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31 March 2011

Europe-wide Green eMotion Initiative to pave the way for electromobility

IREC GREEN EMOTIONThe European Commission has kicked off a 4 year cross-European initiative to promote electromobility. The 42 partners in the initiative comprising industrial companies and automobile manufacturers, utilities, municipalities, universities, and technology and research institutions are to input, exchange and expand their know- how and experience in selected regions within Europe.

“Electromobility will make an important contribution toward reducing carbon dioxide emissions. Green eMotion is intended to ensure the fast-track success of electric vehicles,” said Siim Kallas, Vice President of the European Commission and Commissioner responsible for Transport. The project volume has been budgeted at EUR 42 million, of which the EU will contribute as much as EUR 24 million.


 
 
30 March 2011

Prof. Joan Ramón Morante shall take part, as co-Chairman, in the organisation of the “Bilateral Conference on Energy”

IREC XARMAEProf. Joan Ramón Morante, Head of the Advanced Materials for Energy Area at the IREC, shall take part, as co-Chairman, in the organisation of the “Bilateral Conference on Energy” organised jointly by the firms MRS (USA) and E-MRS (Europe).
 

The conference shall be held in the French city of Nice from 10 to 12 May and is part of the activities scheduled for the EMRS/IUMRS ICAM 2011 Spring Meeting, organized by the renowned European Materials Research Society (EMRS) and the International Union of Materials Research Societies (IUMRS).


 
 
21 February 2011

The IREC Opens Its Call For Expressions Of Interest For The Project “ZÈFIR Test Station”

Full details about this call and the project are available here. 

 
 
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.