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15 November 2019

The MEDNICE project has come to an end, but the Efficient Buildings Community will go on as a new project

On October 2019, MEDNICE, the Horizontal Project that established the Efficient Buildings Community has finished, nevertheless the Efficient Buildings Community will continue consolidating the achievements of the last three years and will approach new challenges for the Mediterranean regions. The main outcomes of the Community were presented and discussed during the MEDNICE’s final conference MED – Mediterranean Energy Debate held on 10th October in Brussels, during the European Week of Regions and cities.

The MEDNICE project and Efficient Buildings Community, with the 10 Modular Projects under its umbrella, were created to support Public Administration in the transformation of Public Buildings in more efficient buildings, specifically in the Mediterranean regions. The Community brought together local, regional and national stakeholders to exchange methodologies, experiences and tools.

As main outcomes of MEDNICE they would be highlighted the technical capitalization of the results of the Modular Projects, which approached the efficiency improvement of public buildings from different perspective. In this framework, IREC systemized, analyzed and harmonized the knowledge thus generated in four technical papers in order to find technical answers to common issues as Financing schemes and barriers, Methodologies, tools and indicators, Training methodologies and capacity gaps, and Lessons learned.

On the other hand, two policy papers based on the technical results and direct experiences of the Modular Projects have been introduced, providing some policy recommendations about effectively promoting Energy Efficiency in Public Buildings in the MED area, from Financing and Key Information points of view.

Finally, it should be highlighted too the Manifesto for a Mediterranean Building Renovation, introducing key recommendations for public authorities

MEDNICE Project ended after three intense years and, as a consequences as a success stories the Efficient Buildings Community new project stars for three more years and with a focus on transferring and mainstreaming the results of the Community. Besides, new activities will be implemented, integrating territories in the South Bank of the Mediterranean.

MEDNICE was coordinated by Euromed Cities Network – City of Nice, it was composed by five European partners and IREC was the technical partner of the project. The MEDNICE project has been co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund, under the INTERREG MED PROGRAMME Efficient Buildings Community (2MED15_2.1_hp_007).

 
 
14 October 2019

IREC investigates in new flexible Trigeneration flexible systems based on Heat Pumps for the energy transition: the H2020 TRI-HP project

The main objective of the TRI-HP project is the development and demonstration of flexible, energy efficient and affordable tri-generation systems (tri stands for heating, cooling and electricity) which can obtain up to 80% of the energy requirement from renewable energy sources on site.  According to current simulations, these innovative system solutions will reduce system installation costs by at least 10-15% compared to current heat pump technologies with equivalent energy performance.

The systems will be based on electrically driven natural refrigerant heat pumps coupled with renewable electricity generators (photovoltaics/PV), using cold (ice slurry), heat and electricity storages to provide heating, cooling and electricity to multi-family residential buildings with an on-site renewable share of 80%. The project will develop two system concepts for two different combinations of heat sources. For the operation of the heat pump, the first concept uses a dual geothermal/air heat source/sink and the second a combination of solar heat and an ice-slurry storage tank. In addition, two heat pump types (with the refrigerant CO2 or propane) will be developed, so that finally three complete systems (CO2 solar ice-slurry, propane solar ice-slurry and propane dual source/sink) will be tested in the laboratory.

TRI-HP systems will include advanced controls, managing electricity, heat and cold in a way that optimizes the performance of the system and increases its reliability via failure self-detection. IREC will be responsible of development of management and control systems and the fault detection algorithms as well of testing some of the systems in the SEILAB laboratory. The project started in March 2019 and will last for the nest 4 years, with participation of the research groups of IREC, Energy Systems Analitics group, leaded by Dra. Cristina Corchero and Thermal Energy and Building Performance group leaded by Dr. Jaume Salom.


 
 
20 September 2019

Energy Storage group’s research featured on cover of Advanced Energy Materials

The article entitle "Boosting Photoelectrochemical Water Oxidation of Hematite in Acidic Electrolytes by Surface State Modification" recently published as a cover on Advanced Energy Materials, on it has involved the ICN2 Advanced Electron Nanoscopy group, the IREC Energy Storage group and the ICIQ Nanostructured Materials for Photovoltaic Energy group. This study summarize as a cheaper and better performing photoelectrochemical water splitting cells could be designed in the next future thanks to a new technology developed by the researchers at ICN2, IREC and ICIQ.

For more information, please follow the article "Boosting Photoelectrochemical Water Oxidation of Hematite in Acidic Electrolytes by Surface State Modification" published as cover at Advanced Energy Materials.

 
 
19 September 2019

IREC adhering to the declaration of climate emergency

IREC joins to the call of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the United Nations body to evaluate science related to climate change, in recognition of the work of the IPCC, where it was published to reduce the global emissions by around 45% on 2010 levels by 2030 and establish net zero emissions by 2050 to preserve the global temperature increase to 1.5ºC with respect to the preindustrial era.

On the occasion of this declaration, IREC announces that actions will be taken within the research institute that contribute, within its scope, to the reduction of the mentioned emissions for the improvement of society and the environment.

For more information about the document of the IREC climate and ecological emergency working group, visit the following link.