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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.

 
 
30 April 2019

The project "Scale-up of catalyst fabrication for obtaining renewable natural gas” of IREC will receive funding by AGAUR-LLAVOR

The project "Scale-up of catalyst fabrication for obtaining renewable natural gas” of IREC,  aims to scale up the manufacturing of advanced materials for their potential commercialization. These catalysts are designed for renewable natural gas production by the combination of a CO2 emission source and renewable hydrogen. The synthetic gas has the potential to replace the natural gas from fossil origin, since it has the same composition. This technological proposal supports the CO2 circular economy, the chemical storage of wind and photovoltaic energy, the reduction of greenhouse emissions and the reduction of fossil natural gas imports.

In this process, the catalyst is the key element to carry out the reaction efficiently at moderate temperature and pressures. The proposed catalyst formulation has been successfully tested at a laboratory scale and at a pilot plant located in a waste water treatment plant. The present project aims to optimize the manufacturing process, to adapt it to industrial processes and bring it closer to its commercialization. In this direction, the performance of these catalysts will be tested in a pilot plant of the company Ineratec GmbH that is dedicated to manufacture advanced reactors at European level.

The Catalan’ Government’s Agency for Management and of University and Research Grants (Agencia de Gestió i Ajuts Universitaris i de Recerca (AGAUR)) has awarded this the project with a Llavor grant. The project has a duration of 6 months, a financing of 20,000 euros and is co-financed by the European Union through the European Regional Development fund (ERDF) and supported by the University and Research Secretary of the Business Department and Knowledge of the Generalitat de Catalunya.


 
 
30 April 2019

The project “High speed and resolution additive fabrication through a new system for controlling the position of the added material” of IREC will receive funding by AGAUR-LLAVOR

The project “High speed and resolution additive fabrication through a new system for controlling the position of the added material” pursues the development of new 3D printing technology that makes use of electrohydrodynamic jets.

This project will allow increasing the jet generation speed if compared to traditional additive manufacturing technologies, creating filaments with a thickness down to 100 nm, and creating 3D structures with virtually any composition. By solving several challenges, this project will allow to translate the formulated technological concept into a commercially exploitable technology. Additionally, applications, a commercialization route and a business model will be defined.

The Catalan’ Government’s Agency for Management and of University and Research Grants (Agencia de Gestió i Ajuts Universitaris i de Recerca (AGAUR)) has awarded this the project with a Llavor grant. This project is co-financed by the European Union through the European Regional Development fund (ERDF) and supported by the University and Research.