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17 February 2016

INFLUENCE Workshop

IREC Energy storage and energy harvesting group, organizes a workshop within InFluENCE project focused on rheology, electrochemical and system design for flow batteries in general, with special regards to the promising alternative based on Semi-Solid Flow Batteries.

The workshop will be held on February 26th at 9:00 h in the IREC Conference Room

More information about the workshop and resgistration

 
15 February 2016

The European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant to Dr. Albert Tarancón from Institut de Recerca en Energia de Catalunya (IREC)

Dr. Albert Tarancón, Head of Nanoionics and Fuel Cells Group - Department of Advanced Materials for Energy from Catalonia Institute for Energy Research (IREC) has been awarded an ERC Consolidator Grant to develop his project “Breaking the temperature limits of Solid Oxide Fuel Cells: Towards a new family of ultra-thin portable power sources” (ULTRASOFC).

Change in portable power generation: Solid oxide fuel cells are one of the most efficient and flexible power generators, but currently they can't work at room temperature.  Dr Tarancón hopes to change it. His research project combines advanced material science, nanotechnology and microelectronics to create fuel cells with higher energy densities and lower costs. Whether it is smartphones and tablets or electric cars, battery life is probably one of the main technological problems of our time. It will revolutionize portable power generation.


 
 
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.