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03 September 2009

IREC Appoints the First Members to Form Part of Its Scientific Council

The Scientific Council will act as an advisory and assessment body for scientific activities carried out by the Foundation

Last July, the board of the Catalonia Institute for Energy Research Foundation appointed three members to the scientific council overseeing scientific activities undertaken at IREC. Doctors Esteban Chornet, Johan Driesden and John Anthony Kilner are internationally-renowned leading scientists in energy and for three years they shall perform this role.

Esteban Chornet (Spain 1942), industrial engineer for Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (Barcelona), holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Lehigh University, Pennsylvania (USA) and is co-founder of the energy demand management company Enerkem in Canada. From 1970 to 2007, he was Professor of Chemical Engineering at Université de Sherbrooke, Quebec (Canada), where he specialized in the fundamentals of the discipline and conducted advanced research in the biomass, energy, and environmental sectors. At the same university, he holds the Industrial Research Chair in 2nd Generation Biofuels. From 1993 to 2003, he was also a Principal Research Engineer with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Colorado (USA). In 1984, he received the Canada Steacie Fellowship Award and was a 2004 laureate of the Prix Lionel Boulet, which is the highest technology prize awarded every year by the Government of Quebec. He is a member of the Royal Society of Canada’s Academy of Sciences.

Johan Driesen (Belgium 1973). He received his M.S. as an Electrotechnical Engineer in 1996 from K.U. Leuven in Belgium and he holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the same university. He is currently an associate professor and teaches power electronics and drives at K.U. Leuven. From 2000 to 2001, he was a visiting professor at the Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine in London (UK). In 2002, he worked at the University of California, Berkeley (USA). He presently conducts research on distributed generation, including renewable energy systems, power electronics and applications.

John A. Kilner (United Kingdom 1946). He earned his Ph.D. from the Department of Physical Metallurgy & Science of Materials at the University of Birmingham (UK) in 1975. He received an M.S. from the Department of Physics at the same university in 1971. He is currently the B.C.H. Steele Chair in Energy Materials at the Imperial College of London and is the co-director of the UK Energy Research Centre. He has received recognition and awards such as the Christian Friedrich Schönbein Gold Medal of Honour (European solid Oxide Fuel cell Forum) in 1994, the Verulam prize and medal from the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (2005), the Royal Society Armourers and Brasiers Award (2007) and the Fellowship of the City and Guilds Institute of London (2007). He is a founder and consultant of the company Ceres Power ltd.