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27 May 2020

Self-consumption systems for smart buildings in Barcelona

Energy Research Institute of Catalonia (IREC) have launched a pilot system to improve the energy efficiency in the therapeutic and educational center within the “Acompanya'm” project in Sant Joan de Déu, inside the Monastery of Valldonzella, in the Sarrià-Sant Gervasi district of Barcelona. The solution manages in an intelligent and autonomous manner the generation of photovoltaic energy and its storage in batteries for self-consumption, while satisfying the service needs of the building.

The initiative is part of the European project GrowSmarter on Smart Cities. IREC has designed a smart energy management system that optimizes its management. The pilot demonstrates the technical feasibility and lower costs of the solution, showing the potential for the integration of renewable energy on a large scale. Not only does it improve the energy management of buildings, it also decreases the impact on the environment by reducing the footprint of greenhouse gases.

The system autonomously coordinates the charging and discharging of the batteries and communicates with the other elements to make decisions. It incorporates artificial intelligence technologies, which learn how the center works based on its behavior and experience. This integrates factors such as weather forecast, energy market price, building demand forecast.

 


 
 
15 March 2020

IREC's statement regarding the COVID-19 alarm status

IREC contributes with the proper management of the State of Alarm measurements  (Resolution 463/2020) announced by the Spanish Government to combat the COVID-19 (SARS-CoV2), and will protect the health of his workers and collaborators, as well as, of the users and customers. Therefore, further to the above mentioned Government indications, since March 16th, the IREC members will be given all the recourses and solutions to carry out the activities of the Institute mainly with remote work. IREC will remain closed except at those situations in which the operation and security require direct actions of maintenance.

According at the health and safety rules adopted by IREC to the special circumstances related to the COVID-19 emergency, we will continue to work on projects, as regularly and efficiently as possible, in coordination with the project managers, the principal investigator and with the research groups leaders.

A permanent communication channel will be maintained with the IREC Community (employees, researchers, suppliers, collaborators...) by several channels as: e-mail, conference calls or video conference through different tools such as Microsoft Teams or Skype, to carry out all the meetings and communications that will necessary.

 
 
11 March 2020

Canvis en els combustibles: l'hora dels biocarburants

L’augment en el consum i producció posen aquests combustibles al punt de mira. L'article publicat en La Vanguardia inclou l'entrevista al Prof. Joan Ramon Morante, director de l’Institut de Recerca en Energia de Catalunya, com a expert en la matèria, i en base als treballs de recerca que està liderant el grup d’emmagatzematge de l’Energia, Harvesting i Catàlisi de l’IREC,  analitza com els biocarburants contribueixen a la reducció d’emissions de gasos d’efecte hivernacle i el perquè es més viable en el transport marítim i l’aviació.

Podeu trobar l’article complert a La Vanguardia en aquest enllaç.

 
 
09 March 2020

L’IREC participa en la comunitat BASE3D

Recentment s’ha creat la comunitat de tecnologies emergents anomenada BASE3D, centrada en la fabricació d’additius. Aquest nucli de coneixement reuneix les unitats de recerca que desenvolupen activitats d’R + D + I en impressió 3D amb l’objectiu d’impulsar la recerca i la transferència de tecnologia dins d’aquest àmbit. La reunió d'inici va tenir lloc el passat 6 de març del 2020 a Barcelona.

El projecte té un pressupost total de 3,7 M € i tindrà una durada de 3 anys. El consorci BASE3D està format per 13 socis: CIM-UPC, líder del projecte, ICIQ, IBEC, EURECAT, LEITAT, IREC, UPC, CIMNE, HSJD, IQS, UdG, UB i UAB.

El grup de Nanoiònica i piles de combustible de l’IREC, participa en el subprojecte LIGHT3D, que es centra en l’estudi de tecnologies 3D relacionades amb la llum, amb l’objectiu de millorar els materials i el seu ús per a diferents aplicacions.