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09 Desembre de 2019

Results of the implementation of SNG catalyst at demo plant for renewable gas production

The role of IREC, as an expert in the Advanced Materials for the Industrial Energy Transition, in the Llavor project " Scale-up the manufacture of catalysts to obtain renewable natural gas" for potential commercialization concludes with the results of the manufacturing process that was optimized and adapted to the industrial manufacturing processes.
The performance of the product was successfully validated at a biogas methanation pilot-scale plant at a wastewater treatment plant (Sabadell, Spain) in collaboration with Naturgy. Recently, the catalyst has been delivered for its evaluation in a microstructured methanation unit of carbon dioxide from direct-air-capture at Energy Lab 2.0 (Karlsruhe, Germany), led by the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and supported by INERATEC GmbH. Following the upscaling strategy, the new demonstration plant has a capacity 7-fold larger than the previous one.

The product is specially designed for renewable gas production by the combination of a CO2 emission sources and renewable hydrogen using microstructured reactors. The combination of advanced catalysts and compact reactors has several technical advantages over the traditional ones.

The Catalan’ Government’s Agency for Management and of University and Research Grants (Agencia de Gestió i Ajuts Universitaris i de Recerca (AGAUR) has awarded this the project with a Llavor grant. The project had been a duration of 6 months, ended November 30, 2019, and was funded of 20,000 euros and  co-financed by the European Union through the European Regional Development fund (ERDF) and supported by the Secretary of Universities and Research of the Ministry for Business and Knowledge of the Government of Catalonia.

15 Novembre de 2019

The MEDNICE project has come to an end, but the Efficient Buildings Community will go on as a new project

On October 2019, MEDNICE, the Horizontal Project that established the Efficient Buildings Community has finished, nevertheless the Efficient Buildings Community will continue consolidating the achievements of the last three years and will approach new challenges for the Mediterranean regions. The main outcomes of the Community were presented and discussed during the MEDNICE’s final conference MED – Mediterranean Energy Debate held on 10th October in Brussels, during the European Week of Regions and cities.

The MEDNICE project and Efficient Buildings Community, with the 10 Modular Projects under its umbrella, were created to support Public Administration in the transformation of Public Buildings in more efficient buildings, specifically in the Mediterranean regions. The Community brought together local, regional and national stakeholders to exchange methodologies, experiences and tools.

As main outcomes of MEDNICE they would be highlighted the technical capitalization of the results of the Modular Projects, which approached the efficiency improvement of public buildings from different perspective. In this framework, IREC systemized, analyzed and harmonized the knowledge thus generated in four technical papers in order to find technical answers to common issues as Financing schemes and barriers, Methodologies, tools and indicators, Training methodologies and capacity gaps, and Lessons learned.

On the other hand, two policy papers based on the technical results and direct experiences of the Modular Projects have been introduced, providing some policy recommendations about effectively promoting Energy Efficiency in Public Buildings in the MED area, from Financing and Key Information points of view.

Finally, it should be highlighted too the Manifesto for a Mediterranean Building Renovation, introducing key recommendations for public authorities

MEDNICE Project ended after three intense years and, as a consequences as a success stories the Efficient Buildings Community new project stars for three more years and with a focus on transferring and mainstreaming the results of the Community. Besides, new activities will be implemented, integrating territories in the South Bank of the Mediterranean.

MEDNICE was coordinated by Euromed Cities Network – City of Nice, it was composed by five European partners and IREC was the technical partner of the project. The MEDNICE project has been co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund, under the INTERREG MED PROGRAMME Efficient Buildings Community (2MED15_2.1_hp_007).

14 Octubre de 2019

L'IREC investiga en sistemes flexibles de tri-generació basats en bombes de calor per a la transició energètica: el projecte H2020 TRI-HP

L’objectiu general del projecte TRI-HP és el desenvolupament i demostració de sistemes de tri-generació (producció simultània d'energia: electricitat, calor i refrigeració a partir d'una única font de calor) energèticament eficients, flexibles i viables econòmicament. Aquesta investigació permetrà abastir fins a un 80% del consum, mitjançant energies renovables, a edificis residencials plurifamiliars, basant-se en bombes de calor a base a refrigerants naturals acoblats amb generació renovable fotovoltaica i la utilització d’emmagatzematge en gel, calor i bateries elèctriques. El projecte pretén reduir els costos de instal·lació d’aquests sistemes en un 10-15% en comparació als sistemes actuals basats en bombes de calor.

El sistemes del projecte TRI-HP inclouran sistemes de gestió i control avançats que optimitzaran el seu rendiment i augmentaran la seva robustesa amb la detecció automàtica d’errades. L'IREC participa en el projecte com  a responsable del desenvolupament dels sistemes de gestió i de detecció d’errades, així com del test, en el seu laboratori SEILAB, d’alguns dels sistemes. L’inici del projecte fou el  Març de 2019 i el projecte durarà 4 anys amb la participació dels grups de recerca de l'IREC liderats per la Dra. Cristina Corchero, líder del grup de recerca Energy Systems Analitics i del Dr. Jaume Salom, líder del grup Thermal Energy and Building Performance.