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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

 
 
30 November 2015

CO2 utilization

XaRMAE and IREC organize a workshop about CO2 conversion technologies from both theoretical and experimental point of view. In this event high pressure catalytic conversion, thermochemical processos, phortoelectrochemical and high temperature co-electrolisis will be discussed. the opening session is deboted to current and future uses of CO2.

More information and inscriptions in Workshop CO2 utilization.

 
 
26 November 2015

Wind integration Challenges and solutions

Next Friday 27th November from 10 to 13:30h, at LS-5 room of the ETSEIB-UPC a workshop entitled “Wind integration Challenges and solutions”, that will take place. The programme includes the participation of Dr Hannele From VTT research center in Finland, CITCEA-UPC and IREC researchers. Dr Hannele Holttinen, operator agent of IEA wind task 25, has worked for VTT for more than 20 years in different fields of wind energy research, with main interest on the impact of wind and PV on power systems and electricity markets.  This seminar is related to the EU FP7 IRPWind project where IREC and VTT participates