03 April 2017

Launching of the Efficient Buildings thematic community - MEDNICE

IREC participated in the Kick-off Meeting of the European project MEDNICE, on March 7th & 8th 2017, as partner of MED Programme Networks for an Innovative Cooperation in Energy efficiency.

The Horizontal Project MEDNICE, lead by the Euromed Cities Network, will anchor a MED community around energy issues that public organisations face, as a hub for Energy Efficiency (EE) innovative and shared solutions, in order to promote modular projects’ results and increase their impact on public policies.

IREC, as technical partner in the project, will be responsible of coordinating communication with modular projects, capitalize knowledge and expertise in this community and produce technical papers to enhance the energy efficiency in public buildings at Mediterranean level.

23 March 2017

IREC publications among five highest impact papers at world leading photovoltaic scientifc journals

The IREC Solar Materials and Systems group stands out in the international scientific community with two publications among the five articles that have had the highest impact on specific photovoltaic magazines of high prestige, according to the ISI Web of Knowledge selection. Specifically within the theme of "Energy & Fuels" with 88 international magazines listed articles:

• "Optimization of CdS buffer layer for high-performance Cu2ZnSnSe4 solar cells and the effects of light soaking: elimination of crossover and red kink" published in Progress in Photovolatics, position 5, highlighted as the most cited article between 2015-2016, according to Scopus citation counts.

• "On the formation mechanisms of Zn-rich Cu2ZnSnS4 films prepared by sulfurization of metallic stacks" published in 2013 in Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, position 13, highlighted as the most cited article between 2014 - 2016, according to the Scopus.

20 March 2017

IREC to coordinate the H2020 project “STARCELL”

The STARCELL project, aims to substitute two critical raw materials (In and Ga) used in conventional thin film photovoltaic (PV) technologies, via the introduction of sustainable kesterite (Cu2ZnSn(S,Se)4 - CZTSSe) semiconductors.

STARCELL (NMBP-03-2016, ID: 720907) STARCELL will run from January 2017 until December 2019, and targets the optimisation of the Cu2ZnSn(S,Se)4 material processes and the device interfaces with the final aim to achieve challenging solar cell efficiencies of 18% (16% for a 10x10 cm2 area mini-module) by the end of the project.

14 March 2017

SmartReFlex: three years boosting renewable energy in district energy networks

Last 28th February the SmartReFlex project reached its goals after three years of active collaboration between partners of the consortium, increasing the diffusion of district heating and cooling, with high share of renewable energy sources and efficient technologies in European cities.The results of the project and main conclusions were presented in a regional meeting in Catalonia, hosted by one of the partners, INCASÒL (Catalan Land Institute, Catalan Government). The most relevant goals reached are the following:

  • Case studies have been developed in each region to demonstrate that the use of renewable energy sources in district heating and cooling networks (such as biomass, solar or geothermal) are competitive solutions.
  • Task force meetings, where shared experiences to identify barriers and discuss about solutions to overcome them,.have contributed to create a community between DHC companies, ESCOs, public bodies, technicians, lawmakers, financing institutions, associations, etc.
  • Connection to other EU projects in the same thematic to enhance impact of all of them, i.e.: Celsius, Stratego, SDHplus, progRESsHeat, HotMaps, heatroadmapeurope, Flexinets, Coolheating.