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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.


 
 
21 January 2019

InnoEnergy, Aiguasol and IREC launch new ”Residential Retrofits at District Level” report

InnoEnergy, IREC and AIGUASOL, has developed the ”Residential Retrofits at District Level” report. The study proposes “different business models for large-scale retrofitting of residential building stock in urban areas, including cost-optimal energy efficiency measures, as a means to unblock poor residential retrofitting rates in EU Southern countries”, said Dr. Jaume Salom, leader of the Thermal Energy and Building Performance Group of IREC

The study shows how the retrofitting actions has the potential to significantly benefit society, not just by improving living conditions and saving energy, but also by increasing property value, promoting the circular economy, creating or maintaining jobs in the building sector, and realizing savings for the health care system (due to healthier indoor living conditions).

The report introduces three business models that function as Public Private Partnerships. The proposed models are based on the idea of establishing a Public Private Partnership lead by the city council with several private actors, including financial entities. Furthermore, the models include involvement of end-users (i.e. residents of a district) through a participative strategy. The study describes the steps that process should follow with four sequential phases: the initial planning phase, the end-user aggregation phase, the project phase and the execution phase. A financial supporting phase runs in parallel with the rest of the tasks. The overarching goal is to stablish a robust and easily replicable business model that increases residential retrofitting rates across Europe.

For more information, please follow the link to download the full report Residential Retrofits at District Level (in English) or the Executive Summary (in Spanish).

 
 
16 January 2019

Kick-off meeting of the H2020 Tech4Win Project coordinated by IREC

The kick-off meeting of the Tech4Win project was held 14-15th January 2019 and led by the project coordinator Alejandro Pérez, head of the Solar energy materials and systems group at IREC.

Tech4Win proposes a very innovative transparent photovoltaic (PV) window concept that is based on the adoption of a tandem inspired structure combining an inorganic UV selective multifunctional coating with an organic IR selective PV device. This will allow fully exploiting the IR efficiency and transparency potential of organic based solutions together with the robustness and stability of inorganic thin film concepts, combining sustainable and industrial compatible technologies with demonstrated potential for cost reduction, and avoiding the use of critical raw materials to ensure sustainable mass deployment.

A well balanced multi-sectorial consortium comprises reference research centers, high-tech European companies and relevant stakeholders involved in the value chain: ADVENT, ARMOR, CEA, IK4-TEKNIKER, IMEC, IREC, KENOSISTEC, ONYX.

This project has received funding from the EU’s H2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 826002.