22 June 2016

Kick off Meeting of the new H2020 project where IREC participates

The recently launched RESCCUE project aims to provide practical and innovative models and tools to end-users facing climate change challenges to build more resilient cities. The project will provide tools to assess urban resilience from a multisectorial approach, for current and future climate scenarios and including multiple hazards. This holistic approach to urban resilience will enable city managers and urban systems operators to decide the optimal investments to cope with future situations.

IREC is focusing on providing innovative tools and methodologies to analyze the effects of the extreme climate changes on the electrical sector, and their cascading effects over other interrelated sectors. IREC as a research institution will focus this task in coordination with some utilities such as Endesa, assessing of impacts from multiple hazards initiated on the electrical grid, identifying critical components.

RESCCUE is a 48-month duration project built around three research sites (Barcelona, Lisbon and Bristol) coordinated by Aquatec and co-funded by the EU Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement no.700174.

21 June 2016

IREC coordinates the RIS3CAT community of sustainable and efficient energy approved by the Generalitat de Catalunya

The Generalitat de Catalunya, via ACCIÓ, has allocated 19.1 million Euros from the FEDER to the first five RIS3CAT communities aiming to transform selected sectors in the Catalan economy through the creation of new products and innovative services, which will be held until 2020.

RIS3CAT Energy Community, coordinated by IREC, includes research and innovation projects led by the industry to make Catalonia a benchmark at European and worldwide level in the knowledge and innovative aspects in the field of energy. Big companies, SME, research centres and universities, based in Catalonia, are collaborating to improve the competitiveness of sector.

To meet the challenges for the specialization strategy in Catalonia, the RIS3CAT community of sustainable and efficient energy, is structured on 3 pillars of innovation:  low carbon technologies, smart grids and energy efficiency technologies, covering all lifecycle of energy: generation, transport and efficient use of energy.

For more information please visit the Press Release

15 June 2016

IREC will participate in the presentation of the Round Table for the Deployment of charging infrastructure for electric vehicles (TIRVEC)

Catalan Government has approved in June 14th the “Strategic Plan for the deployment of Charging Infrastructure for Electric Vehicle" (PIRVEC) 2016-2019” which aims to open Catalonia to sustainable mobility. It will guarantee the energy supply for users and vehicles using the Catalan road network.

IREC will participate in the presentation of the “Round Table for the Deployment of the Charging Infrastructure for Electric Vehicles" (TIRVEC), and it will show its tool for the optimization of the fast charging infrastructure location in the territory which could be used for PIRVEC monitoring and evaluation.

For more information, please visit the Press Release

15 June 2016

IREC has organized the IV Experts’ Workshop “V2X Enabled Electrical Vehicles”

The last May 18th-19th, within the Task 28 of the Hybrid and Electrical Vehicle Technological Collaboration Program (HEV-TCP) of the International Energy Agency (IEA), IREC has organized the IV Experts Workshop “V2X Enabled EV’s” in the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Colorado, USA.


The workshop, which has counted with the participation of more than 40 frontline researchers, has focused on the following topics:

» EV batteries as a key technical asset in the V2X concept

» USA V2X market as one of the most promising V2X markets together with Japan and Denmark-Germany in Europe

» Standards on communications efforts that V2X community is doing in order to develop standards as a function of V2X applications.

Next Task 28 Expert’s Workshop will be held in Paris on the October 26th and 28th, 2016 and will focus on the review of business models, user needs and regulatory framework for V2X applications.