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08 October 2015

Publication of the “Guide for national authorities” on district heating and cooling from SmartReFlex project

IREC, together with other 13 organizations from 5 EU countries, attended the meeting of the European project SmartReFlex in Stuttgart, Germany, on 5th-6th October 2015. The aim of SmartReFlex is to implement legislative and organizational solutions to foster the use of a high share of renewable energy in both new and existing district heating and cooling networks, in six European regions. The project, which will end in February 2017, also includes an ambitious program of capacity building activities with special workshops for different stakeholders at regional and national levels. In Catalonia, these workshops were successfully held in April-June 2015.

Moreover, the "Guide for national authorities" on district heating and cooling has been published within the scope of the project and several copies have been printed for its dissemination. This guide contains recommendations for the integration of renewable energies in district heating and cooling as well as examples of success in Denmark. It also includes a summary of the strategies being carried out in the six regions within SmartReflex project.

On the SmartReFlex project's website more information can be found, e.g. several newsletters published during the course of the project which report the developments in each participating region. Please find here the newsletters published.

 
29 September 2015

Change of Director - Institutional information

We are pleased to announce that on 10th September 2015 the Board meeting of IREC appointed Prof. Dr. Joan Ramon Morante as the new Director of the Institute. He will continue leading the Scientific Direction his research group.

We are most grateful to Mr. Ramon Garriga for his dedication as Director during the selection procedure for a new director of the Institute was in process. We warmly welcome Prof. Dr. Joan Ramon Morante to his new function as director of IREC.

 
 
25 September 2015

IREC and NEXCIS fulfil an ambitious Transfer of Knowledge program

IREC and NEXCIS fulfil an ambitious Transfer of Knowledge program funded by a Marie Curie IAPP (Industry and Academia Partnership and Pathways) action from the 7th Framework Program of the European Commission.

The research teams from the Catalonia Institute for Energy Research (Institut de Recerca en Energia de Catalunya) IREC, and from the French Company NEXCIS Photovoltaic Technology have conducted an ambitious transfer of knowledge program in the frame of the European project INDUCIS, that began in September 2011. The project has been centred in the development of new methodologies for the advanced characterisation of innovative processes and the implementation of suitable process monitoring techniques. These new metrology tools were designed to help in the improvement of the efficiency, reproducibility and uniformity of the electrodeposition-based processes developed at NEXCIS for the fabrication of cost efficient large area Cu(In,Ga)(S,Se)2 (CIGS) modules.

For more infomation visit the INDUCIS website.

 
 
18 September 2015

Two PhD Theses developed at the EiEP of IREC awarded with the Special PhD awards 2015 given by UPC

Dr. Francisco Díaz-González and Dr. José Luis Domínguez-García from EiEP have been awarded with the Special Doctoral Awards given by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. The 2015 call was open for the PhD Theses defended during the 2012-2013 academic year which obtained the qualification of Excellent “Cum Laude”. This award recognizes the outstanding impact and contribution of some PhD thesis defended in UPC.

Dr. Francisco Díaz-González developed a PhD Thesis entitled “Contributions of Flywheel Systems in Wind Power Plants” which is focused on the study of the potential uses of Flywheel Energy Storage Systems for wind parks. Some specific objectives of the thesis comprise the study of the application of flywheels for enhancing power quality of wind turbines and for enabling wind parks to provide ancillary services to the grid.

Dr. José Luis Domínguez-García developed a PhD Thesis entitled “Analysis of the contribution of wind power plants to damp power system oscillations” which focuses on study the power system stabilizer capability of the wind power plants to damp power system oscillation modes. Some specific objectives of the thesis are to study the effect of several factors on damping response, to determine the best input-output wind turbine signal selection to damp out oscillations, and propose a new AC offshore grid concept.

The award will be given the 23rd of September during the inauguration act of the 2015-2016 Academic year in a les 11.30 h, a l’Auditori de l’edifici Vèrtex (plaça Eusebi Güell, 6. Barcelona).

For more information visit the UPC website