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28 October 2010

IREC and Vortex sign an agreement for the estimation of wind at the future ZEFIR Test Station for offshore wind turbines.

VortexThe agreement shall contribute to the development of the international platform
 
28th October, 2010 – The Institut de Recerca en Energia de Catalunya (IREC) and the online wind modelling services company, Vortex, have signed a cooperation agreement in order to carry out studies to estimate the wind field that shall contribute to the development of the offshore wind energy R&D plant, ZÈFIR Test Station. ZÈFIR Test Station, which shall be located off the coast of Tarragona, shall be an international investigation facility used for the testing of offshore wind turbines in deep water and its installation shall be carried out in two phases.
 
In the first phase of the ZÈFIR Test Station project, a maximum of four wind turbines shall be installed, anchored to seabed at a distance of 3.5 kilometres from the coast, with a total power output of below 20 MW and, subsequently, in the second phase, 8 floating wind turbines shall be installed with a maximum power output of 50 MW, 30 kilometres from the coast. The first phase is expected to enter into service in 2012 and the second phase in 2014.
  


 
 
21 October 2010

The UPC and URV universities sponsor the IREC and have both attained the distinction of a Campus of Excellence.

El Campus d’ ENERGÍA UPC: Energia per a l’ Excel·lència de l’Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, CIEMAT, IREC. +Info

ENERGÍA UPC Campus: Energy for Excellence at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, CIEMAT, IREC. +Info 
 
 
11 October 2010

ICAEN, CIEMAT and IREC Sign Agreement to Implement Fusion Energy Technologies Programme

IrecThe Catalan Institute for Energy (ICAEN), the Research Centre for Energy, Environment and Technology (CIEMAT) and the Catalonia Institute for Energy Research (IREC) today signed an agreement to create a research and technology development programme in the area of nuclear fusion energy technologies.
 
One of the initiative’s main goals is to promote the participation of the maximum number of Catalan businesses in bidding for programmes to supply equipment and services for the ITER project being built in Cadarache (France). In this regard, the participation of the Catalan industrial network is of major importance because of the presence in Barcelona of the European Union’s Fusion for Energy (F4E) Agency, responsible for managing the project’s equipment and services purchases.
 
 


 
 
28 September 2010

A New Cluster is Born: CICAT - The First Lighting Cluster in Catalonia

CICAT
CICAT, Catalonia’s first lighting cluster, was founded on September 22nd. It is headquartered at 774 Gran Vía de les Corts Catalanes in Barcelona.
 
The initiative was launched in an effort to help Catalan lighting businesses operate as a cluster, by collaborating, sharing and working together to become more competitive within the lighting industry. CICAT will encourage projects which are focused on the following core areas:  Internationalisation, Innovation and Knowledge.