21 January 2016

The RenewIT project, coordinated by IREC, reports the results and tools to minimize the energy use in data centers and reduce CO2 emissions

RenewIT, a European Commission research project, announced the launch of a portfolio of free software tools and associated research to encourage the development of renewable-powered data centres and to improve the energy efficiency of existing facilities, services and equipment.  It aims to encourage data centre owners and industry suppliers to tackle this important issue. Research will help data centre operators and designers to create compelling businesses using on-site and grid sources of renewable energy as well as implementing energy efficiency measures.

04 January 2016

IREC lead the Marie Skłodowska-Curie ITN project INCITE

On 1st December 2015, the project INCITE (Innovative controls for renewable source integration into smart energy systems), funded by the programme Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions from HORIZON 2020 (H2020-MSCA-ITN-2015), has started.

INCITE, leaded by IREC and coordinated by Dr. Fernando D. Bianchi, is a European Training Network (ETN) that brings together experts on control and power systems, from academia and industry with the aim of training fourteen young researchers in control of smart grids.

INCITE aims to propose new control algorithms with an integral view of the future electrical networks, covering aspect like energy management, stability of electrical variables, monitoring and communication implementation, energy storage, among others. The objective is to create an interdisciplinary (control, electrical and management fields), cross-sectorial (academic and industry) and international research environment in which fourteen young researchers will be able to propose innovative control solutions for the future energy networks.

22 December 2015

Smart microgrid : MIT and IREC develop energy system in buildings SmartCities

The prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has conducted an investigation in collaboration with IREC which allowed applying on the premises of IREC models of smart microgrids on the premises of IREC. These joint activities between IREC and MIT have developed new methodologies on how buildings can contribute to the stability of local power grids.

The Research Group "Energy efficiency: systems, buildings and CommunitieS" (ECOS) of IREC has collaborated with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in a study  wherebuildings are an active part of microgrids. The results were recently published in the journal IEEE Transactions in Power Systems. Studies have focused on the development of a control system to manage the production and demand for renewable energy, climate and the use of electric vehicles in buildings. The ultimate goal is to optimize the quality of future power grids where the buildings will become producers of energy instead of mere consumers, as part of a smart city.

09 December 2015

SOI-HITS Project wins the Innovation Award Competition for FP7 Participants in the European Nanoelectronics Forum

The project SOI-HITS, lead by the Energy Storage and Energy Harvesting group of Advanced Materials for Energy area of IREC, with the rest of the partners of the project, wins the Innovation Award Competition for FP7 Participants.

The project was selected among 17 finalists by the European Commission selection, who highlighted the merits of the winner. The project developed a system that can measure concentrations of oxygen, carbon monoxide, temperature and moisture in a package that has been shown to operate long term in 225 degrees Celsius. This could make the domestic boilers more energy efficient.

Further information:

SOI-HITS project website

Announcement of the Innovation Award

Competition European Nanoelectronics Forum 2015