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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.


 
 
14 March 2017

SmartReFlex: three years boosting renewable energy in district energy networks

Last 28th February the SmartReFlex project reached its goals after three years of active collaboration between partners of the consortium, increasing the diffusion of district heating and cooling, with high share of renewable energy sources and efficient technologies in European cities.The results of the project and main conclusions were presented in a regional meeting in Catalonia, hosted by one of the partners, INCASÒL (Catalan Land Institute, Catalan Government). The most relevant goals reached are the following:

  • Case studies have been developed in each region to demonstrate that the use of renewable energy sources in district heating and cooling networks (such as biomass, solar or geothermal) are competitive solutions.
  • Task force meetings, where shared experiences to identify barriers and discuss about solutions to overcome them,.have contributed to create a community between DHC companies, ESCOs, public bodies, technicians, lawmakers, financing institutions, associations, etc.
  • Connection to other EU projects in the same thematic to enhance impact of all of them, i.e.: Celsius, Stratego, SDHplus, progRESsHeat, HotMaps, heatroadmapeurope, Flexinets, Coolheating.


 
 
04 January 2017

IREC and Repsol develop an artificial photosynthesis program to obtain sustainable solar fuels

Based on different patents, developed jointly between IREC and Repsol, the LUXHOR project has been started. This project will focus on the development of a disruptive electrochemical cell that will be used as a reactor for the direct transformation of solar energy into chemical one. For the electrodes, innovative materials and new structures are used achieving a very high efficiency, comparable to the best one from the photovoltaic field. This new technological route using new materials and catalysts allow the competitive industrial production of hydrogen without carbon footprint as well as the production of different chemical products from CO2 reduction, such as synthesis gas, methanol or formic acid, giving rise to a technology with very high potential for the reduction of CO2 emissions.