operation of the heat pump, the first concept uses a dual geothermal/air heat source/sink and the second a combination of solar heat and an ice-slurry storage tank. In addition, two heat pump types (with the refrigerant CO2 or propane) will be developed, so that finally three complete systems (CO2 solar ice-slurry, propane solar ice-slurry and propane dual source/sink) will be tested in the laboratory.

TRI-HP systems will include advanced controls, managing electricity, heat and cold in a way that optimizes the performance of the system and increases its reliability via failure self-detection. IREC will be responsible of development of management and control systems and the fault detection algorithms as well of testing some of the systems in the SEILAB laboratory. The project started in March 2019 and will last for the nest 4 years, with participation of the research groups of IREC, Energy Systems Analitics group, leaded by Dra. Cristina Corchero and Thermal Energy and Building Performance group leaded by Dr. Jaume Salom.


 
 
20 September 2019

Energy Storage group’s research featured on cover of Advanced Energy Materials

The article entitle "Boosting Photoelectrochemical Water Oxidation of Hematite in Acidic Electrolytes by Surface State Modification" recently published as a cover on Advanced Energy Materials, on it has involved the ICN2 Advanced Electron Nanoscopy group, the IREC Energy Storage group and the ICIQ Nanostructured Materials for Photovoltaic Energy group. This study summarize as a cheaper and better performing photoelectrochemical water splitting cells could be designed in the next future thanks to a new technology developed by the researchers at ICN2, IREC and ICIQ.

For more information, please follow the article "Boosting Photoelectrochemical Water Oxidation of Hematite in Acidic Electrolytes by Surface State Modification" published as cover at Advanced Energy Materials.

 
 
19 September 2019

IREC adhering to the declaration of climate emergency

IREC joins to the call of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the United Nations body to evaluate science related to climate change, in recognition of the work of the IPCC, where it was published to reduce the global emissions by around 45% on 2010 levels by 2030 and establish net zero emissions by 2050 to preserve the global temperature increase to 1.5ºC with respect to the preindustrial era.

On the occasion of this declaration, IREC announces that actions will be taken within the research institute that contribute, within its scope, to the reduction of the mentioned emissions for the improvement of society and the environment.

For more information about the document of the IREC climate and ecological emergency working group, visit the following link.

 
 
09 September 2019

EmpowerMED H2020 project for energy poverty mitigation

The main contribution of IREC to empower energy poverty affected people is to develop a fast method to do energy audits through smart meter readings and participate to monitor the thermal comfort of several households to provide useful tools to analyze and easily explain the energy bill.

The reason behind the project is that, in Mediterranean countries, the coastal areas are facing several specific challenges when it comes to energy poverty, mainly connected with thermal comfort of dwellings. Buildings are scarcely isolated, often there are no heating systems in buildings, those are highly inefficient or unused to save consumption and the cooling component is more important than in other areas, calling for a diversity of energy services beyond heating. Women and women-led households are disproportionately affected by energy poverty, while women’s agency is highlighted in acting against energy poverty.


EmpowerMED contributes to the energy poverty abatement through implementing a set of practical energy efficiency, RES measures and policy recommendations with the focus set on gender issues.

The project will run from 1 September 2019 – 31 August 2023. It is financed with slightly less than 2 million EUR from H2020 budget line. It covers 7 countries with 9 partner organizations.  EmpowerMED – 847052 H2020 program.

For more information, please visit the EmpowerMED H2020 project