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10 November 2017

IREC participates in the Smart City Expo World Congress

IREC will actively participate in the Smart City Expo World Congress co-organizing and participating in the following events:

  • Smart City Expo World Congress: Smart City Expo World Congress is a place to share research, best practices and potential common solutions, achieved through effective collaboration. We hope to see you in the SCC1 stand D450 on November 14th-16th, 2017 (Barcelona). Where we will be ready to inform you about our participation in the H2020 GrowSmarter project!

  • Singapore - Catalan meeting: Visit of Singapore Housing & Development Board. November 13th, 2017. In collaboration with Institut Municipal d’Informàtica de Barcelona (IMI), IREC will present H2020 Growsmarter Low Energy Districts in Barcelona to Singapore Housing & Development Board.

  • World Cities Day Conference. Site visit to Barcelona 22@ district. November 13th, 2017. World Cities is a project of the Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy (DG REGIO) of the European Commission in the framework of the European Parliament’s preparatory action to promote the exchange of experience and best practice between the European Union and third countries on the theme of territorial development with particular reference to sustainable urban development.

  • Workshop on “International urban cooperation: Smart city projects and developments in China”, a IUC-World Cities event within the SCEWC. November 14th, 2017: In the framework of the SCEWC, IREC participates in this workshop, which involves high-level representatives from the Chinese cities participating in the IUC and World Cities programmes, as well as companies and other stakeholders from Europe.

  • Workshop on “Smart Control and energy performance of buildings” within the SCEWC. November 15th, 2017. In collaboration with other partners of H2020 GrowSmarter project and partners of SMARTER TOGETHER project, IREC participates in a workshop on how the smart solutions can increase the energy performance of refurbished buildings. We will be glad to welcome you and meet you at this open workshop! SmartCity Expo in Barcelona at the SCC1 Stand (D450) from 11h-12h. Please see the following link for more information.

  • Workshop on “Low energy districts in the GrowSmarter project” in SCEWC: In collaboration with other partners of H2020 GrowSmarter project, IREC organizes and participates in a workshop on Low Energy Districts as a key step towards Smart Cities. We will be glad to welcome you and meet you at this open workshop! SmartCity Expo in Barcelona at the Ajuntament de Barcelona Stand (C345) 16th November 14h-14h30.

 
 
26 September 2017

A new publication at Energy & Environmental Science by the Energy Storage Group

The Energy Storage Group of IREC has published their work entitled “Prototype reactor for highly selective solar-driven CO2 reduction to synthesis gas using nanosized earth-abundant catalysts and silicon photovoltaics” in the prestigious journal Energy & Environmental Science (impact factor 29.518).

The contribution deals with the development of earth-abundant catalyst materials combined with cheap silicon photovoltaics to perform solar-driven CO2 conversion into chemical fuels. Urbain et al. used a cathode based on copper foam coated with nanosized Zn catalyst to perform CO2 reduction to synthesis gas (CO + H2) and coupled it with a silicon based photoanode in a prototype reactor device. This integrated large scale device enabled bias-free solar CO2 conversion to syngas with a solar-to-syngas efficiency of 4.3 %.

Please follow this link for more information.

 
 
21 September 2017

Statement by universities and research centres in Catalonia

At a meeting held in Barcelona on 21 September 2017, the highest representatives of universities and research centres in Catalonia (sixty institutions representing almost 90% of the system), together with representatives of trade unions and student associations, have evaluated the current situation in Catalonia in view of recent actions by the Spanish government.

We are in agreement that the honour of the academic and research institutions of Catalonia has been attacked, as these institutions have been included by the Spanish Ministry of the Treasury and Public Function in a list of bodies that have been taken over financially because they are suspected by the Ministry of committing acts that are against the law. This list has been sent to banks to block and control ordinary economic activity without any prior direct communication to the universities and research centres. This puts academic and research activity at risk, even when it is funded by the European Union or privately, and it damages the reputation and the international credibility of Catalan institutions, both of which are crucial to their participation in international projects and talent recruitment and retention.


 
 
21 June 2017

IREC participates in the European project SABINA

The SABINA project started last November 2016, and is a project funded by the European Union within the framework of the competitive low-carbon energy call of H2020 Research and Innovation program. IREC participates in the SABINA project to optimization of the renewable energies use in buildings.

SABINA - SmArt BI-directional multi eNergy gAteway - aims to use the available storage capacity of buildings (thermal capacity through the inertia of buildings, and electric storage with the use of electric batteries) to increase energy flexibility and optimize the renewable energy use. To achieve this goal, artificial intelligence-based technologies and bioinspirational algorithms will be implemented. The system will be installed in three pilots to test its operation and evaluate the impact from the point of view of the renewable energy use, energy costs and user comfort.