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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 Secretary of Universities and Research of the Ministry for Business and Knowledge of the Government of Catalonia.


 
 
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.

 
 
08 January 2019

IREC will participate as one of the partners of the FOTOSENS project.

El projecte FOTOSENS té com a objectiu el desenvolupament i la demostració de dispositius fotovoltaics avançats per a l'alimentació de petits sistemes autònoms, basats en la implementació de processos de baix cost amb un alt grau de flexibilitat tecnològica i escalabilitat pel seu possible desplegament massiu. El projecte proposa el desenvolupament i demostració de processos basats en tècniques d'impressió i tractaments làser, fàcilment transferible a qualsevol tipus de substrat. Els resultats d'investigació de FOTOSENS podrien tenir un alt potencial per al desenvolupament i disseny de sistemes d'alimentació autònoms per a aplicacions IoT (Internet of Things). Per desenvolupar aquestes tècniques s'ha format un consorci entre una empresa espanyola (FAE S.A.U), juntament amb una universitat (Universitat de Saragossa) i un centre de recerca (Institut de Recerca en Energia de Catalunya -IREC). El projecte té una durada de 3 anys i un finançament d'aproximadament 800K€.

FOTOSENS (Nous processos industrials sostenibles per a la producció de dispositius fotovoltaics competitius integrables en sensors i sistemes autònoms, RTC-2017-5857-3) es un projecte finançat pel Ministeri d'Economia i Competitivitat dins del Programa Reptes Col·laboració.