18 January 2018

Dr. Albert Tarancón appointed ICREA Research Professor

 

ICREA community, the Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies, that hires the most talented and extraordinary scientists and academics of Catalunya, incorporates this year Dr. Albert Tarancón as a ICREA research professor in recognition of his research work, synonymous of scientific and academic excellence on a global scale.

Dr. Albert Tarancón, a Research Professor at IREC, has been appointed by ICREA to continue leading the Nanoionics and Fuel Cells group. The research work carried out by Albert is in advanced materials for energy applications. In particular, he has been developing innovative concepts for improving the performance of different solid state energy devices such as Solid Oxide Fuel and Electrolysis Cells (SOFC/SOEC), ThermoElectric Generators (TEGs) or Li-ion batteries for energy storage and portable power applications.

In the last years, Albert has been specifically developing new concepts for the unexplored field of Nanoionics. Nanoionics is called to drive a new revolution similarly to Nanoelectronics, underlining the relevance of size effects and interfaces on mass transfer, transport and storage. Albert's group is pioneer in implementing interface-dominated nanomaterials in real devices for radically new applications. In this direction, he has also recently been awarded with an ERC CoG to implement disruptive Nanoionics concepts in Si-integrated micro-SOFC Technology.

From IREC we congratulate to Dr. A. Tarancón for his new ICREA position!

 
 
16 January 2018

L'IREC participarà en la segona edició d' Entrepreneurship and energy to innovations

IREC will participate in the second edition of the Entrepreneurship and energy to innovations talks (E2I Talks) organized by InnoEnergy in Barcelona. The E2I Talks is a high quality event consisting on three talks from different areas of business –academia and public- and a networking session. This edition will focus on the Challenge of Energy Storage. The speakers share their experience, insight and knowledge about the challenge of energy storage with a community in the sustainable energy field composed of students, entrepreneurs and other professionals fostering collaboration, inspiration, professional opportunities and solving challenges to achieve a sustainable energy future. In particular, IREC, represented by Prof. Dr. Juan Ramon Morante y Dr. Félix Urbain, will talk about their research areas and recent advances in the field of Energy Storage Technologies.

The event will take place at CCCB – Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona on Friday the 2nd of February at 19.00.

For more information please follow this link and pres release.

 
 
14 November 2017

1st Technical meeting of heat-to-fuel project

Next 20-21 November, the group of Energy Storage of IREC will host the first technical meeting of the "Heat-to-fuel" project. HtF is a Horizon 2020 EU-funded project carried out by 14 partners from across Europe that aims to deliver the next generation of biofuel production technologies supporting the de-carbonisation of the transportation sector, aiming at to deliver cost-competitive technologies achieving biofuel prices below €1 per litre. Heat-to-fuel will upgrade alternative, residual biomass feedstocks and conversion of excess heat to liquid fuels in a combined Gasification, Fischer Tropsch and Aqueous Phase Reforming plant. At the end of the project, the know-how acquired will allow scalability at a demonstration level before commercialization, representative of the next generations of sustainable biofuel technologies. The project started on September 2017 and will last four years. Besides IREC, Güssing Energy Technologies (project coordinator), TU Wien (Austria), Beta Renewables (Italy), IREC (Spain), IChPW (Poland), RECORD (Italy), POLITO (Italy), Bioenergy2020+ (Austria), CRF (Italy), CEA (France), Johnson Matthey (UK), Atmostat (France), R2M (Spain) and Skupina Fabrika (Slovenia) are involved in the project.

Please, read the press release for more information.

 
 
10 November 2017

22a Setmana de la Ciència

Per celebrar la 22a edició de la Setmana de la Ciència, els dies 14, 15 i 17 de novembre de 2017, l'IREC oferirà diferents tallers amb activitats variades:

Les energies renovables son indispensables per minimitzar el canvi climàtic que ja està succeint. El problema d'aquestes fonts d'energia és la seva intermitència en la producció. Els investigadors de l'IREC treballen per desenvolupar un sistema que permet emmagatzemar aquesta electricitat que ve de les fonts renovables en forma de gas, que es podrà utilitzar en el moment que la demanda energètica ho necessiti. Així s'aconsegueix una font d'energia més flexible i neta.

En aquest taller els investigadors explicaran el funcionament del sistema power to gas. Posteriorment es farà una visita als laboratoris de l’IREC.

Introducció a la fabricació additiva (3Dprinting) i la seva aplicació amb materials ceràmics. El taller iniciarà amb una presentació sobre els principis de funcionament de la tecnologia i la innovació en el món de la impressió 3D aplicada a dispositius energètics. Seguirà una visita als laboratoris de l’IREC amb la demostració pràctica del procés d'impressió i la funcionalització final de les peces obtingudes. Anàlisi de les peces amb microscòpia òptica i electrònica.

T'imagines un plat ceràmic de la mida de Barcelona? Aquestes proporcions, reduïdes a la nanoescala, són les que s’utilitzen per fabricar nanomaterials que generin energia neta.

Els investigadors del grup de Nanoiònica de l’IREC us mostraran tot un món per descobrir que no podeu veure amb els vostres propis ulls. A través de tècniques avançades, podreu identificar i analitzar materials amb dimensions més de cent vegades més petites que el gruix del teu cabell. Junts, comprendrem com els materials nanomètrics ens permeten crear piles de combustible de dimensions de mosquits.

Totes les activitats necessiten reserva. Registreu-vos contactant amb Dr. Marc Torrel via mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Apropa’t a la Ciència. Us esperem!