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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.

 
 
09 September 2019

EmpowerMED H2020 project for energy poverty mitigation

The main contribution of IREC to empower energy poverty affected people is to develop a fast method to do energy audits through smart meter readings and participate to monitor the thermal comfort of several households to provide useful tools to analyze and easily explain the energy bill.

The reason behind the project is that, in Mediterranean countries, the coastal areas are facing several specific challenges when it comes to energy poverty, mainly connected with thermal comfort of dwellings. Buildings are scarcely isolated, often there are no heating systems in buildings, those are highly inefficient or unused to save consumption and the cooling component is more important than in other areas, calling for a diversity of energy services beyond heating. Women and women-led households are disproportionately affected by energy poverty, while women’s agency is highlighted in acting against energy poverty.


EmpowerMED contributes to the energy poverty abatement through implementing a set of practical energy efficiency, RES measures and policy recommendations with the focus set on gender issues.

The project will run from 1 September 2019 – 31 August 2023. It is financed with slightly less than 2 million EUR from H2020 budget line. It covers 7 countries with 9 partner organizations.  EmpowerMED – 847052 H2020 program.

For more information, please visit the EmpowerMED H2020 project

 
 
09 July 2019

The CASE project of IREC selected by The Collider program

The Energy Systems Analytics research group of IREC, led by Dr. Cristina Corchero, has been chosen to take part at the new edition of The Collider program , with their project CASE. This program of tech transfer was promoted by the Mobile World Capital Barcelona and it links scientific and entrepreneurial talent to create disruptive technology-based startups that address society's and insdustr's challenges. It focuses on the identification and business development of highly disruptive technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, Blockchain and Virtual Reality.

The Collider designs a business experience with intensive training, expert support and the advice from well-known professionals from the business world. The plenary session counted on the attendance of the Minister of Enterprise and Knowledge of the Generalitat de Catalunya, Àngels Chacón, as well as Carlos Graupera,  CEO of Mobile World Capital Barcelona, and Pere Condom,  Director of the Catalunya Emprèn program, among others.

More information are available at the following links: Mobile World Capital Barcelona i VIA Empresa