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05 June 2019

Kick-off meeting of SDN-microSENSE project

The SDN – microsense (microgrid reSilient Electrical eNergy SystEm) project is led by AYESA along with other 30 partners from all over Europe, including the group of Power Systems at IREC. The kick-off meeting of a this new H2020 European project was held yesterday in Sevilla.

The SDN-microSENSE project intends to provide a set of secure, privacy-enabled and resilient to cyberattacks tools, thus ensuring the normal operation of EPES as well as the integrity and the confidentiality of communications. In particular, adopting an SDN-based technology, SDN-microSENSE will develop a three-layer security architecture, by deploying and implementing risk assessment processes, self-healing capabilities, large-scale distributed detection and prevention mechanisms, as well as an overlay privacy protection framework.

Find more information at: https://bitly.es/dkx3I8

This project has received funding from the EU’s H2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 833955.

 
 
23 May 2019

IREC estimates 560 millions of Euros of potential savings in the healthcare system due to the energy retrofitting of buildings

The recent publication of IREC’s researchers of Thermal Energy and Building in the journal “Energy Policy” titled “Health and related economic effects of residential energy retrofitting in Spain” estimates the potential economic savings in the healthcare system thanks to the energy efficiency improvements made to vulnerable dwellings which positively affect occupant health.

These savings will drop down the costs of health care, medicines and costs derived from sick leave (labour costs) thanks to the positive impact of reducing to 15% the number of homes with at least one sick person.

The co-benefits in terms of health imply an added value for the occupants and the health system, and at the same time they are positive arguments to promote energy rehabilitation.

Access to the full paper is available before June 18, 2019 at: https://authors.elsevier.com/a/1YzXm14YGgbUzW

The research has been promoted and funded by la “Fundación la Casa que Ahorra"

 
 
22 May 2019

IREC presents the “Vehicle to Grid” Roadmap at the Electric Vehicle Symposium (EVS32) at Lyon

 

The last four years, IREC has led the Vehicle to Grid task from the Technological Collaboration Program of the International Energy Agency. Twelve countries have participated in the task: Germany, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, United States, France, The Nederlands, Ireland, Korea, United Kingdom and Switzerland. In this period we have organized several workshops worldwide with experts from industry and research.

At the Electric Vehicle Symposium (EVS32, Lyon- France) we have presented the Vehicle to Grid Roadmap done in the task with the objective of accelerating technology integration. The roadmap identifies challenges and actions needed for a better electric vehicle integration in the grid and a greater flexibility exploitation, identifying business models and foreseen potential benefits for the end user of 1500€/year.

During EVS32 also takes place the kick of meeting for the new task lead by IREC in the International Energy Agency on Vehicle-Grid-Integration, which will analyze different integration and coordination between electric and mobility sector.

 
 
21 January 2019

InnoEnergy, Aiguasol and IREC launch new ”Residential Retrofits at District Level” report

InnoEnergy, IREC and AIGUASOL, has developed the ”Residential Retrofits at District Level” report. The study proposes “different business models for large-scale retrofitting of residential building stock in urban areas, including cost-optimal energy efficiency measures, as a means to unblock poor residential retrofitting rates in EU Southern countries”, said Dr. Jaume Salom, leader of the Thermal Energy and Building Performance Group of IREC

The study shows how the retrofitting actions has the potential to significantly benefit society, not just by improving living conditions and saving energy, but also by increasing property value, promoting the circular economy, creating or maintaining jobs in the building sector, and realizing savings for the health care system (due to healthier indoor living conditions).

The report introduces three business models that function as Public Private Partnerships. The proposed models are based on the idea of establishing a Public Private Partnership lead by the city council with several private actors, including financial entities. Furthermore, the models include involvement of end-users (i.e. residents of a district) through a participative strategy. The study describes the steps that process should follow with four sequential phases: the initial planning phase, the end-user aggregation phase, the project phase and the execution phase. A financial supporting phase runs in parallel with the rest of the tasks. The overarching goal is to stablish a robust and easily replicable business model that increases residential retrofitting rates across Europe.

For more information, please follow the link to download the full report Residential Retrofits at District Level (in English) or the Executive Summary (in Spanish).