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08 February 2011

Alstom, Acciona and Gamesa ask the IREC to set aside areas for them to install wind turbines at the ZÈFIR Test Station offshore wind plant

ZefirIREC will be responsible for awarding the definitive positions at the experimental plant.

8 February 2011 – The Catalan Institute for Energy Research (IREC) has signed a framework agreement for technological collaboration with the Spanish wind turbine manufacturers Alstom, Acciona Windpower and Gamesa, who are seeking to have areas set aside for them in the ZÈFIR Test Station offshore wind testing plant, where they can later install their turbines. The plant is the first offshore wind energy experimental centre in Spain and will be located off the coast of Tarragona.

The agreement sees each manufacturer seek a position within the plant, distributed between the two project phases. The signing of the agreement covers all of the phase 1 positions and 75% of the phase 2 ones. It leaves open the possibility of the companies being able to request more areas later, along with other manufacturers who may seek positions to install their turbines. Once all the requests have been collected the IREC will award the definitive positions.


 
 
07 February 2011

The IREC and XaRMAE co-organise the symposium on Superconducting Devices for Wind Energy.

MolinsThe Reference Network in Advanced Materials for Energy (XaRMAE), the Catalonia Institute for Energy Research (IREC), the Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (ICMAB) and SuperPower Inc. are organising the symposium on Superconducting Devices for Wind Energy.

This symposium, which is co-directed by the lecturer Dr Joan Ramon Morante, Head of the IREC’s Area of Advanced Materials for Energy, will be attended by specialists from industry, leading international universities and wind energy research centres. They will give an overview of the current situation of this technology, with particular emphasis placed on the technological solutions for superconducting materials that are currently available on the market and future trends.


 
 
19 January 2011

IREC, The European agency Fusion for Energy and the b_TEC Foundation have organised the seminar: "Industrial F4E – b_FUS" to present the F4E Work Programme 2011

bFUSThe Catalonia Institute for Energy Research (IREC), The European agency Fusion for Energy, and the b_TEC Foundation have organised  the seminar Industrial F4E – b_FUS to present the F4E Work Programme 2011.

The aim of the seminar was to discuss the various sections of the Work Programme 2011, as well as the status of the ITER project and the Fusion for Energy procurement database.

The support activities run by the CDTI for the ITER project and the Fusion Centre b_FUS  also have been presented.

The seminar took place on 3 February at the FE4’s offices (C/Josep Pla, 2, Barcelona) from 9 p.m. to 2 p.m.


 
 
30 December 2010

IREC and Normawind sign an agreement for wind study at ZÉFIR Test Station off-shore wind trials plant

normawindThe platform located off the coast of Tarragona will be up and running in 2012.

Barcelona, 30 december 2010.- The Catalan Institute for Energy Research (IREC) and wind consultancy firm Normawind have signed a collaboration agreement to carry out wind measurement and modelling studies using computational models at the ZÉFIR Test Station off-shore wind trials platform to be located off the coast of Tarragona.

Normawind, a firm that specialises in the design of wind energy installations, will carry out a wind resource forecasting trial and a turbulence calculation at the plant as part of Phase 1 of the project.

The ZÈFIR Test Station will be an international investigation facility used for the testing of offshore wind turbines in deep water and its installation will be carried out in two phases.