26 September 2017

A new publication at Energy & Environmental Science by the Energy Storage Group

The Energy Storage Group of IREC has published their work entitled “Prototype reactor for highly selective solar-driven CO2 reduction to synthesis gas using nanosized earth-abundant catalysts and silicon photovoltaics” in the prestigious journal Energy & Environmental Science (impact factor 29.518).

The contribution deals with the development of earth-abundant catalyst materials combined with cheap silicon photovoltaics to perform solar-driven CO2 conversion into chemical fuels. Urbain et al. used a cathode based on copper foam coated with nanosized Zn catalyst to perform CO2 reduction to synthesis gas (CO + H2) and coupled it with a silicon based photoanode in a prototype reactor device. This integrated large scale device enabled bias-free solar CO2 conversion to syngas with a solar-to-syngas efficiency of 4.3 %.

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21 September 2017

Statement by universities and research centres in Catalonia

At a meeting held in Barcelona on 21 September 2017, the highest representatives of universities and research centres in Catalonia (sixty institutions representing almost 90% of the system), together with representatives of trade unions and student associations, have evaluated the current situation in Catalonia in view of recent actions by the Spanish government.

We are in agreement that the honour of the academic and research institutions of Catalonia has been attacked, as these institutions have been included by the Spanish Ministry of the Treasury and Public Function in a list of bodies that have been taken over financially because they are suspected by the Ministry of committing acts that are against the law. This list has been sent to banks to block and control ordinary economic activity without any prior direct communication to the universities and research centres. This puts academic and research activity at risk, even when it is funded by the European Union or privately, and it damages the reputation and the international credibility of Catalan institutions, both of which are crucial to their participation in international projects and talent recruitment and retention.

21 June 2017

IREC participates in the European project SABINA

The SABINA project started last November 2016, and is a project funded by the European Union within the framework of the competitive low-carbon energy call of H2020 Research and Innovation program. IREC participates in the SABINA project to optimization of the renewable energies use in buildings.

SABINA - SmArt BI-directional multi eNergy gAteway - aims to use the available storage capacity of buildings (thermal capacity through the inertia of buildings, and electric storage with the use of electric batteries) to increase energy flexibility and optimize the renewable energy use. To achieve this goal, artificial intelligence-based technologies and bioinspirational algorithms will be implemented. The system will be installed in three pilots to test its operation and evaluate the impact from the point of view of the renewable energy use, energy costs and user comfort.

09 June 2017

IREC presents in the Sustainable Energy Week organized by the European Commission

The Thermal Energy and Building Performance group of Institut de Recerca en Energia de Catalunya (IREC) are going to present how the results from the RenewIT project (www.renewit-project.eu), leaded by IREC, can contribute to reduce Data Centres energy consumption and to minimize their environmental impact, in line with the European Union objectives.

Dr. Jaume Salom, head Thermal Energy and Building Performance group, will act as invited speaker in 2017 EUSEW's Session on DATA CENTRE, Nearly Zero Energy Consumption to be held on June 21st , 2017 from 14:00 to 15:30 p.m. at CHARLEMAGNE building in Brussels.

Registration and EUSEW Data Centres webpage are available following these links: