21 July 2016

New European routemap focused on the role of catalysis for a more sustainable energy future

IREC has participated with other institutions, universities and European industries in the development of a roadmap on science and technology in the development of new catalysts for a more sustainable energy future taking into account the entire life cycle of products used, the involved elements abundance and carbon footprint as well as technical and economic efficiency.

Catalysts are key elements in the evolution of this energy scenario. Topics such as chemical energy storage, conversion of electrical energy into chemical energy, renewable hydrogen production, developments from biogas, the new features associated with bio-refineries and solar refineries are considered key pieces in an evolution where the CO2 energy plays a major role as a carbon source.

You can dowload the S&T roadmap on CO2 full document

19 July 2016

IREC contributes to improve the design and quality of lighting in the automotive field

The Lighting Group of IREC is currently collaborating with the company LPI (Light Prescriptions Innovators) Europe in the development of an innovative line of front and rear lights for the automotive industry characterized by generating a uniform light pattern across the whole visible surface, taking into account the car body style. This innovation enables wide variety of aesthetics and design possibilities since the light system perfectly blends with the exterior car lines. This system is based on two main columns. On one hand, the ultra-thin Camaleón optics, conceived by LPI Europe, suitable to comply with the usual space restrictions in vehicle designs. On the other hand, the electronics, totally developed by the Lighting Group of IREC and based on LED technology, it is composed by a single LED array with different emission wavelengths by an exclusive control software, all the functionalities of front and rear lights. In short, Camaleón light is a very compact technology that substantially reduces the space within the car devoted to lighting which is especially due to its ultra-compact optical system and its monolithic LED system capable of covering all the car lighting and signalling functions (positioning, brake, blinker, etc.) with a single PCB.

13 July 2016

Christian Friederich Schoenbein bronze medal for a work from IREC presented in the European Fuel Cell Forum

Aitor Hornés and co-workers from the Fuel Cells and Nanoionics Group at IREC were awarded with the "Christian Friederich Schoenbein" bronze medal by the European Fuel Cell Forum in the last ECFC 2016 “12th European SOFC and SOE Forum” held in Lucerne, Switzerland. The paper presents the work developed under the MSCA European action “Micro-SOLUTION” to improve the performance of novel micro power devices based on Solid Oxide Fuel Cells.

22 June 2016

Kick off Meeting of the new H2020 project where IREC participates

The recently launched RESCCUE project aims to provide practical and innovative models and tools to end-users facing climate change challenges to build more resilient cities. The project will provide tools to assess urban resilience from a multisectorial approach, for current and future climate scenarios and including multiple hazards. This holistic approach to urban resilience will enable city managers and urban systems operators to decide the optimal investments to cope with future situations.

IREC is focusing on providing innovative tools and methodologies to analyze the effects of the extreme climate changes on the electrical sector, and their cascading effects over other interrelated sectors. IREC as a research institution will focus this task in coordination with some utilities such as Endesa, assessing of impacts from multiple hazards initiated on the electrical grid, identifying critical components.

RESCCUE is a 48-month duration project built around three research sites (Barcelona, Lisbon and Bristol) coordinated by Aquatec and co-funded by the EU Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement no.700174.