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03 April 2017

Launching of the Efficient Buildings thematic community - MEDNICE

IREC participated in the Kick-off Meeting of the European project MEDNICE, on March 7th & 8th 2017, as partner of MED Programme Networks for an Innovative Cooperation in Energy efficiency.

The Horizontal Project MEDNICE, lead by the Euromed Cities Network, will anchor a MED community around energy issues that public organisations face, as a hub for Energy Efficiency (EE) innovative and shared solutions, in order to promote modular projects’ results and increase their impact on public policies.

IREC, as technical partner in the project, will be responsible of coordinating communication with modular projects, capitalize knowledge and expertise in this community and produce technical papers to enhance the energy efficiency in public buildings at Mediterranean level.


 
 
31 March 2017

The Phase 1 evaluation workshop of LIFES50+ project have been hosted in IREC

The Phase 1 evaluation results related to the qualification for each one of the floating substructure technologies under studies have been presented in Barcelona during the workshop hosted by IREC from 8-10 of March 2017. Such results have been obtained through the analysis performed using the evaluation tool developed within LIFES50+. The overall concept ranking is based on the multicriteria evaluation performed by the evaluation tool named "Floating Offshore Wind Assessment Tool (FOWAT)" including analysis of Levelised Cost of Energy (LCOE), Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and Risk evaluation.

The results determined that Iberdrola's TLP and Olav Olsen's concrete semi-sub concepts should be selected for Phase II of the project (Concept optimization), which include further studies as well as Hardware in The Loop studies in the Ocean basin tank of Marintek in Trondheim.
 
 
23 March 2017

IREC publications among five highest impact papers at world leading photovoltaic scientifc journals

The IREC Solar Materials and Systems group stands out in the international scientific community with two publications among the five articles that have had the highest impact on specific photovoltaic magazines of high prestige, according to the ISI Web of Knowledge selection. Specifically within the theme of "Energy & Fuels" with 88 international magazines listed articles:

• "Optimization of CdS buffer layer for high-performance Cu2ZnSnSe4 solar cells and the effects of light soaking: elimination of crossover and red kink" published in Progress in Photovolatics, position 5, highlighted as the most cited article between 2015-2016, according to Scopus citation counts.

• "On the formation mechanisms of Zn-rich Cu2ZnSnS4 films prepared by sulfurization of metallic stacks" published in 2013 in Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, position 13, highlighted as the most cited article between 2014 - 2016, according to the Scopus.

 
 
20 March 2017

IREC to coordinate the H2020 project “STARCELL”

The STARCELL project, aims to substitute two critical raw materials (In and Ga) used in conventional thin film photovoltaic (PV) technologies, via the introduction of sustainable kesterite (Cu2ZnSn(S,Se)4 - CZTSSe) semiconductors.

STARCELL (NMBP-03-2016, ID: 720907) STARCELL will run from January 2017 until December 2019, and targets the optimisation of the Cu2ZnSn(S,Se)4 material processes and the device interfaces with the final aim to achieve challenging solar cell efficiencies of 18% (16% for a 10x10 cm2 area mini-module) by the end of the project.